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“The child is both a hope and a promise for mankind.”

-Maria Montessori

 

Toddler After Care Lead

Bunker Hill Community College

Harmony was born and raised in the Pioneer Valley. She discovered her love for working with children through babysitting and nannying. When her nephew was born, she relocated to Boston to assist with his care, and made the decision to pursue childcare as her career. She enrolled in Bunker Hill Community College to achieve her Early Education and Care Certification, and began working at Mass Audubon Boston Nature Center's Pathways to Nature preschool.

Harmony is happy to be back in western Mass joining the Toddler team at Amherst Montessori School. In her free time, Harmony enjoys yoga, gardening, and spending time at home with her fluffy cat Gypsy.

Elementary After Care Lead

 B.F.A., Tufts University

May EmeryAfter raising her children, May went back to college to study art.  In 1996 she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tufts University and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Prior to her return to school, May worked in a variety of school age settings and knew she would return to teaching art.  Since graduation, she has continued her studio practice and has been teaching art in the Pioneer Valley art with students of all ages and abilities. Her pathway to Montessori was led by an interest in fostering meaningful learning through independent inquiry. May enjoys spending time with the Elementary students after school, where they play games, craft, and make art together.

KirstenDudkiewiczToddler After Care Assistant

B.A., Psychology and Theatre, Marlboro College

Kirsten has worked with children since high school when she first trained as a YMCA counselor for Camp Nokomis on the beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee. Since then she has served several youth programs in New England such as the Boys and Girls club, Monadnock Family Service's youth program “Acting Out,” and most recently the Adolescent residential program at the Brattleboro Retreat. Her introduction to Montessori was first hand when she transferred to Hilltop Montessori School in Brattleboro for an extended three year middle school experience.

A native of Vermont, she enjoys picking apples (and baking pies of course!) taking long walks and nature swims, and campfires with friends.  She enjoys theatre, music, singing, and performs with the New England Youth Theatre Alumni Association. She also finds traveling to be very rewarding and the best learning experience. She is lucky to have visited several countries like Japan (where her Father, Step-mom and little brother live), Germany, England, and Saudi Arabia. She now lives in Hadley with her husband, Jim, and old cat, Harvey; a pooka.

christinemariani Young Toddler After Care Lead

A.S., Child Studies 
B.A., Mount Ida College

Christine has been at Amherst Montessori School since 1995. Prior to working at AMS, Christine worked as a nanny for two years, and spent four years of work study at Longfellow Preschool at Mount Ida College.

Christine enjoys reading, snowmobiling, scrap-booking, camping, and NASCAR. She also loves spending time with her husband, Rico, her dog, Jake, and her two step-daughters, Samantha and Rachel.

rachel-marianiInfant After Care Lead

Rachel joined Amherst Montessori School in 2011 as a substitute teacher. She worked frequently in every classroom over the course of 18 months, and then joined us as a permanent assistant in Children's House in 2012. She makes regular visits to the Toddler program, and serves as the Toddler assistant during Summer Discovery. She also leads the Infant After Care program.

Rachel enjoys reading, baking, traveling, playing board games, and watching foreign cinema. She also loves spending time with her family, friends, and pets.

Rachel RobersonChildren’s House After Care Lead

B.S., Sociology, University of Massachusetts - Amherst 

Rachel joined the Amherst Montessori School community in 2007 as a classroom assistant in Children's House. For nine years, Rachel has been leading the Children's House After Care program. She also directs our Toddler Summer Discovery program.

Before joining AMS, Rachel worked at University Childcare at UMass for several years. In addition to her love of education and childcare, Rachel’s interests include arts and crafts, literature, the outdoors, and social politics.