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.


Shaivite Nichols

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Linalynn Schmelzer

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