The Cobb School, Montessori

(860) 658-1144

admissions@cobbschool.com

112 Sand Hill Rd

Simsbury, CT 06070

The Cobb School, Montessori

Our Staff

Administration

Our administrative team strives to provide the best education environment imaginable for our students, teachers and the community as a whole.

Mary Lou Cobb
Head of School
Mary Lou Cobb has been a Montessori educator for over 50 years. She formed the…
Sallie Ann Jacobs
Director of Admissions
Sallie Ann has been the Director of Admissions at The Cobb School for over eight…
Windy Black Jansen
Director of Development
Windy Jansen has worked at The Cobb School for 8 years. She has a decade of…
Andrea Boden
Director of Communications and Diversity
Andrea Boden has been director of communications at The Cobb School since 2016. Prior to joining…
Joe Lardner
Business Manager and Director of Facilities
Joe Lardner has been the business manager and director of finance at The Cobb School…
Laura Radmore
Outreach and Community Director
Laura earned a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto and enjoyed years in…

Young Children Community/Toddler Teachers & Assistants

Young Children’s Community teachers and assistants create a nurturing environment where motor coordination, independence and language are cultivated. They guide the children in purposeful tasks in a beautiful space deliberately prepared to meet a toddlers needs.

Judy Maloney
Young Children's Community Teacher
After the birth of her three children, Judy discovered the Montessori method of education and…
Jamie Gilbert
Young Children's Community Teacher and Nest Co-Director
Jamie is in the process of receiving her Bachelors in Early Childhood Education as well…
Sara Shultz
Young Children's Community Assistant
Sara Shultz returns for her third school year as the assistant in Judy Maloney's YCC…
Gabby von Paternos
Young Children's Community and Nest Co-Director
Gabby has worked at the Cobb school for 5 years, primarily in the Nest. She…
Jean Gaylord
Young Children's Community Assistant
Jean Gaylord has been a familiar face at The Cobb School for several year, primarily…

Primary Teachers & Assistants

The Primary teachers and assistants create an atmosphere of calm, order and joy, where children learn together. Children learn to work at a task from beginning to end and the capacity for deep concentration. Primary students continue to exercise their executive functions, learning patience, self-discipline and responsibility to the community.

Marisa Gallagher
Primary Teacher
Marisa has been part of the Cobb school community for over 25 years. After graduating…
Carol Ebersol
Primary Teacher
As an early education major in college in the late 1970’s, I had the good…
Elise Grady
Primary Teacher
Elise is thrilled to be part of the Cobb school community. Elise completed her bachelors…
Dana Kelly
Primary Assistant
Dana Kelly has been with The Cobb School for 10 years. She loves her work…
Karen Gavell
Primary Assistant
Karen joined the Cobb School community in 2016 as a Primary Assistant. She holds a…

Elementary Teachers & Assistants

Dr. Montessori observed that elementary children typically can be characterized by their reasoning minds, their ability to abstract and imagine and their passion for research. The Cobb School’s Elementary teachers encourage children to wonder, work and explore.

Joy Delaney
Upper Elementary Teacher
Joy Delaney is an AMI trained elementary teacher with a special fondness for Upper Elementary.…
Subha Sankaran
Lower Elementary Teacher
Subha Sankaran has been a Montessorian for 8 years having made a career change from…
Devon Rusche
Lower Elementary Teacher
Devon holds a degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a focus in Early…
Emily Vincent
Upper Elementary Assistant
Emily Vincent is a Connecticut certified elementary school teacher. She is currently working on a…
Carol Ross
Lower Elementary Assistant
Carol Ross is in her third year at The Cobb School. For the past two…

Specialists

Each of our specialists bring their individual gifts to the school. The Montessori curriculum is enhanced by the addition of their insights and abilities.

Barbara Friedland
Science Teacher
Barbara has been teaching Laboratory Science at The Cobb School since 2007.  She has a…
Chris Lyles
Artist-in-Residence/Physical Education
Christopher Lyles is a professional children's book illustrator, greeting card designer, and The Cobb School's…
Eliza Childs
Spanish Teacher
Eliza Childs graduated from Kenyon College and went on to do graduate work in Sevilla,…
Joan Gwillim
Elementary Learning Specialist
Joan Gwillim is the Learning Strategies Team Coordinator and Learning Strategist for the Elementary Program.…
Romemary Zitto
Primary Learning Specialist
Rosemary has been at Cobb School for almost thirty-seven years.  She began her Montessori career…
Betsy van Gemeren
Photography Teacher
Betsy van Gemeren has been the photography teacher at The Cobb School for 2 years,…
Johnnie Denton
Music Teacher
Johnnie (B. A. , M. A., University of Texas; AMI elementary diploma, Bergamo, Italy) has…
Anne Lee
Piano Teacher
Anne Lee has a Masters degree in Piano Pedagogy from the Hartt School of Music,…

Administrative Support

Our administrative support team contributes to the homelike quality of our school. They are the backbone to our beautiful facilities.

Margaret Podebry-Augustyn
Receptionist
Margaret has a BS in Art Education, a MS in Art and a masters in Psychology. She…
Nancy Cirilli
Nurse
Nancy Cirilli is The Cobb School's part-time nurse. She is dedicated to keeping the children…
Bob Banta
Handyman
Bob Banta first came to The Cobb School as a grandparent and never left. He…
Mike Grappone
Caretaker
Mike Grappone has been a caretaker at The Cobb School for 3 years. He brings…
Joanne Brookman
Nest and Administrative Assistant
Joanne Brookman joined the Cobb School after retiring from a long nursing career.  In 2016…