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Primary 2 Classroom - Mrs. Shireen and Mrs. Althea

Shireen McNabb (also Head of School)

Mrs. Shireen's drive and passion for early childhood education has enabled her to serve not only as a teacher but also as the Head of School since the school's inception. Her soft-spoken manner, gentle but firm style, and excellent rapport with children are evident at once. With time, parents discover how her wisdom, natural talent and experience fuel her students desire to learn, to work and play in harmony with the world around them, and to be proud of who they are. 

Shireen discovered her true passion early in her career while being trained and mentored by one of Dr. Maria Montessori's original protégés, Ms. Joyce Gunasekera. After obtaining her certification to teach 3-6 year old children from the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), she spent several years as a head teacher in one of Ms. Gunasekera's primary classrooms. She then continued her studies in Child Care at Ware College in Hertsfordshire, England.

Mrs. Shireen moved to Massachusetts in 1990 and continued to broaden her perspective by earning two additional AMI certifications to teach children ages 6-9 and 9-12 while serving as a lead teacher for 3-6, 6-9 and 9-12 year-old Montessori programs. During her "vacation time", she chose to work with infants and toddlers in order to gain a rounded perspective of the whole child that few school leaders truly have. 

Shireen founded the Green Mountain Montessori School in 2001 and has continued to pursue her passion for working with children by serving as a teacher ever since. Shireen lives in Huntington with her husband (Brian), her son (Nate) and daughter (Zoey), and her two loveable Labs, Baxter & Turbo. When not involved with the GMMS community, she enjoys hiking & snowshoeing with her family, having tea with friends and reading.

Althea Brown

Althea lives beside the North Branch of the Winooski River in Montpelier. Her degree is in biology and outdoor education. Althea loves backpacking, berry-picking, laughing in kitchens, and teaching.

Before coming to GMMS, she taught a Forest Preschool program, served as a Farm-to-School Coordinator for several Northeast Kingdom public schools, and taught ecology on the coast of Maine. She has also managed the greenhouse at a children's museum and led wilderness trips for teenagers. Althea loves teaching preschool because the children are so innately curious and imaginative. She likes to conduct experiments, engage the senses, and explore the natural world with her students. Besides being a teacher, Althea is also a reader, a knitter, and a hiker.


8 Jericho Road | Essex, VT 05452 | Tel: 802-879-9114 | Fax: 802-879-9343 |

Beyond traditional childcare, preschool and kindergarten:
setting the standard for progressive education and early-childhood development in the Burlington, Vermont area