Our Staff

Our Staff


Below is the list of the highly qualified and dedicated teachers of Hudson Montessori who have several years of Montessori and traditional teaching experience.

  • Our staffing is representative of our commitment to the Whole Child approach – intellect, physical health and wellbeing, both social and emotional.
  • We maintain a high teacher to student ratio to cater to the individual needs of all our children.

Hudson Montessori Staff 2019-2020

Founder

Ms. Jolly has her Montessori teaching credential for Early Childhood from American Montessori Society (AMS).  She has taught in Jersey City schools for over 15 years and is eligible to teach kindergarten through eighth grade in New Jersey.  Ms. Jolly holds an MBA in Finance and a Master’s in Accounting.

Director

Ms. Gina joined Hudson Montessori in 2015 after heading three Montessori schools in Delaware, Ohio and New York over the past 28 years.  She has a Master of Instruction, Curriculum Design for Young Children, and earned her Bachelor’s in Education. She has 40 years of experience working in schools.  Ms. Gina believes in nurturing strong school communities and will be instrumental in guiding our school’s growth in coming years.

Education Director

Ms. Susan has a Master of Education and Montessori certification from Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) for Early Childhood and Elementary.  Ms. Susan holds the New Jersey alternate route certification for K-6. She has over 42 years of experience in teaching 2½ to 10 year olds in Montessori schools.  She completed a course, the Texas Primary Reading Inventory (TPRI), for reading screening. Ms. Susan is in her ninth year with the school.

Admissions Director

Ms. Maki has been with Hudson Montessori since the school started in 2009.  She worked as an Assistant Teacher in the Toddler and Primary programs before moving to the office in 2011 to manage the daily operations of our school. She has been our Admissions Director for the past 4 years. Ms. Maki holds a BA in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

School Office

Ms. Vanessa has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from New Jersey City University and Master of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Capella University.  She has worked in the education field for over ten years. Ms. Vanessa has five years of experience as a teacher as well as an extensive background in office management in a school environment.  She has tremendous passion working with children. This is her fourth year at Hudson Montessori School.

Toddler Program

Lead Teachers

Ms. Fumi has been with Hudson Montessori since the school started in 2009.  She has her Montessori certification for Infant to Toddler from the American Montessori Society.  Ms. Fumi is our lead teacher for the Rosy Red Toddler classroom and has been the Head of the Toddler program for the last seven years.  Ms. Fumi holds degrees in English Linguistics and Japanese as a Second Language. She taught Japanese in Germany for five years.

Ms. Lauren holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and American Studies from Saint Peter’s University.  She has over five years of experience working with children ranging from infants to high school students as an assistant and substitute teacher.  Ms. Lauren has her New Jersey Teaching Certification and has completed her Montessori Certification from West Side Montessori in New York. She is bilingual in English and Spanish. This is her third year working at HMS.

Assistant Teachers

Ms. Ariana is currently studying at New Jersey City University pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences. She joined us four years ago and has worked as a regular substitute and an After Care team member. Throughout the years, she has gained experience assisting in all of our programs, and remains a great support to teachers and students. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering to help support children with disabilities.

Ms. Eden holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work.  She has been a teacher in preschool through high school in the Philippines, teaching English, Christian Education and Home Economics for over five years.  She obtained training from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Child Development and Dealing with Children and Youth at Risk.  She has been working with children and families for the past 25 years. Her expertise is in program development and implementation. This is her fifth year at Hudson Montessori.

Ms. Isidra graduated from Notre Dame of Dadiangas College with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce, majoring in Banking and Finance.  She received her Montessori Certification in 2009 from the NAMC (North American Montessori Center) for 2-6 year old children. She has ten years of experience working at various Montessori schools in New Jersey. This is her third year at Hudson Montessori.

Ms. Marlene has a Bachelor of Science in Management in Business Fundamentals and is currently attending the University of Phoenix and is pursuing her Master’s  Degree in Psychology. She has over seven years of experience providing instructional support to children in and out of the classroom and has been an ABA Assistant. Her educational beliefs led her to become an assistant teacher at Hudson Montessori School where she will be able to foster children’s independence.

Ms. Rashida has her certification in Early Childhood from Treehouse Institute in India. She has several years of experience working with young children as a Pre-K teacher. Ms. Rashida has also completed training in phonics from a UK based institute. This is her second year at Hudson Montessori School.

Bridge Primary Program

Lead Teacher

Ms. Cheyla is a graduate of New Jersey City University, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.  She has over seven years of teaching experience working with young children ranging from the age of 2 months to 6 years.  Ms. Cheyla is fluent in Spanish and has a passion for teaching creatively through arts and technology. She is in the process of completing her Montessori credential, having finished all of the coursework and internship.

Assistant Teachers

Ms. Ana will receive her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from New Jersey City University this December. She has worked with children ranging from toddler to Kindergarten for over four years. She has experience as both an assistant and lead teacher in a classroom.  Her ultimate goal is to continue her studies and obtain her Master’s degree in Social Work to further aid children and families. Ms. Ana is beginning her Montessori Teacher Training this year. This will be her second year at Hudson Montessori School.

Ms. Paola is currently attending New Jersey City University where she is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. She has 10 years of experience working with children. She has volunteered as a mentor for speech therapy for ages 4 to 9. 

Ms. Labiba has a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in English Literature from Dhaka University in Bangladesh and an Associate Degree in English from Limestone College in South Carolina.  She taught as an assistant in Children’s Montessori School in South Carolina for 7 years and as a Head Teacher in Adlerian Child Care in South Carolina for 6 years. This is her third year at Hudson Montessori.

Primary/Kindergarten Programs

Lead Teachers

Ms. Caridad graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in English Literature and minors in Italian Literature and Human Resources Management.  She studied abroad in Italy for a year. She is completing her Montessori Certification (AMS) in Early Childhood from Princeton Center for Teachers Education (PCTE).  Her passion for the field of education brought her to Hudson Montessori School, where she will be starting her sixth year.

Ms. Daniella has over six years of experience in the field of education, and is working on her Bachelors Degree. She worked in a Montessori school as an assistant in a Toddler program for one year. A year later Ms. Daniella became an assistant in a Montessori Primary class and completed her Montessori Teacher Training coursework and internship. Eventually she held a co-lead position for a few months until she moved here and joined us in the Primary Program as an assistant. Ms. Daniella is in the process of completing her Montessori credential.

Ms. Mareme has a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education with a concentration in Early Childhood from Saint Peter’s University. She worked for a private school in Jersey City for two years as an Assistant Teacher in a preschool program.  Ms. Mareme is bilingual, speaking French and English fluently. Ms. Mareme has obtained her Montessori Certification (AMS) in Early Childhood from the Montessori Center for Teacher Development (MCTD). This is her third year at Hudson Montessori.

Ms. Nancy holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and is a few credits short of her Master’s in Early Childhood Education.  She received her Montessori Certification (AMS) in Early Childhood from Princeton Center for Teacher Education (PCTE) and has been teaching in Montessori schools for the past 12 years. She has been a field consultant for West Side Montessori School for the past 4 years and has been a Master Teacher to interns from Princeton Center for Teacher Education and West Side Montessori School for the past 5 years. Additionally, she is a certified Yoga teacher. She has been with us for the last 8 years.

Ms. Nivedita holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Mumbai, India. She has received her Montessori Certification (AMS) from West Side Montessori in New York. Ms. Nivedita has worked in our Montessori Primary program for eight years. She is passionate about working with the children in her classroom.

Ms. Samira holds a Bachelor’s degree in English. She is in the process of completing her Montessori credential, having finished all of the coursework and internship. She has worked with children from preschool through middle school for 8 years as a lead teacher. Samira believes in the importance of being actively engaged with the children in both large and small groups. This is her fifth year at Hudson Montessori School.

Ms. Yuliya has her Bachelor’s degree from Moscow State Linguistic University in Russia.  She holds an AMI certification from The Montessori Training Center of Saint Louis, Missouri.  Ms. Yuliya previously worked as a Montessori teacher in schools in Brooklyn, New York and Warsaw, Poland. She also has worked in the corporate sector in Moscow.  She is fluent in English and Russian, and conversational in Polish. Ms. Yuliya has 10 years of teaching experience. She has been with us for 6 years.

Assistant Teachers

Ms. Alexandra is currently going into her third year at New Jersey City University and is pursuing degrees in Early Childhood Education and Psychology. She is joining us as an assistant teacher and library teacher. Through previous experience, she has found her passion for working with children and is happy to continue her journey at Hudson Montessori School.

Ms. Alia has her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Early Childhood Education from New Jersey City University and she also completed an internship in the Bayonne Court as a prosecutor’s assistant.  Ms. Alia has seven years of experience at Hudson Montessori School, and is continuing to assist in a Primary class.  Ms. Alia also works as a teacher in our Summer Camp and in the aftercare program.

Ms. Angela is originally from Colombia. She has an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and has worked for the last 8 years teaching Spanish to children from nursery to Kindergarten in an international school in Brooklyn NY.  She is working towards her Bachelor’s Degree at Kean University. Teaching in a classroom environment is one of the most fulfilling experiences Ms. Angela has had, and she is enthusiastic about nurturing children’s growth and development. This is her second year at Hudson Montessori. 

Ms. Armani is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in History and Education at Montclair State University. She has over 2 years of experience working with children. Her passion for teaching has led her to Hudson Montessori School and she is excited to be joining us as an assistant teacher.

Ms. Ashley is a Jersey City native. She attended Hudson County Community College and received an Associate’s degree in Biology. She worked at a Special Education school for the past 4 years as an administrator. Her passion for education and teaching children has led her to become more involved in a classroom environment. 

Ms. Betsy graduated from Montclair State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and minors in both Latin American and Latino Studies and Justice and Families. Ms Betsy has worked with young children for thirteen years. In addition to her BA, Ms. Betsy also obtained her Post BA certificate in Child Advocacy and Policy. This is her third year at Hudson Montessori School.

Ms. Elaine graduated CumLaude from Hudson County Community College and holds an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She has over 12 years of experience working with infants through elementary children. This included working as an assistant teacher in an Abbott program with 3 and 4 year old children for 4 years. Ms. Elaine enjoys taking part in a child’s growth and development, and is intrigued by how children think, react and learn. This is Ms. Elaine’s second year at Hudson Montessori School.

Ms. Katrina holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology specializing in Family, Health and Youth Services. She has her Associate’s degree in Elementary and Secondary Education. Ms. Katrina has worked in preschool and daycare settings as a Family Worker and a Teacher Assistant. She has 13 years of experience working at Hudson County Community College as a Disability Support Worker. She has obtained training from A. Harry Moore School providing care for children ages three to five with various disabilities. This is her second year at Hudson Montessori.

Ms. Lesly has her Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been a Teacher Assistant for three years and has worked with children as young as 4 weeks old through 10 years old. Ms. Lesly is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from New Jersey City University. She is also fluent in Spanish. This is her third year at Hudson Montessori.

Ms. Maricel has her Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Kean University and is pursuing a Masters in Early Childhood. She is multi-lingual in English, Spanish and Tagalog. She has five years of experience working with young children in different settings. Additionally, she volunteered for Jumpstart, a program that serves preschool students in under-resourced communities to prepare them for Kindergarten. She is in her second year with us.

Ms. Neha has her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Delhi. She has experience working as a substitute assistant teacher in a pre-k 3 classroom. The inquisitiveness of children drives her passion for working in a school environment. She is thrilled to join the Hudson Montessori family and will begin her Montessori Teacher Training this year.

Ms. Shabria is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Rutgers University. She has over 5 years of experience working with children as a Junior Counselor and Teen Program Coordinator at one of the overnight camps in Upstate New York. Ms. Shabria is passionate about working with children and believes Hudson Montessori School is a great environment to further her career as an educator.

Lower Elementary Program

Lead Teachers

Ms. Adinah graduated cum laude from Stony Brook University with a BA in Political Science and Public Policy.  She was the social media director during a political campaign as an intern with a Philippine-American organization.  Ms. Adinah is also a singer who has taught voice lessons to children in New York City. She completed her training for her AMS certification for Lower Elementary at Princeton Center for Teachers Education (PCTE) and is a National STEM certified teacher.  This is her fifth year at Hudson Montessori.

Ms. Gina A. has a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art in Graphic Design from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.  She is in the process of completing her Montessori credential, having finished all of the coursework and internship. Ms. Gina has been a Montessori Lower Elementary lead teacher for the past 7 years. She also worked for 3 years in an Upper Elementary program.  Ms. Gina began her primary education as a Montessori student herself and is excited to be a co-teacher in one of our Lower Elementary classrooms for the third year.

Ms. Syeda (Ms. Leena) is an AMS certified Montessori teacher in Lower Elementary, with over 10 years of teaching experience. She is passionate about the Montessori philosophy and strongly believes in it. Her career began as a physician. She was trained at Baylor Hospital Medical Center, Dallas, Texas in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as an MD. When she decided to change her career, she followed Dr. Maria Montessori’s path from physician to educator. She loves to teach Lower Elementary students and is very proud to be a part of the Hudson Montessori community for the second year!

Ms. Shannon earned her Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education through a scholarship to Hudson County Community College.  She is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s degree at New Jersey City University, double-majoring in Early Childhood Education and Women’s and Gender Studies.  Ms. Shannon has completed her training for her AMS certification for Lower Elementary at Princeton Center for Teacher Education (PCTE) and is a National STEM certified teacher. This is her sixth year in our Lower Elementary Program.

Ms. Susan (see bio above)

Ms. Vidya holds a Masters in Modern Language and Literature (English) from India and worked as a copy editor for four years. During this period, she worked on scientific, technical and medical journals published by Elsevier in both the US and UK. Ms. Vidya was drawn to Montessori method of education when her son started his education at a Montessori school in India. Convinced that this method of education can make a positive and lasting change in younger minds, she joined Princeton Center for Teacher Training and is certified at lower elementary level. After training, she joined Hudson Montessori School as a lower elementary teacher. She is excited to be part of the Hudson Montessori School family for her third year.

Upper Elementary Program

Lead Teachers

Ms. Grace K. received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Seton Hall University.  She has been part of the Montessori community for 15 years, first as a parent, and then teaching, assisting, and consulting with Montessori schools for 13 years.  Ms. Grace earned her Lower Elementary Montessori certification (AMS) from Princeton Center for Teacher Education, is completing her Upper Elementary training at Westside Montessori Teacher Education and is a National STEM certified teacher. Her passion is creating successful academic experiences for her students.  She is returning for her third year at Hudson Montessori in our Upper Elementary Program.

Ms. Stacey graduated from American University with a BA in Art History and a minor in Fine Arts.  She has been teaching for more than 15 years. Her teaching experience has been in both public and private school settings where she has worked with various ages in traditional education as well as in Montessori. Ms. Stacey has Montessori certifications from  Princeton Center for Teacher Education and Delaware Institute for Montessori Education for ages 3-12. She is a Field Consultant for the PCTE training program and holds the New Jersey Alternate Route Certification K-6. She has been trained in the Model United Nations Program for children.  This is her sixth year at Hudson Montessori School.

STEAM

Mr. Christopher has his Bachelor’s degree in Financial Services & Entrepreneurship from Johnson & Wales University. He began teaching business & technology along with financial literacy 6 years ago at an alternative high school for women in Jersey City. He then transitioned to middle school technology at a local charter school in Jersey City. He now will begin working alongside the STEAM team at Hudson Montessori. Outside of teaching, he does community service projects to fund youth programs as a member & past president of the Kiwanis Club of Jersey City.

Ms. Grace S. is a certified K-8 education teacher who was employed by the Jersey City District Public Schools for eight years.  Prior to joining Hudson Montessori, she was an Educational Technology, Math and Science teacher for middle school students.  She holds a Master’s degree in Supervision and Administration in Education, a National STEM certified teacher, and is currently a Doctoral candidate at Saint Peter’s University. In addition, she was a Lego Robotics coach for many years and competed along with her students in statewide competitions.  This is her seventh year working with our school implementing the STEAM curriculum. Ms. Grace has also been working these past summers as a teacher and camp coordinator in our Summer Maker’s Camp. 

Ms. Michelle V. continues her role as STEAM coordinator for Hudson Montessori School.  Her background includes a Master’s Degree in Microbiology and certifications for Primary Montessori Teaching and has been trained in the Model United Nations Program. She is also certified in Computer Programming and Applications, and a Level I Credential for Montessori Applied to Children at Risk for Learning Differences (MACAR); as well as a National STEM certification. Ms Michelle worked at the National Institute of Oceanography in Goa, India; Sanofi Aventis Pharmaceuticals, and was a researcher at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City.  Ms. Michelle begins her ninth year with Hudson Montessori.

Special Programs

Art

Ms. Sarah graduated from the Lebanese University in Beirut with a B.A. and an M.A. in Archaeology and Art History. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Anthropology at the Graduate Center, the City University of New York. She has organized several archaeology workshops for children, field trips, as well as archaeology field schools. She is passionate about sharing our diverse cultural heritage with children she teaches in art.

Foreign Language – Spanish 

Ms. Lucrecia has a Bachelor’s in Translation from her native country, Peru.  She is working towards her Master’s degree in Spanish. She has worked professionally for the Peruvian Air Force, translating from Spanish to French and vice versa.  She was drawn to work with children and has over 20 years’ experience teaching Spanish to Toddlers, Elementary and High School students and adults.

Music

Ms. Emma is originally from Sweden. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education in Music from Lulea University in Sweden and a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies from Sibelius Academy in Finland. Ms. Emma has been teaching at the Piano School of New York for seven years and is also working as a jazz singer around the city. She is looking forward to working with Hudson Montessori School this coming school year.

Tennis (ages 6 and up)

Mr. Jim is a certified PTR (Professional Tennis Registry) Instructor, ICI Certified Coach, and USTA rated 4.5/5.0 player, who has been involved in the tennis world for over 20 years.  Educated in a variety of teaching methods both modern and traditional, Mr. Jim brings the experience to provide a singular teaching style that helps students learn and improve as quickly as possible.  Mr. Jim has the knowledge and experience to create a lifelong love for tennis in our children.

Physical Education

Mr. Isaiah is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from New Jersey City University. He has over 4 years of experience working with children and families. He was a Gym Coordinator and Assistant Supervisor at the Boys & Girls Club. This is his second year at Hudson Montessori School.

Mr. Jim, who has an Etcheberry Certification for strength conditioning and movement, and who has been a USPTR (Professional Tennis Registry) instructor since 2003, will be holding PE classes for our Bridge Primary and Primary children.  His years of experience, including five as an elementary school teacher, will help our children stay healthy and fit, especially during the winter months when outdoor activities are limited.

School Nurse

Ms. Yani is a nursing graduate from Trinitas School of Nursing.  She holds a Bachelor of Science as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing through Chamberlain University.  She has completed clinical work at Robert Wood Johnson Children’s Specialized Hospital and is immensely passionate about providing nursing care to children.  Ms. Yani is an active member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and is currently completing her Master of Nursing (FNP). This is her fourth year working with Hudson Montessori.

Morning Care

Ms. Elaine supervises Early Morning Care. (see bio above)

After Care

Ms. Eden and Mr. Isaiah supervise After Care Program.

Ms. Danuta works in the After Care Program at Hudson Montessori.  She is bi-lingual in English and Polish and has been working with young children for the last nine years.  This is Ms. Danuta’s eighth year at Hudson Montessori School.

Ms. Darlene is a passionate Early Childhood paraprofessional with 34 years of experience working with children. She holds several Early Childhood certificates. She believes in providing quality care to children and their families, and supports each child’s experiences and uniqueness.

Ms. Eden (see bio above)

Mr. Isaiah (see bio above)