Natick Resident, Daycare Director Calls Charges 'Not Me at All'
Linda Chery-Valentin says she 'really can't tell' whether the allegations against her in Jamaica Piain will discourage parents from enrolling here.
Natick resident and the founding director of a new French bilingual Montessori school opening in Sharon says she "really cannot tell" whether new charges against her in Jamaica Plain will discourage parents from enrolling their children here.
However, "this morning, we got two calls from parents in Sharon who said, 'This is all false,'" Linda Chery-Valentin said today.
"I don't know what people are thinking. But, they don't know me. I've been in business for so long. This is not me at all," she said.
Chery-Valentin, 46, of Natick pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and one count of assault and battery. She directs the Arc-En-Ciel Daycare and Montessori School in Jamaica Plain. She is accused of trying to run down parishioners of her host church and threatening the priest.
This Sunday, Le Petit Prince Ecole Montessori Internationale holds an information session from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sharon Community Center.
Brochures will be available at the session, Chery-Valentin said. A Montessori representative will discuss the Montessori method. And two staff members will discuss the new Sharon school, Chery-Valentin said.
Chery-Valentin and Headmaster Theodora Koziol are leading this new school at 121 Lakeview St.
The school would serve 75 children ages 15 months to nine years, Chery-Valentin and Koziol said in December.
The school will run from 8 a.m. to noon weekdays, with an afterschool program running from noon to 3 p.m., according to the school website. Early and late care will be offered as well. School officials are in the process of setting tuition, the website says.
But, a new issue with the town of Sharon is affecting the school's opening date plans.
"We're having problems with the town with traffic," Chery-Valentin said.
"We would love to open in September."
The school would "open in the fall" if September isn't possible, she said.
"We have to present them (the town) with a plan for traffic," Chery-Valentin said.