Faculty

Patricia Stroman (Co-Director and Teacher) –  Patricia currently is the Co-Director and Kindergarten teacher and has been working at Alpine Montessori since 1997.  Prior to Alpine she taught Kindergarten for 5 years at Kindercare Learning Center and has been working with children of many different ages since 1993.  Patricia has a degree in Psychology from Caldwell College.  She continues to receive ongoing training in the Montessori method of teaching and is CPR certified.

Ah Young Lee (Co-Director and Teacher) – Ah Young is currently the Co-Director and teacher in our 3s program. Ah Young has been a Montessori teacher for 15 years and has been teaching at Alpine Montessori since 2014. She graduated from Douglas College Rutgers University with a bachelor degree in Psychology. Ah Young received her Montessori training in Early Childhood Education at the Princeton Center for Teacher Education. She is certified in CPR and first aid.

Melinda Price (Teacher) – Melinda is has worked at Alpine Montessori in Millburn since 2003.  She attended Douglass College and Kean University and holds two bachelor degrees: Early Childhood Education and Art/Design.  She is NJ State Certified to teach Pre-K-8 and Art K-12.  Her twenty years of teaching experience include public school kindergarten and pre-school Director both in NJ.  Melinda is certified in CPR.

Susan Palumbo (Teacher) – Susan has been working at Alpine Montessori since 1996.  Susan has degrees in Cultural Anthropology and Psychology from Rutgers University.  She continues to receive ongoing training in the Montessori method of teaching.

Laura Picinisco (Teacher) – Laura has been a teacher for the last 28 years, with cum laude degrees in Elementary Education and Psychology from Rider University and a specialization in Special Education at California State, Los Angeles.  Laura has been teaching at Alpine Montessori since 2006. She continues to receive ongoing training in the Montessori method of teaching.

Rhonda Morelli (Teacher) – Rhonda has been teaching at Alpine Montessori School since 2006.  She has a B.A. degree in the field of Early Childhood Education from William Paterson University.  She also holds a New Jersey Teacher Certification in grades K-8 and Preschool. She has taught in the Public School System for five years in grades K-2. She has also taught in private preschool for nine years.  She continues to receive ongoing training in the Montessori method of teaching.

Gilda Abaza (Teacher) – Gilda has been with Alpine Montessori since 2012.  Prior to joining Alpine she had been employed by Montessori Schools as a Spanish teacher since 2003 and a child care provider for over twenty years.  Being of Argentinean decent, Gilda’s education was completed in Argentina.

Josephine Romano (Teaching Assistant & After Care) – Prior to joining Alpine Montessori in 2015 Josephine spent 32 years working at ARC, working with children and adults with special needs. Josephine is CPR certified and maintains a strong interest in the arts.

Sherry Recca (Teaching Assistant) Sherry is a Teacher’s Assistant in the 2s and 3s room. She has been working with children for over ten years. She is certified in CPR and has worked in childcare facilities from the YWCA to the National Youth Sports Program of Morgantown, where she attended college at West Virginia University and earned an Associates in Early Childhood Development. She continued on to complete her bachelors in English at Bergen Community and eventually Eastwick College, and plans to continue her education

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