About Alpine Montessori of Millburn
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.
Gilda Abaza (Teacher) – Gilda has been with Alpine Montessori since 2012. Prior to joining Alpine she had been employed by Montessori schools as a Spanish teacher since 2003, and had been a child care provider for over twenty years. Being of Argentinean decent, Gilda’s education was completed in Argentina.
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.
Beliza Sanchez (Teacher) – Beliza earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Montclair State University with a minor in sociology. Prior to joining Alpine Montessori, she worked as a child development lead teacher for five years. Beliza hopes to complete her Masters degree with a concentration in elementary education and school counseling at Montclair State University.
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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