Donna Fiumara

Head of Schools |

MA Education – St. Catherine University
BS Accounting – St. John’s University
Montessori Certification (Infant through 1st Grade) – St. Nicholas Center, London (MACTE)
Montessori Certification (1st through 3rd Grade) – N.A.M.C.

Seleste McDaniel

Admissions Director | 

Corporate Assistant – Katherine Gibbs School
Seleste has worked as an executive assistant in the business community and joined our school in 2001. She has been a parent in our school since 2006. She has worked in various administrative roles and is also a certified Redirecting Children’s Behavior instructor.

Ann O’Connor

Office Manager

BS Mathematics – James Madison University
Ann previously worked for 18 years as a software engineer for an insurance company. She joined Cherry Blossom in 2019.

Stepping Stones

Lynne Weber

Lead Toddler Teacher

Associates in Early Childhood Education – Morris County College
Montessori Certification – AMS Infant & Toddler, Princeton Center for Teacher Education (Intern)
Lynn joined us in 2021 and came to us with 3 years experience working as a Head Toddler Teacher in another Montessori School. She has over 20 years of experience working with children of all ages.

Cindy Fonzetti

Co-Teacher

BA Early Childhood Education, New Jersey City University
Montessori Credential – Early Childhood Program – N.A.M.C.
Cindy has been with Cherry Blossom Montessori since 2000. She began as the Head of our After School Program and started our Stepping Stone Program in 2003. She has taught in both the primary and toddler classrooms.

Primary Program

Carol Nittoli

Lead Teacher

Montessori Credential – Early Childhood Program – N.A.M.C.
Montessori Assistant Training Course – New Rochelle, New York
Carol has taught in our Primary Program since 1993. She became a grandparent in our school in 2014.

Prerna Sharma

Co-Teacher

Bachelor of Technology (I.T) – I.P University, Delhi, India.
Montessori Certificaiton : AMS Early Childhood Certificate from Mercer County Community College, NJ.
Prerna joined Cherry Blossom in 2021 as a Primary Teacher. She has been working as a Montessori teacher since 2018.

Melissa Phelan

Lead Teacher

Montessori Credential – AMS Primary Program – MCTD
BA in Early Childhood – December 2018
Melissa joined CBM in 2018 and has worked in a Montessori Primary Program since 2015. She is a parent in our school.

Stacy Catoggio

Lead Teacher and Kindergarten Enrichment

Montessori Credential – AMS Early Childhood, New Gate School
Stacy has worked at Cherry Blossom Montessori since 1996.

Margaret Kolesar

Assistant Teacher

Primary (3-6) Assistant Certificate from AOM (MACTE Accredited Program)
BA/MA in early childhood and special education- Academy of Special Education, Warsaw, Poland
ASS- Associate of Applied Science with major in Occupational Therapy- Medical School, Poland
Margaret joined RVM in 2019.

Elementary Program

Nancy Tamburello

Head of Elementary Program/ Upper Elementary Teacher

BA Psychology – University of San Diego
Montessori Credential- AMS Early Childhood and AMS Elementary I, Princeton Center for Teacher Education
Nancy has worked at Cherry Blossom Montessori School since 2003. She has taught in both the Primary and Elementary Programs. Nancy has worked as a field consultant for Princeton Center for Teacher Education. She has been a parent in our school since 2008.

Anu Krishnan

Lower Elementary Teacher

MA Education, University of Phoenix, BS Biology, N.S.S. College, Associates Degree in Computer Science, Middlesex County College
Montessori Credential – AMS Early Childhood, Princeton Center for Teacher Education
Anu joined Cherry Blossom Montessori in 2003 as an employee and as a parent. She has worked as a field consultant for the Princeton Center for Teacher Education program. Anu teaches Hindi in our after school enrichment program.

Specials

Nancy Cesta

Music Teacher

BA, Psychology, Marketing – Muhlenberg College
Nancy joined our faculty in 2005 and is responsible for Stepping Stone, Primary, and Elementary music education. Music has always been the main course of her life, studying piano, vocal performance, and extensive music theory in college.

Sandra Hurtado

Spanish Teacher

MA Spanish Linguistics – University of Medellin
BA Pedagogy – Javeriana University
BA Modern Languages- University of Antioquia
Sandra is a native of Colombia, South America and joined our school in 2002 as an employee and as a parent in 2005. Before joining Raritan Valley Montessori and Cherry Blossom Montessori, she taught at both the Elementary and High School level.  Sandra has run our Stepping Stones Summer Camp since 2010.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year. To schedule a remote Open House/Tour, please sign up and our Admissions Director will contact you.