As an educator, it was important to me that my children attend a school that embraced a rich curriculum. As a mom, I sought a nurturing environment that my children would flourish in. After evaluating several area schools, I discovered that Long Hill Montessori School offered these qualities and more. My son has grown tremendously over the past two years there and my daughter is excited to join her brother in September.
The LHMS community is more than a group of preschool parents. During our tenure at the school we have enjoyed participating in school, community service and social events. The network and friendships that our family has developed as a result of being part of the Montessori family have proven to be an invaluable bonus to establishing our roots in the area.
The leadership at the school is truly outstanding. The teachers are not only caring and compassionate; they are devoted to the growth and development of my children. Directors Fiona Rouse and Kelly Legiec are not only owners but also compassionate educators and it has been such a pleasure to work with them. My husband and look forward to watching our children continue to grow both socially and academically at Long Hill Montessori School. Should you have any questions about the school, curriculum, or community, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Katherine Lauber, M.A.T, NJ School Supervisor and Administrator
Curriculum Coordinator, Aaron School
Mom of Logan (4) and Fiona (2)
Natalie Ferrao and Megan Chester will be joining Long Hill Montessori School to teach in the Acorn Room next year. Both teachers bring extensive, diverse skills, and a passion to teach young children. What has instantly bonded this dream team is their energy and excitement to be a part of the new LHMS.
Mrs. Ferrao and Mrs. Chester have worked together for many years at Albrook Montessori in Liberty Corner, NJ. This well-established collaboration is sure to bring harmony and effectiveness in their lessons and prepared environment. Collaboration between Montessori co-teachers is a vital part of enriching classroom instruction and management.
Natalie was born and raised in England. She moved to the US in 2000 and lives in New Providence with her husband and 3 year old son and daughter twins. Natalie has her N.N.E.B (National Nursery Examination Board) diploma from the UK. Upon arriving in the States she became a qualified 3-6 yr and 0-3 yr Montessori teacher. Natalie taught at Nyack Montessori school in NY for 6 years before moving to NJ to teach at Albrook Montessori school for 7 years, leaving to raise her own children.
Megan Chester grew up in Basking Ridge, and still resides there with her husband and two children. She received a BS in Early Childhood Education from West Virginia University. Megan went on and completed her Toddler Montessori training at Princeton Montessori. She worked at The Albrook School in Basking Ridge as a toddler teacher for over 10 years.