We at Little Hands Montessori are proud of the fact that our head teacher is trained in the Montessori method as it relates to toddlers. As Montessori did, our toddler teachers have a tremendous amount of faith to “follow the child”. Nonetheless, with careful observation and planning, Montessori toddler teachers remain constantly alert to the direction each child is heading and actively works to help them succeed.

 Racheal Wood

Lead Teacher, LHM

Ms. Racheal has been a part of MCDC/LHM since 1999. She has taught at both Little Hands and MCDC and was Marijane’s assistant director for a year.  Her two older girls graduated from MCDC and her son is still a student in the MCDC downstairs class. The toddlers have always been her favorite age.  Racheal is a fully qualified Montessori Toddler Teacher, having received her Montessori toddler teaching certification in 2009. She interned with Antonina “Nuccia” Raccosta, who headed LHM’s toddler class for 10 years (2006-2016).  Racheal’s skills, creativity and experience with all ages of students and her toddler training are a great asset to LHM students.


Antonina “Nuccia” Raccosta

Support teacher toddlers, is a Montessori trained teacher and has been at LHM since January, 2007, as an MCDC parent, head teacher and now as an assistant.



 “The teacher becomes the keeper and custodian of the environment. She attends to this instead of being distracted by the children’s restlessness… All the apparatus is to be kept meticulously in order, beautiful and shining, in perfect condition… This means that the teacher also must be…tidy and clean, calm and dignified…The teacher’s first duty is therefore to watch over the environment, and this takes precedence over all the rest. Its influence is indirect, but unless it be well done there will be no effective and permanent results of any kind, physical, intellectual or spiritual.” Maria Montessori, the Absorbent Mind