Valerie DeCrescenzo, Outdoor Classroom Specialist
The Outdoor classroom (located on the Primary-aged side of the school) is one of the most desired spaces to be in on campus. Children cannot get enough of the art, nature and science jobs they experience in that space. The architect and facilitator of the outdoor classroom is Ms. Valerie. Having joined FMS in 2001, Valerie is one of our original staff members. She cams to FMS with over 25 years of experience in education. Valerie holds a BS in Psychology and has an Early Childhood Teaching Certificate from the American Montessori Society. She loves Montessori because: “We can teach to the individual; we are all different and children learn at the pace that is right for them.”
Melissa Martin, Music Specialist
One of FMS’s original teachers, Melissa has taught in every grade level (except middle school) and is applying both her education and love of music to her current role as Music Specialist. Melissa joined the FMS staff in 2001 with 10 years teaching experience. She holds a BS in Elementary Education with a Minor in Music. Melissa is Montessori certified in Lower Elementary and also has her Orff Music Certification, Levels 1 and 2. Orff Music training emphasizes “active music making through singing, playing instruments, speech and movement.” Melissa’s discerning eye and sharp mind elevates and inspires her students to be the best that they can be. She has been a huge support to our music program over the years and will do all she can to inspire and help the children create their own love of music.