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Our expert and caring teachers welcome children into safe and prepared classroom environments each day. They function as supportive and wise guardians, observing and working with children individually or collectively. Our teachers work in teams consisting of a head/co-­‐lead teacher and assistant teachers/aides. Head/co-­‐lead teachers are Montessori-­‐certified and some have, or are in the process of getting, a master’s degree. Our faculty also includes talents in French, nature, art and music.

Faculty and Staff

Pine Grove supports our faculty through a strong professional development program and provides many opportunities for growth in professional knowledge, skills, and self-­‐awareness. These opportunities include regular meetings between the administration and each team, mentoring and peer coaching programs, workshops and seminars.

 

Pine Grove is a healthy, professional, and compassionate environment dedicated to excellence in the field of early childhood education. All teaching and administrative staff have professional preparation. Each staff member at Pine Grove possesses that special quality of being a self-motivated learner and strives to improve their skills and knowledge in order to benefit their students and classroom.

 

All of Pine Grove teachers:

  • Have a 4 year college degree

  • Are registered with the Maine Roads to Quality Registry (for professional advancement)

  • Attend 40 hours of education workshops and seminars each year (10 above the DHHS requirements)

We know our teachers are the most important bridge between our students’ lives at school and their lives at home. We make sure that all of our teachers have the professional and personal support so they can best implement their classroom plans and focus on the important work of bringing learning to life.

 

Support provided to teachers includes:

  • 2 week staff Set-up/Orientation time in late August, including workshops and professional development in areas such as:

    • CPR and First Aid

    • Conflict Resolution

    • Communicating with Children

    • Separation and the First Day of School

  • Weekly Team Meetings – teachers plan out curriculum, activities, and discuss children’s progress (Head Teachers also meet with Administration every Monday to coordinate events and discuss school-wide topics.)

  • Planning Time – each teacher has time scheduled to attend to curriculum planning, parent communication, organization and set-up.

 

New teachers receive the following preliminary training:

  • “Maine Montessori Association Assistant Teacher Training” – new teachers attend a 2 day August foundation class in the Montessori method.

  • “Discovering Montessori”– new teachers attend an on premise 30 week guidance and support class throughout the school year

 

Jennifer Scott, Lead Teacher
Jennifer Scott, Lead Teacher

11th year at Pine Grove 10+ years Montessori Preschool / Kindergarten experience B. A. Elementary Education from Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL M. Ed. in Teaching and Learning with a concentration in Montessori Early Childhood from USM and American Montessori Society, 6/13 Maine Roads to Quality Level 8 Center Based Direct Care Professional Maine Early Childhood Learning Guidelines seminar, 2011 State of Maine Elementary (K-8) Teaching Certificate

Julia Fitch, Teacher
Julia Fitch, Teacher

8th Year at Pine Grove Summer Camp Lead Teacher B.A. in Elementary Education from University of Maine Farmington 2 day Montessori Assistant Teacher Training Workshop, Summer, 2013 Maine Roads to Quality Level 7 Center Based Direct Care Professional

Luda Borysenko, Teacher
Luda Borysenko, Teacher

12th year at Pine Grove 20+ years of experience in education B. F. A. from Maine College of Art Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Language and Literacy, University of Southern Maine, Portland 1yr in Educational Leadership, University of Southern Maine, Portland Maine Early Childhood Learning Guidelines seminar 2008 Maine Roads to Quality Level 5 Center Based Direct Care Professional

Nicole LaRue - Teacher
Nicole LaRue - Teacher

1st year at Pine Grove 2.5 years preschool experience B.S. in Child Development and Family Relations from University of Maine 2 Day Montessori Assistant Teacher Workshop, Summer, 2020

Jenna Moen
Jenna Moen

1st year at Pine Grove B.A. Creative Nonfiction Writing/Journalism & Sociology; Gender, Sexuality and Woman's Studies Certificate from University of Pittsburgh

Debbie Reifsnyder, Co-Lead
Debbie Reifsnyder, Co-Lead

32nd year at Pine Grove B. A. in Sociology from Susquehanna University in PA Montessori Certification from the North American Montessori Center, 2001 Past Facilitator of Discovering Montessori training program offered at Pine Grove Maine Roads to Quality Level 7 Center Based Direct Care Professional Maine Early Childhood Learning Guidelines seminar, 2008 Past Summer Camp Program Coordinator

Kate Grist, Co-Lead
Kate Grist, Co-Lead

13th year at Pine Grove 15+ years in Preschool Education with a B.A. in Religious Studies from Hobart/William Smith College in NY. M.Ed. degree in Care and Education in Early Childhood with a focus in Leadership and Policy from Wheelock College. Montessori Certification from American Montessori Society completed 06/2015. Maine Roads to Quality Level 8 Center Based Direct Care Professional. Maine Guidelines seminar, 2008.

Lena Kendall, Teacher
Lena Kendall, Teacher

Returning back for 3rd year at Pine Grove Former Pine Grove teacher and substitute 2+ years preschool / kindergarten experience

Charlotte Gomprecht, Lunch/Recess Aide
Charlotte Gomprecht, Lunch/Recess Aide

1st year at Pine Grove B.A. in Studio Art, Minor in Educational Studies and Chinese Language from Colby College 2 Day Montessori Assistant Teacher Training, Summer, 2020

Shay Sawicki, Co-Lead Teacher
Shay Sawicki, Co-Lead Teacher

13th year at Pine Grove School (Shay worked at Pine Grove prior to 2010) 20+ years preschool, kindergarten and Montessori primary experience M.S. in Child Development and B.S. in Child Development/Family Relations from University of Maine, Orono Maine Roads to Quality Level 8 Center Based Care Professional Maine Early Childhood Learning Guidelines Seminar

Caelainn Costello, Co-Teacher
Caelainn Costello, Co-Teacher

2nd year at Pine Grove M.A. Elementary Education, B.A. English Education 2 Day Montessori Assistant Teacher Workshop, Summer, 2019 Level 6 Center Based Care Professional

Ellen Labbe
Ellen Labbe

4th year at Pine Grove Former sub at Pine Grove and Public School Bachelor of Arts in History from University of Maine, Orono 2 Day Montessori Assistant Teacher workshop, Summer, 2019 Maine Roads to Quality Level 3 Center Based Child Care Professional

Donna Naylor, Teacher
Donna Naylor, Teacher

8th year at Pine Grove (worked at Pine Grove for 7 years from 2003-2010) 25 Years Preschool experience B.A. Social and Behavioral Sciences with a minor in Early Childhood Education from University of Southern Maine M.A. in Education/Teaching through the Arts from Lesley University Toddler Montessori Training from Harborlight Montessori School Licensed Social Worker

Andrew DeStaebler, Teacher
Andrew DeStaebler, Teacher

1st year at Pine Grove B.A. in American Studies and minor in Italian Studies from Colby College

Kate Prideaux, Lead Teacher
Kate Prideaux, Lead Teacher

7th year at Pine Grove School (worked 2 years in 2006-2008) 10+ years Montessori primary experience B.F.A from Maine College of Art Montessori Lead Teaching Certification from Maine Montessori Institute, 2005 Maine Roads to Quality Level 7 Center Based Care Professional

Klara Vanderwaal, Teacher
Klara Vanderwaal, Teacher

5th year at Pine Grove School School-wide Spanish teacher North American Montessori Teaching Diploma for Infant/Toddler Level 6 Center Based Care Professional

Jodi Leeman, Teacher
Jodi Leeman, Teacher

8th year at Pine Grove (former teacher who returned) B.F.A. Maine College of Art 10+ years Toddler/Preschool experience Nationally Certified EMT-B Maine Roads to Quality Level 2 Center Based Direct Care Professional

Sally Moon, Afternoon Teacher
Sally Moon, Afternoon Teacher

2nd year at Pine Grove B.A. Art Education, University of Maine, Orono B.A. Theater, Emerson College 10+ years Infant/Toddler/Preschool experience 2 Day Montessori Assistant Workshop, Summer, 2019 Level 7 Center Based Care Professional

Kristan Carroll, Director/Owner
Kristan Carroll, Director/Owner

Education Program Director 14 years of experience in Education Admin. including curriculum programming. 10 yrs. as a School Psychological Service Provider B.A. in Business Admin, from Saint Anselm College, in N.H.. M.Ed. in School Psychology from U. of Southern ME Montessori Certification from the American Montessori Society-completion of academic phase Maine Montessori Association Board Member Maine Roads to quality Level 6 Admin Professional

Diane Mohr, Director/Owner
Diane Mohr, Director/Owner

Director of Operations 24 years of experience in Educational Administration B. S. in Business Administration – Marketing (one year in Education) from Northeastern University, Boston Advanced Maine Child Care Leadership Institute II 2008 Maine Montessori Association Board Member Maine Roads to Quality Level 5 Administrative Professional

Ali Hodge, Administrative Assistant
Ali Hodge, Administrative Assistant

6th year at Pine Grove 2 years recreation education experience 4 years Toddler Assistant Teacher at Pine Grove B.S. in Community Health Education, minor in Nutrition Education and Psychology Maine Roads to Quality Level 5 Administrative Staff Professional