Our Team

BOARD

LindaLinda Zankowsky, Board Chair
Linda, also the parent of Montessori-educated children, is the Interim Director of the Early Learning Center at the University of Delaware. Linda is the former head of school of Wilmington Montessori and a former teacher and principal in several Delaware public schools. She is certified in Montessori school leadership by the Center for Montessori Teacher Education in New York, a member of the American Montessori Society, the Montessori Teachers Association of Delaware and the advisory board of the First State Montessori Academy.

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Christine Carrino Gorowara, Ph.D., Co-Vice Chair
Christine Carrino Gorowara is the senior associate director at the Delaware Center for Teacher Education at the University of Delaware. She was previously a vice president at the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation and a faculty member at UD’s School of Education. Her children attended Elementary Workshop Montessori School.

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Trish Hermance, Co-Vice Chair
Trish has worked in Delaware public schools for more than 20 years as both a teacher and school leader. Her work has been in district schools, charter schools and a national nonprofit focused on providing non-traditional, high-quality educational programming.

 

 

E. McCrae Harrison, Secretary
McCrae, former director and teacher at the Elementary Workshop Montessori School, now oversees the Montessori Academy at Christina, Delaware’s first public Montessori program. McCrae is a member of the American Montessori Society, the Montessori Teachers Association of Delaware and the advisory board of First State Montessori Academy.

 

Raymond Armstrong, Esq.
Ray, a former board member and parent of two children who attended Elementary Workshop Montessori School, is a public defender and an attorney with the firm of Giordano, DelCollo & Werb. He also serves as a member of the advisory board of First State Montessori Academy.

 

 

Alonna Berry

Alonna Berry
Alonna is the manager of teacher leadership development for Teach for America Delaware. A former fifth-grade math teacher and ninth-grade English teacher, Alonna also served in the Delaware Department of Education as aide to the Chief Academic Officer and Associate Secretary of Education.

 

 

Jessica Crampton Bradley
A native Delawarean with a Masters in Elementary Education, Bradley was born in Lewes, grew up in Centreville, and has resided in western Sussex County for over 20 years, where she raised her two sons.  Now back in Lewes, her southern Delaware roots run deep as her mother and father were, respectively, from Roxana and Dagsboro and many members of her family are still scattered throughout the county. Currently she works as a full time realtor for Jack Lingo, but maintains a strong community focus, particularly regarding children in Sussex.

Mark Conces
Mark is a senior vice president at Citizens Bank and former treasurer of the board of Wilmington Montessori School, which his children attended.

 

 

Drew Fennell
Drew is the chief officer of strategic communication and development for Christina Care.  Drew served as Chief of Staff for former Governor Jack Markell.  Before becoming Gov. Markell’s chief of staff she served as policy director and deputy chief of staff.  Drew’s children attending the Elementary Workshop Montessori School where she experienced how a Montessori education positively impacts the lives of all children.

 

Jesse ReevesJesse
Jesse, principal of Sales Solutions and IMPACT Search, has a son currently attending First State Montessori Academy, Delaware’s first public Montessori school. Jesse’s daughter also attended the Elementary Workshop Montessori School, and both his son and daughter attended the Montessori Learning Centre.

 

img_4270Scott Richardson, Ph.D.
Scott is an educator, author, advocate, and Montessori parent. He is a curriculum theorist who specializes in special education, international/comparative educational models, and various curricular approaches to schooling. He has worked in private and public K-12/post-secondary schools in the U.S. and Japan.

 

Sean_2014Sean Steward
Sean is a licensed Realtor with Home Team Realty and co-owner of lnfiniti Transportation LLC in Bridgeville. He also serves as a board member of the Sussex County Association of Realtors and is past director of Delaware Association of Realtors.

 

ADVISORY BOARD

Dawn Alexander, is the Preschool Expansion Coordinator in Colonial School District. Dawn was recently recognized at the Governor’s Birth to 8 Summit for her work in helping move forward Delaware’s Early Childhood Strategic Plan.

 

 

Madeleine Bayard, is the Senior Vice President at the Rodel Foundation of Delaware where she manages investment partnerships and provides policy, program and research support to statewide efforts in K-12, higher education, and early childhood programs.

 

Carol Holzman
Carol is the Executive Director for Cadbury Senior Lifestyles retirement community in Lewes. Prior to moving to Delaware she worked at Washington Montessori School  in Washington, CT, where her son attended through 7th grade and daughter through 4th grade.  Although her children are now in their 20’s, Carol has an undying passion for Montessori education.

 

Yvonne Nass, is a Delaware Certified Parent Educator and Certified Adlerian Family Counselor who is currently a self-employed family counselor. She has worked in the non-profit sector for twenty-five years. She was a founding board member of First State Montessori Academy and is currently the Board Chair.

 

 

Lori Smith Lori Smith, a teacher in the Caesar Rodney School District, is certified by both the State of Delaware and the American Montessori Institute.

 

 

 

screen-shot-2016-10-17-at-11-27-35-pmJ Brett Taylor, Ed.D.
Specialist in organizational development, finance, strategic planning, and governmental relations.