The SMS teaching faculty is comprised of dedicated professionals who model strong work ethics and collaboration while delivering a challenging curriculum to our students. All SMS Lead Teachers hold Montessori credentials, which include a rigorous training program and a supervised year-long internship in addition to their academic degree. Faculty who teach special curriculum in art, computer, music, and French also hold degrees in areas of their specialties.
All staff members bring their individual styles and experiences to create a respectful, inclusive environment in which every child can thrive.
SMS staff members additionally believe in the key attributes of integrity, humor and resilience that further contribute to a positive school environment.
Children’s House of Auburn
Kathy Falcucci is a graduate of Newbury Junior College of Business and contributes her strong organizational skills to her love of working with children in her role as Assistant Teacher with Ms. Balcom. Ms. Falcucci and Ms. Balcom provide an outstanding Montessori Children’s House program for children ages 3, 4 and 5 at the Auburn campus.
Children’s House Shrewsbury
Christine Manzi has a BA degree in Finance from Nichols College. She earned her Montessori Children’s House credential from the AMS certified New England Montessori Teacher Education Center. She is a proud mother of two Montessori children.
Brenda Alfreds has 13 years’ experience as Assistant Teacher guiding children through the Montessori Method of learning at the Shrewsbury campus. Brenda assists in all areas of the classroom and has helped make a happy, healthy, and safe environment for the children to learn. Her hope is that all children have the opportunity to learn in a supportive environment!
Wanda Edtl brings over 25 years’ experience as SMS Children’s House Assistant Teacher to her current role as Children’s House Substitute Teacher and our Before School Program staff. Mrs. Edtl loves to scrapbook and travel with family and friends.
Joyce Adams brings over 15 years’ experience as SMS Children’s House Assistant Teacher to her current role as Children’s House Substitute Teacher and our After School Program staff. Joyce loves the simple things in life such as working with children, the SMS staff, her family, dear friends and her treasured dogs!
Christine Abysalh has worked in partnership with Mrs. Nirenberg as Lower Elementary Assistant Teacher beautifully providing guidance and support for their students for 12 years. Christine is a Special Needs Aid with the Shrewsbury Public Schools’ Summer Program. Before coming to Shrewsbury Montessori School, Mrs. Abysalh volunteered for many years in her son’s school.
Shrewsbury Campus After School
Suzanne Singh Nebelung received her BA from Clark University and her M.Ed from Worcester State University. She completed the Introduction to Montessori & 3-6 Overview at the Montessori Elementary Teacher Training Collaborative. Mrs. Nebelung has been a part of the Shrewsbury Montessori Community for the past 10 years, including roles as a parent, volunteer, trustee, and in the admissions office. Prior to her experience at SMS, her focus was in non-profit program management and community health. Mrs. Nebelung enjoys golfing, gardening, and spending time with her family.