Our Staff

Ann Marie Simonetti (Executive Director) attended Shippensburg University where she was a graduate assistant in the Teacher Education Department, and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She holds a Montessori Certificate from the International Montessori Council and a Pennsylvania Teaching Certificate. She began teaching in 2009 after discovering a passion for early childhood education during her time as a private nanny.

Prior to teaching, Ann Marie worked on the Main Line of Philadelphia utilizing her degree in Hospitality Management as a Sales Manager and Wedding Consultant. Her three daughters have all attended Montessori school and enjoy dance, horse back riding, and playing with their beloved hairless cat. Ann Marie enjoys teaching group fitness classes, running, reading, and sewing.

Kyung Sharon (Montessori Directress) was born and raised in Seoul, Korea. Kyung graduated from Chung-Ang University in Seoul, where she trained to teach English to Korean high school students. After marrying an American and relocating to the U.S, she took her Montessori training at the Maryland Center for Montessori Studies in Lutherville. Kyung is an experienced and seasoned Montessori professional. Her Montessori experience includes working as a Directress at the Early Childhood Learning Center Montessori School in Seoul for three years, an assistant at the Love of Learning School in Ellicott City for a year, and then as a teacher’s assistant at the Global Children’s Montessori School in Columbia for four years. Kyung joined Bryant Woods Montessori Children’s House as a Directress In 2012. She very much enjoys her work with the children. She derives pleasure in seeing their development and looks forward to another productive school year.

Joanne Alme posses a wide range of musical talents including playing the oboe, English horn, and saxophone. She studied Music Performance and Music Education at the University of Kansas, and earned her Masters of Education in Early Childhood Education at SUNY Purchase. During her studies, she was introduced to Montessori philosophy and methodology.  Alme completed Montessori training through Saint Nicholas and received certification with a focus in Early Childhood Education and Music Education.

Her education and experiences have shaped her desire to educate young children and to bring music education to all ages and skill levels. When she is not playing an instrument or teaching, Alme enjoys being outside with her husband and two children. She is often running, swimming, or biking in preparation for her next marathon or triathlon.