Valerie Banks Amster


Valerie is a master organizer. She identifies a need and steps in with a plan ready to implement. Valerie is reliable and consistent. When she is on the job, you know you are in capable, caring hands.

Valerie has a Bachelors of Science in Journalism and a Masters in Education from Northwestern University. She has more than 15 years of experience teaching Spanish from elementary school through community college. The student publications she advised were routinely ranked at the top of the state and the country. Most recently, she has been the Assistant Head of School at Mountainside Montessori, obtaining a hands-on education as well as formal training in every aspect of independent school management, from staff development to building construction and everything in between. Valerie strongly believes that the role of the teacher is to show the student what he already knows, and her Spanish classes are explorations into the language and culture she has come to know and love. Valerie is also a freelance writer and editor for several local publications, a horse show announcer for a number of local and rated venues, a Past President of the Fauquier Jewish Congregation, a volunteer with A Little Magic miniature therapy horse team, a Reiki master, and a proud mom to two daughters, two dogs, and a horse. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, scrapbooking, travel, needlepoint, knitting, and gardening.