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The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say,
"The children are now working as if I did not exist."

Maria Montessori

Our Lead & Assistant Guides

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Gabrielle Harp, Toddler Lead Guide

I have lived in the Catskills my whole life. My mom raised us on a hobby farm with 3 acres and plenty of land to run around on. That's where my love of being outside started. Animals are also a big passion of mine. Some of my hobbies include spinning, knitting, weaving, and rug hooking. I have spent my entire life working with children. I have a BA in education, I have taught children in gymnastics, I have given swim lessons (I'm a WSI and a lifeguard), taught children to read, and worked in countless classrooms, including just recently as a cooking teacher at Manhattan Country Day School in Roxbury.

I am currently taking my AMI Assistants to Infancy Diploma Training, to become a fully trained AMI Montessori Guide. I live with my husband in Andes with two dogs and two cats. I have found my dream job in guiding all of our little ones! 

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Jess Gilman, Primary Lead Guide

I spent the first few years of my life on a farm in the Delaware Valley, where I developed a deep love of nature and animals. I then moved to lower Westchester, to begin school and have lived there ever since, working and raising two children. I found Montessori by accident when taking a job as an assistant at a local preschool. I was amazed at how independent and capable the children in the class were and fell in love with the philosophy. I received my Montessori Diploma training a few years later and enjoyed the next six years as a lead guideI have a background in art from SUNY Purchase, with a focus on drawing and photography. I've also studied gardening, permaculture, and native planting, and enjoy incorporating these skills into the daily life of the children in the class. I am passionate about sustainability and creating classrooms that focus on reducing waste, composting, caring about the environment, and each other. I also continue to learn American Sign Language, which I include in the curriculum. In my free time I love to travel in my camper van with my kids and dogs, volunteer at the library, read a ton, and of course, gardens. I am so happy to be part of building this beautiful school and returning to the country to support outdoor learning!

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Katherine Henry, Elementary Lead Guide

I grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada and moved to Dallas, Texas to attend Southern Methodist University. It was there I met my now-husband, Taylor, who is the Middle School Math/Science Guide here.

 

After college I taught high school math for 5 years. Through a distant connection I was introduced to the Montessori Method. I took my AMI Primary (3-6) Diploma Training and taught at the Primary level for two years. Between those years I began working on my AMI Elementary (6-12) Diploma, which I completed in Summer 2022. During my training, I moved up with my Primary children into an Elementary classroom, which I have been running for a school year.

 

In my spare time I enjoy reading and spending time with our little girl, Charlotte (CJ), who was born in September of 2021. 

 

I am so excited to have joined the Bovina Montessori community!

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Lucy Stupakoff, Toddler Assistant Guide

To be updated soon..

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Anushka Stupakoff, Primary Assistant Guide

To be updated soon..

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Blythe Czaja, Elementary Assistant Guide

I grew up just down the road from the school on a small dairy farm in Bloomville. My love of agriculture - especially animals and horticulture - extended from my childhood on the farm. I grew up working closely with my father helping him take care of the animals, tending to the crops, and my personal favorite: making maple syrup. I acquired my BA in Agricultural Education with a concentration in Animal Science from SUNY Cobleskill where I graduated in 2010. I worked for 6 years at an outdoor education center in the Adirondacks. While working with outdoor education, I also managed another business called the 1812 Homestead & Farm Museum where children learned the lifestyle of living in the early 1800’s. While I am not enlightening the youth, you can find me wandering through the mountains with my two cattle dogs, Raelyn & Finley. I also enjoy getting my hands dirty in the garden, kayaking in the sunshine or exploring new trails with my mountain bike.

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Taylor Henry
Middle School Guide

I was born and raised in the suburbs of Dallas. I studied Civil Engineering at Southern Methodist University, where I met my lovely and talented wife, Katie.

 

After undergrad, I earned my Master’s of Science in Applied Sciences and completed a thesis on the topic of student curiosity. I got into the classroom through a residency program and a Master’s of Education. For the five years before Bovina Montessori, I taught 15-18 year-olds in English Language Arts and an interdisciplinary, applied philosophy course (Theory of Knowledge) in an International Baccalaureate program.

 

In my time away from teaching, I enjoy baking sourdough bread, playing music, reading difficult books, and dancing and babbling with our little girl, Charlotte (CJ).

 

It is a true joy to return to my love of math and science and join the Bovina Montessori community!

Available Positions for School Year 2022-2023

Spanish Guide (4-6 hrs/week)

Soccer Coach (5-6 hrs/week)

Afterschool Programming

Martial Arts Coach (4 hrs/week)

Afterschool Programming

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