Alice Casco Wallner

Alice holds a Master of Education from Loyola University Maryland. She also received the Primary Montessori diploma from Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), and the Early Childhood Education diploma from Asuncion, Paraguay.

She worked with children from a young age in her native country (Paraguay), worked as a volunteer in a public Montessori school in Columbia SC, taught at Rock Creek Montessori School in Silver Spring MD, Mater Amoris Montessori School of Ashton and Chesapeake Montessori School of Annapolis. She has over 10 years of experience as a Montessori teacher.

Alice lived in many countries throughout her life, giving her cultural diversity and understanding. She fluently speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian. She lives in Ellicott City, MD with her husband and their two children.

Amy Miller

Amy holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Towson University. Outside of her time as Classroom Assistant at Apple Ridge, she has the role of Interim Children's Ministry Director at New Hope Community Church, our neighbor at 200 Ingleside Avenue. She is working on completing her MD State certifications and loves serving children and their families. Her patience and sense of fun help students feel comfortable in the classroom.

Amy lives in Catonsville with her husband and two children. She enjoys knitting & crochet and spending time in nature.

Julie Schellin

Julie Schellin holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Gordon College, and has spent the last 20 years homeschooling her seven children. She enjoys working with young children and is a strong supporter of the Montessori method. She has completed all the courses required by the Maryland State Department of Education and is certified in first aid and CPR.



Children of the ages two and a half through six years learn together in our diverse community of no more than 24 students. Students enjoy gaining enthusiasm and confidence by helping and learning from one another. They blossom in an environment that encourages group cooperation blended with individual interests.

Apple Ridge Montessori School admits students of any race, color, national, or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities of the school.