Perception is a family run organization.

About our Administration:



Head of School - Director of Education



"It doesn’t matter what university, as much as it matters what preschool we choose for our children...

the earliest years grow the roots of the way we live the rest of our lives. 

The seeds we plant must be of highest quality." 

-Michelle F. Dallago




My name is Michelle Dallago.  I am an Early Childhood Professional.

I am Head of School and Director of Education at Perception Early Learning, Montessori. 

I taught in the Pottsville Area School District (DHHL Middle School) for 10 years before

finding passion in Montessori Early Education and opening Perception’s doors 

January 2, 2001. I have a BS in Elementary Education- Kutztown University, an

M.Ed- Alvernia University, a MACTE certification and Montessori Early Childhood

Education Credential from LCCC.  I am a veteran officer of the U.S. Army. I was an Adjunct ECE instructor at McCann School of Business and Technology for six years and served as Program Director of ECE.  I was a volunteer third grade CCD teacher for 18 years at St. Partirick Parish. I am an advocate for quality early education and serve on various ECE Boards in the community.  I am a mentor for the PA Keystone STARs Northeast Key supporting other early childhood centers to move from STAR 1 to STAR 2.  I am a member of the Montessori Alliance of PA.  Our mission is to modify legislative education policies to incorporate Montessori public and private education. In my spare time I love to be at home with my family sharing meals, watching movies, and playing guitar.  I also enjoy hiking.  I am an author of the child's book, "I Can do Anything!" and I am working on a novel. I hope to someday see a movie made about the life and work of Dr. Maria Montessori and to be part of the movie's making!  It is my hope that someday all of America will know and understand Montessori’s contributions to education and the relevant importance of her work in today’s world!



Office Administration


My name is Peggy Dallago.  I am an Early Childhood Professional. I am a cousin to the

director.  I have worked at Perception since 2001  as office administrator.

I manage tuition and expenses and child files among many other things.

I enjoy time in the classrooms in the early morning with the children. I have

an AA in Business along with credits in accounting.  I also have a Child Development

Associate (CDA) certificate as well as  Director Credential credits toward certification.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, friends and my beautiful

grandsons! I am proud and honored to be part of the Perception team and

serving you and your family!





My name is Joie Lynne Gardner.  I am an Early Childhood Professional. I am a sister to the director.  I worked for our county's district court for 10 years before joining my sister

at Perception in 2005.  I am the office administrator in charge of the CACFP food program

Pre -K Counts applications, and staff files among other responsibilities in the office here at Perception. I also help in the classrooms in the early morning,  I have a Child Development Associate credential, a MACTE certification, and Montessori Early Childhood Education credentials. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. My hobbies include exercising and shopping. I am honored to be part of the Perception team.

We strive everyday for higher quality in Early Childhood Education! 







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