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Teaching Staff

 

Montessori Teacher Training

Montessori Teacher Training is an intensive academic program of learning, observing and student teaching followed by rigorous examinations. The faculty is the most critical element in developing a strong Montessori program. Our teachers are the primary link between the school and the families.

State Licensing Requirements

The Head of School,  Lead Teachers and full-time assistants are certified by the State of Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. 

Debbie Jernegan is returning for her 3rd year as our Head of School.  Debbie has worked in the Early Education and Care field as a Director/Lead Teacher for over 17 years. She has a master’s degree in management; and has served in a managerial capacity for over twenty-three years.  She is affiliated with CFCE and MVCYC; is a member of the Head Start Policy Council, Island Grown Schools Program Committee member and is certified by the Massachusetts Department of EEC as director I, Lead and infant toddler teacher.  

Chris Rasmussen is returning for her 12th consecutive year as a primary lead teacher at VMS. Chris has over twenty years’ experience with toddler and primary levels in a Montessori environment. She holds two AMS certifications from the Center for Montessori Teacher Education in New Rochelle, NY. Prior to joining the VMS staff Chris taught at the Whitby School in Greenwich, CT.

Tyrene (Ty) Johnston is in her 1st year as a primary lead teacher at VMS.  Ty moved to the Vineyard full-time in July, 2014 after being a teacher at Thacher Montessori School in Milton, MA.  She is trained in teaching Montessori Primary, Elementary, and Adolescent children and holds both the AMI and AMS credentials.  Being a teacher since 1973 at various institutions, Ty taught all three levels at Thacher. She has a Massachusetts State Teaching Certificate and a Masters of Education in Middle School Humanities from Lesley University.

Holly Bruguiereis returning for her 10th year as a primary classroom assistant in Chris’ classroom. Holly received an Associates degree from Champlain College, Burlington, VT., and has received her Teacher Certification from the MA Dept of Early Education and Care.  Holly has taught together with Chris for 9 years.

Irene Wendt is returning for her 8th consecutive year as the lead teacher in the elementary classroom. She received her Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Baker College and her Masters degree in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College. She holds a degree for Montessori Elementary I from the Seacoast Center for Education and is certified as a Lead Teacher through the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Education.

Rebecca Deloughne is a primary classroom assistant in Ty’s classroom and returning for her 4thconsecutive year.  Rebecca has a Bachelor’s degree from the American Intercontinental University in Atlanta Georgia.  Rebecca has been an assistant in an early childhood program in New Zealand prior to working at VMS. 

Holly Jackson is returning for her 3rd year as the assistant in the elementary classroom.  She has a bachelors degree from North Adams State Mass. College of Liberal Arts.