Our Programs - Primary
Our Primary Program welcomes children between 3 to 6 years of age. It is in the Primary classroom that children become the centered, motivated, focused learners that they will be for the rest of their lives. Maria Montessori called this process “normalization”: She believed that the natural (or “normal”) state of the child is that of an eager learner. Through observation and experimentation, she developed an early childhood program and curriculum that maintains and encourages this state. Modern educational research supports Montessori’s work: A learning environment that provides order, encourages exploration, permits movement, encourages choice, allows for pursuit of interests, provides manipulatives for learning, avoids extrinsic rewards and is socially interactive provides superior educational outcomes.
Every detail in the Primary classroom matters and must be designed to allow children the greatest amount of independence in the classroom as well as a true sense of ownership. Because the classroom belongs only to the child, it does not have any furniture or materials that belong to adults. Children work on mats, tables, and chowkis growing in their practice within the five different curricular areas of the classroom : Sensorial, Practical Life, Math, Language and Cultural. Each morning a 3-hour work cycle allows students to practice materials they enjoy, work collaboratively with friends, and receive lessons individually or in small groups to open up different paths through the curriculum.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
Primary Lead - Kaylin
Kaylin was born and raised outside of Charlotte, North Carolina where they went to school at UNC-Charlotte and began her teaching and yoga careers. She worked as a Lead teacher and as an Assistant Director of a Reggio Preschool before deciding to pack up and move to New York City. She is a passionate yogi, she is trained to be a yoga teacher and uses that training every day in the Primary classroom. They are AMA-Montessori trained and certified and have been teaching since 2019. Kaylin is at home taking care of the world around her - they are the second oldest of five siblings, has two sweet cats, and 27 houseplants.
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.
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.
Primary Assistant - Valentina
Valentina is from a small town in Ecuador where she went to an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program school and graduated as one of the top five students in her class. She volunteered at a foundation called Shekinah to help children that needed tutoring from different Elementary schools in town. She loves animals, which is why she is a vegan. She likes to practice yoga, spend time with friends exploring Brooklyn, and is trying to master baking a perfect birthday cake. She is left-handed by birth but always has used both hands for everything, 'if I can do it with one, why not both?' she says. She arrived to New York City in 2020 but already speaks English perfectly as she had learned its foundations and practiced in HS before she ever arrived.
Primary Assistant - Tori
Tori graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2020 with a degree in Human Development and Family studies, concentrating in Early Childhood Education and received her Early Childhood Teaching Certification. Since then she has experienced working in various schools and settings from leading a 3's classroom in Chelsea to a Montessori Lower Elementary in her hometown in North Jersey. She has a big family with many siblings, step-siblings, rabbits, cats and dogs and spent most of COVID lockdown quarantining with all of them under one roof and enjoyed getting to know them all even better. She is training to be certified as a Montessori teacher in our Primary classroom.
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.
Primary Specialist - Ginny
Ginny arrived at C'E from a small Forest Reggio Preschool in South Brooklyn where she was completely in charge of an outdoor curriculum for a group of 15 preschoolers. Here at C'E she is charged with making our outdoor spaces productive, growing food for our snack and lunches, and deepening our school's love and care for the environment. She manages the greenhouse and the gardens, she is also an assistant in the Primary classroom receiving her AMA Montessori training throughout the year. She is from North Mass and lived and taught in Seattle before settling into Brooklyn and our school. She loves to cook and garden, she moved to New York City in 2018 together with her four best friends.