“The teacher, when she begins work in our schools, must have a kind of faith that the child will reveal himself through work.”

-Maria Montessori

Classroom Assistant

B.A., Spanish and Anthropology, Smith College

MA Teaching License, Visual Art, PreK-12

Alex moved to Northampton in 2008 to begin her studies at Smith College. She studied a variety of subjects including anthropology, art, horticulture, Spanish, and Portuguese. After graduating, she worked as a bilingual special education paraprofessional providing ESL services to students with language-based learning disabilities, and later taught visual art in Springfield at a charter school. She joined Amherst Montessori School in 2017.

Alex loves working with all types of learners. She values teaching students about other cultures, environmental conservation, and art as a tool for learning. She loves to make up new games, songs, dances, and to actively engage students in the world in which they live. Alex believes that the Montessori method fosters a respectful and peaceful learning environment based on human interactions and individual experiences. She feels passionately that the Montessori classroom is designed with care and intention to help students succeed.

In her free time, you can find Alex painting, drawing, taking photos, hiking, and making crafts. Some of her favorite moments are spent trail riding her horse through Amherst. She volunteers annually at the Equine Affaire in West Springfield, and at the Women’s Film Festival in Brattleboro, VT. Alex is an avid traveller and has seen four of the seven continents. Her goal is to visit every continent and US state.

Megan RandlettMontessori Guide

Early Childhood Credential, American Montessori Society, Florida Institute of Montessori Studies

M.F.A., Painting, University of Massachusetts Amherst

B.F.A., Painting, University of Connecticut

After graduate school, Megan spent three years in Hungary teaching and developing curriculum in a bilingual primary school. She returned to the United States in 2011 with the intention of continuing her career in education. After a visit to a Montessori school, Megan knew that she had found an educational model that aligned with her values as a teacher. She was hired as an assistant at Indian Harbour Montessori in Florida, and began her certification at the Florida Institute of Montessori Studies. In 2013 she moved back to Massachusetts, where she spent two years as a co-lead guide at Longmeadow Montessori Internationale prior to joining Amherst Montessori School in the fall of 2015.

Megan feels happiest and most at peace when she is in the classroom. She truly believes in the Montessori method, and has observed that her students feel confident and excited about learning when they are given age-appropriate responsibilities in a calm and inclusive environment. She emphasizes the importance of respecting each child’s individuality while creating systems and routines for the classroom that benefit the community as a whole. She thoroughly enjoys getting to know each of her students and watching them grow and thrive at school.

Megan lives in Northampton with her husband Matt and their dog Murray. In her free time, you can find Megan walking, drawing, and working in the garden with Murray, who dutifully digs by her side.

rachel-marianiClassroom Assistant

Elizabeth fell in love with the Montessori method through the experience of her daughter, who started in the Amherst Montessori School Toddler program in 2009. In 2013 she began substitute teaching, and was hired soon after as a classroom assistant in Children's House. In 2015 she began her certification at the Center for Montessori Education NY, and fall of that year she stepped into the role of co-lead guide in the Children’s House program. Elizabeth served as co-lead guide in Children's House until November of 2016, when her role was adjusted to classroom assistant in an effort to better support her final year in her training program. As part of her practicum in her final certification year at the Center for Montessori Education NY, Elizabeth continues to give lessons to the children in the classroom.

Elizabeth believes wholeheartedly in the work of Maria Montessori and her educational philosophy, particularly Montessori’s emphasis on honoring each child’s individuality and interests. Elizabeth enjoys preparing and modifying the classroom to best meet the needs of her students. She feels that their capabilities often far exceed what is expected of them in other contexts, and she finds great joy in fostering an environment where every child can discover their full potential and grow at their own pace.

In addition to teaching at AMS, Elizabeth has participated in advocacy for working mothers and families, including volunteering with MotherWoman and Full Moon Girls. In her free time, Elizabeth loves to be outside gardening, hiking, or running. She lives in Easthampton with her daughter Estella, who is now in the Elementary program.

rachel-marianiClassroom Assistant

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 RobersonClassroom Assistant

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

Rachel joined the Amherst Montessori School community in 2007 as an assistant in Children's House. For over eight 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.