- Marigold Montessori is an early childhood learning community that integrates and empowers families providing a strong foundation to ensure future success for our youngest citizens.
- Marigold Montessori is accessible to all students in Haverhill regardless of race or socioeconomic status because we believe that communities are more successful when every child receives academic, social and emotional support from a young age.
- Marigold Montessori supports Haverhill’s revitalization by addressing the source of startling crime statistics by intervening early in life before children take that path and instead empowering all students to become productive contributors to our community. Effective early childhood education is a key lever for ending cycles of poverty and crime in Haverhill’s struggling neighborhoods.
- Marigold Montessori is a Wildflower School, an innovative approach to learning started at the MIT Media Lab.
Janet Begin, Executive Director and Lead Teacher
Janet Begin is passionate about providing Montessori education in the public sector, and launched Urban Village Montessori as a way to support Haverhill’s revitalization by providing access to this unique educational approach for all young children in the city. Janet started her work in public sector Montessori education in 2001 when she began work to form the founding group for Haverhill’s first charter school, Hill View Montessori Charter Public School. She continued to serve as the founding Chair of the Board of Trustees and later as the school’s Executive Director for four years. Energized by the impact a strong Montessori education can have on children, Janet completed Montessori training and returned to the classroom as an early childhood Montessori teacher. During the start-up of Urban Village Montessori, Janet taught for a year in a tuition-free Montessori-inspired after school program that she helped launch for elementary-aged children in the city center.
Janet worked for 12 years in the hi-tech industry before entering the field of education in 1998. Janet holds an American Montessori Society Early Childhood Teaching Credential and is certified in Massachusetts as both a teacher and principal. She also earned a BS in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an MS in Computer Engineering from Boston University, and a M.Ed. in Elementary Education from Lesley University. Janet is involved in the community as a member of Kiwanis. She is Secretary of Team Haverhill, an organization dedicated to making the city a better place to live, learn, work and play. In her work with Team Haverhill, Janet is collaborating with neighbors to help ensure that the Portland Street Playground is a positive place for members of that community.
In 2006, Janet was inducted into the YWCA Academy of Woman for outstanding leadership, significant achievement, and personal empowerment. She has also published work including two papers on charter-district collaboration and a 2012 NAMTA journal article entitled, “Montessori Early Childhood Education in the Public Sector: Opportunities and Challenges.”
Linda Malbon, Co-Director and Lead Teacher
Linda Malbon has 26 years of experience in Early Education. Linda has a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Westfield State College. She is certified as an Infant/Toddler and Pre-school Lead Teacher and is Director qualified with the Department of Early Education and Care. She has experience in curriculum development, administration and staff development. Linda is currently enrolled in Montessori training, and her goal is to develop the best Montessori learning environment for children at Urban Village Montessori School.
Linda enjoys partnering with families to develop each child’s abilities, talents, and interests. She especially enjoys nature and sharing the wonder of the natural world with children, through hands on exploration and information.
Linda enjoys gardening and comments that “landscapes are always changing and the gardener constantly adapts to soil, climate, and animals – similar to teaching: getting to know the students by observation, adapting to their needs, and planning to meet each child’s unique developmental path”. She also enjoys road biking and challenging herself to get out and enjoy our beautiful world.