Stephanie’s long history with Montessori began in the classroom as an Assistant. After receiving her teaching credential, she became the Lead guide and within three years was recognized for her mastery of the Montessori philosophy and for her strength extending beyond the classroom to the Nantucket community. In 2014, Stephanie became the Head of School, a role in which she supported alignment of the Montessori school with the statewide Early Childhood and Care program, advocated for upholding the Montessori code of ethics, oversaw professional development of the teaching team as well as ensured a safe, loving, enriching environment for the students and parents. She completed a year in South America and supported the development of Montessori programs in Peru and Guatemala. In addition to working with Primary program teachers, Stephanie supported the transition to an elementary Montessori program, focusing on implementing the elementary philosophy, supporting classroom design, peace education, collaborating to create a culture of shared social responsibility, classroom management, and teaching English as a Foreign Language.
Elementary Class Assistant
Ms. Radiance (aka “Ms. Rae”) Irwin is a native born Crucian and has been with our St. Croix Montessori community since 2013. Her gentle and consistently positive manner pervades the classroom and invites children to participate thoughtfully.
Ms. Rae came highly recommended to St. Croix Montessori and is well loved by all who know her. She has over 42 years of experience working with children, including our community’s children most at risk: she has for many years worked directly with troubled children and adolescents for Virgin Islands Behavioral Services, where she would often manage the overnight shift at the residential treatment center in Anna’s Hope.
Ms. Rae is excited to continue learning about Montessori and work in our Primary environment.
Interested in joining our team?
We are always seeking experienced early childhood professionals with a passion for learning. Please Contact Us if you are interested in applying for a position or to become a volunteer.
Staff photos (c)2015 by Heather Maynard. Thank you Heather!