Meet our Staff

Administration

Siza Mtimbiri
Assistant Head of School

Siza teaches to create change that leads to peaceful people, who in turn create peaceful environments. He was born and raised in Zimbabwe, where he attended great schools that nurtured his love of learning and inspired him to become a teacher. Siza has his BA from the University of South Africa in Education and Geography, with concentrations in Childhood Education, Psychology, History, and Comparative Education. He has his M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge in Philosophies of Education. Siza has his ALM in Educational Technologies and ALB in Social Sciences from Harvard University. He pursued his elementary Montessori training through Seton Montessori Institute. He enjoys reading, playing and watching tennis, and traveling, especially to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.

Adrianne Anderson
Director of Admissions

Adrianne was fortunate enough to attend a Montessori school from ages 3-5 and returned to Montessori as an assistant teacher in an Early Childhood program. She is inspired by the fundamental respect that is integral to the Montessori philosophy. She sees the flame inside each child truly being kindled in a Montessori environment. Adrianne loves being with the children and is honored to share Montessori with prospective families while supporting the community of current families. She has her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Spanish from Warren Wilson College. Adrianne loves to travel, read, knit, and practice yoga. She is an avid Harry Potter fan and her favorite color is purple.

Infant/Toddler

Sheila Perry
Toddler Lead Teacher

Sheila teaches because she loves to learn. She says she learns from the children every day. It brings her joy and inspires her to create a learning environment that is challenging and fun. She loves the peacefulness, openness to the world, connection to nature, and respect that are found in a Montessori classroom. Sheila completed her Elementary I (ages 6-9) Montessori training at the Center for Montessori Teacher Education in Lexington, MA. She then went on to complete the Montessori Early Childhood Overview at Rising Stars in Rockport, ME. Sheila also has her International Montessori Teaching Diploma (birth to age 3) from the North American Montessori Center. She loves being outdoors exploring nature, especially in a kayak. Her favorite movie is “Mary Poppins” and her favorite colors are green and pink.

Anja Markusic
Toddler Assistant Teacher

Anja found Montessori while she was living in Shanghai, China when she and her daughter toured a Montessori School. She was in awe of the environment, the materials, and the peacefulness that seemed omnipresent in the classroom. Anja continues to be inspired by the independence of the children, especially at such a young age, and the freedom for the child to explore independently within clear structure. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies with a Montessori concentration. Anja completed her Montessori training (birth to age 3) at the Montessori Institute – New England. She loves to travel the world and experience different cultures. She especially loves hiking and skiing with her family.

Early Childhood

Trupti Shah
Head of Children’s House, Early Childhood Lead Teacher

As a child, Trupti attended a Montessori School from ages 3-5 and has loved Montessori ever since. She completed Kindergarten teacher training with the Kindergarten Headmistress Association in Kenya. Trupti completed her Montessori Training at the Montessori College in Wimbledon, UK. She loves that Montessori supports children’s independence in all that they do and that they are allowed to learn from their mistakes along the way. Trupti is inspired by following the children and seeing them become independent as they are nurtured in the a loving environment. She was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, started her family in London, England, and continues to teach Montessori here in New Hampshire. She is an avid traveler and loves to make cards.

Joelle Huot
Early Childhood Lead Teacher

Joelle loves working with children and has ever since her first experience at a summer camp at age 12. The philosophy of children working at their own pace with the freedom to work in the area of their interest are some of her favorite aspects of Montessori. She has an associate degree in Early Childhood Education from Castle College. Joelle attained her Montessori certification through the North American Montessori Center. She is inspired everyday by her students. Joelle loves camping with her family and would love to have the chance to live in another country. Her favorite children’s book is “One Morning in Maine” by Robert McCloskey.

Kathleen McManis
Early Childhood Assistant Teacher

Kathleen is drawn to Montessori by the design of the classrooms and the experiential education method. She completed her Montessori training at the New England Montessori Teacher Education Centre. She is inspired by the capacity of Montessori education to nurture self-directed, intrinsically motivated, confident, and happy children and adults. Kathleen witnessed firsthand, while teaching English in an orphanage in rural Nepal, how children thrive in an educational environment that is supportive, nurturing, and non-competitive. It was in that orphanage that she learned more about Montessori and knew that becoming a Montessori teacher was the next step in her life’s journey. Kathleen enjoys yoga, qi gong, and exploring New England on a Harley.

Lisa Trainor
Early Childhood Teacher’s Aide

Lisa found Montessori during a school visit in her first year of college. She is inspired by the independence of the children within a Montessori environment that draws them to learn at their own pace. Lisa brings with her many years of experience in various educational settings serving young children through Kindergarten age. She has associate degrees in both Liberal Arts and Business Management with additional coursework in Early Childhood Education. Lisa really enjoys seeing the world through the wonder of a child’s eyes. She loves getting away to the mountains or the beach, but most especially the beach. Her favorite color is Caribbean Blue.

Elementary

Kimberly de la Flor
Upper Elementary Lead Teacher

Kim has always known that she wanted to make a difference in the world and be the teacher that helps mold her students and help them to reach their highest potential. She was drawn to Montessori because the individualized approach feels like the ideal way to teach, allowing the children to learn at their own pace. Kim’s natural teaching style aligns perfectly to Montessori. Kim has her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and her NH State Certification in Grades K-8. She also has a master’s degree in Special Education and corresponding state certification in Grades K-12. She most recently completed her Upper Elementary Montessori training at the North American Montessori Center. Kim loves to travel, especially to tropical places. She would love to travel more around the world.