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

-Maria Montessori

Krystal EnglishMontessori Guide

M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, George Mason University

B.A., Journalism and Political Science, Northeastern University

 Krystal started as lead guide in the Lower Elementary program in the fall of 2016. Prior to joining Amherst Montessori School, she spent a year teaching first grade at Fairview Elementary in Chicopee, and five years as a lead teacher and grade level chair at Powell Elementary in Washington DC. She has also facilitated teacher trainings for Teach For America, and worked in various roles as a coordinator for the Washington DC and Boston Public Schools.

Krystal has been incorporating elements of Maria Montessori’s philosophy into her teaching throughout her career. She has always emphasized the importance of observing and recording the growth of her students, and worked to bring a project-based approach to her public school curriculum wherever possible. The start of her formal Montessori training in the summer of 2016, and appointment as lead guide in the Lower Elementary program at Amherst Montessori that fall, marked a new era for Krystal. She is now more fully able to embrace and incorporate the tools and methodology that she has found to be most effective with children, to tailor her classroom environment to best suit their needs, and to respect and facilitate each child's individual path to learning. 

When she isn’t teaching, Krystal enjoys painting, calligraphy, gardening, and spending time with her family. She lives in Chicopee with her husband Craig and their son Charlie.