Our Mission and History

 

Greene Towne Montessori School instills in young children an understanding of learning as a personal process, a sense of agency in building self and community, and the joy of possibility.


“I can do it!”

 

Greene Towne was founded by a small group of families dedicated to the Montessori method, led to the charge by Portia and Otto Sperr. Doors opened in the fall of 1966 at Saint Clement's Church with the goal to have a "racially, religiously, and economically integrated school."  

 

In the fall of 2001, after 35 years leasing space in Saint Clement's Church, Greene Towne moved to what is now our East campus on Arch Street in a century-old building designed for us by architect Ed Bronstein.  In the fall of 2008, we opened our West campus on Croskey Street.

Visit Us

2121 Arch Street

Philadelphia, PA 19103

 

Call Us

215-563-6368

 

Email Us

info@gtms.org

PORTRAIT OF A GREENE TOWNE GRADUATE: THOUGHTFUL
GTMS graduates observe, experiment, and ask questions. They take time to process what they are learning and seek adult input when they don’t understand something
PORTRAIT OF A GREENE TOWNE GRADUATE: DETERMINED
Given the autonomy to evaluate their own progress, GTMS students typically persevere at a task until they have done their very best.
PORTRAIT OF A GREENE TOWNE GRADUATE: INDEPENDENT
Graduates understand how to follow directions and participate cooperatively in a group.
PORTRAIT OF A GREENE TOWNE GRADUATE: COMPETENT
GTMS graduates have absorbed a wide range of knowledge and information, have mastered practical and academic skills, and know how to negotiate social situations.
PORTRAIT OF A GREENE TOWNE GRADUATE: CONFIDENT
GTMS graduates have spent years in a dynamic multi-age community, growing from school novices to classroom leaders.
PORTRAIT OF A GREENE TOWNE GRADUATE: CURIOUS
GTMS graduates enjoy the process of discovery. They are excited to try something new, and approach novel experiences with confidence.
PORTRAIT OF A GREENE TOWNE GRADUATE: CREATIVE
Montessori creativity emerges from each child’s unique imagination, supported by abilities mastered and an environment that nurtures freedom and autonomy.
PORTRAIT OF A GREENE TOWNE GRADUATE: RESPECTFUL
GTMS graduates understand how to conduct themselves with consideration and grace in a community setting.
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Our Community

The GTMS Parent Association

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Diversity at GTMS

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50 Years of Greene Towne

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GTMS Board of Trustees

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Our Strategic Plan

Click below to read the summary of our Strategic Plan, 2015.

Strategic Plan 

Administration

Sarah Sweeney-Denham
Head of School
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Christine Booth
Montessori Director & Dean of Faculty
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Bonnie Clark
Director of Development
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Eileen Doyle
Senior Administrative Assistant, East
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Deb Edmonds
Senior Administrative Assistant, West
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Erika Goldberg
Director of Enrollment Management & Constituent Relations
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David Hudson
Director of Facilities
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Megan Larson
Auxiliary Administrative Assistant, West
Nicole Leapheart
Director of Communications and Marketing
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Jasmine Perez Quezada
Auxiliary Administrative Assistant, East
Christina Schweingruber
Development Assistant/PM Administrative Assistant-West
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Lead Teachers 

Katie Brown
Primary Lead Teacher
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Maggie McCaffrey
Primary ADM Lead Teacher
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Desiree McNeill
Toddler Lead Teacher
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Michelle Nowacky
Toddler Coordinator; Toddler Lead Teacher
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Brandon Och
Primary Lead Teacher, Primary Coordinator
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Jamie Peteraf
Primary ADM Lead Teacher, Primary Coordinator
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Olivia Powers
Toddler ADM Lead Teacher, PM
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Cherise Sistrunk
Toddler Coordinator, Toddler Lead Teacher, Summer Camp Director
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Patrick Sutch
Primary Lead Teacher
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Dominique Wells-Moats
Toddler ADM Lead Teacher, AM
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Jen Bonwell
Primary Lead Teacher
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Assistants and Specialists

Jena Barton
Movement Teacher
Erin Buonadonna
Primary Assistant Teacher
Ben Cohen
Toddler Assistant Teacher
Alexis Crum
Toddler Assistant Teacher
Maeve Haney
Toddler Assistant Teacher
Gina Kalesse
Primary Assistant Teacher
Leniece Linder
Toddler ADM Assistant Teacher (AM)
Matt Loreti
Primary ADM Assistant Teacher (AM)
Emily Martin
Toddler Assistant Teacher
Kathryn Miles
Primary Assistant Teacher
Diana Mousetis
Primary ADM Assistant, ADM Art Teacher
Sara Pasquarello
Primary Assistant Teacher
Kim Siegel
Toddler House Chef
Chrisnetta Warah
Primary ADM Assistant Teacher
Allison Wiedman
Primary ADM Assistant
Anne Williams
Toddler Assistant Teacher
Naoki Yoshida
Toddler ADM Assistant Teacher (AM)

Professional Staff Photos courtesy of Anna Chandra Photography