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 join the Clementine team 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 at The Center for Guided Montessori Studies (CGMS) and has worked as an assistant teacher at another local Montessori school. Eileen also teaches Art at Clementine, merging her passion for educating children and her talents in fine arts and creative expression. However, Eileen is happiest when she is helping children to create and learn. Eileen has recently finished her Primary certification and will be joining forces with Jake Cohen as Co-Lead Teacher this year. Her daughter Stella is entering Kindergarten at Clementine.