Wheaton Montessori Staff
Ms. Chiste has an undergraduate degree in Dance and Theatre from Glassboro State College (now Rowan University), in Glassboro, NJ. She took the AMI Montessori training in Phoenix and received an M.Ed. from Loyola College in Maryland. Mrs. Berdick and Ms. Lingo have enjoyed working with her since 1995. Ms. Chiste has served the school as admissions director, community director, and as the teacher for ballet, creative movement, drama and sports skills. Both of her children attended WMS. In her spare time, Ms. Chiste enjoys music, reading, and following hockey.
“Four-year-old Iris fell in awestruck love with Ms. Chiste on her very first day at WMS, and our whole family has been #TeamChiste ever since. She nurtured Iris’s intense passion for metal insets and encouraged her love of writing (even when all she wanted to write about were “difrnt anaml prinseses who wor makup on thar faces” every day). Throughout her elementary years and into junior high, her first WMS teacher has remained a touchstone for Iris — it just feels good to her to know Ms. Chiste is there.” – Amy Milligan, parent of a Wheaton Montessori Jr. High student