Culture Director - Sophia
Sophia is one of the Lead Teachers in our Primary (3-6) classroom and our Director of Culture. Her work as a community leader centers on discussing and defining what it means to be a teacher at C'E Montessori and how to work towards accomplishing our school's mission. She collaborates with parents to narrow the gap between our classrooms and their homes - a job that begins even before children arrive at C'E. One of the tools at her disposal is the monthly newsletter that discusses how we use incentives at school and at home called ‘C’E Praise’. In it, our community sounds off on their experiences with different types of praise, the short and long term outcome of each. She provides educational guidance and events for families to learn about Montessori and our important work here at school. She also ensures that families have opportunities and space to reciprocate with their culture and community both amongst parents and with the children at school. Her classrooms are warm, inviting, peaceful spaces where children are respected and loved.
Education Director - Joanna Benjamin
Joanna Benjamin is the Director of Education at C'E Montessori. She is Brooklyn born and raised and is a welcoming beacon to children, parents, and staff members at our school. She is a lifelong learner and explorer herself, traveling all over the world searching unique places and experiences and journaling about it on her newsletter, Johanna's Joyous Journeys. She is a self-starter; modeling the empowerment and problem-solving characteristics of C'E Montessori herself through her work in alternative education, especially for ELLs from overseas and for adult learners. She loves a good concert and was once serenaded on stage by Boyz II Men. (she has the rose to prove it in her fridge) Her lifelong work in education led her to the guiding mantra: All children can learn.
Admissions Director - Mary Beth Kennedy
Mary Beth Kennedy is the Director of Admissions and Parents at C'E Montessori. She is one of the founding families at C'E Montessori. She has three children at C'E, a set of twins in our Lower Elementary program, and another daughter in our Primary (2.5-5) program. She is our prospective parents' first point of contact as they learn out about our school and continues that work curating monthly family events and answering questions for parents throughout the year. Email her if you have any questions about admissions or if you would like a parent's perspective of life at our school.
Director of Schools - Fernando Camberos
Fernando Camberos is the founder and director of C'E Montessori. He was first introduced and trained in the Montessori method and the International Baccalaureate Program at Charlotte Preparatory School and has been in school administration for over 15 years. He has presented at Montessori and IB conferences worldwide about creating sequential curriculum to develop student voices and transforming progressive schools through accountability. He is originally from Argentina but lived in six cities in three continents before pursuing Education at Duke and NYU and settling in Brooklyn. Contact him with any questions about school, the power of transparency, or to share interesting thoughts about education in general.
Curriculum Coordinator - Hanane
Hanane is a Lead Elementary teacher and our Primary Level Coordinator. Her work centers around maintaining a top-tier Elementary program while creating cohesion through the curriculum and in our Montessori practice. She also drives some of the social initiatives at our school. In this, Hanane works hard in creating and maintaining a school environment that is inclusive to all children, teachers and people. She organizes our yearly STEM Fair, inviting schools in Williamsburg, and Montessori schools beyond to participate in the event. She also coordinates our school spelling bee and prepares us to compete each year in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. She was born and raised in Queens and her family comes from Morocco. She is an experienced Montessori teacher but has also worked at more traditional schools in NYC and in Charlotte, NC. She loves cartoons, board-games, and gardening.
Primary Teacher - Siri
Siri is a Lead Teacher in our Primary (3-6) classroom. She has lived her life in and around New York City, graduating from the New School with a specialization in teaching Environmental Sciences and Sustainability. In this, Siri carves out one of her most important contributions to the classroom and to our school community in general. When reimagining Peace Education and the responsibility to develop lasting peace in the 21st century C’E recognizes the central importance of guiding children towards protecting our environment. Siri helps in creating and implementing curriculum from the Toddler to Lower Elementary classrooms that foster a relationship between the child and the environment that grows from appreciation to care to activism. She also leans in on her experience and love for design and decor in creating classroom spaces that are beautiful, attractive to children and enriched.
Elementary Teacher - Ashton
Ashton is a Lead Elementary teacher. They are responsible for the Math and Science curriculum in our Elementary school and its alignment with the cultural curriculum in our Primary program. Like many other Montessori Elementary programs, C’E Montessori does not include screens in the 1st-4th grade classroom. Ashton has used different resources like Cubetto and First Lego League to ensure that children at C’E Montessori are coding and experimenting with robotics as early as Kindergarten. They use and develop a problem solving curriculum featuring the design cycle to constantly challenge students to ask questions, find problems, hypothesize, test, and try to come up with solutions to every kind of problem on a daily basis. They are originally from Alabama, where they graduated as an Elementary Level teacher at Auburn, and has lived and taught in New York City now for three years.
Toddler Teacher - Katherine
Katherine graduated from CUNY - Staten Island with a BA in Early Childhood Education and has been a teacher for the past 3 years. She interned and worked at a Montessori-based school in Staten Island where she discovered the philosophy and loved the feeling of giving children the freedom and respect necessary to grow independently. She was born and raised in Brooklyn and has lived here all her life with two sisters that she still considers her best friends. Her family is originally from the Dominican Republic and she visits her extended family there quite often. She is herself athletic and believes in creating environments for Toddlers to experience many different opportunities to use and improve on their gross motor skills. Many iterations of her Toddler classroom look like mazes or obstacle courses designed to give children opportunities to walk around and explore.
Primary Teacher - Victoria
Victoria is from Argentina and first came to C'E Montessori as a visiting teacher for a Spanish immersion experience through music. She is an artist first, a proud graduate from AMDA Integrated Conservatory in NYC after training at the Fundación Julio Bocca in Buenos Aires. She sings, dances and acts through each one of her days at C'E Montessori and outside of school in performances at Teatro Sea, LATEA and Cuchame theatre among others. She has been an important part of school for the past four years, and in 2020 decided to complete her Montessori training and take on a Lead Teacher role in one of our Primary classrooms. Victoria injects artistic flair into everything she does, nap-time included, but most notably plans, designs and runs the C'E Montessori Winter Concert. This yearly December event is the culmination of the fall semester and a great way for children at our school to take on different responsibilities and roles in developing voice and stage presence.
Toddler Teacher - Kimberlie
Kimberlie graduated from Queens College with a BA In Sociology focused on the Modern Urban Community. She grew up a star volleyball player for her high school and college and brings lessons, warm-ups and games learned during that experience into our Toddler classroom and Extended Care program. She had previously worked helping children in Corona, Queens as part of a foundation called STACKS run by the New York City Public Libraries to bring more children into the library community through fun after school activities and tutoring programs. She is (proudly) from Queens originally and has lived in and around New York City all of her life. She is working on her Montessori training and certification and eagerly learns each day new lessons to give children and new ways of creating enriched environments.
Primary Teacher - Jordan
Jordan received their B.A. in Education Studies from New York University. Though their major focused on education from an interdisciplinary perspective, they feel most energized while in the classroom with children, which is what has been their focus during the last few years. Before coming to C'E Montessori Jordan worked in classrooms and tutoring centers with young people of different backgrounds and grade levels. They have spent time working with English Language Learners, and adult learners in Rikers Island through a visual arts and human rights education non-profit. They are an AMA certified Montessori Primary teacher, eager to learn more and more about teaching young children about advocating for themselves and others. They spend a lot of their free time painting and drawing and studies Quechua, hoping to move to Peru one day and work in Quechua communities. They joined C'E Montessori in 2020 looking forward to being a part of a community that values anti-racist education, gender inclusivity, and sustainability.
Primary Teacher - Andrea
Andrea has been working as a Primary teacher at C'E Montessori since its founding in 2017. She is originally from Puebla, Mexico, where she grew up with a mother and especially grandmother that passed along an obsession about gardening and learning about different plants. She has lived in New York City for the past 10 years, graduating from Hostos and completing her Montessori AMA training as she became a more important part of our school community. Andrea, known simply as 'Lety' to the children embodies C'E's Peace Curriculum in the almost imperceptible way she moves about the classroom and ensures that the children are happily enjoying their days. She leads our Botany curriculum and enjoys leading nature walks around our neighborhood.