Tracey Mina

Head of School

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 over 15 years ago in her home with the idea of preparing children for the first steps in their academic careers.


Ms. Tracey is a licensed Montessori educator accredited by the Westside Montessori Teacher Education Program. 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. Currently, Tracey is completing the New York State Early Childhood and Leadership certification at Bank Street.


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.


Sonya Facey


Ms. Sonya 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 for drama, Sonya continued her studies at Skidmore College. There, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Business and 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.


Stephanie David


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 many years. She became a teacher because she enjoys working with children and helping others.


Aurea Castellano


Ms. Aurea has nearly 20 years of expertise in the child care provider field. She has experience as a program assistant, family activities worker, and assistant teacher. 

Ms. Aurea has been a dedicated bilingual English/Spanish teacher at Stuyvesant Heights Montessori for the last 10 years. She has taught generations of children who are now moving on to exceptional high schools.


Mirian Montano


Ms. Mirian is a former teacher from Ecuador. She is one of SHM most experienced early childhood specialist. She instructs her class solely in spanish along with the english speaking teacher, to give students a full language immersion class.


Pamela Riera


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.


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.