STAFF OF NAUDAIN MONTESSORI ACADEMY
Leddy M. Naudain
Owner & Founder
Mrs. Naudain is the founder of Naudain Montessori Academy and served as the Administrator for 38 years. She received a B.A. from Villanova University and a diploma from Association Montessori International in 1975. She worked for Montessori School House (1975) and Montessori Child Development Center (1976). She started her own school in 1977. She remains active in AMS, AMI and NAMTA Montessori organizations. She and her husband, Dick, have been married for 39 years. They are the parents of Leddy K., Lauren and Brinley. They have three grandchildren who continue to fill their hearts with joy. Her philanthropic efforts include contributions to various local and international organizations. Past volunteer efforts included work as a cheerleading coach. Mrs. Naudain has now developed a management team led by her daughter Brinley. She is known for her love of children, dedication to Montessori education and commitment to Naudain Academy.
Miss Brinley is the youngest of the Naudain daughters. She attended Naudain Montessori Academy as a child. At a young age, Brinley had such a strong love for her mother’s school that she would help in the classroom during the school year and summer. Throughout high school, she worked as an assistant teacher in the After-Care Program. After graduating high school, she began working at Naudain Montessori Academy full time. She worked as Mrs. Bron’s Assistant, taught in the summer camp and worked in the office handling Accounts Payable and Receivable. Miss Brinley is currently working at Naudain as the Administrator and handles all business matters including Accounts Payable and Receivable. She has her North American Montessori Center Infant/Toddler certification. Miss Brinley enjoys spending time with her friends and family, exercising, organizing, traveling, cooking and playing with her dogs Chase and Rucca. Her love for the Montessori Method is evident in her work as she continues to follow in her mother’s footsteps.
director of education
Mrs. Amy Dibert joined Naudain Montessori Academy in 2007. Mrs. Dibert has a B.A Degree in Psychology and Education from North Carolina State University as well as her Primary Montessori Certification from Chestnut Hill College and Infant/Toddler Montessori Certification. She began her career as a language & behavior therapist in NC and then was a Child Development Specialist with New Jersey Early Intervention Services. Amy discovered the benefits of the Montessori Method and the positive impact that the nurturing, hands-on education had on all children. After receiving her Montessori certifications, she taught at a Montessori school in PA. After moving to NJ, Amy was a Primary Teacher with Naudain Montessori Academy before becoming Director of Education for the school. Her background, skills, and experience are a perfect blend for the students, parents, and staff of Naudain Montessori Academy. Mrs. Dibert and her husband have two children who are both graduates of Naudain Montessori Academy.
Jaime graduated from Shippensburg University with a degree in Communications/Journalism and has worked in Email Marketing for the past several years. Jaime also has experience working with children in both schools and homes. Both of her parents have worked for school districts for over 20 years, and she was eager to follow in their footsteps. Jaime enjoys writing and reading, along with traveling, cooking with her husband and spending time with family and friends.
Mrs. Christy Bloom
Room 5 Toddler Teacher
Ms. Christy has many years of teaching experience with Toddlers in a Montessori program and has been teaching at Naudain Montessori Academy since we opened our very first Toddler classroom years ago. Ms. Christy grew up with an appreciation for the Montessori method ever since her mom was a Montessori teacher. After taking college courses in Early Childhood Education, Christy entered the Princeton Center for Teacher Education and received her Infant/Toddler Montessori certification. Ms. Christy lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, Clint and her dog, Lily. Her hobbies include traveling with her husband, bowling and spending time with family and friends. Christy’s passion continues to be educating the youngest of children. This is emphasized by her boundless energy and continuous smile when working with the children. Christy has proven to be an invaluable asset to the school.
Mrs. Caitlyn Bielski
Room 5 Toddler Teaching assistant
Ms. Caitlyn Bielski has been working with young child for over a decade and most recently taught at a Montessori school in Pennsylvania. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education . When Ms. Caitlyn is not at Naudain working with the children, she enjoys spending her time with her husband and son. They enjoy being outside, hiking, fishing and gardening. Ms. Caitlyn is excited to be working with and caring for the Toddlers!
Mrs. Denise Carmany
Room 5 Teaching Assistant/
Early Care Teaching Assistant
Denise has over twenty years’ experience in office management and customer service and thrives in building good rapport with business relationships and personnel. She raised two beautiful children, a son and a daughter. Denise enjoyed participating in all of their activities as they were growing up. She organized the Kresson School Country fair, was a Daisy Girl Scout Leader, and a Room Mother. Denise and her husband David live in Voorhees and enjoy their time with family, boating and on the beach. Denise also immerses herself in photography, is active with her shop on Etsy, and participates in Crafts Fairs.
Ms. Kylie Raab
ROOM 4 TODDLER TEACHER
Ms. Kylie graduated from Saint Joseph's University with a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education and is certified to teach Pre-K through 4th grade. She had always planned on pursuing a teaching career in the Montessori field of education and therefore has always approached her own educational experience through a Montessori lens. She is currently completing her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education with a Primary Montessori certification from Chestnut Hill College. She is a member of AMS and MACTE. Other than her passion for teaching, Kylie enjoys the beach and being a dog mom
Ms. Carly Crease
Room 4 Toddler teaching assistant
Ms. Carly. has worked with children ages 0-9 years of age over the years. She graduated from Vision Baptist College where she graduated with her Bachelors degree in Elementary Education & Christian Ministries. She taught third grade classes and some fourth grade classes at Treasure Coast Baptist Academy in Fort Pierce, Florida. Carly has a passion for teaching and caring for children. She was also a nanny for a family with preschool aged children for a few years. Carly currently volunteers in her church’s nursery program caring for babies through toddler aged children. She loves piano, singing, the outdoors, and is an avid reader.
Ms. Alexandra Greene
AFTER CARE TODDLER TEACHING ASSISTANT
Ms. Allie has been working with young children since she was a young girl herself. She has worked with ages ranging from 0-10 years of age. Allie has experience working as a nanny for families as well as working with children in her church nursery program. She is currently enrolled at Vision Baptist College, majoring in Elementary Education. Alexandra is hoping to peruse a career in teaching third or fourth grade. She loves reading and the dramatic arts.
Ms. Josette Fergoson
AFTER CARE TODDLER & Primary TEACHING ASSISTANT
Ms. Josette has a lot of experience working with younger children through babysitting and teaching/assisint in her church's "children's Church ministry." Josette is currently enrolled in Vision Baptist College, majoring in Media as Ms. Josette is hoping to pursue a career as an art teacher. Ms. Josette enjoys arts and crafts, singing , baking , laughing and having a great time with her friends and family.
Mrs. Leddy Nelson
ROOM 1 PRIMARY TEACHER
Mrs. Nelson has worked at Naudain Montessori Academy for many years as a primary teacher. In her youth, she attended Naudain Montessori Academy, Voorhees public schools and then graduated from Eastern High School. She then attended Johnson & Wales University and received degrees in both Culinary Arts and Marketing. Leddy returned to the school as a summer camp employee. She then attended the Princeton Center Teacher Education for her Montessori teacher degree. Following this, she began her teaching career at Naudain Academy in 2002. She has served as a primary and Extended Day (K) teacher and office assistant. She married her husband, Frank, in 2010 and had her first baby in 2016. When not focusing on her students and classroom, Leddy enjoys reading, listening to music, traveling and spending time with her family and friends. Her quiet, capable and pleasant demeanor is the perfect blend for her students and parents.
Ms. Kylie Raab
ROOM 1PM Extended Day PRIMARY TEACHing assistant
Ms. Kylie graduated from Saint Joseph's University with a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education and is certified to teach Pre-K through 4th grade. She had always planned on pursuing a teaching career in the Montessori field of education and therefore has always approached her own educational experience through a Montessori lens. She is currently completing her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education with a Primary Montessori certification from Chestnut Hill College. She is a member of AMS and MACTE. Other than her passion for teaching, Kylie enjoys the beach and being a dog mom.
Mrs. Kanchan Jha
Room 3 Primary Teacher
Mrs. Kanchan earned a masters degree in Organic Chemistry from Mumbai University. Her long term association in field of teaching as well as immense love for kids drew her to the Montessori movement. She is currently completing her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education with a Primary Montessori certification from Chestnut Hill College. She is a member of AMS and MACTE. Mrs. Kanchan takes joy in spreading peace and multicultural awareness in the Montessori community. She enjoys traveling to different places, painting, crafting, listening to music, dancing and cooking a variety of cuisine.
Ms. Sherri Robbins
ROOM 2 PRIMARY TEACHING ASSISTANT & Primary After Care Teacher
Ms. Sherri Robbins works alongside Ms. Stephanie. She was previously employed at a Montessori school in Marlton, NJ where she was also a Primary Teaching Assistant. Ms. Robbins studied at Camden County College where she received an Associate’s degree in Computer Sciences. Prior work experiences include five year as an Operation Manager supporting 91 offices at the One Liberty Building in Philadelphia, four years as an Assistant to the Controller of an architectural firm and a decade of office administration experience. Through her career path, Ms. Robbins raised two children, a son and a daughter, who are both now college graduates. Ms. Robbin’s continued passion for the classroom and the love for her children has brought her to this school.
Mrs. Thomasine Bron
Room 3 Primary Teacher
Mrs. Bron has been with Naudain Montessori Academy for over 30 years. Mrs. Bron holds her Primary Montessori Certification from Chestnut Hill College. She has worked at Naudain Montessori Academy in many capacities including Primary Teacher, Assistant, Extended Day (K) teacher and summer camp instructor. Her previous work experience includes sales and serving as a nanny for local families. Mrs. Bron’s demeanor reveals her deep commitment and regard for her students.
Mrs. Nicole Marano
Room 1 Teaching Assistant/
Room 4 Primary Nap Teaching ASsistant
Ms. Nicole decided to further her knowledge of the Montessori method by earning her Primary Montessori Certification shortly after joining the staff of Naudain Montessori Academy. She had previously worked at a local pre-school as well as a nanny and skilled assistant for children with special needs, specializing on children with autism for many years. Ms. Nicole was also a teacher’s assistant for middle school and high school students with multiple disabilities. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys spending time with family, taking trips to the beach and bringing her dogs Riely and Milo to the park.
ROOM 2 PRIMARY Teacher & Primary after care teacher
Mrs. Dhar has a Bachelor’s of Psychology from Temple University and the University of Calcutta, India and a Masters of Education in addition to her American Montessori Society Early Childhood credential from Chestnut Hill College. She has over 22 years of teaching experience and most recently taught at a Montessori school in Philadelphia for the last thirteen years. In addition to Leading the morning class, Mrs. Dhar will bring her experience and creative ideas to our After Care Program as she will be the lead Montessori Teacher in that program. Mrs. Dhar has a daughter who works as a scientist in the Bio-Tech Industry. In her leisure time, Mrs. Dhar likes to spend time with family, listen to music, read books and loves to cook various dishes.
ROOM 4 PRIMARY Nap TEACHING ASSISTANT
AFTER CARE TEAChing assistant
Mrs. Emerson received her Montessori training and certification from the Princeton Center for Teacher Education and has previous experience working as a Teacher at a Montessori school in Marlton. She lives in Woodbury, NJ with her husband and pets. Mrs. Emerson volunteers her time with her church and enjoys singing in her church choir as well as reading and hanging out with family and friends. She has a passion for early childhood education and enjoys working with the children at Naudain Montessori Academy.
Mrs. Niki Sambolino
Niki Sambalino has been a substitute teacher at Naudain Montessori Academy since 2012. She graduated from the University of Florida with a business degree and worked for many years as a paralegal in her husband’s law office. Niki raised 4 children in Haddonfield and volunteered at both the elementary school and middle school there. While volunteering at the elementary school, she worked with the “Writing to Read” program. Now that her children have graduated, Niki spends her time volunteering at the South Jersey Food Bank. Niki is an avid tennis player and loves to read and knit. Niki spends her summers at the New Jersey shore and in the winter she loves to travel.
Mrs. Cathy Waurick
Cathy Waurick, better known as Ms. Cathy, has been teaching since 1975. Ms. Cathy taught the Toddler classroom at a Montessori school in Clinton, NJ. She then taught in the Primary classroom at a school in Bridgewater, NJ and most recently at Valley Forge Kinder House in Phoenixville, PA prior to her retirement. Ms. Cathy still very much enjoys working with children in the Montessori environment each time she substitute teaches.
Ms. Aggie Tagliaferro
Ms. Aggie was a Teaching Assistant at Naudain Montessori Academy for many years and then went on to majoring in Special Education at Rowan University. In 1992 she began working with children who had physical and learning disabilities in the Evesham School District. Aggie is now retired from the public school system, but she still loves working with children so she returned to Naudain Montessori so she can substitute. Ms. Aggie also loves to spend time with her own grown children and grandchildren.
Ms. Linda Lamond
Ms. Linda Lamond has been an Elementary School Substitute Teacher in over three school districts since 2015. She graduated from Rowan University with a small-business degree in Retail Merchandising and received a Graduate Certificate from Ateneo University, Philippines in Entrepreneurship. Linda became a Hatha Yoga Teacher in 2001 and owned her own studio in Louisville, Kentucky, called Full Moon Yoga. She has authored a Children’s Book called Boone and Friends. Her book is designed for ages pre-k through the elementary grades, and was structured as an activity and fitness book to get kids reading and moving.
Mr. Reggie comes to our school each Wednesday to teach the children all about musical concepts and instruments. He provides the children with a hands-on experience with the different instruments each week while giving them movement as well.
Ms. Laura started her teaching career at Naudain as Teaching Assistant while attending college for a degree in psychology and education. Laura has taught elementary and middle school locally and internationally with over 12 years of experience. She has taught in Norway, South Korea and Colombia. Currently, Laura with her company Higher Minds brings yoga and mindfulness programs into schools and communities. She has seen profound positive changes in her students’ lives through the gift of yoga. Her passion is to teach children of all ages the ancient practices of yoga so they can reduce stress and anxiety. These practices help her students keep a healthy mind, body and spirit. Additionally, she owns a yoga apparel line called, One Aura Yoga. Laura hopes to spread the gift of yoga and mindfulness through her tees and teachings!