The exceptional instructors at Neshaminy Montessori bring curiosity, community and the highest standard of learning and leadership to the classroom each day. We are so pleased to share our wonderful staff with you below!
Educational Director of Trevose Day School and Neshaminy Montessori, Montessori Teacher and Directress
After founding and running Shannon Montessori for several successful years, Helene Shannon-Hines brought her talents to Neshaminy Montessori and has served our students for over thirty years.
“Early in my career, I visited a Montessori class and fell in love with the classroom, the children, the work of the child and the way the children were so full of joy and curiosity,” says Hines, who graduated from Gwynedd Mercy University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education.
This passion led her to the Philadelphia Institute for Montessori at Ravenhill, where she earned her Association Montessori International diploma. This rigorous course of study included studying and writing every single lesson given to a child from ages two and one-half through six years of age.
“There was a heavy emphasis on Montessori theory,” she recalls. “I loved crafting a simplicity of movement and language when guiding the children through their day."
Juliana Menezes is the office manager at Trevose Day School and Neshaminy Montessori. She is the mother of two and has three grandchildren. Her favorite part of working at Neshaminy Montessori is interacting with the students each day. Juliana is an avid gardener and loves taking care of her family.
Jessica McNally graduated with honors from The University of the Arts, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Sculpture with a concentration in Art Education. She received her International Montessori Teaching certificate through the North American Montessori Center.
“One of the greatest benefits for me as a Montessori teacher is the joy I experience watching my students develop and model themselves into incredibly independent beings,” says McNally, who has also completed the State Board of Private Academic Schools Certificate. “The learning experience offered at Neshaminy Montessori allows children to develop intellectually, socially, and to create a strong emotional platform — all through a self directed environment.”
McNalIy, mother of two children, both of whom attend Neshaminy Montessori and Trevose Day School. An award-winning artist, her work has been showcased at cultural centers including Woodmere Museum and Chestnut Hill College. She enjoys cooking and bringing the creative and culinary arts to the classroom.
Karen DiCampello, a mother of two, has worked with the Trevose Day School and Neshaminy Montessori family for twelve years. Her favorite part of the classroom experience is seeing the children grow and mature every single year.
Educational Consultant, Creator of the Elementary program at Trevose Day School
Essie Cherkin has led an esteemed career elevating the life chances of children through the improvement of instruction. She has served in multiple administrative roles in the School District of Philadelphia and oversaw schools at the regional level. She holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and certifications as Superintendent, Principal, Curriculum and Instructional Supervision. Cherkin was a vital contributor to Trevose Day School in its early life, crafting the elementary program that has gone on to enrich hundreds of young minds and spirits.
Sarah Fuentes graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. During her studies, she was able to explore all the different fields in the art world. Having previously worked with directors and producers on short films, press kits, websites, and music documentaries, Fuentes comes with excellent credentials in the creative industry.
Art education has been a fundamental part for her, so much so that she has decided to continue her education for her Masters in Art Education. ”Children have a great curiosity and art gives them that freedom to explore and develop those curiosities,” says Fuentes. The mother of one takes pride in what she does and is grateful to have a talent where she is able to utilize her skill sets while being inspired everyday by her students at school.
Debbie Scheetz has been part of the Trevose Day School and Neshaminy Montessori family for over fifteen years. She is the mother of two children and enjoys working with the varied age ranges in our Montessori classrooms.
SHELBY WOLF graduated from the Savannah College of Art & Design with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in animation. She works as an illustrator and animator and has been fascinated with animation since childhood. (Spring Semester)
ROLAND YAKOBASHVILI is an internationally ranked Chess Master and former Soviet chess champion. He meets with students Kindergarten and up once a week to teach them the strategy, joy and camaraderie of chess. He also leads our Chess Club, which meets Thursdays after school.
JOHN SERPENTELLI has directed nearly 100 short films for networks such as HBO Family, Nick Jr., and Sesame Street. He has a Masters in Art Education and is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of the Arts. Serpentelli’s independent films have won awards in festivals including The American Motion Picture Society and the New York Expo of Short Film. He will meet with our students weekly to create a collaborative animated film. serpentelli.com
PETER MOSES is the director of The Music Experience for Young Children, a national music enrichment program for early childhood. Peter is a singer-songwriter, performer and children’s recording artist with eight original CD collections. He is also the author of three empowering audio books for kids. As a certified PQAS trainer, Peter offers workshops including “Great Music, Movement, Rhythm Reading & Song,” and “Teaching & Parenting Emotionally Healthy Children.” His current projects include a musical assembly program for preschool and K-through-3 audiences entitled “Wellness, Wonder & Wisdom.” petermoses.com
LAVON PATTERSON is a dancer and choreographer who has worked with stars such as Justin Bieber and Usher. He has a passion for connecting children with music and dance and will be teaching hip hop to all of our students twice a month. youtube.com/user/jfury
JENNY HEITLER-KLEVANS has been teaching music at pre-schools and elementary schools through The Music Experience for Young Children for nine years. In addition to teaching, Jenny performs in the band Two of a Kind with her husband David and they have 8 award-winning CDs for families and kids (they sometimes perform with their twin sons). She also has an adult quartet called Acoustic Blender. Jenny loves making music with kids and looks forward to a year full of singing, rhythms, dancing and performing. twoofakind.com