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Melissa Berbine, Elementary I Teacher, joined our faculty in September 2012 after working extensively in Massachusetts public schools.  She holds a BA in Elementary Education and is certified by the state to teach grades 1-6.  Melissa completed her Lower Elementary Montessori training at Seacoast in New Hampshire.  Her Montessori Elementary experience includes teaching at Pincushion Hill Montessori in Ashland and Hands-on Montessori School in Mansfield.   She also taught for several years at The Children's House Montessori School in Woburn as a lead pre-primary teacher.  The blend of her Montessori background and public school experience creates a solid foundation for the learners in her care.  She is a great match for our school.

Melissa Beresford, Children's House Teacher, began working at Bridgeview Montessori School as a substitute teacher. Her extensive prior experience as a Head Start family advocate had prepared her for working with the children. She became a full-time Bridgeview Children's House classroom teacher in January of 2007. Since beginning her association with Bridgeview, Melissa has completed her Montessori age 3-6 training and now holds her teacher certification from the American Montessori Society. She recently earned her Master's degree in Early Childhood Montessori from Endicott College. Melissa received her B.A. in sociology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and is certified at the Teacher level by the Department of Early Education and Care.

Gina-Marie Bousfield, Administrative Assistant, began working at Bridgeview Montessori School in the summer of 2002. Before that, she served as the Secretary for another Montessori school on the Cape. She is the parent of a former Bridgeview Montessori student and serves the community in various volunteer capacities.

Lucy Burlingame, Children's House Teacher, became a Bridgeview Montessori Children's House teacher in the fall of 2006 after having taught in another Montessori school for seven years in both toddler and age 3-6 programs. Lucy received both her B.A. in human services and her M.A. in teaching from Simmons College in Boston. She is fully trained and certified in early childhood education by the American Montessori Society. Prior to beginning her Montessori career, she was for eleven years a clinical caseworker for the Child-at-Risk hotline. Lucy is certified at the Lead Teacher level in both infant/toddler and pre-school by the Department of Early Education and Care.

Agnes Cavanagh, Children's House teacher, joined the Bridgeview Montessori faculty in 2011as a Montessori Intern in the Children's House classroom. Having first learned about our school as a mother while looking for a school for her children, Agnes fell in love with the Montessori philosophy and began to pursue her own Montessori training. She was born in Barlinek, Poland and is a resident of Bourne.  She earned a B.S and M.S. degree in physical education from AWF Gorzow Academy in Poland. Before starting her training and coming to Bridgeview, Agnes worked at the Riverview School for three years. She earned her Montessori certification in early childhood from Northeast Montessori Institute and is licenced at the Teacher level by the Department of Early Education and Care. Agnes is also a parent of two Bridgeview Montessori Elementary aged children.  

Jolie Drury, Elemenatry II Teacher, joined the faculty at Bridgeview Montessori in the fall of 2014. Jolie received a B.S. from Lesley University in 1999, earned a MA teaching certificate for Elementary Education and began her teaching career at the Chickering School in Dover, MA. Prior to moving to Cape Cod in 2012, she taught at the Andover School of Montessori in Andover, MA, where she helped shape a young Middle School program by writing curriculum and putting it into practice with her co-teacher and students over the course of six years. She also spent two years teaching Upper Elementary, where she gained practical experience with Montessori materials and completed her Upper Elementary Certification training through the North American Montessori Center.

Julie DavisChildren's House Director, Children's HouseTeacher, joined the Bridgeview Montessori faculty as a substitute teacher in 2011, eager to get back to working in Montessori education where her teaching passion lies. In 2012, she began as Children's House Co-Director as well as classroom teacher. Currently she is our full time Children's House Director which allows her the opportunity to connect with all Children's House children and support our teachers. Julie holds a B.F.A. in painting from the University of Hartford in Connecticut. Her interest in Montessori began at home. Her mother, a Montessorian, welcomed Julie while a sophomore in college into her school to serve as an intern. Julie took her Montessori training in 1987 at the Center for Montessori in New Rochelle, New York. Before coming to Bridgeview, Julie taught for 15 years at the Montessori Discovery School in Norwich, Connecticut as well as in traditional preschools. Julie is licenced at the Lead Teacher and Director levels by the Department of Early Education and Care.

Ed Deusser, After Care Teacher, joined Bridgeview Montessori School in September 2011 having retired from education in 2007. Ed has nearly 40 years experience in both public and private schools both as a teacher and a administrator. He holds master's degrees in elementary education and in gifted and talented education. He holds both Elementary and Administrative certificates.

Adrienne Fontes, Fitness Teacher, began working at Bridgeview Montessori School in the fall of 2008. She is elementary certified in Massachusetts and spent 7 years teaching ESL to fourth and fifth grade students in Dallas, TX. She has also worked with PreK through second grade in the Wareham Public Schools. Adrienne has been the lead Learn-to-Swim instructor for the Cape Cod Swim Club since 2003.

Monika Gomes, Children's HouseTeacher, was a substitute teacher and After Care teacher at Bridgeview Montessori from 2004-2010 before joining the faculty as a lead teacher in our Children's House program in the fall of 2011. She has an Associate's Degree in early childhood from Dean College. She has several years of experience with Children's House aged children including two years at another Montessori school on Cape Cod. Monika is certified at the Lead Teacher level through the Department of Early Education and Care. She earned her Montessori certification in early childhood from Northeast Montessori Institute.

Courtenay Harrington-Bailey, Music and Drama Teacher, joined the Bridgeview Montessori faculty in the fall of 2008 after serving five years as a parent volunteer and substitute teacher at the school. Courtenay received a B.A. in both music and theatre arts from Hartwick College and then worked professionally in musical theater for many years before moving to Cape Cod in 2004. In 2005 she designed and created an award winning after-school enrichment program for students ages 4 and older entitled Dramafun, which she continues to own and operate today. In addition, she also teaches caregiver/child "Music Together" classes and teaches the "Music Together Preschool" program at various Head Start locations on the Upper Cape. Courtenay is a member of the Actors Equity Association and Music Teachers Natioonal National Association.

Suzanne Lawson, Assistant Head of School / Director of Admissions, joined the faculty at Bridgeview Montessori in 2008 after spending several years raising her two children. Prior to that time, Suzanne had spent many years in teaching, curriculum development, and faculty development in independent boarding and day schools, most recently at the Shady Hill School in Cambridge. She is very familiar with Montessori education, having been a Montessori student herself from age 3 through the 5th grade at the Whitby School in Greenwich Connecticut. Suzanne holds a B.A. in English from Northwestern University as well as a M.A. in teaching English from Columbia University Teachers College. Suzanne is the Kindergarten Librarian and also edits the school's newsletter Views of the Bridge.

Sandra Nickerson, Head of School, Elementary II Art Teacher, has had extensive experience teaching art to children of all ages. For the twelve years prior to joining Bridgeview in 2000 she served as an art teacher at the Cape Cod Conservatory, as well as an art teacher at a private preparatory school. Her work with children has resulted in many of them receiving art scholarships. Starting in June, 2008, Sandy became Bridgeview's Head of School. She completed Montessori Whole-School Management: A Professional Development Course for Administrators in 2009. Sandy has a B.F.A. degree from Syracuse University, with a painting major and an education minor. She is certified at the Teacher level by the Department of Early Education and Care. She has designed and implemented a three-year elementary art studio curriculum and a three-year art history curriculum.

Joe Sharman, Business Manager, joined Bridgeview Montessori School in November 2010 having retired permanently to Sagamore Beach from a life-long Rhode Island residency in April of the same year. Joe holds a B.S. in business administration and a MS in education from the University of Rhode Island. He also has an MBA from Suffolk University. He has taught business at the High School and College levels. In addition, experience in manufacturing, banking, and insurance auditing have rounded out Joe’s extensive business career. Joe and his wife Pat, still teaching part-time in Rhode Island, have four children and nine grandchildren.

Margaret Shields, Elementary I Teacher, joined the faculty on a full-time in 2004.  She is a graduate of Lesley University, with a BA in liberal arts, majoring in human development, and received Advanced Standing Certification in Elementary Education, grades 1-6. Margaret is fully Montessori trained for ages 6-9 and certified by the American Montessori Society.

Laura Tedeschi, Elementary I Teacher, joined the faculty at Bridgeview in September 2008. She started as a Student Support assistant working closely with individual Elementary students in both our Elementary I and II. Prior to Bridgeview, Laura taught preschool and served as a Kindergarten aide. She holds a B.S in political science from Bridgewater State University and was fortunate to spend a semester at Oxford University with a scholarship to study politics in the European Union. Most recently, Laura has has started to M.Ed. in elementary education at Lesley University.

Tiffany Van Mooy, Children's House & Elementary I Art Teacher,  joined the Bridgeview Montessori faculty in the fall of 2010. She completed her bachelor's of fine arts degree and graduate art education training at the Ohio State University. Tiffany holds a Massachusetts license in Art Education PreK - 12. She is also a professional artist and creates paintings and sculptures from her home studio in Falmouth. Before moving to the Cape, Tiffany and her family lived in Seattle, WA where she had her own business painting children's murals and canvas floorcloths. Tiffany has worked throughout her life with pre-primary age students. She has been the director of a private preschool, an assistant pre-school teacher, and the art director of a multi-aged summer program for disabled children.

Sharyn Waters, Elementary I Teacher, joined the Bridgeview Montessori faculty in the fall of 2008 as a co-teacher in Elementary I. Prior to Bridgeview, she was a co-teacher at the Inly Montessori School in Scituate and has taught in several public elementary schools on the South Shore. Sharyn has also had extensive careers in both business and performing arts, positioning her well for her passion to teach at the elementary level. She is Montessori certified for ages 6 to 9. Sharyn is also a licensed elementary teacher, holds a M Ed from UMass Boston, and a Certificate in Elementary Education from Bridgewater State College.

Our Founders: 

Jean Rice, 
the late Co-founder of the Bridgeview Montessori School,
had a B.A. degree in English and Philosophy from Dominican College and an M.B.A from Northeastern University. She had extensive experience in managerial functions in established companies and as a vice president of a successful high tech start up, as well as teaching business courses at Northeastern University and at the Women's Technical Institute. Jean completed substantial course work and an internship in the Art Therapy program at Lesley University. Her interest was in keeping the school vision clear. 

Palmer True, the late Co-founder of the Bridgeview Montessori School, was intimately involved in all aspects of the administration of the school between 1999 and 2007. He has over forty years of executive experience in a wide variety of managerial functions in a number of businesses, both large and small. He is a retired vice president of an international high technology company. Palmer earned both an MBA degree and a BS in economics from Northwestern University.

 
 

 

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