The Montessori Philosophy

Montessori is a philosophy and method of education created by Dr. Maria Montessori that emphasizes the potential of the young child and which develops this potential by using trained teachers and specialized Montessori materials. The materials help children to understand what they learn by associating an abstract concept with a concrete sensorial experience. Within the classroom, multiple ages of students are combined, creating an environment where students serve as leaders for one-another and children learn at their own pace. The Montessori teaching methodology is uniquely based upon observation, tactile learning materials, peer learning, and intrinsic motivation. These elements all come together to create a very distinctive and extraordinary approach to education.

Meet Our Teachers

Jane Haley

Jane has been teaching pre-primary children for 23 years. Jane is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Through New England Montessori Teacher Education Center, Jane has received her AMS certification at the pre-primary level. She also holds a Lead Teacher and Director Certification through the Department of Early Education and Care. Jane has studied Level One American Sign Language at the  American Sign Language Institute.

Maureen Starr

Maureen graduated from Curry College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and has been involved with education for 11 years. Her experience includes teaching pre-primary, as well as playing an integral role in the start up and administration of a local charter school. She received her AMS certification at the pre-primary level from the New England Montessori Teacher Education Center and holds a Lead Teacher Certification through the Department of Early Education and Care. In addition to being a Certified Yoga Instructor, she has studied Level One American Sign Language at the  American Sign Language Institute.

“Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future.”

Maria Montessori

How it Started

North Star Montessori is the coming together of two experienced AMS Certified Montessori teachers with a love of children. Jane and Maureen taught together many years ago and found that their teaching styles and beliefs were very strongly aligned. Destiny brought their paths together again and their vision of creating a family oriented Montessori school that was small and intimate, while adhering to the Montessori philosophy, came true with the creation of North Star Montessori. Their mission is to create a peaceful and joyful learning atmosphere where they can foster the growth and development of the whole child.

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