Meet the Montessori Community School of Rhode Island Staff and Board of Directors
"When there have been roadblocks or challenges for our child, the MCS RI staff has worked with us to identify and carry out solutions that have broadened our parenting perspective and have gotten us onto the next steps." -MCS RI Parent
Amy Borak, Founder and Head of School
Amy spends her days at MCS RI overseeing the school and classroom culture, observing each classroom, coaching MCS RI's teachers and managing the day to day operations of the school, while planning for its long term strategic vision. It is of utmost importance to Amy that MCS RI is a community that recognizes and cultivates the innate goodness within each child, family, and staff member. Amy is an experienced Montessori educator and social worker with over 20 years of experience woking with children and families. She holds an Infant/Toddler Montessori credential, completed the 3-6 y/o Montessori training and earned her MSW from Simmons School of Social Work in 2004. Amy welcomes phone call inquiries, emails, and visits. Please be in touch!
During her free time, Amy loves spending time with her family, practicing yoga, cooking, walking with friends, and reading. She always hopes to find more ways and time to be in nature!
Franchesca Cabral, Toddler Co-Lead
Franchesca is excited to begin her second year as a teacher in the Toddler Room! She recently graduated from URI with a B.S in Human Development and Family Studies. She has been working with children for the past five years in summer camps and after school programs. Franchesca first came to MCS RI as a parent in 2015 and later became part of the MCS RI team in 2016. She looks forward to learning more about Montessori and to continuing to grow as an educator. She enjoys reading, exploring RI with her little guy, Noah, and trying new foods.
Dylan Block-Harley, Toddler Co-Lead
Dylan came to MCS RI in January of 2016 as the assistant after school teacher, where (much to his surprise) he discovered a passion and talent for early childhood education he did not know he possessed! He comes from a family that values Music, Storytelling, Laughter, Compassion and Patience and he is so excited to share those gifts with students. He graduated from Earlham College - a small Quaker school in Richmond, IN - in 2009 with a Bachelor's degree in English and he looks forward to returning to school for his MAT and Montessori teacher certification in the near future. When not at school you can find him running his dog, riding his bike, swimming in the ocean or playing drums.
Marissa Brodie, Primary Co-Lead
Marissa will be returning for her fourth year at MCS RI as the Co-Lead in the Primary room. Marissa is enrolled in a Montessori Training program that begins in summer 2017 and is scheduled to graduate in June 2018. She a lover of learning and brings that spirit to all she does and MCS RI is no exception. She earned her Master’s in Early Childhood Education, and is a RI state certified teacher. Her previous three years at MCS-RI were spent working closely with other teachers, observing, learning and implementing Montessori practice into her everyday teaching. She enjoys integrating Spanish language into the classroom and leads a music and movement class; a half hour of song, movement and exploration. In her free time, Marissa enjoys playing music and writing songs. She also likes to travel and spend time outdoors; hiking, reading and exploring the beautiful RI coastline.
Candice McLean, Primary Co-Lead
Candice is excited to join the MCS RI team at the Co-Lead in the Primary room this year! She has been working in early childhood education for over 8 years, most recently at the Mt Hope Learning Center. She grew up in Providence and is committed to this community and serving the children here in her home city. Candice embodies a wealth of knowledge and experience working with children and families. She is a calm, kind, and curious person who is looking forward to this new journey at MCS RI.
Katie Fairhead, Lead After School Instructor
Katie is an experienced educator working with young children. Her career began ten years ago at Rhode Island’s very own W. Alton Jones Environmental Education Center, where she spent spent two summers roaming the woods teaching elementary and middle school students about biology, ecology and environmental issues. She has since worked in public schools in Portland, Oregon, at Pow! Science Toys in Providence, and in a number of local preschools doing playSCIENCE programs (her one-woman business that delivers creative and engaging science and music programs for young children). Katie is also a musician who can often be found singing at the farmer's market, surrounded by children. Katie is thrilled and honored to be a member of the MCS RI teaching team and the whole school community.
Violet Smith, Toddler Assistant/Afterschool Assistant
Violet joins the MCS RI team this fall in a unique role where she will split her time between the Toddler Room and Roots and Wings Afterschool Program. After several years in Oakland, CA, Violet has returned home to Providence to be closer to family. Violet has chosen early childhood education as a second career path and has recently worked in an early childhood center and other educational settings. We are thrilled to welcome Violet to the team and are confident she will be a creative, authentic, and kind addition to our community.
Gina Marciano, Director of Operations
Gina joined MCS RI in August of 2015. As the Director of Operations she supports Amy in the business management of the school. Her role involves a diverse set of activities including: Finance & Accounting, Administration, Development, Marketing, and Human Resources. Gina has over 10 years of experience in the field of nonprofit program management. Prior to joining MCS RI she spent five years managing a training center that supports entrepreneurs in realizing their business goals. She has dedicated her career to working for nonprofit organizations that promote social and economic justice through breaking down barriers to accessing education. She has lived and traveled extensively abroad in Latin America and speaks Spanish fluently. Gina holds an MBA from Babson College, a BBA in Finance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is a graduate of the Harborlight Montessori School in Beverly, Massachusetts. In her spare time Gina enjoys practicing yoga and meditation, running, hiking, traveling.
Board of Directors
Brian Webb - Board Member
Karina Fagan - Board Member
Amy Borak - President