Staff and Faculty

The staff and faculty consist of a Head of School, Administrative Assistant, Bookkeeper, Head Montessori Teachers, After School Head Teacher, Assistant Teachers in the Montessori classrooms, other assistant teachers and classroom aides and specialty teachers for art, music, literature, physical education and Spanish. The Head Teachers are all trained and certified in Montessori teacher education. The Head of School is responsible for the overall management and administration of the school. Any and all concerns about the school may be brought to her attention at any time between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Faculty and Staff


Margaret O. Bagge Head of School
B.A. - Elms College; Administrator Credential, American Montessori Society

Charmaine Fowler Administrative Assistant

Amy Foerster Office Assistant and Development
B.A., Bates College

Margaret O'Shaughnessy ICT Coordinator
B.A., Umass Amherst; Montessori Assistant Training, Northeast Montessori Institute

Montessori Head Teachers

Mary Ann Ross Head Teacher, Toddler Room.
B.S. UMass Amherst; Infant-Toddler Certification, North American Montessori Center

Angelika Deaton Head Teacher, Children’s House South and Extended Day Kindergarten
B.A., Kantonales Lehrerseminar Mariaberg; Early Childhood Education K-3 Teaching Certificate, University of North Carolina; Montessori Teaching ages 2-6 Certificate, Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center

Tara Gagnon Head Teacher, Children’s House North
Masters, Bay Path College, B.A., Drew University, Early Childhood Credential, American Montessori Society

Alicia Chagnon Head Teacher, Children’s House East
Champlain College, Burlington VT, Early Childhood Credential completed October 2017

Sherrell Sims-Gamble Head Teacher, Lower Elementary
Masters, University of New Hampshire; Montessori Elementary I and II; B.A., Connecticut College

Nicole Fuller Head Teacher, Upper Elementary
B.A.,University of Toronto; Montessori Elementary I and II, Toronto Montessori Institute

Assistant Teachers

Amber Badger Assistant Teacher, Children’s House South. Assistant, Children's House After school.
Associates Degree, Asnuntuck Community College, Early Childhood

Debora Vaudrin Assistant Teacher, Children’s House North
Montessori Assistant Training, Northeast Montessori Institute

Jenn Banker Assistant Teacher, Children’s House North
Montessori Assistant Training, Northeast Montessori Institute

Kim Setterstrom Assistant Teacher, Lower Elementary
B.S., Springfield College, Montessori Assistant Training, Northeast Montessori Institute

Terri Chechile Assistant Teacher, Upper Elementary
B.A., UMass Amherst, A.S. Springfield Technical Community College

Cynthia Alicandro Assitant Teacher, Toddler,
Masters, Elms College, B.A., Westfield State; Montessori Assistant Training, Northeast Montessori Institute

Specialty Teachers

Christie Hester-Moore Art Teacher
B.S. - University of Massachusetts

Paula Wicks Spanish Teacher
B.S E.. - Westfield State College, Spanish
Commonwealth of Massachusetts Teaching Certificate

Hywel Brown Music Teacher
B.A., Boston University

Erica DellaVolpe PE Teacher
B.A., Springfield College

Classroom Assistants and After School

Gerrilin Haynes Classroom Assistant, Children's House South

Lisa Bullen Classroom Assistant, Lower Elementary

Brianna Markham Classroom Assistant, Toddler

Denise Vaudrin Elementary After School Teacher

Allison Zaczynski Children’s House, After school Assistant

Carla Deangelo Toddler, Classroom Assistant

Rebecca Whitney Toddler, Intern

Pioneer Valley Montessori School, 1524 Parker Street, Springfield, MA 01129 • 413-782-3108

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