Our School and Administrative Team

We meet children where they are

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Welcome

Welcome to the Montessori Day School of Brooklyn!

At MDS, we encourage every child’s natural curiosity and readiness to learn. Each of our seven classrooms is staffed by three teachers—at least one of whom is Montessori certified—to create a nurturing and fun atmosphere that promotes independence and self-esteem, and creates life-long learners. 

Whether your child is a young two-year-old in a toddler classroom, or a big kid ready for Kindergarten, they will learn to care for their classroom community and each other, while being engaged and supported by a holistic approach that allows them to create, explore, and experience the joy of learning, surrounded by adults and friends who value and respect them as little people.

MDS has been a steady beacon of warmth, comfort and learning in our community since 1976. We invite you to contact us to schedule a tour or to reach out with any questions about admissions for the upcoming school year. We look forward to seeing you soon!

The Montessori Experience

There is a light in every child waiting to be ignited by the joy of learning. If adequately lit, this light will shine for a lifetime. Maria Montessori recognized the capabilities that lay in every child and their profound capacity for learning. With this knowledge, she developed a pedagogy that inspired children to be confident contributors to their learning process. In addition, she developed teaching tools that encouraged focus until mastery. Maria Montessori saw the light in every child and taught them how to cultivate it into knowledge. 

 

Although we are far removed from Casa de Bambini (Maria Montessori's first school in Italy.) We draw from the foundation of this pedagogy she developed over 115 years ago. We follow the Montessori principles that reflect respect for all children, individualized learning, and educating the whole child. We create a prepared environment not just for the children but for all community members. For us, the Montessori method is not simply a pedagogy but guidance for respectful and responsive interactions with children and adults. 

 

Practical life skills are the foundation of the Montessori method. What begins as mastering pouring or scooping evolves into understanding boundaries and making genuine connections with peers. In Montessori, learning is a continuum that spans beyond circle time and is embedded in all that we do. Montessorians are the torch bearers, and at MDS, we happily ignite the light in every little one we teach.

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Meet our Leadership  Team

 
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Latisha Cook
Executive Director

Latisha Cook has been an early childhood educator for the past 22 years. She was a preschool teacher for 15 years in New York City’s top independent private schools, including The Washington Market School. She quickly moved through the ranks in her field, transitioning into the school leadership role. She has successfully led a Head Start program and a Montessori Preschool. Latisha is passionate about progressive education and inquiry-based learning. She believes that all children have wonderful ideas and should be respected as capable contributors to the learning process. Latisha is committed to creating equitable spaces for all children. She believes diversity and inclusion should be less of an initiative but embedded in all aspects of preschool functioning. 

Latisha holds an Undergraduate Degree and a Master's Degree in early childhood general education (Birth-Grade 2). She is a New York State Certified Teacher. She is a Certified Forest Kindergarten Teacher, receiving her training at the Cedersong Forest Kindergarten, Vashon Island, WA. Latisha is a workshop facilitator, having created the teacher professional development program The Circle Time Project. She also has a certificate in Family Engagement from Harvard's Graduate School of Education.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Latisha enjoys spending time with her family and dog. She loves learning historical facts, specifically about African American culture in the U.S. She loves the work of architect Frank Loyd Wright and has visited his home and studio in Oak Park, Illinois. Latisha enjoys traveling and has visited the city of Paris more than any place else. On a perfect day, she is at home, surrounded by family and loved ones. 

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Ashley Evans
Assistant ED & Director of Education

Ashley was born and raised in Tennessee. Ashley has been in education for over 13 years. Her teaching career began in New Orleans, where she worked with AmeriCorps educating and counseling youth after hurricane Katrina. Ashley has worked with youth in various environments, including shelters, refugee resettlement agencies, and the Boys and Girls Club.

 

Ashley began her teaching career at MDS in 2010. She has taught in various classrooms as an assistant teacher and lead teacher at MDS for nine years before taking a leadership position at MDS in 2019. She holds a Montessori Certification from West Side Montessori, a Masters of Education in Early Childhood Education and Special Education from Concordia College, and NY State Teacher Certification in Early Childhood Special Education. Ashley is currently earning her American Montessori International administration certification. She holds two degrees in Social Work and Anthropology as well.  

 

Ashley is committed to sharing her love of Early Childhood Education and the Montessori Pedagogy with teachers and students. Sparking joy and passion for learning is at the foundation of what makes this field so powerful and important. Ashley enjoys spending time with her loved ones and two cats in her spare time, also traveling and being in nature.

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Latisha Cook
Executive Director

Latisha Cook has been an early childhood educator for the past 22 years. She was a preschool teacher for 15 years in New York City’s top independent private schools, including The Washington Market School. She quickly moved through the ranks in her field, transitioning into the school leadership role. She has successfully led a Head Start program and a Montessori Preschool. Latisha is passionate about progressive education and inquiry-based learning. She believes that all children have wonderful ideas and should be respected as capable contributors to the learning process. Latisha is committed to creating equitable spaces for all children. She believes diversity and inclusion should be less of an initiative but embedded in all aspects of preschool functioning. 

Latisha holds an Undergraduate Degree and a Master's Degree in early childhood general education (Birth-Grade 2). She is a New York State Certified Teacher. She is a Certified Forest Kindergarten Teacher, receiving her training at the Cedersong Forest Kindergarten, Vashon Island, WA. Latisha is a workshop facilitator, having created the teacher professional development program The Circle Time Project. She also has a certificate in Family Engagement from Harvard's Graduate School of Education.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Latisha enjoys spending time with her family and dog. She loves learning historical facts, specifically about African American culture in the U.S. She loves the work of architect Frank Loyd Wright and has visited his home and studio in Oak Park, Illinois. Latisha enjoys traveling and has visited the city of Paris more than any place else. On a perfect day, she is at home, surrounded by family and loved ones. 

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Ashley Evans
Assistant ED & Director of Education

Ashley was born and raised in Tennessee. Ashley has been in education for over 13 years. Her teaching career began in New Orleans, where she worked with AmeriCorps educating and counseling youth after hurricane Katrina. Ashley has worked with youth in various environments, including shelters, refugee resettlement agencies, and the Boys and Girls Club.

 

Ashley began her teaching career at MDS in 2010. She has taught in various classrooms as an assistant teacher and lead teacher at MDS for nine years before taking a leadership position at MDS in 2019. She holds a Montessori Certification from West Side Montessori, a Masters of Education in Early Childhood Education and Special Education from Concordia College, and NY State Teacher Certification in Early Childhood Special Education. Ashley is currently earning her American Montessori International administration certification. She holds two degrees in Social Work and Anthropology as well.  

 

Ashley is committed to sharing her love of Early Childhood Education and the Montessori Pedagogy with teachers and students. Sparking joy and passion for learning is at the foundation of what makes this field so powerful and important. Ashley enjoys spending time with her loved ones and two cats in her spare time, also traveling and being in nature.

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Diane Bromberg
Director of Finance and HR

Diane joined the administrative MDS team in June 2015. Before joining MDS, Diane worked as the Office Manager/Financial Administrator of Flat Inc, helping it to grow and ushering it through the ebb and flow of changing design markets. During this time, she also served as the volunteer Treasurer of the PTA of PS 154 in Windsor Terrace.

 

Before that, she worked as an artist, using her art skills and knowledge to get young people involved and collaborating around social and health issues, and co-founded a nonprofit Arts/Health Education organization for young adults (ages 12-17) focusing on HIV prevention, confidence and communication skills.

Diane holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.

 

When not at work, Diane makes art, bakes gingerbread geodesic domes, does interior renovations, and enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and cat.

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Jocelyn Snyder
Enrollment Specialist / Office Manager

Jocelyn joined the administrative team in January of 2022. She is thrilled to be part of such a thriving and supportive community! Jocelyn began volunteering with infants and toddlers in high school in Pittsburgh, Pa. She instantly knew that she loved the important work of empowering our society's youngest population. Since then, she has worked with children and young adults in South Africa, South Korea, Japan, Chicago, Nashville, and Boston.

 

Jocelyn was the Co-Head of School at Snowdrop Montessori in Cambridge, Massachusetts for four years, prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, which is part of Wildflower Network. Now, she and her partner (and her tuxedo cat, Gelt) live in Bed Stuy and are happy to call Brooklyn "home.” Jocelyn enjoys dancing, exploring the city by bike, going to plays and museums, watching stand-up comedy, trying new restaurants, and learning new languages in her spare time.

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Jamel Brown
Facilities Manager