Ms. Laura, Director and Primary Teacher
Ms. Laura is the Director of our school and also the Montessori teacher of our Primary class (with children age 3 through 6). She has a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree both in Psychology and is an American Montessori Society (AMS) certified Montessori teacher in both Primary and Infants & Toddlers. She also has an AMS Administrator Credential. She is qualified by the state of Maryland to be a lead Infant, Toddler, and Preschool teacher, and also to be a Director of a Montessori school in Maryland and has several years of experience doing these things in Montessori schools. She loves being a leader with the goal of cultivating a flourishing and transformative work environment for adults and classroom environment for children.
Some of the things she loves about our Montessori curriculum are that it teaches respect for all life and appreciation of all cultures, cultivates emotional resilience through self-compassion, prepares children for Life by teaching them to be independent and to navigate ambiguous situations. Ms. Laura also likes how our Montessori curriculum is not just about formal education, but also includes giving children the support they need to go through the natural process of growth and development so that they can be the best and the most successful people they can be, not just later in life, but now, and that it naturally incorporates practices that align with Mindfulness.
She also appreciates how the Montessori philosophy is consistent with her values of remaining mindful of the choice to be happy, finding joy in the service of others, and cultivating Peace by focusing on things that Unify rather than Divide. Her other interests include mindfulness training; organic gardening; preparing food in ways that are considered healthy according to the latest research; and learning foreign languages, sign language, and new technology.
Ms. Laura also has an appreciation for the Reggio Emilia approach used in our after-care program. The Reggio Emilia approach is similar to Montessori in that it is a student-centered and constructivist method that utilizes self-directed, experiential project-based learning, in relationship-oriented environments, and is based on the principles of respect, responsibility, and community. The Reggio Emilia Approach was developed by pedagogist Loris Malaguzzi and parents in the villages around the city of Reggio Emilia, Italy, and derives its name from that city.
Ms. Patty, Assistant Director
Ms. Patty is the Assistant Director of our school and is also one of our Infant teachers. She has many years of experience working in Montessori schools in this area, as a teacher and in the office. She meets Maryland state requirements to be a lead Infant, Toddler, and Pre-School teacher, and and also has a RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers) certificate. Patty was our lead Infant teacher for four years, still works in the Infant room part-time, and now is also the Assistant Director of our school.
When Ms. Patty is not in school, she enjoys doing glass art, singing, and spending time with her husband, two adult children, and soft-coated Wheaten Terrier.
Ms. Celine, has a Bachelor’s degree and speaks fluent French and English. She is a Maryland state certified teacher qualified to teach the Primary age group.
Ms. Daisy is one of our Toddler/Pre-Primary teachers. She has worked with us since 2013, and meets Maryland state requirements to be a lead Infant, Toddler, and Pre-School teacher. She enjoys working with the younger children, admiring their energy and their curiosity, and how everything is new to Toddlers. Ms. Daisy has five children of her own, and when she is not in school, she likes to spend time with them and her husband.
Ms. Estella is one of our Infant and Toddler teachers. She has worked with us since 2015, and meets Maryland state requirements to be a lead Infant, Toddler, and Pre-School teacher. She is especially valued for the calm demeanor she maintains with the children. When she is not working here, Ms. Estella enjoys working with children with special needs, exercising, and traveling. Ms. Estella speaks fluent Spanish and English.
Ms. Lilia is one of our Infant teachers. She has cared for young children in this area since 2004 and meets Maryland state requirements to be a lead Infant, Toddler, and Pre-School teacher. Ms. Lilia is especially valued for her gentle manner and genuine concern for the infants in her care. The infants are happy to see her every day and miss her when they move into the Toddler classroom. Ms. Lilia speaks fluent Spanish and fluent English.
Ms. Margarita is one of our Infant teachers. She has cared for young children for many years and meets Maryland state requirements to be a lead Infant, Toddler, and Pre-School teacher. Ms. Margarita speaks both fluent English and Spanish.
Ms. Lizzy is one of our Toddler teachers and meets Maryland state requirements to be a lead Infant and Toddler teacher.
Ms. Soraya is one of our Toddler teachers and meets Maryland state requirements to be a lead Infant, Toddler, and Pre-School teacher. She has much experience working with toddlers in Montessori schools. Ms. Soraya speaks fluent Farsi and fluent English and can read Arabic.
Ms. Siraj is one of our assisting teachers. She speaks fluent Hindi and can read Arabic.
Ms. Maryam is one of our lead Toddler teachers. She has a Bachelor’s degree and is qualified by the state of Maryland to be a lead Toddler teacher.
Ms. Maryam speaks fluent Farsi and fluent English and can read Arabic.
Ms. Marbely is one of our assisting teachers. She is currently working with us part-time. Ms. Marbely speaks fluent Spanish and fluent English.