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“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

Early Childhood Credential, American Montessori Society, Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center

B.A., Theater, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Rachel discovered Dr. Maria Montessori’s beautiful brilliance in the spring of 2013. Soon after, she immersed herself  in the pedagogy at the Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center in Evanston, Illinois, where she worked, studied and earned her Early Childhood Certification.

During the 2013/2014 school year, she assisted in a classroom at Sauganash Montessori School in Chicago. It was a joyous, creative, and intellectually inspiring year. However, homesick for the woods and farms and people of the Pioneer Valley, she and her husband, Scott, moved home to Massachusetts the summer following her training.

That September, she began work at Longmeadow Montessori in a Children’s House classroom. The following August, she and Scott welcomed their child, Amelia, into the world. Rachel then spent the following two years with her at home. In September of 2017, she joined Amherst Montessori School as the Lead Guide of Toddler II. Rachel worked in this classroom for two blissfully busy years before she was offered the position of Lead Guide of the Juniper Classroom. 

Rachel strives to create a classroom environment that is welcoming, peaceful, and accessible, as well as a place where every child can explore and learn through their senses, develop language, and interact, cooperate and play with other children. She provides a rotating range of materials so that the children are given many unique opportunities to develop cognitively, socially and physically.  The childrens' work and experiences are then keenly observed, followed and nurtured.