Agnes Cavanagh, Children's House teacher, joined the Bridgeview Montessori faculty in 2011 as 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.
Rebecca Cohen, Elementary I Teacher, joined our faculty in the fall of 2018. A Cape Cod native, Rebecca joins us having taught in traditional elementary schools in Marblehead, Revere and Plymouth. She earned her undergraduate degree from Colby-Sawyer in Communications and Early Childhood. She also holds a Masters from Lesley University in Elementary Education. She has a certificate in animation from NYU and runs a well-loved stop-motion animation after-school program for our students. Rebecca joined our faculty knowing there was a better way to reach students; she found that way in our Montessori classrooms. She is currently completing her Montessori six to nine training. Rebecca’s enthusiasm for teaching with us is only matched by her love of animals, the outdoors, and young people.
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.
Jolie Drury, Elementary 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 and Spanish 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.
Staci Jasin, Learning Specialist and Director of the Bridge Program, joined our faculty in the summer of 2018 after relocating to Cape Cod. As Bridgeview's Learning Specialist, she is able to work with students and faculty to identify and develop instructional methods to reach every learner based on the intersection of learning science and the Montessori pedagogy. She comes to Bridgeview with experience as a teacher and school leader at K-12 schools for students with learning disorders. Montessori is a part of her educational journey as both a past Board member of The New School of Lancaster which is also where her children attended the Toddler and Children's House programs. Staci holds degrees from University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University, and continues to stay engaged and connected with innovation and school design through her work with Transcend Education, an educational R&D non-profit. While an educator at heart, Staci also finds joy in the garden, swimming at the beach, centering on her yoga mat, and going on adventures near and far with her two kids, husband, and dog.
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. Her children also attended Bridgeview Montessori, each for 7 years. With their strong Montessori foundation, her children are both thriving in Vermont colleges (Middlebury and UVM). Suzanne holds a B.A. in English from Northwestern University as well as a M.A. in teaching English from Columbia University Teachers College. She is also 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.
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 since 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 families and volunteers, and inspiring our faculty to do our very best work each day. Most recently, Sandy has been working with all constituents in our community to create and implement a three-year strategic plan. 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.
Mantie Pilzer, Children’s House Teacher, joined our faculty in the fall of 2018. Mantie holds a BA in Anthropology from University of New Hampshire. She also has a Masters in Education from Lesley University along with her Montessori Early Childhood credential. She is certified at the Lead Teacher level from Early Education and Care and has been a Montessori preschool/kindergarten teacher for over 15 years. Mantie is particularly interested in connecting children to nature. She finds science experiments, gardening and nature exploration crucial in developing children’s sense of wonder towards the world around them. She relocated with her children, husband and dogs to Cape Cod in 2015 after spending years in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. We are lucky she has landed at Bridgeview Montessori.
Vanessa Ring, Children’s House and Elementary I Art Teacher, joined our faculty in the summer of 2019. She holds both her undergraduate degree and Masters in Art Education from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. She has presented at both the Massachusetts Art Education Association conference as well as the National Art Education Association Convention. Having spent 14 years in public school, Vanessa explains that she is ready to leave traditional schooling for the opportunity to teach at our school where the Arts are as important as anything else that goes on during the day. Having been a parent here, she knows Art Studio and Art History play integral roles in the lives of our students. Her passion for reaching students through Art curriculum and our mission-driven desire to have creative process central in the lives of our students seem ideally aligned.
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.