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Arthur "Chip" DeLorenzo, Executive
Chip DeLorenzo came to Damariscotta Montessori
School in 2001 as the school's Executive Director. The following year Chip started the school's elementary program and
is currently the Executive Director of the school. Before coming to DMS, he was a Head Teacher at the
Children's International School (now Bowman International School) in Palo Alto,
CA and the Middle School Director at the Bowie Montessori Children's House in
Bowie, Maryland. Chip received his Bachelor's degree from Hampton University
and his Masters degree in Education from Endicott College. He holds Montessori
credentials for Early Childhood (ages 3-6), Elementary I (ages 6-9) and
Elementary II (ages 9-12), and has advanced training in Montessori adolescent
programs. Chip and his wife Sondra live in Newcastle with their sons Quinn,
Nicholas, and Peter.
Joe Harris, Middle School Teacher
Joe is the Middle School Teacher at Damariscotta
Montessori School. Joe will be working in partnership with Chip DeLorenzo to
develop and implement the Montessori Erdkinder (“earth school”) at DMS. Joe
believes his calling is to work with adolescents and young adults in an
educational capacity—work that he has enjoyed in a many capacities. Joe received
his Bachelor of Science degree from Granite State College, and has completed
graduate work with the University of Southern Maine (USM) and Fitchburg State
College. Joe attended North American Montessori Teacher’s Association (NAMTA)
Adolescent Training in Concord, Ohio, including 2 weeks at the Hershey Farm
School for certification to support development of the new adolescent program.
Joe comes to Damariscotta Montessori from York High
School where he has worked both in the traditional classroom as well as with
special needs students. He is certified to teach English and Social Studies. In
addition, he has served as a youth counselor and private tutor. Joe is
well-rounded and takes a hands-on, pragmatic approach. He has a background in
business, journalism, photography and program support for public broadcasting.
He serves as a member of the Community Advisory Board for Maine Public
Broadcasting and believes strongly in “giving back”.
Joe and his wife Lisa are no strangers to
Montessori philosophy. They have two children, Josh and Garrett, who both began
early childhood programs at Montessori schools; at ages 2 ½ and 3 respectively.
They have been participants at several Montessori schools and are strong
believers in child-led education. Before relocating to Maine in 2006, Joe and
his wife had a farm in Alton, NH, where they experimented with organic gardening
practices and raising chickens and enjoying the land. When not working, Joe
enjoys hiking, camping, and biking with his family, and has a passion for
current events, politics, music and photography.
Karen Bickmore, Upper Elementary, Head Teacher
Bickmore started with DMS in 2008 the head teacher of the Upper Elementary
program, also known as the Osprey's nest. Prior to teaching at Damariscotta
Montessori School, Karen was the head teacher in the 9-12 classroom at the
Children's House Montessori School in Camden for seven years. She attended the
University of Maine and received a degree in Elementary Education. Karen
completed her Montessori training in New York and is certified in both lower and
upper elementary. Karen enjoys sports and has coached high school basketball,
softball, and field hockey. She also loves reading and spending time with her
family. Her two children, Jake and Mackenzie, both attend DMS.
Shawnaly Tabor, Lower Elementary Head Teacher
Tabor is one of the lead teachers in the DMS Lower Elementary program. She grew
up in the shadow of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park (otherwise known
as Glacier Park). She attended Woodland Montessori School in Kalispell, Montana,
from pre-school through sixth grade, making many life-long friends and learning
a variety of valuable skills, both academic and practical. While attending
college she spent time volunteering with the local literacy center, CASA, and
her son’s daycare.
Mrs. Tabor realized her passion
for working with children through her volunteer work and experiences with her
own family. However, it was her early memories and lasting impressions of being
a Montessori student that lead her to teach and ultimately pursue a career as a
Montessori teacher. After earning a B.A. in Education, Mrs. Tabor went on to
attain an AMS Montessori teaching credential for Lower Elementary. She also
holds public school licenses for K-8 in both Montana and Maine.
Along with her husband and son,
Mrs. Tabor made the 3,000 mile journey across the country from Kalispell, MT to
Maine to teach at DMS. They currently reside in Nobleboro; missing the
mountains, but loving the people, ocean, trees and culture of the Maine coast.
Allison Roberts, Primary Assistant Teacher
Allison Roberts is the Assistant Teacher in the Loon’s Nest. She hails from
Woodville Maine, a very small northern town with a population of about 250
people and is surrounded by, you guessed it--lots of woods! She spent lots of
time hiking and exploring the Maine woods, fishing, swimming, kayaking, and lots
of other outdoor activities.
Allison holds a bachelors degree from the University of Maine at Orono where she
majored in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Child Devlopment.
She has been at the Damariscotta Montessori School since 2008, and lives in
Damariscotta with her two cats and husband Allan, who is employed at his
family's locally owned business, The Lincoln County News. When not at DMS,
Allison enjoys reading, singing, playing guitar and piano, and spending time
with her family. One of her favorite pastimes is to go fishing on Damariscotta
Lake with her husband Allan, and just for one day, be able to catch more fish
than him--just once.
Chrissy de Kanter-Bellows, Primary Assistant Teacher
Kimberley Tolley, School Administrator
been part of Kim's life for the last 15 years.
Kim has worked at DMS as the school administrator
for the past several years, but she is also a certified
Montessori primary teacher and a mom to three
Montessori educated daughters, all
currently in elementary.
Kim graduated from Northeastern University with a business degree
and worked for an international consulting firm called IdeaScope Associates. The firm,
with offices in Boston and San Francisco, specialized in helping Fortune
50 companies develop plans for long term strategic innovation. Starting
out as their Director of Operations, she soon became
a principal and part owner of the firm. Part of the mission as officers of the firm was to help
smaller non-profit organizations develop strategic plans to help them
flourish, and Kim became closely involved with the board of the Creative Education
Foundation and The Thinking Center. It was through her pro bono work with these
two groups that she met many Montessori teachers and became intrigued with the
simplicity and effectiveness of the Montessori
philosophy. Kim served as a board member of the Thinking Center for four years
and taught classes along side Montessori teachers at the Creative Problem Solving
Institute and The Thinking Lab, and even guest lectured at the Harvard Business
School on the topic of entrepreneurship and strategic innovation.
Kim met Michael—a very handsome sea captain--in Maine and fell in
love. Just after her partners sold the consulting
firm, Kim and Michael got married, traveled the world
and had twin girls, all within a year! It was while
she was pregnant with her third daughter that
certification to become a
Montessori primary teacher. She studied in Boston and put in classroom time at
the Kingsley Montessori School. Kim's family moved from Boston
to mid-coast Maine, settled down with
their little girls and rest is history. The Tolley family
enjoys traveling, camping, sailing, performing (badly), and laughing together.