“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

Faculty and Staff

Lead Montessori Guide

B.A., Psychology and Theatre, Marlboro College

Kirsten has worked with children since high school when she first trained as a YMCA counselor for Camp Nokomis on the beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee. Since then, she has worked for several youth programs in New England such as the Boys and Girls Club of Brattleboro Vermont and the Monadnock Family Service's youth program “Acting Out” in Keene NH.  She was also a mental health worker for the adolescent residential program at the Brattleboro Retreat, where she enjoyed taking the residents on camping trips, ski lessons, and canoeing adventures.  

Kirsten’s first introduction to Montessori was as a student at Hilltop Montessori School in Brattleboro VT for an extended three-year middle school experience.  She joined the AMS community as an assistant in the Elementary program six years ago. After being asked to help support the Toddler aftercare program, Kirsten fell in love with the age group and the Montessori approach. She is currently training with the Cambridge Montessori Institute in Cambridge Massachusettes for her Montessori Infant/Toddler certification. 

A native of Vermont, Kirsten enjoys taking long walks, swimming in rivers and brooks, and cooking over a campfire with friends and family.  She enjoys theatre, photography, and singing. She sometimes performs with the New England Youth Theatre Alumni Association or with Amherst-based Jazz vocal ensemble “Swing Set.” At home in Hadley, Kirsten will often go for walks in the neighborhood of Hockanum with her camera, taking in the views, if she’s not otherwise occupied with gardening or cooking a delicious meal.