To Our School Community,

It is with pleasure that I announce the hiring of Corey Hadden as our new Montessori Middle School teacher.  Corey is a Montessori-trained and experienced middle school teacher and an apprentice trainer on the staff at the Cincinnati Montessori Secondary Teacher Education Program.  He is trained in mindfulness work with children, as well as having many years of experience with Outward Bound.  We are very excited to have found a teacher with his combination of enthusiasm, training and experience to help us launch our middle school program.

I want to thank the Middle School Hiring Committee (Elizabeth Dunaway, Debra Thompson, Tiffany Jewell and Laura Frogameni) for their many, many hours of work and reflection as we reviewed resumes, interviewed candidates, checked references,and selected two outstanding finalists as we looked for the person who would be the best fit for our school. This is a groundbreaking decision for our school and each member of this team understood that importance as we moved through this process.

As part of this process, staff, UE parents, UE students, alumni students and board members met and worked with our finalists. I want to thank them all for their time and thoughts.

Corey will be working with us on a weekly basis from his home in North Carolina and he and his family expect to move here towards the end of the summer. Corey and his family have roots in the New England area.


A few words from Corey:

“My family and I could not be more excited to join the community and the Montessori School of Northampton! Our family is from Asheville, North Carolina, but I’m returning to my roots; I was a Montessori child through Lower El in Connecticut and I attended high school in Northfield, MA. My partner, Betsy, is a labor and delivery nurse. She’s lived in the South most of her life and is especially excited about this next adventure. Our oldest daughter, Nona, is eight years old, has a huge heart and a thirst for adventure. She’s the best thing that has ever happened to us. Her younger sister, Tru, short for Trula, will turn two at the end of the summer. Tru is just about the funniest person I have ever met and is our little ball of love.

I’m especially excited and thankful for the opportunity to help launch the middle school program. It’s an incredible opportunity for all of us, and I feel fortunate that we have a whole year to put our heads together and create something magical. I look forward to getting to know the staff and families, especially your kids, and working with each of you to make this happen.

See you in August!”


We expect to set up an opportunity for you to meet Corey at the end of the summer.  I know you will join me in welcoming Corey and his family to our community.


Susan Swift

Head of School