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.
After moving to Philadelphia and continuing to teach art, Alyssa has decided to pursue Montessori entirely. She attended the Princeton Center for Teacher Education this summer and is working towards completing the Primary Lead Teacher Certification this spring.
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. 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.
Steph is thrilled to be continuing at Clementine in the fall after joining camp this summer! 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 earlier in the year–the peaceful and positive classroom environment was so exciting to witness. To continue learning more about the method, she and Sam recently 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 looks forward to calling on her background in the arts in the extended day program.