MS. CHRISTINE CASALINI
LEAD PRIMARY EDUCATOR
AMI (Association Montessori International / USA) Primary Diploma, AMS (American Montessori Society) Primary Diploma, BS in Early Childhood Program Development, CPR/AED Infant/Child and Adult Certified, 2015 New York State Level Two Teacher Trainer Credential, Certifications: AIMS Math and Science, Cooperative Learning, Reggio Emilia and Shared Reading Techniques. Christine has been teaching since the dinosaurs roamed the earth! 38 Years Educator Experience.
Christine is a life-long learner, an avid reader, and nature-lover, who enjoys keeping up with current science topics, challenging puzzles, horseback riding, gardening, traveling and spending time with family. She believes children hold the secret of their future development deep within and she is dedicated to helping each child reach their fullest potential with unconditional acceptance and respect for the individual they are destined to become.
Christine’s teaching career began when she was searching for a quality preschool for her three-year-old daughter. She observed many traditional preschools and finally arrived at a Montessori School. She was enamored by the peaceful, calmness of the classroom as well as the high level of academic achievement the children attained sans stress. One day a teacher was absent and the director asked her to fill in as a substitute. At this age level the children were just embarking on their school careers and had a sense of wonder about everything presented to them. She was captivated by their inherent enthusiasm and has been teaching at the primary level ever since! Christine began her education in Stony Brook University’s Honors Program and completed her degree with S.U.N.Y Empire State. She was a lead teacher at the Montessori Children’s Center at CA Technologies for 18 years where she achieved a National Teacher of the Year award presented in Anaheim, California by NAEYC in conjunction with Scholastic for her work in engaging parents with their child’s learning experience. While at CA she had the opportunity to take management courses and to become a New York State Level Two Teacher Trainer. She enjoyed presenting educational workshops at the National Association of the Education of Young Children conventions in Buffalo and Verona, New York on such topics as Literacy, Cognitive Theory, Montessori Mapping to the N.Y. Common Core Standards, The Nature Connection to Learning, and Fun-filled Phobia Free Math. Christine’s philosophy of teaching is best summed up by Christa McAuliffe’s quote, “I touch the future. I teach!”