Our Team

We are growing!

Sussex Montessori’s team is growing every day! Our Head of School and the Sussex Montessori School leadership are excited to build this diverse team of extraordinary, talented staff to educate and inspire our young learners. These amazing teachers, assistant teachers and support staff, alongside our students and families will bring the school’s mission and vision to life.  Please join us in welcoming each new member as they come on board!

 

Lead Teachers

Katherine Bailey

Katherine comes to us with 9 years of teaching experience with both the Indian River, and Laurel School District. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education K-8 from Wesley College and a Master’s degree in Learning and Technology from Western Governors University. She also received her certification as both a Special Education Teacher K-12 and Early Childhood Teacher Birth-5, from the State of Delaware. Katherine has taught grades K-4 as an inclusion teacher teaching both general and special education students. She has also served as a Learning Focused trainer for the Indian River school district and received Responsive Classroom training. She is currently working to get her Montessori Certification through the University of Delaware.

As a Special Education teacher, Katherine had the responsibility of writing and implementing Individualized Education Plans (IEP) as well as evaluation reports, team meetings, providing documentation of goal progress, and management of caseload for federal and state guidelines/requirements. 

It is Katherine’s long term goal to bring a Montessori Early Learning Center to Western Sussex County.

Katherine currently lives in Millsboro with her husband, two boys and dog. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family. She loves the beach, music, reading, painting and designing digital media. She is very excited to join Sussex Montessori and looks forward to meeting all the students and families! 

 

Becky Ball

Becky Ball is a Delaware native, growing up in Milford. She went to High Point University where she received a BA in elementary education. After college Becky pursued a childhood dream and went to work for Walt Disney World.  While there she held a few different roles but spent most of her time doing conservation education in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Becky made her way back to Delaware to work for Cape Henlopen State Park as a park naturalist in 2019, and is finally getting back in the classroom! She is currently pursuing her Montessori certification at the University of Delaware and is excited about the opportunity to teach at Sussex Montessori School.  Becky loves being outside and learning about nature. She also loves dancing and currently teaches ballet in Milford.

 

 

 

 

Trey Butterworth

Trey Butterworth is a 2016 graduate of Bald Eagle Area high school and is from the small, rural town in central Pennsylvania named Clarence. After high school, Trey attended Pennsylvania State University of Altoona where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education. During his time at Penn State Altoona, he played college basketball for four years where he was named an Academic All-American all four years and team captain his senior year. Trey says he’s looking forward to a new beginning at Sussex Montessori School where he will live near the beach and raise his two Weimaraners. Trey enjoys any and all things SPORTS, as well as hunting, fishing, and the great outdoors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Autumn Camlin

Autumn moved to Sussex County this summer with her husband and two kids. She has a Master’s in Education Degree from Holy Family University.  Before moving to Delaware, Autumn taught at Keystone Academy Charter School in Philadelphia for 14 years. While there, she taught 1st grade, 4th, 5th and 6th grade science. Most recently she developed a new makerspace class for all students from Kindergarten through 8th grade. She incorporated STEM activities with the Engineering Design Process to help the students solve real world problems. Autumn had a fellowship with Riverbend Environmental Center where she had the opportunity to use an aquaponics system in her class. She is excited to share her love for science and the environment with her students.  Autumn enjoyed her Montessori training this summer with UDMTR and is eager to be a part of Sussex Montessori.

 

 

 

 

Katherine Cardenas

Mason Falligant

Mason Falligant, one of our lead elementary teachers, is originally from Birmingham, Alabama. After working as a lead upper elementary teacher at a public charter Montessori school in Carbondale, Colorado, Mason joined us in the fall of 2020 to work as a lead teacher at Sussex Montessori School in its inaugural year. A former Montessori student himself, Mason is passionate about Montessori pedagogy, as he believes it offers all students the opportunity for social, emotional, and intellectual flourishing. Mason graduated from Auburn University in 2019 with a degree in secondary social sciences education, and he recently obtained his Montessori Elementary I & II teaching credential through the University of Delaware’s Montessori Teaching Residency program. Through his experiences in the classroom, as an assistant camp director, and as a youth baseball and football coach, Mason has extensive experience working with children, and he has found great joy working with the learners and families in the “River Otter” classroom at SMS! In his spare time, Mason enjoys running, kayaking, playing chess, and visiting his family in Baltimore.

 

 

 

 

Nazaneen Khalilnaji-Otto

Nazaneen Khalilnaji-Otto - Assoc. TeacherNazaneen Khalilnaji-Otto joined Sussex Montessori after 20 years of working in education in a variety of roles. Nazaneen earned her Teaching Credential and Master of Science in Education from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania and holds a B.A. from The Evergreen State College. She recently was the Online Program Level Lead for a Montessori school in Palo Alto, coordinating the schedule, the teachers, and the communication during the fall of 2020. Before that she worked as the Librarian for the school for one year.

Nazaneen also served as the Director of the Summer Matters Campaign, a statewide effort in California to ensure high quality summer learning programs are an accessible option for all public-school students.  In her other varied positions, she has been a classroom teacher, a program director of after school and summer programs, and a program quality coach.  Her work has focused on curriculum development, program management, volunteer training and recruitment, staff development, educator coaching, and effective collaborations among families, schools, and community partners.

Moving to the Delaware with her family has been a new and exciting adventure for Nazaneen. She looks forward to getting to know the students, families, and community of Sussex Montessori along with discovering wonders of Delaware. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, dancing, and watching movies with her husband and two sons.

 

Roseann Musemici

Roseann Musemici graduated from Wilmington University with a Bachelor’s in Science in Early Childhood Education with certification in Elementary Education and Special Education. She has taught in a variety of settings from birth to 5th grade as a lead teacher, Team Associate of Mastery (TAM) teacher, an assistant teacher, and a substitute teacher from preschool to grade 12.  In addition, she is a longtime volunteer at her church teaching religious education to students in kindergarten through 9th grade.

During holiday breaks and summer break Roseann creates replica costumes with a twist of individuality for her daughters and herself. They attend 2 or 3 comic conventions a year.  Roseann is a three time costume contest winner in Delaware and a two time costume contest winner in Maryland. Her costumes have been pictured in the Dover Post, on WBOC, and in convention commercials. She is enthusiastic and takes great pride in her teaching, in her students and in her craft.

 

 

 

 

Anna Ornelas-Moore

Anna worked with the Woodbridge and Milford school districts overseeing two after-school programs operated through Community in Schools.  Formerly, she was the Hispanic outreach coordinator for the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Delaware, just after graduating Wilmington University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Sciences.  In her professional career, Anna has worked with various non-profit organizations dedicated to support families and help parents/children overcome obstacles, build confidence, and increase academic performance and graduation rates.   In 2014, Anna was featured in Delaware Today Magazine for her work with Hispanic families and children with disabilities in Kent and Sussex Counties.  She is currently seeking her Masters in Special Education and plans to dedicate her career to working with exceptional children.

Anna is married to Nicholas Moore and they have a beautiful two year old girl, Arya.  She loves spending time with her daughter and home decorating.  Anna and her family enjoy being outside, gardening, exercising and attending Comic Con events.  She is very excited to join the Sussex Montessori family!

 

 

 

Kimberly Oswinkle

Kimberly Oswinkle is excited to become a part of the Sussex Montessori School. During the last
9 years, Kim taught grades 4, 5, and 6 in Wilmington Delaware. Before moving to the Mid-
Atlantic, from New England, she taught elementary school for 13 years in both the public and
private sector. Kim brings an exciting level of experience to our program. She attended Towson
University in Maryland where she received her B.S. in Elementary Education, and earned an
A.A.in Early Childhood and Health and Human Services from the Community College of Rhode
Island. Kim has been certified as an elementary teacher in Delaware, since 2011, prior to that
she held certifications in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. In addition to her love of teaching
children, Kim has worked as a teacher mentor, head chair for Middle States Accreditation, Apple
Teacher, team leader, and a presenter for Beau Biden For The Protection of the Children
Foundation. Kim is a lifelong learner eager to share her talents with the Montessori community
in Sussex County. Kim is a resident of Lewes, DE and is looking forward to becoming more
involved in Sussex County. She is looking forward to extending her love of reading, running,
gardening and cooking to the children of Sussex Montessori.

 

 

Jon Otto

Here to bring good tidings from the West Coast, Jon Otto comes with 15 years of teaching experience (10 years Montessori). He is credentialed through the American Montessori Society (6-12 year old) from St.Mary’s College in Moraga, CA. Jon also holds a Master’s of Arts in Teaching University of San Francisco, where he earned a bilingual Spanish multi subject credential as well as a single subject credential in social studies. Jon is very passionate about culture, foreign languages, gardening, and marine biology.  He is proficient in Spanish and French and seeks to bring hands-on, science experience to his students through partnerships with local and regional organizations.

Jon firmly believes that the Montessori Method is the best way to meet the developmental and individual needs of children. He has become skilled at finding out what interests and motivates each student and is excited to not only share those skills to the Sussex County community, but to also see what original and unique courses your children will chart in our studies. Besides his fervent love for learning about everything and anything and the connections between it all, Jon enjoys cycling, hiking, running, art, and writing. His interests, expertise, and experience will indeed enrich his work with the children at Sussex Montessori.

 

 

Victoria Radina

Victoria Radina is excited to join the Sussex Montessori tam as a Lead Guide for second/third grade. Her enthusiasm for teaching at Sussex Montessori stems from our community of learners as well as our loving and growing staff.

Victoria’s educational background began at Millersville University where she received a Bachelor of Education and Social Work Degrees.  She also has a Masters in Education from Drexel University in Curriculum and Design and continuing education in special education. Victoria is currently working towards her certification in Montessori Education.

She lives in Lewes with her fiancé and daughter.

 

 

 

 

 

Sylvia Sanchez

Sylvia is excited to join Sussex Montessori after 13 years of teaching Montessori in a public-school setting.  She grew up in the Washington, DC area and worked in Information Technology as her first professional career.  Sylvia feels fortunate that life granted her the opportunity to follow her childhood dream of becoming a teacher.  In learning about the Montessori approach through the experiences of her nieces and nephews, Sylvia was instructively drawn to teaching in a Montessori setting where learning is based on the child’s interests and choice is an integral part of the learner’s independence.

Sylvia obtained her Primary Montessori certification from The Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies in Silver Spring, MD, and her MA degree in Early Childhood Education from Trinity University in DC.   She taught in Prince George’s County, MD and then moved to DC Public Schools (DCPS).  Sylvia recently retired from DCPS and is thrilled to embark on her next chapter in life at Sussex Montessori.

After leaving city life in downtown DC, Sylvia is now residing in Ocean City, Maryland with two of her three adult children.  She enjoys bookstores, independent films, time outdoors. captivating sunsets, and seaside living!

Sylvia can’t wait to meet her new students.  As a Guide, she especially enjoys observing children experiencing the satisfaction of acquiring a new concept and developing themselves as kind, responsible futures citizens of our community and our world.

 

Apryl Small

Apryl comes to us with 10 years of teaching experience in the Woodbridge School District. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science and a Master’s degree in Elementary Studies, both from Wilmington University. She has taught 2nd, 3rd and 5th grade Reading, Math and Social Studies classes and is Special Education certified. She looks forward to working in our Upper Elementary program.

Apryl currently lives in Greenwood and has a son who also attends Sussex Montessori School. She enjoys spending her free time at the beach, kayaking and reading. She is eager to meet all of our students at Sussex Montessori and to learn and grow alongside of them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rebecca Thomas

Rebecca Thomas received her Bachelor’s Degree from Millersville University and is continuing her education towards Master’s Degree in School Counseling at Wilmington University while also completing her Montessori certification at the University of Delaware. Rebecca is originally from Pennsylvania and moved to Delaware eleven years ago.  She currently resides in Greenwood with her husband, son and two dogs. Rebecca enjoys visiting the beaches and state parks, as well as fishing, riding her bike, watching movies, baking, playing board games and exploring nature with her family.

Rebecca has previously taught Kindergarten, Third, and First Grades and says she’s delighted to lead a K-1 classroom during the 2020-21 school year at Sussex Montessori School!  “What excites me most about Sussex Montessori School is the amazing opportunity it has provided for the youth of Sussex County,” she says.  “To be given the gift of a free, public Montessori education is truly remarkable for our community.  I am thrilled to watch these children master skills and concepts at their own pace, explore their new learning environment, learn from and teach their peers, and develop a fundamental love of creativity, learning and responsibility!”

 

 

Samantha Thomas

Hailing from a small town in Pennsylvania, Samantha Thomas, is the graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. While at Penn State, Samantha was a member of the Education Honor Society, and was awarded the honor of being the Student Co-Marshal of commencement. Some of her favorite things to do are go to the beach, spend time with her family, and play with her two Weimaraner puppies. Above all, Samantha says she’s proud to be a teacher and is very excited to be part of Sussex Montessori School!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Co-Lead

Dylan Cramer

Dylan Cramer grew up in Delaware. He lives in Greenwood, DE with his wife. He graduated from Greenwood Mennonite School. After high school, he attended Grove CIty College and graduated with a Bachelors in Elementary Education. He is currently in training for Montessori Certification. Before coming to Sussex Montessori School, he taught 2 years on the Maryland Eastern Shore. He enjoys spending time with family, the outdoors, gardening, sports and coaching.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Associate Teachers

Paul Copes

Paul Copes is a graduate of Sussex Central High School and Delaware Technical Community College and received this Bachelor’s Degree in elementary education from Wilmington University.  Paul’s teaching experience ranges from preschool to high school. He has a passion for special education and has worked in Autism programs at Howard T. Ennis and Sussex Consortium and as a behavior specialist at Lake Forest.

When he’s not working, Paul enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters.  His pastimes (and greatest joys) include cooking, watching his girls play softball, and being a mentor and positive influence to youth in the community.         

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heather Ellsworth

Heather Ellsworth comes to Sussex Montessori with enthusiastic energy and a passion for educating children. She joins the Sussex Montessori team with over fifteen years of experience with children and finds great enjoyment in helping the children learn, grow and achieve success in their educational journey.

Heather’s love for children began long before she was fully able to describe her path in life. Being a little girl, she always found enjoyment in “playing school” with her siblings or visiting relatives. However, the biggest contributing factor to her love for her teaching was being exposed to childcare and children during all the stages of her life. Witnessing her mother’s positive personality, compassion and joyful countenance as she interacted with her students fueled Heather desire to work with children, inspiring her to become a teacher.

Heather is a graduate of Sussex Technical High School where she studied Early Childhood Education and worked with children in the school’s childcare center. As a high school student she began employment at the same childcare center her mother taught at where she continued to teach pre-K and school-aged children through her adult years. Heather is currently a student at Walden University pursuing a degree in Elementary Education. Heather plans to further her education in Special Education after graduation.

Heather currently resides in Seaford with her two daughters (Reese & Kenzie), her mother and father, and her dog Rocky. She enjoys spending time with family including watching her brother race go-carts or play co-ed softball, spending time with her sister and best friend, going on family trips, and doing fun and exciting things with her daughters. When she has a chance, Heather enjoys going to the beach, watching movies and baseball games, and bike rides. She is looking forward to all she has to learn & is excited to be a part of the Sussex Montessori family!

 

Sharon Ellsworth

Sharon Ellsworth comes to Sussex Montessori School with over twenty years of experience working and teaching children. As a young child growing up, she knew her love of children and “playing school” was guiding her toward the field of education.

Sharon has taught children as young as toddlers through middle school age. She has also been a foster parent. She felt compelled to open up her home to children in the community that need help for various reasons. Helping these children brought her great joy and happiness. Through her foster parenting, she was also able to adopt her son. Her career so far has entailed her working with children having various developmental delays and challenges.

Sharon is a graduate of Laurel Senior High School. She has also attended Delaware Technical Community College and Wilmington University working towards her Bachelor’s degree in Education. She is currently attending Walden University to complete her studies.

Sharon currently lives in Seaford with her husband, her dog Rocky, her oldest daughter, and two granddaughters. She also has another daughter and son. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family. She loves the beach, reading, drawing, and going for bike rides. She is very excited to begin her new venture with Sussex Montessori!

 

Jonas Geneste

Jonas Geneste is a Delaware native, growing up in Dover and attending Lake Forest High School. Upon graduating, Jonas began taking classes at Delaware Tech to work towards his physical education degree. At the same time, he began his service as a medic in the Air Force Reserve, where has since risen to the rank of Senior Airman. Jonas has always enjoyed being a positive role model for children, and he has extensive experience working with children and families in this area. Jonas has come to us from his previous position as a teaching assistant at Woodbridge Elementary, and he is excited to be part of a Montessori learning environment. 

Jonas hopes to help around the school community however he can! He has his paraprofessional certification, which has allowed him to work one-on-one with some of our students who need his support. He is also fluent in Creole, which is an incredibly valuable asset to have here in our diverse community of families! In his spare time, Jonas loves dancing, making goofy videos, playing basketball, and playing the drums.

 

 

 

 

 

Ronald Johnson, Jr.

Ronald Johnson, Jr., also known as “RJ,” is a Sussex County native and graduate of Sussex Technical High School. He attended Delaware State University where he received a Bachelors of Science Degree in Physical Education.  He is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership.

RJ has worked with children in several capacities from an internship at Milford Central Academy, Milton Elementary School and The Greater Boys and Girls Club in Milford, Delaware.  Known for his enthusiasm to serve in excellence, RJ says he enjoys teaching children and giving back to the community! His greatest joy is to see children learn and strive for greatness.

RJ is active in his local church and volunteers often in his community. He also loves sports and enjoys traveling whenever he can.  As a accomplished musician, RJ looks forward to teaching and sharing his talents with the students and general community.

 

 

Allie King

 

 

Farhana Kousar

Farhana Kousar is a mother of three and will join the Sussex Montessori team as an associate teacher. Farhana has a Masters Degree in animal sciences and leading subjects are genetics, biotechnology, physiology and microbiology.  Farhana loves spending time with her children and enjoys doing various science experiments with her two daughters. Other than playing with her children, Farhana loves to cook, bake, and eat delicious foods.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cheryl Martin

Cheryl Martin comes to Sussex Montessori School with many years of teaching experience.  Cheryl has taught all grades K-4 in both Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Sussex County, Delaware.  She is excited about her new journey as an associate teachers at SMS.  Cheryl’s hobbies and interests include reading, needlepoint and spending time with family and friends.  Three of her favorite things to do at school are teaching reading and writing as well as having fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yvettte Purnell

 

 

 

Collin Sullivan

 

 

Paige Taylor

Paige Taylor brings passion to educating the students at Sussex Montessori School!  She possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Ashford University and is currently pursuing her certification and Master’s Degree in Education through the Relay Graduate School of Education.

Paige lives in Millsboro with her husband, three girls, her dog and cat. Her favorite things to do consist of going to the beach, listening to music, and spending time with family.

She looks forward to working with the students!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Taylor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Veronica Lopez

Veronica is a second-generation Mayan American and speaks both English and Spanish. Her experience working with children began when she was 18; subjects she has assisted in teaching include art, reading, and math.

In her first year as a teaching associate at Sussex Montessori, she looks forward to working with her lead teacher and learners in upper elementary and playing an integral part in their learning journey.

Next to traveling and trying new things with her son, her interests include photography, art, and gardening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michelle Walker

A proud native of Seaford, Delaware, Michelle Walker received her Bachelor’s Degree from Wilmington University in May of 2021 and is continuing her studies at WilmU to obtain her Masters in Education. Michelle is currently completing her second level and Special Education Praxis to qualify for teaching within the state of Delaware.

Michelle comes to Sussex Montessori with many years experience working with children and families.  As a paraprofessional, Michelle provides academic support to students in our 2nd/3rd grade classrooms.  Michelle says she is excited to be a part of our school and likes the small town family feel that Sussex Montessori offers its students, staff and families.

Michelle currently resides in Ellendale and has two daughters and two granddaughters. She enjoys reading, writing, sketching, and acting.  She recently authored her first Children’s book and is working on illustration and publishing. The story was actually a project inspired by the children in Room 11.

 

 

 

Music Instructor

Maria Brooke

Maria Brooke is a Seaford native with a passion for music and sharing it with others. Originally from Seaford, DE, Maria graduated from Sussex Tech High School and attended college in Philadelphia and Nashville but felt called to return to Sussex County to share her love for music through music instruction for all ages. Maria holds an Associate’s Degree in Entrepreneurship from Delaware Tech, a Bachelor’s in Communications and Marketing from Wilmington University and is certified to teach MusikGarten to various ages.

Beginning at age 16, Maria has taught music in various platforms to all ages, and currently has a student base from ages 5 to 85, including grades K-5 at Sussex Montessori which she absolutely adores. Maria enjoys playing a variety of instruments but focuses her teaching mainly on guitar, ukulele, piano and drums. She believes a balance of music theory and creativity is the perfect mix to allow students to learn to play an instrument, while sparking their inner artist!

Maria began teaching at Sussex Montessori School when they opened in September 2020 and has absolutely loved the opportunity to share music with so many and watch them blossom into creative musicians!

Maria enjoys being involved in the Seaford community and currently resides in Seaford with her husband Greg and dog Lucky. She and her family love being outside, playing golf and doing anything active. They are excited to welcome their first child in November 2022!

 

 

Art Instructor

Francisco Madera

 

Special Education Coordinator

Megan Centineo

 

Megan Centineo is from the Annapolis, Maryland area.  She recently relocated to Delaware and she is excited to become part of the Sussex County community.  Megan earned her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and her Elementary/Middle School teacher certification from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2004.  Soon after graduating, she began her teaching career as a 6th-grade English Language Arts teacher.

In 2012 she graduated from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD with a Master of Science in Severe and Profound Disabilities with a concentration in Autism Spectrum Disorders.  She completed her graduate practicum at the Kennedy Keiger Institute LEAP Program (Lifeskills and Education for students with Autism and other Pervasive Behavior Challenges). Megan has worked as a Special Education Teacher,  Autism Resource Teacher, and Behavior Specialist in Maryland Public Schools for the past 10 years.

Megan enjoys hiking, gardening, reading, and beach days with her family.  She is looking forward to serving the families of Sussex Montessori School as Special Education Coordinator.

 

 

 

School Counselor / Social Worker

April Albury-Harmon

April Albury-Harmon is a Seaford native who is a Licensed Master Social Worker with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Social Work from Delaware State University, Dover DE, with a focus in children, youth, and families. She also has worked in private practice providing mental health counseling to adolescents and adults who are dealing with depression and anxiety.

April has over 10 years of experience working with children and their families in the elementary school setting through the Department of Children, Youth & Their Families as a Family Crisis Therapist where she provided individual, group and family counseling as well as social, emotional, and behavioral support to students. In this role, she also provided consultation to teachers and staff by working collaboratively on ways to better support students. Having the opportunity to be raised as well as work in the Sussex County community, April is well versed in various community and mental health resources that can be utilized by families. She takes pride in building positive relationships with students and families because she believes this is the vehicle to student success. April looks forward to providing counseling needs, reaching parents through parent engagement, and making sure that the basic needs of each Sussex Montessori student is met.

April enjoys quality time with her family which includes her husband, son, and dog Kenzo. Also, she enjoys crafting and participating in community work through her affiliation with Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

 

Nurse

Lori Short

Lori Short was born in Frankfort, Kentucky. She has lived in Delaware for over fifty years. Lori has over 26 years-experience as a nurse in emergency medicine, pre- and post op, medical-surgical unit, administrative/leadership positions, public health immunization nurse, clinical research nurse, and school nursing. Lori received her nursing degree from Delaware Technical Community College. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Wilmington University. Several years later she returned to Wilmington University and completed a Dual Master’s Degree with a Master’s in Nursing and a Master’s in Leadership Management Healthcare Administration. She was inducted in Sigma Beta Delta- International Honor Society In business, Management and Administration and also Sigma theta Tau- International Honor Society of Nursing. She is a certified Delaware school nurse.

Lori and her husband, Mike, live on a hobby farm just outside of Laurel, “We are currently preparing for our first herd of grass-fed cattle.” Lori and Mike have four children and six grandchildren.

Lori takes pride in building positive relationships with others. “It’s important to see the good in others. We all have different talents and gifts that we can use to bless others.”

Lori enjoys spending time with her husband, children and especially her grandchildren. Also, she enjoys crafting, camping, going to the beach, scrapbooking, serving at her church and volunteering where needed.

 

Student Support Guide

Gina Castelli

Gina Castelli has been teaching adults and children for over 19 years. She is a certified Responsive Classroom Consultant, an Adjunct Professor at University of Delaware, and owns a small business coaching and supporting educators with the career goal of continuing to re-evaluate our outlook on ‘discipline’ as a society.

Gina has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from the University of Delaware and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Wilmington University.  She specializes in Social and Emotional Learning in our schools and homes while also giving children boundaries that make them feel safe. She is working to create innovative experiences for all learners with her school board experience and believes strongly that every learner, young and old, deserve a joyful and engaging experience.

Gina is highly qualified in creating and executing staff professional learning on topics such as Common Core State Standards, co-teaching, Trauma Informed Classrooms, and classroom instruction, some cross information between Responsive Classroom and Montessori Approaches in addition to Social and Emotional Learning including Discipline. Her training and coaching in the state of Delaware produces school staff who report that they have greater success in their teaching after her tutelage. She is also an educational author with pieces published on the Responsive Classroom Website and Quick Coaching Guides being sold across the globe.

 

 

Food Service Manager

Anita Mitchell

 

 

 

Facilities Manager

Alan Carrol

Alan Carrol comes to Sussex Montessori school with 42 years of construction and facilities experience. He is a Delaware transplant originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, born and raised.

Alan attended the Merrill Dobbins Post Grad High School where he earned his electrical theory certification while working as an apprentice in the electrical industry. He moved from construction into facilities at the Bellevue Stratford Hotel, Philadelphia College of Art, and later facilities management at Temple University.

Alan is a father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Family is everything to him. He loves to cook, bake and try new recipes, then have his family be taste testers.  Alan says he is a diehard, “bleed green”, Eagles fan, and enjoys watching a Broadway show every chance he gets. (He says there’s nothing better.)

 

 

 

Administrative Clerk

Anna Bryan

Anna Bryan was born in Louisville, Kentucky and raised by her Grandmother and Mother.  She is a mother of four amazing boys who, she says, keep her on my toes.  Maintaining health balance is extremely important as she is also a certified personal trainer for children and adults.  Embracing one’s inner strength and spreading happiness is her love, joy and passion. Anna’s hobbies include running,  crafting shirts, and meal prepping.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special Education Support

Heather Minton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paraprofessional

Selina Davis

Selina Davis hails from Seaford, Delaware and has been a “servant of people” for more than 47 years!  Selina has been a business owner, cosmetologist, massage therapist and has taught in the public school system in Caroline County, MD as well as the Benedictine School for Exceptional Children in Ridgely, Maryland.  She was a state-trainer with the Cancer Society, training volunteers on how to support cancer patients and providing beauty sessions to help survivors look good and feel better!

Selina says her passion in life is to help all individuals to expand their vision and discover their purpose, develop their greatest potential and achieve their life’s goals. She is excited to join the SMS team and looks forward to working with the children at Sussex Montessori School!

 

 

 

Maintenance Support

Garrett Johnson