Institute Faculty & Staff

Administrative Staff

Hilary Green Director
Heidi Novak Intern Coordinator
Debbie Kukielka Summer Logistics Coordinator

Institute Faculty

Kate Bauer
Early Childhood – Mathematics, History/Geography, Science
Kate received a B.A. in Art History from the University of Virginia. She received an AMS Early Childhood (2 ½ - 6) Credential from the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies. She is currently teaching at the Early Childhood level at a school in Virginia.

Rodney Berthold
Elementary I – Mathematics
Rodney received a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Indiana University and an M.A. in Secondary Education from Xavier University. He received an AMS Elementary I-II Credential from the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies and an AMS Secondary I-II Credential from CMSTEP. Rodney is currently teaching at the Secondary level at a school in Virginia.

Cathy Carpenter
Infant & Toddler, Early Childhood & Elementary I - Child Development
Cathy received a B.S. in Home Economics from the University of Mississippi and an M.S. in Home Economics and an M. Ed. in Early Childhood Education from Mississippi University for Women. She has a Montessori diploma from Spring Valley Montessori School in Federal Way, WA (2 ½ - 7), an Elementary diploma from St. Nicholas Training Center in London (6-12 years) and an AMS Elementary Credential (6-12) from the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies. Cathy has directed two small schools and has a combined teaching experience of eight years in traditional and university preschools and 20+ years in Montessori schools at the Early Childhood, Lower and Upper Elementary levels. She currently teaches at the Barrie School.

Marliese Colantuno
Infant and Toddler - Personal Growth and Development; Early Childhood – Movement, Adult Writer’s Workshop, Observation; Elementary - Preparatory Course
Marliese holds an Early Childhood (2 ½ - 6) Credential from the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies. She has eight years of Montessori teaching experience. Marliese is currently an early childhood teacher at a school in Maryland.

Karen Cronin
Elementary I – Preparatory Course; Elementary II - Classroom Management, Environmental Design, Practical Life
Karen received a B.A. in American History from Wheaton College. She has an AMI Primary (3-6) Diploma from Sion Hill Montessori Training College in Dublin, Ireland, and an AMI Elementary (6-12) Diploma from Washington Montessori Institute. Karen currently teaches at the Barrie School.

Barbara Davis
Elementary I – History/Geography, Art, Practical Life, Adult Writer’s Workshop
Barbara received a B.A. in Art History from George Mason University. She holds an AMS Elementary I (6-9) Credential from the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies. Barbara currently teaches as  Lower Elementary Specialist in the DC Metro Area.

Corinne (Massey) Foster
Elementary I – Language
Corinne received an M.A. from the University of Maryland in Curriculum and Instruction. She has an AMS Elementary I (6-9) Credential from the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies. Corinne is currently teaching at the lower elementary level in a school in Boston, Massachusetts.

Hilary Green
Infant & Toddler - Program Leadership and Administration; Early Childhood and Elementary I - Administration
Hilary received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Connecticut and an AMS Elementary (6-9) Credential from the Center for Montessori Teacher Education, New York. Hilary has ten years of Montessori teaching experience at the elementary level; currently she is the Director of the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies.

Sara Grossman
Elementary I – Biology; Elementary I & II – Physical Science; Elementary II – Earth Science
Sara received a B.S. in Physical Education from the University of Maryland and an M.A. in Education from American University. She holds an Early Childhood Credential from the National Center for Montessori Education and an AMS Elementary (6-12) Credential from the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies. Sara has over 30 years of teaching experience in Montessori classrooms.  She is currently teaching at the Lower Elementary level at a school in Virginia.

Gwendolyn Harris
Elementary I - Philosophy; Elementary I & II - Physical Education
Gwen received a B.S. in Physical Education from the University of the District of Columbia, a M.A. in Physical Education from Texas Women’s University and a M.A. in Administration from Grand Canyon University. She holds an AMS Elementary (6-12) Credential from the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies. For ten years, Gwen was head of the Physical Education Department at Barrie; she taught in the lower elementary level for two years. She taught at the lower elementary level in the Prince George’s County public Montessori program for nine years and currently serves as a Montessori Coordinator for a public Montessori school in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

Wendie (Marsh) Harrison
Early Childhood – Language Arts

Wendie received a B.S. in Human Development/Family Studies from The Pennsylvania State University, and an M.A. in Teaching from Trinity College, Washington, DC. She holds an AMS Preprimary (3-6) Credential and an AMS Elementary (6-12) Credential from the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies. Wendie has 15 years of Montessori teaching experience, 10 years at the early childhood level and five years at the elementary level; currently she is academic director at a school in Virginia.

Debbie Kukielka
Early Childhood - Sensorial, Classroom Management, Curricular Design
Debbie received a B.A. from Breyer State University. She holds an AMS Early Childhood (3-6) Credential from the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies. Debbie has 20 years Montessori experience at the early childhood level.

Corinne Matthes
Elementary I & II - Music
Corinne received a B.M. in Music Education/Clarinet Performance from Ithaca College and is pursuing an M.Ed. in Special Education from North Carolina State University. She has an AMS Elementary I (6-9) Credential from the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies. Corinne is currently teaching at a Montessori School in Texas.

Ernestine McCoy
Early Childhood - Mathematics; Infant and Toddler - EC Overview Course 
Ernestine received a B.A. in Elementary Education from Hunter College and an M.A. in Early Childhood Education from Trinity College. She earned her AMS Early Childhood (3-6) Credential from the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies. Ernestine currently teaches at a Montessori School in Maryland

Denise Murtha
Infant and Toddler - Child, Family and Community, Observation, Environmental Design, Philosophy

Denise received her Associate Infant and Toddler Credential (birth – 3) from the Center for Montessori Teacher Education program in North Carolina. Denise is trained in Resource for Infant Educators (RIE) as well. She currently is a Department Head of an Infant and Toddler program at a Montessori School in Maryland. Denise is also the Infant and Toddler level coordinator for the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies.

Heidi Novak
Early Childhood – Art, Material Making, Language 
Heidi has a MAT from Trinity University and a BA from Salisbury State University. She received her AMS Early Childhood (2 1/2 - 6) credential from the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies. She is currently teaching at the Early Childhood level at a school in Frederick, Maryland. Heidi is also the Intern Coordinator for the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies.

Marty Roth
Elementary I – Philosophy, Observation, Classroom Leadership; Elementary II Language 
Marty has a B.A. in International Studies from Towson State University. He also has an M.A. in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University. Marty has an AMS Elementary I & II (6-12) Credential from the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies.  He also holds an Administrator I Certificate.

Anita Schulte, S.C.
Early Childhood – Philosophy, Practical Life
Sister Anita received a B.A. from Seton Hill College, and M.Ed. and AMS Early Childhood (3 - 6) Certification from Xavier University. She served as the founder, curriculum director and instructor of Carlow College Montessori Preparation Program for twenty years. Sister Anita served as the Administrator and Head Teacher at a school in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, where she directed a Montessori early childhood program for children beginning in 1970.

Robert Williams
Elementary II – Mathematics
Bob received a B.A. in Psychology from Lake Forest College and an M.A. in Teaching Elementary Education from Trinity College. He holds an AMI Primary Diploma from Washington Montessori Institute and an AMS Elementary I & II (6-12) Credential from the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies. Bob has 30+ years of Montessori teaching experience; 13 years at the early childhood level and 20+ years at the elementary level; currently he teaches at the lower and upper elementary levels at a Montessori school in Virginia. Bob is also an instructor at the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies and Mid-America Montessori Teachers Training.

Judy Yormick
Elementary I – History – Early Humans; Mathematics – Fractions and Mortensen Math; Elementary II – Art, Biology, History
Judy received a B.A. in Home Economics from Washington State University, an M.Ed. in Montessori Education and an AMS Early Childhood (3 - 6) Credential from the College of Notre Dame, and an AMS Elementary I & II (6-12) Credential from the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies. Judy has 20+ years of Montessori teaching experience; five years at the early childhood level and 20+ years at the elementary level. At the Barrie School, she has taught at all Montessori levels; currently she teaches in the upper elementary division. Judy has held numerous administrative positions at the Institute, four years of which were as the Director. She is also an instructor at the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies and Mid-America Montessori Teachers Training. Judy served as a MACTE Commissioner for seven years.