Kristen Martin - Head of School
Kristen joined the Montessori School of Central Vermont in the Fall of 2005. Kristen began working with the Montessori School of Central Vermont, Inc. as a Primary Guide and Site Director at MMS. In 2010 the Montessori School of Central Vermont launched its Elementary program and Kristen took the position as Elementary Guide, as well as continuing to serve as Site Director at MMS. In 2012 Kristen accepted the position for Head of School. She received her elementary training at Seacoast Center in NH and her primary training through the New England Montessori Teacher Education Center in MA and the North American Montessori Center in WA.
Lana Bodach-Turner - Financial Administrator
Lana has been with the Montessori School of Central Vermont since 2003, first serving as a Children's House classroom assistant. She quickly took on administrative support resposibilities as well, and in 2007 moved to a full time administrative position working alongside the Head of School. She currently serves as the Financial Administrator.
Lana received her Bachelors of Arts degree from Ithaca College, with the goal of working in the early education field. She completed the Assistance to Infancy program at the Montessori Institute Northwest in Oregon and is currently working towards a Master's Degree in Early Education with a concentration in Montessori (0-3) from Loyola University in Maryland.
Lana lives in East Montpelier with her husband and two children. Both her daughter and son attend the Montessori School of Central Vermont. When not at school Lana enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and being outdoors.
Justyna Krysztoforska - Primary Guide
After completing the academic requirements at New England Montessori Teacher Education Center in August 2008, Justyna started teaching in Poznan, Poland and then at Warsaw Montessori School. Justyna, her husband and two children wanted to return to New England and when the opportunity came from the Montessori School of Central Vermont in the Fall of 2010 they took it.
Justyna's undergraduate degree is in Public Administration, from Nicolas Copernicus University in Torun. She received her MEd in Administration and Supervision from the Organization and Management Department at Antioch University New England. Prior to working at Warsaw Montessori and MMS, she had a career in administration, banking and customer service. Justyna currently serves as a Primary Guide at the Montpelier Montessori School location.
Darra Dane Cothran - Primary Guide
Darra Dane Cothran is originally from Columbia, South Carolina. She earned her Bachleor of Science at Winthrop University with a focus on Early Childhood Intervention. After college, Darra Dane began working in childcare with children ages 2-5. In 2009 she recieved her AMS Montessori Certificate from Lander University. In 2012 Darra Dane moved back to Vermont with her hasband and daughter after accepting a teaching position with MSCVT.
Mercy Sheehan- Elementary Guide
Originally from Rhode Island, Mercy received a B.S. in Wellness and Alternative Medicine from Johnson State College in VT 2005.
She began her AMI Elementary teacher training in the summer of 2013 and will complete her training during the summer of 2015. From the age of 11yrs old she took babysitting jobs and realized that her work would always be with children. Mercy discovered Montessori education at MSCVT in 2006 and says she had her "aha" moment, realizing that this was the work that she wanted to do. Mercy has filled various roles at MSCVT over the years; primary assistant, early and aftercare provider, and office support. Now Mercy supports our growing elementary program as a lead Guide. Mercy currently lives in Worcester with her son and partner, Greg. In her limited free time she loves to cook, garden, read, and paint.