Corrine 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.
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.
April Harris, Administrative Assistant
This is April’s third year at MMO Programs as our Administrative Assistant and has proven to be an invaluable asset. Born and raised in Montclair, April is a Montclair High School graduate and a Certified Microsoft Office Specialist. April is the proud mother of three beautiful daughters and enjoys being part of the MMO Team.
Jan Burgess, Infant/Toddler Coordinator
Jan grew up in Lawrence, Kansas. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Southwestern College (Winfield, KS) and has done graduate work in Early Childhood Education at Montclair State University. Jan traveled both domestically and internationally with the global education, arts and service organization Up With People, worked in the tourism industry, and has held various teaching and education-related positions, including serving as a student support counselor for impoverished kindergarten-2nd graders. Immediately before coming to MMO Jan worked as Preschool Teacher/Program Coordinator at The Children’s Center at Goldman Sachs. In her five years at MMO, Jan has taught two-year-olds, three-year-olds, and infants. She is thrilled to be serving children, staff and parents as Infant/Toddler Programs Coordinator during the current school year. Jan and her husband have lived in Indiana, Illinois and New Jersey and have four children, ages 18-23. Jan enjoys reading and attending her monthly book club, participating in church and social justice-related activities and activities with family and friends, and traveling as often as possible.
Claire Telisma, Lead Teacher of Caterpillars Program
Claire is currently a senior at Kean University pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Early childhood education and Psychology. Claire began working at MMO Programs in 2011 working as a teaching assistant with students from infancy through Pre-k. She loves to write, shop and experiment in the kitchen with different recipes.
Post graduation she hopes to be a part of and help fund a program that allows her to travel to different countries to build schools and teach in different places that are poverty stricken, allowing children who otherwise would not have the opportunity to be able to learn, a chance at a good education.
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.
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.
Joelle Mondo , Lead Teacher of the Ladybugs Program
Joelle is an MMO veteran in her 6th year. Joelle has worked with all ages from infancy through pre-K. Joelle graduated from Felician University in May with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and is continuing her education as a student in our on-site CDA class (a college-credit certificate program in early childhood development). Joelle enjoys spending time with family, reading and shopping in her spare time.
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.
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.
Megan Newton, Lead Teacher of Dragonflies Program
& Aftercare Enrichment
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!
Tara Nesta, Lead Teacher of Fireflies Program
Tara 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.
Danielle 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.