FACULTY & STAFF

 

Katie Hamill, Primary Division Leader

Primary Teachers

Jutta Lossner-Liang, Primary 1 Teacher

Sachié Karmacharya, Primary 1 Teacher

Jasmin Argueta, Primary 2 Teacher

Jaqueline Almeida, Primary 2 Teacher

Esther Lee, Primary 3 Teacher

Jessica Chahanovich, Primary 3 Teacher

Fiona Gohery, Primary 4 Teacher

Sandra Fernandes, Primary 4 Teacher

Allison Gass, Primary 5 Teacher

Marianna Perks, Primary 5 Teacher

Priya Venkateswaran, Kindergarten 1 Teacher

Wei Stanten, Kindergarten 1 Teacher

Rebecca Jean-Baptiste, Kindergarten 1 Teacher

Amanda Cusanno, Kindergarten 2 Teacher

Ana Marban-Lorenzo, Kindergarten 2 Teacher

Christine Mak, Primary Remote Learning Teacher

Support and After School Teachers

Lex Bell, Support and After School Teacher

Alex Rosemond, Support and After School Teacher

Amy Norrod, Support and After School Teacher

Amir Young, Support and After School Teacher

Pauline Gennis, Support Teacher

Nolan Reimondo, Support and After School Teacher

Dwayne Hunter-Parker, Primary Support and After School Teacher

Ryan Jean-Louis, Primary Support and After School Teacher

 
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Katie Hamill, Primary Division Leader

Katie holds a BA in Human Development from Lesley University. She completed her Montessori training for 3-6 year olds at the Northeast Montessori Institute. Prior to joining our school, she worked as an assistant in a Montessori Primary classroom in Maine. She hails from Cape Cod, but has also lived in Maine and Florida.

 

She loves working with children because every day is different! It is also wonderful to watch each child grow and mature over a three-year period. Katie has three children who attend Wellan, and they love their classrooms! Last year, she also welcomed a son. Katie feels very blessed to be a part of the school, and to watch her own children benefit from the education here as well.

Jutta Lossner-Liang, Primary 1 Teacher

Jutta was born in Berlin, Germany and trained in Montessori education at the University of Uppsala, Sweden, where she studied and worked as a Montessori Teacher for many years. In 2004, she moved to Brookline, MA with her husband and their two young daughters. She has been with our school since its inception and enjoys coming to school every day!

 

When Jutta is not in the classroom, she is adjusting to her new life with two college girls, enjoying more time with her husband, learning and improving in foreign languages (so far she is fluent in 3 1/2...) and reading. Her favorite books are historical novels and field guides on plants and animals. In her backpack you will always find a binocular and a magnifier!

 

On Saturdays, she has been teaching German to second graders at the German Saturday School Boston for many years - but of course, her students in Primary 1 are also quite fluent!

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Sachié Karmacharya, Primary 1 Teacher

Sachié Karmacharya is excited to join Ms. Jutta in P1 this year! Previously Sachié was an Associate Primary Teacher at Cambridge Montessori School for the last four years; and prior to that, she was a substitute teacher at Walnut Park Montessori School. Sachié has a Bachelor's Degree from Cambridge College in Psychology with a focus on Children and Families. She is EEC certified and AMS certified through NEMTEC.

 

Sachié is the mother to two wonderful Wellan Elementary students. In her spare time Sachié enjoys yoga, running, reading, and spending time outdoors with her husband, Santosh, and their two sons, Ashwin and Syrus. Sachié is passionate about health and wellness and education. She is very happy to be a part of the Wellan Community!

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Jasmin Argueta, Primary 2 Teacher

Jasmin grew up in Roslindale, MA and attended UMass Boston, where she received her BA in Art with a concentration in Printmaking and Drawing/ Painting. Prior to Wellan, Jasmin worked at the Boys and Girls Club community center for three years, and also spent two summers as a team leader for Camp Harbor View. Additionally, she worked with preschool students at the Tobin Beaudet School in Needham for two years in their after-school program, where she also led their art club. Jasmin brings her creative and enthusiastic spirit to Wellan, and she enjoys getting to know the students on a personal level. She values the family-oriented environment at Wellan and its emphasis on communication.

 

Outside of school, Jasmin loves to make art, spend time with family and friends, and travel. Jasmin's family hails from El Salvador, and she tries to visit every year! She also likes taking smaller trips around New England and searching for the best french fries and/or gyros in the area.

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Jaqueline Almeida, Primary 2 Teacher

Jaqueline was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil and moved to Boston in 2012. She joins Wellan from Children’s House Montessori in West Roxbury, MA. She completed her Early Childhood (3-6) Montessori training at the New England Montessori Teacher Education Center (NEMTEC). “Jaque” believes that every child deserves to be independent, and she aims to bring an open mind and a positive attitude to nurture the spirit of each child. Prior to becoming a teacher, she worked as a journalist in Brazil and as a photographer.

 

In her spare time she enjoys sharing Maria Montessori's methodology with parents in the Brazilian community through social media. She also loves to explore the world with her husband and son. She has visited more than 17 countries and she dreams of traveling more throughout the world and with her son, Paulo.

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Esther Lee, Primary 3 Teacher

Esther was born and raised in Korea, and attained her Bachelor of Arts in Korean Literature and Communication at Korea University Seoul. Esther spent the following ten years pursuing her love of advertising and broadcasting business in Korea as an art director. After moving to the United States, Esther discovered Montessori education as she researched different teaching methods during her time as a stay-at-home mom. After attending an open house at Walnut Park Montessori, her plans changed from pursuing a career as an art director in an advertising company to that of a Montessori primary teacher. Inspired and motivated by Maria Montessori’s vision, Esther graduated as an AMS certified primary teacher.


After completing her AMS Early Childhood Credential from NEMTEC (New England Montessori Teacher Education Center) in 2005 and two years as an assistant, Esther soon found a home within our school in 2006. She brings with her over 15 years of experience within the Boston Korean School and Montessori education as well as her rapport with both children and parents. Her patience and positive spirit contribute to a peaceful classroom environment where curiosity and exploration prevail.


Esther lives in Brookline with her husband DK and daughter Maria. Esther is an avid reader and loves to spend time walking and cooking for her friends and family.

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Jessica Chahanovich, Primary 3 Teacher

Jess grew up on a small island in Maine before receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology from the University of Southern Maine. After spending a few years teaching Elementary Special Education, she moved to Boston. Jess spent many years working in childcare before stumbling upon the Montessori philosophy. She completed her Montessori training through the Northeast Montessori Institute in 2018. Jessica is joining Wellan from Soule Early Childhood Center, where she worked as a lead classroom teacher, blending both Montessori and Reggio-Emilia philosophies. 

 

When Jess isn’t at Wellan, she can usually be found at her home-away-from-home, Fenway Park! She and her fiancé, Thom, enjoy traveling to watch baseball games at new ballparks and stadiums. She even finds ways to sneak baseball into the classroom from time to time! She loves to spend time crafting, usually crochet or cross-stitching. Jess is a retired roller derby athlete and still loves to go roller skating with her friends.

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Fiona Gohery, Primary 4 Teacher

Fiona was born and raised in Ireland. She has been a full time nanny to several families in the Newton area. It was during this time, while one of the children she nannied for attended Wellan, that Fiona got to see first hand the positive, authentic and meaningful learning that a Montessori education provides. She completed her Montessori training at MI-NE in Beverly, MA. This is Fiona’s 4th year teaching in P4. Outside of school, Fiona enjoys running and Crossfit. She lives with her wife, Allie, her daughter, Claire, and their 3 dogs!

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Sandra Fernandes, Primary 4 Teacher

Sandra was born and raised in India. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Sandra received her Montessori training from the Northeast Montessori Institute. She brings with her over 17 years of experience as a Primary teacher at the Montessori School of Leesburg, Virginia. One of her lifelong passions is working with children and guiding them to discover, develop, and enhance their unique gifts.

 

Sandra has two wonderful daughters who are in college. She loves reading, traveling, going to museums, playing board games, walking and the beach! She is looking forward to exploring the Northeast with her husband. Sandra is excited to join the team at Wellan!

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Allison Gass, Primary 5 Teacher

Allison is excited to be joining the wonderful community at Wellan Montessori! Allison has been teaching Montessori for twelve years. The past eight years she spent teaching at Kingsley Montessori School in the Back Bay. Allison received her Montessori teaching credentials from New England Montessori Teacher Education Center. She holds her BA in Electronic Media from Towson University located in Maryland. 

 

Allison spends her free time with her wife and two daughters. On the weekends, they enjoy going to festivals, local farmers markets, and exploring new playgrounds. 

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Marianna Perks, Primary 5 Teacher

Marianna recently moved from North Carolina to Massachusetts with her husband and two cats. She has a B.S in Biology from North Carolina State University, where she concentrated in ecology and evolution. Initially intending to be a researcher, Marianna found herself volunteering and interning at a science museum where she cared for the animals on exhibit. Alongside animal care, Marianna gave presentations to visitors and found a passion for teaching. This led to various education jobs at science museums in Raleigh and Durham, North Carolina and eventually to a master’s degree program in science education at NC State.

 

While in graduate school, Marianna interned at an outdoor kindergarten that was run by Montessori-trained teachers. Once Marianna discovered Montessori, she was hooked and started working at a large Montessori school in Raleigh the next year. She spent a few years in a classroom, learning as much as she could about Montessori, education, and caring for preschool-age children. This became a passion and Marianna can’t imagine doing anything else.

 

Moving to Boston was always in the plans, as her husband is pursuing a PhD program at MIT. Marianna was so happy and thankful to join Wellan at the beginning of the Summer 2020 program, and hopes to pursue her Montessori training when the world is a little more normal.

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Priya Venkateswaran, Kindergarten 1 Teacher

Priya was born in India and moved to the US in 2006. She got her teaching certification for the pre-primary level in India, and taught in private schools before moving here. She stumbled upon the Montessori philosophy while exploring careers and fell in love when she realized how effective it is. Priya completed her training in 2010 and has been teaching in a Montessori classroom since 2009. She joined our school in 2016 and is now coordinating a training class for interns and non-Montessori-trained support staff. Priya's daughter also attends Wellan. When she is not teaching or convincing others about the benefit of Montessori, she likes to spend time with her family and read books.

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Wei Stanten, Kindergarten 1 Teacher

Wei Stanten was born and raised in China. After witnessing the wonder of Montessori educational method first hand from her daughters, she was inspired to pursue her Montessori Primary training through the New England Montessori Teacher Education Center. She has been teaching Montessori in a variety of settings for the past ten years and feels fortunate to contribute to the vibrant Wellan Montessori School community. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and absorbing new ideas. She also loves to explore the world with an inquisitive mind and ponder the miracles of nature.

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Rebecca Jean-Baptiste, Kindergarten 1 Teacher

Rebecca is a dedicated professional educator with a commitment to the growth and development of all children. She has many years of experience teaching young children. Rebecca received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education, along with her EEC Certification. Rebecca was recently accepted into the New England Montessori Teacher Education Center and is currently working towards completing her Montessori teacher certification in Primary. In her downtime, Rebecca enjoys reading, yoga, and cooking. 

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Amanda Cusanno, Kindergarten 2 Teacher

Amanda was born and raised in Connecticut, but after college decided that Boston was the place to be! She holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice, Psychology and Spanish from Roger Williams University, and a M. Ed. in Early Childhood Education from Champlain College. She completed her Early Childhood (3-6) Montessori training at the Montessori Institute of New England. 

 

Outside of school, Amanda loves to be outside! Any time by the ocean is a good time! She loves exploring and finding new places, hiking, and swimming. 

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Ana Marban-Lorenzo, Kindergarten 2 Teacher

Ana is originally from Spain, and also grew up in Belgium! She returned to Spain as a young adult to complete her LLB and Masters in tax law from Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. When she first moved to the United States, she lived in NYC and eventually moved to Boston to get an LLM in American law from Boston University. Ana worked in international trade and business development until she discovered and fell in love with the Montessori philosophy. Ana began teaching Montessori primary in 2017 and received her certification from NEMTEC in 2018. Ana was drawn to Montessori because of how child-centered the approach is, and the flexibility and respect for the child. She enjoys the process of enabling children to find and follow their interests and move at the right pace.

 

Ana lives in East Boston with her husband and son, who attends Wellan. Ana enjoys exploring new places in New England with her family, especially towns by the ocean. Ana enjoys learning and speaking different languages.

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Christine Mak, Primary Remote Learning Teacher

Christine completed her Bachelor of Arts at UMass Boston where she studied Art History. As a life long learner, she completed her early childhood Montessori training at NEMTEC in 2018.

 

Christine can fly. She began studying circus arts in 2002 on the tropical island of Turks & Caicos and has spent more than a decade instructing others in trapeze and organizing her own circus shows.

 

When not at Wellan, you can find Christine at Pacific Bay Resort in Panama – an eco tourism resort which she helped build on a private island in the tropical jungle which has been mistaken for paradise on more than one occasion.

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Lex Bell, Support and After School Teacher

Lex graduated from Curry College this year with a BA Degree in Biology. She played volleyball all four years of college. She is excited to start full-time with Wellan this year as she was a part-time after school teacher for the past 4 years. She loves working with children because they always put a smile on her face even when she is feeling down.

 

Lex enjoys working out, hanging out with friends, and traveling. She also enjoys playing volleyball and spending time with her family!

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Alex Rosemond, Support and After School Teacher

Alex earned his BA in Business and Sports Management from Curry College. He played college football all 4 years while maintaining a 3.5 GPA and graduating Cum Laude. Alex is going into his second year at Wellan and is excited for the switch to full-time. He will be working as a support teacher for Primary, as well as an after school teacher. When he is not working, Alex enjoys going to the gym and traveling with friends. He lives in Quincy.

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Amy Norrod, Support and After School Teacher

Amy obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education at Bowling Green State University. During her undergraduate program, she studied Western European Art and Architecture across Europe. Since then, she has taught in Ohio and Florida before moving to Massachusetts at the start of 2020. She recently moved to Boston from Jacksonville, Florida, where she was a middle school art teacher for two years. In her free time, she enjoys visiting art museums, oil painting, and trying new restaurants in the Boston area.

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Amir Young, Support and After School Teacher

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Pauline Gennis, Support Teacher

Pauline earned her undergraduate and M.S from Boston College and her Montessori training, Birth to Six, from St. Nicholas, London, England. Pauline was the founder and director of TCC Westgate at MIT and The Children’s Center at Groton School, Groton, MA. After a short retirement, Pauline decided to go back to work part time. She feels fortunate to now work as a support teacher at Wellan.

Nolan Reimondo, Support and After School Teacher

Nolan graduated from Curry College this year with a BA Degree in Individually Initiated Major. He played soccer all four years of college. He is excited to start full-time with Wellan this year for the first time. He loves working with children because they always put a smile on his face.

 

Nolan enjoys hiking, hanging out with friends, and going on adventures. He also enjoys making videos!

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Dwayne Hunter-Parker, Primary Support and After School Teacher

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Ryan Jean-Louis, Primary Support and After School Teacher

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