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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 has her Assistant Montessori Certificate (NMI)

Rohini Krishnan

Casie's Assistant - Rohini joined RWM in 2020. She has her BA in finance. Her daughter  attended RWM from 2017-2019.

Janhavi Desai

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

Sonja Deffer

Melissa's Assistant - Sonja joined RWM in 2021. She has 7 years of previous child care experience.

Office/Classroom Assistant
Andrea Smith

Geetha's Assitant-Andrea has her Early childhood degree, Assistant Montessori Degree and previous Montessori experience.  She is excited to start her Head Teacher Certification.

Tara Doria

Casie's Assistant-Tara joined in 2022.  She has education experience including child care.

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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