Lead Toddler Teacher
Clarissa grew up in Ft. Myers, FL as a performing arts student, getting a scholarship to study dance after graduating and gaining her Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Dance from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. Her venture into early education began in college, where she worked at the Children’s School, getting experience in the classrooms, from infants to Kindergarten. When moving to the Boston area, she was quickly drawn to teaching and landed a position at a local Montessori school. Within a few weeks, Clarissa knew this was the path for her. At Copper Beech Montessori, she began as an assistant and was inspired to get her AMS 3-6 training in 2008 right here at Walnut Park! After ten years in Jamaica Plain, Clarissa ventured into opening her Montessori school in Dedham, where she lives. After one year of success, Clarissa transitioned to a bigger Montessori school in Milton. She was the Toddler guide for six years, getting her AMI 0-3 training in St. Louis in the Summers of 2018 and 2019. This past Summer, Clarissa completed an accelerated Master’s in Montessori Education from Loyola University, Maryland. She is very excited to have joined the Walnut Park Montessori team in her 24th year of teaching.
Clarissa lives in Dedham with her 5th-grade son and labradoodle Penny. She is very active in her community, including volunteering her time and talents as a Town Meeting Member, as a board member of Dedham Education Foundation, and as a local artist of public art. Clarissa has a Montessori enrichment space in West Roxbury as part of her company Star Path Montessori. In her free time, Clarissa loves going on adventures with her son, watching independent films at her local community theater, and visiting her family in Florida whenever possible.