Heather Young, Director and Head Teacher
Heather first joined Red Oak Montessori School from 2006-2008 as Co-Director/Assistant teacher. During that time Heather completed the Montessori Teacher Assistant training with the Northeast Montessori Institute. As an experienced early childhood educator, Heather holds a B.A. in Theater Performance from the University of Maine, NH teacher’s certification K-6 grade and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Plymouth State University. Her experience includes 10 years as an infant/toddler Lead teacher in a private company day care, six years as a Special Ed. Para in public school K-2nd grade and rejoined Red Oak staff in 2014 as an Assistant teacher. Her experience has confirmed her beliefs that each child can and will learn at the developmentally appropriate times, that effective learning is self-directed and calls for the development of the whole person. Heather fills her life with sports, music, theater and road trips with her husband and their two teenage sons.
Jason Rand, Lead Teacher
Jason began working at Red Oak Montessori School in 2015 as an Associate Teacher. Jason grew up in Plymouth, NH before going to Bowdoin College in Maine to earn his B.A. in Anthropology and Asian Studies. He is currently pursuing certification through the Northeast Montessori Institute, having completed his practicum while teaching at Mid-State Montessori in Plymouth. Jason was drawn to the Montessori Method and philosophy by its guiding principle that learning should be exciting, and student-directed. He comes to the world of early childhood education with a diverse background, including being an entrepreneur, landlord, traveling and studying in Japan. He has done archaeology in Labrador and hiked 2000 miles of the Appalachian Trail. He enjoys cross country skiing, rock climbing, and billiards. He lives in Plymouth with his wife Carolyn and their son, Huck.
Marcia Dionne, Teacher Assistant
Marcia graduated from the University of New Hampshire, receiving a B.S. in Early Childhood Education and continued her education at the University of Rhode Island with a Master in Library Studies. She has worked library services in public education, elementary to high school. Her personal passion is children’s and young adult literature from picture books at the preschool level to young adult popular and classic fiction. Marcia has also worked directly with with both children and adults with special needs. She has been a speaker on the value and importance of reading to your child and an advocate for reading and literacy. She is a member of Altrusa International, a worldwide agency for the protection of literacy and a member of NHSLA (NH School Library Association). Marcia is a Mom of three adult children and MoMoe to 4 beautiful, well read granddaughters aged 3 and under and lives with her husband Gary. She spends time reading, gardening and making quilts for many!
Allison Lawrence, Teacher Assistant
Allison graduated from Plymouth State University in 2007, receiving a BFA in Fine Arts degree with a concentration in ceramics. After having her daughter Bella, she started working at a public library and enjoyed helping others with their media needs and desires. Allison also currently works part-time at Sant Bani School as an Assistant Librarian/Teaching Fellow where she works with K-8 students in the Library and classrooms. Allison is working on obtaining a Library Media Specialist certification through the NH Department of Education. She enjoys making pottery and creating many other art forms. Many of her free days are spent hiking, skiing, swimming, and adventuring with Bella. She is a member of NOFA, NHSLMA, and the New Hampshire potters guild.