Our Teachers
Like our students, our teachers come from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. Every teacher has had training through the Association Montessori Internationale, the American Montessori Society or other recognized Montessori teacher training programs.
Beatrix S
Working at the Montessori Center for over ten years. Beatrix was formerly a preschool teacher in her native country of Hungary.
Beatrix received her Child Development Associates credential at Rockland Community College and her Montessori certification through the Center for Guided Montessori Studies.
A dedicated and caring teacher, Beatrix is sensitive to the needs of her students and designs specific activities to accommodate each child's learning style.
Jennifer Tenezaca
Majoring in criminal justice, and plans to finish her studies at either John Jay College or Ramapo College. Prior to joining the Montessori Center,  Jennifer worked with children at the salvation army for 3 years.
Jada Johnson
Jada earned her Associate in Arts Degree in Humanities from Rockland Community College. She is proficient as a youth program counselor and has knowledge of early childcare development and measurement of the development of children ages 0 - 3 years. Jada was also a Montessori student herself!
Freizy Fernandez
Freizy achieved her Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education from Rockland Community College and is presently attending Suny New Paltz to earn her BA in Early Childhood Development. She also has been our floating Spanish teacher and loves going from class to class teaching the students Spanish.
Azeb Grey
Working at the Montessori Center of Nyack for nearly 25 years. Her beautiful smile and gentle ways make her equally popular with children, parents and staff. Fluent in French and working on her Spanish, Azeb completed her Montessori training at the Center for Montessori Teacher Education. She also has a Child Development Associates credential, an Early Childhood Development credential, and an Associate's Degree in education from Rockland Community College.
Ita P
Ita previously worked at the Montessori Center and is now working in the toddler classroom. She is a mother of 2, she brings many years of childcare experience. Ita is very patient and helpful in her role as a Teacher's Assistant.
Maria McNenney
Maria has been a teacher at The Montessori Center of Nyack since 1998. Maria received her Montessori Teacher Education certification in August 2007. She attended Manhattan College in Riverdale NY. Maria brings extensive experience with children and knowledge of the Montessori curriculum. Maria is a local resident and is a mother of a former Montessori student.
Rahat Chaudhry
Rahat previously worked at Montessori in 2014/2015. She is welcomed back and brings with her many years of childcare experience. Rahat is very patient and helpful in her role as Teacher’s Assistant. She has 4 children.
Carmita Guillermo Zaruma
Carmita came to The Montessori Center 7 years ago with experience as an au pair with genuine love of children. Now, she has her Child Development Associates credential and has completed her Montessori Infant Toddler Training at CMTE/NY (Center of Montessori Teacher Education). She is now the lead teacher in the toddler program. She is known and respected for her hard work and dedication.
Elizabeth Czerwinski
Elizabeth attended St. Thomas Aquinas College and received a Bachelor's degree in Educational studies. She enjoys singing and plays the piano. Elizabeth attended Rockland Community College and received an associate's degree in Early childhood education, and has been working with children for 5 years.
Tiffany Francis
Tiffany has been working with children for the past 7 years. For the past 3 years as a headteacher at an after-school program. Tiffany recently attended Rockland Community College and received her associate degree in liberal arts and humanities with a concentration in education. She is currently pursuing her early childhood educations studies at Cuny Staten Island and hopes to run her own classroom one day. This is Tiffany's first year at the Montessori Center of Nyack and she is looking to gain more experience working with young children in a classroom setting.
Our Administration
Dharani G. Narasimhan
Came to the Montessori Center of Nyack in 2001. She is a graduate of Bangalore University and an AMI certified Montessori teacher. While she was in India, Dharani owned and managed her own school. In 2009, Dharani completed a combined Masters in regular and special education at the College of New Rochelle and has her permanent NYS teaching certification. As the Director of the Montessori Center of Nyack, Dharani brings a teaching background to administration and an administrative background to teaching.
Marianne Garrecht
Marianne has been working at Montessori Center of Nyack for over 7 years. Marianne has received her Child Development Associate Credential and has years of experience with children. She has 3 grown children and 6 grandchildren. Marianne has stepped out of the classroom full time and into the role of Administrator.
Joanne Gove, CTP
Joanne joined the Montessori Center of Nyack this year. She is a graduate of Dominican College with a B.S. degree in Financial Management. She has worked in the Treasury field for her whole career. She brings corporate experience to the office and is working as an Administrator.
Rachel Tekula
An experienced childcare educator who has completed her New York State certification at Long Island University, Rachel has stepped out of the classroom and into the role of administrator for the time being. Utilizing her experience working in publishing and production, she has taken over enrollment and family services responsibilities. Rachel is a mom of two.
Girish Narasimhan
The Administrator and Head of Operations at the Montessori Center of Nyack. Educated in Chennia, India, he was instrumental in the development and operations of The Montessori School in Bengaluru, India. Since moving to the United States in 2000, he has been a local business developer and is an active member of the Nyack community. Girish develops and implements policies and goals at the Montessori Center of Nyack designed to meet our early childhood mission.

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