Ms. Margaret has had the privilege of being Head Teacher here at Freehold Montessori since the first year of its opening in 1999. She completed her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and has a Master's Degree in Child Development. Ms. Margaret received her Montessori teaching certificate in 1982 and has previously held Head Teacher positions at Marlboro Montessori Academy and the Montessori Family School of Mercer County. Over the years, she has had the opportunity to remain involved in the lives of many of her former students and their families as siblings and cousins have joined her classroom. Ms. Margaret is grateful for the chance to keep in touch and learn about their milestones.
Ms. Lina had been with Freehold Montessori for 9 years. Ms. Lina loves to work with the children side by side with Ms. Margaret. Ms. Lina lives in Manalapan with her wonderful husband, Vincent and loving son, Gino. She is very happy to be assisting Ms. Margaret in Building 3 and will always make sure that the children are always happy and safe.
Ms. Millie started 8 years ago at Freehold Montessori as Ms. Margaret's teachers assistant. Soon afterwards, she was given the opportunity to teach pre-k and preschool children, which she found that she loved. She is now a co-teacher of the toddler class at Freehold Montessori. She loves being around our precious little ones and has great joy in exploring, learning and having fun with them. Ms. Millie attended college as an Art Major. She loves to inspire others to create. She finds great pleasure in watching your children use their imagination and creativity. She is looking forward to many more years at Freehold Montessori.
Ms. Rachel is the teacher's assistant in Building 1 with Ms. Millie. She lives in Freehold with her 10 year old daughter. Her work with the toddlers is evident as she loves working and guiding the children in Building 1. Ms. Rachel joined the Freehold Montessori family over a year ago not only to teach others but to also educate herself on the Montessori pedagogy. Every child is different, and she believes in helping them grow.
Ms Dipika is a certified Primary Montessori teacher, who brings in over 16 years of lead teaching experience from Princeton Montessori and Marlboro Montessori. She is dedicated to the social and emotional development of each child and makes it a goal to make sure every child receives the best care and love that they deserve. Her 9 year old son is a confident Montessori Alumnus. As a progressive educator, Ms Dipika strongly believes that the education and movement in a classroom should be child centered. She enjoys working with children and the opportunity to watch them grow and flourish every day academically and emotionally.
Ms. Susan is starting her first year at Freehold Montessori. She received her Early Childhood/ Elementary School degree from The College of New Jersey and the American Montessori Society teaching certificate from Houston Montessori Center in Houston, Texas. As a New Jersey state certified teacher, she has well over 30 years experience in the toddler, pre-primary and primary classrooms.
Her goal is to provide, develop and nurture a life time love and curiosity for learning. Another goal is to help the young children of Freehold Montessori to start the journey towards becoming their true authentic self through many positive,exciting and challenging experiences in the Toddler classroom. As a parent herself, she welcomes you in sharing your child’s journey with her.
Ms. Yogi has her BS in Computer Science and an MBA. She first learned about the Montessori Education when she was researching for her older son a few years ago and fell in love with its methods and techniques. Both of her children are Freehold Montessori alumni. She feels honored to be a part of the new foundation at Freehold Montessori. It was during her past position, working for the US Navy, that she felt that she wanted to do a career change in hopes of making a difference in the lives of children by applying the Montessori methods of understanding children’s developmental needs. As a result of her experiences with children thus far, she has come to realize that allowing children to work at their own pace in a peaceful and noncompetitive environment greatly aids in their desire to learn.
Ms. Dina joined Freehold Montessori as the assistant teacher to Ms. Dipika. She enjoys helping in observing and guiding the children as they explore and discover in the classroom. She brings several years of elementary school experience and her strong organizational and communication skills are assets to the classroom. When not at Freehold Montessori, she enjoys spending quality time with her husband and 3 grown children.