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Meet Our Teachers

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Karen Wagner

Lead Teacher/Director and Founder

"My passion is working with young children and their families.  It is so gratifying to me to watch the Montessori philosophy in action in the classroom.  We provide a beautiful prepared environment, remove obstacles, foster independence, and then have the privilege of facilitating and then observing each individual child as they learn new concepts and skills, and develop confidence in their abilities. It's a beautiful thing."

Karen's credentials include:


  • M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education (Lesley College)

  • Infant/Toddler (0-3) and Early Childhood (3-6) Montessori Certifications (American Montessori Society)

  • Director II Qualification (Mass. Dept. of Early Education and Care)

  • Over 35 years teaching experience at local schools, including Lexington Montessori School, Montessori Educare School in Newton, and Natick Montessori School, including 20 years as teacher/director of her own home-based program.

  • Teacher-educator for the Montessori Institute of New England, Beverly, MA, which is affiliated with the American Montessori Society

  • Mom of grown adult Katie who lives in San Diego, CA

"I have a deep appreciation and respect for children, and find spending time with them to be exciting and truly inspiring. I am always amazed by how much they are learning all of the time, and I love being part of a positive, encouraging early learning environment."

Monique's credentials include:


  • Masters in Clinical Social Work (Simmons College)

  • Certified School Adjustment Counselor

  • Bachelor's Degree in Comparative Literature (Brown University)

  • Over a dozen years of professional experience with children in a variety of settings including Early Intervention and Public Elementary Schools

  • Professional Organizer

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Monique Chaplin

Co Teacher

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