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 Horwitz

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
BA and MA in ancient Indian Culture, St. Xaviers College, India
MS in early childhood and elementary education, Baruch College, New York, NY
Gayatri has substituted in RVM and CBM since 2012. She has previously taught in preschool programs in both India and in the U.S.A.

 

Anna Wlodarska

Assistant
Anna joined RVM in 2019. She is currently in college working towards a BA in Psychology. She is an assistant in our Stepping Stones’ classroom and our Primary Aftercare Program. Anna has previously worked as a nanny and was an assistant teacher in a preschool program at a Polish Supplementary School.

 

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.

Margaret Kolesar

Assistant Teacher
Primary (3-6) Assistant Certificate from AOM (MACTE Accredited Program)
BA/MA in early childhood and special education- Academy of Special Education, Warsaw, Poland
ASS- Associate of Applied Science with major in Occupational Therapy- Medical School, Poland
Margaret joined RVM in 2019.

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 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.

Andal Nagarajan

Head 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.

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.

Jessica Wajner

Assistant Teacher

BA Social and Behavioral Sciences, Seton Hall University
Montessori Assistant Training Course, Princeton Center for Teacher Education
Jessica joined Raritan Valley Montessori in 2013 as a substitute and has been working in our Elementary classroom since 2017.

Specials

Eric Aviram

Physical Education & Technology Teacher
BA in Health/Physical Education and Recreation K-12 with a minor in Information Technology/Computer Science, Kean University
NJ State Certified Driver Education instructor
Eric joined our school in 2020. He has previously taught in public and charter schools for grades K-12. He has coached girl’s high school lacrosse and currently coaches baseball for children ages 8-18.

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.

Hannah Weiss

After School Program Assistant

Hannah joined Raritan Valley Montessori in 2019. She is currently in college working towards a nursing degree. She has worked in childcare previously.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year. To schedule a remote Open House/Tour, please sign up and our Admissions Director will contact you.