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.”
Rachel Scarpelli, Music Specialist
Rachel Scarpelli joined the FMS staff in 2018 with an Early Childhood Education Certificate from the Greater Cincinnati Center for Montessori Education, as well as a BS degree from Middle Tennessee State University. She taught lower elementary for a year, and is now leading the music program for ages 3-12. As a former performer for the Walt Disney Resort for 7 years, Rachel honed her professional singing and performance skills. She trained at the Florida School of Music and recently completed level 1 Orff Music Certification. Orff training emphasizes “active music making through singing, playing instruments, speech and movement.” Rachel’s love of voice as a tool for self expression and exploring cultural diversity is matched by the joy she feels when others explore their creativity through music and performance.