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

All our teachers are required to 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 also worked with the Sandwich Police Department in receiving ALICE (proactive intruder-lockdown) training.

All faculty have Montessori training and each classroom Head Teacher is Montessori certified. Each teacher is required to complete Continuing Education yearly, including coursework to oversee our certified, Nature Explore play space.

                                                                                      

KATHY RAYMOND

Owner/Head of School/lead Teacher

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 of 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 14 years. Her daughter is currently a Kindergarten student in the Pre-Primary classroom. 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 and based on respect. 

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


Jen Curtis

Director of Education/toddler lead teacher

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 26years 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".


 

pre primary/KINDERGARTEN HEAD TEACHER

 

 

 

JENNIFER MORSE

pre primary LEAD TEACHER

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 at Sandwich Montessori 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 18 years.  She and her husband reside in Yarmouthport and have two grown daughters and two young grandchildren.


rachael dunbar

Toddler HEAD Teacher

Rachael Dunbar has been immersed in the Montessori philosophy since she was a toddler.  At the age of 2, Rachael began her Montessori experience at Munchkin Montessori (now Bay Farm Montessori Academy), and continued there throughout her Children’s House years.  Throughout her life, Rachael always had a cosmic connection to the Montessori philosophy by volunteering in the Montessori classroom in high school, and then working in the Montessori Toddler environment.  Rachael brings 19 years of experience as a Montessori Assistant and Lead Montessori Toddler Teacher to Montessori Beginnings, as well as being an active Infant/Toddler Montessori Teacher Trainer for Northeast Montessori Institute.  Rachael earned her Undergraduate degree in Human Development from Lesley University, and a master’s degree in Special Education from Lesley University.  Rachael is a graduate of CMTE/NY where she trained under the guidance of Ginny Varga.  Throughout her years, Rachael’s favorite motto is “there are no mistakes in life, only lessons learned”, and she is proud to share her beliefs with the world.  Rachael resides in Middleboro with her husband and daughter.

 

KATHLEEN GiRROIR

TODDLER -Pre Primary lead TEACHER/NATURE EXPLORE-EXTENDED DAY COORDINATOR

Kathleen's first exposure to Montessori came as an intern on Nantucket. This led her to receive her BA in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and thus began her journey as an educator. She has been working with children for over 25 years.

Her love of nature has been life long; first as a child exploring Nantucket and as an adult, navigating the trails and beaches of Cape Cod. Kathleen was a big supporter of our initiative as we became the first school on Cape Cod certified as a 'Nature Explore' outdoor classroom/play space. Kathleen knows the value and the power of play and is always willing to share the latest research to support that with fellow faculty or families. She oversees our wonderful space, children and curriculum in our Extended Day program.

She has worked with preschoolers, infants, and toddlers and can't pick a favorite age - she loves them all! She finds no greater joy than being immersed in a group of young children and seeing the wonder and excitement as they solve a problem, or do something for the first time. She believes children are the critical thinkers and problem solvers of tomorrow  and deserve as much devotion and care as possible!

 

Cara LaCerte

Toddler LEAD Teacher

Cara has been teaching for 17 years. She began working in traditional education with pre school age children and has also worked with infants and toddlers. Cara found her way to our school as a substitute and was captivated by the Montessori method. She joined our faculty to work with our Toddler program and will continue her Montessori training during the 2017 school year. She has an A.A. in Early Childhood Education and is licensed by the Office of Early Education and Care for pre-school, infants and toddlers. She received her Director 1 certification in May, 2016. Cara believes children learn by exploring their environment and doing things on their own. She feels Montessori is a perfect "fit" for children since it gives them the opportunity and time to work, play and learn at their own pace, supported by the teacher.

Cara grew up on Cape Cod and enjoys taking advantage of different outdoor adventures the Cape has to offer. When not working with children, Cara enjoys reading, making jewelry and spending time with family.