OutdoorClassroom.jpg

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

-Maria Montessori

Lead Montessori Guide

Montessori Diploma, Casa dei Bambini, Association Montessori Internationale

M.A., Early Childhood Education, Grand Valley State University

B.A., Business Management, Universidad San Francisco de Quito

Veronica began her journey as an educator when her daughter Martina was born. With the intention of learning as much as possible to enrich her parenting, she completed a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education, where she discovered a passion for teaching young children. She was introduced to Montessori methods while working as a spanish specialist and teaching in a variety of different schools including AMS. Veronica began incorporating Montessori principles into her lessons and witnessed her students learn more quickly and with greater enjoyment. In 2012 she began her Montessori training, and ultimately launched the bilingual Casa de Niños program, now known as the Magnolia classroom, at Amherst Montessori School.

Veronica is an enthusiastic proponent of Montessori pedagogy, and believes deeply in its efficacy for fostering peace in the world and helping each child develop to their full potential. She finds purpose in her work as a Montessori guide, and love, joy, and kindness in her students.

Outside of her work at Amherst Montessori School, Veronica enjoys spending time with her husband Oscar and their two children Martina and Mateo, who are both AMS alumni. She loves swimming and snorkeling in the ocean, gardening, refinishing furniture, hiking, and returning to her native Ecuador as often as she can.

Marilyn MartinezClassroom Assistant

M.Ed., Bilingual, ESL and Multicultural Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst

B.A., Business Administration, University of Puerto Rico

Marilyn has been teaching in Amherst since 1999. She began her career in the public schools, teaching English Language Learners and Spanish at the elementary level before joining the Casa de Niños team in 2013. She loves working with children each day and applying her knowledge and experience in a bilingual Montessori environment.

Marilyn lives in Amherst with her husband Hector and daughter Gabriela. She is an avid baker and cook, and also loves to craft.

Classroom Assistant

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.

Classroom Assistant

B.A., Human Development, with a minor in Elementary Education, Wheelock College

Carolyn joined Amherst Montessori School in 2018 and has been working with children for over twenty years.
She began her career in an extended day kindergarten program in Brookline, Massachusetts before moving to Colorado where she was the director of a before and after school program. Upon returning to MA she worked as a preschool teacher at Stoney Brook Child Care in South Hadley.

Most recently, she has worked as a librarian at St. Thomas the Apostle School in West Springfield.

Carolyn enjoys spending time watching her three children play sports that they love, spending time with family, and being outside.