About Alpine Montessori of Millburn

At Alpine Montessori of Millburn, our experienced teaching staff dedicates themselves to giving each of our students individual attention while introducing them to hands-on lessons and experiences that prepare them socially, emotionally and academically for the real world. Our teachers nurture each child’s social and physical development while providing a strong academic foundation that emphasizes cooperation, positive peer relationships, compassion, social etiquette, and respect for humanity. Many of our tenured faculty have been with Alpine for more than ten years, respecting and embracing each student’s individuality and meeting each child’s various stages of developmental needs.

Our academically rich program has an excellent reputation for providing local preschool, pre-K and kindergarten-aged children with an excellent foundation for future academic success.



Patricia Stroman (Co-Director and Teacher) – Patricia currently is the Co-Director and Kindergarten teacher and has been working at Alpine Montessori since 1997. Prior to Alpine she taught Kindergarten for 5 years at Kindercare Learning Center and has been working with children of many different ages since 1993. Patricia has a degree in Psychology from Caldwell College. She continues to receive ongoing training in the Montessori method of teaching and is CPR certified.

Ah Young Lee (Co-Director and Teacher) – Ah Young is currently the Co-Director and teacher in our 3s program. Ah Young has been a Montessori teacher for 15 years and has been teaching at Alpine Montessori since 2014. She graduated from Douglas College Rutgers University with a bachelor degree in Psychology. Ah Young received her Montessori training in Early Childhood Education at the Princeton Center for Teacher Education. She is certified in CPR and first-aid.

Laura Picinisco (Teacher) – Laura has been a teacher for the last 28 years, with cum laude degrees in Elementary Education and Psychology from Rider University and a specialization in Special Education at California State, Los Angeles. Laura has been teaching at Alpine Montessori since 2006. She continues to receive ongoing training in the Montessori method of teaching.

Rhonda Morelli (Teacher) – Rhonda has been teaching at Alpine Montessori since 2006. She has a B.A. degree in the field of Early Childhood Education from William Paterson University. She also holds a New Jersey Teacher Certification in grades K-8 and Preschool. She has taught in the public school system for five years in grades K-2., and in private preschool for nine years. She continues to receive ongoing training in the Montessori method of teaching.

Josephine Romano (Teacher) – Prior to joining Alpine Montessori in 2015, Josephine spent 32 years working at ARC, working with children and adults with special needs. Josephine is CPR certified and maintains a strong interest in the arts.

Krista Szot (Teacher) – Krista has worked in Early Childhood Education since 2017. Krista has her Associates in Early Education from County College of Morris and went on to pursue her bachelor’s in ECE which she completed this past March. She is trained in CPR and first aid. Krista says, “I love spending time with the children. Seeing their eyes light up when they learn something new is fulfilling.” During her free time, you can find Krista walking her dog, at the gym or relaxing in the hammock.

Charmane Copeland (Teaching Assistant) – Charmane has a degree in Human Services. Prior to joining Alpine, Charmane worked for over 15 years in the care and oversight of children. Charmane is CPR certified and is currently learning through Alpine’s Teacher Development Program.

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