Michelle Edwards – Toddler Head Teacher
Michelle Edwards joined WHMS in the fall of 2012 as Head Toddler Teacher of our most recent program. Before coming to WHMS, Michelle was a well-respected Head Toddler Teacher at Our World Montessori. She has been working with toddlers for the past four years. Prior to her work at Our World, Michelle was a tenured elementary teacher in Texas and Niskayuna. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Grove City College in Pennsylvania, and CMTE Toddler Certification.
Marion Heller – Toddler Head Teacher
Marion works as the Head Toddler teacher in the morning. Marion has been an early childhood educator for 35 years. Her prior Montessori experience includes working with Nancy Hillengas in a Primary classroom for five years, in a bilingual Montessori Primary classroom in Germany for one year, and four years as a Toddler Assistant Teacher with Michelle Edwards. She also has a variety of early childhood teaching and administrative experience: at Temple Israel Early Childhood Center (Toddler teacher), SUNY System Administration (Coordinator of Child Care Services), Skidmore College Child Care Center (Director) and Pierce Hall Daycare (Administrative Assistant and Interim Director). Marion has a bachelor’s in Early Childhood and a master’s in Infant and Toddler behavior and development, with additional advanced work in day care administration. She has also completed CMTE Toddler certification.
Christine (Tina) Claus – Toddler Assistant Teacher
Tina joined the team of the Toddler classroom in 2013. Tina previously worked for three years at Our World Montessori School where she was Michelle Edwards’ assistant. She has a college degree from the Berufsbildende Schule Donnersbergkreis in Rockenhausen, Germany and graduated from the Nordpfalz-Gymnasium Kirchheimbolanden in Germany.
Ashley Fuda – Toddler Assistant Teacher
Ashley Fuda has joined the Toddler teachers, and is working in both the morning and afternoon sessions. Ashley has a bachelor's in early childhood education from the College of Saint Rose. Before coming to Woodland Hill, she worked as a Head Start teacher in Nassau for four years.