Who’s Who

Meet the school’s staff

Ellen Fox

  • Montessori Academy Founder 1965
  • Attended Bank Street College, NY
  • Interests; growing the school, gardening, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, traveling, skiing (not necessarily in that order)

Michelle Keith

  • Raised in Delran, N.J.
  • Attended MANJ through Elementary
  • Graduate of Delran High School, Delran, N.J.
  • Earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from Schiller International University in Heidelberg, Germany
  • Earned MBA in International Business Management from Schiller University in Clearwater, Florida
  • Bilingual, English & German
  • Worked in marketing management
  • Enjoys cooking, reading, traveling, horseback riding and skiing
  • Joined Montessori Academy as a Primary student and has been here in one capacity or another ever since!

Kimberly Anderson

  • Raised in Haddon Township and is currently residing in Cherry Hill
  • President of the Westmont Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary
  • Treasurer and Co-Founder of the New Jersey Goalball Association 
  • Attended Camden County College and Elon University
  • Enjoys tennis and scrapbooking
  • Joined the Montessori Academy staff in 2017

Tracey P. Keith

  • Montessori parent
  • Lives in Mt. Laurel with her husband James and son Jesse
  • Studied Elementary Education at C .W. Post College, Long Island University
  • Received a Bachelor’s degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Enjoys cooking, floral design and going to the beach
  • Joined Montessori Academy staff in 2017

Ratna Sardar

  • B.A. – University of Calcutta
  • Montessori Certification – Calcutta Montessori Training Centre, India
  • Born in Calcutta, India
  • Taught Montessori in India and the U.K.
  • Lived in Germany and the U.K.
  • Enjoys Indian cooking and traveling.
  • Joined Montessori Academy staff in 1995

Jane Hipple

Grew up in Moorestown, NJ,graduated from Moorestown High School, presently resides there with her husband and two children, Calvin 6 years old attending Miss Assunta’s Primary Class and Ada 2 1/2 attending Miss Faith’s ADM Class.

Holds a Bachelors Degree from Washington University in Fine Arts and a Graduate Degree in Fine Arts from Tulane University.

Enjoys being outdoors, exercising, camping, playing tennis, walking Tina her dog, organic gardening and vegan cooking.
Jane stated she and her family are happy to join this special community

Assunta Wiratunga

  • Originally from Sri Lanka
  • The admiration, respect and love for children prompted her to study and follow Dr. Maria Montessori’s teaching methods
  • Montessori Certification – College of the Good Shepherd, Sri Lanka AMI
  • Worked two years in Sri Lanka as a Montessori Directress, taught in the Maldive Islands, Montessori Directress in Minnesota
  • Ms. Wiratunga enjoys teaching Montessori children and takes great pride in the accomplishments of her past pupils in various fields of life
  • Interests include music and art, also studied piano for several years
  • Joined Montessori Academy staff in 1980

Silvia Valenzuela

  • Attended Hollywood High Performing Arts School, Los Angeles, CA
  • Graduated with a Liberal Arts degree from the Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York
  • Mother of 3 children: 1 daughter and 2 sons
  • Enjoys yoga; learning about healthy eating, cooking and living; and spending time with family, especially outdoors
  • Fluent in Spanish
  • Joined Montessori Academy staff in 2016

Faith Owade

  • AMI certification – Washington Montessori Institute, Columbia MD
  • Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biochemistry
  • Master of Education Degree
  • Member of AMI
  • Montessori Parent
  • Enjoys camping, reading and crafts/material making amongst other things
  • Favorite Montessori quote:
  • “…He does it with his hands, by experience, first in play and then in work. The hands are the instrument of man’s intelligence.”   ~ Maria Montessori 1964

Veronica Morales

  • Born and raised in Mexico
  • Mother of two children
  • Montessori Parent
  • Enjoys teaching Spanish to the children
  • Joined Montessori Academy staff in 2005

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