Administration

Lisa Cuomo

Lisa Cuomo

West Campus Director

Alyssa Dapolito

Alyssa Dapolito

East Campus Director

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Melanie White

East Campus Assistant Director

Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson

West Campus Administrative Assistant

Leticia Richardson

Leticia Richardson

West Campus Operations Coordinator

Faculty

Teacher Excellence

The Montessori teacher is a guide, role model, demonstrator, record keeper, and meticulous observer of each child’s behavior and growth. Like the teacher’s students, the teacher is an active and curious learner. The Montessori teacher showcases a delight in continual inquiry and development, with respect for each child’s unique learning styles and interests. The Montessori teacher prepares the active, developmentally appropriate learning environment furnished with specially designed materials where students explore, discover, and experience the joy of learning.

The Montessori teacher goes through a comprehensive course of study of approximately 1,200 hours of instruction to prepare them to be a highly-skilled, highly qualified Montessori teacher. Teachers must demonstrate their ability to create Montessori materials for all subjects and participate in classroom observations and supervised teaching.

In their last year, student teachers complete a teaching practicum in which they intern as teachers with a certified Montessori facility. A Montessori Lead Teacher (Directress) must have Montessori credentials.
Assistant Teachers must have their High School Diploma and additional training. Instructional Coordinators must have a Masters Degree and teaching experience.

The teacher is responsible for creating positive energy in a non-threatening environment, relinquishing control, and empowering children to build themselves day after day. Turtle River Montessori takes pride in our highly qualified Lead Teachers and Assistant Teachers with a broad range of backgrounds, and we are fortunate to have them as part of the Turtle River family.

Lower Elementary Grades 1st – 3rd

Sohni Usman

Sohni Usman

Banyan Co-Teacher

Lynne Avvenire

Lynne Avvenire

Mangrove Lead Teacher

Christina Johnson

Christina Johnson

Magnolia Co-Teacher

Christy Escoto

Christy Escoto

Banyan Co- Teacher

Molly Del Re

Molly Del Re

Mangrove Assistant Teacher

Mila Ilincic

Mila Ilincic

Magnolia Co-Teacher

Jennifer Gallagher

Jennifer Gallagher

Assistant Teacher

Upper Elementary Grades 4th – 6th

Jazly Pizzuti (1)

Jazly Pizzuti

Sequoia Co-Teacher

Catherine Rueda

Catherine Rueda

Cedar Co-Teacher

Morgan Alonzo

Morgan Alonzo

Cedar Co-Teacher

Pre-Primary 18 Mos-3 Yrs

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Nicole Brady-Murray

Saplings Lead Teacher

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Amie Miller

Seedlings Lead Teacher

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Mary Mendella

Sprouts Lead Teacher

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Joanna Bair

Blossoms Lead Teacher

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Hannah Smith

Blossoms Assistant Teacher

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Amanda Berroteran

Saplings Assistant Teacher

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Alana Hessinger

Seedlings Assistant Teacher

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Ma’ili Cruce

Sprouts Assistant Teacher

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Alex Badalamenti

Maple Co-Teacher

Primary 3 - 6 Yrs

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Nicole Del Vecchio

Oak Co-Teacher

Jessica Tremolini

Jessica Tremolini

Pine Teacher

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Vicky Bouvier Gardini

Willow Co-Teacher

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Griselda Serrano

Oak Co-Teacher

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Mariana Saiz

Pine Teacher

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Isabel Raese

Willow Co-Teacher

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Maria Vergara-Flores

Maple Assistant Teacher

Michele Biali

Michele Bilali

Pine Teacher

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Maggie Cecchini

Willow Assistant Teacher

Special Programs

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Sylvana Hernandez

Library East Campus

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Joanne Colisto

Reading Specialist

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Veronica Fiz

Lower El. Spanish Teacher

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Mariana Saiz

Upper El. Spanish Teacher

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Nancy Kelly

Art Teacher

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Jorge Toro

Music Teacher

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Dawn Caruso

STEM Teacher

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Kristin Lippard

STEM Teacher

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Gabe Rodriguez

STEM Teacher

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