Faculty and Staff


Amy Andrews, Head of School
Prior to her role as Head of School, Amy Andrews was a Montessori teacher in our Primary Program for 15 years. She has also served as the Curriculum Coordinator for the Primary and Wee Three programs for seven years and has been instrumental in shaping and aligning the teaching practice in these classrooms. Before coming to the OSMS in September 2000 Amy taught at the Bedford Montessori School in Bedford, MA. Amy received a BA in Psychology from Ithaca College and her AMS Early Childhood Credential from the Center for Montessori Teacher Education in NY. In addition to serving at OSMS, Amy is also a teacher at the New England Montessori Teacher Center where she is the Sensorial instructor for adults taking the training to become Montessori teachers. Amy's two daughters attend our school.

Shemaleiah Geremia-Smylie, Office Manager
Shemaleiah joined the Ocean State Montessori Community in 2013. As the Office Manager she supports Amy in the business management of the school. Her role involves a diverse set of activities including: administrative and organizational support, billing, communications and marketing. Prior to joining OSMS she worked for a telecommunications company in corporate development. Shemaleiah has also managed a boutique clothing store, worked in IT, and been a nanny. Shemaleiah studied Literary Arts at Brown University as an undergraduate student. She is fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) and shares her ASL skills with our students during their weekly music class. In her spare time Shemaleiah enjoys reading and writing poetry and short fiction, practicing meditation, studying world religions, hiking and gardening.

Montessori Teaching Staff

Amy Healey, Wee Threes Lead Teacher
Amy Healey first joined our school as a teacher in 2003. After spending a few years at home with her family Amy rejoined our teaching staff in 2008. Amy received a BA in English and Communications from Fairfield University. She recieved her AMS Early Childhood Credential and a M.Ed. from New York University/West Side Montessori School-Teacher Education Program.

Betsy Facincani, Primary Lead Teacher
Betsy Facincani began her career at the OSMS as a Teacher Assistant in a Primary classroom. Betsy fell in love with the Montessori philosophy and when a Lead Teacher position became available she went to the New England Montessori Teacher Education Center and received her AMS Early Childhood Credential in 2004. Betsy became a lead teacher in her own classroom in September 2004. Betsy has a BA in English from Tufts University and a Master of Library Science from SUNY-Albany.

Leah Caldwell, Primary Lead Teacher
Leah Caldwell has been involved with the OSMS since 2000 when her daughter started as a three-year old. Through her involvement as a parent Leah became more interested in the philosophy and began her training at the New England Montessori Teacher Education Center in 2005. Leah received her AMS Early Childhood Credential in June 2006 and assumed the Lead Teacher position of her own class the following September. Leah has a BA in French Literature from Boston University. Both of Leah's children graduated from our school.

Brooke Wyman, Primary Lead Teacher
Brooke Wyman began her career at OSMS in 2004 as an intern while completing her Montessori training from the National Center for Montessori Education in Beverly, MA. Her internship in our primary classroom paved the way for Brooke to assume a lead teacher role in 2005 where she served for one year before moving out of state. Brooke returned to OSMS in the summer of 2014. Both of her children now attend the Ocean State Montessori School. Brooke has a BA in Psychology from Western Baptist College in Salem, OR.

Shannon Rita Meehan, Lower Elementary Co-Lead Teacher
Shannon Rita Meehan began her career at OSMS as a Teacher Assistant in the Lower Elementary classroom in 2013. In 2014 she moved into her current role as co-lead teacher. Shannon Rita attained her AMS Elementary I Credential from the Seacosat Center Montessori Program in Stratham, NH. Shannon Rita has a BA in Fine Arts from the University of Rhode Island with concentrations in illustration and graphic design.

Elizabeth Tingle, Lower Elementary Co-Lead Teacher
Elizabeth Tingle joined our Lower Elementary teaching team in 2014. Elizabeth brings with her over 15 years of classroom experience. Elizabeth has a BA in Elementary Education and Psychology from the University of Rhode Island where she was also certified to teach grades 1-6. Elizabeth is currently in the process of earning her Lower Elementary Montessori Credential from the Montessori Elementary Teacher Training Collaborative in Lexington, MA.

Robert Short, Upper Elementary Lead Teacher
Robert Short joined our staff in 2014 as our Lead Prime Time Teacher. In preparation for his current role he is in the process of earning his Lower and Upper Elementary Montessori Credential from the Montessori Elementary Teacher Training Collaborative in Lexington, MA. Robert brings his experience as a Field Teacher/Naturalist at the W. Alton Jones Campus of URI, where he taught hands-on science to student groups visiting W. Alton Jones. Robert, known to the children as Mr. Bob, has a BA from Brown University where he concentrated in Economics. Robert is also a fiction writer and he brings his love of language and storytelling to the classroom.

After-School Programs

Julia Raneda-Sitzler, After-School Program Coordinator
Julia Raneda-Sitzler comes to OSMS with an enthusiasm and passion for using teaching as a tool for connecting with children. Before joining OSMS in 2015, Julia worked with teenagers in an intensive outpatient program at Bradley Hospital, as a Special Education Aide for middle schoolers in Brookline, MA, and as an Art Specialist at a summer camp for kids with Autism and Aspergers. In addition to feeling passionate about working with growing minds, Julia loves being creative, and is always inspired by exploring where those two worlds collide. She has a BA in Psychology with a Minor in Studio Art from Mount Holyoke College.


Additional Staff

Our teaching staff is supported by a wonderful team of dedicated assistants:

Elly Dacosta
Norma Bucci
Susan Rinebolt
Cathy Leary
Cheryl Masaroco
Roxanne Ferreira
Alejandra Lindstrom Peralta