Garden School Naples Staff

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Kathy has a BA in English, History and Art History, from the University of Illinois, Chicago. She received her Montessori training at the Centro Internazionale Maria Montessori in Perugia, Italy, where she remained for 4 more years, as training course assistant to Maria Antonietta Paolini, who had been Maria Montessori’s assistant for 30 years. She has been privileged to work with hundreds of children, for many years, as Montessori teacher and school administrator.

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Karen Thornton – Office Manager
Karen lived in the Chicago area and moved to Naples in 1999 with her husband of 37 happy years. Karen has worked in many office positions ranging from switchboard operator, retail, customer service, credit /collections and administration. She is our office manager/receptionist/school secretary.

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Gina Magee – Teacher
Gina received her training at the North American Montessori Training Center. She worked 17 years at Hagerstown Children’s School in Hagerstown, Maryland. HCS was her home away from home where she had the privilege of working with hundreds of wonderful children and their families. She is looking forward to being part of the teaching team at The Garden School.

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Marsha J. Orr – Teacher
Marsha worked as a specialist teacher at a Waldorf School in Perth, Australia for nearly 5 years, helping children in grades K-6. She has a Masters degree in teaching children with moderate disability. She is bringing her Waldorf training to The Garden School and is looking forward to undertaking Montessori training.

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Kathy Webster – Teacher
Kathy is passionate about young children and has over 43 years of experience in the early childhood field. Her formal teaching career began in New York State, where she earned her N-6th teacher certification, along with a bachelor and master’s degree in early childhood education from SUNY Fredonia.

While In New York State, Kathy’s experience included being an Adjunct Professor with Jamestown Community College, a Lead Teacher at Chautauqua Day Care Center, which was a SUNY sponsored facility. She also was A Child Development Associate (CDA) Trainer for early childhood professionals, and lastly, a Head Start/Early Head Start Director for over 20 years. During her time as a Director, Kathy led the program through various program enhancements and expansions, including being one of the first Ten Head Start National Centers of Excellence in the country.
After Kathy’s move to Florida, she obtained her Florida teaching certificate, and became a Guest Teacher with the District School Board of Collier County. She also volunteered with the district at Parkside Elementary School. Most recently, Kathy became a parent collaborator at The Garden School, where her grandson was enrolled and accepted a teaching position with the school. Kathy is very excited to be a part of the Garden School teaching team and program.