Anna Rita joins us from Del Mar Academy, an independent, bilingual Montessori and International Baccalaureate school located in Nosara, Costa Rica. While there, she taught, consulted, and served as Head of School. Anna Rita has an Ed.M. in Educational Leadership Studies from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Zachary is excited to join Battery Park Montessori and is eager to translate his creative, collaborative, and organizational talents to support Green Ivy. He comes to us with experience in theatre administration production where he helped put together several plays in various locations around the U.S.
Caitlin attended The University of Tampa where she graduated with a degree in Elementary Education. She was instrumental in establishing a study abroad program for students in the education program. Her love for early childhood education and exploring different cultures led her to complete a yearlong fellowship in Greece.
Stacey brings over 10 years of diverse education experience to Battery Park Montessori and has been with us since our first year! She earned her Montessori teaching credential from West Side Montessori and has a Masters in Early Childhood Education and SPED from Touro College.
Ana Chico was born and raised in Ciudad Real, Spain. Ana pursued her Bachelors in Hospitality and Tourism management in Seville. Later, she attained a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics of Teaching Spanish as a foreign language in Nebrija University, Madrid.
Michelle is a teacher with nearly 20 years of experience in childcare and preschool education. After completing her B.A. at SUNY Purchase, she experienced an entirely new environment while working as an ESL teacher in Thailand.
Maria has a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education, a Montessori certification for children ages 3-6 and a New York State Teaching Certification in Early Childhood Education (birth-2nd grade).
Emily has a B.A. in Psychology, a B.A. in Theatre from Converse College, and her Montessori certification for children ages 3-6. She's been working with Primary-aged children since moving to New York in 2011.
Victoire Yang joins Battery Park Montessori as the Lead Mandarin Teacher. She received her Bachelors in broadcasting and mass communication and earned a Master's Degree in Education.
Mariela joins the team with more than five years of teaching experience as a Spanish teacher in Montessori Education. She has a Masters in Early Childhood with Special Needs at Concordia University and completed her B.S. in Psychology and Childhood Development.
Lydia is very excited to join Battery Park Montessori as a Student Teacher this year. She is currently an enrolled student at West Side Montessori School's Teacher Education Program. She is currently in West Side Montessori's Teacher Education Program.
Laura Betancur, a teaching artist and a native Spanish speaker from Colombia, is our resident Spanish creative arts teacher in both the fall and spring trimesters. Her passion and professional experience focus on using language, art and culture as tools for education.
Bryan comes to us with a rich combination of experiences across enrichment and education, as a teacher at Calhoun School and York Country Day School (PA) and a program developer for York County Libraries, Anne Frank Center in NYC, New York Historical Society, and Historic Philadelphia.
Green Ivy Schools Team
Jim Gaines comes to us with over 30 years of experience in the field of education, including roles of teacher, school leader and director of admissions and marketing. For the past decade Jim has served as the Admissions Director and Director of Marketing at a variety of schools both in California and New York.
Barb is a CPA with over 20 years of experiences in organizations large and small. She handles strategy development, financial forecasting, budgeting and more for our rapidly evolving schools.
Carolina has worked as a human resources leader in countries all around the world. Originally from Colombia, she has built teams in Colombia, Panama, Luxembourg, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
Rosa has worked at the Chinese Cultural Studies Program for Children at Columbia University as their admissions and operations lead and for 4 years as a parent volunteer on the admissions team at The Spence School.
Courtney brings energy and a creative eye to the role of Social Media Coordinator for both of our schools – Pine Street School and Battery Park Montessori.
Gail holds a B.A. in Business and a B.A. in Accounting from Lakeland College Sheboygan in Wisconsin. Gail's background is primarily in tax accounting and general accounting in non-profits and a start-up meal preparation businesses.