Alyssa was first introduced to Montessori philosophy and teaching techniques as a classroom art teacher for PreK-6th grade in New Jersey. She pioneered student directed learning in her art classroom and created an integrated curriculum for her school connecting core subjects to art, music, dance, and theatre. Alyssa is excited to offer Montessori principles with an arts and extracurricular focus in Clementine’s Extended Day Program.
Alyssa studied Art Education and Psychology at The College of New Jersey. She holds a state teaching certificate with 5 years of public school experience, welcoming young children to be curious, creative, and active learners. After moving to Philadelphia and continuing to teach art, Alyssa decided to pursue Montessori entirely. She attended the Princeton Center for Teacher Education and earned her Montessori Primary Lead Teacher Certification.
When she is not teaching, Alyssa enjoys fiber arts such as quilting and knitting. You can find her on the banks of the Schuylkill practicing yoga or in the baking aisle at Trader Joe’s.
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 an assistant 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.
We are so excited to welcome Madeleine as an Extended Day Assistant Teacher for the 2019/20 school year!
Madeleine is originally from Washington, DC. After graduating from The Evergreen State College in 2014, she worked as a Montessori assistant in Oakland, CA for several years. She will receive her AMI 6-12 Montessori certification from Montessori Northwest in the summer of 2020, and she is also working towards an M.Ed with Emphasis in Montessori from Whitworth University and National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector. Madeleine is trained as a doula through DONA international, and in Montessori for Aging and Dementia through AMI. Her favorite things include Arabic calligraphy, reading, world music, and both admiring and creating art. She lives in West Philadelphia with her partner, Brian, and her kitten, Raisinette.