Donna Fiumara

Head of Schools |  

MA Education – St. Catherine University
BS Accounting – St. John’s University
Montessori Certification (Infant through 1st Grade) – St. Nicholas Center, London (MACTE)
Montessori Certification (1st through 3rd Grade) – N.A.M.C.

Seleste McDaniel

Admissions Director | 

Corporate Assistant – Katherine Gibbs School
Seleste has worked as an executive assistant in the business community and joined our school in 2001. She has been a parent in our school since 2006. She has worked in various administrative roles and is also a certified Redirecting Children’s Behavior instructor.

Melissa Kang

Administrative Assistant |  

BA English, Writing – Worcester State University
Melissa is a native of Massachusetts.  Previously, she worked in purchasing for a manufacturing company; and during the summer, she would lead as camp Director for elementary aged children. She joined Raritan Valley Montessori in 2016.

Stepping Stones Program

Toby Naftal

Head Teacher
Montessori Certification – AMS Infant & Toddler, Princeton Center for Teacher Education
Toby joined Raritan Valley Montessori as a teacher in 2018, but has taught at our sister school CBM. She has worked as a toddler teacher since 2006.

 

Gayatri Joshi

Assistant Teacher

Montessori Assistant Teacher Certificate – Princeton Center for Teacher Education
Masters in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Baruch College, New York.
Masters in Ancient Indian History
Gayatri has worked in many school settings over the past 31years. She has worked at both Raritan Valley Montessori and Cherry Blossom Montessori since 2011 in different programs.

 

Primary Program

Linda Freitag

Head Teacher and Kindergarten Enrichment
BA Psychology- University of California at Santa Cruz
Montessori Certification – NCME Early Childhood, Christopher Academy
Linda has previously worked at other local Montessori schools but launched her full-time Montessori career in 2001 at Raritan Valley Montessori Academy.

Yi Zhou

Co-Teacher

A Master’s Degree of Human Resources Management – Rutgers University
Montessori Certification: MS Early Childhood Credential – Princeton Center of Teacher Education Behavioral Management Credential – Massachusetts General Hospital
Yi joined Raritan Valley Montessori in 2016 as a parent and an intern. Yi is certified to teach Mandarin as a second language.

Joanna Byra

Head Teacher

BS/MS Economics – Politechnika Rzeszowska, Poland
Montessori Credential – AMS Early Childhood, Princeton Center for Teacher Education
Joanna has worked at Cherry Blossom Montessori School since 2006, and has been a parent in our school since 2009. She came to RVM in 2018. She has previous experience working in the childcare field. She is a certified Zumba instructor and teaches classes in our after school enrichment program.

Mahnaz Vaziri

Assistant Teacher

Mahnaz joined Raritan Valley Montessori in 2007. She has worked in both our Primary and Stepping Stone Programs.

Maneesha Dave

Head Teacher

BA Economics – Bharathiar University
Bachelors in Education – Allahbad University
Montessori Credential – AMS Early Childhood, Princeton Center for Teacher Education.
Maneesha has worked at Cherry Blossom Montessori School since 2003, as both a parent and a teacher. She has taught in both the primary and elementary programs. Maneesha has worked as a field consultant for the Princeton Center for Teacher Education program.

Allison Catoggio

Assistant Teacher

Primary (3-6) Assistant Certificate from AOM (MACTE Accredited Program)
Associate in Early Childhood Development – Rasmussen University
Allison joined Raritan Valley Montessori in 2016. She has worked as a nanny and in childcare.

Elementary Program

Hemani Kathuria

Head Teacher

BC Business Administration- Delhi University
CA: Chartered Accountancy
Elementary Education (K-6) Praxis Certificate
Montessori Certification – AMS Early Childhood, Princeton Center for Teacher Education
Montessori Certification – AMS Elementary I, Princeton Center for Teacher Education
Hemani has been with the school as a parent since 2006 and an employee since 2008. She has worked in both our Primary and Elementary Programs.

Hayley Wajner

Assistant Teacher

Hayley is currently finishing her Bachelor’s in Multidisciplinary Studies, with minors in Child Development and Family Studies, Infant and Toddler, and Psychology from West Virginia University.
She has been working in childcare since 2013 and joined Raritan Valley Montessori in 2016 as a substitute assistant teacher.

Specials

Sandra Hurtado

Spanish Teacher

MA Spanish Linguistics – University of Medellin
BA Pedagogy – Javeriana University
BA Modern Languages- University of Antioquia
Sandra is a native of Colombia, South America and joined our school in 2002 as an employee and as a parent in 2005. Before joining Raritan Valley Montessori, she taught at both the Elementary and High School level.

Nancy Cesta

Music Teacher

BA, Psychology, Marketing – Muhlenberg College
Nancy joined our faculty in 2005 and is responsible for Stepping Stone, Primary, and Elementary music education. Music has always been the main course of her life, studying piano, vocal performance, and extensive music theory in college.

Afterschool Program

Allison Catoggio

Head of After School Programs

Associate in Early Childhood Development – Rasmussen University
Allison joined Raritan Valley Montessori in 2016. She has worked as a nanny and in childcare.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year. To schedule a remote Open House/Tour, please sign up and our Admissions Director will contact you.