“The greatest sign of a teacher is to be able to say, “The children are now working as if I did not exist.”
After receiving a B.S. in Early Childhood education from Chestnut Hill College, Meg continued at Chestnut Hill to receive her American Montessori Society credentials. Meg has continued to build on her professional development by attending Annual New Jersey Montessori Administrators Council NJMAC conferences, as well as Independent School Management training.
Meg began her Montessori career teaching for many years as a Primary level teacher at Deer Path Montessori School and continued there as Director of Education. She also served as a Teacher Training Consultant for Princeton Montessori’s Center for Teacher Education.
Meg first became involved with Acorn Montessori School as a parent when her oldest son began as a student in 2002. She quickly got involved as a parent volunteer and classroom parent. She began teaching in Acorn’s Toddler program prior to becoming Acorn’s Director of Development, and then Director of Admissions. Meg is passionate and deeply committed to building upon what makes Acorn unique and special: our families, our teachers, our alumni and our community.
Meg is happy she can call Hunterdon County home where she continues to enjoy raising her two boys. In her free time she enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking, snow skiing, and getting her toes in the sand at the Jersey Shore.
In her spare time, Jaime loves to spend time with her two favorite Acorn students, play tennis, go for walks, read great literature, try new restaurants, travel, cook, and organize.
In her free time, Anne enjoys travelling and exploring new places, music, biking and spending time with her family.
Junior Toddler Level - Toddler House: (18 - 36 months)
Because she was a Montessori child herself, her fond memories, along with her belief in the Montessori method, led her to enroll her own child at Acorn at the age of two, continuing into the Upper Elementary program.
Erin’s interests include reading, spending time with family and friends, and vacationing at the Jersey shore.
Besides teaching, Heather enjoys spending time with her family, cooking or baking, long walks, yoga and reading.
Primary Level: (Ages 3 - Kindergarten)
Elizabeth’s varied interests include the arts, particularly ballet, and she also enjoys reading, skiing and baking.
Kaitlin’s fun-loving approach to life extends outside of the classroom, where she enjoys creating art (drawing, painting and photography), as well as running and hiking.
In her role as Rainbow Club Supervisor, she projects her love of community service by helping our students develop a sense of community, and, understanding what role they have to play in making the world a better place. Children participating in our Rainbow Club program learn, even at a young age, that they have the power to brighten someone's day. They take to each community project with a selflessness that is refreshing to watch, and take great pleasure in knowing how much their work is appreciated in the community.
Now that her own children are growing up, Jane enjoys spending her free time growing house plants and gardening.
Teresa spends as much time as possible with her grandchildren, and also enjoys reading, music and gardening.
Ms. Martinson believes the Montessori method of teaching giver the teacher the flexibility to meet the needs of each individual child academically, as well as socially and emotionally.
When Nancy is not teaching she enjoys reading, biking, and cooking.
When at home, Tricia likes to spend time with her husband and her sons. She also enjoys traveling, skiing and reading a good book.
I feel one of the best qualities of a Montessori education is the child's freedom of choice in the classroom. This freedom empowers the child and encourages their enthusiasm for learning which is truly special.
I believe that Acorn Montessori is special because of the great community the children, families and staff share.
In my free time, I like to keep up with current research, read, and watch baseball. My special interests include hunting, fishing, and mathematics.
Ghislaine enjoys spending time with her family, and outdoor action sports like downhill skiing and scuba diving.
Harish finds that by bringing Yoga into his classroom it help the children focus, concentrate, and build peace from inside out.
He is very impressed by the compassion of the teachers at Acorn, and finds the concept of mixed age classrooms with children staying with the same teacher for three years to be a great opportunity to understand intimately each child’s developmental levels, learning styles, and family support systems. This is in keeping with the Montessori philosophy of developing the whole personality of the child, not merely his or her intellect. Mr. Hari wants his students to be motivated learners, and for them to grasp a strong foundation of academic concepts.
In addition to yoga, Harish also enjoys music, cooking and reading.
Jessica believes that a child’s self-expression through music and theatre can bring confidence and self awareness in a fun and engaging way.
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