Miriam Christensen

Music Instructor

Michelle Bellar

Full Day Toddler Assistant

Lisa Berke 

Early Childhood Assistant

Carol Biel

Upper Elementary Assistant

Jennifer Gumz

Early Childhood Directress

Katie Haughtington 

Upper Elementary Directress

Connie Helminski

Four Day Toddler Directress

Heather Gonzalez

Office Manager

Linda Martin

Childcare Closer 

Nan Michalak

Early Childhood Assistant

Beth Moran 

Early Childhood Assistant

Dana Dalton 

Spalding Instructor & Lower Elementary Assistant

Sheila Oberlander 

Full Day Toddler Directress

Suzanna Perrell 

Lower Elementary Directress

Brooke Ferrand 


Hilary Richard


Diana Richardson

Early Childhood Directress 

Eliz Sukovich

Upper Elementary Assistant

Kathy Taylor

Speech Therapist

Karen Wixted

Four Day Toddler Assistant

Jen Aitchinson

Art Instructor

Mary Oberlander 

Childcare Room Closer

Katelynn Williams

Early Childhood Assistant and Childcare Closer

Kaitlyn Parks

 Lower Elementary Assistant 

Lauren Dowdy 

Art Instructor


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.

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