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Our Staff

Our Lead Teachers

Geetha Shreyarthi
Priyamvada Mishra
Casie Johnson
Melissa Drum
Brittany Gibney









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.

 Casie received her Montessori certification from NAMC.  She started out as an Assistant in Priya's classroom in 2017 and was also an Assistant in Geetha's.  She has an AS in Accounting. 

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

Brittany joined RWM in 2020 and fell in love with the  toddler classroom. She has her Toddler Montessori certification from NAMC. 

Our Assistant Teachers

Hannah Spooner

Hannah joined RWM in 2017. She Co-Teaches in the Toddler room with Brittany. She has an AS in Early Childhood Education and her Assistant Montessori Certificate (NMI). Hannah is currently working on getting her Infant/Toddler Head Teacher certification through CMTE/NC.

Janhavi Desai
Sonja Deffer
Tara Doria
Ruby Singh

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

Sonja joined RWM in 2021. She has 7 years of previous child care experience.

Tara joined in 2022.  She has education experience including child care.

Ruby joined Roots and Wings in 2023, we are excited to have her be a part of our program.

Office/Classroom Assistant
Rajshri Dave

Rajshri has previous experience working in Montessori classrooms, and has received her Montessori certification from CMTC, Kolkata. 

Aishwariya Vishwanath

Aishwariya has joined RWM to assist in both the toddler and primary classrooms. Her oldest child is a RWM graduate! 

Aubrey O'Rourke
Lauren James

Aubrey has experience working with preschool and toddler age children. We are excited to have her join RWM.

Lauren has her AS degree from SUNY Adirondack and has experience working with young children. 

Maura Tarantino

Maura has her AS degree in Early Childhood Administration.  She has been an Assistant Teacher, Head Teacher and Co-Director of a local Preschool.  Her children attend a local Montessori.   

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