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 lead teacher and assistant teachers. Lead teachers are Montessori-certified. Our faculty also includes talents in Spanish, art and music.
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
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
4th year at Pine Grove (2 prior years at Pine Grove School as co-lead teacher) B.S. in Biology from Fitchburg State College, Fitchburg, MA Montessori Teacher Training, Polish Montessori Institute, Warsaw, Poland Level 7 Center Based Direct Care Professional
11th 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
8th year at Pine Grove School School-wide Spanish teacher North American Montessori Teaching Diploma for Infant/Toddler Level 7 Center Based Care Professional
11th year at Pine Grove 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
1st year at Pine Grove School B.S. in Human Ecology, College of the Atlantic Montessori Certification from Northeast Montessori Institute
6th year at Pine Grove School B.A. in Studio Art with double minor in Psychology and Art History at University of Maine, Orono Maine Montessori Association 2 day assistant's training, summer 2016 Rising Stars' Montessori Infant/Toddler Assistant's Overview, October 2017
3rd year at Pine Grove School (and Alumni of Pine Grove) B.A. in Sociology with a dual minor in Writing & Art concentration from University of Vermont, Burlington Maine Montessori Assistant Teacher training, summer 2021 Level 2 Center Based Child Care Professional
5th year at Pine Grove School (worked for 2 years in 2018-2020) Undergrad course work at Salem State College, Salem, MA Over 20 years nanny/early childhood education experience Level 4 Center Based Child Care Professional
8th year at Pine Grove School B.F.A. Maine College of Art, Portland, ME Montessori Certification from New England Montessori Teacher Education Center, Newton, MA Maine Roads to Quality Level 7 Center Based Direct Care Professional
5th 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
7th year at Pine Grove B.A. in History from University of Maine, Orono 2 Day Montessori Assistant Teacher workshop, Summer, 2019 Maine Roads to Quality Level 4 Center Based Child Care Professional
10th year at Pine Grove School (worked 2 years in 2006-2008) 15+ 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
3rd year at Pine Grove School B.A. in Theater from University of New Hampshire Level 2 Center Based Child Care Professional
2nd year at Pine Grove School (former substitute teacher) B.F.A. focused in photography from Tufts University, Boston, MA Montessori Assistant Teacher Training Workshop, 2022 Level 2 Center Based Child Care Professional
1st year at Pine Grove School B.A. Event Management & Communications from High Point University
Education Program Director 15 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
Director of Operations 25 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
14th 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
7th year at Pine Grove School (Worked at Pine Grove from 2015-2021) B.S. Community Health Education CAEP Certificate for Admissions & Enrollment Professionals Maine Roads to Quality Level 5
1st year at Pine Grove School 15 + years experience in early childhood education Maine Roads to Quality level 4