Gloria Lawson, Music Specialist

Gloria has been at FMS for two years. She has 36 years of experience. She has a BA and an MA in music. She is certified in the Orff Schulwerk Approach to teaching children music. Her favorite thing about Montessori is that “students are able to learn in an environment supporting independence through natural development, therefore creating an enthusiasm for learning and optimal growth.”

Angela Warren, Athletic Director/P.E. Teacher

Angela is from Pretoria, South Africa, and has three years of teaching experience. She holds a master’s degree in youth and family recreation and currently serves as the UNLV volunteer assistant track and field and cross-country coach. Angela is a three time All-American Track Athlete for Brigham Young University, and she represented South Africa in the World Junior Track & Field Championships. Her hobbies include participating in triathlons, trail running, hiking and cycling. Says Angela: “I love seeing children sprint across the field with a huge smile across their face! Physical Education in an outdoor setting brings a sense of accomplishment to a child difficult to replicate in any other environment. This sense of accomplishment builds confidence that can help children succeed in all areas of their development.”

Angela Drew, Art Specialist

Angela has been at FMS for nine years and has 12 years of experience. She has a BA in fine arts. She is also qualified in public programming and environmental curriculum. She enjoys photography, hiking and fitness. Her favorite things about Montessori include “seeing the world through the eyes of a child and learning something new each day.”

Arlene Dreitzer, 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.”


Maria Pate, Spanish Specialist

Maria has spent seven years at FMS and has 11 years of experience in education. She holds an MA in education (foreign language emphasis) and an MA in linguistics. She is Montessori certified for elementary (3-6). She enjoys basketball and dancing. Maria says: “One of the things that I love about Montessori is how a student becomes independent. He or she will do a job for their own personal satisfaction rather than to receive praise from parents and/or teachers.”

Valerie DeCrescenzo, Outdoor Classroom Specialist

Valerie has spent 12 years at FMS and has 32 years of experience in education. She holds a BS in psychology and has been trained by the American Montessori Society. She enjoys gardening and is our Outdoor Classroom Specialist. 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. This is what makes Montessori work for so many children and I am so lucky to be a part of this great philosophy of teaching. It has been a great lesson to me in life.”

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