Mary has been involved in education since 1973, when did Student teaching in Chemistry at Rockbridge High School, followed by teaching elementary science in Jefferson City Public Schools. Since then she has obtained an M. Ed and taught for a year at MU.
After the birth of her son, she stayed at home to care for him with no plans for teaching again. Until she enrolled him at Children’s House and discovered the teaching philosophy of Maria Montessori, and obtained Montessori Teaching Certification, through the American Montessori Society. Nicholas, her son, is now grown and lives in Australia.
Mary says, “It has been my privilege to help many teachers become Montessori certified, to see thousands of children thrive in a Montessori Children’s House and now to see that opportunity extended through the Elementary years at WSMS”.
In her spare time, she enjoys taking walks at the creek or in the woods, reading and spending time with her husband, seeing movies and traveling, always keeping an eye out for things to enhance the classrooms at WSMS and CH.
Julie holds a BA in English with a minor in Special Education from the Eastern Illinois University at Charleston, Illinois. Julie has specialized training in Autism Spectrum Disorders. She has worked with Children At Risk for Learning Differences in Chicago, Illinois. She brings many years of experience from both private and public schools as a teacher and as a Head of Schools in Chicago. Julie is active in the NCPAD, National Center on Physical Activity and Disability. At Windsor Street Montessori School, Julie oversees Parent Education and Staff Development. She has two children, and enjoys running, spending time with her children, reading, and dog shows.