Teacher Biographies

Aphrodite Provitas, Teacher

Aphrodite has been with Mount Hope since 2002. In addition to her degree in Early Childhood Development earned in her native Greece and her 30+ years of experience working with children, she is a graduate of the North American Montessori Center, from which she earned her certification. Aphrodite’s creativity and warmhearted approach make her a valuable part of both classroom work and before and after care.

Rebecca Faust, Teacher

Rebecca has been with Mount Hope since 2022. She has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (K-6) and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and STEM. She is in the process of completing her American Montessori Society Early Childhood 3-6 certification through Northeast Montessori Institute. Rebecca taught in the public school system before working at Fraser Woods Montessori School in Newtown, CT where she learned about the Montessori method. There she began to appreciate Montessori’s emphasis on allowing the children to become independent individuals, move freely throughout the classroom, and grow at their own pace in a room perfectly curated for each child.

Donna Clouette, Curriculum Coordinator

Donna has been with Mount Hope since 1985. She first joined the Mount Hope community as a parent and volunteer when her 3-year-old son began attending school here, and then completed her training and joined the staff as a teacher. In addition to her Bachelor’s degree in English literature, Donna is a graduate of the Northeast Montessori Institute in Beverly, MA, from which she earned her American Montessori Society certification. In her classroom, Donna’s calm, creative encouragement and devotion to children provide a welcoming setting in which children thrive. She is currently assisting our teaching team in the role of Curriculum Coordinator.

Sarah Gautie-Ferreira, Teacher

Sarah came to Mount Hope in the fall of 2021. She has an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and over 20 years of working with children, infants and toddlers in a variety of settings. She is looking forward to going for her Montessori toddler training in the near future. Together with Kari, former Mount Hope teacher and Montessori consultant, she has prepared a warm and inviting Montessori environment in her beautiful classroom. She is a warm and caring teacher who really understands toddlers and knows how to support them in their growth and development.

Kate Balletto, Teacher

Kate has been working as an assistant teacher at Mount Hope Montessori School since the spring of 2022.  She has a great deal of experience with preschool and kindergarten-aged children in traditional and Montessori classrooms.  She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Goodwin College and her Master’s degree in Montessori Education from the University of Hartford.  She has an AMI diploma from the Montessori Training Center Northeast in primary education.  She enjoys working with children because it is so rewarding to watch them learn and grow.  She is thrilled to be working with both the Toddler and Primary classrooms at Mount Hope.

Kari Nowosielski, Curriculum Consultant

Kari has been with Mount Hope since 2019. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education as well as her American Montessori Society certification in 6-9 and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Montessori education. She taught Montessori elementary for nearly a decade before becoming a mother and discovering her love for working with toddlers following the Montessori philosophy. She also runs her own Montessori consulting business to help schools and parents, Stella Nova Montessori. Though Kari no longer works in the classroom at Mount Hope, she continues to provide support as a consultant and helps us design and create new classroom materials.

Erin Clark, Director

Erin Clark joined the Mount Hope staff as the Office Administrator in 2018 and became the School Director in 2019. In this role, she is the contact for all parents in relation to all Mount Hope business and organizational matters.  Erin has close ties to and experience with the Montessori philosophy, as all of her children have attended the school. She brings a wealth of administrative experience with her from various organizations which make her a perfect fit at Mount Hope.