Classroom Activities and Exercises
Head of School
Primary 1 Teachers
Primary 2 Teachers
A Typical Day at
Green Mountain Montessori
After School Programs
The Roots of
Schedule and Tuition
Supporting Staff: Enhancing
Our teachers and students are blessed to have a
wonderful array of supporting staff who help make Green Mountain
Montessori a truly special and unique environment.
Jennifer Pelkey - Office Manager
Jen lives in Hinesburg with her husband and her two wonderfully active children. She attended the University of Vermont where she received her BS in Business Administration. After happily spending several years as a stay at home mother, she most recently worked as a substitute teacher in her community.
As a native Vermonter, she LOVES living in our “playground state” and enjoying all of the outdoor activities and seasons. She can be found mountain biking, sailing, camping, and hiking with her family during the summer. In the winter her outdoor pursuits include both alpine and nordic skiing, and snowshoeing.
Mrs. Kari Trudo - Lead After School Teacher
Mrs. Kari lives in Essex Town,
with her husband Bruce. They
have three children, Kyle 20,
Adam 16 and Holli 11.She has
been a pre-school teacher for
17 years and has her Child
Degree. Upon closing her childcare
center she went back to
Champlain College to further
her education in Early Childhood
Education. She worked as a Para-
Educator at Essex Elementary
School among other various
teaching positions. She has also
worked part time at Goodwill in
She is looking forward
to spending some weekends
learning how to snowshoe this
winter along with other winter
sports on the mountain with
her family. In her spare time she
enjoys scrap booking her many
Beth Tailer - Science & Nature
Beth has brought wonder and delight to our children since 2002 -
engaging them in an exploration of patterns and designs in nature
with boundless creativity and energy.
Ms. Beth has held many jobs in
her lifetime. She is a trained
nurse, and works at the Neo-
Natal Intensive Care Unit at FAHC. But that is just one of many ways she brings
joy to parents and children.
Ms. Beth has been an Environmental Learning for the Future (ELF)
instructor with the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS)
since 2003 . She was recognized by VINS as an outstanding educator
in 2006 and we certainly agree! She has also taught science to children
in the Smuggler’s Notch
Ski Camp since 2001, using a tepee for
She practices what she teaches at her home in Essex with her husband,
Tim - a wonderful
area for natural exploration with farm animals, gardens, brook and
forest that inspire her work.
Maria Castro - After School & Substitute
Maria volunteers her time because she loves working with children
and especially enjoys doing arts and craft projects with them. We
love having her too!
Maria was born on the island of LaPalma,
Spain and went to the University of the Island of Tennerife where she
received her education degree. After coming to the United States in 1954,
Ms. Maria lived and worked on Long Island for 26 years where she was an
assistant teacher for three and four year-olds at a nursery school before moving to
Vermont. She lives in Essex Junction with her husband Ernest and they have a son and a
daughter and grand children who live in Shelburne.
Gloria McGrail - Substitute
Gloria officially "retired" in June 2006 as a classroom teacher at Green
Mountain Montessori in 2006. However, we are blessed that her love for
children and the joy she experiences teaching children about the world around them has kept her active at our school in a substitute teaching
Gloria's love of children extends from her own family to many other young children whom she has enlightened
over the years. She began her formal experience with a B.S.
in Elementary Education from Framingham State College and teacher certifications in Elementary Education from
Massachusetts and Connecticut, and then led toddler and preschool classrooms for 14 years at the Children's
Academy in Ridgefield, CT.
Gloria and her husband Tom relocated to Vermont in 2003. The McGrails have 3 children and 4 grandchildren who live
in Massachusetts and Vermont. The family enjoys boating on beautiful Lake Champlain in the summer and skiing in the
Green Mountains in the winter. If the weather outside is frightful, Gloria enjoys reading and solving crossword puzzles.
We would be remiss in not including our parent community on this page - they
are an important part of our classroom experience. Parents actively
participate in our classrooms nearly every day - teaching additional crafts
and skills and helping with special projects. A few of many examples are
told through the pictures below:
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childcare, preschool and kindergarten:
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