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Our Staff

Maria Montessori called the adult in her classroom a Directress. Since this term is not commonly understood outside of the Montessori environment, we refer to our adults as Teachers and Assistants.

Gislene Andrade, Primary Montessori Teacher

Joining us in September 2013, Mrs. Andrade was educated and began teaching preschool in Brazil. She received her Montessori Teaching Diploma at the North American Montessori Center in Canada in 2010, and has completed a variety of additional training programs in child care and Montessori preschool. With over twenty years of experience, we are excited to have Mrs. Andrade bring her energy and experience to our Toddler program.


Patty Wilkie, Infant Teacher

Mrs. Wilkie has many years of experience working in Montessori schools in this area.  She has completed Maryland required training to teach preschool, and special training in caring for Infants. After years of raising her own children and working with preschool and toddlers, Mrs. Wilkie is thrilled to be caring for Infants and preparing them for further learning.


Lilia Clavijo, Infant Teacher

Educated in Columbia, Mrs. Clavijo has cared for young children in this area for the last 13 years. She has completed specialized training in caring for infants, including training on SIDS. She also has and maintains current CPR and First Aid certifications.  Mrs. Clavijo is especially valued for her gentle manner and genuine concern for the infants in her care.


Susan Fletcher, Executive Director 

Mrs. Fletcher holds an MBA from the University of Maryland, and an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from DePauw University in Greencastle, IN.  She is a PMI Certified Project Management Professional, in addition to her certification in Early Childhood Development.

Mrs. Fletcher first became acquainted with Montessori education when her children attended Montessori schools.  Now she is dedicated to providing a quality Montessori experience to children of working families. 

“Maria Montessori developed her program in a housing project for working families, but today’s Montessori schools do not focus on providing full day care for children.  I am proud that our program provides the highest quality learning environment for the whole day.”