Cathy Abraham, Elementary II Support Teacher, joined our faculty as an Elementary II volunteer during the 2016 -2017 school year. She joined our faculty officially in September, 2017. Cathy graduated from Syracuse University with a BA in English/Education. She went on to earn her M. Ed. in Reading from Georgia State University. Her teaching experience spans over 25 years the majority of her time being spent with elementary aged students. When she retired to the Cape, she simply could not stay away from the classroom. We are fortunate to have her within our community of learners.
Melissa Berbine, Elementary I Teacher, joined our faculty in September 2012 after working extensively in Massachusetts public schools. She holds a BA in Elementary Education and is certified by the state to teach grades 1-6. Melissa completed her Lower Elementary Montessori training at Seacoast Center Montessori Teacher Education Program in New Hampshire. Her Montessori Elementary experience includes teaching at Pincushion Hill Montessori in Ashland and Hands-on Montessori School in Mansfield. She also taught for several years at The Children's House Montessori School in Woburn as a lead Children's House teacher. The blend of her Montessori background and public school experience creates a solid foundation for the learners in her care. She is a great match for our school.
Lucy Burlingame, Children's House Teacher, became a Bridgeview Montessori Children's House teacher in the fall of 2006 after having taught in another Montessori school for seven years in both toddler and age 3-6 programs. Lucy received both her B.A. in human services and her M.A. in teaching from Simmons College in Boston. She is fully trained and certified in early childhood education by the American Montessori Society. Prior to beginning her Montessori career, she was for eleven years a clinical caseworker for the Child-at-Risk hotline. Lucy is certified at the Lead Teacher level in both infant/toddler and pre-school by the Department of Early Education and Care.
Agnes Cavanagh, Children's House teacher, joined the Bridgeview Montessori faculty in 2011as a Montessori Intern in the Children's House classroom. Having first learned about our school as a mother while looking for a school for her children, Agnes fell in love with the Montessori philosophy and began to pursue her own Montessori training. She was born in Barlinek, Poland and is a resident of Bourne. She earned a B.S and M.S. degree in physical education from AWF Gorzow Academy in Poland. Before starting her training and coming to Bridgeview, Agnes worked at the Riverview School for three years. She earned her Montessori certification in early childhood from Northeast Montessori Institute and is licensed at the Teacher level by the Department of Early Education and Care. Agnes is also a parent of two Bridgeview Montessori Elementary aged children.
Julie Davis, Children's House Director, Children's HouseTeacher, joined the Bridgeview Montessori faculty as a substitute teacher in 2011, eager to get back to working in Montessori education where her teaching passion lies. In 2012, she began as Children's House Co-Director as well as classroom teacher. Currently she is our full time Children's House Director which allows her the opportunity to connect with all Children's House children and support our teachers. Julie holds a B.F.A. in painting from the University of Hartford in Connecticut. Her interest in Montessori began at home. Her mother, a Montessorian, welcomed Julie while a sophomore in college into her school to serve as an intern. Julie took her Montessori training in 1987 at the Center for Montessori in New Rochelle, New York. Before coming to Bridgeview, Julie taught for 15 years at the Montessori Discovery School in Norwich, Connecticut as well as in traditional preschools. Julie is licensed at the Lead Teacher and Director levels by the Department of Early Education and Care.
Tonya Desrosiers, Elementary After Care, joined the Bridgeview Montessori faculty in September 2017. She holds her Associate's degree in Business Management and is currently earning her Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education and Care, Birth through Kindergarten. Having worked with children in various settings, she has discovered that her passion lies in helping to shape the lives of young people. She is energetic, creative and compassionate, perfect qualities for After Care at Bridgeview Montessori.
Jolie Drury, Elemenary II Teacher, joined the faculty at Bridgeview Montessori in the fall of 2014. Jolie received a B.S. from Lesley University in 1999, earned a MA teaching certificate for Elementary Education and began her teaching career at the Chickering School in Dover, MA. Prior to moving to Cape Cod in 2012, she taught at the Andover School of Montessori in Andover, MA, where she helped shape a young Middle School program by writing curriculum and putting it into practice with her co-teacher and students over the course of six years. She also spent two years teaching Upper Elementary, where she gained practical experience with Montessori materials and completed her Upper Elementary Certification training through the North American Montessori Center.
Kathleen Finucane, Elementary II Teacher, joined our faculty in the fall of 2014. Kathleen graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in Religion. After graduation, she worked for eight years with infants and toddlers at an innovative software company that provided onsite Montessori education for employees' children. During that time she was fortunate enough to receive the first international Montessori training in the US designed specifically for infants and toddlers. Kathleen went on to earn her Montessori elementary training and worked for eight years at the Durham Montessori School in Durham, N.C. After relocating back to the northeast to be closer to family, Kathleen worked as a Montessori elementary teacher at the Sandwich Montessori School for twelve years. During that time she also earned her M.Ed. from Lesley University in elementary education in 2003.
Adrienne Fontes, Fitness Teacher, began working at Bridgeview Montessori School in the fall of 2008. She is elementary certified in Massachusetts and spent 7 years teaching ESL to fourth and fifth grade students in Dallas, TX. She has also worked with PreK through second grade in the Wareham Public Schools. Adrienne has been the lead Learn-to-Swim instructor for the Cape Cod Swim Club since 2003.
Courtenay Harrington-Bailey, Music and Drama Teacher, joined the Bridgeview Montessori faculty in the fall of 2008 after serving five years as a parent volunteer and substitute teacher at the school. Courtenay received a B.A. in both music and theatre arts from Hartwick College and then worked professionally in musical theater for many years before moving to Cape Cod in 2004. In 2005 she designed and created an award winning after-school enrichment program for students ages 4 and older entitled Dramafun, which she continues to own and operate today. In addition, she also teaches caregiver/child "Music Together" classes and teaches the "Music Together Preschool" program at various Head Start locations on the Upper Cape. Courtenay is a member of the Actors Equity Association and Music Teachers National Association.
Danielle Gaskill, Elementary I Teacher, joined our faculty in 2015. Danielle holds her BA in English from Bridgewater State University and is certified by the Department of Early Education and Care at the Teacher level. In January of 2017, Danielle completed her Montessori Lower Elementary (ages 6 -9) training through the North American Montessori Center. Most recently she has begun Master's working in Elementary Education at Curry College.
Jessica Germain. Elementary I Teacher, has served on our faculty in various roles since 2007. Jessica has a B.A. in English from Grinnell College and an M. Ed. in Elementary Education from Bridgewater State College. She has served our school in so many important ways ranging from After Care teacher to one-on-one aide for specific children to Elementary II co-teacher. Most recently she is working part-time in our Elementary I program. Jessica has recently taken on some marketing work for us as well. Jessica's son attended our school for many years, and her husband served as our board president. Obviously, Jessica's commitment to our school is undeniable.
Monika Gomes, Children's House Teacher, was a substitute teacher and After Care teacher at Bridgeview Montessori from 2004-2010 before joining the faculty as a lead teacher in our Children's House program in the fall of 2011. She has an Associate's Degree in early childhood from Dean College. She has several years of experience with Children's House aged children including two years at another Montessori school on Cape Cod. Monika is certified at the Lead Teacher level through the Department of Early Education and Care. She earned her Montessori certification in early childhood from Northeast Montessori Institute.
Suzanne Lawson, Assistant Head of School / Director of Admissions, joined the faculty at Bridgeview Montessori in 2008 after spending several years raising her two children. Prior to that time, Suzanne had spent many years in teaching, curriculum development, and faculty development in independent boarding and day schools, most recently at the Shady Hill School in Cambridge. She is very familiar with Montessori education, having been a Montessori student herself from age 3 through the 5th grade at the Whitby School in Greenwich Connecticut. Suzanne holds a B.A. in English from Northwestern University as well as a M.A. in teaching English from Columbia University Teachers College. Suzanne is the Kindergarten Librarian and also manages our marketing and outreach.
Jennifer Martin, Children's House Teacher, joined the faculty at Bridgeview Montessori in 2000. In 2005, she left the classroom to start her family. However, even during her time away, she kept Bridgeview close by serving as an After Care Teacher, a Board of Trustees member, and a parent. Jennifer rejoined our faculty as a Children's House classroom teacher in 2015. She is a Special Education graduate of the University of Hartford and holds a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education with a Montessori concentration from Endicott College. She is a Massachusetts certified teacher in special education from pre-K to grade 9 and is fully trained and certified in early childhood education by the American Montessori Society. Jennifer holds her Director II license from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.
Melanie Mattison, Reading Specialist for Elementary I and II, joined our faculty in September 2016. Melanie earned her BA from Lake Forest College and her M.Ed from Loyola University's Erikson Institute. Melanie has been a classroom teacher and reading specialist in both independent and public Elementary schools. She is a lifelong learner always honing her skills. She is trained in
Orton- Gillingham, Extra Lesson, and RAVE-O and is currently training in Structured Word Inquiry. With so many tools in her toolbox, Melanie is able to be successful with all sorts of learners here at our school.
Candice Murphy, Business Manager, began working at Bridgeview Montessori in the spring of 2016. Candice is a licensed CPA who has worked in various settings most recently University of California, Berkeley. She is retired and living in Sandwich with her husband and cat, Boo. Wanting to keep her skills honed, Candice was happy to step in to become our business manager.
Sandra Nickerson, Head of School, Director of Elementary, Elementary II Art Teacher, became our Head of School in 2008 while serving as our Elementary art teacher and Director of Elementary. She has been a part of our school from its inception in 1999. As Head, she has guided our school in its transition to a nonprofit which included hiring central new faculty, overseeing the purchase of our building, developing a fundraising philosophy, empowering our Bridgeview Family Association, and inspiring our faculty to do our very best work each day. She is passionate about our school and leads by example. She holds a BFA from Syracuse University with a painting major and education minor. She also completed Montessori Whole-School Management: A Professional Development Course for Administrators. She is certified at the Teacher level by the Department of Early Education and Care.
Maria Pechuk, Spanish Teacher, joined our faculty in 2015. More to follow.
Hanna Tyser, Children's House and Elementary I Art Teacher, joined our faculty in the fall of 2017. Hanna holds her B.F.A from St. Michael's College in Art and Art Education. Most recently she has been working in a mixed age classrooms with children ranging in age from 2.9 to 8 years old. She is an inspired teacher who brings her energy, confidence and enthusiasm to the classroom. Hanna is certified at the Teacher level by the Department of Early Education and Care.
Jean Rice, the late Co-founder of the Bridgeview Montessori School, had a B.A. degree in English and Philosophy from Dominican College and an M.B.A from Northeastern University. She had extensive experience in managerial functions in established companies and as a vice president of a successful high tech start up, as well as teaching business courses at Northeastern University and at the Women's Technical Institute. Jean completed substantial course work and an internship in the Art Therapy program at Lesley University. Her interest was in keeping the school vision clear.
Palmer True, the late Co-founder of the Bridgeview Montessori School, was intimately involved in all aspects of the administration of the school between 1999 and 2007. He has over forty years of executive experience in a wide variety of managerial functions in a number of businesses, both large and small. He is a retired vice president of an international high technology company. Palmer earned both an MBA degree and a BS in economics from Northwestern University.