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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

Art Teacher

B.F.A., Tufts University and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts 

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 graduating, she has continued her studio practice and has been teaching art in the Pioneer Valley with students of all ages and abilities. Her pathway to Montessori was led by an interest in fostering meaningful learning through independent inquiry.

Kathleen Kollman Spanish & Music Teacher
B.S. Psychology, B.A. Linguistics, University of Mary Washington

Kathleen joined the AMS community in 2013 as the Spanish Specialist, and stepped into the role of Music Specialist in 2015. Through traveling and living abroad Kathleen became fluent in Spanish, and has become a musician through lifelong independent study. Kathleen has worked with children in many different capacities, including as a Special Education Coordinator for a Guatemalan children's home, Nature Educator in local wilderness education programs, and through private music instruction.

Kathleen is the Director of HeartSong Vocals, a music education program which offers private vocal instruction and singing classes for families in the Pioneer Valley.

Kathleen is a soul singer and enjoys collaborating with many different local musicians. Kathleen currently studies vocal performance and loves singing in Spanish!

KerriSheppardPhysical Education

B.S., Texas Woman's University

Kerri re-joined AMS in 2014 as physical education teacher, after teaching here from 2010-2012. She has been teaching physical education since 1997, and says that she never grows tired of experiencing the energy that children produce when they play and move!

Prior to moving to the Pioneer Valley in February 2010, Kerri lived in the Washington D.C. area where she taught at a small progressive school whose philosophy was influenced by Hiam Ginott, John Dewey, and Jean Piaget. While in the D.C. area, she also taught at a Quaker school in rural Maryland, and prior to that at a girls’ school in Dallas, TX. When not teaching physical education, she enjoys running, reading, and rock climbing. Kerri is a new mom to Oliver.