of Nyack

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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. In 2009, Dharani completed a combined Masters in regular and special education at the College of New Rochelle and now has her permanent NYS teaching certification. She brings patience, dedication, and creativity to her position of directress and is also the supervising teacher of the half-day Universal Prekindergarten program at the Montessori Center of Nyack.

MARĶA 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. Marķa completed her preprimary certification through the American Montessori Society at the Center for Montessori Teacher Education. Bilingual, Marķa provides Spanish language lessons for our full-day students in the downstairs classroom. We are fortunate that she has been with us for over a decade.

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, she composes, plays and performs in a variety of venues, from clubs to churches. Maija has provided many of the artistic touches that are found in our DPP classroom, making costumes for various events and helping the children with scenery for our end-of-year performances. Maija enriches the school with her incredible creativity and gentle way with our students. She is in the process of completing her Montessori primary credential through the West Side Montessori Training Institute in Manhattan.



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