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A Typical Day at Green Mountain Montessori

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The Roots of Montessori

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Supporting Staff: Enhancing our World

Our teachers and students are blessed to have a wonderful array of supporting staff who help make Green Mountain Montessori a truly special and unique environment.

Mrs. Kari Trudo - Lead After School Teacher

Mrs. Trudo enjoy spending time with her family, which includes two Grandsons. This summer Mrs. Trudo and her husband started chasing Waterfalls. They enjoyed hiking to see the endless beauty of many different waterfalls. This winter they will start a new adventure, visiting Country Stores in Vermont.

Mrs. Trudo and her best friend (Buddy the dog) spend lots of time together. Mrs. Trudo looks forward to being the After School teacher again this year.

Ms. Laura Luchini - After School Teacher and Substitute

Ms. Laura comes to us with a variety of experiences with children. She enjoys working with children on all types of art projects.

In her free time Ms. Laura enjoys riding her bike and spending time with friends.

Ms. Ghamar – Act 166 Consultant

Ms. Ghamar joined the GMMS team as the Act 166 Consultant.

Ms. Ghamar received a BS in Early Childhood Education Children with and without disabilities from Boston University. She is certified to teach prek through 2nd grade. Ms. Ghamar has worked as a general classroom teacher, most recently at Saxon Hill School and as a one on one interventionist for children with severe autism and sensory sensitivity.

In addition to her work in schools, she is in the process of starting a naturebased mentorship program, where she works with individual children and small groups (up to 4 at a time). Ghamar is a visual artist, with a focus on oil painting and sculpture. She lives off the grid and is working towards creating a self-sufficient and sustainable homestead with her family.

Rebecca Johnston: Special Education Coordinator

Ms. Rebecca graduated from the University of Vermont. She holds certifications in Elementary Education and Special Education. Her most recent experiences are as Instructor at Northern Lights Career Development Center and Instructor of Teaching Strategies GOLD Child Assesment Tool. She has a creative mind and enjoys art, music, and photography.

Beth Tailer - Science & Nature Specialist

Mrs. Mrs. Beth has brought wonder and delight to our children since 2002 - engaging them in an exploration of patterns and designs in nature with boundless creativity and energy. Ms. Beth has held many jobs in her lifetime. She is a trained nurse, and works at the Neo- Natal Intensive Care Unit at FAHC. But that is just one of many ways she brings joy to parents and children. Ms. Beth has been an Environmental Learning for the Future (ELF) instructor with the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) since 2003 . She was recognized by VINS as an outstanding educator in 2006 and we certainly agree! She has also taught science to children in the Smuggler’s Notch Ski Camp since 2001, using a tepee for her classroom. She practices what she teaches at her home in Essex with her husband, Tim - a wonderful area for natural exploration with farm animals, gardens, brook and forest that inspire her work.

Nan Campbell: Office Manager & Substitute Teacher

Mrs. Nan graduated from Springfield College in MA with a degree in Physical Education. She taught 2 years of High School Physical Education before moving to Vermont. Nan had been a stay at home mom for 6 1/2 years, 2 of which she provided childcare at her home, before becoming a preschool teacher. Nan lives in Underhill with my husband Kevin, and daughters Ellie and Morgan. As a family they enjoy skiing and for "me time" she likes to play softball and floor hockey.

Our Parents

We would be remiss in not including our parent community on this page - they are an important part of our classroom experience. Parents actively participate in our classrooms nearly every day - teaching additional crafts and skills and helping with special projects. A few of many examples are told through the pictures below:


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