Beverly Smith, president

Beverly Smith was the Head of School at Acorn Montessori School from 2012-2016.  She currently works at West Side Montessori School as Assistant Head and Level Coordinator for Administrator program at WSMS-TEP.  She served as Vice President of NJMAC for two years and is in her second year as President.  



andrea o'brian, vice president

Andrea is the Director of Operations and Communications at Princeton Montessori School.


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 Melanie thiesse, secretary

Melanie is the Curriculum Coordinator at The Westmont Montessori School. She has been involved in Montessori education since 1993, teaching all levels from toddler to adolescent and sharing her experience as a national conference presenter and teacher trainer. She serves on several advisory committees, working with education agencies to advocate for Montessori schools and pedagogy.



kathryn imbrogyo, treasurer

Katheryn is the Head of School at Ridgewood Montessori in Paramus, NJ. This is Kathryn's third term on the NJMAC Board.




Ruth dyke, member at large

Ruth is the Director of Admissions and Operations for Hoboken Montessori. She was a primary teacher for 15 years before becoming an administrator. She also lectures at the Center of Montessori Teacher Education and as a state and national conference presenter.