Boulder County, Colorado

boyblackboardOur Staff

All teachers have Colorado credentials, have completed 15 training hours per year including CPR, First Aid and Standard Precautions. Lead teachers are Early Childhood Teacher Qualified, have at least some college education, and extensive experience working with young children. Lead Teachers have completed Montessori training for infants and toddlers.

Our staff is multicultural, coming from Asia, Europe and the Americas. But they are unified in their love of the youngest children and their dedication to each child's development.


Teachers work as a team within the classroom and as a group at Heart and Hands Montessori. They work with each other to uphold the highest standard of care.

Ongoing Staff Training

All teachers and administrators are expected to meet state standards of 15 clock training hours per year. In addition staff must keep current First Aid, CPR and Universal Precautions training. Training is offered throughout the year during Professional Development sessions or on weekends.

Director and Assistant Director

Heart and Hands Montessori

Susan Sears Smith, M.A., M.Ed. (with Montessori Specialty) has been working in Early Childhood Education since 1998. She has served as an Assistant Teacher, Lead Teacher, Assistant Director and Head of School in Boulder County and the Czech Republic. Susan has two Montessori diplomas, from Birth to 3 (Assistants to Infancy) and 3-6 (Primary). Having completed the Foundations course in RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers), she has completed a mentorship and is now in the RIE internship phase. She is Director Qualified (3.0 qualification) and has a Colorado Level 6 Early Childhood Professional credential with infant/toddler endorsement. (The State has six levels of professional credentials.)

Heart and Hands Montessori

Patricia Speth, M. Ed. Earned her B.A. in psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2013. She then completed her Montessori Assistance to Infancy teacher training from The Montessori Institute, Denver in 2014 and completed her Masters of Education with a focus in Montessori Infancy in 2015 from the Center for Montessori Education at Loyola University, Maryland.  She is a third generation Montessorian and currently has 3 children in Montessori schools.  Patricia Joined Heart and Hands in 2017 when her son William joined the Infant community.  She then returned in 2021 with her youngest child and became the Lead Teacher in the Toddler 2 classroom. During that year she completed the Foundations course in RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers) and became Director certified. In 2023 she became our Assistant Director/Lead Toddler guide.   


Updated - January 20, 2023

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