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Bridget McGivern, Interim Director

Bridget teaches middle school science, and has over 20 years of independent school teaching and administration experience. She believes in child-centered schooling and student directed learning experiences, with a particular interest in constructivism. Bridget was inspired to serve RiverRun by her three young nieces, Zoe, Ellena and Alexa, who attend a Montessori school downstate.  She holds a BA in English Language and Literature from Empire State College and an MBA from the University at Albany. in  She has been honored to serve as a Trustee since December of 2016, Treasurer since July 2017 and was appointed Interim Director in June 2018

Email: bridgetriverrun@gmail.com


Maureen Brown Lansaw

Maureen Brown-Lansaw

Primary Class Directress (ages 3-6 yrs)

Maureen has over twelve years of experience as a Montessori Primary Head Directress.  She received her Early Children Montessori Certificate from NMTE; has New York state permanent teaching credential for Pre-K through 6-th grade; and has a MS in Educational Psychology and Statistics from the University at Albany, SUNY.  

Email:  mbrownlansaw@riverrunmontessori.org


Amy Poole

Amy Poole

Lower Elementary Class Directress (grades 1-3)

Amy has has taught as RiverRun since 2010. She received her Montessori 6-9 Year Certificate from the Center for Montessori Education/NY.  She interned at Woodland Hill Montessori School (6-9 year / Substitute Teacher). Amy holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Adelphi University. 

Email: apoole@riverrunmontessori.org


Emily Mottolese

Emily Mottolese

Upper Elementary Class Directress (grades 4-6)

Emily is a talented teacher who has a natural feel for working with her students' interests in order to enhance their academic growth.  She is a NY state certified teacher with a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood/Childhood Education (Birth- Sixth grade) with a concentration in Spanish and a minor in Educational Psychology from SUNY Oneonta. Prior to joining RiverRun, she worked with primary age students and enjoyed doing her student teaching at the sixth and second grade levels.

Email:  emottolese@riverrunmontessori.org


Cynthia Cramsie

Cynthia Cramsie

Mandarin Teacher and Primary Classroom Assistant

Cynthia has a Bachelors Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from Macalester College, a Masters Degree in Chinese Linguistics from the University of Minnesota, and a Masters Degree in Teaching from Union Graduate College. She taught ESL in the United States, Scotland, and China; and Chinese for Schenectady Schools and privately. Cynthia has experiences in Montessori education as a toddler class assistant, primary substitute, and a summer session teacher. She teaches Mandarin to students in all classrooms at RiverRun.

Email: ccramsie@riverrunmontessori.org


Karen Roberts

Karen Roberts, Lower Elementary Classroom Assistant

Karen brings to RiverRun her years’ of experience working as a primary classroom assistant at Our World Montessori.  Karen has a wide range of experience and a commitment to the Montessori pedagogy that comes through in her work with children, parents and colleagues.

Email: kroberts@riverrunmontessori.org