Middle School Staff


Erica Sherlock, E1 Head Teacher (Math, Science and History), Grade Level Head (4th – 8thgrade)

Having worked in the education field for 7 years, Erica joined the FMS faculty in 2006. Erica holds a BA in Psychology, an MS in Special Education and an M.Ed in School Counseling. She is also a teacher trainer for Thinking Maps and Write From the Beginning Thinking Maps.  Erica’s passion for creating a classroom environment that is supportive and challenging is the hallmark of her teaching style.  Ever ready to research and find ways to stimulate the learning process, Erica delivers a dynamic curriculum rooted in strong fundamentals. Says Erica: “I love the way the Montessori philosophy lends to independent and critical thinkers who take learning into their own hands.”

Arlene Dreitzer, E1 Head Teacher (Language Arts), Reading Specialist

With close to 50 years of teaching experience, Arlene established the Middle School Language Arts program in 2004.  FMS middle school students have had the honor of Arlene teaching them the finer points of writing and reading.  Her eye for detail is matched by her enthusiasm for inspiring students to reach deeper into the classic texts to discover more meaning and insights. Holding a BA in Education, Arlene’s education was further expanded when she was awarded an MS in Education and then continued with her education by accruing an additional 30 credits above her Master’s degree. She enjoys etymology, history, and gardening. Her favorite thing about the Montessori method is the “freedom to facilitate learning.”

Samia Freedman, E1 Support Teacher

Samia (“Sam”) joined the FMS faculty in Fall 2019.  She holds a BA in Psychology and an MA in Special Education. FMS was fortunate to employ Sam as a substitute teacher for the 2018-2019 school year and especially pleased she has joined our team as a full-time member. She brings a love of learning and enthusiasm for engaging interactions to her new position. Sam is an outdoor enthusiast with a passion for fitness and movement. She can be found most weekends hiking the many beautiful trails surrounding our city.