Lower Elementary – Middle School


It didn’t work. Hmm, what now?  Flexible thinking has been identified as a requisite 21st century skill. In Design Lab, students solve open-ended design challenges and, in the process, extend their learning in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) concepts. Students are introduced to woodworking, robotics, sewing, and use of a 3D printer. The Design Lab curriculum helps students gain confidence in their ability to tackle uncertain and unfamiliar challenges.



Merav Rosen, Design Lab Specialist

Trained as an Interior Designer, both abroad and in the US, Merav worked as a designer for 16 years, specializing in public and commercial interiors. She founded the Very Beginning Woodworking program at the Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts in Jamaica Plain, and periodically trains woodworking teachers at that school. Merav also created the woodworking program at the New Art Center, in Newton. She teaches woodworking and Design Lab at Wellan, as well as after school woodworking and Tinkering classes. She has a certificate for Introduction to Montessori and Early Childhood from Lexington Montessori.


In addition to her work at Wellan, she teaches woodworking lessons in her woodshop. Merav is especially passionate about teaching students with disabilities. Merav is also certified as a Youth Mental Health First Aid Provider.


Merav is married, and the mother of two girls who both attended Montessori. When she is not teaching, she often can be found in her woodshop with one or all family members, tinkering, up-cycling and developing new projects! She loves reading, gardening, traveling and hunting for antique woodworking tools to add to her collection in flea markets.

Terry Keeling, Design Lab Specialist

Coming Soon.

Tessa Landry, Design Lab Assistant

Tessa graduated from California State University of Dominguez Hills with their BA in Behavioral Science. Before joining Wellan, Tessa was a Residential Director for a summer program at Yale University and an experienced dog trainer. Tessa enjoys to poke around in the Drama community, from participating with traveling improv teams to performing in community theater.


Originally from California, Tessa looks forward to playing in the snow with the students and making their first snow angel on the playground.

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Wellan Montessori School

80 Crescent Avenue

Newton Centre, MA 02459

Phone: (617) 969-4488   

Fax: (617) 969-4430

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Wellan Montessori School is a non-profit school which admits students of every race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, or political beliefs to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to the students of the School. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or political views.