Faculty and Staff


Martha Torrence

Head of School
BA, Pennsylvania State University M.Ed., Pennsylvania State University Ms. Torrence (she/her/hers), who began her tenure at Summit Montessori in 2012, has over 40 years of…

Jean Anderson

Summit Naturalist and Lower Elementary Assistant Teacher
BA University of Bridgeport MA University of New Mexico Jean Anderson joined Summit in 2002. After teaching a 3-year cycle with children ages 3-6, she…

Nora Carbonneau

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

Hiral Desai

Children's House 3 Lead Teacher
MS in Math, Maharaja Sayajirao University (Baroda, India) Hiral (she/her) joined our Summit community in 2015 and loves being an integral part of shaping the future…

Jackie Landry

Beginners and Children's House Music Teacher
BA, Western State College Certificate in Professional Music/Songwriting at Berkee College of Music Jackie has spent a lifetime learning, practicing, writing, teaching, and performing music. As…

Elizabeth Love

Children's House 3 Teacher and Summer Camp Coordinator
BA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst JD, Suffolk University Law School Liz, an alumni parent, joined Summit in 2012 as an assistant teacher. In 2013 she…

Beth Thibault

Beginners 2 Lead Teacher
A.S., Mass Bay Community College Infant/Toddler Montessori Credentials, Cambridge Montessori Institute Beth (she/her) has been involved in early childhood education guiding young children since 2000.…

Marian Wallace

Children's House 2 Co-Lead Teacher and Level Coordinator
BA, Connecticut College M.Ed., Endicott College Marian holds an American Montessori Society (AMS) Primary classroom teaching certificate, as well as a Master's Degree in Education. She…

Pam Warren

Reading Specialist
Pam Warren joins us as our Orton Gillingham Reading Support Teacher.  Pam completed her OG training at the Carroll School in 2010 and has subsequently worked…

Lumpoon Sungkharom

Children's House 1 Co-Lead Teacher
B.S. in Veterinary Science, KMITL, Thailand   AMS Early Childhood Credentials, NEMTEC  M.Ed in Early Childhood M.Ed in Montessori, Gordon University   Lumpoon (she/her) brings a unique…

Brandon Magnuson

Lower Elementary Co-Lead Teacher
He/him BA, Western Governors University Graduate of the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theater Graduate of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College…

Rebecca Crawford

Director of Advancement
BA in Art History, Smith College Master in Arts in Education, Rhode Island School of Design Rebecca Crawford (she/her) has served in the education non-profit…

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…

Patrick Francois

Support and Aftercare Teacher
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,…

Kim Harris

Spanish Teacher
Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Spanish at Bridgewater State College Masters in education with a concentration in Spanish (Framingham State University) Kim (she/her) is…

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…

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…

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…

Katie Tremblay

Elementary and Curriculum Coordinator
B.A. Psychology and French Language and Literature, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR M.A.T. Simmons University, Boston, MA Katie (she/her) discovered Montessori in 2004 after…

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,…

Liz LaRocque

School Nurse

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BSN–Boston College MDiv–Boston University School of Theology Liz (she/her) is thrilled to be the school nurse at Summit since 2022, loving the focus on the…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Ali Nash

Advancement Assistant

Treva Howard

Office and Communications Coordinator

Day Dos Reis

Beginners 1 Assistant Teacher

Cassondra Basile

Children's House 2 Co-Lead Teacher

Diana Traylor

Lower Elementary Co-Lead Teacher

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…

Laura Murray

Elementary Music Teacher

Bridget Parmenter

Library Specialist

Henry Fournier

Maintenance Technician

David Mingolla

Upper Elementary Assistant Teacher
BA, Wesleyan University Completed coursework for the PACT (Providence Alliance for Catholic Teachers) Graduate Program David began his journey at Summit in 2023. He has…
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