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 is required annually, including coursework to oversee our certified, play based, Nature Explore outdoor space.
owner/head of school/toddler 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 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 14 years. Her daughter attended all six years at Montessori Beginnings and is now in first 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 and based on respect.
It is Kathy's personal goal to help every child feel successful and respected.
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".
Linda nelson -
pre primary/KINDERGARTEN HEAD TEACHER
Linda brings over 14 years of experience and passion to her position here at the school! She began by studying art then discovered the Montessori philosophy and felt called to teach. Linda is Montessori certified through the Montessori Training Center of New England, certified through the MA Office of Early Education and Care and has a Art B.S. from Kutztown State University.
She has a collaborate spirit and loves to incorporate music, art and literature into the classroom daily. Her level of Montessori education compliments her knowledge of child development and meeting the needs of all children so they can be successful. Linda appreciates the first years of a child's life are highly formative and influential. She believes partnership with the family is key, via open communication and an open mind.
Linda loves spending time with her husband, dog and is the proud mother to three daughters currently in college.
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 30 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.
JENNIFER MORSE -
TODDLER 2 ROOM HEAD 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.
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 devotion and care.
CARA LACERTE -
TODDLER 1 ROOM HEAD 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.