Faculty

 Our hardworking and dedicated teachers work collaboratively as a team to ensure an open-minded, respectful, and joyful learning environment in the classroom. This small community enables us to develop a close relationship with each child and their families. 

 

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Chizuru Fukuda

Chizuru has been dedicated to Montessori education since her two daughters were enrolled in a Montessori school nearly three decades ago. She earned an American Montessori Early Childhood certification through the Center for Montessori Teachers’ Education/N.Y. in 1992. After beginning her career at the Village School in Waldwick, N.J for six years, she founded Little Crane Montessori School in 1998, where she serves as the director and primary teacher. She is passionate about primary school education and brings positive energy, appreciation and experience to the classroom. During her free time, she enjoys nature walks and swimming.


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Kathy Reidda

Kathy has been a part of the Little Crane Montessori School community since 2013. Kathy has worked with children and adults as a librarian at various Mahwah public schools for over 20 years. She is passionate about introducing children to new books. She enjoys sharing her love for learning and reading to children of all ages. She holds a B.A. in Economics from College of Mount Saint Vincent. During her free time, she enjoys finding new books and discovering new literature.


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Marina Fabian

Marina has been a part of the Little Crane Montessori School community since 2015. She is currently working on her certification from the Center for Montessori Education. She enjoys guiding children in the Montessori philosophy and is passionate about encouraging them to build their individual character in a respectful environment. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, jogging, hiking, basking in the sun, and bodyboarding.


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Amanda Allaire

Amanda joins Little Crane Montessori School, bringing a wide range of interest and expertise. After her beginning her career in private wealth management, she shifted her focus onto healthy eating and healthy lifestyles. She cooked as a chef at a Michelin-star restaurant in Manhattan, began a small business providing healthy plant-based meals, and became a registered yoga instructor. She appreciates the harmony of yoga and the Montessori methodology. She guides children to listen to their intuition and to follow their passion toward a lifelong love for learning . Amanda obtained a B.A. in History and European Studies,  and M.A. in History from New York University. During her free time, she enjoys hiking, triathlon training, and spending time in nature with her rescue dog, Brody.


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Ivel Quintana 

Ivel has been working at Little Crane Montessori School as Public Relation Representative and Spanish teacher for more than 6 years. She is a native Spanish speaker teaching Spanish for over 10 years. She is a Bio-Chemical Engineer with experience in the pharmaceutical field, certify as Trainer and ELearning developer from the Langevine Institute in Toronto, Canada. Currently, She is pursuing a Master in Business Administration.