Our Teachers


Pat Haas currently serves as ChildLight’s Administrator. She received her BA in English from Lafayette College in Easton, PA. After graduation, she was employed as Production Manager for Rodale Press (Prevention Magazine, Organic Gardening). Pat continued her education through graduate courses in New York City and at local colleges here in the Seacoast area.

Pat returned to her interest in Education when she began searching for a preschool for her own children. She gained experience through her work at Montessori schools in Rye and Stratham. Pat received her Montessori Certification in 1990.

Pat founded ChildLight Montessori School as a nonprofit facility in 1995. For 13 years, the school was located in a classroom attached to Pat’s home. In 2008, Pat was able to oversee the construction of ChildLight’s present solar/geothermal building.


Arleen Howard joined the staff of ChildLight in 1997, serving as an Assistant in a Primary Program and as Science Teacher in the extended Day program. Arleen has a great love of science. College studies in science at Regis College, work as a Yale University lab technician and experience as a high school science teacher all have advanced her knowledge in the area. She was first introduced to the Montessori philosophy while working at a New Haven, CT Montessori school where she developed a science program within their curriculum. Arleen has continued her studies through attendance at Montessori Assistant and Advanced Assistant Training programs.


Valerie Kolb joined the ChildLight staff in 1996 as a teacher and French instructor. She serves as Head Teacher in a primary classroom and French Teacher. Valerie received her AMS certification through the Northeast Montessori Institute in 2002. Valerie also serves as Lead Teacher for the staff, providing insight and guidance regarding classroom environments and curriculum.


Monique Lavergne-Morgan serves as Head Teacher in a primary classroom. She formed a great appreciation for the Montessori Method while her two children attended ChildLight…so much so that she decided to pursue AMS Montessori training and certification.

Monique grew up in Boston and graduated from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy with a BS in Marine Safety and Environmental Protection. Through work and school she was able to fulfill her dream to visit different parts of the world. Monique now lives with her family in Berwick, ME.


Laura Eves has been part of the ChildLight community continuously since 2008 as a parent. In 2014 she joined the staff part-time and is serving as the Assistant to the Administrator. Laura’s main role is managing the school’s financials.

Laura grew up in Indiana. She received her BS in Education and Social Policy with a concentration in Psychological Services from Northwestern University. She obtained her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Laura currently lives with her husband and three children in North Berwick.


Sandi Valentino joined the ChildLight staff in 2016 as our After Care Teacher and is assisting part-time in the morning program. She received an associate degree in early childhood education and has spent 20 plus years creating fun learning environments for young children. Sandi loves music, songs, and story telling, and she looks forward to sharing that joy with the children of ChildLight. Sandi lives in Wells, ME, where she and her husband raised two sons.


Marcy Sewell-Knight has been a part of ChildLight as a parent and volunteer for the past two years. She spent the last five years home with her two young daughters andis now excited to join the staff as an Assistant Teacher. Marcy has a BA in English Literature from the University of Southern Maine. She loves reading, and especially loves reading children's books. She also enjoys gardening and making crafts with her family at their home in Somersworth, New Hampshire.