Our Litchfield Montessori Team

The heart of Litchfield Montessori School is our nurturing, well-trained, and experienced Faculty.  A certified Montessori Teacher and Assistant Teacher lead each classroom, providing continuity throughout the three-year cycle.  Our teachers know and honor each child’s individual potential and work to create an environment that inspires children to develop inner discipline, self assurance, and a love of learning.  This talented Faculty of LMS, averaging 16 years of teaching experience, and well known in the profession, frequently serve as trainers and models at educational seminars and for students from local colleges and universities.  Their first love, however, is our children at LMS, whom they creatively and sensitively nurture and support.

Bonny Flower - Children's House Directress
B.A. Sociology, Purdue University 
AMI Primary Diploma, Washington Montessori Institute 

Donna Fortier - Business Manager 
Northwestern Connecticut Community College, Accounting

Karen Gavell - Children's House Directress
B.S., Education and Psychology, Charter Oak State College
AMS Montessori Certification (3-6), CMTE/NY

Monika Geerling – Children’s House Assistant
B.S. Psychology, University of Connecticut
M.S. Education, Antioch New England

Kate Gnitzcavich - Elementary Co-directress
B.Mus. With concentrations in Music Education (K-12) and Piano, Manhattanville College
AMI Montessori Elementary 6 – 12 Certification, Montessori Training Center Northeast

Betsy Johnson-Assistant Head of School
B.A. Sociology, Allegheny College
M.A. Early Childhood and Special Education, University of St. Joseph

Cara Johnson - Head of School
B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Connecticut

Grail Kearney - Elementary Co-directress
M.F.A. Hamilton College
Elementary Certificate, Association Montessori Internationale, Bergamo, Italy

Liliana Kleid – Spanish Specialist
B.A. Communications, Universidad San Martin de Porres

Deborah Martin – Office Assistant, Physical Education Coordinator
Connecticut Field Hockey Association Official Board
Massachusetts Collegiate Field Hockey Umpire Association
Connecticut Women’s Lacrosse Office Board

Rachel McGinnis - Young Peoples Community Assistant
B.A. Biology, Bard College
Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida

Judy Olsen – Young People’s Community Directress
International Montessori Teaching Diploma, Infant – 3 Years, North American Montessori Center
C.D.A. (Child Development Associate) Naugatuck Valley Community Technical College

Emily Swomley - Elementary Assistant
B.A – English, Wesleyan University
METTC, Intro to Montessori Early Childhood 

Affiliated Staff

Deborah Helck - Language Specialist
B.S. - Speech & Language Pathology, University of Virginia
M.Ed. - Speech & Language Pathology, Emory University

Tina Zampaglione – Art Specialist
Art, Northwest Connecticut Community College
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