Classroom Activities and Exercises
Head of School
Primary 1 Teachers
Primary 2 Teachers
A Typical Day at
Green Mountain Montessori
After School Programs
The Roots of
Schedule and Tuition
Supporting Staff: Enhancing
Our teachers and students are blessed to have a
wonderful array of supporting staff who help make Green Mountain
Montessori a truly special and unique environment.
Mrs. Kari Trudo - Lead After School Teacher
Mrs. Kari lives in Essex Town,
with her husband Bruce. They
have three children, Kyle 20,
Adam 16 and Holli 11.She has
been a pre-school teacher for
17 years and has her Child
Degree. Upon closing her childcare
center she went back to
Champlain College to further
her education in Early Childhood
Education. She worked as a Para-
Educator at Essex Elementary
School among other various
teaching positions. She has also
worked part time at Goodwill in
She is looking forward
to spending some weekends
learning how to snowshoe this
winter along with other winter
sports on the mountain with
her family. In her spare time she
enjoys scrap booking her many
Owen Duff: After School Teacher & Substitute
Owen is a recent graduate from Bard College, where he studied English. He currently lives at home with his family in Essex. He plans on attending graduate school in the near future, to study French and Latin.
Owen enjoys reading, writing, and listening to music. In the past year, he wrote occasionally for a music review site, where he reviewed pop music and hip-hop. He is currently trying to learn more about classical music.
Amy Sutton: After School Teacher & Substitute
Ms. Amy lives in Essex Junction with her favorite companions; her golden retriever, Chloe and her cat, Pickle. Before joining GMMS she worked for several years at Gulliverís Doggie Daycare, was a Green House Assistant at 4 Seasonís Garden Center and even dabbled in modeling.
Ms. Amy loves educating children and has worked with children for many years through volunteering at local schools and childrenís programs, a few examples are; Champ Camp Counselor, Teaching Assistant for Arts & Crafts Classes, and Community Service Program Assistant. She has an Associate Degree and a Graphic Design and Digital Publishing Certificate. Ms. Amy is currently taking child development classes and working to acquire her Teaching Associate Certificate.
In her leisure time, Ms. Amy enjoys studying different cultures, reading Manga, playing computer games, cooking and baking, exploring fashion and photography. She especially enjoys visiting farmers markets and creating dishes with fresh, local ingredients.
Rebecca Johnston: Special Education Coordinator
Ms. Rebecca graduated from the University of Vermont. She holds certifications in Elementary Education and Special Education. Her most recent experiences are as Instructor at Northern Lights Career Development Center and Instructor of Teaching Strategies GOLD Child Assesment Tool.
She has a creative mind and enjoys art, music, and photography.
Beth Tailer - Science & Nature
Mrs. Beth has brought wonder and delight to our children since 2002 - engaging them in an exploration of patterns and designs in nature with boundless creativity and energy. Ms. Beth has held many jobs in her lifetime. She is a trained nurse, and works at the Neo- Natal Intensive Care Unit at FAHC. But that is just one of many ways she brings joy to parents and children.
Ms. Beth has been an Environmental Learning for the Future (ELF) instructor with the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) since 2003 . She was recognized by VINS as an outstanding educator in 2006 and we certainly agree! She has also taught science to children in the Smugglerís Notch Ski Camp since 2001, using a tepee for her classroom.
She practices what she teaches at her home in Essex with her husband, Tim - a wonderful area for natural exploration with farm animals, gardens, brook and forest that inspire her work.
Nan Campbell: Office Manager & Substitute Teacher
Nan graduated from Springfield College in MA with a degree in Physical Education. She taught 2 years of High School Physical Education before moving to Vermont. Nan had been a stay at home mom for 6 1/2 years, 2 of which she provided childcare at her home, before becoming a preschool teacher.
Nan lives in Underhill with my husband Kevin, and daughters Ellie and Morgan.
As a family they enjoy skiing and for "me time" she likes to play softball and floor hockey.
We would be remiss in not including our parent community on this page - they
are an important part of our classroom experience. Parents actively
participate in our classrooms nearly every day - teaching additional crafts
and skills and helping with special projects. A few of many examples are
told through the pictures below:
8 Jericho Road | Essex,
VT 05452 | Tel: 802-879-9114 | Fax: 802-879-9343 |
childcare, preschool and kindergarten:
setting the standard for progressive education and early-childhood development in
Burlington, Vermont area