Marion Heller – Toddler I (AM) Head Teacher
Marion works as the Head Toddler teacher in the morning. Marion has been an early childhood educator for 35 years. Her prior Montessori experience includes working with Nancy Hillengas in a Primary classroom for five years, in a bilingual Montessori Primary classroom in Germany for one year, and four years as a Toddler Assistant Teacher with Michelle Edwards. She also has a variety of early childhood teaching and administrative experience: at Temple Israel Early Childhood Center (Toddler teacher), SUNY System Administration (Coordinator of Child Care Services), Skidmore College Child Care Center (Director) and Pierce Hall Daycare (Administrative Assistant and Interim Director). Marion has a bachelor’s in Early Childhood and a master’s in Infant and Toddler behavior and development, with additional advanced work in day care administration. She has also completed CMTE Toddler certification.
Christine (Tina) Claus – Toddler I (AM) Assistant Teacher
Tina joined the team of the Toddler classroom in 2013. Tina previously worked for three years at Our World Montessori School where she was Michelle Edwards’ assistant. She has a college degree from the Berufsbildende Schule Donnersbergkreis in Rockenhausen, Germany and graduated from the Nordpfalz-Gymnasium Kirchheimbolanden in Germany.
Ashley Fuda – Toddler II (PM) Head Teacher
Ashley will work at the Head Toddler teacher in the afternoon, and as an assistant in the morning session. Ashley has a bachelor's in early childhood education from the College of Saint Rose. Before coming to Woodland Hill, she worked as a Head Start teacher in Nassau for four years.
Mary Dame - Toddler II (PM) Assistant Teacher
Mary has joined the Toddler team and will be assisting in the afternoon class. She has been working in school-care and substituting in all levels at WHMS since August 2016. She has also worked as an Assistant Teacher for the duration of the Summer Program at WHMS. Mary has a bachelor's degree in history from the State University of New York at Oswego with a specialization in American History.