Our Teachers

Andrea Grassotti

Co-Head Teacher

Andrea's lifelong interest in learning and understanding human behavior and social interactions led her to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at Rutgers University. While working toward her degree she had the opportunity to work in a summer camp as group leader and camp counselor. This experience was so rewarding that she decided to devote her career to the field of early childhood education. Initially, she worked as an assistant teacher in an early childhood center and subsequently worked as a co-teacher in a Reggio Emilia-inspired preschool in New York City.

In the summer of 2008, Andrea worked as a head teacher for the kindergarten class at Stevens Cooperative School summer camp program, in Jersey City, before getting hired as the head teacher at Viaquenti Preschool. Andrea was the head teacher for the 4's and 5's class but also worked as the 2's and 3's head teacher when the school first opened.

She has recently obtained her NJ state teaching certification (preschool to grade 3) from Montclair State University.

In her spare time, Andrea enjoys spending time with family, especially her three young nieces, exercising, running, traveling and reading. Her favorite activities with children consist of working on art projects, science experiments, music and movement games, going to the park to have outdoor playtime, and pretend play.

Anum Khan

Co-Head Teacher

Anum graduated with her BA in Elementary Education from Saint Peter's University in 2015. During her time at Saint Peter's she had the opportunity to complete her student teaching practicum in a Kindergarten classroom where she realized how passionate she was about early childhood education.

In 2015, Anum decided she wanted delve deeper into the early childhood field and applied to Teacher's College, Columbia University's early childhood and special education MA program where she graduated from as a QUIERE (Quality Universal Inclusive Early Responsive Education) Scholar in May 2017. As a QUIERE Scholar she was trained to utilize research-based approaches to early childhood education to create quality universally inclusive educational curricula and teaching practices.

In the classroom, Anum is mindful of using differentiated instruction to support children in their development. Anum enjoys supporting the kids in creating messy art projects, pretend play, and music/movement activities.

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