Our Staff

Our Lead Teachers



Priyamvada Mishra
Geetha Shreyarthi

Geetha has a B.A. from the University of Madras, India. While living in Jamaica she was a substitute teacher at the Montessori Center in Kingston. She received her AMS credentials from the Montessori Teacher Training Institute in  Miami, Florida.  After teaching in Jamaica for three years she moved to the United States in 1991 and was the Head Teacher at a Montessori school in Albany.

Priya has a PhD. from the University of Bhopal in India.  Priya began her career as an assistant at Roots and Wings in 2008 and received her Head Teacher certification from Northeast Montessori Institute in 2014.  She has been teaching the Primary class since then.

Makayla Cuoco



Makayla has been with Roots & Wings since 2016 with most of that time in the Toddler classroom as the Assistant. She has her Montessori degree through NAMC.

Jessica Eden

Jessica received her Montessori certification from NAMC. She was an Assistant with Geetha before deciding to be a Head Teacher in her own classroom.


Melissa Drum

Melissa started as an Assistant in 2014. She has her BA from SUNY Albany and her Montessori certification from NAMC.

Our Assistant Teachers & Floaters

Angelica Bean
Casie Johnson
Mark Bell
Sue Braymer
Janhavi Desai

Priya's Assistant - Angie joined RWM in 2019. She has previous experience as a Montessori Teacher in Colorado and has her BS in Psychology.

Jessica's Assistant - Mark joined RWM in 2019. He has previous experience in childcare and is an all ages beginner snowboard instructor. His daughter has attended RWM since 2017.

Priya's Assistant - Sue joined RWM in 2015. She has her BFA in illustration and has her Assistant Montessori Certificate (NMI).

Geetha's Assistant - Janhavi joined RWM in 2018. She has her Master's in Accounting and her Montessori Certificate (NAMC)

Geetha's Assistant - Casie started in Priya's room in 2017. She has an AS in Accounting and has her Assistant Montessori Certificate (NMI)

Hannah Spooner

Melissa's Assistant - Hannah joined RWM in 2017. She has an AS in Early Childhood Education and has her Assistant Montessori Certificate (NMI)