Faculty and Staff in Rockville, MD
Preschool in Rockville, Maryland
Our Lead Montessori Teachers
Our lead Montessori teachers are responsible for ensuring the classroom is designed around each child, they are the “environmental engineers.” Not only do we take pride in their tenure with us, but more importantly, we value their background and experiences. Our lead Montessori teachers focus on your child’s developmental needs and, as your child progresses in their education, the lead teachers will change the classroom to introduces new lessons to challenge and entice your child. All our lead teachers were Montessori trained at the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies in Silver Spring, Maryland.
The following section is an overview of each of our lead Montessori teachers to give you a better idea of what they can do for your child in our Rockville classrooms.
Our Pre-Primary Lead Teachers
Denis has been teaching at Norbeck Montessori for more than 18 years. He majored in Psychology at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland. While attending UMCP, Denis also played intramural soccer and worked at the Episcopal Center for Children as a counselor for children with emotional and behavioral problems. Denis started working at Norbeck Montessori in 1997 as a teaching assistant in our Kindergarten classroom. Working here part-time throughout his college career, Denis later became a full-time staff member after graduation. In 2007 he knew his passion was to teach Montessori and began his training to become a primary teacher and opened his own classroom the following school year. Three years ago, Denis began running our Spanish Integration Program where he leads lessons in Spanish for our youngsters as part of his Primary Montessori program. Originally from Mexico, Denis brings his native Spanish speaking skills to the forefront. In addition to teaching in his Primary classroom, Denis also created and runs Norbeck’ s science program, specifically developed for our Big K students.
Nick is starting his first year at Norbeck. He has lived in the area for most of his life and graduated with a BFA in Puppetry from WVU in 2005. Nick found that teaching is a great way to incorporate his theater background. He has been in a Montessori classroom since 2006 as an assistant teacher and has been a lead primary teacher since 2012. Nick has taught at schools in Virginia and most recently taught at a public charter school in Washington D.C. He is passionate about helping children grow and develop new abilities. Away from school, Nick enjoys time with his wife, Sarah who is also a Montessori teacher, and their son, Ben. He is excited to be part of the Norbeck community!
Esmeralda was born in Mexico and ever since she was a little girl, she knew that she wanted to be a teacher. She received her bachelor’s degree in Preschool Education from a private school in Guadalajara Mexico in 2002. She moved to Maryland in 2012 with her husband, son and dog. A year later, her daughter was born. She has experience working in a Mexican public school and in different preschools in California (2002-2011) as a lead teacher and teacher’s assistant. In 2015, Esmeralda joined Norbeck Montessori as a teacher’s assistant in a primary and kindergarten (Big K) classroom. In addition, she was the Spanish teacher at Norbeck from 2017 to 2019. In June 2019, she decided to further her career and began her training to become a lead primary teacher. She is passionate about seeing the smiles on the children’s faces when they master a Montessori lesson and she enjoys dedicating herself to helping children become independent Montessori learners.
Our Pre-Primary program is the newest addition to Norbeck Montessori. These programs are designed for three year olds, our youngest learners, with smaller tables and chairs, climbing apparatuses, specialized playground equipment, and age-appropriate lessons. Our toddler teachers bring a wealth of experience and creativity to our newest students. Our lead Pre-Primary teachers focus on your child’s developmental needs as they prepare them for the primary classroom. They will introduce your child to many of the Montessori lessons while they emphasize developing a love for learning. The following section is an overview of each of our lead Pre-Primary teachers to give you a better idea of what they can do for your child.
Anny was born in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. She studied computer systems at a local university in Santo Domingo. While studying, she worked in the IT field for several years as an IT consultant. Life took her in a different direction in 2008, when she moved to the United States. She is married and a mother of four beautiful girls. Becoming a mother inspired her to learn more about child development, so she decided to go back to school to pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education. She joined Norbeck Montessori in August of 2015, where she was an assistant teacher in one of our Primary classrooms. She has her Infants and Toddlers Montessori credential from the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies. She loves working with young children and is thrilled to be the lead teacher of one of our wonderful toddler preschool programs.
Nita majored in Psychology at the University of Maryland and has a master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education from George Mason University. She began her special education journey at an early intervention clinic for young children with autism. She continued working in the field by becoming a preschool special education teacher at a variety of educational settings, including FairFax County Public Schools, a D.C. public charter school, and D.C. private school. After having two children and being a stay-at-home mom for a few years, Nita joined Norbeck Montessori in 2014 as an assistant teacher. She decided to pursue training at the Barrie Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies where she received her Infants and Toddler Montessori credential. She has been leading the Transitional Toddler Classroom since Fall 2015.
Tour Our Rockville Montessori School to Learn More!
There is no better way to learn about Norbeck Montessori than to come and visit our beautiful school in Rockville! We strongly encourage our families to tour our school and meet our amazing staff in person prior to applying. Our Transitional Two’s, Primary Preschool, and Kindergarten programs are growing, and we offer continual enrollment for preschool children ages 3 to 5.
Contact Norbeck Montessori or fill out our form and we will gladly schedule a date for you to take a tour of our school and classrooms!