Crystal began teaching at Brookeside Montessori in 1999. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education from Kutztown University and holds a Pennsylvania teaching certificate from the Department of Education. Prior to Brookeside Montessori she has several years’ experience teaching preschool children and substituting in public school classrooms. In 2002, she completed Montessori training in Elementary (ages 6 -9) from the North American Montessori Teacher Training Center. Crystal also completed training at Princeton Center for Teacher Education in 2010 to earn credentials from the American Montessori Society in Elementary (ages 6 – 9). In June 2018, Crystal became the Head of School of Brookeside Montessori.Crystal’s favorite hobbies are making greeting cards, reading, and playing board games. Recently Crystal has become interested in genealogy research, and she volunteers organizing a family reunion that has been meeting for over 100 years.
Edie’s daughter Amanda, a recent college graduate, attended school here at Brookeside. Amanda was a student in the Pre-School, Kindergarten and Elementary classrooms.When Amanda attended Brookeside Edie was the school bookkeeper and an Instructional Assistant in the classroom. In June of 2018 Edie returned to Brookeside to join the administrative team.
Edie has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from LaSalle University and has spent over 30 years working in various positions within the non-profit field. She has certifications in Non-Profit Financial Management and Executive Leadership. Edie served as the Executive Director of the Phoenixville Area Senior Center, ran her own bookkeeping company and was a founding member of Open Hearth in Spring City.
Edie has been married to Tom Hartman for 24 years. She enjoys spending time with her very large extended family. Tom and Edie enjoy pickling and preserving fruits and vegetables. Their family and friends look forward to receiving the fruits of their labor at Christmas time.
Miranda joined the staff of Brookeside Montessori in 1999 and has served in several different positions including Pre-K teacher, computer teacher, and Administrative Assistant. She earned her degree at Clarion University of PA in the areas of Elementary Education and Special Education. Miranda’s previous work experiences have been as a therapeutic aide for Crawford County Intermediate Unit, running a satellite preschool program for Bethesda Children’s Home, and working in with school-age children in an Afterschool Program at the Meadville YMCA. Miranda completed her Montessori training for Primary (ages 3 – 6) at Princeton Center for Teacher Education in 2013.
Sharon is very excited to start her first year at Brookeside Montessori. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Elementary and Special Education from Alvernia University, and holds a teaching certification from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Prior to Brookeside Montessori she has taught students from PreK-5 as a substitute teacher in the public school setting. She is looking forward to completing her Montessori training in the future.Sharon loves to spend time with her husband Tom and two cats: Coulson and Jax. Her hobbies include reading, music, movies and spending time with her family at the beach. She also enjoys candy making, baking and other arts and crafts.
Audrey began teaching at Brookeside Montessori in 2020. She has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Pennsylvania State University. She is a certified Apple teacher and holds a certificate with the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Audrey has 16 years of experience teaching Pe-K and Kindergarten students in private and public school settings. Audrey will be starting her Montessori training soon.Audrey enjoys spending her spare time with her husband and 2 children. She also enjoys swimming, going to the beach, and baking cookies.
Mary Cris has been a Spanish instructor for children and adults since 1995. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the Universidad Iberoamericano in Puebla, Mexico and completed course work in English as a second language at St. Joseph University in Philadelphia, PA. She taught Spanish in public and private schools for children in Pre-School through middle school for over twenty years. Mary Cris also provided Spanish language instruction to parents in the Phoenixville School District. In addition to teaching Spanish at Brookeside, Mary Cris is the Private Catholic Home School Co-op teacher for our area as well as a Spanish instructor for an extracurricular Spanish program at St. Francis Academy in Bally.
Mollie Larkin has been teaching music at the Brookeside Montessori School since 2003. She has a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Therapy from Mansfield University. Mollie has worked as a music therapist at many facilities including the Southeastern Veterans’ Center, Parkhouse Providence Pointe, and Keystone Villa. She also worked as a TSS with autistic children and ran music therapy groups for the MARC infant program. She is a licensed Kindermusik educator and has taught music in classrooms and private instruction for 20 years. Mollie currently teaches private music lessons at her home studio.
Kayte Messinger has been with Brookeside Montessori since 2015. Her first position was as an instructional assistant in a Primary classroom. She has several years of experience in education and healthcare. Kayte is a certified health coach and in 2018 took the position as Brookeside Montessori’s Health and Wellness Coordinator. As the Wellness Coordinator, Kayte leads a team to support children, their families, and our staff in their decision-making regarding healthy choices and activities. In 2019 Kayte began teaching weekly wellness classes to students.
Kate Mishriki started teaching art classes at Brookeside Montessori during the 2020-2021 school year. Kate holds a BFA from Tyler School of Art (Temple University) and an MA from The University of Oklahoma in Museum Studies. She has previously worked as an art teacher for children aged 3 – 18. She is the museum registrar for The Freedman Gallery at Albright College. Kate and her family have been part of the Brookeside community for several years. Her son is an alumni student, her daughter is in the Primary class, and her husband, KooKoo the Cartoon Magician, has performed several shows at our school.
Wendy began as a parent volunteer and joined the Brookeside Montessori staff during the 2019-2020 school year as an Instructional Assistant in the Elementary Classroom.
Phyllis began working at Brookeside Montessori in 2013 as an instructional assistant in the Primary class. Before her work at Brookeside, she had several years’ experience working in a childcare center then providing childcare in her home while raising her two daughters.
Besides being a dedicated instructional aid, Phyllis enjoys cooking and baking. Her main hobbies are participating in games like bingo, mini-golf, and playing the card game Skip-Bo.
Sarah joined Brookeside Montessori in 2021. Sarah has her A.A.S in Human Services from Montgomery County Community College and has earned credits towards a Bachelor’s Degree from Chestnut Hill College. Prior to Brookeside, Sarah worked as a lunch proctor for grades K-4 in the Pottstown School District. She also has several years experience in the early childhood field working as an Assistant Group Supervisor for the Pottstown YMCA. Sarah has two grown children and one grandson. She enjoys reading books, painting ceramics, and walking the trails with her dog Laela. Sarah also likes to volunteer in the community.