Nicole Barba

Faculty Information

Sassafras Faculty, Toddler
Toddler Teacher, Sassafras Class

Contact Information

School Email
School Phone
202-387-2700   x125
School - Ground Floor


Diploma, AMI Assistance to Infancy, The Montessori Institute, Denver, CO 2015
Certificate, AMI Children's House Assistance Course, 2012
BA, Psychology, Southern Connecticut State University 2011
M.Ed., Montessori Education, Loyola University 2017

Other Information

Employed Since

Nicole first became interested in Montessori education while studying developmental psychology and neuropsychology in college. She recognized Montessori's method as a practical application for all the theory and science she had learned. Nicole started teaching as an educational assistant for Norwalk Community College, but soon found her way to the practice of Montessori education. In spring 2011, she became a substitute teacher for The Montessori School in Wilton, CT. The following fall, Nicole started as a teacher's assistant for the school's full day bilingual toddler program. By her third year, she started taking courses to become a Toddler teacher. She also helped in an early morning program for Primary and Elementary children, as well as coaching Elementary soccer and running club teams. In Fall 2015, Nicole opened up the second Toddler classroom at the school as the lead teacher. Nicole recently finished a Master's program in Education, with a Montessori concentration.

Montessori education has become a passion to Nicole's family, too; her sister followed her to the world of Montessori practice, finding common ground with her own collegiate studies and also becoming a substitute at the same school where Nicole first taught.

Nicole has a passion for the outdoors, and loves to go hiking and snowboarding as well as playing soccer. She also loves to cook, bake, and craft, and especially enjoys sewing and scrapbooking.