Amber has worked with children for 10 years. From Maine to California, she has cared for children from birth to age 12 with varying abilities. She was a 1:1 aide for 2 different children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Amber recently moved back to her home in the Valley from Los Angeles where she was the lead teacher in a class of 12 three year olds. It was there that she was able to really spread her wings. The diversity that she found there was like nothing she had ever seen before. She was the minority. She used this as a catalyst to teach tolerance and embrace the wonderful differences among us. They said “hello” in a different language at morning circle each day. They also celebrated holidays that were culturally signifigant to the group. There she was responsible for creating themed lessons that addressed every developmental domain weekly. While it was a deeply rewarding experience she felt a need to return to Maine to raise her daughter.
When she is not exploring this great big world with her 2 year old Daughter Deva, she finds much joy in playing the guitar, needle felting and fiber arts. Amber brings to Lilliputian her deep appreciation of nature and her ever-evolving practice of mindfulness.
She believes in nurturing the whole child. Every child is an individual, a person deserving of love and respect. She feels that it is our job as teachers to create an atmosphere that allows the child to grow to their fullest potential. As Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
Amber hold 33 Credits in Early Childhood Education and is actively pursuing her certification in Montessori Early Education as well as a dual certification in Early Childhood Special Education.Suzie Carrier – Lead Teacher
The 2015-2016 school year celebrates Suzie’s 25th at The Lilliputian Montessori School. We are so proud to have her continue her work with the Valley’s children.
Suzie holds a diploma in Early Childhood Education through the North American Montessori Center. She has attended multiple conferences and workshops by the Northeast Montessori Institute, The Maine Montessori Association, and has continued her education through private classes with an AMI teacher.
Before coming to New-Hampshire, Suzie was born and raised in Quebec, Canada where she earned a degree in Special Education. While in Canada, she worked with delinquent teenagers and mentally handicapped children.
Suzie realized early on her passion for teaching children, through her large family and her work; teaching skiing, gymnastics and swimming. She brings and shares with the Lilliputian children her many passions; the outdoors, gardening, traveling, reading, her french culture and most important her “Joie de Vivre.”Lucy Gatchell – Assistant Teacher
Lucy came to LMS as an assistant in 2007 and shortly thereafter also became the school’s music and art specialist.
Her college education included two years spent at College of the Atlantic and two years with the National Audubon Expedition Institute, all leading to a BA from the University of the State of New York with an Environmental Education concentration. Since coming to LMS she completed her Montessori training at the assistant level.
Lucy draws on a range of work experience with various ages in different situations. She has been a birth assistant, head gardener/greenhouse grower, nature camp counselor, outdoor education teacher. Before coming to the Lilliputian School she was the Art teacher for eight creative years at the Jackson Grammar School. She has a strong grasp of many ways of supporting creativity in developing child artists.
Music has long been a part of Lucy’s life. She plays her penny whistle weekly at a local Irish Session and during the summer at the Jackson Farmers’ Market. She organizes, plays music and dances at a variety of community, traditional, dance events around the valley. She sings weekly with the acapella group, The Potluck Singers, and loves to sing with children. A member of the Children’s Music Network, Lucy has been trained through “Music Together” and constantly gathers new teaching resources (art and music) through the larger professional community.Carol Hanson – Assistant Teacher
Carol Hanson brings years of teaching experience to the Lilliputian Montessori School this fall as Assistant Teacher with Amber Smith. She has taught First, Second and Third grades in a Waldorf-Inspired Charter School in Massachusetts, as well as a Kindergarten Long term sub at the White Mountain Waldorf School, shortly after moving here four years ago. In addition to operating her own art school for children and adults over the past 20 years, Ms. Carol has worked as a sub for grades pre-school through middle school in public and private schools in Mass, Maine and New Hampshire.
Her musical background, love of story telling, and artistic tendencies, make her a well-rounded addition to the staff at LMS. She plans on attending assistant teacher training at the Montessori program in Maine this summer and is very, very pleased to be back working with the children and staff at Lilliputian Montessori School for the upcoming school year!