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 manufacturing and as a summer camp Director for elementary aged children. She joined Raritan Valley Montessori in 2016.

Stepping Stones Program

Toby Horwitz

Co – Teacher

Shemi Kalappurakal

Co – Teacher

BA Functional English-Calicut University
Montessori Certification – NCME Early Childhood, Christopher Academy
Montessori Certification – AMS Infant & Toddler, Princeton Center for Teacher Education
Shemi joined Raritan Valley Montessori as a teacher in 2016 but has been a parent at the school since 2012. She was a Primary teacher for six years prior.

Allison Catoggio

Assistant Teacher

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

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.

Daniella Blardony

Assistant Teacher

Montessori Certification – AMS Early Childhood, Princeton Center for Teacher Education
Before joining Raritan Valley Montessori with her daughter in 2016, Daniella spent several years teaching children aged 18 months-6 years in a Montessori classroom.

Joanna Byra

Co – 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 has previous experience working in the childcare field. She is a certified Zumba instructor and teaches classes in our after school enrichment program.

Andal Nagarajan

Co – Teacher and Kindergarten Enrichment

BSE Home Science – Seethalakshmi Ramaswami College
Montessori Certification – AMS Early Childhood, Princeton Center for Teacher Education
Andal joined Raritan Valley Montessori in 2012.

Sylvia Chen

Head Teacher

BA Communication Design – Carnegie Mellon University
Montessori Certification – AMS Early Childhood, Princeton Center for Teacher Education
Sylvia joined Raritan Valley Montessori in 2015. She has been a parent at the school since 2011.

Mahnaz Vaziri

Assistant Teacher

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

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.

Robert Hagan

Assistant Teacher/Intern

Bio coming soon.

Jessica Wajner

Assistant Teacher

Bio coming soon.

Specials

Michael Godleski

Physical Education & Technology Teacher

BS Physical Education and Health – William Paterson University
Elementary Education (K-6) Certified
Mike joined our faculty in 2015 as a teacher of Physical Education and Technology. Prior to joining our staff he was a high school soccer coach, electronics sales consultant, and ran his own swimming lesson school.

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.

Stefanie Fedora

Elementary Art Teacher

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Centenary College
Montessori Certification – AMS Infant & Toddler, Princeton Center for Teacher Education
Stefanie joined Cherry Blossom Montessori as a teacher in 2004 and has been a parent at the school since 2006.

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.

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