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Teacher Spotlight: Fiola Van Der Meer, Art Teacher & Spruce Room Assistant

I grew up in the Netherlands, in a little town called Wateringen. Wateringen is very close to The Hague, Delft and the North Sea. From very early on, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. I always helped my teachers after school and played school with my younger sister.

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Teacher Spotlight: Wendie Marsh, Redwood Class Lead Teacher

I am originally from Warren, Pa which is a fairly rural area. Then at the end of 3rd grade, my family moved to Cherry Hill, NJ right outside of Philadelphia. I wanted to be a teacher since I was a kindergartner. I remember at the end of 6th grade, I wanted to be an art teacher. Evergreen is a happy place to work. Everyone is friendly and helpful.

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Teacher Spotlight: Josephine Foly, Primary Assistant Teacher

I am from Lomé, the capitol city of Togo and I grew up all over the world. My grand father was a teacher and my uncles were teachers. I wanted to be an educator because I was curious about things around me. I like to know how things work. My favorite things about Evergreen are greeting the children in the morning. I like working at Evergreen Montessori School because I can be my authentic self without a judgment. The staff cares about my well being. I am married for 30 years to my husband and...

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Teacher Spotlight: Roxana Berrios, Primary Assistant Teacher

I grew up in El Salvador. I realized that I wanted to be a teacher when a began to volunteer at my daughter's preschool.  When working as a volunteer, I discovered that I loved working with children. My favorite part about Evergreen School is the community support and the teamwork among staff members. I have been married to my husband for 35 years.  We have three adult children: one daughter and two sons. My hobbies are sewing, cooking and taking walks with our family dog.  I enjoy spending...

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Teacher Spotlight: Felicia Hatziyannis, Elementary Co-lead Teacher

This is my 28th year working at Evergreen. All of my children graduated from from the Evergreen elementary program. My son Alex is an freshman at Good Counsel High School in Olney. My daughters attend St. Patrick's School in Rockville.  I was born in Baltimore and have lived my whole life in Montgomery County. I knew in high school after working many Montgomery County summer camps that wanted to be a teacher and work in education. My favorite things about Evergreen are how the staff and...

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Teacher Spotlight: Kimberly Sandridge, Primary Lead Teacher, Director of Early Childhood Education

Where are you from and where did you grow up? I'm originally from Durham, NC, where I attended a Montessori school and lived there until I went to college. I have also lived in Wellesley, MA, New York, NY, and Chapel Hill, NC. I have lived in Silver Spring since 2005. How long have you been a teacher? How long have you been at Evergreen? This is my fourth year at Evergreen. I previously taught at another Montessori school and before that worked with K-12 and college students at the North...

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Teacher Spotlight: Caitlin Garry, Music Teacher and Librarian

I was born in San Francisco, CA but moved at 3 weeks old to Nashville, TN because my father (who was in the Navy) was transferred there. I moved to MD when I was 7 and have lived here (apart from four and a half years in PA during college) ever since. I knew from the time I was ten years old that I wanted to be a music teacher. I idolized Ms. Frylink, who was my music teacher during my fifth and sixth grade years. I love that I grew up to do exactly what I always knew I wanted to do… and the...

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Teacher Spotlight: Trish Hannon, Elementary Co-lead Teacher

 I am from New Jersey. I grew up in a town close to Philadelphia, and spent most of my summers at the Jersey shore.  When did you realize you wanted to be a teacher and work in education? I was a System Analyst for a large company. My customer was The Center for Military History. I had to design a computer interface to help older Army generals update their artifact card catalogs. I loved teaching them, and helping them feel accomplished. I realized that helping other people learn new skills was...

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Teacher Spotlight: Luda Grant, Primary Lead Teacher

I was born and grew up in a small town in Belarus, the country in Eastern Europe.  I realized I wanted to be a teacher in grade school. I admired my English teacher who instilled love for the English language.  I also remember "playing school" with my younger sister as a child. I find Evergreen to be a great community of friendly and supportive colleagues. The Head of School is always looking for ways to make the school a better place. The small class sizes allow me to spend more quality time...

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Faculty Spotlight: Thes Perrin, Primary Lead Teacher

I grew up in Manila, Philippines.  I moved to Maryland fifteen years ago, and my family has lived here ever since. It is gratifying to witness and experience Maria Montessori’s philosophy and pedagogy come to life each day.  It’s a great pleasure to see the children grow holistically before my eyes and share a love for learning.  A love that I hope is strong enough that will remain with them for a lifetime.  It is also amazing to see alumni visit Evergreen and hear their inspiring adventures. I...

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