News & Events

  • Upcoming Montessori at the Forbes Library

    Continue reading →
  • Upcoming Middle School Information Sessions
    Montessori School of Northampton
    51 Bates Street
    Northampton MA 01060

    Continue reading →
  • Analyzing & Understanding Systemic Racism

    The Montessori School of Northampton invites you to take the next step in your work to end racism. Register today for the Crossroads Anti-Racism Training “Analyzing & Understanding Systemic Racism” to be held August 24-26, 2018. Early Bird registration has been extended to the end of May. Workshop is limited to 40 participants. Reserve your space today!

    Continue reading →
  • We Need Diverse Books Book Fair & Playground Party

    We Need Diverse Books Book Fair & Playground Party: The Montessori School of Northampton and the Odyssey Bookshop present this fun event for families on Saturday, May 12, from 10 AM to 1 PM. The day will feature a presentation by author Samantha Berger and illustrator Mike Curato at 11 AM, as well as fun activities including face painting, bubbles, and an obstacle course. The school, located at 51 Bates Street, enrolls students from 18 months through 14 years, and will be open for tours and information. Join us and expand your library of diverse books! Light refreshments will be served. Open to the public; free admission; rain or shine. For more information call (413) 586-4538 or visit

    Continue reading →
  • Gazette Article on MSN Anti-Bias / Anti-Racism Work
    Hello Everybody, I want to pass along a link to an article about our school that is on the front page of the Education section of today’s Daily Hampshire Gazette.  I hope you can take a few moments to read about some of our work and commitment to deepen our awareness and strengthen our commitment to Anti-Bias and Anti-Racist practices.  This is big work with uncertain outcomes, but this work is very much in alignment with our aspirations for the children and families we serve here at MSN.
    If you are so moved, please spread the word about the work we do and share this article.

    Continue reading →
  • Meet Our New Head of School

    For the Gazette

    Tuesday, June 06, 2017
    Mark Dansereau sees his new position as head of the Montessori School of Northampton as a homecoming.

    “It’s familiar turf,” he said of western Massachusetts. “Northampton and the surrounding area is a real special place.”

    A Massachusetts native, Dansereau has worked primarily with Montessori schools, first in Hawaii, where he founded two Montessori programs in the early 1980’s, and, for the last 25 years, in Connecticut.

    Effective July 1, Dansereau will replace Susan Swift at Montessori School of Northampton. Swift is retiring after serving as head of the school for over 20 years.

    Dansereau was selected after a six-month search. Candidates from as far away as Hong Kong were interviewed for the position. In the end, Dansereau won over the seven-member hiring committee with his collaborative approach, listening skills and Montessori background, said board president Elizabeth Dunaway.

    Dansereau was born in Worcester and received his bachelor’s degree in comparative arts from Worcester’s Clark University. He currently serves as the director of the middle school at The Montessori School in Wilton, Connecticut, a position he has held since 2015.

    He said he appreciates the “children first” model of a Montessori education that allows students to make developmentally appropriate choices and follow their interests rather than adhering to a strict curriculum.

    “In that choice-making is where learning and growth happen and where passions are found,” said Dansereau of the Montessori approach.

    Dansereau will be the school’s fifth head since its founding in 1976. Swift has been in the position for the last 22 years. She is a fixture at the school, serving as the public face and greeting students and families every morning from the school’s front porch.

    “Mark has his work cut out for him,” said Dunaway. But, she said, he brings a lot of middle school experience that will move the new middle school program forward.

    Currently, 122 students are enrolled at Montessori School of Northampton in pre-kindergarten, elementary and middle school programs.

    Dansereau said he is excited to join the school community and described the school’s students as “so generous and welcoming, open and thoughtful about matters large and small.”

    “It is clear that (the school) has its rudder deep in the water regarding how it serves the growth and well-being of its students,” he said.

    Continue reading →
  • MSN Announces New Head of School

    A Wealth of Experience

    Montessori School of Northampton Names Mark Dansereau as New Head of School Following National Search

    May 31, 2017, Northampton, MA—The Montessori School of Northampton is thrilled to announce that Mark Dansereau of Milford, CT, will become its new Head of School on July 1. Mr. Dansereau, who is currently Director of Middle School at The Montessori School in Wilton, was selected after a rigorous six-month national search. He will replace Susan Swift, who is retiring this summer after over two decades of leadership.

    Dansereau is a passionate and innovative educator with a wealth of experience in Montessori pedagogy and a dedication to creating school environments where children become leaders in their own learning.  For 30 years — including 10 years as Co-Head of Connecticut Friends School in Wilton – Dansereau has been a lead teacher, administrator and trainer of teachers. He has helped to shepherd schools through times of expansion and transition, and has a demonstrated commitment to outreach and fostering diversity. According to board chair Elizabeth Dunaway, these were all vital factors in Montessori School of Northampton’s decision to offer him the position of Head of School.

    “This is a period of tremendous growth and change for MSN,” Dunaway explains. “In the past year, we have celebrated our 40th anniversary, launched Northampton’s only independent Middle School program, and built and opened a stunning new Upper School building. We’ve also undertaken serious work with staff, students and families around social justice, deepened our gender equity, anti-racist and peace curricula, and begun a new tradition of hosting a family-friendly LGBTQ Pride party for the wider community. And last but not least, we’re saying goodbye to our beloved Susan Swift. Mark has not just the professional knowledge to guide us through all of that — he has the heartfelt desire to embrace new possibilities, to help create our children’s future.”

    For his part, Mr. Dansereau says that he was deeply impressed by the students he met on his visits to MSN. “The children and adolescents are so generous and welcoming, open and thoughtful about matters large and small. It is clear that MSN has its rudder deep in the water regarding how it serves the growth and well-being of its students.” Dansereau, who was born in Worcester and attended Granby kindergarten, sees his move to the Pioneer Valley as a meaningful and inspiring return, for both him and his wife, who graduated from Smith College. “We are both excited to come back to our educational homes,” he said.

    The Montessori School of Northampton enrolls students from the ages of 18 months through 14 years.  In addition to its flagship campus at 51 Bates Street where toddler through Lower Elementary classes are housed, the school has just opened an Upper School building at 42 Bates Street for their Upper Elementary and Middle School programs.  More information on the school can be found at or by calling (413) 586-4538.


    Media contact:

    Kathy Murri
    Business Manager
    Montessori School of Northampton
    51 Bates Street, Northampton, MA  01060
    (413) 586-4538 x102 phone
    (413) 586-7047 fax

    Continue reading →
  • Head of School Hiring Announcement

    Dear MSN community,

    After months of working together the Head of School Search Committee is excited and proud to announce that Mark Dansereau has been offered and has accepted the Headship at our school beginning Summer 2017.

    I want to take this opportunity to thank those of you who joined us during the site visit days. Your observations and feedback helped to inform our decision.

    The search committee conducted a thorough nationwide search and upheld recommendations from the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS.) We consulted hiring firms and other resources from the independent school world as needed during our search process.

    Mark brings with him nearly 30 years of educational experience, much of it within the Montessori pedagogy.  He is currently the Director of the Middle School program at The Montessori School in Wilton, CT. Mark was a Co-Head of school for nearly 10 years and a Head of School at that same institution for one year.

    With the support of the Board of Trustees we feel confident that Mark will uphold the values of our Montessori school and will confidently guide us into the future by:

    • Leading our school with clear, calm energy, and intelligence
    • Exciting and challenging teachers and staff with his depth of Montessori understanding and significant experience in faculty and staff support in his previous post
    • Inspiring and centering our community with his focused, hardworking manner
    • Handling difficult situations and supporting families with compassion
    • Navigating institutional change with a seeking heart and a launchpad of prior experience in diversity & equity matters and outreach

    Here is a note from Mark:

    Dear Members of the Montessori School of Northampton Community,

     I am honored and excited to be joining you as head of school starting next summer.  I am humbled to follow Susan Swift and be part of MSN’s now 40+ year history. I look forward to meeting and getting to know you all, to learning about MSN’s lived identity and mission, to rolling up my sleeves and taking up the big work…with the excellent school board, the can do anything required administration, the talented and dedicated faculty…your children. 

     My wife Helen and I are excited to come to our educational homes.  I was born in Worcester and started my formal education in kindergarten in Granby, never to leave school since!  Helen was a Latin American literature major at Smith College and uses her fluency in Spanish every day in the emergency room at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital.  Her enthusiasm for our move back to the Pioneer Valley bolsters my confidence in the right fit of this big life change for the both of us.

     The Head of School Search Committee and all the members of the MSN community that I met on my two-day visit to the school in November, especially the children and young adolescents, were so generous and welcoming, open and thoughtful about matters great and small at the Montessori School of Northampton.  It is clear MSN is a school that has its rudder deep in the water regarding how it serves the growth and well-being of its children…its reason for being.

     While I am fully engaged in my responsibilities at my current school for the next six months, I look forward to getting a running start learning more about MSN, its history, the hopes and aspirations of its stakeholders, news of the opening of your new building/campus. I expect to be in close contact with members of the school community over the coming months as a designated transition committee deems appropriate. 

     All the best,


    I invite you to join me, and our committee, in warmly welcoming Mark and his wife Helen to our school and community.

    My very best and happy holidays to you and your families,

    Kelly Minton

    Chair, Head of School Search Committee

    Continue reading →
  • Campus Expansion Update #3
    To Our MSN Community,

    Lots of pictures this week!  They are working on the last of the interior footings, the perimeter drainage and then back filling on the exterior.

    Waterproofing on the concrete walls, and adding stone for drainage
    Drainage pipe which will be covered with stone and landscape fabric before backfill
    Preparing for the slab, note the elevator pit in the foreground
    More stone, and drainage pipe under slab
    Compacted earth and crushed stone for a good slab base
    Back on campus, the school is finishing its last summer program week and then next week we are closed for the building to get a thorough cleaning!
    Enjoy these last few weeks before the beginning of school!
    Take care,
    Susan Swift
    Head of School
    Continue reading →
  • Campus Expansion Update #2
    August 4, 2016
    To Our MSN Community,
    It’s been two weeks since we last shared our progress with you.  Shrubs have been removed, holes have been dug and the foundation is being laid!  It is so amazing to watch our new building slowly take shape, even below the ground.  If you have the chance to stop by, a reminder that you are looking at the lower level not the main floor where the classrooms will be.  But you can see the basic outline for Upper Elementary on the left side of the whole structure and  the basic outline of Middle School on the right.
    I want to thank Renaissance Builders for sending along these pictures to share with all of you.

    July 2016  July 2016   july 2016

    They are pouring the walls today!  This picture shows many of the forms around the building into which the concrete will be poured.

    As I shared last time the Learning Cottage will become the temporary Upper School building this fall.  Walls have been reconfigured to accommodate  a larger Upper Elementary class with plenty of room for Middle School on the other side. However, the pictures I sent you last time were both of the Middle School classroom.  Below you will see pictures of the Upper El space.  It is on the left hand side of the Learning Cottage with more space and a recessed area for a cubby space.

    Upper El

    Expect the next update around August 18th with further  pictures and information on how we are doing! If you have any questions you would like me to answer, please reply to this post.
    Great happenings ahead!
    Take care,
    Susan Swift
    Head of School
    Continue reading →
  • Campus Expansion Update #1

    To Our MSN Community,

    Beginning today, every two weeks we are hoping to share with you the exciting changes that are happening this summer and fall!

    As many of you know on June 17th we had our ceremonial groundbreaking. Our community was joined by board and staff, current and alumni families, as well as our neighbors. We were also joined by key players who are instrumental in making this happen. This includes Greenfield Savings Bank, Jody Barker, our architect, Jesse Moreno from Pro Terra Design and Stephen Renwald from Renaissance Builders.

    Since then the school has received the final building permit to begin construction. As there is currently no water, sewer or electricity on the property, building is not just about excavating and building, but tapping into those resources from the street. There is a lot of preliminary work before we get started!

    We understand that tomorrow they will be cutting brush, and expect to start digging for the foundation next week. And then hopefully they will begin to pour the foundation by the end of the week. The work begins! You are welcome to park in our lot and check out the work from our side of the street any time. It’s always fun to watch big equipment at work!

    So the next question that comes up is-where do the Upper Elementary and Middle School students go until they move in? Our expected move-in date is after the new year (and I will keep you abreast of any changes in that) but there are 25+ students and staff who need a home.

    The Learning Cottage will become the temporary Upper School building this fall. Walls have been reconfigured to accommodate a larger Upper Elementary class with plenty of room for Middle School on the other side. Here are a couple of pictures to get a sense of the new configuration.

    UE classroom
    Upper El Class

    MS classroom
    MS Class

    UE classroom
    Upper El Class
    MS classroom
    MS Class
    Staff worked collectively at the end of the year to ensure that there were homes for our other programs that have been taking advantage of that space.

    To give you a preview:
    Early Bird: Will use UE space when the weather is not good.
    Montessori Toddler-Will be in their classroom.
    Children’s House-Before we had the Learning Cottage, we rotated the After School program through the Children’s House classrooms-We are returning to that model. After School will spend about 6 weeks in each classroom.
    Elementary-Will rotate between LE1/LE2/UE on a daily basis.
    Kindergarten Meeting-Timing has been reconfigured so we can use a space in the Learning Cottage.
    The Arts– Will work in each classroom with home base (equipment, etc) being in the Learning Cottage.

    Once we move across the street, these programs will move back to their original spaces with the added advantage of having the former Upper El classroom available for Arts/Elementary After School, etc.

    Expect the next update around August 4th with pictures and information on how we are doing! If you have any questions you would like me to answer, please reply to this post. I will be away for the next week, but will respond upon my return.

    Great happenings ahead!

    Take care,
    Susan Swift
    Head of School

    Continue reading →
  • MSN parent Dahlia Nayar in Hampshire Life

    Art maker

    Dahlia Nayar | Dancer, choreographer

    Northampton dancer, teacher and choreographer Dahlia Nayar, 38, recently was awarded a grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts, through the National Dance Project, to support the touring of her most recent work, “2125 Stanley Street,” which explores notions of home.

    Hampshire Life: What will audiences experience?

    Dahlia Nayar: The audience is invited into a makeshift “home” of initially recognizable domestic objects and daily tasks that become reinvented through layers of virtuosic movement and a multilingual electronic soundscape with live cello. Slowly, a few select objects are presented: socks, clotheslines, sheets.

    One by one, these normally familiar and mundane objects become sources of revelation, nostalgia and imagination. The artists transform the clotheslines into a stringed instrument. Socks inspire virtuosic choreographed rituals or become glamorous accessories.

    Each transformation of an object involves a physical, aural and poetic layer. A soundscape is created before the audience. Pick-up mics record playback and sounds from the objects and from the space itself, manipulated and looped in a symphony that is created in real time by composer Loren Dempster.

    H.L.: What is your creative process like?

    D.N.: Each piece has multiple beginnings. I often revisit a moment of experiencing a hyper-aware state of being. This could be a memory (my mother blazing through a room, picking up socks with her toes), or an experience with nature (being captivated by waves and floods during the high-tide “acqua alta” season in Venice), or some other moment that explodes time in some way. Then I research, deconstruct, reconstruct, generate an abundance of material, then pare down. I seek unlikely sources of virtuosity. And perhaps most importantly, I collaborate.

    H.L.: How do you know you’re on the right track?

    D.N.: I don’t know that until we start sharing the work with audiences. I suppose the right track is a palpable tension/attention during a showing, whether or not the audience accepts the invitation to enter the world we are proposing.

    H.L.: What do you do when you get stuck?

    D.N.: I wait, or I push, but I’m usually dissatisfied with the result when I push. Waiting entails continuing to show up at the studio and cultivate openness and readiness, continuing to research and returning to a sense of play.

    H.L.: How do you know when a work is done?

    D.N.: I don’t know if my works are ever done. I sometimes think of each work as its own world that continues existing and evolving in my absence. What ends up being shown is just a glimpse into that world. I can always imagine new permutations of a work, years later. One work I started as a solo in 2007 became a site work three years later for nine dancers at the National Botanical Gardens in Washington, D.C. I still don’t think that work is done, but that performance at that site was the realization of what I’d hoped the work could become.

    — Kathleen Mellen

    Tour dates of “2125 Stanley Street” will be posted on Nayar’s website:

    Continue reading →

  • Parent Education Workshop Postponed

    A Snowy Day

    Due to the snow closures resulting in reshuffled schedules we are postponing this evening’s Music & Art in Montessori Parent Ed Workshop. Please save the new date: Wednesday, March 2nd. Our teachers are looking forward to presenting to you then.

    NEW DATE: Wednesday March 2nd
    Montessori Parent Education Workshop

    We have so much to share with you! From skill building lessons (cutting with scissors, how to follow the musical hand signals for play, rest and stop) to refining the senses (learning to see the gradations of color, matching the tones of bells) to exploring your creativity and personal sense of expression. Music and art in Montessori classrooms plus our Music and Art Specialists, Sujata and Barabra respectively, will share their specific programs’ goals and lessons from the toddler through elementary curriculums.
    Join us on Wednesday, March 2, from 5:15 to 7:00 pm.

    MSN Students’ Art at The Green Bean

    Kindergartner and Elementary students are displaying their art at The Green Bean, 241 Main Street, Northampton. The show will run from Wednesday, February 3rd through Tuesday, March 1st.

    This year’s project, which is influenced by our school-wide Continent Study of Africa, will be wax resistant paintings on fabric in the style of Adire Eleko textiles from Nigeria.

    Continue reading →
  • New MSN Video Page!

    Visit our NEW MSN Video page for an exciting look at our upcoming Middle School program. More new videos exploring MSN coming soon!

    Continue reading →
  • You Don’t Have to Scream: Mindfulness for Teens

    Let’s face it; being a teen can be stressful. Whether you’ve just turned thirteen or are about to  graduate from high school, are a homeschooler or a student at one of our local schools, there’s a lot of pressure on you. Your parents don’t understand you, you’ve got a lot going on with school, and everyone (including you, ahem) seems to have an opinion or expectation of you that they want to share with you right this minute. There never seems to be enough time for everything. If you’re like most teens, you probably feel overwhelmed and want to scream at least half the time (and probably do) right?

    If you’re cool with that (and who doesn’t like a good scream once in a while) and the way things are, feel free to stop reading here. If you’d like to regain some sense of control in your life, reduce your anxiety and overall level of stress, check this out: all you have to do is learn how to breathe.


    I know what you’re thinking. You think you already know how to breathe. And, you’re right, you do. Except you’ve forgotten how to do it when you most need it: when you’re anxious, worried, or angry. And all of the moments when you feel like screaming.

    Often we don’t notice our feelings until they are in our face and about to combust. It’s just those times when taking a moment to breathe can help. You see, during the evolution of our species our brain relied on these intense feelings to guide us towards safety. (And certainly, in some
    situations, this is still important.) However, for most of us, our brain often reacts to stimuli that aren’t life threatening as if they were: an upcoming test, nerves before a performance or game, relationship trouble. There’s nothing wrong with these feelings, of course, unless we allow them to control us and prevent us from taking care of ourselves and others and doing what needs to be done. In these moments, we don’t need our brain to send us signals to worry or be angry. We need our brain to remind us that we are strong, worthy, and
    capable. And breathing will help us do this.

    Taking slow deep breaths exchanges carbon dioxide for life-sustaining oxygen, slows the heartbeat, and reduces the production of stress hormones, which can result in a more peaceful state of being. And wouldn’t you rather feel relaxed than stressed out all the time?

    The next time you feel even just a little bit stressed, or worried, or whatever it happens to be, try this:

    • Close your eyes and quietly take three slow and deep breaths.
    • Focus on each breath going in and focus on each breath going out.

    Try it once more, but this time as you inhale say quietly in your mind breathing in. And as you exhale say breathing out. Do this for three breaths.

    There you go! Now you know how to breathe—breathing in and breathing out. The next time you find yourself with a feeling that is all consuming, take a moment to focus on your breathing intentionally. It even works preventatively, so if something often leaves you with a feeling that you do not want to have, you can prepare by focusing on your breathing before these feelings arise.

    Breathing in. And breathing out.

    Corey Hadden is a Montessori Middle School teacher with the Montessori School of Northampton and an Outward Bound instructor. He has taught kids of all ages (and a few adults here and there) how to breathe. Corey received his training in mindfulness through He lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.


    Continue reading →
  • Montessori Kids are Unique
    “Montessori kids are unique. They’re taught differently and they learn differently. Just ask 15 time Grammy Award-winning musician Yo-Yo Ma,…..” Read more of the Forbes Magazine article HERE

    Continue reading →
  • Employment Opportunities: Lower Elementary Teacher Maternity Leave Coverage

    Lower Elementary Teacher
    Maternity Leave Coverage

    April through June 2016

    Please click here for job description and information

    Continue reading →
  • Reading Literacy Workshop Follow-up

    Please click here for our follow-up notes from the Reading Literacy Workshop

    Continue reading →
  • MSN Middle School on WRSI

    Listen in!

    Director of Admissions Laura Frogameni and new MSN Middle School teacher Corey Hadden join Monte on WRSI to discuss our new Middle School Program and Open house!

    Continue reading →

  • Co-teaching brings strength in numbers
    Teaching is one of those jobs where you just can’t fall asleep at the wheel.

    As a teacher, what you do matters — every day, with every student, in every interaction. That’s part of what makes teaching such an enjoyable profession.

    However, because every moment matters, it’s also stressful, intense, and completely exhausting. Teaching is always at its best when the teacher is well-prepared, clear-minded, and enthusiastic.

    So how do teachers do it? How do they bring their best selves to every moment in a job that takes so much out of them?

    Well, we’ve got a secret to our success: two selves! We share two minds, two education degrees, two perspectives, two personalities, and one classroom through a co-teaching model. This fall, we will reunite for the seventh year to welcome 16 students into our Upper Elementary classroom of fourth through sixth graders at the Montessori School of Northampton.

    As more classrooms move to a co-teaching model, it may be useful for us to share the benefits we’ve experienced and the practices we’ve developed to create an optimal learning environment.

    Many teachers report feeling isolated in their classroom; there is often no other adult around for the sharing of success stories or brainstorming about difficult moments. As co-teachers, we don’t encounter this problem. In fact, one of the benefits is that we feel supported by each other — which of course results in better teaching. This support can take many forms: observing the other teacher’s lesson to give feedback, deciphering the specific assistance a student may need, or playing a role in each other’s lessons. Co-teaching offers the gift of a built-in support system that all teachers need.

    We build on our camaraderie to do the harder parts of our job, such as finding ways to appropriately challenge each learner. Last year, during a series of lessons on mathematical problem solving, we noticed a group of our students struggling with creating scale models. After conferring with each other about what they needed, one of us met with that group for a few days to practice the skill. Soon the students who had been floundering with their graph paper and models were confidently creating scales that worked, and using them to solve problems.

    Without a co-teacher, we would not have had the flexibility or resources to teach two classroom groups simultaneously. What teacher hasn’t wished to be able to clone herself to better differentiate learning?

    Not only are we partners in our shared goals and experiences, though; we each use our individuality to its fullest as well. Because we have two different backgrounds and personalities, we have vastly different strengths. In many ways, we complement each other beautifully. Marian thinks big-picture; Johanna focuses on details. Johanna loves mathematical problem solving and literature; Marian is passionate about the science of sustainability, alternative energy sources, and pollinator gardening. Marian is an artist; Johanna is a knitter.

    We’ve both brought our strengths into our classroom’s curriculum. This way, students get to experience a greater number of lessons imbued with passion and enthusiasm.

    Perhaps the greatest benefit to our students is that our co-teaching relationship is a model for them in their own interactions with each other. Our students don’t see us simply yield to each other. Instead, they witness us discussing, problem-solving, engaging in playful banter, getting excited by each other’s interests and sometimes disagreeing. When we plan our lessons together we incorporate a range of strategies, from role playing to writing to games and movement.

    Our students see us working together to create an enjoyable learning environment while they engage in new material. This translates to those times when they are asked to work with a partner. As witnesses of our positive working relationship and our daily collaborations, they have a model for working together well.

    Throughout the years we’ve established some practices that allow our co-teaching to thrive.

    We nurture our relationship and prioritize clear, friendly and respectful communication. We prioritize our scheduled meeting times for discussing students and lessons, and plan together for the future. In these moments, we work to be honest and not too agreeable. We try not to be vague in our thinking, and we are pointed in our questions so that we can be clear with each other and create consistency in the classroom.

    Mostly, we compromise. Whenever two people come together to work or pursue a common goal — and believe us, co-teaching is not so different from a marriage — compromise is inevitable. Webster’s dictionary tells us that “compromise” means that both parties make concessions, or settle for something less than desirable. But we would argue that’s not the case with our collaboration. When we compromise, we become stronger and less isolated. Our two visions become one, and that special blend of our separate selves brings a robustness and beauty to our classroom that is irreplaceable.

    Johanna Greenough and Marian Parker co-teach grades four to six at the Montessori School of Northampton. They are Teaching Consultants with the Western Massachusetts Writing Project.

    Continue reading →
  • MSN Launches Pioneer Valley’s First Montessori Middle School

    The Montessori School of Northampton, which currently serves students from toddler through 6th grade, will open the area’s first Montessori middle school program in the fall of 2016.

    This spring, the school received a grant to fund a planning year for this project, including hiring a teacher to work with the school, its students and their families to lay the groundwork, providing opportunities for individuals and groups to learn more about a Montessori middle school program and sharing with the community the uniqueness of a Montessori middle school.

    Corey Hadden of Asheville, North Carolina, has been hired as the school’s first Montessori middle school teacher.  Corey is a Montessori-trained and experienced middle school teacher and an apprentice trainer on the staff of the Cincinnati Montessori Secondary Teacher Education Program.  He has many years of experience with Outward Bound as well as work with Mindfulness training.  Susan Swift, Head of School, says:  “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.”

    The middle school program will have a strong base in Montessori education integrated with the unique experience of “going out” into the community. This combination prepares students for the next level of their education by addressing the development of the whole student through a strong academic base, opportunities for self-examination and practical experience in the community.  The teacher’s job is not only to guide the students academically, but also to work with them to help them to find their place within the school community and the greater Northampton community.

    The Montessori School of Northampton’s middle school will be the first independent middle school in Northampton, and the only Montessori middle school within a 40-mile radius.

    The Montessori School of Northampton is located at 51 Bates Street in Northampton.  It holds accreditation by both AISNE (Association of Independent Schools in New England) and AMS (American Montessori Society), and its preschool is licensed by DEEC (Department of Early Education and Care).  The school will celebrate its 40th year in the fall of 2016.

    For more information, call the school at (413) 586-4538 or visit its website at

    Continue reading →
  • Montessori: The Elementary Years

    Montessori: The Elementary Years

    Continue reading →
  • Director of Development position

    The Montessori School of Northampton is currently seeking a new Director of Development. Please visit our Employment Opportunities page for more information.

    Continue reading →
  • New MSN Store!

    From water bottles to t-shirts, wear our logo proudly!  You will find all sorts of items bearing the MSN logo! A portion of each purchase benefits our scholarship program and helps to spread the word about our fabulous school!

    Just click here to visit  our new online MSN store. Great gift ideas!

    Continue reading →
  • Daytime Tours at MSN

    Now Scheduling Daytime Tours

    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday mornings during our academic year.
    Summer tours by appointment.
    Please contact our Director of Admissions, Laura Frogameni.
    Continue reading →
  • The future of Education was invented in 1906

    Well-written article from Forbes Magazine. Click here for the full article


    ‘In fact, the future of education was invented in 1906. That’s the year Maria Montessori, who was the first female medical doctor in Italy, opened her revolutionary school. People who talk about Montessori education often talk about some of the specifics–no grades, child-size objects, students choose their own activities, the same set of materials in every classroom, etc. but that’s missing the point. Montessori education was so groundbreaking because it was the first (and only, to my knowledge), scientific education method. By which I mean the following: every other education method is based on an abstract model of the child and then derives education methods from that. Maria Montessori, a doctor and a researcher, went the other way around: she experimented with methods and, based on the results, built up a theory of the child, which she then tested and refined through experiment.’

    Continue reading →