Teachers & Staff
Founder & Director
a.m. 3-6 class
head preschool & kindergarten
Linda Bliss attended Franklin Pierce College (now Franklin Pierce University) in Ringe, New Hampshire. She graduated in the top ten of her class with a triple major of psychology, fine arts & elementary education. From there she attended the Montessori institute at Boston College. She has taught for over 30 years.
Linda started The Colonel Shepard Montessori School in 21 years ago. She has been both director and a teacher since 1995.
Linda has a love for art, making learning materials, teaching reading, swimming, and boating. She has 2 accomplished children. Her son, Dan, has an economics degree and works for Oracle. Her daughter, Morgan, has a degree in psychology and works with autistic children. Linda has been an Amherst, NH resident for 20 years.
Claudia joined The Milford Montessori in 2008 as head preschool/kindergarten teacher. Claudia completed her MACTE Primary Diploma at Santa Monica Montessori Training Institute in Santa Monica, California. She received her B.A in Music Education from University of Hartford and A.S in business from Nashua Community College. Before moving to New Hampshire, Claudia was lead teacher in Montessori classrooms in both Santa Monica, California and London, England. She was also a public school instrumental music teacher in Waterbury, Connecticut, and Mont Vernon, NH. Outside of teaching, Claudia enjoys performing, running, cooking, and gardening. Her daughter attends Colonel Shepard Montessori School.
Carla Verstraete had been a Milford resident since 2003, along with her husband, Erik and two girls, Lexi (16) and Anna (9). She has worked with children over the years in many environments including daycare, as a youth counselor on a cruise ship and with children with special needs. She found Montessori when her eldest daughter was entering kindergarten. She was so impressed with the theory and results that she decided to pursue her Montessori credential in 2005. She has now been passionately teaching preschool and Kindergarten for the past 11 years. In the classroom she loves being able to spark the interests of the children so that they are excited about learning. Providing a rich, prepared environment is the foundation for this. Modeling appropriate and polite behavior is also integral to a successful class. When children have a hard time with social situations it is Carla's belief that it's important to help the children find the appropriate words and help them to find a peaceful solution. At circle time she likes to sing, dance, do movement games, yoga, a little bit of sign language and most of all to have fun.