Dear Bay Farm Families,
We are thrilled to introduce our new Middle School Humanities Teacher, Margaret Monteith. Margaret joins us from the Meadowbrook School of Weston, where she taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade English, and where she was able to work with her students in the school’s Eureka Lab on project based learning and design based thinking units. A native of California, Margaret earned a BA from the University of Southern California in English and the Humanities with a French minor. She was in USC’s Thematic Option undergraduate honors program, and she spent her junior year at the University of Paris. After college, Margaret worked at a visual arts program run by Bard College in Provence before earning a MA in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and an MFA in Fiction from Brooklyn College. The recipient of an NEH teacher’s stipend to study Petrarch in Avignon, she has taught at the Browning School, Friends Seminary, Brooklyn College, and then Dexter Southfield after moving to Boston for her husband’s job as a professor in the photography department at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She took time off from teaching to be home with her now five year old son Graham, who will also be joining the Bay Farm community in our kindergarten classroom.
An engaged teacher with years of experience in middle schools, Margaret is dedicated to the ideals of progressive education and to teaching the whole child. She is inspired by Bay Farm’s mission of teaching and learning from a place of joy, purpose, and compassion, and she is excited to meet our students as individuals, as writers and thinkers, and to help them prepare for the challenges of high school and beyond. Having taught on both the high school and college level, as well as in elementary and middle school, she understands where students are coming from and where they are going. Her preference is to teach middle school because it is an age of creativity and change, expansion and growth, when students are still children, but when they are also developing and embracing their new abstract reasoning skills in preparation for teenaged and adult life. While this year will be her first at a Montessori school, she is inspired by Montessori tenets and ideals as a progressive educator who believes in the inherent value and worth of each student as a unique learner.
In addition to her work as a teacher, Margaret is also a published fiction writer who has attended the Bread Loaf, Sewanee, and Tin House writing conferences and whose work has appeared in BOMB, Fugue, The Evergreen Review and other places. A regular volunteer in her community, she led tours at the Merchants House Museum in Manhattan for many years, volunteer tutored at 826 Boston, and helped get common sense gun legislation passed with Moms Demand Action. She has also travelled widely due to her husband’s photography work, and they have lived in Italy and the Czech Republic in addition to their time France. Her diverse experiences make her flexible, open-minded, and adaptable to change, and she is excited to collaborate with Jenny and Brianna in the Shop and our newly refinished Middle School building. Please feel free to reach out to her with any questions you may have.
We look forward to welcoming her to Bay Farm this fall.
Thank you for your support,