Our expert and caring teachers welcome children into safe and prepared classroom environments each day. They function as supportive and wise guardians, observing and working with children individually or collectively. Our teachers work in teams consisting of a head teacher, experienced assistant teachers, and mentored student teachers. Head teachers are Montessori- and NYS-certified and have (or are in the process of getting) a master’s degree. Student teachers are members of our accredited Montessori teacher education program. Our faculty also includes a movement specialist, a nature teacher, and an art specialist. Like our families, our faculty is culturally and ethnically diverse, collectively representing 16 countries and speaking 17 languages. Many of our teachers have an MA in Early Childhood Special Ed, making our teachers more expert in identifying children who may need interventions.
WSMS supports our faculty through a strong professional development program and provides many opportunities for growth in professional knowledge, skills, and self-awareness. These opportunities include regular meetings between the Head of School and each team, mentoring and peer coaching programs, peer-to-peer meetings, workshops, seminars, a career ladder, and our visiting scholar program.
Our multi-tasking, multi-talented administration does an amazing job of keeping our school running smoothly every day. The members of this formidable team come from diverse backgrounds, but they are united in their dedication to WSMS and their responsiveness to the needs of our students and their families.