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 now her youngest is here!  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 now her youngest is here! 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. Her two oldest attended our school and now her youngest is here!

 

Nancy Schwartz is the lead teacher in the Southwest PM room.  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 for the full-day. 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 science instructor for our kindergarten students. 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.

 

Karen Quiroz is the lead teacher in the Southwest AM Room. 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 has her Early Childhood Montessori Teaching certificate from Seton Montessori Institute.

 

Kaushika Shanbhag is the lead teacher in the East Room for the full-day.  She has her 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.

 

Agata Sobek is the assistant teacher in the East Room for the full-day. She has a background in education. Her daughter recently graduated from our school.  She attended the paraprofessional Montessori training at Seton and fell in the love with the Montessori way.

 

Lavinia Mansfield is the assistant teacher in the Fireplace Room for the morning session. She joined our team this year. Her two younger children graduated from our school. She  loves learning about Montessori teaching.

 

 

Jen O’Malley is the assistant teacher in the Fireplace Room for the morning session. She has worked at our school for the last 6 years. Her son is a graduate of our school.

 

 

Ting Ting Branit teaches Chinese culture and language to our kindergarten students. She has been involved at our school as a parent, assistant teacher, and lead teacher for over 15 years. She has her Early Childhood Montessori Teaching Certificate from Seton Montessori School.