Meet the Staff

Corrine Corrine Harney, Executive Director

Corrine Harney joined MMO Programs in 1999 as the Lead Teacher of the Young 3’s class (now Bumblebees) and in 2004 became the Lead Teacher of the Pre-K program (now known as the Butterflies class). Corrine served as the MMO Summer Camp Coordinator for all MMO students before becoming the Executive Director in 2013.

Corrine holds her Masters in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, focusing on the importance and effects of Mindfulness in Early Childhood and was the recipient of the 2011 Lucille Weistuch Award. In addition to her NJ State certification in Elementary Education and Teaching Students with Disabilities (P-3), Corrine holds a New Jersey Administrators’ Credential.

Missy Missy Pentecost, Assistant Director

Missy Pentecost is thrilled to be starting her 13th year at MMO Programs. Missy has worn many hats at MMO, having taught Music, been the Infant Program Head Teacher, the Camp Coordinator, and the Infant/Toddler Programs Coordinator.

As of September 2016 Missy will be working towards an Ed.M. in Learning, Cognition, and Development from Rutgers University. She is a member of CITE, the Coalition of Infant Toddler Educators, and of NJ-AIMH, the New Jersey Association for Infant Mental Health.

Prior to her career and raising her own children, Missy’s life was very different. A former actor, she received her BFA from Montclair State University and was a founding member of the Present Theater Company and producer of the New York International Fringe Festival. She spent several years in retail management as well, managing over 250 stores.

She now lives in Bloomfield with her children, 17 year-old Emerson and 14 year-old Tallulah (both MMO alumni) and her husband of 27 years, Del.

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Jan Burgess, Infant/Toddler Coordinator

JAN BURGESS is pleased to be returning in her second year as Infant/Toddler Programs Coordinator, which for Jan is a “perfect mix” of working with children, staff and families of our three youngest classes (Caterpillars, Ladybugs and Grasshoppers). Jan has filled several roles in her 6 previous years at MMO, spending most of these years as Lead Teacher with our youngest infants (Caterpillars).

Originally from Lawrence, Kansas (go, Jayhawks!), Jan holds a BA in Elementary Education from Southwestern College (Winfield, KS) and has done graduate work in Early Childhood Education at Montclair State University. Jan also spent a year engaged in experiential learning through domestic and international travel, service, performance and leadership development with the global organization “Up With People.” She has held various teaching and education-related positions throughout her career, including serving as a student support counselor for K-2 students and working as a preschool teacher and program coordinator at The Children’s Center at Goldman Sachs. She is a member of NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) and NJAIMH (New Jersey Association for Infant Mental Health).

Jan and her husband of 28 years, Peter Wilkinson, came to New Jersey from rural Illinois ten years ago and have four children: Maddie, 24; Kaitlin, 22; Evan (also working at MMO), 20; and Emma, 19. Jan enjoys reading and time with her book club, traveling, and taking in as many jazz, cabaret and Broadway shows as possible!

 

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Margaret Filsaima, Lead Teacher of Caterpillars Program

Margaret is entering her second year with MMO Programs! She began working as an Assistant Teacher in the Caterpillars Program in 2015.  Margaret has been an early childhood educator since 2005, including working as a Head Pre-Kindergarten teacher. Margaret holds a Bachelor of Science from Bloomfield College and is excited to begin a new year with MMO’s youngest students.

 

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Maleesa Ramsarran , Lead Teacher of the Ladybugs Program

Malessa Ramsarran has been with MMO Programs since 2011 as a teaching assistant working with students from infancy through Pre-k. This will be her third year as a Lead Teacher in our Infant Programs. Malessa is entering her third year in Essex County College as a full-time student majoring in education. When not busy with her studies, Malessa’s hobbies include going shopping, painting, spending time with family and friends.

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Joelle Mondo , Lead Teacher of the Ladybugs Program

Joelle Mondo is an MMO veteran in her 7th year.  Joelle has worked with all ages from infancy through pre-K.  Joelle graduated from Felician University in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and continued her education to receive her CDA (a college-credit certificate program in early childhood development).  When not working or studying, Joelle enjoys spending time with family, reading and shopping.

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Wendy North, Lead Teacher of the Grasshoppers Program    

This year marks Wendy’s second year as an MMO Lead Teacher but she is no stranger to the field of education! A graduate of Chatham University with a B.A. in Elementary Education, Wendy went on to complete her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Wendy taught first, second and third grade in Arizona where she was also a Reading and Literacy Specialist. For several years Wendy taught at a preschool level for children ages 2 to 3 years.

Wendy is the mom of two daughters, ages 8 and 9.                           

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Christina Serra, Lead Teacher of Bumblebees Program

Christina came to MMO Programs in 2004 as a teaching assistant working with students from infancy through Pre-K. In 2011 Christina took the role of summer camp Art Specialist and Lead Co-teacher for the school-year vacation camps. Christina was appointed Lead Teacher of the Bumblebees (Young 3’s) class in 2012. She earned her Child Development Specialist Apprenticeship Certification and is continuing her studies this year. When not working, Christina enjoys spending time with family and friends, listening to music, and reading.

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Megan Newton, Lead Teacher of Dragonflies Program
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Megan graduated from Caldwell College in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education and earned her Masters in Elementary Education and Teaching of Students with Disabilities from Felician University in 2017. She is NJ State Certified in both Early Childhood Education (P-3) and Elementary Education (K-5.) Megan worked in a private preschool program for four years where she implemented both the aftercare program and summer camp program. She also spent several years working as a paraprofessional in the ABA Program in the Nutley Public School District, educating students who have disabilities.

Megan was born in Belleville, NJ and lived in Woodridge until she was five. She moved to Nutley, where she currently lives. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, spending time with her family and friends, and cooking and baking- a passion she intends to bring to her students!            

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 Tara Nesta, Lead Teacher of Fireflies Program

Tara Nesta has been teaching Pre-K at MMO since 2009 and is excited to continue teaching the Fireflies Pre-K class this year. She has her Bachehlor degree from Montclair State University in Early Childhood Education. Prior to working at MMO, Tara taught first grade in Essex Fells and kindergarten at Montclair Kimberly Academy. Tara lives in Nutley with her husband and her two children Dylan and Cassie. Tara enjoys reading and spending time on the beach.

DanielleDanielle Hoover, Aftercare Enrichment Coordinator

Danielle Hoover has been a staff member at MMO for 20 years! Danielle began working as a teaching assistant in the MMO Pre-K program. Nine years ago, Danielle took on the role of Lead teacher for the young 3’s class (now Bumblebees) and for two years taught the toddler class (now Grasshoppers). This is Danielle’s fourth year as MMO Aftercare/Enrichment Coordinator. She has earned her CDS (Child Development Specialist) and will be continuing her studies this year. She loves working with children and enjoys opportunities in aftercare to interact with MMO students of all ages.

Meredith Orlan, Media Coordinator

Meredith Orlan is an MMO Preschool Programs alumna! Meredith was born and raised in Montclair and received a B.A in Sociology from Penn State. She has been working at MMO programs for five school years and many more years as a summer camp counselor. She has worked for five years as a production assistant and page designer for The Jersey Journal. She currently assists in the Grasshopper program, and maintains MMO’s social media presence, our webpage and creates the monthly newsletter.

 Photographs Courtesy of Joy Glenn Photography