OUR EDUCATORS

Helping children grow and thrive

All of our teachers came to Montessori because of the incredibly positive experiences that their own children had at Montessori schools. This inspired each of them to become trained as Montessori educators, which shows how passionate they are about the philosophy and methods pioneered by Maria Montessori.

MARGARET HENRY

Founding Director, Lead Teacher, Children's House

For nearly 30 years, Margaret has served as a Certified Montessori head teacher in the North Shore Community. In 2007, she brought her dream of founding a Montessori School to life near her home in Rowley, Massachusetts.

Margaret earned her B.A. from Lesley University. She is certified as an Early Childhood Montessori educator by the Northeast Montessori Institute. Her teaching experience includes Stoneridge Children’s Montessori School, the Newburyport Montessori School, and three years at the Summit Montessori School, in Boca Raton, Florida. Margaret  is an active member of the American Montessori Society, (AMS), and the North American Montessori Teachers’ Association (NAMTA).

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AIDA CELEBIC

Assistant Teacher, Children’s House

Aida brings knowledge, enthusiasm, and joy to the youngest students at NSMS. 

Aida’s love for Montessori started as a mother of a Montessori student. She fell in love with the specially designed and beautifully crafted materials, warm and inviting classroom which creates a calm atmosphere and accommodates student choice, and the hands-on-approach to learning.  As she continued to appreciate and observe the positive effect a Montessori education impacted on her son, Aida knew that she wanted to help share the vision for others. 

 

Aida completed the Montessori Overview, Toddler Overview and the Advanced Assistant Training with the Northeast Montessori Institute - Rising Stars.  Prior to joining North Shore Montessori School (NSMS), Aida taught at the Newburyport Montessori School from 2003-2019.

“Nothing can compare to watching a tentative, uncertain or tearful child on their first day of school turn into a cheerful, confident, self-driven learner.  Whether the little one builds a pink tower, does a hundred board, or comforts a friend, each and every student I have seen grow has made me feel grateful for where I am and what I do.”

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MICHELE DENNER

Lead Teacher, Lower Elementary

In the fall of 2018, Michele returned to teaching after a 17-year hiatus. She was drawn to NSMS because of its small-school, big-impact Montessori environment. She is a calm and supportive presence in the classroom of 1st-3rd graders.

One of her favorite things about NSMS is the shared learning that occurs between the youngest children and the soon-to-be graduates. The shared schoolyard with its gardens, chicken coop, playground area and open space provide so many opportunities for outdoor learning.


Michele holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of New Hampshire with a concentration in journalism. Her career experience includes teaching high school English, web development, publications management and journalism. In May 2022, Michele will be dual certified by the American Montessori Society in both Lower Elementary (ages 6 to 9) and Upper Elementary (ages 9 to 12).

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AMY BELANGER

Assistant Teacher, Lower Elementary

Amy joined us in the fall of 2021, and is known for her patient and friendly nature. Amy discovered Montessori education when her own children started school; she fell in love with the way that the Montessori environment nurtures and guides children to fulfill their potential. She also loves all of the going out that the Montessori pedagogy provides. 


Amy holds a Bachelor of Arts from Middlebury College and a Master of Education from the University of New Hampshire. She  was a guidance counseling intern at both Newburyport High School and Sparhawk High School in 2013-2015. She substitute taught at the River Valley Charter School from 2016-2017, then served as an Upper Elementary assistant teacher there from 2017-2019. Prior to joining NSMS, Amy was an instructional assistant in an Upper Elementary classroom for the 2019-2020 year at Hill View Montessori Charter Public School and then co-lead teacher in a Lower Elementary classroom 2020-2021, also at Hill View Montessori Charter Public School. Amy's Montessori certification is in progress.

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PATRICIA “PADDY” CUMMINGS

Head Teacher, Upper Elementary

Creative and engaging, we were thrilled when Paddy joined as our Upper Elementary teacher in 2017. Paddy is always finding new ways to innovate in the classroom, and excels in bringing out the best in her 4th-6th graders. She delights in watching them solve problems and choose their own learning paths.


Paddy holds a B.A. English with a Minor in Fine Arts from Saint Anselm College. She is Certified to teach elementary  through the North American Montessori Center in British Columbia, Canada. Paddy received a fellowship to the Calderwood Writing Program. She is trained in the Six Traits Writing Course & Common Core by Fred Wolff, as well as the Lucy Calkins writing course.  

Prior to joining NSMS, Paddy taught at the Merrohawke Nature School from 2008-2010, and at the River Valley Charter School from 2010-2017. She is also currently and educator with the Gulf of Maine Institute (GOMI), a local non-profit dedicated to educating and preparing young people to be environmental stewards.

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