Maggie Dobbins, Director of Montessori, Elementary Guide
Maggie was born and raised in California in a large Catholic family. As a little girl she dreamed of becoming a Catholic School teacher. After graduating from Franciscan University she took her love of teaching and adventure abroad, teaching students of all ages in Asia and the Holy Land. After falling falling in love with the works of Maria Montessori, she sought out training at the institute founded by Dr. Montessori's son in Bergamo, Italy. Putting theory into practice, Maggie became a Montessori guide in Texas and furthered her training with Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Her childhood ambition was finally realized as she married spiritual formation, intellectual growth and a spirit of exploration in and out of the classroom. This is the vision of Maria Montessori for the elementary child, in which the universe is brought into the classroom, drawing the student beyond the simple academic exercises into true growth. Maggie is delighted to return to Ohio and bring her expertise to Mary, Seat of Wisdom Montessori.
Monica Stoutz, Primary Aide and Catechist
Monica Stoutz is a graduate of Thomas Aquinas College with a BA in Liberal Arts. She comes to MSW Montessori with 16 experience with the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Certified in all three levels of the Catechesis (ages 3-12), she serves as catechist to both the Primary and Elementary classes. Monica is also an Aide in our Primary classroom, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Anna Acciani, Primary Guide
Anna hails from Upstate New York and is a graduate of Franciscan University. She has a background in Catholic education and sees her principal aim as nurturing each child's innate desire to learn. She is bringing a passion for inspiring wonder and curiosity to the children of the Primary environment. In her free time, she enjoys knitting and hiking.
Amelia Villa, Elementary Assistant
Amelia Villa is from Alpine, Texas, and graduated from Franciscan University in 2019 with a degree in elementary education. She discovered Montessori through volunteering at Mary Seat of Wisdom, and then spent last year as an intern in the elementary classroom. Amelia is looking forward to being an assistant in the elementary classroom this year. Her hobbies include traveling on mission trips, speaking Spanish, and volunteering at the Samaritan House. We're grateful to Amelia for her help in leading the mission group that fixed up our playground recently.
Maggie Venditti, Primary Assistant
Maggie Venditti is happy to bring her many years of teaching experience to Mary Seat of Wisdom. She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor's degree in science education. and has taught in parochial schools, homeschool co-ops, and done private tutoring. In all types of teaching, she loves watching the "aha" moments when the child discovers wonder and joy in learning. Maggie discovered the Montessori method when homeschooling her own children. She is the proud mother of five and now grandmother of two. Her hobbies include camping and gardening.