Professional Certifications and Experiences: Certified Diabetes Educator 2013, Independent School Nurse Group (2013-present) Montessori School Nurse Group (Formed in 2016) National Association of School Nurses (2015 - present) Massachusetts School Nurse Organization (2015 - present) Massachusetts School Nurse Research Network (2014 - present), Reiki II 2011, Certified Health Coach 2013
"I enjoy being with animals and originally considered becoming a vet. I interned at a zoo and took care of bob cats, emus, lemurs, snakes and many other animals. We currently have 8 chickens, 3 cats and a dog. I am a board member of SPARK Kindness and Natick Drama Workshop."
"When I'm not here at Riverbend, I love spending time with my husband and our two girls. I also love to read a great book, enjoy a delicious meal, ski at Jay Peak, go see Dave Matthews in concert, spend time with good friends, organize a closet, or decorate my home!"
Additional Professional Certifications and Experiences:
New England Montessori Teacher Education Center-Primary certification
EEC-Department of Early Education and Care, Director I
IMSE Comprehensive Orton-Gillingham Training
Former Primary teacher (ages 3-6)
"I am a Hockey, Softball, Soccer mom of two amazing daughters! Who spends summer vacations in Conway, NH and Chatham, MA. With a professional passion to share Montessori philosophy and education with parents."
"I love traveling to new places with my husband and two boys; spending summers at Groton Long Point; reading, good food, sitting on the beach, snuggling with my dog. I just started taking harp lessons so I can play music with my family."
Montessori Training: Graduated 2011 from Northeast Montessori Institute
Presented at the 2017 MSM Conference
“Growing a School Sustainability Program”
Forest Schools Level 1 Training
"I have two children who have attended Riverbend since they were 15 months old. We enjoy kayaking, playing sports, visiting with family and friends, walking our dog, Felicie, hiking in NH, and spending long days at the beach. I am also interested in sustainability education
and sustainable development within school settings!"
Olivia WhitmanAssistant Toddler Teacher
Middlebury College - BA,
International Studies Fairleigh Dickinson University - MA, Multilingual Education
"My areas of interest include Art - graduate a school of art in Russia, sewing, beading and crafts. I am passionate about Montessori education, have two children, speak two languages (English and Russian)!"
Melinda HuffmanInnovation Teacher
University of Michigan - BS Natural Resources Belmont University - MAT
Professional Certifications and Experiences include: Florida Teaching Certificate Elementary K-6, SPARK Physical Education Certification - Elementary Education Grades K-5, Working With At, Risk Youths – Broward County Certification, , Exceptional Student Education – Broward County Certification, Instructional Strategies – Broward County Certification, Advances Classroom Management – Broward County Certification, Education/Special Populations - Gifted certification, Guidance and counseling for the gifted-, Gifted certification, A.C.E Training and Certification, Flip The Script Teen prevention & Intervention training and certification.
"My areas of interest are world travel, American and European history, vinyl records, the great outdoors, physical education and a variety of culinary subjects."
Suruchi LalUpper Elementary Teacher
Delhi University, India - BA Lucknow University, India - MA