Faculty & Staff

The Mastro Montessori Academy is a vibrant, close-knit community of faculty and staff who seek to observe each child’s total development with patience, curiosity and love. Together, the faculty has over 80 years of experience teaching at the academy. All teachers are AMI-Montessori trained.  Each Toddler, Primary, and Elementary class has one teacher and one assistant . Our teachers carefully prepare and maintain an environment that is designed to support the intellectual, physical, social and spiritual needs of each child in the classroom, from ages 15 months through 12 years. Our entire faculty is certified in CPR/First Aid.

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Clara Logan


Mrs. Logan recently joined the academy as the Director and is responsible for the overall functioning of the school with a commitment to ensuring that the academy continues to provide students with an authentic AMI Montessori education. Mrs. Logan has her AMI Certification from The Montessori Institute in Denver, her undergraduate degree in Sociology, and her Master’s degree in Montessori Education. She was the Director of a small Montessori school in Missouri for 5 years and then became the Assistant Director of a large Montessori school in Maryland serving nearly 200 students for 2.5 years.


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Ms. DeRose

Kristin DeRose

Business Administrator

Ms. DeRose joined the academy in 2000 and is responsible for office and facilities administration.  In addition she coordinates school development, working closely with faculty, staff and parents.  Along with the schools administrative assistant she coordinates admissions as well as school events and activities.  Ms. DeRose advises families during the financial aid process and student services such as the Student and Exchange Visitors Program. 

Ms. Cherniavsky

Sasha Cherniavsky

Elementary Teacher

Ms. Cherniavsky directs the elementary class and coordinates the transitioning of primary children to the elementary class. She joined the academy over 20 years ago and founded the elementary class in 1993. Ms. Cherniavsky received her AMI primary certification from the Assumpta Montessori Training Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1975. She received her elementary certification from the Washington Montessori Institute.


Sandra Flanagan

Primary Teacher

Ms. Chowanec directs one of the two primary classes.  After receiving her B.S. in Education from The College of New Jersey, Ms. Chowanec taught in the Jersey City and the Matawan public schools.   She joined the school in 2006 and completed her AMI certification at the Montessori Training Center of St. Louis. Ms. Chowanec received her M.A. in Montessori Education from Loyola University in Maryland.


Marina Tu

Primary Teacher

Mrs. Tu directs one of the two primary classes. Mrs. Tu received her AMI certification from the Montessori Institute of Atlanta, Georgia over 20 years ago. She initially joined the Mastro community as a parent when her children attended the academy. They are second-generation alumni since Mrs. Tu’s husband also attended the academy.


Lucy Milonas


Mrs. Milonas conducts and coordinates music instruction.  Mrs. Milonas began working at the academy in 1990.  She obtained her B.A. in Music Education from New York University.

Ms. Cano

Sayda Cano

Toddler Community Teacher

Ms. Cano directs the toddler community. She is pursuing a degree in Psychology from Rutgers University.  Ms. Cano worked as a classroom assistant for several years before receiving her AMI certification in Assistance to Infancy from The Montessori Institute in Denver, Colorado.

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Ms. Dering

Alissa Dering

Elementary Teacher-in-Training

Ms. Dering is currently obtaining her AMI certification for the Elementary level with the Montessori Training Center Northeast in Hartford, CT.  She holds her B.A. in Philosophy from Goucher College.

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