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AZEB GRAY returns to the Center for her 17th year to work with our morning and afternoon children. She became interested in Montessori educational philosophy when her daughter, a 2014 graduate of Harvard University, was a student here. Azeb completed her preprimary certification through the American Montessori Society. Her beautiful smile and gentle ways make her equally popular with children, parents and staff. Fluent in French, Azeb also has her Child Development Associates credential, her Early Childhood Credential, and an Associate’s Degree in education from Rockland Community College. To further her studies, Azeb currently attends the State University of New York at Purchase.


MARÍA ELENA TORRES is a graduate of Lehman College with a major in psychology and a minor in education. She loves working with our children and never has a cross word for either staff or students. Elena completed her Montessori early childhood certification at the Center for Montessori Teacher Education at the College of New Rochelle. Bilingual, she provides Spanish language lessons for our full-day children and leads them in our weekly Spanish immersion day. Elena is also a skilled seamstress and famous for her sewing projects.


KATHRYN SPECKENBACH is both a junior and a senior member of the teaching staff at the Montessori Center of Nyack! Although she is technically new this year, Kate worked here from 1991 – 2002, before moving from Rockland County. While she was with us, Kate taught our preprimary and elementary students. She has worked since then, as a reading specialist and head teacher in other Montessori schools. Kate is a graduate of Boston College and Iona College, where she obtained a Masters in elementary education. She has Montessori preprimary and elementary certifications, and is currently renewing of her New York State teaching license. How fortunate we are to have her back!





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