All of our Teachers/Guides are diploma holders of the Association Montessori International (AMI). AMI was founded by Dr. Maria Montessori in 1929 and is the recognized global standard for Montessori quality. VFKH teachers hold a Master of Education in the Montessori Method. The teachers at VFKH have been teaching the Montessori Method between 5 to 30 years and our classroom assistants have been with the school 3 to 20 years.
Head of School
Mrs. Susan Kelly was first introduced to Montessori through a survey of education course while receiving her Bachelor’s degree. Mrs. Kelly spent a summer applying the concepts in a free summer program she created and was amazed at how brilliantly the children responded! Thus, Mrs. Kelly headed to Washington D.C. for her post-graduate AMI studies in Montessori and became a Primary Guide. After meeting and marrying Mr. Edward Kelly, the two opened Valley Forge Kinder House and the rest is history! Now they have 5 children and 8 grandchildren. Mrs. Kelly loves tennis, biking, walking, reading, and family time.
Limerick Campus Office
Mr. Kelly founded Valley Forge Kinder House in 1977 with his wife, Susan Kelly. Originally from the area, Edward Kelly has lived in Bryn Mawr, Ardmore, Wayne, and Royersford. He came to learn about Montessori through his wife and together they opened the school and have been dedicated to educating their 5 children and many more children through the years. Mr. Kelly enjoys making “Dad jokes”, biking, travel, and road trips. Just ask about his cross-country road trips!
Ms. Bernadette attended Valley Forge Kinder House from the age of one and continued through 4th grade in Montessori. Ms. Bernadette studied child development and business administration. She worked in China and Taiwan as an educator. Later, Ms. Bernadette was the child care professional development manager for southeastern Pennsylvania. After having her own children, Ms. Bernadette enrolled in the Montessori Assistants to Infancy training for the prenatal through age 3 time of development. Ms. Bernadette loves spending time with her three children, live music, traveling, and cooking (and eating!).
Ms. Phelen started as a volunteer at VFKH in 10th grade and became very interested in Montessori. She continued on to college to earn a degree in Early Childhood Education. She then attended Washington Montessori Institute and completed her AMI Montessori Primary training. Ms. Phelen started teaching at VFKH in 1988 and has been here ever since! Over 30 some years. Ms. Phelen loves nature walks, singing, sewing, gardening, and children are her love.
Toddler Lead Guide