Meet The Faculty

“To stimulate life, leaving it free, however, to unfold itself, that is the first duty of the educator.”
-Maria Montessori

The Taylor School faculty is made up of experienced, creative,  professional educators whose cumulative training, wisdom, skills and credentials are above and beyond any early childhood standards. Certifications through the ECE and the American Montessori Society are just the beginning. Ongoing training and professional development are amongst  the  highest priorities for TTS teachers as we pursue current best practices, research, techniques, innovation and personal growth.  This is in keeping with our commitment to fostering the joys and rewards of lifelong learning.

Rena Blette
Montessori Assistant Teacher and Extended Care Coordinator

Jen Boulay
Lead Montessori Guide

Jen graduated from, Bridgewater State University with a degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in Photography and a minor in Chemistry! During her year off backpacking in Australia, she discovered her passion for teaching. After a few years of working with children she went on to earn her Montessori credentials at New England Montessori Teacher Education Center and interned at fultime at TTS. When she is not making new work or finding just the right song for her students, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, snapping photos, and hiking.

Susmita Dey
Lead Montessori Guide

Susmita lives in Acton with her husband and two children who both attend college. She holds a BA in Biology and an advanced diploma in Computer Information Systems. Following a career as a software professional, she chose to spend more time with her young children and pursue a diploma in Montessori and Early Childhood Education in India in 2009. As if that were not enough, she earned her AMS credentials from Northeast Montessori Institute in 2019. As a Primary Lead teacher, she loves working with children and her goal is to make sure each child achieves his or her best. She strives for creativity and discovery each day.

Tami Green
Montessori Assistant Teacher

John Kaplan-Earle
Co-Founder, Business Manager, and Gardener

Marni Kaplan-Earle, M.Ed.
Teaching Head of School

Ms. Marni holds a primary credential through the American Montessori Society  and a Master’s degree specializing in Art Integration, Montessori and Alternative Early Education. In addition to creating a very special place for children and families to grow and learn, her favorite activities include travel, swimming, paddling her kayak with Zeke The Dog on the bow, reading, cooking, and spending time in nature with her family.

Margo Keefe
Lead Montessori Guide

Margo has been a Montessori educator since 2006.  She graduated from Salve Regina University in Newport, RI, then received her Master of Education at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA.  Margo completed her Montessori early childhood certification at the New England Montessori Teacher Education Center.  In addition to being a Montessori Teacher, she has traveled the world, as well as teaching in South Korea.  She enjoys being outside in nature and loves to spend time with her family and friends.  She lives with her husband and sons in Shirley, MA.

Sarah Murphy
Lead Montessori Guide

Sarah returns to New England following 23 years in Wisconsin. She has a Master of Arts in Teaching degree and has worked with children as a teacher/tutor/coach while raising her three (now adult) children, all of whom attended Early Childhood Montessori school.  In Milwaukee, she was deeply involved with racial reconciliation education programs and recognize the value of Montessori pedagogy in today’s world for children to move forward and grow with foundational dignity and grace.  Sarah received her Montessori primary credentials from NEMTEC.  In her leisure time, Sarah loves reading, gardening, cycling with my husband.

Anju Ramakrishnan, MBA

Ms. Anju is a seasoned educator and administrator. She came to her practice as a Montessori teacher via her MBA, specifically in human resources, and her investment in the human aspect of interactions and administration lead her from training to education and eventually to the root of our best learning period, early childhood. She is EEC Lead Teacher Preschool Certified and has been AMS Certified, Primary Credential following the rigorous and comprehensive training through NEMTEC. She continues to invest in lifelong learning through college courses, continuing education opportunities and constant personal enrichment. Anju is a voracious reader, a master of all things culinary and a parent to two.

Amy Sweeney
Montessori Assistant Teacher

Gira Tamboli
Montessori Assistant Teacher

Gira brings many gifts to TTS, among them 14 years of experience as a Montessori Assistant. She received her bachelor’s degree in economics from Gujarat Patan University in India and completed her Early Childhood training course through the Department of Early Education and Children in May 2006. A lifelong learner, Gira is currently pursuing her Montessori credential, to enrich herself as teacher and a learner.  She loves working with young children and taking care of her family. In her free time, she indulges her passion for henna designing, traveling, cooking, hiking, and gardening.