Our Teachers

Alison Evans, Head of School and Lead Teacher
alison@zinniamontessori.org

Co-founder Alison Evans is an AMS-certified Montessori primary teacher through the Montessori Institute – New England (MI-NE). She received her B.A. in mathematics from Middlebury College and an M.Ed. with a Montessori Concentration from Gordon College. Alison has been a teacher trainer for MI-NE, creating and delivering a course on classroom management. She also holds a Massachusetts teaching license in elementary mathematics as well as Lead Teacher certification by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC). Alison is the co-author of three books through her partnership with Master Class Materials (MCM): Spring Tea: A Celebration of Grace and Courtesy for Children 3 – 6  and A Biography of Maria Montessori for and by Children. MCM’s most recent book, We Love Slugs! launched in August 2017.

Alison has two children, both of whom attended Montessori schools when they were young, and are now successful high school students. In addition to Alison’s dedication to Montessori education, she is an enthusiastic amateur photographer and loves to get outside to observe plants and wildlife no matter the season!

Ellen Medvitz, Head of School and Teacher
ellen@zinniamontessori.org

Co-founder Ellen Medvitz holds an A.S. in Early Childhood Education, a B.A. in Psychology with a concentration in learning and development, and is Lead Teacher, Director I and II certified by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC). After years teaching in public and private preschools, Ellen was inspired to discover more about Maria Montessori and her work. She has completed both the Assistant and Advanced Assistant training at Northeast Montessori Institute. Her experiences in educational settings include work with children of all ages including adolescents; the most recent ten years have been at Montessori schools.

Ellen is married and delights in any time she and her husband are able to share with their adult children. She enjoys sports – particularly baseball, and also appreciates baking and international travel. Ellen is a beginning cellist who finds the practice of learning something completely new, offers insight into the challenges children experience when engaged as learners. 

Melanie Bohanan, Assistant Teacher
melanie@zinniamontessori.org

Melanie Bohanan is Teacher certified by the Massachusetts EEC. After nine years as a stay-at-home mom and daycare provider, Melanie decided to go back to school to become an early childhood educator. She is currently taking classes at Northern Essex Community College to earn her Lead Teacher certification and a degree in education. Melanie has completed the Montessori Assistant training at Northeast Montessori Institute.

Melanie is married and has three elementary age children. She grew up in rural Puerto Rico and speaks fluent Spanish. She enjoys introducing young students to her native language and culture through songs and daily conversation.

Jennifer Dickey, Early Care Teacher
jen@zinniamontessori.org

Jennifer Dickey has 20 years of teaching experience. She is Lead teacher certified for preschool, infants and toddler by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. Jennifer earned an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Northern Essex Community College. Jennifer has completed the Montessori Assistant training at Northeast Montessori Institute.

Jennifer has lived in in Haverhill all her life in the same house.  She has a cat named Rosie. She loves to take walks and see nature all around her. She loves to teach children through play and everyday life experience and watching children discovered the world around them.