OUR STAFF

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Head of School - Hanane Zayer

Hanane Zayer has been at C'E Montessori for four years and is our Head of School. Her work centers around maintaining a top-tier Primary and Elementary program while creating cohesion through the curriculum and in our Montessori practice. She supports our teaching staff in developing curriculum and creating the best possible study paths for children at our school. She drives 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 and works with our neighborhood and communities to partner for the good of the community at large. 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 Elementary trained Montessori teacher but has also worked at more traditional schools in NYC and in Charlotte, NC. She loves cartoons, board-games, rugby and gardening.

C'E Community
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Education Director - Katherine Correa Acosta

Katherine graduated from CUNY - Staten Island with a BA in Early Childhood Education and has been a teacher for the past five 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 three 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 children in the Primary classroom to experience many different opportunities to use and improve on their gross motor skills. Many iterations of her Primary classroom look like mazes or obstacle courses designed to give children opportunities to walk around and explore.

What Makes Montessori Special
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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.

Email Mary Beth
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Director of Schools - Fernando Camberos

Fernando Camberos is the founder and Director of Schools at 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 seven 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.

A Message from our Director
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Primary Lead and Coordinator - Siri

Siri is a Lead Teacher in our Primary (3-6) classroom and the coordinator of the program. 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.

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Elementary Teacher and Coordinator - 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.

Meet our Elementary Team
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Toddler Teacher and Coordinator - Kim

Kim graduated from Queens College with a BA In Sociology focused on the Modern Urban Community. She has been at C'E for the past three years, and has been a trained Montessori teacher and a Lead in the Toddler classroom for the last two. 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, her roots and extended family are from Ecuador. She is C'E's go-to teacher for training new staff in having fun on the playground.

Meet our Toddler Team
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Primary Lead and Coordinator - 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. 

Meet our Primary Team
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Toddler Assistant - 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.

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Primary Lead and Music Director - 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.

Arts at C'E Montessori
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Toddler Lead - Johanna

Johanna was born and raised in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She's seen this community change quite a bit which makes one of her goals while at C'E to connect the school with the community she grew up in. She believes we are all one and hopes to honor this oneness - enjoying the ebbs and flows of the Toddler classroom communities that she helps create and guide. She is daughter to two Dominican immigrants, and the first generation of her family born in the US. Growing up, she attended public school in the neighborhood. While suffering from anxiety. In the traditional school system she would often imagine and create a dream school in her head, only to find out several years later that her imaginary school is very much like C'E Montessori, a school that she has helped create and grow. Johanna graduated from FIT with a degree in textiles which led her down a path of teaching and Montessori, focused on the tactile, sensorial and fine motor skills work with hands. She earned her AMA Montessori training credentials for Primary in 2021. She has a rabbit, Kumbha and has scored a touchdown at MetLife stadium.

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Primary Lead - Claire

It is hard to ignore that Claire received her Bachelors in Theater and Performance at Bard before switching careers into Montessori education. Her lessons, circles and movement are mesmerizingly theatrical and she carefully chooses words, songs, and motions that connect the children in her classrooms to her and to each other. She is AMA Montessori trained and certified in the Primary (3-6) level. She describes one of her favorite schooling experiences to be her clown training. "Look around and see the room or the environment and all the specific objects that surround you- now lay a veil of sparkle on top of everything. Absorb the wonderment and marvel in that vision. Let your eyes lead you and your body weight follow so much that you start walking. Curiosity and awe leading the way."

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Primary Lead - Paula

Paula is originally from a small town called Villa de Leyva in Colombia where her family (including her six dogs) still live today. She studied communications and integrated marketing and worked at Google before deciding to switch careers to a passion of hers: Montessori education. She came to New York City in 2019 where she worked and interned in several schools in Brooklyn while becoming AMS Montessori certified for 3-6 year olds at West Side Montessori. She began working at C'E in 2021 and has been an important part of the community ever since. She is a yoga and pilates enthusiast and would like to be certified to teach both. Montessori is second nature to her, she loves peaceful, warm, relaxed places, especially if they are outdoors.

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Primary Lead - Brooke

After getting her Bachelor of Arts in Education Studies from Roger Williams University, Brooke's passion for helping others brought her back to the classroom. She completed her Master of Education in School Counseling and Adjustment Counseling at Springfield College. Her studies in Anthropology and Sociology have heightened her drive for understanding how social systems work, but mostly she wants to make a difference in her communities. She grew up in a small town in Western Massachusetts, and lived there through her Master's program with her parents - who are there still. She is AMA Montessori Primary trained and certified and believes to embody the mission and values here at C'E Montessori. She loves hiking and the outdoors, sports, animals, FOOD, and good company.

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Toddler Assistant - Norma

Norma has been a foundational part of the C'E Montessori school community since 2017. She was born and raised in our neighborhood before moving to the Lower East Side as an adult to attend Touro College for an Elementary Education degree and start a family. In the classroom she brings a loving, tender family feel to children sometimes experiencing their first time away from home and is a great asset in bridging that gap for the Toddler classroom. She loves to sing and is a talented musician, she does so each week in the classroom and every weekend at her church. Norma is a beloved mainstay of our community and an important support to our staff and children.

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Primary Specialist - Erica

Erica graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition at University of Massachusetts Amherst. She first worked at Kitchen Little Cooking School in Upper East Side where she oversaw their entire cooking program. She spent time working at Allergic To Salad where she visited different schools in Park Slope everyday to teach cooking classes for elementary and middle school aged children. She joined C'E Montessori with the hopes of bringing a new depth and automation to their path through nutrition. Erica grew up on Long Island, New York. She's been dancing her way through life and is trained in classical ballet, jazz, contemporary and hip hop. She taught contemporary dance to high schoolers for 6 years, but when the pandemic hit, stepped away from dancing to focus on her career as a nutritionist. Over the years she has developed a passion for snowboarding and aerial silks.

Our food program
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Elementary Lead - Julia

Julia is an artist and Montessori educator that began her journey in Montessori at two years old. She was in a 2-5 Primary classroom in New Hampshire and never forgot the joy she felt discovering her artistic and language talents. She is AMA Montessori Elementary trained for Lower and Upper elementary classrooms. At Bard where she graduated with a degree in Political Theory, she began to work with the services bureau of Connecticut where she observed the vital role of schools and support for early childhood education in creating a path for better mental health and physical health outcomes for children and overall quality of life for the whole community. After graduating, she immersed herself full time in teaching, working abroad in Reims and back here in Brooklyn. Julia is a collage artist and her work is proudly on display here at C'E as well as galleries around Brooklyn. You'll be happy to know that her interest in history and politics comes from her youth in New Hampshire spent acting as a period piece personality to recreate important moments from the past at her local history museum.

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Primary Assistant - Flor

Flor was born in Manta, Ecuador where she graduated as a Commercial Engineer from the University of Eloy Alfaro de Manabi. She has been an entrepreneur and part of the service industry all of her life, founding and running a family business that exists still today. In 2016 her native city was ravaged by an earthquake which in part made her change her trajectory and move to the United States. Here, she began working at C'E Montessori in 2021 where she enjoys the order and organization of the Montessori classroom and works hard at teaching in Spanish and helping children become everyday more independent. She loves gardening and growing fruit with children at school. She has mango, lemon, cherry and avocado trees at home in her garden, along with two dogs and a cat.

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Primary Assistant - Sarah

Sarah recently moved to Brooklyn from Wisconsin, where she graduated as a teacher from the University of Wisconsin and taught in the Wisconsin public school district in Elementary and Primary classrooms. She is a reading specialist, having completed reading intervention strategy coursework in CESAS 6 Fountas and Pinnell Leveled Literacy. She is especially interested in the Arts and has worked as an Art Teacher at schools. Brooklyn is just the latest of her travels, she loves exploring the world and has visited five continents. She enjoys gardening and camping out and just hanging out outdoors.