Montessori Teachers have 5 basic goals:
- To awaken children’s spirit and imagination.
- To encourage their normal desire for independence and high sense of self esteem.
- To help them develop kindness, courtesy and self discipline that will allow them to become full members of society.
- To help children learn how to observe, question, and explore ideas independently.
- Having created a spirit of joyful learning, to help children master the skills and knowledge of their society.
My name is Jennifer Ordway and I have been appointed as the new director of the Alfred Montessori School.
A little about myself: My family and I reside in Belmont, NY. My husband, Leon and I have been married for 14 years. We have a 13 year old daughter, Isabelle and a 14 month old son, Daniel. We also have 2 dogs and a cat. I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, photography and fishing.
My educational background: I graduated from Houghton College in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. I hold a Masters Degree in General Education from SUNY at Buffalo.
Work experience: I have eight years of full-time teaching experience and four years of supervisory experience. Before coming to AMS I was the Director/Lead Teacher of a Preschool Head Start program.
I am excited to join the AMS family!
Lead Toddler Teacher
I currently hold 2 degrees: a BA from Alfred University in Mathematics and a MS from RPI in Statistics.
I have completed 10 credits (6 at the graduate level) in Early Childhood Education. My involvement with
the Alfred Montessori School started in 1994 as the parent of a preschooler. I served 1 year on the
Board of Directors as chair of the Parent Activities Committee, 5 years as the Bookkeeper, 2 years as
a substitute in the classrooms and became a full-time teacher in June of 2003. I have been the Lead
Teacher in the Toddler Room since January 2010. In May 2013, I earned my International Montessori Teaching
Diploma for Ages 0-3 from NAMC. What I like most about Alfred Montessori School is providing a warm, secure
environment where children can learn to be independent and seeing the smiles on their faces as they enjoy their accomplishments.
Assistant Toddler Teacher
I am Nalini Sundaram and have returned to Alfred after having lived here 20 years ago (I can’t believe
I am back here!). I have obtained four degrees, BA and MA in English Literature and Bachelors in
Education and Masters of Philosophy in Education. I have taught in private and public schools in
India. Overall, I have over 25 years of teaching experience, 17 of them in private and public
schools and daycare in the states of Washington, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. I like living
in this quiet community and educating the local children. I learn from them as much as I teach them.
I also enjoy watching them grow. What I like the most about Alfred Montessori is the safe, positive,
and warm environment that energizes me. I currently work in the Toddler Room and I enjoy working with
my fellow teachers and students.
Assistant Preschool Teacher
I grew up on a small farm in Stockbridge, Massachusetts . In fall of 1983,
I entered the University of
Massachusetts as an Undeclared Major. However, after
careful reflection, I realized that working with young children was what I wanted
to do. I developed my own program, which enabled me to graduate with a dual certification
in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. In 1993, my husband and I
moved to Alfred after he accepted a teaching position at Alfred State College.
Shortly after our arrival, I learned about the Alfred Montessori School .
Appreciating the value of child centered approach to learning; I was pleased to be
offered an opportunity to work here. My favorite thing about teaching is that I enjoy
observing the children’s curiosity and desire to learn in this environment.
Lead Preschool Teacher
My name is Pam Russell and I live in Belmont, NY. I have four children and 2 granddaughters. I began teaching in Montessori
in 1991. I received my Montessori Certification in 1993. I've worked in several different Montessori schools over the years,
including AMS, and can say that I am glad to be back, because really it feels like home. I get so much fulfillment in watching
the children grow as they begin and then finish school. To know I get to be a part of that learning process is truly a gift to me.
When I'm at home I enjoy doing things with my lads and grandchildren, baking, outdoor activities and taking my youngest son to bowling.
Lead Infant Teacher
My name is Tiffany Cline and I am the new Lead Infant Teacher. I have my Associates Degree in Liberal Arts and Social Sciences from Alfred State College along with a
Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from St. Bonaventure University. I have over 15 years of experience working with children of all ages, from new born babies to 18 year
olds. I am so excited for this school year and I thank you for wanting to share your children with me.
The Alfred Montessori School has
achieved its goal of matching an
excellent facility with an
individualized educational program. The
school houses four classrooms in the
renovated Crandall Barn next to the