Danielle first became interested in Montessori education twelve years ago while earning an undergraduate degree in Psychology. She began her professional career in social services, then completed her master's degree and elementary teaching certification through Eastern Mennonite University. She went on to teach at a private Christian school in upstate New York, simultaneously pursuing her American Montessori Society Certification through Northeast Montessori Institution in Boston, Mass.
I have enjoyed several roles in a Montessori environment over the years; an activities coordinator, classroom assistant, and teacher. I attended the Early Childhood Assistant training at The Institution for Advanced Montessori Studies, and later on received an AMS Early Childhood Credential through the Virginia Center for Montessori Studies. Currently, I am enjoying my role the lead teacher at Valley Montessori School. My passion for working with children continues and I strive to instill the Montessori philosophy of independence, peace, and love of learning in the classroom environment every day.
Jan Kirby Lead Teacher
I have a degree in Hispanic Civilization from the University of California Santa Barbara and obtained my Montessori certification through Barrie Montessori in Maryland. After leading a Montessori classroom for five years I worked as an educator/programmer for the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum in Winchester Virginia for seventeen years before returning to a teaching role with Valley Montessori School.
Enid Ruiz Assistant
I began in a Montessori school as an afternoon coordinator.I received my Early Childhood Assistant certification after studying at the Virginia Center for Montessori Studies in Richmond, Virginia. I am currently an assistant in the primary classroom.