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Ms. Tracey Mina was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She is a proud alumni of Packer Collegiate Institute. Tracey has lived in Bedford-Stuyvesant for 18 years. As a devoted mother of two daughters, she began Stuyvesant Heights Montessori 13 years ago in her home with the idea of preparing children for the first steps in their academic careers.


Tracey received a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology from Syracuse University, master’s degree in Speech Pathology from Northern Arizona University, a master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from the College of New Rochelle, and a Master of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary.


Tracey is a fourth generation educator who enjoys seeing academic and social growth in herself and others. She is also a DOE licensed Teacher of Speech /Language and Hearing Disabilities. Tracey has been a bilingual speech therapist for Early Intervention for 10 years before opening SHM.


Tracey is a Jack and Jill Sr. Teen mom and a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

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Tracey Mina


Sonya Facey is a Brooklyn native, living in Bedford-Stuyvesant for over 30 years. Operations, marketing, and research are her areas of expertise.


After graduating from one of New York’s specialized high school, Sonya continued her studies at Skidmore College. There, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Business, and minored in Theater. Sonya later completed the Bedford-Stuyvesant Early Childhood Development Center Teachers program and Leadership program.


Since becoming a mother, Sonya shifted from marketing to focus more on early childhood development and education. She has participated in various early childhood enrichment programs in the community. She also volunteers many hours at her son’s school as a class parent and community liaison. Being a community and child advocate, Sonya has a desire to see all families equipped with the knowledge to attain a solid educational foundation for their children.


Sonya Facey

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Latisha Cook has been an early childhood educator for the past 18 years and currently holds a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, a Harvard Graduate School of Education certificate in Family Engagement in Education, a New York State Professional Teacher's Certification, and is a Certified Forest Kindergarten Teacher.


Latisha has taught at some of New York City’s most prestigious independent private schools, including The Washington Market School in Tribeca. Latisha’s humble beginnings as a teacher’s assistant, middle road as a head teacher, and later years as a Director, enables her to understand and respond to the challenges faced by teachers in the public and private preschool sector.


Latisha currently serves as Director at Stuyvesant Heights Montessori and is the founder and workshop instructor of The Circle Time Project .


Latisha believes that quality preschool education begins with quality teachers, and she is dedicated to equipping teachers with a solid foundation to invest in the lives of the children and families they serve


Latisha Cook


Bio coming soon!


Felicia Grosvenor


Ms. Stephanie was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY.  She has a bachelors degree in Children and Youth Studies from Brooklyn College. She is currently pursuing a Graduates degree in Early Childhood Education.


Ms. Stephanie has been working at Stuyvesant Heights Montessori for 5 years and is currently the Tadpoles teacher. Stephanie enjoys writing poetry and screenplays and making short films. She became a teacher because she enjoys working with children and helping others.


Stephanie David


Bio coming soon!


Aurea Castellano


Aliha is extremely excited to be joining Stuyvesant Heights Montessori this coming school year! She is a born and raised Brooklynite and has graduated from Sullivan County Community College with an Associates in Arts in Liberal Arts and Science with a major in Early Childhood Education. Currently Aliha is enrolled in City College and is looking forward to completing her Bachelors of Science in Liberal Arts in 2019.


Aliha has been a member of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars since 2017. Aliha has been teaching children for over a decade in Stuyvesant Heights and in Manhattan. Aliha is passionate about learning from children and setting her children up for success in the classroom. When she’s not teaching, she loves spending quality time and traveling with her five-year-old son.


Aliha Sadler


Bio coming soon!


Desiree Mercury


Ms.Pamela also known as Ms.Pam, was born in Cuenca, Ecuador and moved to Bushwick, Brooklyn at the age of four and has been living there ever since. She graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and hopes to get a Masters Degree in Bilingual Education Teaching.


Ms.Pam has been  working in the field of Early Childhood Education since the age of 19, and has worked at Stuyvesant Heights Montessori since September 2016, as the Spanish Teacher in the Sunflower’s Classroom.


Ms.Pam enjoys working with children because they give her the opportunity to use her creative arts skills to find new forms of teaching to make each child’s learning experience memorable through the use of art, and interactive learning. Some of her hobbies include Scuba diving, and swimming.


Pamela Riera


Emily was born in Queens and raised in Bronx. She is currently pursuing her associates degree in early childhood education. She has a strong background  in theater having studied at Laguardia community college.


Emily has been working with children from the age of 13 in sports and arts after school program. She has been working at SHM since 2016. She enjoys working with children because they allow her to express herself through arts and literature.


Through the children Ms.Emily has learned new ways to enrich their learning and make their school experience unforgettable. Emily enjoys reading and writing stories.



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