Welcome! Please scroll to learn more about our team of amazing, creative, seasoned, professional, dedicated teachers.  

 We require all teachers be Lead Teacher certified through the Massachusetts Office of Early Education and Care as well as CPR and First Aid certified yearly. 

The faculty has worked with the Sandwich Police Department in receiving ALICE (proactive intruder-lockdown) training.

We work with the Sandwich Fire Department in conducting annual Fire Safety drills and training. 

All faculty have Montessori training. Each classroom has at least one Montessori certified Lead Teacher. Twenty hours of Continuing Education (Montessori and General) is required annually, including coursework to oversee our certified, play based, Nature Explore outdoor play space.  

OUR TEAM:

kathy raymond

owner/head of school/toddler teacher Lead

Kathy is Montessori certified through the North American Montessori Center for Infants and Toddlers.  In addition, she is certified with the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) and a member of the NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) and the American Montessori Society. Her love for children inspired her to study at Lesley University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education. 

Kathy has an extensive management and customer service background and has been in education for over 17 years. Her daughter attended all six years at Montessori Beginnings and is now in third grade. Kathy believes the family, along with the teacher are the touchstones toward success for each and every child. It is a priority that every family and child's experience should be positive. 

It is Kathy's personal goal to help every child feel successful and respected.


Jen Curtis

Director of Education/Pre Primary teacher lead

Jen is Massachusetts Teacher certified and received Director I and II certifications from the Department of Early Education and Care.  In addition, Jen has graduated from the North American Montessori Center specializing in the Pre-primary(3-6 year old) Program. She is licensed to teach Infant/Toddler/Pre-school and Kindergarten through the Department of Early Education and Care. She studied Early Childhood Education at Lesley University, Cambridge. Jen doesn't have a favorite group of children to work with since they are ever-changing and full of wonder. She considers it a blessing to watch the youngest ones grow and transform into capable, creative young children as they move through the program.

Jen brings 28 years of childcare experience to Montessori Beginnings.  She was a nanny for over fifteen years and spent eight years teaching preschool children in a traditional setting.  She is a National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) member and mother of one.

One of Jen's steadfast beliefs is: "Teachers are just one of the tools that help children learn and grow".


gretchen mckay -

pre primary lead TEACHER

Gretchen's Montessori experience began in Bergamo, Italy as a young student in one of Maria Montessori's original schools. She has never looked back and loves the simplicity and beauty of this philosophy, based on respect and peace. Gretchen particularly likes as an educator, the power of the curriculum and how teachers and families support children. She believes in working with families, listening and validating for the success of every child in her care. 

She shares 32 years experience and gains renewed passion and potential from each new school year. She received her Montessori certification through the College of Notre Dame and Washington Montessori Institute. She has a Psychology B.S. from Wellesley College and is certified through the MA Office of Early Education and Care.

Gretchen enjoys nature, spending time with her husband and being "Mom" to twin boys. 


STEPHANIE JOHNSON -

TODDLER TEACHER lead

Stephanie has been affiliated with Montessori Beginnings since 2005, when she was our first Infant - Toddler Lead Teacher. She has had three children of her own and still loves the joy and gratification from working with our youngest students.

Stephanie has Early Childhood certification through Cape Cod Community College and the Massachusetts Office of Early Education and Care. She brings 15 years of experience to the classroom.

When not with us, Stephanie enjoys spending free time with her children, especially at their dance or sport classes.

She believes children are a gift and our job is to nurture and help them become independent and lifelong learners.


JENNIFER MORSE -

TODDLER TEACHER lead

Jennifer is graduated from American Montessori Society’s Northeast Montessori Institute. She began her teaching career in 1998 as an Assistant Toddler Teacher in the Montessori Day School in Acton, MA., where she fell in love with the child-centered philosophy.  After relocating to Cape Cod, Jennifer spent two years as a Lead Teacher  before becoming part of the Montessori Beginnings team.  She was instrumental in planning the Infant/Toddler curriculum for the start up of the first Infant/Toddler program in September 2004.  Jennifer received her Director 1 certification from the Department of Early Education and Care in March 2008 and has been teaching for 20 years.  

She and her husband reside in Yarmouthport and have two grown daughters and three young grandchildren.


Amber johnson

NATURE EXPLORE - EXTENDED DAY COORDINATOR/assistant TEACHER                                                                                  

Amber has had a passion for working with children for as long as she can remember. In her last five years in education, she has developed a love for planning fun and engaging curriculum and a passion for reading to children. It is not unusual to see a group of children sitting around her outside or in, enjoying a wonderful story! Amber’s enthusiasm shines through her curriculum choices and positive, respectful interactions with faculty, children and families. 

Amber graduated high school already certified to work with children through the Massachusetts Office of Early Education and Care. She is currently completing her Early Education and Psychology degrees from Bridge Water State University.

When not working, you will find Amber enjoying anything to do with water or spending time with her friends and family.

Amber believes, “ There is no greater job than educating our children, who are our bright future”.