Our Staff


Kelley Ciraulo serves as the Head of School for Beverly Montessori.  She has a B.S. in Education and an M.A. in Educational Leadership with a type 75 administrative license. She also has her Montessori Administrative Credential from Seton Montessori Institute. She has been involved in education for the last 20 years.  She is a graduate of Beverly Montessori School. Her two oldest children attended the school and her youngest son will be here soon!  She loves the Montessori philosophy and community.

Amy Berglind is the business manager and registrar at Beverly Montessori School. Her two oldest children attended the school and her youngest will be here soon! She loves the school because of the wonderful children, staff and parents. She comes to us with experience in business and marketing with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. She enjoys gardening, home improvement projects, and nature walks with her children.

Linda Bailey is Beverly Montessori School’s Academic Advisor. She works with all of the staff, children, and families. She has been involved with Beverly Montessori School as a parent, volunteer, assistant and lead teacher for over 30 years.  She has her Early Childhood Montessori Certification from Seton Montessori Institute and is a certified STEP instructor (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting).  She enjoys reading, gardening, decorating, and spending time with her family and friends.

Anne Butler is Beverly Montessori School’s Student Support Consultant. Dr. Butler works with all of the staff, children, and families. She has been involved with Beverly Montessori School for the last 5 years. She has her PhD in Special Education from the University of Illinois in Champagne-Urbana. She focuses on supporting teachers and students in behavior management. She is also a professor at DePaul University.

 

Nancy Schwartz is the lead teacher in the Southwest Room in the afternoon.  Nancy has a B.A. in French Language and Literature and an M.A. in Education. She teaches literature to the full-day kindergarten students.  She has her Montessori Certification from the Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center (MMTTC) and has been at our school for over 30 years.  She loves baking and reading nonfiction books.


Virginia Savrimas
is the assistant teacher in the Southwest Room both in the morning and afternoon. She attended the Music Academy in Lithuania. She sang both for the Lithuania Opera and for the Lithuania Opera House in Chicago and served on their Board.  She teaches the fine arts enrichment class to the full-day kindergarten children. She has been at Beverly Montessori for over 25 years and loves the staff and children.  She enjoys listening to classical music, reading, and gardening.

Allison Potter is the lead teacher in the Fireplace Room. She has her B.A. in Psychology and completed her Early Childhood Certification from Seton Montessori Institute. She enjoys baking, walking, swimming, and biking with her husband and 2 daughters. Her interest in the Montessori philosophy began when both of her daughters attended Beverly Montessori School.


Thelma McCauley
is the lead teacher in the Southwest Room in the morning.  Her son attended Beverly Montessori School over 30 years ago and she loved it so much she became part of our staff and never left!  She really enjoys working here with the children. She has a Master’s Degree in Journalism and her Early Childhood Montessori Certification from Seton Montessori Institute.  She loves reading and is working on becoming a farmer.

Ting Ting Branit is the lead teacher in the East Room. She attended the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and has her Early Childhood Montessori Certification from Seton Montessori Institute. She sent her children to Beverly Montessori School over 15 years ago and fell in love with the Montessori way. She has been a teacher at our school for over 10 years.  She instructs our full-day kindergarten students in Chinese culture and language.  She loves working with children and seeing them excited about school.  She also enjoys reading, music, yoga, traveling, singing, and nature.

Karen Quiroz is the assistant teacher in the Fireplace Room in the morning. She is a graduate of Beverly Montessori and sent her three sons to our school. She has a background in education and has been an involved parent and staff member for over 10 years. She teaches mathematics to the full-day kindergarten children. She is currently working towards her Early Childhood Montessori Teaching certificate from Seton Montessori Institute.

Kaushika Shanbhag is the assistant teacher in the Southwest Room.  She has Bachelor’s degrees in both Political Science and Fashion Design.  She sent her daughter to Beverly Montessori and became very interested in the Montessori philosophy.  She enjoys reading, sketching, and taking walks. She has her Early Childhood Montessori Teaching Certificate from Seton Montessori School.

 

Jennifer O’Malley is the assistant teacher in the Fireplace Room in the morning. She has a bachelor’s degree is Biology and a master’s degree in Secondary Education. She has been with Beverly Montessori previously as an assistant teacher in the East Room and as a substitute. She loves to witness the exact moment a child learns something new and the pure joy that it is for both the student and her. She also enjoys reading, gardening, spending time with family and friends and watching her son play goalie in hockey.

Natasha McKinnon is the assistant teacher in the Fireplace Room in the mornings. She sent her daughter to our school and decided to join our staff. She is currently working towards her degree in Psychology.  She loves and believes in the Montessori philosophy.

 

Agata Sobek joined our Beverly Montessori School staff last year. Her daughter attends our school.  She attended the paraprofessional Montessori training at Seton and fell in the love with the Montessori way. She works with Mrs. Branit in the East Room in the mornings and with Mrs. Potter and Mrs. Quiroz in the Fireplace Room in the afternoons.