Middle School Staff


Erica Sherlock, E1 Head Teacher (Math, Science and History), Grade Level Head (4th – 8thgrade)

Having worked in the education field for 7 years, Erica joined the FMS faculty in 2006. Erica holds a BA in Psychology, an MS in Special Education and an M.Ed in School Counseling. She is also a teacher trainer for Thinking Maps and Write From the Beginning Thinking Maps.  Erica’s passion for creating a classroom environment that is supportive and challenging is the hallmark of her teaching style.  Ever ready to research and find ways to stimulate the learning process, Erica delivers a dynamic curriculum rooted in strong fundamentals. Says Erica: “I love the way the Montessori philosophy lends to independent and critical thinkers who take learning into their own hands.”

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

With close to 50 years of teaching experience, Arlene established the Middle School Language Arts program in 2004.  FMS middle school students have had the honor of Arlene teaching them the finer points of writing and reading.  Her eye for detail is matched by her enthusiasm for inspiring students to reach deeper into the classic texts to discover more meaning and insights. Holding a BA in Education, Arlene’s education was further expanded when she was awarded an MS in Education and then continued with her education by accruing an additional 30 credits above her Master’s degree. She enjoys etymology, history, and gardening. Her favorite thing about the Montessori method is the “freedom to facilitate learning.”

Sydney Hunt, E1 Support Teacher

Sydney joined the E4 teaching team in Fall 2017.  She will be graduating this summer with a  BS degree in Child Development and English and has completed her primary Montessori certification. Sydney has 2 years of teaching experience in a Montessori classroom (primary and adolescent) and brings a calm and enthusiastic attitude to her new role. She is a lover of books and board games and enjoys baking during her free time.  The Montessori method speaks to her style of teaching as it cultivates independent thinking in students and gives them a pathway for being self-motivated learners.