About Us

The Wayland Montessori School has served preschool children ages two years, 9 months through age six for over 40 years. We provide a demonstration of the Montessori method in its truest form.



The Wayland Montessori Preschool adheres to the system of Early Childhood Education created by Maria Montessori, which is based on observation and experimentation with children from diverse backgrounds. The Montessori Method employs scientifically designed educational tools that responds to the specific stages of development universal to all children. The program is customized for each individual child. The Wayland Montessori Preschool provides a safe and stimulating environment. With discovery and exploration children develop lifetime social, physical, emotional, and spiritual attitudes that lay a solid foundation for a socially responsible adulthood. The end result of such an education is an independent, self-confident child with a genuine love of learning.


Our Dedicated Staff

amanAman Purewal

Director and Primary Guide: Born and raised in Northern California, Aman has a BA from the University of California, Sacramento and a Master’s from the University of California, Davis. Aman received her AMI Diploma from the Montessori Institute of San Diego. Her hobbies include baking, traveling, and reading. Email: waylandmontessori@gmail.com

sanjSanj Purewal

Admissions and Primary Guide: Sanj is originally from California and has a BA from the University of California, Sacramento. Sanj received his AMI training from the Montessori Training Center of New England. He enjoys exploring the great outdoors, cooking, and going on road trips.

neharaNehara Pieris

Nehara Pieris grew up in Sri Lanka where she studied Primary Education at the Royal Institute. Currently Nehara is currently completing her AMI certification from The Montessori Training Center of New England. Her positive energy and smile are definitely contagious around here. In her spare time she enjoys dancing, cooking, and playing the piano.

juliaJulia Mello

Julia Mello is a Weston native and is currently pursuing a degree in Psychology from Curry College. Julia likes rock climbing, creative writing, and playing volleyball.

katarinaKatarína Pécsi Marseglia

Katarína Pécsi Marseglia grew up in Slovakia where she obtained a Bachelors Degree in Preschool and Elementary Education. She enjoys traveling, reading, and nature walks.

susanSusan Crawford

Substitute: Susan is a previous Wayland Montessori School parent who grew up in Brookline and moved to Wayland once she had her children. Susan has a background in nursing and truly enjoys being around all the children. Her hobbies include knitting, gardening and reading.

unnamedTracy Affonso

Yoga Instructor: Tracy recently has transitioned from her role as a 4th grade classroom teacher to a full time yoga and meditation teacher. She has participated on panels and leads workshops on bringing mindfulness into the classroom for Kripalu and the Massachusetts Teachers Association. When not teaching or practicing yoga, Tracy can be found spending time with her four nieces and nephews, training for a half marathon, or relaxing on the beach.

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Music Instructor: Stacey has performed before audiences and been a professional singer for over fifteen years. Lately her audiences are a bit shorter but no less enthusiastic. A teacher for twenty years and a proud winner of a Parents’ Choice Award, Creative Child Magazine Award, and Nickelodeon Parent’s Connect Award! Stacey is thrilled to combine her love of children and music into a lively act that engages kids and creates memorable and fun sing-along songs. Please click on this link to go to one of Stacey’s upcoming shows: www.staceypeasley.com


The word education must not be understood in the sense of teaching but of assisting the psychological development of the child.