The heart of the classroom is its teachers. These are the amazing humans who do the important work of shaping out students’ minds, serving as role models, collaborating with parents, and preparing our children for their future. We have identified two Montessori trained guides who want to lead our children in this journey. They are dynamic, intelligent and experienced women who have collaborated in their past professional careers. They are looking forward to building this school in the community where they live.

“The greatest sign of success for a teacher… is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.’

Maria Montessori

Sherry Emrich

Prior to being a Montessori teacher, Sherry served in the U.S. Army. On one of her deployments, while working with displaced children, she was introduced to the tenants of Dr. Montessori’s philosophy through a book given to her by a Red Cross volunteer. The book was The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori.  She read it cover to cover several times before returning home. Shortly thereafter her military commitment ended, and her new journey began. Sherry holds an Association Montessori Internationale Primary Diploma (ages 3 to 6) from Washington Montessori Institute at Loyola University, a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and Master of Education degree from Regent University, and a Rhode Island Department of Education Early Childhood Teacher (Pre-K through Second Grade) Certificate. She is also an AMI Primary Course Assistant helping to train adults in the Montessori method. She is a certified yoga instructor and enjoys gardening, sewing and knitting. We are blessed to have Sherry guiding our children at Sea Rose.

Kathleen Croll Daily

Kathleen is a product of early childhood Montessori education and has had a passion for Montessori philosophy ever since.  Her own children attended a Montessori school.  Kathleen began her teaching experience as a Montessori teaching assistant. She decided to become a certified guide and was trained by the American Montessori Society (AMS) Primary certification.  Her experience in Montessori schools has included co- teacher positions and lead primary teacher. She attended Rhode Island School of Design and had her own graphic design business.  She is presently working on her BA in Early Childhood Education. Kathleen also developed enrichment programing for local public and private school for many years. During her free time she enjoys rock climbing, reading, art spending time with her family.  Sea Rose is enthusiastic to have Kathleen nurturing our students.


Matt Daily

As a decadeslong Montessori supporter and sometimes educator, Matt Daily’s accomplishments include leading a Montessori board in its search for and construction of a new home as well as fundraising and promoting Montessori methodology.  Mr Daily is lead scientist at BBN Raytheon technologies, where he has worked for the past 30 years developing embedded real-time software, signal processing aglorithms, acoustic models, and underwater simulations. He has served on many community boards such as the Portsmouth Free Public Library and has developed after school enrichment programing. He is currently a pHD candidate at URI in computer science.

Carole Corriveau

A stellar career in philanthropy all started at a Montessori school many years ago. Since then, Carole’s heart and avid support of Montessori benefits Sea Rose Montessori greatly: advising on fundraising, community development, and events. Carole is currently director of philanthropy at Sail Newport.

Susan Zoll Ph.D

A trained Montessori educator who adapts Montessori methodology to not only trains traditional educators at Rhode island College’s Institute for Early Childhood Teaching and Learning but also has spearheaded millions in federal grant funds to adapt Montessori techniques into traditional school settings to boost literacy nationwide. Dr. Zoll advises and presents on behalf of Sea Rose & we look forward to supporting her research as well.

Board Members


Suzanne McDonald

Former Boston Globe journalist, Board President Suzanne McDonald co-founded Sea Rose Montessori Co-op Elementary School in 2016 and spearheaded the recent $200,000 schoolhouse eco-reno.     

By day a Marketing Solutionist, Suzanne’s agency Angles & Insights guides clients to brand growth using digital media and marketing technology. 

Winner of the International Business Awards Internet New Media Company of the Year, Suzanne launched & taught several social and digital semester-long courses at the University of Rhode Island and Framingham State University.

Suzanne also founded and curates Newport Interactive Marketing networking-learning community — bringing expert speakers’ insights to local businesses, agencies & nonprofits — and has developed & hosted 100+ events, backed by an intern or two via Angles & Insights Student-to-Employment program.

Secretary and Treasurer:

Matt Daily

Matt Daily is the secretary of the board of Sea Rose Montessori and leader of the facilities team. 

Mr. Daily graduated from University of Michigan with a BS in Electrical Engineering and Penn State with a Masters in Acoustics. For the past 30 years Mr. Daily has been employed as a scientist at BBN Technologies, now Raytheon/BBN. He also taught graduate level computer science at Salve Regina from 1993 through 1997 as an adjunct professor. Mr. Daily served on the board of The Portsmouth Public Library from 2004 through 2013 and as Secretary of the Board of Quest Montessori from 2011 through 2015. 

Mr. Daily has been involved in education on a volunteer basis since 2002. Working with his Wife Kathleen and other volunteers, Mr Daily initiated a foreign language enrichment program at Elmhurst Public Elementary School in 2002 which survived until the school closed in 2007: the total number of students enrolled reached 150 after three years. In addition Mr. Daily taught computer game design for 4 and 5th graders in 2005 and 2006 and chess in 2007. In 2007 Mr. Daily was the technical lead in the initiation of the SMART board experiential learning initiative at Elmhurst, a program designed to engage active learners with interactive learning environments. Mr Daily founded the Quest FIRST LEGO League team in 2014 and successfully lead them to compete in the FLL that year. 

Mr. Daily is currently pursuing a PHD in Computer Science at URI and enjoys cycling, swimming, and carpentry.


Sea Rose Montessori would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all these fine local and regional businesses that do so much for our students and community. Each of them is a personal favorite of at least one Sea Rose family, so you can’t go wrong!

A Market Newport is a natural foods
grocery store with plenty of fresh, local,
and organic ingredients for your healthy household!

Aunt Tatty’s is a small batch “beautiful butterscotch” company based in Warren. Sea Rose Montessori loves this sweet treat!

Ashtone Memorials is a company based in Rhode Island that creates custom pet memorial stones, based in Wakefield and helping you to remember your pet in a sentimental way.

Bellevue Kids sells perfect clothes for your little ones from baby sizes all the way to kids! Check out their Newport boutique for adorable children fashion!

Bodhi Spa Newport is a favorite Sea Rose Montessori spot to brainstorm and relax

Cru Cafe is a lovely local Newport spot on Bellevue Ave serving up the most delightful brunch and lunch specialities! A great place to meet with a friend for a quick bite, or a delicious stop in.

Diego’s is a relaxed restaurant, patio and bar in on Bowen’s Wharf offering West Coast-style Mexican dishes, and specialty drinks. A local favorite for a great weekend evening!

E. Frances Paper creates beautiful cards and other stationary for you and your loved ones to enjoy, while giving back to the community all over Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Empire Tea and Coffee serves delicious and freshly brewed coffee and tea, with a large selection and beautiful locations in Newport, Middletown, and Bristol to focus, chat, or simply enjoy.

In Your Ear! Is a record shop in Boston, MA that buys old records, and sells all kinds of collections, new and old, as    vinyl makes a comeback!

Island Art Spot is a local Newport county community space offering after school classes, camps & special events. Host a creative birthday party, special playdate, knitting circle or grown-up craft night!

Jodi Paquin is a passionate photographer who takes stunning photos of your family! We love the work she has done for Sea Rose.

Matt’s Local Pharmacy in Middletown is a full-service pharmacy with a local twist, offering only the best natural, environmentally friendly products to help your body feel the best.

Mission serves up every local’s favorite burgers, fries, and hot dogs, your own way, right in Newport and Middletown. Stop in for the best burger in town.

Newport Pilates is a local studio fully equipped with state of the art pilates equipment and friendly private instructors that provide a fun and energized environment!

Newport Dinner Cruise offers a perfect way to tour the Newport Harbor while enjoying fine cuisine at the same time! Check out the specials they offer for Folk Festival!

Newport Power Yoga is a stunning yoga studio offering a variety of restorative and relaxing classes for both you and your little one!

Newport Wine Cellar and Gourmet is a relaxed shop showcasing unique wines and beer, artisanal cheeses & light gourmet fare, plus tastings.

Norman Bird Sanctuary in Middletown is a wildlife sanctuary and environmental education center with more than 325 acres of diverse habitats and 7 miles of hiking trails! They also offer fun summer camps, and an annual Harvest Fair for the entire community to enjoy!

Parlor Bar and Kitchen is a lively place on Broadway offering delicious dinners accompanied by live music and performances!

Perro Salado is a local favorite Mexican restaurant in Newport with delicious dishes from gourmet tacos to guacamole, all located in a festive space.

Petscort is a premium pet-care service based in Bristol that offers care for all kinds of furry friends, along with acres upon acres of land for your dogs to frolic on! Their exceptional, stress-free service also picks up your pet from your home!

The Power of Juice offers fresh, cold-pressed juices encouraging a plant-based lifestyle. Their adorable, earth friendly shop is located right here in Middletown.

Ponies to Go offers quality ponies rides and surprises at birthday parties, corporate events, and any other special occasion! With kind instructors and gentle ponies, they also offer summer camps and riding lessons.

Pulse Newport is a perfect place for creative, pro-athlete inspired workouts and award-winning bootcamps to keep your body in its best state!

Ragged Island Brewing Co. is an up and coming taproom in Portsmouth featuring fresh brews for tasting in their welcoming taproom!

RockMill Concrete builds stunning concrete countertops for your homes and businesses, and create your personal dream! With careful help and design, the kitchen at Sea Rose is perfect for healthy snack time and clean up!

Sacred Space Yoga Centre in Detroit, Michigan offers healing, inspirational, and transforming classes and treatments, and is a lovely Sea Rose supporter!

Sara Campbell is a women’s store in Newport that has hand-designed chique clothing and accessories!

Sarah and Co. offers academic support and guidance and fabulous SAT boot camps for your little genius right here in Newport! Sarah is every local’s favorite for careful academic help and encouragement!

Sightsailing of Newport offers daily cruises through Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay with beautiful views of historic Newport estates, world famous yachts, and America’s Cup racers. A perfect thing to do on a sunny day.

Spa Mosaic of Wakefield, RI offers many beautiful services to rejuvenate and beautify yourself inside and out!

Storyland is the best children’s theme park located in New Hampshire with rides, food, and entertainment for the past fifty years and counting! An exciting place to bring your child and spend some family time.

Surf Club is a charming, exciting bar and grill in Newport with fantastic food and drinks, and live music on the weekends! Located in a warm, well-lit space, the underground restaurant brings an insanely welcoming vibe.

Sweet Berry Farm in Middletown is a local favorite farmstand, cafe, and marketplace with freshly grown seasonal fresh fruits, vegetables, cut flowers, along with a variety of specialty and gourmet ready to go food goods.

Tenth Gate Yoga located in Portsmouth is a sanctuary for yoga teachers and students of all ages desiring a restorative experience.

TSK is a downtown kitchen and bar using local and seasonal ingredients to create classic riffs, and unique infusions. An “eclectic” spot in Newport for delicious cuisine!

Winner Winner on Thames offers fresh fried and rotisserie chicken, mac & cheese, cole slaw and much more goodness! Take out to your family or eat in the at the charming location.