Marlene Lally, Head of School
Clementine Montessori is proud to welcome Marlene Lally as our Head of School. Marlene comes to us most recently from Cristo Rey High School, where she was the Director of Finance and Operations and part of the school’s founding team. She began her school administrator career almost 20 years ago running a pair of Montessori schools, so she is thrilled to have the opportunity to return to her first educational passion.
In addition to a wealth of experience with school administration, Marlene is a woman of many talents and interests. She is trained as a Wilson Reading specialist, rows dragon boats, and even designed her own line of pajamas for breast cancer patients. Her (now adult) twins did their Primary years at the Montessori school she ran, and continued on to Lower Elementary at a nearby program, so she can also share her experiences as a seasoned Montessori parent.
Danielle Godjikian, Administrative Assistant
Danielle Godjikian joins our administrative staff (June 2015) after spending over 3 years working in education. A graduate of Dickinson College, she tutored both writing and Ancient Greek as an undergraduate, which inspired her to learn more about education, its history, and current practices.
Danielle has taught Latin to middle school and high school students in both Pennsylvania and Maryland public schools. Her time in public education motivated her to seek alternative approaches to education and was drawn to more experience-based education. A fervent traveler from a young age, Danielle has always valued hands-on, active learning. As a result she has dabbled in spoken Latin, a small, but growing! niche within the Latin community.
Before moving to Philadelphia and coming to Clementine, Danielle worked in a similar administrative capacity at a democratic school in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Spending most of her time in the office, Danielle gained fluency with private school administrative tasks, in addition to interacting with all students, ages 4-18. She is excited for the positive, silly, and playful energy that Clementine students will add to her workday.
Outside of work, Danielle enjoys knitting-up cozy gifts for friends and family, riding her bike around the city, practicing yoga, training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and traveling. She frequently goes to Seattle to visit her parents, Idaho to visit family, and Nicaragua to spend time with her sister and new brother-in-law.