It is not uncommon to hear the sweet sound of singing voices drifting out of Theresa Lipinski’s classroom. Her unique teaching style often uses creative movement, bright melodies, poetry and playful humor to engage her students.
Theresa always knew she wanted to be a teacher. She earned a BS in Elementary Education from Cabrini College and AMS Montessori Certification from Chestnut Hill College, then launched a 25-plus year career in Montessori education. That career, interestingly enough, has brought her full circle: her first Montessori job in 1988 was right here in St. Clement’s Church, where Greene Towne Montessori was originally located.
When Clementine was founded in 2010, Theresa was the first and only employee, the school’s original Lead Teacher. Her wealth of knowledge and experience contributed to the success and growth of the young school. We have Theresa to thank for her ardent commitment to authentic Montessori education that set the standard for the excellence we see throughout all of our classrooms and programs each and every day.
Steeped in Montessori philosophy, Theresa’s classroom is a place where children move through the prepared environment to become curious and self-motivated learners. Her experience shows up on the shelves, where classic Montessori materials sit side by side with creative and challenging work that Theresa has collected through the years. Constantly scouring the Internet and consulting with other Montessori educators, Theresa is always creating new activities to spark our children’s imaginations. She continually broadens her horizons by traveling and visiting Montessori schools around the globe, a passion that brings a strong sense of our global community to her students. (Notably, with Theresa’s guidance and mentorship, many of her former assistant teachers have been inspired to become Montessori teachers themselves!)
Theresa has an identical twin sister, an arts educator, who also works at a Montessori school. Theresa and her husband (a high school physics teacher whom she met through one of her students) enjoy going to concerts, jamming out to classic ‘80s music, and singing karaoke with family and friends. Her love of singing and musicals, in particular “The Sound of Music,” has made Theresa something of a Pied Piper to the children of Clementine.
With a BA in Family Studies, Adrienne has always taken a keen interest in the well-being of families and is particularly passionate about working with children in a learning environment.
Adrienne has spent many years working with children, firstly as a tutor and a nanny, then as a mentor for at risk youth, followed by working as a teacher’s aid for preschool age children with autism spectrum disorder and pervasive development disorder. After the birth of her daughter, Adrienne explored multiple different childcare and preschool options and was so interested in the Montessori Method that she decided to enroll in a Montessori teacher training program. Shortly afterwards, Adrienne joined Clementine as the Assistant Teacher in Room 2.
When not at Clementine, Adrienne is kept busy looking after her daughter Maia, who will be joining her at Clementine in the 2019/20 school year! Adrienne loves spending time outdoors, and travels with her family whenever she gets the opportunity.