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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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. Larrea serves as the schools foreign language teacher, coordinating Spanish instruction at the Primary and Elementary levels. She holds her AMI Primary level teaching certification from the Montessori Training Center of Minnesota. She also holds her B.A. in Spanish from Rutgers University.