Meet Our Staff

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Lina Masri Founder & Director

Lina has over fifteen years experience teaching and directing Montessori schools in North America and Europe.  She started her Montessori career teaching at Richmond Hill Montessori School in Toronto, Canada and has since taught and directed at the Lighthouse Montessori Nursery in Oxford, England; Papillion Montessori Nursery in Ringwood, NJ; Monarch Montessori School in Little Falls, NJ; and Young World Day School in Mahwah NJ where she has been the Director of Montessori for five years. 

  • AMI Montessori Certification (Centre for Guided Montessori Studies, Sarasota, Florida)

  • Masters of Arts in Teaching (Montclair State University). Dual certification in P-3 and Teacher of Students with Disabilities. (December, 2015)

  • Alternate Route Program for P-3 Certification at Montclair State University (August,20113)

  • Montessori Certificate for the Infant Toddler Course from Montessori Centre International, London, England

  • Montessori Diploma for Children ages 0-6 from St Nicholas Training Centre, London, England

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Laura Elmini is a certified teacher holding a BA in Elementary Education and an MA in Early Childhood Education. She taught Pre-K and Kindergarten in public school for 7 years and her classroom was a model classroom in her district. Laura has been teaching Montessori for the past six years and Montessori is her favorite approach to teaching young children as she also enjoyed watching her own children blossom in a Montessori program. Outside the classroom Laura prides herself on being Hannah and Jake’s #1 fan at horse shows and soccer games. This is Laura’s six year teaching Montessori and she taught with Mrs. Masri for five years.  

  • BA in Elementary Education, William Paterson University

  • Masters of Arts in Early Childhood Education, William Paterson University.

  • Six years teaching Montessori

Laura Elmini Montessori Teacher
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Veronica Cadoppi is certified in Early Childhood Education from Centro Andares in Madrid, Spain where she was trained by Elizabeth Fodor and Montserrat Moran, two renowned experts in the field. Most recently she has worked at Lindgren School & Summer Camp, and she is active in her town and school communities participating in PTA and having started a field hockey program for girls K-5 in River Vale. Veronica is originally from Argentina and has lived in Spain and the US for almost 20 years. She’s the mother of two children ages 9 and 12, one of which went to Montessori school through Kindergarten.

Veronica Cadoppi Montessori Assistant
"Mrs. Masri has worked with my children for more than five years. There is no one more compassionate or more patient. She creates an incredibly calm and comfortable environment in which the children are excited and eager to learn. Thanks to Mrs. Masri, my children absolutely love school!"
—Karen G.
"Mrs. Masri is an incredibly talented Montessori instructor.  She fosters a nurturing, respectful and collaborative classroom where all students are made to feel welcomed, respected and valued.  Under her guidance, my children soared academically and were beyond peers when they entered traditional Kindergarten. They also grew socially and emotionally and developed long-lasting friendships.  I credit Mrs. Masri’s methods of instruction for giving them a sound and strong educational foundation."
—Kendra G.
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