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Explore Piccolo

nancy mcnabb head of school montessori preschool

Lori Martin

– Munari 

         (ABOUT newborns- 12 months)
Say hi to Miss Lori! 

Miss Lori joined the explore team in August 2021. She has lived in Montana her entire life and has no plans at leaving and we don’t blame her. 

She has a few favorites in her life. Working with children, the color purple, and her cat named Sugar.

We are so excited to have Miss Lori with us. She brings a bright, beautiful light in the door every single day.

David Warner

– The Dancers

(ABOUT age 15-22 months)

“Our care of the child should be governed, not by the desire to make him learn things, but by the endeavor always to keep burning within him that light which is called intelligence.”

– Maria Montessori

Explore Montessori

nancy mcnabb head of school montessori preschool

Jess Squires

– Pre-Primary

         ( ABOUT ages 18 months-3.5)

I have worked in early childhood for the past 4 years with children 0-3 years old. I am halfway through my Montessori Certification through Age of Montessori, along with 160 hours of online Early Childhood Education.

I have always had a passion for working in childcare, it’s so fulfilling watching the children grow and assisting them in their development.

In my spare time I enjoy crafting, baking, and anything outdoors.

Theresa Hazen

– Pre-Primary

(ABOUT ages 18 months-3.5)
I began my journey teaching children back in the summer of 2009 in Livingston, Montana where I earned my Montessori Certification through Caspari Montessori Institute.

I am a teaching and mom enthusiast.

My greatest accomplishment in life is my four amazing children ages 10-2.

My goal in life is to give every child a love of learning.

I enjoy kickboxing, yoga, reading, music and immersing myself in the beautiful chaos of family life. 

I am a Montana native and my roots are planted in the beautiful Paradise Valley.

nancy mcnabb head of school montessori preschool

Sarah Smith

– Primary Lead

         ( ABOUT ages 3-6 years)

Sarah Smith is our Head of Primary and has been teaching at Explore Montessori since August 2021. She has her Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education and is currently working towards earning her Montessori Teacher Certification.

She has been teaching children for 20 years and develops and implements her own curriculum in both the common core and (UK) National Curriculum. Previously, Sarah taught in outdoor classrooms in both Brooklyn and London and incorporates the lessons she learned in those classrooms into the curriculum for her Primary Class. She finds joy in  guiding children to interact with their outdoor surroundings and learning from nature. 

Sarah is a mother to two children, enjoys crocheting and considers herself a happy home-buddy. She enjoys teaching Montessori because of the freedom to alter direction and instruction based on the individual child giving them the encouragement to explore and learn at their own pace.

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