With a B.A. in Acting from Temple University, Steph has always had two passions—performance and education. She has worked extensively as a caregiver for several local families, in The Wilma Theater’s education department as an intern and then counselor and as an assistant teacher at other schools. She was actually first introduced to the Clementine community as a nanny at pick-up through providing care for two Clementine families! Steph’s appreciation for the Montessori method was sparked by observing in a room at Clementine–the peaceful and positive classroom environment was so exciting to witness. To continue learning more about the method, she completed a Montessori Assistants workshop at Chestnut Hill College.
Steph believes that theater and creative expression are key to developing a child’s sense of empathy, collaboration and confidence and thoroughly enjoys calling on her background in the arts as Lead Teacher in Clementine’s Extended Day Program. Steph was also successful in leading our children and staff over the summer as Clementine’s Camp Director for our 2019 Summer Camp and is doing it all again virtually in 2020!
We are so excited to welcome Madeline to our Extended Day Team for the 2020/21 school year!
Madeline is an artist and educator living and working in Philadelphia. Originally from Syracuse, NY, Madeline moved to the area to attend school at Bryn Mawr College. She graduated in 2020 with a degree in Theatre (Performance and Theory), including a semester spent at Headlong Performance Institute (diving into her personal practice as well as Lecoq clowning) in her junior fall. She has spent the last four summers teaching dance technique and choreography to K-12 graders in Syracuse, and the last year working as an assistant teacher in the two year olds’ classroom at the Phebe Anna Thorne School in Bryn Mawr. She is passionate about triangles, handstands, and her favorite color is yellow.
Michela recently graduated from Drexel University with a degree in TV Production. Over the course of her four years at Drexel, Michela realized that her true passion is working with children. She then began to volunteer and take classes to further that passion. This past year she worked as a Paraprofessional in two Pre-K classes at a public school in New Jersey. Michela loves being able to help children learn and grow.
After learning more about Montessori, Michela knew she wanted to be a part of this hands on learning environment. Michela loves how Montessori education teaches children to not only be confident, but also to be supportive of their peers. Michela is eager to jump head first into Montessori education and is excited to join the Clementine team.
Aside from teaching, Michela is also passionate about Italian culture and is currently learning how to speak Italian. In her free time she likes to play board games with friends, draw/paint, and do sudoku. She also enjoys cooking and learning new recipes.