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

-Maria Montessori

Classroom Assistant & After Care Lead

B.S., Sustainable Food & Farming, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Bri has been working as a childcare provider since high school and, she knew she wanted to work with children in a school setting after taking her first education course in college. After growing up on a small farm in western Massachusetts and being immersed in local agriculture, she decided to study Sustainable Food and Farming at UMass Amherst. She has worked on a variety of farms and previously worked as a classroom assistant at Meadowlark Childcare in Northampton. During her internship at the Amherst Winter Farmers’ Market, she designed and led nature-themed craft activities for children on a weekly basis. In college, she learned about a wide breadth of topics, from herbalism to forestry, but found a passion for nature-based and agricultural education. Bri is excited to be working at the Amherst Montessori School, as the Montessori method and nature-based education have many intersections. Bri joined Amherst Montessori School first as a substitute and then as a classroom assistant in Casa de Niños and in Children's House level after care.

Bri spends her free time practicing photography, drawing, making music, spending time in nature, and experimenting in the kitchen.

Infant Aftercare Lead

B.A., Sociology, with a minor in Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Jenna joined Amherst Montessori School in 2018 as the Infant After Care Lead and Classroom Assistant. She has 10 years of experience working with young children as both a babysitter and a nanny. During that time, she found that she really enjoys working with infants and toddlers.

She loves watching children learn, grow, and become more independent in the Montessori environment; and she really values the respect that each child is given. She is excited to be a part of the Amherst Montessori community.

Outside of work Jenna enjoys cooking and baking, gardening, listening to podcasts, and spending time with her husband, Aaron.

Toddler Aftercare Lead

Bunker Hill Community College

Since 2017, Harmony has served as the Toddler Aftercare Lead at Amherst Montessori in addition to assisting the Juniper classroom during the school day.

Harmony discovered her passion for working with children through babysitting and nannying. When her nephew was born, she relocated to Boston and made the decision to pursue childcare as her career. She enrolled in Bunker Hill Community College to achieve her Early Education degree and began subbing at Mass Audubon Boston Nature Center's Pathways to Nature preschool. It was there she realized the importance that nature plays in the education of young children. As an outdoor enthusiast, she enjoys connecting children with the natural world around them

In her free time, Harmony practices yoga, writes letters, and loves spending the day at home cooking with her husband and fluffy cat, Gypsy.