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.
Samantha Todorovich, Assistant Administrator
Sam joins the Clementine staff as a transplant from Baltimore, Maryland. She studied Hospitality Management at The Florida State University and worked as a Front Desk Agent and Sales Coordinator in hotels around Maryland. Having volunteered for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for several years, she realized that her passion was to work for a non-profit organization. After leaving the hotel world and taking some time off to volunteer at local organizations, Sam found herself as a Development Coordinator at the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation, a small non-profit based in Maryland. It was here that she was able to explore her interest in Psychology by taking courses at a local college.
Deciding to leave Maryland, Sam wanted to explore positions that encompassed her skills, passion to do good in the world and interest in Psychology. The Montessori Philosophy aligned with what she had learned in class about childhood development and Clementine was a perfect fit!
As a new resident of Philly, Sam has been enjoying exploring the city and its history. She has taken a Montessori workshop this summer and is excited to learn from the wonderful teachers and staff at Clementine!
Michelle Fox, Director of Admissions
Michelle Fox joins the Clementine staff after spending years working in marketing and product development for companies in Australia and New Zealand. Growing up in Johannesburg, South Africa, Michelle studied at the University of Cape Town before relocating to Australia with her husband, Ben. While living in Australia, Michelle enjoyed spending time outdoors, whether at the beach, bike riding, or running. She also received her instructor training in Pilates!
Michelle’s first foray into Montessori came while searching for a school for her eldest son, Oliver. As many of our families know well, the challenges of relocating and finding a school suited to her child was daunting. However, Michelle felt the warmth and welcome of Clementine refreshing. Not only did the community suit her as a parent, she also knew the school was a wonderful environment for her son to grow and thrive. Now as our Director of Admissions, Michelle strives to provide families with the same warm and welcoming approach that she experienced years ago in her school search. For Michelle, there is nothing better than finding a school that fits your child and your family!
Now with two boys at Clementine and another young son at home, Michelle balances being a staff member and an active parent in our school community. While her three boys keep her plenty busy, she also enjoys eating biltong, spending time outdoors, and seeing more of Philadelphia with her family. She occasionally pops into the classroom to share her unique experiences living in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa; she even has her very own didgeridoo!