Our Litchfield Montessori Team

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.

Elaine Allessio - Elementary Assisting Directress
M. Ed & A.M.S. Montessori Certification (3-6) - Xavier University
B.A. - History Education, Regis College
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Judy Conroy - Children's House Directress
B.A.- General Studies, University of Connecticut
A.M.S. - Montessori Primary Certification, (3-6) Northeast Montessori Institute

Debby DeGuire - Head of School
M. Ed - AMS - Montessori (6-9) Certification - Xavier University
B.A. - Theatre Arts - University of Cincinnati
Level I Certified Kingian NonviolenceTrainer

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

Kate Gnitzcavich - Upper Elementary Directress
B.M.U.S.- Bachelor of Music, Manhattanville College, Concentrations in Music Education (K-12) and Piano
Training at MTCNE in Hartford for AMI 6-12

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

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

Liliana Kleid - Spanish, Children’s House / Lower Elementary / YPC
B.A. - Communications - Universidad San Martin de Porres

Judy Olsen- Young Peoples Community Directress
Certified Montessori teacher through NAMC
Training with NAMC Infant/Toddler
CDA(Child Development Associate) Naugatuck Valley Community Technical College
15 Years in Thomaston Public Shool system in the Autism Program

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

Betsy Johnson-Director of Development and Financial Aid
BA- Allegeheny College
MA EC/Sp.Ed- Unniversiy of St. Joseph

Emily Swomley - Children's House Assisting Directress
B.A - Wesleyan University
METTC, Intro to Montessori Early Childhood 

Tina Zampaglione - Art
Northwest Community College Art - Art Specialist
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