Each child is valued as a unique individual. We recognize that children learn in different ways and accommodate all learning styles.  Children also learn at their own pace, allowing them to advance through the curriculum when they are ready. 

Meet The Teachers

Martha Krane

Director and Head Teacher

I'm Miss Martha, director and head teacher at Circle of Friends.  I helped open the school in 2008.  I attended Bay Path Jr. College and worked many years as a Medical Assistant.  After having my own children, I went back to school for Early Childhood Education and earned my Montessori Certification in 2006.  I reside in Westbrook with my husband and have two grown girls in their twenties.  

Deri-Ann Weiss

My name is Miss Deri-Ann. My family has lived in East Haddam for the past 8 years. My husband, Ever, and I have four children, two girls and two boys. Their ages are 11,8,5, and 3. I have been a stay at home mom for the past 11 years. Prior to being married and having children, I worked as a lead team teacher at Winfield Children's House; a Montessori school in Falmouth, Maine. I enjoy camping and spending time outdoors with my family.

Carli Chapman

My name is Miss Carlie. I received my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education in the spring of 2018, from Middlesex Community College, and will be working towards my Montessori Assistant Certification. I enjoy hiking with my dog, Tiara, in the hop yard, swimming at the beach, and spending time with my family.

Jennifer Mesite

My name is Miss Jennie. I have an Associates degree in Early Childhood Education, and am a certified Montessori Classroom Assistant. I previously worked at MCOF, and have returned after finishing my certification as a personal trainer. I love spending time outside, with my family, and exploring new places!

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