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.
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 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.
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 3-6 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 in 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. We're thrilled to have her expertise here at Mission Montessori in leading our Elementary program.
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.
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 expand her teaching experience and teach in South Korea.
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 be joining 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.