Faculty and Staff


Martha Torrence

Head of School
Ms. Torrence (she/her/hers), who began her tenure at Summit Montessori in 2012, has over 40 years of teaching and administrative experience in Montessori education, including…

Treva Howard

Office and Communications Coordinator

Chris Hui

Director of Finance and Operations
Chris has worked as a financial controller (Leading Edge After School, Springboard Schools) and as Director of Finance and Administration (Shriver Job Corps). In these…

Henry Fournier

Maintenance Technician

Rebecca Crawford

Director of Advancement
Rebecca Crawford (she/her) has served in the education non-profit sector since 2003 as a teacher, administrator, and fundraiser. She first joined the Summit community in…

Ali Nash

Advancement Assistant
Ali Nash (she/her) started working at Summit in 2022 in the Advancement Office. She loves the Montessori approach of "following the child," how the size…

Liz LaRocque

School Nurse
Liz (she/her) is thrilled to be the school nurse at Summit since 2022, loving the focus on the students, cooperative atmosphere and incredibly warm community. …

Katie Tremblay

Elementary and Curriculum Coordinator
Katie (she/her) discovered Montessori in 2004 after receiving her Masters in Elementary Education. Being completely amazed by the Montessori method her first year, she pursued…

Ellen Fitzpatrick

Coordinator of Support Services/Learning Specialist
Ellen Fitzpatrick (she/her) joins us as our Learning Specialist. Ellen has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary and Special Education from Providence College, with a Master’s…

Pam Warren

Reading Specialist
Pam Warren joined Summit Montessori as our Orton Gillingham Reading/Writing Support Teacher in 2017.  Pam completed her OG training at the Carroll School in 2010…

Patrick Francois

Support Teacher and Aftercare Director
Patrick  has twelve years of experience in early childhood education and child care, having served as a lead teacher at the Technology Center in Cambridge,…

Nora Carbonneau

Beginners 1 Lead Teacher and Level Coordinator
A native of Caracas, Venezuela, Nora is a certified language instructor who learned about the Montessori philosophy when her three children attended Montessori schools. She…

Lise Lorimer

Beginners 1 Assistant Teacher

Beth Thibault

Beginners 2 Lead Teacher
Beth (she/her) has been involved in early childhood education guiding young children since 2000. Starting  as an assistant teacher at a private preschool, as well…

Cassandra Escoto

Beginners 2 Assistant Teacher
Cassandra Escoto is an Assistant Teacher in Beginners II and also assists in the Aftercare Program. She is a graduate of Waltham High, attended Regis College…

Lumpoon Sungkharom

Children's House 1 Co-Lead Teacher
Lumpoon (she/her) brings a unique background and set of experiences to Summit. She is originally from Thailand, though has lived in the United States for more…

Adriana McLaughlin

Children's House 1 Co-Lead Teacher
Adriana is a highly experienced Montessori teacher who most recently served for 9 years as a Lead Children’s House Teacher at the Riverbend School in…

Marian Wallace

Children's House 2 Co-Lead Teacher and Level Coordinator
Marian holds an American Montessori Society (AMS) Primary classroom teaching certificate, as well as a Master's Degree in Education. She has been a lead teacher in…

Cassondra Basile

Children's House 2 Co-Lead Teacher
Cassondra (she/her) holds an AMS Primary Classroom Teaching certificate. Prior to joining Summit in 2023, Cassondra taught for three years at the Dante Alighieri Montessori…

Hiral Desai

Children's House 3 Lead Teacher
Hiral (she/her) joined our Summit community in 2015 and loves being an integral part of shaping the future of our young citizens. Prior to joining…

Elizabeth Love

Children's House 3 Teacher and Summer Camp Coordinator
Liz, an alumni parent, joined Summit in 2012 as an assistant teacher. In 2013 she decided to pursue her deep interest in the Montessori method…

Swetha Seshaiyan

Children's House 3 Teacher
Swetha Seshaiyan completed the Trinity Montessori Education Course (TMEC) in Shanghai, China in June 2018, and worked as a Lead Montessori teacher at the Montessori…

Brandon Magnuson

Lower Elementary Co-Lead Teacher
Brandon (he/him) started his career in the performing arts. He has performed in circuses, in theaters big and small, fairs, festivals, cruise ships, and hospitals. Eager…

Diana Traylor

Lower Elementary Co-Lead Teacher
Diana comes to Summit with a wealth of in-depth experience in the Montessori world. Diana taught as a Lower El teacher at Lexington Montessori School…

Jean Anderson

Summit Naturalist and Lower Elementary Assistant Teacher
Jean Anderson joined Summit in 2002. After teaching a 3-year cycle with children ages 3-6, she moved to the Lower Elementary classroom and has found…

Hannah Army

Upper Elementary Lead Teacher
Hannah Army joined summit in the Fall of 2021 after teaching for the past eight years as Co-Lead (and then Lead) Upper Elementary teacher at…

Sharlow Hitchcock

Upper Elementary Teacher
Sharlow has worked as an ecology educator at “e” inc. in Boston, at The Ecology School in Poland ME; and as a teacher naturalist at…

David Mingolla

Upper Elementary Assistant Teacher
David began his journey at Summit in 2023. He has been teaching the past three years - first as an Assistant Teacher at Venerini Academy…

Catherine Byrne

Elementary Studio Art Teacher
Catherine Byrne joins us as Art teacher for grades K-6. Catherine has a background in visual art as well as fashion design, having worked in…

Kim Harris

Spanish Teacher
Kim (she/her) is highly experienced at teaching Spanish in public school settings (Douglas and Bellingham Public Schools and Foxboro Regional Charter School); she currently teaches…

Jackie Landry

Beginners and Children's House Music Teacher
Jackie has spent a lifetime learning, practicing, writing, teaching, and performing music. As a Berklee College of Music student and administrative staff member for over 10…

Laura Murray

Elementary Music Teacher
Laura Murray is a professional musician who specializes in voice and piano. She is the Performing Arts Director at Camp Wekeela in Hartford, ME. As…

Bridget Parmenter

Library Specialist

Talor Waintrup

Elementary PE Teacher
Talor Waintrup has been teaching with his company, Lil’ Sports since 2011. He started as a part time instructor, worked his way up to manager,…

Shawnnee Zimmerman

Support Teacher
Shawnnee started her Montessori journey as a parent volunteer for her daughters school and quickly fell in love with the environment. She is attending Southern New Hampshire…

Lily Ulfelder

Support and Aftercare Teacher

Morgan Caldwell

Support and Aftercare Teacher
Morgan Caldwell currently works every afternoon in our Children’s House program, supporting teachers’ lunch breaks, helping with  supervision in the nap room, and serving as…

Gabi Maza

Support Teacher
Gabi, a dedicated educator with a deep passion for fostering children's growth and development, draws inspiration from the visionary Maria Montessori and her transformative educational…
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