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Rochelle Domingo

Head of School

Rochelle holds a Bachelor’s in psychology and her Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) diploma from the Maria Montessori Institute in London. She fell in love with Montessori when she started in an administrative role at a Montessori school over nine years ago. In 2015, she jumped at the opportunity to help open our school in San Francisco, where she has since served as administrative director, assistant head of school, and now Head of School.

Rochelle appreciates the opportunity to contribute to the growth of young minds each day. She finds joy in witnessing the magical “ah-ha” moments children experience and is proud to support such a strong team of dedicated educators.

When she is not working, you can find her enjoying live music, writing poetry and prose, reading, and collecting vinyls. Our students and teachers appreciate her positive, calm, and passionate leadership. 


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Andrea DeBell

Director of Admissions

Andrea has been passionate about early childhood education since her teens, when she attended a teacher-training magnet high school in her native country of Brazil. She went on to earn a Bachelor’s and Master’s in education. Since then, she has worked as a preschool teacher, directed preschool programs, and helped families successfully navigate the world of early childhood education.

When her older child attended a Montessori preschool, she fell in love with the Montessori philosophy and teaching methods because she saw how Montessori helps children develop to their fullest potential.

In her free time, Andrea enjoys doing hot yoga, meditating, taking dance classes, reading, hiking, and spending time with her family.


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Katy Wang

Lower School Director

Katy has worked in other Montessori schools for more than 10 years in various roles, including assistant teacher, lead teacher, and director. She is bilingual and fluent in Mandarin, holds a Bachelor’s in Human Development from the University of California, Davis, and earned her Master’s in Educational Leadership from California State University. Katy also holds her Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Primary diploma and is working towards her AMI Elementary diploma.

Katy is excited to be overseeing the quality of our Montessori preschool programming at Mission Montessori. She finds great joy in the moment a child grasps a concept and in watching the learning process unfold.

In her free time, Katy enjoys cheering on the Warriors, checking out pop-up restaurants, seeking out the newest donut shop, and traveling.


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Laurie Stockton-Moreno

Elementary Program Director

Laurie Stockton-Moreno has been involved in all aspects of Montessori education for over twenty years. As administrator, classroom teacher in Lower Elementary and Children’s House, teacher trainer, and board director, Laurie has enjoyed the opportunity to positively affect the lives of multitudes of children, families, and teachers. Laurie earned a Master’s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington, is Montessori credentialed at the three to six and elementary levels, and most recently served as Education Director and Lead Teacher at Brookview Montessori School in Benton Harbor, Michigan where she led a Montessori elementary classroom for 14 years. 

In addition to her work in Montessori schools, she trains future Montessori elementary teachers as an adjunct professor at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah and Shanghai as the Elementary Program Director for the Teacher Education Program of Shanghai. Laurie has presented at many National Montessori conferences for over thirteen years on a variety of subjects including arts infusion, classroom planning, and higher order thinking. She’s thrilled to continue this labor of love here at Mission Montessori in leading our Elementary program.


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Arianne Cintula

School Coordinator

Arianne Cintula is a native New Yorker and graduate of Marymount Manhattan College, where she studied Teacher Education and Sociology. From a young age, Arianne took on various childcare roles, including, but not limited to, camp counselor, nanny, and birthday party captain. She spent her post-undergrad years working in non-profit event production, organizing the nation's three largest AIDS Walks and other fundraising events in New York and California. Through this experience, Arianne found a love for events and operations, and was thrilled to find a role in San Francisco that would allow her to return to the education field while continuing this type of work.


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Andrea DeJong

Administrative Specialist

Originally from the Twin Cities of Minnesota, Andrea has studied and worked around the world. She attended the University of South Dakota for Studio Arts and studied abroad in Florence, Italy. Andrea went on to earn a master’s degree in Fine Arts at the University of Iowa. In Iowa, Andrea discovered her passion for education while teaching drawing at the university level for three years. This experience inspired her to travel to South Korea and expand her teaching experience there.

As the head instructor of her academy in South Korea, Andrea worked to develop her students’ appreciation for language learning in creative ways and helped build community within the school. She led the teaching team through trainings and supported them by developing curriculum.

Andrea is very excited to have joined Mission Montessori in an administrative role and looks forward to bringing her experience and creativity to the school’s community.

In her free time, Andrea enjoys painting, traveling, and the outdoors.


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Dwiveck Custodio

HR and Talent Coordinator

Dwiveck is a native Spanish speaker originally from Puerto Rico, where she grew up going to Montessori school, and later, an English immersion school. These experiences, along with her grandmother's storytelling, inspired her ever-growing love of language learning and writing.

Dwiveck attended Syracuse University in New York where she earned a Bachelor’s in Magazine with a minor in Italian. After studying abroad in Italy, she decided to earn a Master's in Romance Languages at the University of Georgia, with a focus on Spanish and Italian literature. During her time at the University of Georgia, Dwiveck taught college-level courses in Italian language. Prior to joining Mission Montessori, Dwiveck was a teacher and administrator abroad in China and Japan. Dwiveck enjoys working with Mission Montessori to help us recruit talented educators to bring the highest quality Montessori education to our students.

In her free time, Dwiveck loves to travel, cook, read and write, learn new languages, and be by the water.


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Pari Schacht

FOUNDER

Pari is a parent, entrepreneur, and educator with a passion for Montessori. She spent the last decade building Nurturing Wisdom Tutoring, a company with more than 200 tutors in Chicago and San Francisco. In both cities, Nurturing Wisdom helped students from the top schools to supplement their education and meet their goals. In addition, Pari played a key role in opening two private schools, one in Chicago and one in San Francisco. She is also an investor in multiple schools and advisor to educational companies. She has two sons in Montessori pre-school and opened Mission Montessori to bring a world-class Montessori elementary education to families in San Francisco.


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Ryan Puzycki

Director of Finance and Operations

Ryan’s career in finance began at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and continued from there with posts at HSBC, Dresdner Kleinwort, and CLSA. His foray into Montessori education began in 2013, when he joined a small group of schools to help with their expansion, and where he learned about and came to love the logistics and economics of running schools. After advising Pari on the opening of Mission Montessori Elementary, Ryan is excited to be working full-time with the team at Mission Montessori as the school enters a new chapter.

Ryan holds an undergraduate degree from Boston University and an MBA from New York University. In his (increasingly rare) spare time, Ryan is an avid reader, an aspiring writer, a home chef, and an intrepid traveler. Ryan is a native of Connecticut and a New Yorker by disposition. He lives with his husband and Boston Terrier in San Francisco.


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Dana Yeager Squires

Bookkeeper

Dana discovered her love of numbers while working in another field and went back to school to obtain a Master of Science in Accounting in order to pursue that love.  She previously worked in public accounting and has helped many organizations in a variety of industries with all of their accounting needs. Dana primarily grew up in Pennsylvania and has lived in several East Coast states with her husband, who recently retired from the United States Navy.  Dana enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, reading, traveling, and relaxing on the beach. She is an active volunteer in her children’s school and finds great inspiration in working with educators. Dana is excited to join the team and to apply her love of numbers and accounting experience to the exciting growth here and be a part of the wonderful things happening at Mission Montessori.


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Jared Perry

Security Officer

Jared is a native San Franciscan and has worked as a professional security officer for several years, including in educational settings. Growing up, Jared spent a lot of time at the library and developed a lifelong love for reading. He’s passionate about ancient cultures, particularly the Aztec, Incan, and Mayan civilizations, and has visited nearly every island in the Caribbean. He and his wife explored the Mayan ruins in Mexico’s Yucatan and look forward to visiting Egypt next to immerse themselves in yet another ancient civilization.