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Related Arts

Given our commitment to the education of the whole child, arts enrichment is infused throughout the program. Five related arts faculty, each of whom are experts in their chosen field, have chosen to dedicate their time to inspiring our young children. Rotating through each enrichment area in eight-week periods allows our children ample time to engage in, explore, and enjoy every discipline.

 

Art: Carla Gilruth

Carla has a BA in Psychology with a concentration in early childhood from Douglass College. She has continued her education through workshops and conferences at Harvard and Virginia Tech. Carla was on the faculty of the Yard School of Art at the Montclair Art Museum and has taught and administered for organizations such as the Livingston Art Association, and the Children Arts Studio in Montclair. In this age of technology, Carla feels it is more important than ever to provide children the opportunity to have tactile experiences for expression, which in turn is vital in skill development in writing, reading and math.

Gardening/Environmental Studies: Laura Marchese

Laura founded the MCPK Garden Project 10 years ago and has overseen the development of the school's outdoor spaces including The Butterfly Garden, The Four Season Garden, the Learning and Herb Gardens, and The Berry Patch. She leads a dual life in dance, acting as a Teaching Artist, roster artist, Arts Integration Consultant and residency artist with several arts organizations in NJ. Laura is the co-author of 'Dance to Learn', a developmental dance curriculum that encourages the emergence of each student's individual viewpoint by making art. She enjoys sharing the value and importance of arts education with students, classroom teachers, and other artists throughout the state.

Movement: Maya Milenovic Workman

Maya has a B.A. and M.A. from the New School and a BFA equivalent from London School of Contemporary Dance. She has been an international teaching artist since 1980, working with children, professionals, teachers, people with special needs and actors. She directed two Dance Companies and is currently an Artistic Director of MADLOM (Montclair Academy of Dance Laboratory of Music) in Montclair. Maya originated "Moving Theater Methodology" for ages 3-10.

Music: Anne Sailer

Anne Sailer owns Music Together of Montclair and Greater Essex, teaching at the Montclair and Princeton Music Together locations. She has Level II certification in Music Together training is also an interdisciplinary artist who enjoys jewelry-making, wire-working, fiber arts, mixed media, music and gardening. Anne believes that all children are musical, and she provides a playful environment in which children grow into the music-makers they were born to become.

Physical Education: James Goodger

James worked for the YMCA of Montclair for 15 years, including ten years as Branch Director of the Geyer Family Branch. He is now the Executive Director at the South Mountain YMCA in Maplewood, a branch of the Metro YMCA of the Oranges. He combined his degree in Theatre and Dramatic Arts with his love for all sports to develop a preschool Physical Education curriculum that combines imagination, dramatics and physical activity.