The Staff

As the educational director of the classroom, the Montessori teacher, (referred to as directress or director), through careful observation, responds to the child discovering his/her own needs and assists each to satisfy those needs. “The first duty of an educator is not to stir up life, but leave it free to develop.”

At Chesterton Montessori our focus is the development of the whole child, to the fullest potential, as an intellectual, physical, social, and emotional human being. The director allows each child to go forward as far as he/she can, linking the child and the prepared environment, together for purposeful activity. The educator does not have pre-established goals. He or she builds goals in the measure that he or she listens to children’s inner needs. The authentic educator is not a leader of children, he or she follows them. Respect comes before materials, before the school routine, before the presentations. The directress guides the child; not trains him.


Jen Aitchison
Art Instructor

Michelle Bellar
All Day Assistant

Lisa Berke
Preschool Assistant

Carol Biel
Upper Elementary Language Specialist

Terry Cavallo
Owner and Educational Director

Miriam Christensen
Music Instructor

Kris Conrad
Administrator

Dana Dalton
All Day Assistant


Elizabeth Dumelle
Spalding Instructor

Tracy Fieffer
Preschool Assistant

Jennifer Gumz
Preschool Directress

Katie Haughtington
Upper Elementary Directress


Connie Helminski
Toddler Directress

Carol Hokanson
All Day Assistant

Autumn Israelite
Extended Day Directress

Vessa Julovich
Administrative Assistant

Nan Michalak
Preschool Assistant

Beth Moran
Preschool & Extended Day Assistant

Carla Nation
Bookkeeper

Sheila Oberlander
All Day Room Coordinator & Toddler Assistant


Suzanna Perrell
Lower Elementary Directress

Hilary Richard
Preschool Directress

Diana Richardson
Upper Elementary Assistant

Eliz Sukovich
Toddler Assistant & All Day Opener


Kathy Taylor
Speech Pathologist

Karen Wixted
All Day Assistant



“To aid life, leaving it free, however, to unfold itself, that is the basic task of the educator.”