Gretchen Cavatassi

Directress, Crabapple

I graduated from Nazareth College with a B.A. in English. I have been teaching in Montessori schools since 2005. I have also created and taught at a successful 2-year-old program at Pittsford Cooperative Nursery School. I am happy to be back at the Montessori School of Rochester as the Toddler Directress. I fell into teaching at MSR very organically. I enrolled all three of my daughters at MSR for their early education and I soon became an on-call substitute teacher. Gradually, I became a Teacher’s Assistant and then progressed to Directress of the Toddler Community. I can still remember the first time I observed a Montessori classroom. I was impressed by how much the children could do themselves, independently, with the right amount of gentle guidance. I am still amazed at children’s capabilities. I also enjoy working with parents to foster continuity between home and school.

Danielle Piampiano

Directress, Cherry Blossom

I was born and raised in the beautiful small town of Avon, NY. I attended University at Buffalo where I received my Bachelor’s in Speech and Hearing Sciences. I recently completed my Association Montessori International training in Denver, Colorado at the Montessori Institute. In Denver, I was trained by Ms. Judi Orion, who was one of the first ever to complete 0-3 training program in Rome! I have also completed my Master’s in Montessori Education from Loyola University, Maryland. Outside of school I enjoy spending my time with family, friends and the Buffalo Bills. I fell in love with the toddler age group during my fieldwork as I was working towards my undergrad. I was able to witness their language and motor development as well as their capabilities towards caring for themselves and others at such a young age. I have also had a strong passion for bridging the gap between school and home. I feel it is vital for the children that all adults are consistent with their techniques and implementations, from meal times to toilet education; consistency is key with young children.

Loren Diaz

Teacher’s Assistant, Cherry Blossom

My name is Loren Diaz and I am an assistant teacher in the Cherry Blossom classroom. I absolutely love working with our little humans mostly because they teach me how to continue to love being creative and loving in many different ways. I have worked with special education students, middle school students, as well as preschool students. At the various different schools I have worked, I have never quite known a better place than MSR! When I’m not with the children, I’m with my dog, Dempsey, and my husband. We like going to different parks, beaches and just hanging out with our community group for fellowship. We attend Northridge Church and love to serve others and be social. 

Kass Stymus

Teacher’s Assistant, Cherry Blossom

I am a mother of two daughters and I graduated from Monroe Community College with my Childcare Practitioner degree in the spring of 2019. In the course of my education, I held a special interest in childhood psychology, and I was certified to work with children with Autism. The passion that I hold for working with children radiates from my soul. I believe that through observation, we can begin to understand how a child may learn best. When I am away from my career we enjoy the outdoors, music, and reading is another favorite of mine.

Maureen Gunther

Teacher’s Assistant, Crabapple

I grew up in the small town of Avon, NY. After graduating high school, I went to college for Business Administration.  I began as the administrative assistant at MSR, but this year I am excited to join the Crabapple classroom! I love life and all of the beauty this world has to offer! I enjoy spending time in nature, being with friends and family, trying new recipes, and working in the garden. My husband and I are kept busy working on our first house and taking care of our Doberman puppy, Kobe.

Jaamie Monroe

Teacher’s Assistant, Crabapple

After earning my Bachelor’s in Spanish, I spent 4 years at various childcare centers in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and now upstate New York. I absolutely adore working with children because although I am teaching them, they are also teaching me new things every day! Currently, I am working towards getting my Masters in Inclusive Childhood Education from Nazareth College. When I’m not working with the children, I enjoy doing yoga and cooking.