May 2017

A note from the Pine Room

Posted On: 05/09/2017
By: Kaitlyn Deis

Dear Pine room families,


I am writing to share with you that I will be saying goodbye to IMS this summer.  As many of you know, my husband has been working at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and will be joining him there.  I have been inspired by my IMS experience, and have also decided to pursue my Montessori certification after my move.  I have loved working with your children, and the Pine room team.  It has been an exciting year full of amazing experiences.  I have enjoyed watching your children change over the year.  I have appreciated the little stories they have shared with me, and the warm hugs they have given me.  I have loved the curious questions they have asked, and the wealth of information they have shared.  I will also miss seeing your smiles in the morning, and around town.  I will always be an Ithacan, and am sure I will be back for visits.

Finally, thank you to Olive, Cait, and Elizabeth for being supportive this year.  I have loved learning from them and am honored to have these amazing women in my life.



Doa Abdel-Ghany




Hello Pine Families!


It has been both a joy and a privilege to work in the Pine room this semester. I have loved getting to know each student and will miss them greatly, as well as the teachers. My husband, Ben, is graduating from Cornell at the end of May. He will be graduating with a Masters Degree in City and Regional Planning. We knew our time in Ithaca would only be two years for his grad school and as it goes, we will be moving this June. Currently, we are waiting on offers for certain positions in various cities; D.C., San Francisco, Chicago, New York City, Singapore, Hawaii, and Manilla. It is exciting to see what’s ahead! I am grateful for this opportunity to work with such a wonderful community. I want to thank each of you and wish you an incredible summer!




Cait Coleman



Carolyn Sirkin is joining The Pine room at The Ithaca Montessori School, currently she is in The Elm room supporting the teaching staff. Carolyn has been teaching visual art and early childhood education since 1991. Carolyn has a Masters of Fine Arts, specializing in ceramics and a Masters of Art Education.

Carolyn taught at The Washington Market School, a Montessori preschool in New York City. There she was a classroom teacher and then she developed an art program for the school and became the art teacher. She most recently was the arts specialist at a Reggio Emilia influenced preschool in Los Angeles, California.

Carolyn decided to live in Ithaca because her sister and her family live here. She is also excited that Ithaca has a large artist community.

In her spare time, Carolyn likes to go hiking and to work on her art and pottery. She has started working on writing and illustrating a children’s story book, it is based on her three cats.

She is excited to be with Ithaca Montessori School and to work with your children.