Mark & Alison Aromando, Owners
Melissa Dugan, Director and Lead Teacher
Melissa has been with Alpine Montessori since 1992 and has been a certified director for the past eight years. Melissa is certified in Early Education from County College of Morris and is trained in CPR and first aid. Melissa says, “I just love the innocence of children. They are pure of heart and truly want to learn. My happiest moments are when a child masters a new skill and feels so proud of themselves.” She loves to spend time with her grandchildren and in enjoys reading, crafting, and walking.
Regina Davis, Lead Teacher
Regina has been with Alpine Montessori since 2004 and has been teaching for over twenty years. Regina has a teaching degree for N – 8th grade from Brockport State College and is trained in CPR and first aid. Regina says,’I love spending time with the children. Seeing their eyes light up when they learn something new is fantastic.” In her free time you may see her on Lake Hopatcong enjoying a variety of outdoor activities like boating, kayaking, and water skiing. When the weather gets colder, she loves to ski, but she always finds some time to just sit and cherish a good book.
Emily Connolly, Lead Teacher
Emily has been with Alpine Montessori since 1999. Emily has a Bachelors degree from William Patterson University in History with a minor in Early Childhood Education and is trained in CPR and first aid. Emily says, “I love everything about Alpine Montessori. I am happiest when singing with the children and teaching them something new.” She’s kept busy as a mom of two young boys who are very active in their local sports teams. She also loves to bake.