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Rochelle Domingo

Head of School

Rochelle holds a B.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. She then jumped at the opportunity to help open our school in San Francisco in 2015 where she has since served as administrative director, assistant head of school, and now Head of School.

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

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 B.A. and M.A. 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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Arianne Cintula

School Coordinator for Preschool

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. Having moved from east to west quite recently, Arianne has fully adjusted to California life and is grateful to have found such a wonderful community at Mission Montessori.


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Dwiveck Custodio

SCHOOL COORDINATOR for elementary

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 B.S. in Magazine with a minor in Italian. After studying abroad in Italy, she decided to earn a master's degree 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. For the past few years, Dwiveck has been teaching abroad, working with students of different ages and backgrounds. She is wrapping up her most recent roles as head of primary and lead first-grade teacher at an international school in Tokyo, Japan. In these leadership roles, she has truly enjoyed planning activities that enable children to learn while also helping to bring the school's whole community together. She is looking forward to working with the team at Mission Montessori to help us expand our school and our after-school programming while continuing to prioritize the quality of our students' education.


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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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Mette Rasmussen

Operations & Talent Specialist

Mette, originally a native of Copenhagen, Denmark, earned her B.A. in business economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to joining Mission, she had an extensive retail career in Management and Operations for over 15 years.

Mette has always been interested in education and is thrilled to be working with such an amazing team to help today’s children become the caring and productive adults of tomorrow.

When not helping to recruit talented educators to our school and improving our operations, Mette loves spending time with friends, reading, traveling, and cheering on her favorite sports teams.


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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 recently explored the Mayan ruins in Mexico’s Yucatan and look forward to visiting Egypt next to immerse themselves in yet another ancient civilization.