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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.

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