Children’s House Directress
Mary Blatnik has been teaching at Hudson Montessori School going on 23 years. Ms. Blatnik earned two degrees from Kent State University, a BA in Psychology and a BA in Studio Art, graduating Summa Cum Laude and with Highest University Honors. She went on to receive her AMI Primary Montessori diploma from the Ohio Montessori Training Institute and a M.Ed. from Cleveland State University. Ms. Blatnik wears several hats at HMS. She teaches in the Children’s House Program, coordinates the Ceramics Studio, offers art camps during the summer and is the mother of an HMS students.
Ms. Blatnik became interested in Montessori when working at an inner city Montessori program. The well-made materials and the individualistic and flexible approach to learning impressed her. It paralleled her art education, setting up limits to a project while allowing for exploration and personal growth in an atmosphere of trust and respect. Ms. Blatnik continues to enjoy the complexity and richness of the Montessori approach. She values the adaptability of the materials to support a wide variety of learners.
“I am grateful to teach in an environment that allows children the time and opportunity to explore their interests, tackle their challenges and develop a sense of mastery. As a teacher, and a mother, I believe that HMS is a wonderful place for children to grow into confident and competent individuals.”
When at home, Ms. Blatnik enjoys digging in soil, art activities and home restoration projects with her husband, daughters, dog, multiple cats and chickens.
Children’s House Directress
Jennifer worked at a Montessori school while completing her undergraduate degree and decided to continue her education by enrolling at the Ohio Montessori Training Institute in Cleveland, Ohio where she received her AMI Primary certification. Jennifer moved to Ohio after her training and joined Hudson Montessori School in 1997 after working for a year at another school in the area. Jennifer has worked as a course assistant for the Ohio Montessori Training Institute at courses in Cleveland and New York, and she gives workshops for teachers on material-making for the classroom.
When not at HMS you would likely find Jennifer spending time with her husband hiking, kayaking, running or just sitting at home watching old movies and knitting. She also like to volunteer at church and at Cups Cafe.
“It is an honor to be part of the Hudson Montessori School family. I feel so privileged to be able to journey with these children through the early years of their lives.”
Rachel grew up down the road from Hudson Montessori School in Twinsburg, Ohio. Her parents enrolled her in HMS when she was three years old and she continued through 6th level. After high school, she attended Hiram College for Early Childhood Education. She knew she wanted to become a Montessori guide ever since she was in second grade in Ms. Laura White’s class. She was drawn to the materials and the teachers. There has never been another career option in her mind! After college, she attended the Montessori Training Center of Minnesota, located in St. Paul, Minnesota. During the training, she began her graduate studies in Education through Loyola University of Maryland, and completed it in the summer of 2014. She has an abundance of memories from her early days as a student at HMS and is thrilled to be the first alumni to come back to work at the school!
In her spare time she can be found supporting our local Cleveland sports teams, walking through her favorite stores (Target and JoAnn Fabrics) looking for crafty things to do, and spending time at home with her two cats, Furnando and Orbi. She is looking forward to countless more magnificant years of guiding children toward their own self-discoveries!
Chris graduated from John Carroll University and went on to complete her Paralegal Certification in Akron. She worked as a paralegal for many years in downtown Cleveland.
Chris was involved in the Hudson PTO while her two children attended the Hudson schools. Because she found it sometimes difficult to say “No”….. she was co-chair of PTO Membership for 5 years.
She found her way to HMS via Tracy Keenan, Director of Development at HMS. Tracy asked if she was interested in helping out for an hour during lunch in the Children’s House. That hour turned into three and half hours everyday which led into working the Summer Camp and After-Care hours.
She is so grateful everyday that HMS is in her life. The work has kept her busy and she learns something new each day.
Cindi and her family are very involved with 4H and helping Veterans. She is an instructor for a Veteran’s creative writing class through Warrior’s Journey Home and Wick Poetry Center at Kent State Univerisity. Cindi, her husband, and two daughters use their horses to help Veterans with post combat issues. Cindi can never get enough of the outdoors and enjoys riding her horse, sailing, hiking, biking and exploring the natural world of Ohio. She is excited to be back in the Montessori classroom where she always felt at home.