Marlene Lally, Head of School

marlene-671x1024Clementine 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.


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!