“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


Alex Sprague

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.