Charles Martin has worked in the Brickton Middle School since 2011 and served as the Middle School director since 2012. Originally from Shenandoah, Iowa, Charles has a Bachelor of Arts in English education with a minor in communication and theatre from the University of Northern Iowa. He is middle-level certified and highly qualified in the state of Illinois in reading, language arts, and speech and recently completed his Master of Education degree as a reading specialist at National-Louis University. Charles received his Secondary I and II Montessori credential from the Houston Montessori Center under the direction of Dr. Betsy Coe. Charles’ experience includes teaching middle school and high school language arts and reading as well as Title I instruction at two Chicago-area parochial schools.
Anna Goldsmith serves as the assistant teacher in the Middle School environment. She earned a Bachelors in English with Teacher Licensure at Liberty University in Virginia. After graduating, she completed student teaching in Hawai’i then returned to her hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia, where she worked at a tutoring company for 2 years. Anna then transitioned into teaching full time at a small private school for students with mild learning disabilities. She worked there until May 2017 when she had the opportunity to move to South Africa to do volunteer work. She lived in South Africa from June 2017-August 2019 and worked mainly with preschool teachers in rural communities. This experience was undoubtedly the best experience of her life so far. After returning to the states, Anna worked as a long-term sub at Mountaintop Montessori School in Charlottesville and taught Language Arts part time at a local middle school. She moved to Chicago in June 2020 and was put in touch with Charles at Brickton through her friends at Mountaintop. She is so excited to be in Chicago and part of the Brickton community! She joined the Brickton staff in late 2020.
Christin Anzalotti, Coordinator of Diverse Learning
The ability for each student to reach their full potential is always at the forefront of what we strive for at Brickton Montessori School, and Christin Anzalotti, Coordinator of Diverse Learning, provides direct assistance to students who have additional learning needs. Anzalotti joined Brickton as an independent contractor in 2011 and became a staff member in 2015. Anzalotti works closely with both teachers and staff to ensure effective differentiation for all students including special needs, English as a Second Language and gifted students. Christin has more than 22 years experience teaching children with a variety of learning needs. She has a master’s degree in special education with a B.A. in both elementary education and psychology.