Montessori Adolescent Program Faculty Julie
Sheldon Clark, Adolescent Program Director and AMS Certified Teacher
Sheldon Clark has been involved in Montessori education since the early 1990s.
Sheldon is Montessori trained to teach ages 6-18, and has over 15 years classroom experience, mostly at the Upper Elementary level.
Sheldon has served in administration as well as in the classroom, and was the founding Upper Elementary Director of Follow the Child Montessori School in Raleigh.
Sheldon joined The New School in 2011 as our Upper Elementary Director and served in that role through the 2013-2014 school year. He took the AMI/NAMTA Orientation to Adolescent Studies in the summer of 2013, and opened TNS’s Montessori Adolescent Program in the fall of 2014.
Linda comes to North Carolina from Baltimore, MD. After graduating from North Carolina State University with a BS in Sociology, she began working with North Carolina Teacher Corps to gain her lateral entry teaching license in Special Education. Prior to graduation, Linda tutored the student athletes at NCSU, specifically the football and baseball players.
Linda has previously worked for Durham Public Schools at Hillside High School as an inclusion teacher for 9th-12th grade students with disabilities. She is certified to teach K-12 core and content with a focus on Special Education. While at Hillside High School, she received the Beginning Teacher of the Month Award on three different occasions as well as Positive Behavior Intervention Support Teacher of the month. Linda volunteers with the Special Olympics in Durham County, and she helped to coordinate an inclusive district-wide prom for self-contained students with disabilities from Durham area middle and high schools.
Linda and her husband live in Raleigh with their son Milo and their dogs Daisy and Ginger. In her free time, Linda likes to run, practice yoga, garden, read, listen to a variety of music and attend live shows, cook, and most importantly bake. Her favorite activity is baking, so feel free to ask for a sweet treat on occasion! She also loves to take her son to the park to swing or on walks around the neighborhood to take in fresh air and enjoy the sights.
Brian Cooper graduated with a degree in Psychology from Sonoma State and went on to receive a Masters Degree in Counseling and Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology with an emphasis on running educational groups for children and eco-psychology.
Brian ran education groups for two years in Mountain View, California, teaching students, parents, teachers, and therapists effective strategies for cultivating self-esteem and communication skills in young people. He also taught after-school science and engineering in an innovative robotics design program as well as serving as a naturalist and outdoor educator at The Betsy Jeff Penn 4H Educational Center.
Brian is deeply dedicated to a whole person approach to education based on the teachings of Maria Montessori. He emphasizes the joy of learning coupled with a sense of personal responsibility and empowerment. It is Brian’s aim to have every student learn to connect more deeply to her/his self, more deeply with peers and more deeply with the world as a whole.
Nancy, a North Carolina Teaching Fellows scholarship recipient, graduated magna cum laude from North Carolina State University with a B.A. in English Education in 1994. She taught world literature and American literature classes at Riverside High School in Durham, and was honored as Riverside High School’s Teacher of the Year and semifinalist for Durham Public School’s Teacher of the Year program in 1999.
While attending graduate school at North Carolina State University, Nancy taught Academic Discourse and Learning to ESL freshmen, instructed Writing Skills I and II in the Agricultural Institute, worked as a full-time tutor for the men’s basketball team, and served as a university supervisor for student teachers in secondary English Education.
She became a stay-at-home mother in 2002, but eventually fell in love with the Montessori philosophy and returned to teaching at Southern Wake Montessori School as an assistant in the toddler community.
Nancy and her husband Alan live in Fuquay-Varina with their 3 daughters–ages 4, 6, and 13. The girls, who currently attend The New School, have never known a school environment other than Montessori. She enjoys tending the family’s kitchen garden with her children, painting acrylic seascapes, weather-spotting for SKYWARN, serving on the Board of Directors for the South Wake Amateur Radio Club, and snuggling with her dogs, Scarlett and Winston.