FACULTY & STAFF

 

Caitlin Bowring, Curriculum Coordinator/Elementary and Middle School Division Leader

Lower Elementary

Lisa Lappin Levine, Lower Elementary 1 Teacher

Mary Evelyn Lucier, Lower Elementary 1 Teacher/Montessori Intern

Laurie Katz, Lower Elementary 1 Teacher/Montessori Intern

Kayla Stiffler, Lower Elementary 2 Teacher

Michael Silverstone, Lower Elementary 2 Teacher

Kayla Hindle, Lower Elementary 2 Teacher/Montessori Intern

Upper Elementary

Justine Brooks, Upper Elementary Teacher and Elementary/Middle School Student       Support Services Coordinator

Wendy Smith, Upper Elementary Teacher

Beth Schuch, Upper Elementary Teacher

Brian Johnson, Upper Elementary Support Teacher

After School and Support

Margarita Londono, Support Teacher
Terry Keeling, Elementary After School Teacher

Caitlin Bowring, Curriculum Coordinator/Elementary and Middle School Division Leader

Caitlin finds it hard to believe that she’s entering her twelfth year at the school! It has been an amazing experience to be a part of the Elementary program's growth from a tiny group of twelve students to a thriving group of seventy-five students today. She looks forward to continuing to support this growth while also helping to build the Middle School program.

 

Caitlin holds a BA in Psychology and a MA in Elementary Education from Northeastern University. She earned her Montessori Elementary I certification at the Center for Montessori Teacher Education, New York.

 

Caitlin lives in Norwood with her family – her husband Peter, daughter Adeline, who is a student in the Primary program at Wellan, and their newest addition (and future Owl!), son Everett. When she’s not at school, she loves to cook, read, garden, and spend time with friends and family.

Lisa Lappin Levine, Lower Elementary 1 Teacher

Lisa fell in love with the Montessori philosophy and Wellan during her children’s years in the Primary and Lower Elementary programs. So inspired by the education her children received, she pursued her Lower Elementary Certification from METTC (Montessori Elementary Teacher Training Collaborative). Lisa also holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Simmons College and a Master of Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Over the last several years, Lisa has held positions at Kingsley Montessori School, Tobin Montessori School, and Newton Public Schools.

 

When not at school, Lisa spends time with her two children, Gabe and Zach. She enjoys participating in outdoor adventure activities like hiking and river rafting, listening to live music, and doing all sorts of artistic projects!

Mary Evelyn Lucier, Lower Elementary 1 Teacher/Montessori Intern 

Mary Evelyn has lived in the Berkshires of Massachusetts for the past five years, just recently moving back to the Boston area. She graduated from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts with a BS in Elementary Education along with a BS in Environmental Studies. Her desire for becoming a teacher is very much influenced by being able to teach students the classroom curriculum and also helping them relate to the natural world around them. She previously taught sixth and seventh grade math in North Adams, Massachusetts through the North Adams Public Schools.

 

When Mary Evelyn is not in the classroom she really enjoys taking part in outdoor activities, and especially loves spending time with her family!  She grew up going snowboarding all around New England and still  loves getting on the slopes. She practices yoga regularly, and enjoys supporting her body’s physical and mental growth.

Laurie Katz, Lower Elementary 1 Teacher/Montessori Intern

Laurie grew up in Boston and attended Kingsley Montessori School during her formative years. It was this Montessori experience that led her to be a lifelong learner and know that she wanted to be a teacher. She holds her BS in Early Childhood Education from DePaul University and her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Teaching from Boston University. This is her third year at Wellan and her fifth year teaching. She previously taught first grade in Boston.

 

Laurie is an animal lover and has three cats (Blue, Fritz, and Iris) and a fish (Peter). She is an avid hiker and is always up for a cooking challenge (to varying results). She loves the Wellan community and being able and teach with such a supportive and knowledgeable team!

Kayla Stiffler, Lower Elementary 2 Teacher

Kayla is a Massachusetts girl, born and raised. She grew up in Methuen and moved to Boston after earning her BS in Elementary Education at Framingham State University. She later completed her graduate studies at the same university and earned her M.Ed in Literacy and Language. She trained in Montessori education with the Montessori Elementary Teacher Training Collaborative and received her 6–9 credentials. Before working at Wellan, she worked in both public schools as well as Montessori schools in the Greater Boston area. When she is not in the classroom, she enjoys spending quality time with her husband and two daughters.

Michael Silverstone, Lower Elementary 2 Teacher

Michael got his undergraduate degree at Columbia University in English with a concentration in Writing; and earned his Master’s in English Education from New York University. He is a staff member of the Montessori Elementary Teacher Training Collaborative in Lexington, MA where he helps teach and mentor new instructors during their summer session. He and his wife are the parents of a grown son, whose early school experiences were his first inspiration for working with elementary age students. Michael is the author of a number of non-fiction books for young people and is a writer or co-author of books and articles on education including Teaching to Empower (ASCD 2020) and In It Together (Corwin 2015). He is an enthusiastic daily journal writer, songwriter, baseball fan, and practitioner of Vinyasa style yoga.

Kayla Hindle, Lower Elementary 2 Teacher/Montessori Intern

Kayla grew up in Norton, MA, and holds a B.A. in English and a B.S. in Elementary Education from Bridgewater State University. After volunteering with the American Cancer Society for years, she had a great opportunity to work professionally as a staff partner with Relay For Life community fundraising events. She began missing life in the classroom and decided to return to teaching, gaining experience with K–5 in public school. She is training to become Montessori-certified and is excited to return to LE2 this year! Outside of school, Kayla enjoys spending time with friends and family, as well as reading good books, watching movies and TV shows, kickboxing, and most of all, baking and decorating cakes.

Justine Brooks, Upper Elementary Teacher and Elementary/Middle School Student Support Services Coordinator

Justine graduated from Rhode Island College with a BA in Elementary Education, and will complete her Master's in Montessori Education in May 2020. She spent almost ten years teaching in the Cranston Public School system before she discovered the Montessori philosophy, which began a new journey into Montessori education. She attained her AMS 6–12 Certification with the Montessori Elementary Teacher Training Collaborative (METTC) in Lexington, MA. Prior to joining the Elementary teaching team at NMS in 2015, she also taught both Lower and Upper Elementary at Quest Montessori School in Narragansett, RI.

Wendy Smith, Upper Elementary Teacher

Wendy was born in the Adirondacks, then moved around New England a bit before settling and spending most of her formative years in Wellesley. After graduating from the University of Colorado at Denver she moved west to San Francisco for a few years where she began her primary Montessori training. She is certified in Lower Elementary from The Montessori Education Center of the Rockies and Upper Elementary from the Seacoast Center. She also has a Master's in Curriculum & Instruction from Lesley University. This is Wendy's fifteenth year as a Montessori teacher.

 

When she is not teaching, Wendy spends time with her family. Her daughter Ivy is in 5th grade and her son Reed is in 3rd grade at Underwood School. Her husband is a sculptor and film maker, and he has a studio in Boston's South End. They love to spend time in Maine and on Cape Cod with extended family when they are not fixing up their new house in Newton Corner.

Beth Schuch, Upper Elementary Teacher

Beth is thrilled to be joining Wellan this year as an Upper Elementary teacher and Voyager Math teacher. Beth completed her Upper Elementary Montessori training through the Seacoast Center and holds a Master’s in Education. She has 17 years of teaching experience and a background in differentiated instruction and curriculum design. Beth worked at Kingsley Montessori for the past 12 years as an Upper Elementary Teacher and Curriculum Specialist/Coordinator. She has additional experience as a teacher at Stoneridge Montessori School in Beverly and an Orton-Gillingham literacy tutor.

 

Beth and her family enjoy spending time together, traveling, and playing at local playgrounds. Beth is excited that her two children will be attending Wellan as students in the Beginner and Primary programs this year. Beth loves spending time with her family and also enjoys hiking, art, swimming, and yoga.

Brian Johnson, Upper Elementary Support Teacher

Brian holds a BA in Sociology from Eastern Connecticut State University and a Masters in Elementary Education from Lesley University, where he also earned his Elementary (1-6) license. Brian’s passion for working with kids started while working at an elementary after-school program in Cambridge, MA. He also worked as a Special Education Paraprofessional for three years, and he recently finished his student teaching in a 5th grade classroom for Cambridge Public Schools. 

 

When he’s not at school, Brian enjoys running, reading, and watching the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Boston Red Sox!

Margarita Londono, Support Teacher

Margarita holds her Bachelor’s degree from Laselle College in Colombia, South America, and earned her Early Childhood teaching certification from Boston University, along with a certificate in Bilingual Education from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Prior to joining our school in 2009, she was an English Immersion Program kindergarten teacher in the Boston Public Schools for 16 years.


Margarita enjoys traveling with her two teenage daughters on trips long and short—which has made them closer as a family. Coincidentally, both of her daughters were students of our school's own Ms. Pat! She also loves to go bike riding and cook for family and friends.

Terry Keeling, Elementary After School Teacher

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Newton Centre, MA 02459

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