25 Guptil Farm Road
Ellsworth, ME 04605


Our Teachers

Director, Head Teacher

Alexandra Wlodkowski, M.Ed. has a diverse background working with children of all ages and has taught in both public and private (Montessori) schools at the kindergarten and elementary levels. This education portfolio extends to ballet instruction and providing lessons in the Russian language. Her passion, however, is discovering the individual within the child during the pre-school / kindergarten years. Watching her own two sons and daughter develop their own personalities and discover their worlds has been most inspirational.

Having completed a liberal arts degree in 1999 from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, Ms. Sasha, as her students call her, began working in the education field. Ms. Sasha has completed a Master’s degree of Education from St. Catherine University and has attained an Early Childhood Montessori teaching credential from the Montgomery Montessori Institute, accredited through the American Montessori Society (AMS) and the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE). She is also a teacher member of AMS, the North American Montessori Teacher’s Association (NAMTA), and is a board member of the Maine Montessori Association (MMA). Ms. Sasha lives in Orrington with her husband and three children

Alexandra Wlodkowski (Sasha), Director, Head Teacher, Dirigo Montessori School

Ms. Sasha

Assistant Teacher

Genevieve M. Billings started her career working with children in 1993. She attained her, AS in Early Childhood Education in 1995 and worked in various Pre-K settings for nine years. After Genevieve’s daughter was grown and on her own she seized the opportunity to finish her early childhood education. She completed her BS in Child Development & Family Relations in 2011 and promptly returned to educating the very young.

While pursuing her BS she fell in love with the Montessori method of teaching and attained a Montessori Assistant Teacher Certificate from the Maine Montessori Association (MMA). Genevieve holds membership with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and with American Montessori Society (AMS). Genevieve has earned a MACTE accredited teaching credential for Early Childhood through the Center for Guided Montessori Studies (CGMS).

Ms. Genevieve lives in Lamoine with her husband, her cat – Gromit and 8 chickens.

Genevieve M. Billings, Assistant Teacher

Ms. Genevieve

Assistant Teacher

Christina Krenicki grew up on Mt Desert Island, married and moved to the Midwest where she raised her family. She has an extensive background in dance and has worked 30 plus years in dance education teaching students from 3 years old through adults. She began her Montessori career as an assistant at the Glen Ellen Montessori Academy in February of 2006.She received her formal assistant training from Wellspring Montessori Teacher Education center in August of 2006 in Glen Ellyn, IL.

While in Illinois she served as an assistant teacher in a 3 to 6 year old classroom and facilitated the academy’s after school programs. In 2013 she and her husband relocated to Maine. She worked at Cornerspring Montessori School in Belfast from 2013 to 2018 in various capacities including assistant teacher, co teacher and lead teacher. She obtained her American Montessori Society Associate Credentials in Early Childhood Education from The Northeast Montessori Institute in 2017.

Christina joined the staff of Dirigo Montessori School in the fall of 2018. She is a strong advocate of Montessori education and is thrilled for the opportunity to work close to her native home and influence generations to come.

The mission of Dirigo Montessori School is to provide creative and stimulating intellectual, artistic, and developmental experiences for pre-school and kindergarten aged children (3-6 years old). We strive to nurture each child’s innate desire to learn and to foster his/her natural curiosity and love of knowledge. True to the classical origin of its name, Dirigo Montessori School mentors its students in their first steps to becoming tomorrow’s leaders.