Marilyn Larkin (Director) holds an MA in Administration and Supervision from Iona College, a BA in American Studies from Ramapo College, and Montessori certification in Infant/Toddler (CMTE), Montessori Early Childhood (Fairleigh Dickinson University), and Elementary Education (NJ State). A co-founder of the School, she has been on faculty since the founding in 1977.
Dadmara De Santis (Director) (see Middle School)
Lisa Mosca (Toddler and Primary Program Director) began her commitment to The Village School in 1981. She is the Toddler and Primary Program Director. During this time, she has also been a Kindergarten Teacher, Primary Teacher, Supervising Teacher, and Music Specialist. Lisa spent 20 years as a Montessori Teacher Trainer, Field Consultant, and the NJ Intern Coordinator for The Center for Montessori Education. She holds a BA in Early Childhood Education from William Paterson University and an AMS Early Childhood Certification from CMTE/NY. She is NJ State certified to teach Nursery and K-8 and is a lifetime member of The American Montessori Society.
Maureen Winters (Administrative Assistant) joined The Village School in 2002. The School had just relocated to the Waldwick campus. Before joining The Village School, Maureen was an Investment Officer for Fleet Investment Advisors. She graduated from Rosemont College in Rosemont, Pennsylvania in 1980 and received a BS degree in Sociology with a minor in Psychology. Maureen loves spending time with her husband, Kevin and her two children Kevin and Michele. Maureen enjoys the busy office work and interacting with the Staff, Parents and Children.
Kathy Nugent (Business Manager) a Bergen County native, joined The Village School office staff in the summer of 2007. Kathy attended Bergen Community College earning credits towards her accounting degree. She has been in the bookkeeping/accounting field for over 30 years. Kathy ran a home-based bookkeeping business while raising her two children. She began her career in nonprofit accounting as a full-time employee of the Business and Finance Department of Girl Scout Council of Bergen County. She enjoys working in a learning environment, which makes a difference in the life of a child. Kathy enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Joyce Sinclair (Office Manager) has come back to her roots here at The Village School. Before joining The Village School 15 years ago as an aid in Lower Elementary, she worked for Berkeley College (formerly located in The Village School building). Prior to raising her three sons, Joyce worked in Montvale for a corporate headquarters and began working as a secretary for the Waldwick Planning Board. Joyce savors spending time with her three sons, her daughter-in-laws and three granddaughters. Having graduated from Berkeley College and attended Bergen Community College, Joyce has enjoyed blending her career as a secretary with her love for children by joining the Village School Office Staff.
Sara Reinthaler (Enrichment Program) joined The Village School as a permanent staff member in 2014 after four years of helping out in a variety of roles as a parent. Originally from Ohio, Sara graduated with high honors in English from Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana and attended graduate school for Literature at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. She did a year of volunteer service with Americorps as a house parent in a girls group home and has worked at two different medical non-profits. She is mother to two daughters who attend The Village School. In her free time, Sara enjoys reading, kayaking, camping, wood carving and spending time with her family. She loves sharing her love of crafting with students as the Director of the Makerspace at The Village School.
Toni-Marie Brickhouse (Admissions) joined The Village School as a parent first in 2011 when two out of her 3 children began attending the school in the toddler and primary programs. In 2006 she graduated from John Jay College with a B.A. in Forensic Psychology and a minor in Social Problems. Toni-Marie is a licensed social worker, obtaining her master’s from Seton Hall University. She is trained in mental health first aid for both adults and children/adolescents. In 2015 Toni began working at The Village School as the enrichment program coordinator, and in 2016 began working in admissions. In her free time Toni enjoys watching documentaries, eating good food, salsa dancing with friends and spending quality time with her wife and 3 children, who now all attend The Village school in the Lower, Upper, and Middle School programs. “The Village School is our second family; my children have been able to thrive and explore their interests while learning. They have benefited from the nurturing, compassionate, and highly qualified teaching staff at TVS. My wife and I have also learned to become better parents through Maria Montessori’s teachings and philosophy.”
Lena Goebel (Staff Infant Room) is originally from Sweden but moved to the US in her twenties. She has two grown children, a girl and a boy. This is her 13th year at The Village School working in the infant and toddler programs where she is a certified AMS teacher. In her free time, she travels frequently, loves to cook and likes to kayak on the lake where she lives.