Faculty & Staff

The teacher has two tasks: to lead the children to concentration and to help them in their development afterwards.

-Maria Montessori

Our staff is made up of individuals from a variety of different backgrounds who all have a passion for educating children in the Montessori Method.  Each classroom is staffed with at least two teachers who are all Montessori trained or working on their training. We have a robust specials program which includes art, music, technology, physical education and Spanish for all students as well as programs in theater and broadcast journalism for our older students. Our administrative staff is courteous and professional, providing support for our teachers and parent community. 

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Meet our new School Director

Headshot of Head of School Laura Dykstra

Laura Dykstra

“I am eager to build relationships with all of the Village School families in my new role as the Head of School. As we proceed in the new normal of a pandemic world, I look forward to making connections between the Village School students and the greater community outside our school walls.” 

Laura has been a part of The VillageSchool staff since 1999, most recently serving as the lead lower elementary program teacher. 

Laura holds a M.S. in education with a specialization in reading and literacy fromBank Street College of Education and a B.A. in elementary education and musicfrom Saint Michael’s College. Laura has elementary I credentials from the AmericanMontessori Society, having trained at the Center for Montessori Teacher Education(CMTE). She has been a staff member of the CMTE and presented the geographycurriculum for the primary-level training program. Laura lives locally in BergenCounty, NJ with her husband and daughter. 

Welcome Laura!

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