Faculty Profiles | Sandwich Montessori School

Faculty Profiles


Jane Haley, Head of School and Teacher, has worked with children at the primary level since 1996 having spent the three years prior to coming to the Sandwich Montessori School working as a lead teacher for the town of Mashpee. Since joining our faculty in 1999, Jane has helped the children with dramatic play, French, and enjoyed her experience in the Practical Life Room prior to becoming the lead teacher in the Montessori Room. Jane has a great love of the children and helps each work toward achieving his or her best. Jane has her Montessori education and certification through the American Montessori Society. She is the Co-Director of the Children’s House and is our Primary Education Director. Jane has a B.A. degree in elementary education and is Director Certified by the Department of Early Education and Care.

Geraldine Boles, Piano Teacher, is a native of Ireland, a graduate of The New England Conservatory and a fully-certified piano instructor in the Suzuki Method.  She has taught at Indian Hill School in Littleton, at South Shore Conservatory and at Westford Suzuki School. At present, Geraldine teaches piano and theory in her Sandwich studio and directs musicals for Cape Cod theatres, mostly at Cotuit Centre for Arts and Falmouth Theatre Guild. A delightful part of her musical life is spent teaching at The Sandwich Montessori School!   Geraldine is also an organist and sings with The Chatham Chorale. 

Nancy Dedrick, Teacher at Children’s House, joined our faculty in the winter of 2007. Prior to moving to Sandwich, Nancy spent seventeen years working in the communications industry. Upon moving to the Cape she enjoyed many years as a stay at home mom volunteering in her children’s schools and within the community. Following two years of caring for Sarah’s young daughter, while she studied for her Montessori Certification through the American Montessori Society’s New England Montessori Teacher Education Center, Nancy joined our faculty. Nancy’s love and respect of children are appreciated by all who attend the Children’s House. Nancy is Lead Teacher Certified by the Department of Early Education and Care.

Elizabeth Stella Ford, Art Teacher, joined our community in 2002, first as a parent and active member of SMEAF, then joined our faculty as a well received teacher in 2007. Liz is a self-taught artist that has had various gallery shows in Seattle, Washington and the South Shore of Massachusetts. She has a playful nature that lends well to her interactions with the children. “…they teach me as much as I teach them. I take great delight in their accomplishments.” Liz is Teacher Certified by the Department of Early Education and Care. 

Rod McCaulley, Music Teacher and Guitar Teacher, is an experienced free- lance bassist performing both Classical & Jazz. He also teaches string bass, electric bass guitar, piano improvisation & theory privately at Sandwich Montessori & at his Yarmouth studio. He counts among his teachers in N.Y.C. bassists Michael Moore (plays with Dave Brubeck) and Jack Lesberg (formerly on staff of NBC). He studied piano with the late John Mehegan (Julliard faculty member). Rod also studied theory & jazz piano with Berklee chair head of Harmony department- Paul Schmeling. He is presently a contracted bass section member of New Bedford Symphony. Rod has played with Cape Cod, Plymouth MA & Nashua NH symphonies. Rod is an active member of the Cape Cod, Boston & N.Y.C. music scene since the early 80’s having played with Ruby Braff, Gray Sergent, Dick Johnson, Lou Colombo, Artie Shaw Orchestra, Maxine Sullivan & many others. He loves teaching students of all levels & ages as much as performing. As a teacher, Rod gives special emphasis on instilling musicality and identifying and correcting technical problems according to individual needs.

Janet McCarthy, teacher at Children’s House, joined our faculty in 2006 and is enjoying being a part of our Montessori Family. Janet brings to us her years of experience in working with the public in the field of retail and business. She worked in the retail business for eight years while living in Sandwich. Prior to relocating to the Cape, Janet worked for fourteen years at Blue Cross/Blue Shield in Boston. As a working mother, Janet is familiar with fostering both creativity and independence in children. She offers a positive energy and kindness to all of those she works with, not to mention being an expert at multi-tasking! Children are naturally drawn to her nurturing personality. Janet is embracing this new chapter in her life and the Montessori experience.  Janet is Teacher Certified by the Department of Early Education and Care.

Yoko Furihata Waynen, Japanese teacher, began studying violin at the age of 3 at the original Suzuki school in Nagano, Japan and on occasion, was fortunate to received advice from Dr. Shinichi Suzuki himself. She earned her music degree from Soai University in Osaka, Japan and later continued her studies at the University of Wyoming and Longy School of Music in Cambridge. Yoko is currently a faculty member at the Cape Cod Conservatory as well as a member of the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra. Yoko joined the faculty of Sandwich Montessori School as a Japanese teacher in the fall of 2013.