Originally from Arlington, VA, Jake graduated with a degree in Theatre from Northwestern University before spending several years working as an actor. In between projects, Jake worked as a teaching artist in elementary, middle, and high schools around Chicago. It was in this capacity that, in 2012, Jake stumbled into a job at a Montessori school where he immediately became fascinated by the pedagogy. Eager to learn more about the philosophy, curriculum, and child-centered education, Jake moved to Oakland, CA to complete a Master’s program in Montessori Early Childhood Education at St. Mary’s College of California where he conducted his thesis research on implementing Montessori curriculum in Head Start classrooms. After five years of living and teaching in the Bay Area, Jake and his partner, Jessie, relocated to Philadelphia to be closer to their families on the East Coast. Jake is thrilled to be at Clementine and looks forward to exploring this new city as well as the beautiful nature that surrounds it.
Eileen’s formal education and life-long passion is in visual arts—photography to be precise. After teaching college and high school for many years, Eileen received her Montessori Teacher Assistant training and Primary certification at The Center for Guided Montessori Studies (CGMS) and has worked as an assistant teacher at another local Montessori school. Eileen is happiest when she is helping children to create and learn. This year Eileen will support Magnolia from afar as she works to develop Clementine’s modified classroom and remote learning curricula. In the event we pivot to online schooling, Eileen will resume her role as a Co-lead teacher.
Diana was born and raised in Mexico City. She arrived in the United States six years ago as an Au-pair. Previously, Diana worked in the traditional education system and found her true calling in the Montessori methodology. She graduated from Chestnut Hill College with a Master’s degree in Educational Studies. Diana is currently finishing her second Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Montessori Certification. She enjoys spending time outdoors, and her hobby is photography. Her biggest dream is to guide children in Montessori schools in different countries all around the world.