Since 1981, Terry Armstrong, Founder of MMS, has believed there are three essential components of an authentic Montessori education: the right materials, the right teachers, and the Montessori philosophy. Under her leadership and teaching, Terry has created a creative and caring community of learners.

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Head of School

Laura Arzeno

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Kindergarten Teaching Team

Pictured from left to right: Linda Ferriero, Shalaka DeLesseps, Jane Meldrum, and Dawn Ferguson

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The 3-6 AM Class Teaching Team

Pictured left to right: Montessori Intern, Anu Bhatia, Co-heads Shalaka DeLesseps and Jane Meldrum with Assistant Teacher Monica Fienemann.

All three teachers have their Montessori Teacher credentials and our intern is in her mentorship year.

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The 3-6 PM Class Teaching Team

Pictured left to right: Head Teacher Linda Ferriero and Assistant Teacher Nikki Dvivedi.

Both teachers have their Montessori Teacher credentials and have 27 years of teaching experience between them.

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Two- and Three-day Classes Teaching Team

Pictured left to right: Head Teacher Laura Arzeno and Assistant Teacher Jill Wichman

Laura has her Montessori Teacher credentials and Jill has been an Assistant Teacher at MMS for 28 years.

Between them they have 45 years of teaching experience.

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Mondays-Kindergarten Drama Class with Jessica

Jessica Sims teaches the basics of acting to the Kindergartners and guides them through the process of staging a play. The annual Kindergarten Play is always an adaption of a folk story from the country being studied for the year.

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Tuesdays--Music with Mrs. Dawn

Dawn Ferguson has taught the Orff Music method at MMS for more than two decades. She has her Montessori Teacher credentials.


Wednesdays--Nia with Jane

Jane is a certified Nia instructor and has adapted this exercise program for our children. Each week, they dance to carefully chosen music while focusing on moving the 'body part' of the week, such as fingers, ankles, arms, etc.


Thursdays--Science Experiments with Mrs. Lewin

Marsha Lewin demonstrates a science experiment each week which is then put on the Science Table for the children to