Our Faculty

In addition to our unique Montessori Curriculum, Cherry Hill Montessori differs from other preschools based on the quality and commitment of our teachers.  Our classrooms are staffed by Certified Montessori teachers and experienced assistants, many of whom are degreed in other areas of study as well.  Due to the consistency and lengthy experience of our teachers and assistants—many of whom have been with us for over fifteen years—students and parents benefit from knowing all members of our staff are dedicated to making a difference.  Our trained and knowledgeable preschool teachers work with each child to determine individual needs, from which they then introduce traditional Montessori materials, resulting in an academic curriculum appropriate for your child’s level of readiness.

 

Meet Our Staff Members

Miss Karen - Cherry Hill Montessori

Miss Tina

Tina Nugent is the Director/Owner of Cherry Hill Montessori and a lifelong resident of Cherry Hill. With a B.A. in Economics from Duke University and a law degree from Northwestern, she practiced law for twenty years before assuming the position of Director of Cherry Hill Montessori. Miss Tina grew up in Cherry Hill, attended Cherry Hill East High School and returned after graduate school to raise her family in Cherry Hill. All four of her children attended the Cherry Hill Montessori School. Her eleven nieces and nephews attended the School. Her relatives and friends’ children attend the School, and in many ways everyone who comes through the school feels like her family.


Miss Karen - Cherry Hill Montessori

Miss Karen

Miss Karen has worked in our school since 1993 and is the Co-Director/Head of School, and Director of our Summer Camp Program. She has a Montessori Teaching Certification and several early childhood certifications. Miss Karen gained extensive experience raising her own three children, one of whom is a CHM Alumna. She enjoys the beach, cooking, gardening and traveling. Miss Karen encourages the children to build their own unique road to independence. “I feel like I did a great job when a child has shown me their love for learning and books through their work and not just their words. It also gives me great joy when my former students come back to visit me and express how much I have made a difference in their lives and education.”


Miss Lauren

Miss Lauren is both a certified Montessori teacher and a New Jersey certified elementary school teacher with a second Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies. She is our Head of Curriculum, a lead Classroom Teacher, and a Summer Camp instructor. Miss Lauren devotes much of her time to coming up with new and inventive Montessori projects for our students, and to implementing the traditional curriculum in the classrooms. In her “free” time Miss Lauren pursues her photography, baking and scrapbooking hobbies, and spends as much time as she can with her young son, Conner.


Miss Neicy

Miss Neicy has worked in education for over 30 years and has been with Cherry Hill Montessori since 1986. She is a certified Montessori teacher and, in recent years, obtained her degree in Biotechnology (just for fun!). Miss Neicy enjoys hiking, camping, riding an ATV, playing the guitar, singing and dancing. She has two adult children, both of whom attended CHM! “I feel like I did a great job when a child says ‘I love school’.”


Miss Migna

Miss Migna joined our CHM teaching staff in 2013 as a Head Teacher. She graduated from Chestnut Hill College with a dual degree in Early Childhood and Montessori Education. She also had a minor in Theology. Miss Migna has been teaching for over 15 years, was the Director of the Providence Center in Philadelphia and has experience teaching Spanish. She has two sons and is busy with all their sports activities and homework. Miss Migna loves to be in the midst of new discoveries by the children and being part of the enrichment of their young minds and lives.


Miss Kelly - Cherry hill Montessori

Miss Kelly

Miss Kelly is Cherry Hill Montessori’s Administrative Assistant and the Teacher’s Assistant in Classroom Number 1. She has been involved in Montessori Education for over 25 years, first as a mother to three daughters who attended Montessori schools and recently as a head teacher and assistant teacher. Miss Kelly has her Montessori Diploma in Infant and Toddler and is currently completing her degree in Child and Adolescent Psychology. She loves doing anything with water and outdoor activities. Miss Kelly says, “There truly isn’t anything better than a Montessori education. I have seen it from the teacher’s perspective and as a parent. I wanted the best for my daughters and they received it with their Montessori education.”


Miss Jamie

A former CHM student and Cherry Hill Montessori employee for over 19 years, Miss Jamie has worked as a Head Montessori Teacher, Summer Camp Instructor and Classroom Assistant. In addition to her Montessori Teaching Certification, Miss Jamie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She is currently the Assistant in Miss Neicy’s class. Miss Jamie is inspired by the way the children gain independence and learn in their own time and at their own pace. She feels like she did a great job when she assists a child in accomplishing something new and challenging. She also has a young daughter, Angela, who keeps her very busy. She loves all of the hugs and smiles she receives from her students.


Miss Usha

Miss Usha has been an important part of our school since 1996. She has received Montessori training and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry. Miss Usha’s son attended our school and her daughter, now a Pediatrician, worked here during her high school and college years. Miss Usha enjoys music, art, cooking, reading and gardening. She appreciates the balance of freedom and discipline/self-correcting that the Montessori activities provide for the children. “We literally see the children grow and bloom in every way. Montessori is well-rounded with structured and free play as well as academics and social skills. The children are constantly learning and exploring.” The children also keep Miss Usha “busy and happy!”


Miss Luna

Luna received her bachelor’s degree in English Education in China to fulfill her childhood dream of being a teacher. After she spent years teaching English in China and teaching Chinese in the United States, she found herself very satisfied with being an early childhood educator. From the perspective of being a teacher as well as a parent, Luna appreciates the independent learning ability a child develops in the Montessori Education. She also finds the respect that the children receive and learn to give to others, refreshing. Besides enjoying teaching at Cherry Hill Montessori and spending time with her 3 years old daughter, Luna loves martial arts and gardening. Her next big goals in life are to fill her house with beautiful green plants and learn to speak Japanese.


Miss Rita

Miss Rita began her career with CHM in 2002 and has worked in the education field (including as a kindergarten teacher) for over 28 years. After working as Miss Neicy’s classroom assistant, Miss Rita’s enthusiasm and creativity inspired us over seven years ago to create a new position for her, that of Cherry Hill Montessori’s Enrichment Activities Teacher. This allows Miss Rita to share her zest for life and extensive training in early childhood education and the Montessori method with the children in all four classes. After twelve years here, she still “loves the independence of the children” and will present to them weekly enrichment classes involving music, stories, dance, crafts and other special events. In her free time, Miss Rita enjoys taking classes in dance, watercolor painting, massage and yoga, and spending time with her daughter and grandchildren. She loves it when the children confide in her: “when a child puts his hand in mine, and leans in close to my ear to tell me something, I get all mushy. There is nothing better than this!”


Miss Donna

Miss Donna has been our Head Afternoon Assistant for over 20 years. Her loving and organized approach to the care of the children is a key component of our Montessori day. You can always find her juggling a child or two on her lap, while playing a card game with another. Miss Donna ensures that our afternoon dismissal policies are strictly enforced. You can be sure your child will not be allowed to go home with “Grandmom” if she’s not on your approved dismissal list! Miss Donna enjoys writing in her journal, writing poems, dancing, singing and exercising. She is inspired by the freedom that the Montessori classroom affords the children and feels like she did a good job “when a child accomplishes a task that she learned from my teaching.” She also loves the funny things the children say, and when former students, now grown, come back to visit her!


Mr. Joe, Maintenance

Mr. Joe takes care of our School. Not only is he responsible for making sure your child is in a clean environment, but he also fixes the things that need fixing. He enjoys seeing the children every day when he comes to work and they love his smile and the “presents” he brings them. We are lucky to have Mr. Joe as our Maintenance Man and Jack-of-all-trades for everything else.


Chief William Malseed (Retired), Director of Safety

Cherry Hill Montessori considers the safety and security of our students to be a number one priority. We are fortunate that Chief William Malseed is assisting us in this regard. Chief Malseed has over 30 years experience in law enforcement, working his way through the ranks and retiring with the rank of Chief of Police. He is currently employed full time as Director of Security for a private community in South Jersey and his experience includes security consultations and planning with Local, State and Federal agencies. Chief Malseed provides guidance to us on security and safety concerns and is always available with sound advice and big boxes of soft pretzels. Thank you Chief Malseed!