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

-Maria Montessori

Megan RandlettLead Montessori 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 scholars of all ages. She values teaching about cultures of the world, environmental conservation, and utilizing art as a tool for learning. She loves to make up new games, songs, and dances, to actively engage students in the world in which they live. Alex believes that the Montessori philosophy fosters a respectful and peaceful learning environment. She feels passionately that the careful organization of Montessori classroom is designed to help students succeed.

In her free time, you can find Alex riding her horse, painting, taking photos, and camping. 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 her goal is to visit every continent and US state.

Classroom Assistant

B.A., Art History and Indigenous Studies, Smith College

Tara graduated from Smith College in 2018, where she received her bachelor’s degree in art history and Indigenous studies.  Since finishing school, she has worked on farms in the Valley, as a nanny, and as an instructor at the Farm and Garden Camp. Tara believes that building a strong understanding of food systems and a deep respect for land are both critical parts of a child’s education.

Tara is interested in the ways that young people think and communicate and is excited to help guide them as they discover themselves. She encourages children to think about how their bodies move through space, in relationship with other people, with the earth, and with themselves.

In her free time Tara likes to read books, touch dirt, and cook food. She loves cheeseburgers, thinking about vegetables, and hanging out with her friends, especially her boyfriend, Jeffrey.

Classroom Assistant

B.A., Sociology, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Eunice graduated from UMass Amherst in 2018, majoring in Sociology and minoring in Education. Through babysitting, camp counseling, volunteer programs, and substituting, she has been working with children her whole life, and her love of working with them has only grown stronger over the years. Most recently, Eunice worked as the Younger After School Assistant at The Common School in Amherst. There, she discovered an interest in working in schools that foster a child-centered educational environment.

In her free time, Eunice loves practicing yoga, reading, cooking, going to the beach, playing with her cat, Kemba, and spending time with friends and family.