The Cobb School, Montessori

(860) 658-1144

112 Sand Hill Rd

Simsbury, CT 06070

The Cobb School, Montessori

Our Staff


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…
Cara Woods
Director of Development
Cara Woods joined The Cobb School community in January of 2018. She has over a…
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
Director of Program Operations & Special Projects
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
Jamie is in the process of receiving her Bachelors in Early Childhood Education as well…
Karen Henry
Young Children's Community Assistant
Karen Henry has been a familiar face at The Cobb School for several year, primarily…
Gabby Bugden
Young Children's Community and Nest Assistant
Gabby has worked at the Cobb school for 6 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…
Deepshikha (Shikha) Arora
Primary Assistant
Shikha Arora joined the Cobb School team in 2017.  She has a Bachelors degree and…

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.

Sarah Krippenstapel
Upper Elementary Teacher
Sarah Krippenstapel has worked in Montessori schools for the last 15 years. She started as…
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…
Carol Ross
Upper Elementary Assistant
Carol Ross is in her third year at The Cobb School. For the past two…
Carmen McKeown
Lower Elementary Assistant & Spanish Teacher
Carmen McKeown will be wearing two hats this year. She is our new Spanish teacher as…
Tammy Gallo
Lower Elementary Assistant
Tammy Gallo holds a B.A. in Psychology from Clark University as well as a M.Ed.…


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…
Carmen McKeown
Lower Elementary Assistant & Spanish Teacher
Carmen McKeown will be wearing two hats this year. She is our new Spanish teacher as…
Suzanne DeRosa
Director of the Nest
Our new Director of the Nest is Suzanne DeRosa. Suzanne was previously the Head Teacher and Manager of…
Anne Lee
Piano Teacher
Anne Lee has a Masters degree in Piano Pedagogy from the Hartt School of Music,…
Betsy van Gemeren
Photography Teacher
Betsy van Gemeren has been the photography teacher at The Cobb School for 2 years,…
Andrew Decker
Music Teacher
Heading up or music program this year will be Andrew Decker of Downright Music in…

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
Margaret has a BS in Art Education, a MS in Art and a masters in Psychology. She…
Kathryn Rothstein
Nancy Cirilli is The Cobb School's part-time nurse. She is dedicated to keeping the children…
Bob Banta
Bob Banta first came to The Cobb School as a grandparent and never left. He…
Mike Grappone
Mike Grappone has been a caretaker at The Cobb School for 3 years. He brings…
Anne Raftery
Administrative Assistant
Anne has a Master of Arts from Ohio University, Center for International Affairs - Latin…