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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Jennifer Coulter
Montessori Director & Dean of Faculty
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Bonnie Clark
Director of Development
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Lindsay De La Fuente
Business Manager
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Eileen Doyle
Senior Administrative Assistant, East
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James Esposito
Auxiliary Assistant, West
Erika Goldberg
Director of Enrollment Management & Constituent Relations
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Vishica Gwendolen
Administrative Assistant, East
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David Hudson
Director of Facilities
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Danielle Landy
Senior Administrative Assistant, West
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Nicole Leapheart
Director of Communications and Marketing
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Christina Schweingruber
Development Assistant/PM Administrative Assistant-West
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Lead Teachers 

Katie Brown and Jean Prestas
Primary Co-Lead Teachers, Katie Brown - Primary Coordinator
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Laura Connor
Toddler 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 ADM Lead Teacher
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Brandon Och
Primary Lead Teacher, Primary Coordinator
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Jamie Peteraf
Primary ADM Lead Teacher
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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
Toddler ADM Lead Teacher
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Jen Wollman
Primary Lead Teacher
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Assistants and Specialists

John Broomall
Music Enrichment Teacher
Erin Buonadonna
Primary Assistant Teacher
Erica Carlson
Primary ADM Assistant
Elizabeth Croce
Toddler ADM Assistant Teacher (PM)
Alexis Crum
Toddler Assistant Teacher
Julian Freedman
Movement Enrichment
Anja Golden
Toddler ADM Assistant (Nowacky)
Maeve Haney
Toddler Assistant Teacher
Sydney Lamoureux
Toddler Assistant Teacher
Emily Martin
Toddler Assistant Teacher
Diana Mousetis
Primary ADM Assistant, ADM Art Teacher
Kim Siegel
Toddler House Chef
Chrisnetta Warah
Primary ADM Assistant Teacher
Allison Wiedman
Primary ADM Assistant
Anne Williams
Toddler Assistant Teacher

Professional Staff Photos courtesy of Anna Chandra Photography