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About the Willow Directress:october 19 2018 006

Sue Selvaggi - Lead Directress

I worked in the insurance industry for almost 10 years but shortly after I had my two children my passion changed to preschool.  

I had begun my career as an educator while assistant teaching at Magnolia Montessori School and proud to say that after working for Magnolia it inspired me to earn an AMS Montessori Teaching Credential in the ages 0-3 years. Teaching and understanding the work of Maria Montessori has brought substantial pleasure to my life on a professional and personal level.  She was an extraordinary woman with a wonderful vision, and I find her life truly remarkable.    

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, going on road trips in our camper, and taking care of my lively chickens.  My family and I have lived in Hunterdon County for several years and could not be happier to be a part of this wonderful community. I love reading to children and a lot of my inspiration is drawn through books.  I believe reading is so important to develop language, vocabulary and imagination; not only as a child but also as an adult.  There is an open wide world out there and my hope is to instill in ALL my children the skills and confidence to meet the world at large.

Laura Jamison - Lead Directress

My name is Mrs. Laura and I am an Infant Teacher here at Magnolia. I have been with Magnolia since we opened back in 2016 but have been with infants, toddlers and early childhood since high school. I always wanted to be a teacher as I had the best examples growing up in my academic schooling. When I was introduced to Maria Montessori and her work, everything clicked for me and I don’t think I would ever go back. I believe children are our future and everyday I see what capable little people they are. I enjoy my job as I get to experience first hand the developing independence, capability and self discovery in every child. Watching their excitement when they complete a challenging task brings me so much joy! I love being a part of Magnolia, and can truly say I have the best job in the world! During my free time I enjoy baking, arts and crafts and reading books! I enjoy incorporating cooking and art in my classroom. I recently got married and I reside in Hunterdon County. I have training as Emergency Medical Technician and am also bilingual in Spanish.

Classroom Overview:

In the Willow room, we believe every day is a new adventure and new opportunities await.  Not only do we want to teach our children to love learning but we want to see them become motivated and model skills to get to that next level.

Our goal is to teach our children to develop a passion and feel the power that comes from focus, communication, understanding one another and respect.  Most of all to just always be kind.  We offer many opportunities for Hands On learning and our focus is that of Maria Montessori’s; we need to encourage children to learn by letting them touch, feel and do. 

Not only do we want our children to be as independent as possible, we thrive for them to be successful at what they do and negotiate life circumstances on their own. We help them understand what they are doing and what is occurring around them.  We believe with the right support, children become more self-determined and self-directed. To achieve these goals, we observe what they are currently capable of doing, provide the right level of assistance, and then fade our support as rapidly as possible to achieve a more independent and self-aware child. The Willow Room is not only a classroom full of lively children but a community that assists one another and forms close bonds as well as substantial relationships.  Because of our age span, it is important to us that we encourage each child to become a mentor and appreciate how valuable relationships can be. 

The image and spirit of a Willow tree represents strength and stability. The trunks structure stands firm and can withstand the greatest of challenges.  It’s a representation of balance, as well as learning, growth and harmony.  Just like the tree, every child has an inner spirit and the Willow Room anticipates capturing that spirit and watching it grow. 

Thoughts from the Willow Directresses: 
“I believe we can develop a strong bond and sense of community through laughter.  So if I can make my children laugh everyday then I know we are one step closer in achieving our goals” - Mrs. Sue
"I find that each day is a new experience for both myself and the children. Working at Magnolia and seeing the smiles on each child’s face is satisfaction in itself to me." - Ms. Janice

Contact the Willow Room:

Mrs. Susanna and Mrs. Laura are available via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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