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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

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.

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.

Rachel RobersonClassroom Assistant

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

Rachel has been an Assistant in the Children’s House classroom since 2007, and she has led the Children’s House After Care program since 2008. She is a career early childhood educator dedicated to building meaningful relationships with her students through creativity and play.

Rachel sees great value in the foundational emphasis on independance in Montessori education. She enjoys empowering her students to navigate challenges independantly or with productive support and facilitation. Whether it's learning to zip up a jacket, or working through a conflict with a peer, Rachel strives to provide each child with tools that honor their individual abilities and will continue to serve them as they grow. 

In addition to her certifications in early childhood education, Rachel holds a B.S. in Sociology with an Independant Concentration in Education and Inequality. She has a commitment to multicultural education, which has been a common thread throughout her professional and academic career. In her free time, Rachel enjoys being outdoors and working on craft projects.