Teacher Biographies

Donna Clouette, Head Teacher

Donna has been with Mount Hope since 1980. 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.


Kari Nowosielski, Head Teacher

Kari has been with Mount Hope since 2019. She has her Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education as well as her American Montessori Society certification in 6-9 and a Masters 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.

Aphrodite Provitas, Assistant 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.

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.