Christine Lachkey, Director + Toddler Lead Teacher + Preschool Lead Teacher
Christine believes that children should be treated with a deep respect as they are unique individuals. Her philosophy follows a quote from Dr. Maria Montessori: "The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say, 'the children are now working as if I did not exist.'" Christine considers the development of their social, emotional, intellectual, physical and spiritual selves is the focus of Needham Montessori School. She also trusts that the underlying purpose of her philosophy education is to aid the child's independence and self-formation by creating an environment that can unlock the inherent potential and intelligence within each child!
Christine has multiple degrees and certificates ranging from education to massage, yoga, and manicures. Christine earned her general certificate of education and Montessori Internationale Diploma in Sri-Lanka. Her Associates of Science degree is from Wheelock College. Christine received her certificate to be an Infant/ Toddler and Preschool Director.
Christine enjoys singing, dancing, shopping, and travelling in her free time.
Allen Douglass, Director + Toddler Lead Teacher
Allen is a strong supporter in knowledge building through a child's world. Dr. Maria Montessori says "The first aim of the prepared environment is, as far as it is possible, to render the growing child independent of the adult." Knowledge that comes through exploration in an independent environment is key to the Montessori method. Montessori Directors are really unique in their understanding and ability to support the child's world to be continuously conducive to each child.
Allen holds degrees from Eastern Nazarene College (BA in Early Childhood Education), Montessori Institute of New England (Infant/Toddler Credential), Massasoit Community College (Associates in Early Elementary Education) as well as all credentials from the Department of Early Education and Care.
Allen loves the outdoors and going fishing. He believes that the outdoors is a very crucial part in child development and learning and is a very underrated and overlooked factor about teaching children!
Mackenzie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Stonehill College. She looks forward to being part of the Needham Montessori Community and working alongside all the wonderful teachers and employees. Mackenzie is also excited to help her mom, Miss Christine, achieve her dream of continuing to grow Needham Montessori School as a place where all children can learn, grow, and reach their full potentials.
Mackenzie loves the ocean and is extremely passionate about sharks. She hopes to continue on to graduate school to study shark biology, behavior, and conservation. Mackenzie enjoys listening to music, traveling, and spending time with her dog Grizz. Mackenzie is also Needham Montessori School’s French teacher and she looks forward to continuing with that role this year!