“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

Lead Montessori Guide

B.A., Psychology, Westfield State College

Infant/Toddler Lead Teacher Certification, Center for Montessori Teacher Education in New York (CMTE/NY)

Kristie got her start at Amherst Montessori School in the Summer of 2008 as a Toddler Classroom Assistant. In the fall of 2015, Amherst Montessori School created the Infant program in response to a need both within the AMS community and outside of it. Families were growing and the school was ready to grow as well. With seven years behind her as an assistant in the Toddler program, and a genuine passion and gift for infant care, Kristie was the natural choice for lead guide. She began her Montessori certification at the Center for Montessori Education NY, and ultimately launched the Infant program at Amherst Montessori School.

Kristie loves to watch her students begin to move freely about the classroom and grow at their own pace. She appreciates Montessori’s emphasis on nurturing each child’s independence within a safe, peaceful, and prepared space. She considers it a great privilege to be present for developmental milestones, and deeply values her relationships with the families of each of her students. Kristie aims to create a culture of openness and communication with all families, and a classroom environment full of joy and exploration, reading and song.

Kristie has three boys, one who currently attends AMS and two who are alumni. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, spending her summers in Vermont, and spending time with her kids and their various activities.

Classroom Assistant

Rachel joined Amherst Montessori School in 2011 as a substitute teacher and was hired as an assistant in Children's House in 2012. She has worked with every level except for Elementary.

Since the Infant program began in 2015, Rachel has led the Infant Summer Discovery program and has assisted in both Toddler and Infant classrooms.

When Rachel isn't working with children at Amherst Montessori School, she enjoys reading and watching movies. She also loves spending time with her family, friends, and pets.

Linda (Miao) LuClassroom Assistant

B.S., Analytical Chemistry, Liaoning University of Petroleum and Chemical Technology

Linda became a part of the AMS community in 2008 when her eldest son Hao Hao began as a student in the Toddler program. She started substitute teaching in 2014, and in 2015 she joined the Infant team in its first year. She is a native speaker of Mandarin Chinese, and in addition to her daily responsibilities of infant care and maintaining the Montessori classroom environment, she enjoys helping welcome families of diverse backgrounds to Amherst Montessori School.

Linda studied Analytical Chemistry as an undergraduate, and also holds certificates in American Culture & Language and Advanced Information Systems.  She loves reading and Chinese cooking, and on the weekends you can often find her at her sons’ swim meets.

Classroom Assistant

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.