Anna Simons

Music

Anna has a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from Temple University. Anna completed her Music Together® teacher training in the summer of 2006, after a career of over fifteen years in the public school in Philadelphia. Anna has two sons 29 and 20 and they continue to incorporate music in their own lives. Anna finds that she is a good match with Music Togethers’ philosophy and goals. in August of 2009, Anna was awarded Music Together Certification Level I , having demonstrated achievement in teaching, musicianship, program philosophy, and parent education. The award was granted by the Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, NJ. In 2015, Anna was awarded Music Together Certification Level II, for she demonstrated outstanding achievement in teaching, musicianship, program philosophy, and parent education. Music is to be shared. Music is for everyone.

Anna’s own background of music started in childhood, supported from both sides of her family. She has always felt privileged and humbled to teach the very young and to be a model for parents. Adults in particular have found Anna to be stimulating and insightful. The energy and love she brings to her lessons are contagious, her manner is warm and welcoming. Art and music are always present in her life and she feels strongly about sharing her love for music to small children and to the adults who love them.

Toni Rosen

Spanish

toni-cropped-headshot-22Toni Rosen, our new Spanish teacher, cannot remember a time when she wasn’t interested in foreign languages. She grew up in a bilingual household where her mother and grandmother spoke only Italian. In 4th grade, she started learning French at school. From that point on, she was hooked and has pursued doing something with French and Spanish ever since.

Toni has a BA with a major in French and a minor in Spanish from West Chester University. After college, she worked as a bilingual secretary in various international companies and law firms such as PNB Bank, International Mill Service, and Dechert Price & Rhoads, where she was the assistant to the Honorary Consul of France in Philadelphia.

When Toni’s daughter was born in 1996, she decided to work part time. Along with translating, tutoring and teaching many home-schooled children, she took a job as a French teacher in a Montessori school in 1999 and found that she really enjoyed teaching preschool and kindergarten. One school led to another and French led to Spanish and now, 17 years later, she is still passionate about introducing foreign language to young children.

Toni lives with her husband and two dogs in Bryn Mawr. Her daughter, Lily, is a sophomore at Vanderbilt University. She loves to travel and work out at the gym and is really looking forward to meeting the children at Clementine Montessori in September.