B.S., UMass Amherst Montessori Infant-Toddler Certification, North American Montessori Center
Although MaryAnn started working with young children in the 80’s, she didn’t come to PVMS until 1995. Looking for an afternoon position, her friend, who was working at PVMS, suggested she apply for an opening in our afterschool program. MaryAnn had heard about Montessori and PVMS from her friend and was interested to learn more. She worked for years as the head of our afterschool program and when the school decided to expand its offerings to include a Toddler Program, MaryAnn was excited to take on the new challenge.
MaryAnn wishes that her own children had had the opportunity to have a Montessori education. She feels that the freedom within limits allows for a very positive educational experience. She appreciates that Montessori goes beyond the confines of the classroom and teaches students to be good citizens of the world. She can see her students, within the Montessori environment, becoming confident and competent at a very early age. She loves having the opportunity to share the Montessori curriculum and principles with children and their families.
Cynthia came to PVMS in 2010 as a substitute teacher. She had previously worked in the early childhood education field for many years, and also as a development specialist on an Early Intervention team. Cynthia has a calming, serene presence that makes her ideal for our toddler program.
Cynthia was introduced to Montessori in College as part of her Early Childhood Education curriculum and actually did her student teaching in a Montessori school. Cynthia enjoys how Maria Montessori’s philosophy offers an environment for learning that educates the whole child.
Carla thought she was ready for retirement, but soon realized she was just looking for the next chapter in her life. After 18 years of working with all levels of children, she has decided to work her magic with our youngest in our toddler program. Carla started as a substitute teacher here at PVMS, and when the position in the toddler program became available she jumped at the chance.
When not at school, Carla enjoys spending time with her family. She has three daughters and now also enjoys being a grandmother to her two grandchildren. She has been known to play a few rounds of golf and also loves to get in the kitchen for some cooking.
Sara began working at PVMS in 2005 as an assistant teacher, and fit right into our community. She was intrigued by the Montessori Method and loved how she could see the independence being nurtured within the child. Both of Sara’s daughters have had the opportunity to experience PVMS as students. Her older daughter graduated from our 6th grade program, and her younger daughter was one of our very first students in the toddler program. Sara and her daughters are so pleased with the education that they received at PVMS and are looking forward to what will come next.
Before starting at PVMS in our after school program Rebecca worked at the Boys and Girls Club in Westfield. She worked with children of all ages, from kindergarten to high school, and did both homework help and one-on-one tutoring. She also has been an adviser in leadership groups dealing with community service, communication skills and group bonding activities.
Rebecca is interested in and has done quite a bit of community service. She has done more than 45 hours of community service throughout different organizations, such as assisting with blood drives with the American Red Cross.