Our Staff

All teaching and support staff at Avalon are committed to creating a pleasant, nurturing and safe environment, enabling intellectual, social, physical and artistic learning and development to take place. We believe that staff, students, and parents share equally in the achievement of our goals.

A teacher in an authentic Montessori environment will hold a Montessori Teaching diploma. Fully qualified Montessori teachers receive rigorous training in the proper use of the materials and learn about the development of the whole child – emotional, physical, intellectual, moral and social. Through careful observation, a Montessori teacher follows the individual interests and needs of the child, providing lessons and guidance when necessary. Our teaching staff adhere to both the letter and the spirit of the pedagogy that govern the Montessori Method of Education and Avalon Children’s Montessori School. Our objective is to guide the children with respect and understanding, developing in them a love of learning that will last a lifetime.

Whenever possible, staff are encouraged to participate in professional development. All teachers and assistants have current first aid and CPR training.

The Avalon Staff is headed by School Directors Christine Keery, Sherry VanDerKooi and Angie Samis, Montessori teachers, who founded the school in 1999.