Meet the Faculty & Staff

Rosine Hekmat Afshar

Head of School

Rosine started as head of school in 2004. She pioneered the elementary program at Adams Montessori School in 2001. Prior to teaching elementary, she enjoyed six years as a teacher at the primary level both at Adams Montessori and at Petersham Montessori School in central Massachusetts. Rosine holds A.M.I primary and elementary diplomas from Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Canada respectively. She also holds her M.Ed. from Loyola University in Maryland. Rosine offers parenting classes and consults at various schools throughout North America She serves on the school's board of directors, on the board of directors of the Montessori Administrator's Assocation, and is treasurer of the board of the Montessori Schools of Massachusetts. In her spare time, Rosine spends time renovating her 1815 farmhouse in central Massachusetts.

Beth Cannon

Office Administrator

Beth first came to Adams Montessori as a parent and then a volunteer. She now finds herself at the front desk and answering the phones. She grew up in Connecticut in a family that was chock-full of teachers, and has always been interested in education theory. Beth holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, and has pursued continuing education in social work, human resources and child development. In her spare time, she enjoys walking on Wollaston Beach, cooking, and having dance parties with her two children.

Nicole Manny

Communications Coordinator

Nicole has worked at Adams Montessori school in an official capacity since 2011, but has been actively involved in the school since her oldest daughter, Lucie, began her Montessori education in 2008. Lucie is entering the 9th grade at Boston Latin Academy and her younger sister Sylvie, who was also an Adams Montessori student, is a 4th grader at Conservatory Lab Charter School in Dorchester. Nicole holds an MSW and a JD and practiced law for several years. She plays the flute and enjoys spending her summers in Maine.

Jody Maxwell

Admissions Coordinator

Jody volunteered for a number of years as part of the school administration and took on a permanent role on the staff in 2013. She is the mother of Will and Arlo who were former students at Adams Montessori and who now attend the Inly School. Jody holds a Masters in Education in German. Her interests include running and nutrition.

Kacy Viles

Elm Room (Toddler) Lead Teacher

Kacy joined us in 2014 as our toddler teacher. A Montessori child herself (Inly Montessori), she joined us from her previous 5 year position as a teacher in the toddler program at Kingsley Montessori. And her daughter, Vanessa, is a Montessori child herself as she begins her first full year in the Cherry Blossom classroom after being in our toddler community. Kacy is also mom to baby Tyler. In addition to her Montessori training, Kacy holds a bachelor’s degree in child development from Colby Sawyer College. Kacy enjoys spending her free time traveling, going to the beach and spending time with Vanessa, Tyler, her husband Mike and their cat Moose.

Shaheen Merchant

Birch Room (Primary) - Lead Teacher

AMI trained in Mumbai, India, Shaheen worked as an assistant to the director of training and then helped set up a new Montessori school in India where she taught for a year. She fell in love, married, moved to Boston and found us! After substituting last year in our primary classrooms, Shaheen spent four weeks teaching in our summer program and has now signed on to become our Birch room teacher. Apart from teaching, Shaheen enjoys music, dance, arts and crats, and meditating regularly.

Maritza Rodriguez-Bielawski

Cherry Blossom (Primary) Lead Teacher

Maritza has been with Adams Montessori School since 2000, the first three years as an assistant and the most recent years as a Montessori teacher. Her husband responded to an ad in the newspaper, Maritza came in to observe for a half hour, and ended up staying the entire day. The rest is history. She completed her A.M.I. primary training at the Montessori Institute of Denver in Colorado. A native of Puerto Rico and fluent in Spanish, Maritza shares her language and cultural traditions with her class and with the school. Prior to teaching, Maritza specialized in respiratory therapy in Puerto Rico. She is the proud mother of Kyan, who is a student at Adams Montessori and is starting his first year in our lower elementary program.

Lindsay Perini Stockton

Willow Room (Primary) Lead Teacher

Originally from Ohio (Go Buckeyes!), Lindsay was a primary teacher for five years prior to the birth of her daughter Nilah who is a second year primary student after attending our toddler program. After taking a brief hiatus and then assisting in the Willow Room, Lindsay is again our primary teacher in the Willow Room. Lindsay enjoys weight training, yoga and running.

Katie Hausenbauer-Rodrigues

Sycamore Room (Lower Elementary)

Katie joins us from Minneapolis, Minnesota. After receiving a B.A. in Political Science at Carleton College in 2002, she attended the Institute of Social Studies in the Netherlands where she received a M.A. in International Development. She holds an A.M.I. Elementary diploma from Washington Montessori Institute in Columbia, Maryland and and M.Ed. in Montessori Education from Loyola University Maryland.  Katie has worked for a non-profit organization addressing poverty in the United States. She was introduced to Montessori by her aunt and cousins and after spending time researching the method, decided to pursue a career in this field. Katie has been the Lower Elementary teacher at Adams Montessori School since 2008. Recently married, Katie enjoys spending time with her husband and stepson. And Katie is very much looking forward to adding a baby girl to her family in November!

Mark Harvey

Cedar Room (Upper Elementary) Lead Teacher

Mark has taught at the lower, upper and adolescent levels for 8 years. He also taught ESL through the AmeriCorps PASS program in Chicago. His daughter, Kaya, attends a Montessori school and he and his partner, Christine, also have a toddler son named Ezra. Mark loves biking.

Elisa Laudato

Chestnut Room  (Aftercare) Lead Teacher

Elisa began her time at Adams Montessori as a nanny of a primary student. She subsequently became an assistant and has been our aftercare teacher since 2008. Elisa shares her passion for knitting with our children and it is amazing what she can create with a pair of knitting needles.