Jacquelyn G. – Executive Director/Head of School
Jacquelyn “Jackie” has worked in Montessori for over 15 years. She has worked with students and families from prenatal education through Elementary. Jacquelyn has her AMI Montessori certificate in Assistants to Infancy (0 to 3 education) from The Montessori Institute in Denver, BA in Statistics and Mathematics from Rutgers University, Rutgers College, and M.Ed. in Education, specializing in Montessori Education, from Xavier University. She has taught in Nido, Toddler, Primary, and Elementary classrooms, consulted in classrooms of all ages, managed Montessori schools worked as a mentor for new teachers and assistants and created Parent and Teacher Education workshops on a variety of topics. She has worked in Montessori schools and at Montessori training centers around the country.
Jacquelyn has done research in Montessori and early childhood education and plans to continue and expand her work. She is currently an active Board Member for the Colorado Montessori Association and enjoys supporting Montessori initiatives. Jacquelyn spends time in the summer working with The Montessori Institute in Denver and expanding Montessori education for all.
Jacquelyn has been living in the Parker area for the last 11 years. She enjoys many of the outdoor activities Colorado has to offer including camping, hiking, and snowshoeing.
Neville W. – Assistant Director
Bio coming soon…
Corinna B. – Office Manager
Ms. Corinna has been a part of the RMA family since 1998. When she first started with RMA she was the Administrative Assistant and classroom helper. She recently returned to us in 2017 to support the ongoing success of our school. She is excited to be back as part of the RMA family. Her daughter attended RMA for 3 years and she attributes much of her success to Montessori.
Andrea W. – Montessori Teacher – Red Room
Ms. Andrea has been a part of the RMA family since October of 2000 and was one of our original kindergarten teachers. She returned to us in 2013 after a six-year hiatus in which her family lived in the San Francisco area. She is currently the Montessori Lead Teacher in the Red classroom. Andrea’s background includes a B.A. in Elementary Education with a specialization in Kindergarten education from Purdue University in Lafayette, IN. She attended the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies and earned her Montessori certification. She has taught in elementary school, K-2 classrooms.
She lives with her husband and two children, both RMA alumni.
Sonali M. – Montessori Teacher – Yellow Room
Ms. Sonali has been with the RMA family since 2013. She has been teaching in a Montessori classroom environment since 2009. She completed her Montessori certification in Dallas, Texas from the American Montessori Society ( AMS) in 2011. She has a Masters Degree in Home Economics from India. Ms. Sonali undertook some advanced Math courses to pursue her teaching credentials in California from California State University. Having found her home in Montessori classroom, she enjoys her work with children from 3-6 years of age. Ms. Sonali is a firm believer of the Montessori philosophy and has seen it work with her own two kids. Currently, she lives in Parker with her husband and kids.
Kris P. – Studio Teacher
Kris Palit has had the privilege of being a part of Renaissance Montessori Academy since 2017. After spending six years in another Montessori school, she is finally able to work with what she is really passionate about, creativity.
As a studio teacher, she helps foster young minds to think in innovative ways. Kris has been involved with children’s art for more than 25 years, and has seen that art helps children learn better in all disciplines.
Kris’s educational background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in geography from the University of Calcutta and Montessori training.
Kris was born and raised in Kolkata, India and came to United States in 1995. She currently lives in Parker, Colorado with her husband and their pet dog Sparky, while their daughter attends college in California.
Lauren O. – After School and Camps Coordinator
Lauren is the RMA After School/Enrichment and Camps Coordinator for RMA. She is super excited to be a part of the RMA team and get the ability to teach and work with your children. She has a Bachelor’s in Behavioral Science and minored in Elementary Education. In addition to that she is Group Leader Certified and is working towards her Director’s certificate. She has experience working with ages 2 ½ to 5th grade working in a variety of settings. She has been a lead teacher of a preschool classroom, Spanish teacher, Paraprofessional working with all grades in reading, word work, math, science. Prior to joining the RMA team in April 2019, Lauren stayed at home with her daughter for a few years. She looks forward to getting to know you all and working with your wonderful child(ren)!
Priyanka P. – Co-Teacher
Ms.Priyanka comes to the RMA family with a strong passion for being around young children. She enjoys having the opportunity to be part of the early childhood learning process and believes that the RMA philosophy is a good foundation for success. Ms. Priyanka came from India after her marriage and has been in Colorado since December of 2000. She currently lives in Parker with her husband Dev Purohit and two children: Abhay (a former RMA alumni) and Ayush.
Nirmala R. – Co-Techer
Bio coming soon…
Dhara P. – Co-Teacher
Dhara was born in Ahmedabad, India. Her maternal family is largely from teaching background. She has completed her master’s in commerce with accounting as a primary subject. Before moving to states in 2008, she worked as an Accountant for 3 years and as a teacher for jr. kindergarten for a year and half. After coming to states, she took a break to take care of her kids, Piku (9 years) and Pia (4 years) also attending RMA. This year Dhara decided come back to teaching as she loves to work with Kids and help them to grow their future.
When not at work, Dhara enjoys spending time with her loving husband and two beautiful daughters. She loves singing and listening to music. She also likes to cook during her free time.
Swetha S. – Co-Teacher
Bio coming soon…
Martha C. – Spanish Assisting Teacher
Bio coming soon…
Amy K. – Montessori Music and Movement Teacher
Bio coming soon…
Vandana C. – Floating Co-Teacher
Vandana (Dana) has been with RMA since January 2018 as a Teacher’s Assistant. She is a certified Child Development Associate (CDA) and has Early Childhood Teacher Qualification in Colorado. At RMA, she helps provide a positive learning environment where students and teachers collaborate with each other to make and complete their goals. Dana has a bachelor’s degree in Food Science and Quality Control and hopes to inculcate in children the importance of eating nutritious food. She believes kindergarten years are the formative years in a child’s life. She wants to help the children make good choices to stay happy and healthy.
Dana has been in an educational position since 2014, as a childcare attendant at the Parker Rec Center as well as with the Kumon Learning Center for several years, as a math and English language tutor. She enjoys every aspect of teaching and has realized over these years that the kids can teach us as much as we teach them. This is one of my favorite things about the teaching profession.
Dana moved to Parker in the summer of 2014 from Tampa, Florida, along with her husband and two kids. Dana and her husband are originally from Mumbai, India. Having grown up in a tropical climate, their move to Denver was a learning experience. However, after living here since 2014, she would not think of living in any other place; they love it here. Both of her kids go to Challenge 2 Excellence Middle school.
Raya P. – After School Teacher Aide
Raya attended RMA in the early 2000’s, as a preschool and after school student. She has a strong passion and love for RMA because of the experiences she had as a little girl. The RMA foundation is something that she firmly believes in and loves to be around children. Raya currently attends Smoky Hill High School and is apart of the DECA program, soccer at Smoky, and dance. She lives in Aurora with her family.