Teachers

  • Maria Montessori called the adult in her classroom a Directress; some Montessori schools call them Guides. Since this term is not commonly understood outside of the Montessori environment, we refer to our adults as Teachers.

    • Maryam Beirami
      Primary Montessori Teacher

      Maryam Beirami

      Primary Montessori Teacher

      Our Primary classroom is a place of peaceful productivity, thanks largely to the efforts of Ms. Maryam Beirami. One of the key elements of the Montessori philosophy is that the children respond to the environment that the teacher creates; their behavior (or misbehavior) is rooted in the environment. Ms. Beirami has created a classroom that encourages learning, where children feel safe to explore any work that stimulates their interest.

      Ms. Beirami joined us as an Assistant in our Toddler program in 2013. After a year, she moved into the Primary program and completed the AMI Montessori Assistant training at Loyola University in Columbia, MD. Ms. Beirami developed a passion for Maria Montessori’s philosophy and methods, reading many of her books and learning from the Montessori teachers she assisted. She is now completing her training from the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies in Silver Spring, MD. Ms. Beirami completed an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering in Tehran, Iran, prior to her emigration to the U.S.

    • Zoila Villalobos
      Primary Afternoon Assistant

      Zoila Villalobos

      Primary Afternoon Assistant

      Ms. Villalobos joined us in 2014 as an assistant in the Primary classroom. Her organizational skills are put to the test helping keep records on the work all our Primary children do, making sure all of the materials are in good order, the classroom is properly supplied, food provided, room clean, and most important of all helping the children learn. There is no “after school”; the Primary child learns all day, and Ms. Villalobos ensures the afternoon environment is consistent with our Montessori philosophy.

    • Omega MacIntosh
      Toddler Montessori Teacher

      Omega MacIntosh

      Toddler Montessori Teacher

      Ms. Omega is from the Virgin Islands, which may be where she gets her cheerful calm. In a room full of energetic Toddlers, Ms. Omega can sense where the trouble spots are and guide the children to productive work. She is with the class during the morning session, and trains the assistants to keep the focus when she is not with them.

      Ms. Omega completed her Infant/Toddler Montessori Training at the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies in Silver Spring, Maryland. While the majority of the class is conducted in English, she speaks some Spanish, exposing the Toddlers to another language at a critical time in their development.

    • Ana Lara
      Toddler Teacher

      Ana Lara

      Toddler Teacher

      Ana Lara worked in the Infant class before moving into the Toddler class.  Ms. Lara teaches the toddlers Spanish songs and vocabulary.  She misses the babies, but is enjoying working with the toddlers and learning more about Montessori methods.

    • Daisy Mitsopoulou
      Toddler Assistant Teacher

      Daisy Mitsopoulou

      Toddler Assistant Teacher
    • Patty Wilkie
      Infant Teacher

      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

      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.

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