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Jody Martin

Jody Martin has a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Child Development and 25 years of extensive and diverse experience in the early childhood field. She taught preschool, directed a childcare center and worked at the corporate offices of two national childcare companies. She has also authored articles for several early childhood publications and a book on health and safety. She is a dynamic presenter and recognized leader in the field of early childhood education with a commitment to providing quality programs for children.

Nick LaFave | @nflafave

Nick is an Environmental Science teacher in a 1:1 classroom at Clover High School and was previously the 2012-2013 Clover School District Teacher of the Year. With 18 years of teaching experience, Nick is an Apple Distinguished Educator, a National Board Certified Teacher, a former department chair, and a PolarTREC Teacher. Nick is the author of a weekly blog, Nick’s Picks for Educational Technology, which provides tools to help teachers incorporate more technology in their classrooms. An Ed Tech speaker and consultant, Nick’s sessions strive to give teachers the confidence they need to help integrate technology into their curriculum.

Adriana Castillo

Teacher of 20 plus years K-Adult, Curriculum & Technology Leader, Second Language Acquisition Teacher English & Spanish

Bridie Gauthier @BridieGauthier

Bridie Gauthier is the Head of School of the Montessori School of Manhattan, educational circuit speaker, and author of Practical life for Parents – A Pocket Guide for Parenting Real-Life Moments.

Bridie co-founded MSM in 2002, and in 2011, launched a charitable outreach project, which built and continues to fund a preschool for two and three-year-old children in the impoverished Batey Lecheria, Dominican Republic. To date the D.R. Project has taken more than 200 of the youngest children off of the streets of the village.

Born and raised in Ontario, Canada, Bridie has been an educator of young children for 30 years. She left Canada for the bright lights of New York City in 1995, where she met and married her husband Joe. Bridie shares her time running MSM, travelling to the Dominican Republic, to conduct faculty training seminars and to work hands-on with the children of the Batey, public speaking, and spending time with the full-time joy in her life, Kai.