Please RSVP below by May 10th if you plan to attend.

The luncheon will feature a panel discussion focusing on practical ideas and strategies for supporting school staff in and beyond the classroom, and an opportunity for Q&A.
We hope you’ll join us for an opportunity to meet and connect with your fellow school leaders.

About the Panelists

Celeste Baucom is an AMI Upper Elementary guide and Montessori Pedagogical Director at the Aquinas Montessori School in Alexandria, Virginia. She has been teaching for the past 30 years and has served as a director since 2014. She has mentored several elementary guides in curriculum schedules, classroom management, and parent communication. Celeste is passionate about maintaining an open, inclusive staff environment that is happy and well-supported. She believes a respected staff and transparent administration cultivates a compassionate and trusted school community. Celeste’s personal interests include time with family, hand crafts (Sachiko embroidery), hiking, and yoga.

Stephanie Folarin is the head of Wye River Upper School in Centreville, Maryland and a member of the board of directors at WMI. She received her B.A. in Africana Studies from Bates College and her M.S. in Special Education: Mild to Moderate Disabilities from Johns Hopkins University. Stephanie has worked extensively with students, teachers, administrators, parents, and clinicians on various educational matters, including differentiated and inclusive education; equity and justice work; curriculum design and implementation; psycho-educational evaluations; teacher evaluations and professional growth; education policy; and education reform in both the public and private sectors of academia. Stephanie and her husband, Tope, are parents of two daughters who have thrived academically and social-emotionally due to their Montessori foundation at Franklin Montessori School.

Rachel Kimboko is the founding Executive Director of DC Wildflower Public Charter School, which aims to build a network of up to six teacher-led microschools across the city. She has been engaged in the Montessori community of Washington, DC since her daughter enrolled in DC’s oldest public program in 2003. Before starting her teaching career in public Montessori she worked in out-of-school time and as an assistant at Aidan Montessori. Between 2010 and 2017, she taught in all three variations of the elementary classroom—6-9, 9-12, and 6-12 years old—and was the Elementary team lead for several years. Her experience in DC Public Schools prepared her to step out of the classroom and focus on assessment, intervention, and instructional coaching at Lee Montessori PCS as Child Study Lead, then as founding Assistant Head of School of their East End campus.  Rachel has also served as the Vice-Chair and Treasurer for the AMI Elementary Alumni Association since 2019.

Zareena Mohamed is the Assistant Principal at Breakthrough Montessori PCS in Washington, D.C., where she started as a Primary Montessori Coach in 2021. Zareena grew up in South India where she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Home Science with dreams of becoming an interior designer. However, during the course of her study, she fell in love with early childhood education and developed a passion for the Montessori Method. She then pursued a Master’s Degree in Human Development to deepen her knowledge of child growth and development. The grad school experience exposed her to various methods of education and strengthened her belief in the Montessori philosophy of ‘educating the whole child.’

In 2006, Zareena left India for her AMI Primary (3 to 6) training at WMI and acquired her second Master’s in Montessori Education at Loyola University of Maryland. Since her graduation in 2007, Zareena has worked in both private and public Montessori schools across the country in Maryland, California, and Colorado. She was an AMI guide for 14 consecutive years while holding other positions such as Assistants Training Coordinator and Primary Program Director through the course of her career.

Jennifer Shields is a director of primary training at WMI and a member of the AMI board. She holds both the AMI Primary and Assistants to Infancy diplomas. Jennifer earned a B.A. in English Literature from Georgetown University and an M.Ed. from Cleveland State University. She worked for over 15 years in Montessori schools as a teacher, assistant, and administrator. She is an examiner and consultant for AMI and presents at workshops and conferences locally and worldwide. Jennifer loves observing in classrooms, coaching teachers and teacher trainees, and spreading the insights made by Dr. Montessori.