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DHARANI G. NARASIMHAN came to the Montessori Center of Nyack in 2001. She is a graduate of Bangalore University and an AMI certified Montessori teacher. While she was in India, Dharani owned and managed her own school. Her mother and sister are also trained Montessori teachers, so her familiarity with the philosophy extends beyond her immediate formal experience. Dharani completed a combined Masters in regular and special education at the College of New Rochelle and, having passed all of the required examinations, attained  her permanent NYS teaching certification. She brings patience, dedication, and creativity to her position of directress and is also the supervising teacher of the Universal Prekindergarten program at the Montessori Center of Nyack.


MARÍA McNENNEY studied sociology and psychology at Manhattan College and worked as a translator for unionized companies before joining us in 1998.  She became interested in Montessori educational philosophy when her daughter was a student here. María completed her preprimary certification through the American Montessori Society. Bilingual, she provides Spanish language lessons for our full-day children and leads them in our weekly Spanish immersion day.


MAIJA KUPRIS graduated from SUNY Purchase, and she has a great deal of experience working with children of all ages, especially when it involves Music and Art. A resident of Nyack, Maija has a 14 year old daughter, Sienna, who is also extremely musical and artistic. Maija’s magnificently handcrafted dolls, Rocky and Land, are the anchor of this year's interdisciplinary theme: Rocky and Land's Nyack Adventure. Maija's dolls can be found in local shops.





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