Staff

Rita Pace
I have worked in early childhood education for nearly 30 years. In that time, I have cared for over a hundred children in the Charlottesville area. Most importantly, I love working with young children as they first begin to develop their individual personalities. I have my Infant and Toddler Certification from the American Montessori Society, and I believe each child develops in a way that is unique to him or her. I specialize in creating educational environments for infants and toddlers that foster growth and independence, and my goal is to work with parents to fully meet their child’s unique cognitive, emotional, social and physical needs.

Christina Pace
After growing up in Charlottesville and attending the city school system, I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Virginia Polytechnic and State University. I continued my education at the College of William and Mary, where I earned my Masters in Education with an emphasis in Gifted Education. Since returning to Charlottesville, I have worked at Village School and Tandem Friends School. I became a mother in September of 2015, and found the perfect reason to finally fulfill my mom and my dream to begin our own school. Together, the three of us paved the way for Generations Montessori School.
 
Maggie Passino
I am a Charlottesville native who grew up in a homeschooling community. I attended Tandem Friends School, and after graduating I worked in the sheep industry in much of the Midwest of the US.  I am currently in a training program to receive my Infant and Toddler Montessori Certification, and enjoy seeing the development of young children within a Montessori setting.
Shanley Chandler
I recently graduated from Providence College, where I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in History, and during my four years there I became active in a number of programs that worked with children. I enjoy working with infants and toddlers in particular because not only are these some of the most critical years of their lives but I love seeing how each child’s interests develop. In every way these children are growing and to have the opportunity to be a part of that growth is a special thing.

 
Sara Strong
I grew up in Charlottesville and graduated from Monticello HS. I received my BA in Art and American History from Ferrum College and went on to pursue my Masters Degree in Historic Preservation at George Washington University. While in DC, I Interned with the National Trust for Historic Preservation as well as the Smithsonian American Art Museum. After graduate school, my husband and I returned to Charlottesville to start a family in the town we call home. I have taught numerous ARC swimming lessons over the past 14 years for both Albemarle county and UVa. I worked as a teacher’s assistant at Millstone of Ivy and have been a nanny for several local families. My son, Ben, will be joining our Toddler class this fall.
Erin James
I have worked with children of all ages for over a decade. While studying English and education at the University of Virginia, I spent summers working as a camp counselor, both leading outdoor trips with middle school students and teaching yoga to children from ages three to twelve. I worked at The Village School and Tandem Friends School while completing my teaching licensure at Mary Baldwin College, and for the last six years I have taught English in both Greene County and Albemarle County Public Schools. I also have a Calming Kids yoga certification and love doing yoga with children. Since becoming a mother in the spring of 2017, my focus has shifted to infant and early childhood development, and I am currently working towards completing my Montessori teacher training through the North American Montessori Center. I am so excited and thankful to be a part of the Generations Montessori School community.