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“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

Kristie LaFlammeMontessori Guide

B.A., Psychology, Westfield State College

In the fall of 2015, Amherst Montessori School created the Infant program in response to a need both within the AMS community and outside of it. Families were growing and the school was ready to grow as well. With seven years behind her as an assistant in the Toddler program, and a genuine passion and gift for infant care, Kristie was the natural choice for lead guide. She began her Montessori certification at the Center for Montessori Education NY, and ultimately launched the Infant program at Amherst Montessori School.

Kristie loves to watch her students begin to move freely about the classroom and grow at their own pace. She appreciates Montessori’s emphasis on nurturing each child’s independence within a safe, peaceful, and prepared space. She considers it a great privilege to be present for developmental milestones, and deeply values her relationships with the families of each of her students. Kristie aims to create a culture of openness and communication with all families, and a classroom environment full of joy and exploration, reading and song.

Kristie lives in Hadley with her partner Peter and their children Cameron, Colin and Julianne. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, visiting the beach in Maine, and skiing in the winter.

Linda (Miao) LuClassroom Assistant

B.S., Analytical Chemistry, Liaoning University of Petroleum and Chemical Technology

Linda became a part of the AMS community in 2008 when her eldest son Hao Hao began as a student in the Toddler program. She started substitute teaching in 2014, and in 2015 she joined the Infant team in its first year. She is a native speaker of Mandarin Chinese, and in addition to her daily responsibilities of infant care and maintaining the Montessori classroom environment, she enjoys helping welcome families of diverse backgrounds to Amherst Montessori School.

Linda studied Analytical Chemistry as an undergraduate, and also holds certificates in American Culture & Language and Advanced Information Systems.  She loves reading and Chinese cooking, and on the weekends you can often find her at her sons’ swim meets.