Staff

Marcy Prochaska

Photo of Ms. Marcy seated on the sidewalk next to a bin of nature items.Owner / lead teacher

Montessori Certified for ages 3-6 by the Center for Guided Montessori Studies.

I learned about Montessori education when I worked in the summer extended care program at Richmond Montessori School in Virginia. I was captivated by the peaceful, orderly, inviting environment where children were free to work comfortably with activities they chose. When my daughter got to preschool age, the closest Montessori school was an hour’s drive away. We made it work for the three years of the early childhood program; at the time it was more practical to commute than to try to get the training and start a local program.

In the spring of 2017 circumstances allowed me to enroll in CGMS’s early childhood training, which I completed in January 2019. The program included a 120-hr summer residency at Community Montessori in New Albany, IN, a year’s supervised internship at Marquette Primary Montessori Academy in South Bend (a magnet program of South Bend Schools), and eight modules of distance learning through video lectures and demonstrations, practicum assignments, papers and presentations, forum discussions, and video chats. The program is MACTE accredited.

During the 2018-2019 school year I worked as an early childhood assistant at Chesterton Montessori School, with additional responsibility for a small group of full day students in the afternoons.

Besides Montessori, my interests and activities include music (singing, playing the pipe organ and hammered dulcimer), theology and spiritual practice, friends, and family (including the cat).

Heather Thomas

Christmas photo of Ms. Heather and her husband.Assistant

My name is Heather Thomas. I am a teaching assistant at Little Way Montessori School. I am new to Montessori practices but I am excited to learn and grow along with your child. Through Udemy, I have received certificates in “An Introduction to Montessori,” “Montessori Math Course for Early Childhood and Elementary,” and “Montessori Language Course for Early Childhood and Elementary.” I am also CPR/AED/First Aid certified through October 2020.

Previously, I was employed as the Front Desk Coordinator at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Marshall County, here in Plymouth, for a little over two years. Prior to that, I held the title of Exceptional Education Assistant in the Penn Harris Madison School Corporation. I was there for 5 years. Both were very rewarding positions, as working with children of all ages is a passion of mine. Being able to help a child see his or her potential is one of the greatest feelings in the world!

My husband, Martin, and I have one daughter, Nichole. She lives in Noblesville with her husband, Nicholas. They have three girls, a 4-year-old and a set of 2-month-old twins. My grandchildren are the highlight of my life, as well as attending church regularly and spending time with family and friends.