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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 working with our youngest students. She has her Infant/Toddler Montessori certification from NAMC. 

Hannah Spooner


Hannah joined RWM in 2017. She has an AS in Early Childhood Education and her Assistant Montessori Certificate (NMI). Hannah has recently completed her Infant/Toddler Head Teacher certification through CMTE/NC.

Our Assistant Teachers

Janhavi Desai

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

Sonja Deffer

Sonja joined RWM in 2021. She has 10+ years of previous child care experience, as well as her CDA credential.

Rajshri Dave

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

Chloe Feinstein

Chloe has joined us in 2024, she is excited to be a part of the program!

Lauren James

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

Dorothy Clemente

Dorothy has her Master's Degree in Communication Disorders from the College of St. Rose and her New York State Teaching Certification in Speech and Hearing Handicapped. Dottie has also worked as a teacher assistant.

Tara Doria

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

Ruby Singh

Ruby joined Roots and Wings in 2023. She has been an amazing asset to our Montessori community.

Aubrey O'Rourke

Aubrey joined RWM in the fall of 2023. She has experience working with preschool and toddler age children.

Jing Jing Li

Jing Jing has her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and some college experience in education. 

Office/Classroom Assistant
Maura Tarantino

Maura has her AS degree in Early Childhood Administration and her Children's Program Administrator Credential.  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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