About eBridge Montessori

eBridge Montessori School is located in Westborough, Massachusetts. We are an independent private school founded in 2005 and started out with one primary class of 17 children. In a few years, we added the second and the third primary classes. In 2010, we established our toddler program. Now, we are proud to offer a full range of Montessori education to children from 6 weeks to 9 years old, from infant, toddler, to preschool, preK, kindergarten, and lower elementary.

eBridge is the bridge in education so that children, families, educators, and members of our community can connect and work together.  At eBridge, we strongly believe that all people live in a global village and are increasingly interconnected. We strive to build a community that reflects and celebrates a full range of diversity. We have families from Westborough and throughout the Metro west Boston area including Northborough, Southborough, Shrewsbury and, Marlborough and Hopkinton.

One hundred years ago, Maria Montessori, the first female physician in Italy, observed how children learn naturally and discovered that children teach themselves from their environment. Since then, Montessori education has successfully helped millions of children around the world on their journey into adulthood.

We appreciate the opportunity to introduce Montessori education to you and your child. The best way to start is by joining our weekly parent group tour and observing our classrooms while children are at work. Come and discover the difference a Montessori education can make.

  • Fostering independence, cooperation, and creativity

  • Promoting respect, responsibility, and active learning

  • Dedicated, certified and experienced teachers

  • An inspiring & authentic Montessori environment

  • Mixed age enhancing social & cognitive development

  • Providing part time option via CHOICE program

  • Offering half day and full day programs

  • Morning care, after school care, summer programs

  • Extended care covers Feb., April breaks and more

OUR VALUES

People often ask, why “eBridge”? Our goal is to build an educational bridge that connects children, families, and educators as a community supporting optimal development and learning for our students.

We choose tree names for our classrooms to symbolize transformational growth of our children in a Montessori environment. Currently, we have 12 classrooms, Birch, Cedar, Dogwood, Maple, Pine, Hickory, Juniper, Rowan, Spruce, Teak, Linden and Elm.

eBridge Montessori School was founded in 2005 by Jin Huang, a computer software engineer and a mother of two children. She visited local Montessori Schools when her children were young. She was so impressed by the Montessori environment and decided to switch her career to education and open a high quality Montessori school, especially for working families.

To get the best possible Montessori training, in 2004, she signed up for a year of AMI primary training in Hartford, CT, about 80 miles away from her home. With her family’s support, she was actively looking for space, hiring teachers, purchasing materials, advertising, and getting ready for the school to open in the fall of 2005, as soon as she completed her training.

eBridge has been growing since:

  1. In 2005, eBridge opened with 17 children in one primary classroom (Cedar).
  2. In 2006, eBridge opened the second primary classroom (Birch).
  3. In 2008, eBridge expanded and opened the third primary classroom (Dogwood).
  4. In 2010, eBridge opened the first toddler classroom (Hickory) and the elementary classroom (Elm).
  5. In 2013 eBridge expanded and opened the second toddler classroom (Juniper).
  6. In 2014, With a waiting list for primary, eBridge decided to put the elementary program on hold and opened the fourth primary classroom (Maple).
  7. In 2017 eBridge expanded to Suite 130 and opened the CHOICE program and the fifth primary classroom (Pine).
  8. In 2018 eBridge opened the third toddler classroom (Teak).
  9. In 2019 eBridge opened the first Infant classroom (Linden).
  10. In 2021 eBridge opened the fourth toddler classroom (Spruce).
  11. In 2023 eBridge resumed the elementary classroom (Elm); and opened the fifth toddler classroom (Rowan).

We provide high-quality Montessori environments empowering children at four levels:

  • Infants (6 weeks to 15 months);
  • Toddlers (15 months to 3 years);
  • Primary (3 to 6 years old);
  • Lower elementary (6-9 years old).

In order to provide an authentic Montessori School environment to our children, we offer a variety of programs to meet the varying needs of families.

  • Montessori programs on a 5 days per week schedule
  • Half day (8:30-Noon)
  • Full day (8:30-3:00)
  • Early care (8:00 am to 8:30 am)
  • After school care (6pm for primary | 5:30pm for toddler | 4:00pm for infants)
  • Summer program (9-week sessions from June to August)
  • Kindergarten-Elementary Chorus
  • After school enrichment classes including Art, Music, Movement, and Spanish

eBridge Montessori School is open Monday to Friday, from 8:00am to 6pm.

eBridge is located at 57 East Main Street, Suite 101, in Westborough. We are on route 30 near route 9 and Lyman street. We are easily accessed from Interstate 495, the Mass Turnpike, and Route 20.

The school has ample space for the children both indoors and outside. Our classrooms are equipped with purposefully designed and aesthetically appealing materials that inspire children into exploration, engagement, and learning. We support and empower children by offering consistency and order in all our spaces and ensuring that the environment are motivating without being overstimulating. Each of our classrooms has a bathroom and two sinks.

Our large fenced outdoor playground is located quietly in the back of the building. It was recently renovated with beautiful, clean and soft artificial turf to allow children to play and have fun with the highest safety. Children enjoy the wooden climbing structure, big sandbox, bicycles, tires, etc.

eBridge is proud of a group of highly trained, dedicated, professional, loving, and committed administrators, teachers and assistants who love working with children and are deeply passionate about Montessori education. Many of our staff members have been part of the eBridge community for multiple years!

Our administrators and lead teachers are mostly trained by Association Montessori International (AMI) training centers. AMI is an organization founded by Dr. Montessori to maintain the highest standards of Montessori education.

Our assistant teachers are generally experienced traditional early childhood teachers and are certified by the Department of Early Education and Care (DEEC). They are well versed in the skills and sensibilities for guiding young children in a Montessori environment. They also offer a range of talents that enrich our classrooms and our after school programming.

eBridge children and families are from Westborough, Northborough, Shrewsbury, Southborough, Marlborough, Grafton, Hopkinton, and other surrounding towns. We have a very diverse group of families that reflects the com Save munity in the MetroWest area.

The Montessori philosophy is based on a high level of respect for the individual child, their experience, and the pattern of development. Our teachers are keen observers trained to discern the child’s developmental needs and match those with the appropriate experience of our curriculum.

Each classroom is multi-aged, thus children have a long-term, multi-year relationship with their teachers that supports optimal development and learning. The children’s learning is supported by the multi-age community of children on many levels. The younger students provide older children with opportunities to grow in empathy, responsibility, and leadership. The older children and their work provide role models for the younger children to aspire toward in their academic work and behavior within the classroom community.

The Montessori Curriculum covers five key learning areas, including Practical Life, Sensorial, Mathematics, Language, Culture (including science, geography, music, art, history, etc.)

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Our Mission

eBridge Montessori School’s mission is to prepare children for life. Through the practice of our core values “Independence, Love, Respect, and Responsibility” we initiate children’s lifelong learning, empower their social, emotional, and intellectual development, and prepare them to be responsible, peaceful citizens of the world.

Careers at eBridge

eBridge Montessori School is proud to have a group of educators and professionals who share the same vision, love working with children, and dedication to their work. To create a stable community, eBridge is looking for teachers with long-term commitment. We welcome mature, independent, motivated, and qualified educators to join our team.

Accreditation

eBridge Montessori School maintains the highest standards by following the guidelines from Dr. Montessori’s organization (AMI), actively involved in Montessori School’s of Massachusetts community and is licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

Faculty and Staff

eBridge Montessori School is staffed with a group of well trained, highly professional, enthusiastic, loving, and committed teachers. All lead teachers are trained by AMI training centers. AMI is the training and regulatory group founded by Dr. Montessori during her lifetime in order to maintain the highest standards of her philosophy.

Our Staff

We are proud to introduce our outstanding, committed, professional team.

Infant & Toddler / Linden Class

Joannie McPhetridge | Teacher

Mosa Khatun | Teacher

Toddler / Hickory Class

Yun Liu | Lead Teacher

Arpita Garai | Assistant Teacher

Toddler / Juniper Class

Karpagasundari Vanchinathan | Lead Teacher

ShuJiao Liu | Assistant Teacher

Margaret Aguilar | Assistant Teacher

Toddler / Rowan Class

Sabrina Stivaletta | Lead Teacher

Shumaila Batool | Lead Teacher

Brenna Mullins | Assistant Teacher

Toddler / Spruce Class

Pooja Kumari | Lead Teacher

Angela Erickson | Assistant Teacher

Mary Riad | Assistant Teacher

Toddler / Teak Class

Ashley Benitez | Lead Teacher

Velankani Eda | Assistant Teacher

Primary / Birch Class

Debra Ramsey | Lead Teacher

Miriam Acero | Assistant Teacher

Primary / Cedar Class

Nevine Ali | Lead Teacher

Harinaksh Shivashankar | Assistant Teacher

Uma Kasi | Assistant Teacher

Primary / Dogwood Class

Dawn Wetherell | Lead Teacher

Surekha Kochavara | Assistant Teacher

Em Meek | Assistant Teacher

Primary / Maple Class

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Bryanna Young | Lead Teacher

Rajashree Joga | Assistant Teacher

Primary / Pine Class

Sherine Garas | Lead Teacher

Tammi Armstrong | Assistant Teacher

Yulia Aidelman | Assistant Teacher

Elementary / Elm Class

Susanna Merrill | Lead Teacher

Afterschool / Acorn Room

Harinaksh Shivashankar | After School Teacher

Gabriela Banville | After School Teacher

Em Meek | Assistant Teacher

Afterschool / Oak Room

Hansa Makhijani | After School Teacher

Paul Griffin | After School Teacher

Enrichment Class / Chorus

Jennifer Lentz | Chorus

Administration

Jin Huang| Head of School

Angela Ueshiro | Assistant Head of School

Rebecca Walker | Director of Admissions and Academics

Vanessa Landyn | Office Manager

Our Staff

We are proud to introduce our outstanding, committed, professional team.

Toddler/ Hickory Class

Yun Liu | Lead Teacher

Arpita Garai | Assistant Teacher

Toddler/ Juniper Class

Sue Vanchinathan | Lead Teacher

ShuJiao Liu | Assistant Teacher

Toddler/ Rowan Class

Sabrina Stivaletta | Assistant Teacher

Shumaila Batool | Assistant Teacher

Brenna Mullins | Assistant Teacher

Toddler/ Spruce Class

Pooja Kumari | Lead Teacher

Angela Erickson | Assistant Teacher

Mary Riad | Assistant Teacher

Toddler/ Teak Class

Ashley Benitez | Lead Teacher

Velankani Eda | Assistant Teacher

Infant / Linden Class

Joannie McPhetridge | Teacher

Mosa Khatun | Teacher

Primary/Birch Class

Debra Ramsey | Lead Teacher

Miriam Acero | Assistant Teacher

Primary/Cedar Class

Nevine Ali | Lead Teacher

Harinaksh Shivashankar| Assistant Teacher

Uma Kasi | Assistant Teacher

Primary/Dogwood Class

Dawn Wetherell | Lead Teacher

Surekha Kochavara| Assistant Teacher

Em Meek| Assistant Teacher

Primary / Pine Class

Sherine Garas| Lead Teacher

Tammi Armstrong | Assistant Teacher

Yulia Aidelman | Assistant Teacher

Primary / Maple Class

Bryanna Young | Lead Teacher

Rajashree Joga | Assistant Teacher

Elementary/Elm Class

Susanna Merrill | Lead Teacher

Enrichment Class / Chorus

Jennifer Lentz | Chorus

After-school/Acorn Room

Harinaksh Shivashankar| After-School Teacher

Hansa Makhijani | After-School Teacher

Paul Griffin | After School Teacher

Em Meek| Assistant Teacher

Administration

Jin Huang| Head of School

Angela Ueshiro | Assistant Head of School

Rebecca Walker | Director of Admissions and Academics

Vanessa Landyn | Office Manager

Parents’ Voices

Our current and prospective parents are encouraged to observe our classrooms. The following notes are from our parent observation notebook:

I have never seen such a co-operative working environment. Each child working independently was quite impressive. These “tasks” were new to me, but quite incredible. Polishing a box, settling a flower arrangement, not your normal preschool activity. It was so nice to see children putting everything back in its place. There did not seem to be much redirection for these children. Lots of focusing on their specific task and the least amount of guidance seemed normal. Witnessing one child explaining a problem he was having and then another butting in to be connected with the hand on the teacher’s shoulder was just perfect. Lots of pride in accomplishment, happy and helpful children. Thank you for this opportunity, I was quite impressed.

The children appear to be very focused and attentive in the tasks they have undertaken. Most of them also appear to be self-sufficient in putting things away when the exercise or work is complete.

Loved watching the children address and solve problems on their own. The older children were such good little teachers. Enjoyed watching a tiny girl working on the pink tower.

The children seemed to have gained even more independence compared to the fall observation. I observed Mrs. Peerzade giving a lesson on the decimal system to multiple children. It was great to see how the children worked together in small groups.

The kids were terrific-attentive to their work, well behaved, accommodating each other, etc. It was wonderful to see my daughter work with other children. Also saw her guiding younger children and demonstrating leadership.

It’s amazing how kids are involved in different activities all by themselves. It’s nice to see older kids helping the younger ones. Most kids tend to finish before switching over to another activity. I really wish they’d clean up the same way at home.

This is my second observation; every time I wonder how beautifully it works. Every child seems so disciplined and enjoying freedom at the same time. Even the smallest children are busy and independent.

I enjoyed observing in my daughter’s classroom. I was very pleased to see children working on their own, learning skills that will help them in real life. My daughter was cutting celery with a real knife. I never allowed her to use a knife at home and was pleasantly surprised to see how confident she was in the kitchen area. I was pleased to see children practicing math, reading books, practicing things that will help them academically.

My son was so focused he didn’t notice me for half of the time [of the observation]. I am surprised how long he could stay on one activity without moving to something else.

The classroom is very spacious and kids are choosing work and doing it, without lots of direction. It is very nice to see that.

The creativity and intelligence of our classroom teacher is once again manifest to myself and I am so grateful to her vision of inclusion and her passion for history, the sciences, the humanities and the arts. Thanks again for providing a school that enriches all of our lives.

The mood in the classroom was peaceful and productive! The collaborative environment is so wonderful and the friendships are great to see. Thank you for guiding our children to be self-directed with reliable organizational skills taught. They are well on their way toward growing into competent, caring, directed adults with happy spirits and the academics to back them in whatever they do with their bright futures.