Steph is thrilled to be entering her third year at Clementine! With a B.A. in Acting from Temple University, Steph has always had two passions—performance and education. She has worked as an assistant teacher at other schools, in Theater Education departments in the city and extensively as a caregiver for local families. She was 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 in general 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 has also served as Clementine’s Camp Director for 2019 and 2020 Summer Camps! She loves to sing, make edible cookie dough and walk around the city.
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.
Rahmira Thompson is a junior at Temple University and is majoring in Psychology, as well gaining her certification in Spanish. Rahmira is not completely sure what area she want to pursue yet, but she would like to steer towards counseling and working with adolescents. Somehow she always finds herself working with or around children. She is her nephews favorite aunt (no debate) and they are always attached to her hip! Recently, Rahmira worked at an art preschool where they did lots of engaging/fun things with the children, encouraging them to use their imagination and creativity to its full ability. She loves working with children, and psychology is really something she finds getting lost in with all its galore of information. Knowledge is power and so is teaching our future innovators.
Hello! My name is Danielle Huertas and I am super excited to be a part of the Extended Day Program! A little about my background, I attended Gwynedd Mercy University for two years, studying Nursing. From 2017-2020 I provided complete care for two children; one who has attended Clementine in the past and one who is currently attending. Experiencing and assisting them with their growth and development has caused me to want to explore the path of teaching. I learned a lot about Montessori while caring for them. I love that through a Montessori Education children have the ability to really express themselves and allow their unique personalities to shine through. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn more about this type of education and to be getting hands on experience. Aside from teaching, I enjoy exercise, cooking, crocheting and the outdoors!