The Silver Spruce Family
Silver Spruce Montessori was born from a mother's desire to provide the best for her children. That strong Mother Bear instinct and passion continues to permeate all aspects of this very special school. Our intimate, home-like environment can soften the transition to school for young ones; and often makes Silver Spruce feel like a second home. This combined with our teachers' passion,caring and professional training make Silver Spruce a truly unique preschool & K experience.
Founder ~ Head of School
The heart and soul of Silver Spruce.
Miss Charlene is the creative force behind Silver Spruce. The founding of the school provided a channel for her intense passions about the education of children in a way that respects their inherent worth and individuality. She has grounded her beliefs with years of education and research. Students throughout Silver Spruce benefit from her presence in all of the classrooms.
Lower Elementary Certification AMS, Montessori School of the Rockies
Director II, MS Dept of Ed
Lead Teacher Certification, MA Dept of Ed
Montessori Applied to Children At Risk
M.Ed. Early Childhood, Anna Maria College
Founder ~ Facilities Manager
Need help? Ask Mr. Bryan!
Mr. Bryan is our everything handyman, go-to guy. Fix-its, build-its, lift-its, paint-its - if we can think it then he can do it. Prior to founding Silver Spruce with his wife, Charlene, Mr. Bryan worked professionally as an engineer. This proved very useful as he renovated the large1890 Colonial Revival house that Silver Spruce calls home. He continues to improve the school facilities on a daily basis.
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Central New England College
The Silver Spruce Home
1890 Colonial Revival
We are so proud of the home of Silver Spruce. A beautiful, historic building with a rich history nestled into a pastoral landscape. We believe it provides the perfect backdrop and is a unreplicable character all its own.
Have you ever met a real Italian mother? Miss Cindy is ours.
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Miss Cindy is an exceptional teacher and natural leader that has been with Silver Spruce for 9 years.
AMS Lead Teacher Certification
B.A. Political Science & Italian
Miss Diane's children were among the first to attend Silver Spruce after its founding. She quickly joined the staff and has lovingly taught students for the past 15 years. In total, Miss Diane has taught preschool aged children for 36 years.
Lead Preschool Teacher Certification
B.A. Early Childhood
Meghan Henning MEd, BA
Miss Meghan graduated from Wheelock College in Boston with a B.A in History and a concentration in Elementary Education. She went on to pursue her Master of Education degree from Wheelock which focused on special education and how to integrate it into the everyday curriculum. Miss Meghan has been working with children since 2006, both in the public school system and within private schools. She carries her elementary education license, moderate disabilities license, and her preschool teacher certification through EEC.
Through her varied work experiences Miss Meghan became interested in the Montessori philosophy. She loves how it meets the child where he or she is at, allowing the child to develop at his or her own pace. She believes that following the lead of the child is the best practice and allows the child to have authentic and enjoyable learning experiences. She is very excited to be a part of the Silver Spruce community!
Miss Meghan resides in Uxbridge with her husband, two children - whom will be joining the Silver Spruce community, and two golden retrievers. She enjoys the quiet outdoors, spending time with her family, going to the zoo, and reading a good book!
Miss Debbie graduated from Worcester State University in 2017 with a Bachelors in Early Childhood Education and Visual Arts. Previously, she enjoyed an internship at the Worcester Art Museum and volunteered within the Worcester schools systems. After a few years of working as a preschool teacher in Shrewsbury and Westborough, Debbie has decided to dive more deeply into the Montessori method.
EEC Certified Preschool, Toddler, and Infant Teacher
B.A.. Early Childhood Education & Visual Arts
Shannon May is a certified Music Instructor in the Musikgarten curriculum. She is currently a music director within four Montessori schools; Grafton, Northboro, Concord MA and in East Providence RI.
She has received her Montessori Lead Teacher certification from the New England Montessori Training Education Center (NEMTEC) in Boston MA. Shannon is also an assistant to both the Sensorial and Philosophy professor at the NEMTEC training center and directs the music program at NEMTEC for two weeks every summer. Shannon is a member of AMS and is Massachusetts State Certified (EEC).
Shannon is very enthusiastic and passionate about music and child development and feels honored, privileged and excited to be the music teacher here at Silver Spruce Montessori School where she once was a lead teacher. Here daughter Annie attended Silver Spruce Montessori School for 3 years in the Primary Program back in 2001.