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. For the 2019-2020 school year, Crystal will be teaching STEM lessons to all classes.
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 is celebrating its 118th year in August 2020.
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.
Audrey is excited to start her first year at Brookeside Montessori. 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 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 working as an Instructional Assistant in the Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten classroom. She has several years of experience in education and healthcare. In 2018 Kayte served as the school’s Health and Wellness Coordinator. Kayte began teaching wellness classes to students in 2019.
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.
Esther joined the Brookeside Montessori staff in 2019 as an instructional aide and substitute teacher. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Middle Grades Education from Toccoa Falls College in 2005. She holds a teaching license from the state of Georgia.
Esther began her teaching career as an itinerant teacher with a missionary organization in Chad, Africa. She moved to Papua New Guinea in 2008 where she taught at Ukarumpa International School. Over the past 15 years, Esther has taught a wide variety of grade levels and subjects. Her specialty is math, but her passion is geography and culture. She is fluent in 3 languages and loves to travel. She’s been to 24 countries…so far.
Esther has been married to Ben for almost 11 years. Her daughter Keziah, is a Brookeside Preschool student and son Stephen, is attending Washington Elementary. Ben and Esther are also on staff at Push The Rock, a sports evangelism organization based in Emmaus.
Annamae began as a parent volunteer and now works as a substitute Instructional Assistant.
Phyllis began working at Brookeside Montessori in 2013 as one of the staff members caring for children in our after-school program. She currently holds that position as well as a part-time assistant in the Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten classrooms. Phyllis has several years’ experience in the childcare field prior to coming to Brookeside Montessori.
Rinky began working at Brookeside Montessori in January 2021 as an instructional assistant in one of the primary classrooms. She has a degree in Bachelor of Arts from University of Delhi, India and also holds a diploma in International tourism. Rinky’s daughter, Anaisha, attends a primary class at Brookeside. Rinky enjoys spending her spare time with family and also loves to paint, cook new dishes, baking and decorating cakes.
In 2003 Patty began her employment with Brookeside Montessori. She has several years of experience in the child care field. Patty has been an Instructional Assistant in the Elementary class, Preschool, and Pre-Kindergaten/Kindergarten class. In the summer of 2005 Patty completed a seminar for Assistants in a Montessori classroom at Chestnut Hill College.
Renee began as a substitute Instructional Assistant in 2018 and joined the staff when a position became available in 2019. She has several years experience working in Montessori schools. Renee completed North American Montessori Center’s teacher training program for Early Childhood in 2020.