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Meet Us

  • Masiel Rodriquez-Vars
    Masiel Rodriquez-Vars

    Executive Director

    Masiel is an education junkie. She comes from a family of public school advocates, and she was an elementary public school teacher in the early 90s. She pursued a circuitous path to MFEE - law school, program associate at a family foundation, director of a youth philanthropy program, amateur filmmaker, and nonprofit consultant with organizations serving vulnerable youth.

    She never lost her curiosity about quality teaching, and she is having the time of her life observing and supporting the excellent teaching that occurs in Montclair Public Schools (MPS).

    As mom to four MPS students, she is deeply grateful that her circuitous path led her to Montclair.


Our Board

Emily Grand (Co-President)

David Oscar (Co-President)

Joyce Michaelson (Founder and Chairperson)

Bridget Placek (Co-Vice President)

Jessica Troupe (Co-Vice President)

Matt Russman (Treasurer)

Greg Foster (Secretary)

Desiree Burgos

David Caldwell

Stephanie Greenberg

Sarah Hudson-Plush

Wil Hylton

Marni Jessup

LeAnne Korbel

Kamillah Knight

Andrew Lacey

Elizabeth Rich

John E. Rogers

Mary Beth Rosenthal

Andrew Russell

Tawaina Turner-Dones

Kathy Walsh

Rochelle Wilson

John Wodnick