Middle School


Arlene Dreitzer, E1 Head Teacher (Language Arts), Reading Specialist

Arlene has been at FMS for nine years and has 42 years of teaching experience. She is also the language arts teacher and reading specialist. She has a BA and an MS and has completed an additional 30 credits above her Master’s degree. She enjoys etymology, history and gardening. Her favorite thing about Montessori is the “freedom to facilitate learning.”

Erica Sherlock, E1 Head Teacher (Math, Science and History), Middle School Grade Level Head

Erica has been at FMS for six years and has 13 years of experience in the educational field. She has a BA in psychology, an MS in special education and a M.Ed in school counseling. She is also a teacher trainer for Thinking Maps and Write … From the Beginning. Erica enjoys scrapbooking, writing and spending time with family. Says Erica: “I love the way the Montessori philosophy lends to independent and critical thinkers who take learning into their own hands.”

Marian Rusche, E1 Support Teacher

In addition to being a support teacher in E1, Marian will also be helping in the Outdoor Classroom and in primary aftercare. She has eight years of teaching experience and also has experience as a writer, editor and professional photographer. She has been involved with FMS for several years as a parent, FMS volunteer library coordinator and FMS aftercare teacher. She holds a BA in English and anthropology; stays busy as a mom of two boys; and enjoys photography, travel and reading Victorian literature. She says: “I love the way Montessori encourages children to explore their interests and to discover that learning is its own reward.”