“The Secret of good teaching is to regard the child’s intelligence

as a fertile field in which seeds maybe sown,

to grow under the heat of flaming imagination”

– Dr. Maria Montessori


All of our Lead teachers are Montessori certified (AMS – American Montessori Society, or AMI – Association Montessori Internationale). Further, 3 of our staff members have completed the formation course for Catechists serving children 3-6 years of age, conducted by the Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Our Montessori lead teachers have extensive Montessori experience and have been at St. Martin’s School for 10 or more years.

Nimali Matos

Head of School

Ms. Matos began her Montessori career at St. Martin’s School in 2006 as a Primary Montessori teacher prior to becoming the Director of Education. She worked at IBM World Trade Corporation for 13 years before she decided to make a career change as an educator. She has a Masters in Education in Advanced Montessori studies from St. Catherine’s University and Primary Montessori certification from AMI. She is passionate and deeply committed to the advancement of Montessori in the community and continues to support the leaders of tomorrow, our children. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, painting and practicing yoga.

Shyamala Subramanian

Director of Admissions

Ms. Subramanian joined St. Martin’s School in 2006 as the Business Manager and as the Director of Admissions in 2011. She has over 25 years of experience in accounting and management. She has a  BA in Business and Humanities from Golden Gate University, California and an MBA from Western Governor’s University, Utah. She loves National Geography, travel and learn different cultures and to dog sit.

Kristen Petrone

Primary Montessori Lead Teacher

Ms. Kristen has been with St. Martin’s School for 13 years. She graduated from Seton Hall University in 2007 with a degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences and completed her Montessori training in 2012 at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia. She enjoys reading, going to the movies, and spending time doing outdoor activities with her friends and family.

Sally Azab

Primary Teacher

Ms. Sally graduated from Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY with a Masters in Art Education (MAT). She has been with St. Martin’s for 6 years and have been a teacher in the Primary Montessori classroom. She enjoys, baking, crocheting, painting and drawing as well as cooking during her free time. She also provides school lunches.



Kelly Disakias

Toddler Montessori Lead Teacher

Ms. Kelly Disakias graduated from the State University of New York with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development and Early Childhood Education. She received her AMS Montessori Certification in Boston, MA. Kelly has two beautiful daughters and enjoys traveling, music, dance, calligraphy, designing, arts and crafts, walking the boardwalk near the beach and swimming.


Amanda O’Brien

Toddler Teacher Assistant

Ms. Amanda moved to New Jersey from England  and spent several years becoming a dedicated mother to her two young children. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science from University of Bedfordshire, UK and took several roles in  Chemistry in the Corporate world. She has been with St. Martin’s School assisting in the toddler classroom for several years helping children learn and grow and build a foundation for a lifetime of learning. She loves to be creative at home with her own children, involving them in art and craft projects. She likes to spend weekends away camping and taking road trips with her family and her dog. When I can I love to take walks on the beach, reading a good book and going to the movies.

Tara Petrillo

Toddler Teacher Assistant


Angela Marin

Infant Montessori Lead Teacher


Iveth Rodriguez

Aftercare Teacher Assistant


Sandy Smith

Music and Spanish teacher


Eric Kazmirek

Food and Farming teacher

Nidhi Indnani

Mindfulness Practices Instructor