Our Classes

Morningside Montessori School houses two bright, comfortable offices and three sunny, fully-equipped classrooms that house our various programs.

Within the offices, you will find our Executive Director, Jorinda Moorhead, and our Associate Director, Alexandra Martin as well as information regarding the school.
 
Morningside chooses its teachers for their fine educational backgrounds and experience. They create organized and stimulating environments as they vary materials to suit their students’ needs and interests. Closely tuned to the needs and abilities of each child, MMS teachers can then offer appropriate materials, make suggestions when necessary or step back to encourage independence.

North MWF Class

 

Our North Class meets 3 days a week (Mornings: Monday/Wednesday/ Friday) for 15 two- and three-year-olds.

 

The program is founded on Montessori principles which include design of the classroom, the teacher as a facilitator and extended work periods. We employ traditional Montessori materials, modern educational materials and some teacher made materials. They include: Sensorial materials, to incite the senses; Practical Life materials to refine fine motor skills; Language activities to develop letter/sound recognition; Math materials to learn counting, ordination and beginning addition/subtraction. The program also contains an abundance of manipulatives, such as blocks; art activities, painting, collaging, and drawing;  science projects, watching caterpillars turn into butterflies; a wealth of books and a very cozy loft, which acts as an area for fantasy play and dress-up activities.

Also, any younger children (under four) who need an Extended Day option use this classroom in the afternoons as a nap room (1:30-3:00) and may stay for a longer day as part of our Afterschool Center.


Jennifer Katz
Head Teacher

Delia Rivera
Assistant Teacher

Teri Lewis
North/Toddler Montessori Teacher

Kristina Blinstrub
MWF/Toddler and PM Montessori Teacher

North Toddler Class

 

Our Toddler Program contains all the components necessary to give our students an enriching start to their school experience. This program is for children who are two years old. The class meets twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am-12:00pm.
 
Our Toddler Classroom has the added bonus of a very cozy Loft, which acts as an arena for fantasy play & dress-up activities, as well as class library that offers a variety of age-appropriate fiction and non-fiction books.

Jennifer Katz
Head Teacher

Delia Rivera
Assistant Teacher

Teri Lewis
North/Toddler Montessori Teacher

Kristina Blinstrub
MWF/Toddler and PM Montessori Teacher

After School

 

Our After-School Center offers a place for families who need late day care. After-School care is available until 6:00pm, This may include children who begin their mornings in either the North, West, or South Classrooms.

For younger children, the After-School Center has a rest/nap-time from 1:30 to 3:00. Some children from either the Explorers' Class or the PM Class join the Afterschool Center after their afternoon class.


Mary Jane Berkeley
After School Center Associate Teacher

Karyl Mpontsikaris
After School Center Assistant Teacher

Explorers Class

 

Our Explorer’s Class is an afternoon enrichment program for our students who attend the 5 day am program. It is designed for children who might need a longer day and additional academic challenges. The routine of the Explorers’ class adheres to a more typical kindergarten format and therefore guides your child as s/he completes his/her last year of preschool and begins the transition into Kindergarten.

The daily structure includes a whole group lesson, table work and after an independent work time, children gather on the rug to review the lesson of the day. The expectations of this classroom are such that children must be four years old in order to enroll in this class. Generally the class studies specific themes for a short period of time. We incorporate a multidisciplinary curriculum within the Explorers Class so that the children explore a specific theme in different ways.

The curriculum incorporates math, language, science, cooking, arts & crafts, music, movement and geography activities that are geared toward children who will be moving up to Kindergarten next year. These activities are stimulating and fun for the children, but the standards of attention and independence are greater than those in our regular 5 day programs.


Astry Wells De Jesus
South Class Assistant Teacher

Caitlin Flynn
Head Teacher

Alexandra Valentin
Montessori and AssociateTeacher

South AM Class

This class meets 5-days a week, (Mornings:  Monday-Friday) for 18 three-to-five-year-olds. It is also where children can be dropped off for our Earlybird Drop-off if parents require care before 9:00.

 

Our Five-Day programs are for 3-5 year old children. Our mixed age classrooms are founded on Montessori principles. Clearly defined work areas follow the five Montessori areas:

Sensorial

Practical Life

Math

Language

Cultural

Our program highlights the importance of peer relationships and the time needed to understand social negotiations. Our educators facilitate children find their interests and pursue them through extended work time and over multiple exposures to that learner. We weave together following  a child’s interest with core NYS Standards in preparing children for Kindergarten to be lifelong pursuers of knowledge.

 
Also, any older children (four to five-year-olds) who wish to have an Extended Day option until 3:30 use this classroom in the afternoons with our Explorer’s Class.

Astry Wells De Jesus
South Class Assistant Teacher

Caitlin Flynn
Head Teacher

Alexandra Valentin
Montessori and AssociateTeacher

West AM Class

 

Our 5-day West AM Class is for 3-5 year old children. Our mixed age classrooms are founded on Montessori principles. Clearly defined work areas follow the five Montessori areas:

Sensorial

Practical Life

Math

Language

Cultural

Our program highlights the importance of peer relationships and the time needed to understand social negotiations. Our educators facilitate children find their interests and pursue them through extended work time and over multiple exposures to that learner. We weave together following  a child’s interest with core NYS Standards in preparing children for Kindergarten to be lifelong pursuers of knowledge.

 

 
 

Wendy Oppenheimer
West Co-Head Teacher

Anna Maria Hanlon
West Co-Head Teacher and Montessori Teacher

Jasmine Melendez
West Assistant Teacher

Sheree Spivey
West Assistant and PM Co-Head Teacher

Colin O'Neal
West Class Associate Teacher

West PM Class

Our PM Class  meets 5-afternoons a week, from 1:30-4:30. 

 

The PM Class is for 3-5 year old children. Our mixed age classrooms are founded on Montessori principles. Clearly defined work areas follow the five Montessori areas:

Sensorial

Practical Life

Math

Language

Cultural

Our program highlights the importance of peer relationships and the time needed to understand social negotiations. Our educators facilitate children find their interests and pursue them through extended work time and over multiple exposures to that learner. We weave together following  a child’s interest with core NYS Standards in preparing children for Kindergarten to be lifelong pursuers of knowledge.

 

Our PM Program is very much like our Five Morning Program and is offered as an alternative for children for whom afternoons work better. It begins at 1:45pm and goes until 4:45 daily. Children may be picked up at that point or may go to our After School Center up until 6:00pm.


Sheree Spivey
West Assistant and PM Co-Head Teacher

Julie Sutera
PM Co-Head Teacher

Kristina Blinstrub
MWF/Toddler and PM Montessori Teacher