Primary 1

Julie Shores, Head Teacher

When Julie first encountered Montessori she was a Nanny for a KMS family. While working for them Julie volunteered at the school. She listened to readers, drove on field trips, and substituted in the classroom. In 1999 Julie started working as an assistant in the classroom for three years. She then went on to do her Montessori teacher training through Northeast Montessori Institute and earned her primary Montessori teaching credential. Now in her seventeenth year as a Primary Head Teacher, she also holds an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from KVCC and earned her BA from UMA in Applied Science with a minor in Early Childhood Services.  She enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching the Red Sox, working in her flower garden outside and tending to her plants inside.  You might even spot her selling and taking tickets at many different Winslow High School sporting events. Julie resides in Winslow with her cat, Pumpkin.

Maureen Vashon, Assistant
Maureen Vashon is in her twelfth year as an Assistant Teacher at KMS. She graduated from the University of Maine at Orono in 1990 and moved to Pennsylvania shortly after. Maureen first encountered the Montessori method of teaching at a preschool in Pennsylvania and worked there for two years before having twin boys and moving back to Maine to be closer to family. Once she was back in Maine, she finished her Montessori training and started working at KMS in 1999. In March of 2000, Maureen left KMS to have her youngest child. Once all her children were in school full time, Maureen returned to KMS as the Assistant Teacher in P-1 with Julie, where she continues today. Maureen has loved being in Julie’s class and has really enjoyed developing her teaching skills in every area of the classroom. She loves watching the children blossom as they grow in Montessori and especially likes doing music and movement with the children any chance she gets! In her spare time, Maureen loves to sing and is in a community band and sings at church. Maureen also loves to give back by volunteering throughout the community in various capacities. She lives in Winslow with her husband Mike, and three boys, who all attended KMS.