Get to know our incredible teachers!
Darlene Boucher has owned and operated Montessori pre-schools and toddler programs in Massachusetts for the past thirty years. She believes the Montessori approach to early education is one of the most valuable ways to inspire creativity and independence within a child. Her schools challenge the status quo for early education, by offering beautiful classroom environments with excellent student teacher ratios. Darlene received her degree in Early Childhood Education from Worcester State University and her Montessori Preprimary Certification from the Northeast Montessori Institute at Boston College. Darlene enjoys sailing, traveling and spending time with her family.
Karaline Smith joined the Acton Montessori School in early 2012. She presently helps run the school's Summer Program by developing its schedule and curriculum. Karaline holds a MA in Early Childhood Education from The University of Connecticut.
As an Acton-Boxborough High School graduate, Karaline was actively involved in local programs such as The Best Buddies special needs program. At Acton-Boxborough High School Karaline was elected president of the school’s student council for both junior and senior years. At the University of Connecticut and Acton Montessori, Karaline has gained excellent classroom experience and always brings her knowledge and energy to AMS.
As a former Montessori student, Zachary Boucher believes in the incredible approach a Montessori education provides children. Zach helps manage administrative duties at both The Acton Montessori School and The Montessori Country Day School in Holden, MA. Much of the success Zach has had in life he attributes to his Montessori education. He has been a member of the US Freestyle Ski Team, graduated with honors from The Colorado College and has enjoyed a successful career in software sales. Zach believes the style and approach his Montessori education provided him built the foundation and confidence to a successful, multifaceted life. You will often here him say, "a Montessori education is one of the best investments parents could ever make for their child."
Maryellen DiPalo has 20 years as a preschool lead teacher in Massachusetts. She holds a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Boston College. Maryellen also holds a degree in Psychology from Boston University. Maryellen and her family have lived in Acton, MA for 18 years and love our community. In her free time, Maryellen enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and cheering her kids on with their sports.
Laura Donovan is passionate about teaching and tennis. She graduated in 2012 with a degree in Early Childhood Education from Plymouth State University. Laura brings her positive energy to Acton Montessori everyday, and both students and parents adore her enthusiasm and passion for teaching. Laura's career in education is as bright as her smile, and if she is not teaching at Acton Montessori you'll find her coaching at the Marcus Lewis Tennis Center in Acton. When Laura has spare time, she loves traveling, taking road trips and playing more tennis!
YanLi Wei has been a teacher at Acton Montessori for three years, and comes to us with a degree in Elementary Education from China. YanLi has taught in many of our local elementary schools and enriches our AMS classroom with both Montessori and Mandarin. In her free time, Yanni loves to garden and travel with her family.