Marsha Hirschhorn,Principal of Montessori Children’s House in Blue Bell comes to us from the former Bayt Yeladeem Children’s House, and the Beth Sholom Montessori program in Elkins Park where she served as director and lead Montessori teacher. Before discovering her passion for Montessori education, Marsha worked for 15 years as a trainer and consultant in the field of staff and organization development. As Principal, she is dedicated to supporting, serving, and further building the Montessori Children’s House community of children, families, and educators.
Marsha is an active member of the American Montessori Society, the International Montessori Foundation, and the Montessori Teachers Association of Pennsylvania, and has taught in the Montessori training program at Chestnut Hill College.
Marsha holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English/Creative Writing and Rhetoric and Communication from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master’s Degree in Speech Communication from Temple University. She earned her Montessori Early Childhood certification from the AMS (American Montessori Society.)
To Marsha, “the most important goal of a Montessori education is to prepare children to join the larger community as self-confident, joyful learners and peace-oriented citizens of the world.”
Nona Melnick, Principal of Montessori Children’s House in Horsham has been a certified Montessori teacher since 1976, Vice President for two years and President for five years of the Montessori Teacher’s Association, and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children (DVAEYC).
Nona has served as an Educational Consultant for schools in Pennsylvania and New Jersey on a private basis as well as officially representing the American Montessori Society. She has taught numerous workshops on different aspects of Montessori and has lectured at several area colleges. She is an experienced Parent/Child group leader; she has led groups at several Montessori schools, at the Parent’s Place at Chestnut Hill Hospital, and the Parent Resource Center.
Nona holds a Master’s in Education from Antioch University in Philadelphia. She has also taught in several Montessori Teacher Training Programs and is currently Co-Director of Early Childhood Education and is teaching at the Montessori Institute for Teacher Education in Wilmington, Delaware.
Nona is “grateful to the parents for allowing her and her staff to be involved in the early and very important years of the growth and development of their children.”