Preschool Lead Teacher
Toddler Lead Teacher
Asst. Toddler Teacher
Waddler Lead Teacher
Infant Lead Teacher
My name is Kathy Sherman and I am the Director of the Alfred Montessori School. My husband and I moved to Alfred in June from Seattle, Washington. I taught middle school in Seattle for 27 years, and for most of my career I taught 7th graders (both Language Arts and Social Studies). Every day was a new adventure in teaching this age group, and I thoroughly enjoyed working with students to help them see the world in new ways and learn from their unique and creative perspectives. Since high school, I have worked with children of all ages, and my husband and I have 11 nieces and nephews. My bachelor's degree is from Boston College and my teaching certificate is from the University of Washington. It is a joy and a pleasure to be apart of the Alfred Montessori School community!
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.
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.
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.
My name is Shannon Smith, and I am the newest member her at AMS. Half of my adult working years were spent at the W.I.C. program as a Nutrition Assistant. It is there where most of my experience and education in Early Childhood Development originate. I became an empty nester a few years ago after my daughter decided to live full time in Savannah, GA while going to college. My cat and dog have become surrogates which I lovingly call my "fur babies." Most of my spare time is spent with my friends (furry and human) and my immediate family, enjoying family game nights and year-round outdoor activities. I love to cook and even make much of my own pet food. Nutrition and Health is not only my passion but a way of life. I look forward to my daily interactions with the children, and I aim to have a fun and loving influence on their development while actively promoting the Montessori method of education.
My name is Heather Biddle and I live in Arkport, New York. I am the new Infant Room Lead Teacher. I graduated with a high school diploma and my Certificate in Early Childhood Development. In addition I have my CDA (Child Development Associates) for infants/toddlers. I have one daughter who is my pride and joy. I have over 15 years experience working with children from newborn - 15 years old. I am excited to be part of the AMS family and am looking forward to many more years to come. I enjoy working with all of the smiley faces that I see every day and for the opportunity to teach them.