American Montessori Society Primary Certificate from the Montessori Teachers Institute in Norwich, CT
American Montessori Society Lower Elementary Certificate from the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies in Silver Spring, MD
B.A., English from Principia College, Elsah, Illinois
Tamara Sheesley Balis joined the Greenspring community as Head of School in 2012. With an extensive background in Montessori education, school administration, and childhood development, Tamara has been a great addition to our staff. Now in the process of an ambitious Capital Project to renovate and build 30,000 square feet of our Greenspring campus, Tamara looks forward to bringing Montessori education to many more families.
Prior to joining our team, Tamara served for four years as the Head of School at the Amherst Montessori School in Amherst, Massachusetts. Before that, she served as the Director of the Boyd School’s Reston Campus, the Lower Elementary Directress at the Henson Valley Montessori School, and as a bilingual elementary public school teacher in the Teach for America program.
Tamara also wrote, narrated and produced an educational DVD on using Montessori principles for the care of infants in the home. Additionally, Ms. Balis has presented at National Montessori conferences and is a Montessori classroom consultant. She has also been a contributing author for Washington Families Magazine, publishing articles on Montessori education, child development, and parenting.
Tamara lives with her husband and two daughters, both of whom attend Greenspring Montessori School.