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

Director

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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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. 

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Sayda Cano

Toddler Community Teacher

Ms. Cano directs one of the two toddler communities. She has her 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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Maria Soltys

Toddler Community Teacher

Mrs. Soltys directs on of the two toddler communities. She has her B.S in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Additionally, she received her Parent-Infant Facilitator Training certificaiton from the Learning Together Parent Education Center under AMI trained educator, Susan Tracey M.Ed. She worked as a classroom assistant prior to receiving her AMI certification in Assistance to Infancy from the Montessori Training Center Northeast. 

Jennifer Austin

Primary Teacher

Mrs. Austin directs one of the two primary classes.  Jennifer Austin has been an active Montessori Guide for more than 18 years. After receiving her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Kenyon College in 1995, she attended Washington Montessori Institute, earning both AMI Primary (3-6) and Elementary (6-12) certifications. In addition to teaching, she has most recently served as Curriculum Coordinator for her previous school, assisting newly trained teachers and assistants in their understanding of Montessori philosophy.

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Sandra Flanagan

Primary Teacher

Mrs. Flanagan directs one of the two primary classes.  After receiving her B.S. in Education from The College of New Jersey, Mrs. Flanagan 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. Mrs. Flanagan received her M.A. in Montessori Education from Loyola University in Maryland.

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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.

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Alissa Dering

Elementary Teacher-in-Training

Ms. Dering directs the Upper Elementary Class, students in grade 4 through grade 6. She has her AMI certification at the Elementary level from the Montessori Training Center Northeast in Hartford, CT. She holds her B.A. in Philosophy from Goucher College.

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Lucy Milonas

Music

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.