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Kerry Dorton


If you’ve been down the first floor hallway in the past day or two, you may have noticed a new “Peanuts” inspired sign indicating whether Kerry is “IN” or “OUT.”  As the new Assistant Head of School for Education, Kerry Dorton is in high demand. We hope the sign saves a few steps for all those looking for her!

Kerry is responsible for the entire educational program at WMS. She oversees student progress and parent communication and problem solving in MS and ES as well as supervises teachers and curriculum in ES . If you have a student in Middle School or Elementary School and need help (beyond the teacher level), Kerry is the person you need. Feel free to stop by her office or shoot her an email if you need anything, or if you’d just like to introduce yourself. Trust us, she’s worth getting to know.

Kerry is a life-long Montessorian. She began as a 2.8-year-old at Brooklyn Heights Montessori before transferring to Washington Montessori School. She graduated from WMS in 1983 and then went on to Loomis Chaffee and then to Middlebury College where she studied Environmental Studies and Public Policy. Having hailed from a long line of teachers, Kerry was sure she’d be anything but that. But when an emergency left the WMS Lower School short of an assistant the fall after her college graduation, Kerry agreed to lend a hand. Though she was supposed to be a temporary replacement, Kerry ended up staying on throughout the year and—much to her surprise—loving the work. Thus began her Montessori teaching career.

Kerry earned her Montessori 6‒12 Certification over the next two summers while co-teaching an Upper Elementary class at Lexington Montessori School in Massachusetts. After a few years there she moved to the Montessori School of Greater Hartford where she taught a combined Lower & Upper Elementary class.

Kerry returned to Washington in 1998 shortly after her daughter Zoë (WMS Class of 2012) was born. She began teaching one math class in the Middle School, and as Zoë’s school hours grew, so did Kerry’s teaching hours. Since then she has been a Head Teacher in both math and science, a beloved Advisor and Math Leader.

Kerry admits she will miss teaching, but is looking forward to being able to help even more students and parents navigate WMS. “One of my favorite parts of teaching here has always been being an Advisor, because I really liked working closely with students and parents. I see this new role as an expansion of that.”

Kerry is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. In her spare time, she enjoys the great outdoors, her dog Maggie and the Yankees—in no particular order.