Who We Are

North Shore Montessori School Mission Statement

North Shore Montessori School was founded in 2007 by Margaret Henry, the director and head Children’s House teacher of North Shore Montessori School. Our mission is to develop the whole child in an environment based on the Montessori Philosophy and Methodology originally developed by Maria Montessori. Our primary goal is that all of our students become confident lifelong learners, with a deep respect for themselves, others, and the world in which they live. Our focus in applying Montessori principles is to give each child the opportunity to be nurtured, educated and inspired at his or her own unique pace in order to optimize their personal educational experience.

“The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say, “The children are now working as if I did not exist.” ― Maria Montessori

Teaching Staff

“It is not enough for the teacher to love the child. She must first love and understand the universe. She must prepare herself, and truly work at it.” ― Maria Montessori

Margaret Henry, Founder and Director, Children’s House Head Teacher
B.A. Lesley University, AMS Early Childhood Montessori Certification, Northeast Montessori Institute

For over twenty years, Margaret has served as a Certified Montessori Head Teacher in the North Shore Community, including Stoneridge Children’s Montessori School, and the Newburyport Montessori School, and three years at the Summit Montessori School, in Boca Raton, Florida.Ms. Henry is an active member of the American Montessori Society, (AMS), and the North American Montessori Teachers’ Association (NAMTA).

Patricia “Paddy” Cummings: Head Upper Elementary Teacher
B.A. English, Minor in Fine Arts, Montessori Certified

 Diane Oberheim: Children’s House

Stacy Smith: Lower Elementary

Michele Denner Duratti: Lower Elementary


Enrichment Team

EJ Ouellette: Voice and Ukulele with the Upper Elementary, Whole Music, Byfield

Gary Feldman: Voice Children’s House & Lower Elementary, Whole Music, Byfield

Dan Welleham: Spanish & Elementary Outdoor Education Teacher

Kevin Dacey: Drumming Instructor