Meet the Staff
Christine Carrig | Director
AMS Certified, M.S. in Education
Originally from Virginia, Christine graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in English, and a focus on Children's Literature. Immediately after college Christine began her studies at the Center for Montessori Teacher Education Program in New Rochelle, NY, where she earned her American Montessori Society Certification. Christine worked for a number of years at Metropolitan Montessori School on the Upper West Side while also working towards her Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Christine earned her degree, with distinction, from Mercy College before becoming a New York State Certified Teacher.
In 2008, being passionate about Montessori education and seeing a growing need for more early childhood education options in Williamsburg, Christine and Bobby Carrig began the long process of opening a Montessori school. In September of 2009, Christine began teaching 6 of Carrig Montessori's first students out of her Williamsburg apartment, before finally opening the doors at 100 Maspeth Avenue on April 5, 2010.
Natalie Clayton | Assistant Director
M.S. in Education
A lifelong Brooklynite, Natalie comes from a family of early childhood educators. Natalie graduated in 2011 from Brooklyn College with a Master's Degree and New York State Teaching Certificates in Early Childhood Education, as well as Special Education.
Natalie began her education pursuing a passion for writing at SUNY Purchase with a major in journalism. Shortly following graduation, she decided to pursue a career teaching young children. With three years of experience in the New York City public school system, Natalie began as a substitute teacher at Carrig Montessori School in October, 2010 and a full time teacher in September, 2011.
Natalie now keeps our school running smoothly on a daily basis with her invaluable contributions to administrative duties. However, she still remains very hands-on with the children, heading up our Extended Day program as well as leading reading groups for our third year students.
Kristen DiVincenti | Classroom Teacher
Originally from Orlando, Florida, Kristen moved to New York after graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Communications from the University of Central Florida.
After several years in New York exploring different avenues in the entertainment industry, she realized that her work was not as emotionally rewarding as her experiences with children. Kristen decided to return to her roots in child development by becoming a full-time nanny in 2010. For two years, she enjoyed getting to know the unique community of families in Williamsburg and Greenpoint. Though she enjoyed the variety and spontaneity each day as a nanny afforded her, as well as the close bonds she was able to form with the families, she became drawn to providing children with the experiences she so vividly remembered from her early years spent in a Montessori classroom. In seeking the intersection between her professional aspirations and her passion for working with this incredible community, Kristen joined Carrig Montessori School in 2012.
She earned her American Montessori Society Certification from West Side Montessori's Teacher Education Program in 2014, and is currently in her fifth year of teaching at CMS. She lives with her husband and cat in North Williamsburg.
Claire McGinley | Classroom Teacher
Claire McGinley, a Philadelphia native, has been teaching and living in New York City for over 10 years. A Montessorian from the beginning, Claire attended The Montessori School, in Philadelphia, from the age of three through the sixth grade. She has her undergraduate degree in Directing and Theater History from Marymount Manhattan College.
Throughout her time in New York City, Claire has paved many paths for herself, both professionally and creatively. Early on, she helped to develop Mommy and Me Curriculums, ranging from art, to cooking, to science. Feeling sparked by the passion and energy she found in working with children, Claire accepted a position as a teacher at an early childhood development center in Midtown Manhattan. This continued to pave her path and led her full circle in pursing American Montessori Society Primary Certification through West Side Montessori's Teacher Education Program.
Claire feels that Montessori works in tandem with her own beliefs of respecting children and supporting their natural drive to learn. A Williamsburg resident, Claire is looking forward to working within her community at Carrig Montessori School.
Holly McLean | Classroom Teacher
A resident of Brooklyn for 15 years, Holly McLean has been with Carrig Montessori since the summer of 2014 and currently lives in Greenpoint. Holly holds a Musical Theater Degree from the University of Florida/New World School of the Arts. In addition to acting in many stage and off-Broadway productions, Holly has years of experience working as a dance, art and music teacher in several highly regarded children's programs throughout the city. She has also been a nanny to a number of families, many of whom sent their children to Montessori schools. It was while working with these families, and seeing the incredible impact that Montessori education was having on them, that she became enticed to work with children in all areas of development: social, emotional, academic, and of course, artistic. She has recently been trained as a facilitator for our new Montessori inspired, Parent-Infant classes which take place on Saturdays.
Holly holds her American Montessori Society, Primary Certification from West Side Montessori's Teacher Education Program.
Jacquelyn Mitchell | Classroom Teacher
AMS Certified, M.S. in Education
A Virginia native, Jackie graduated from the University of Virginia with a Master's Degree in Teaching, Bachelor's in French and Minor in Studio Art. She received a Virginia teaching license in Elementary Education (pre-K-6th), ESL and French (pre-K-12th). Jackie taught high school French in Virginia for one year before combining her love of early childhood and language in a Pre-K bilingual classroom in Washington, DC.
Realizing Montessori education best suited her natural teaching style Jackie decided to pursue Montessori training at the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies, a division of the Barrie School, in Maryland. After interning for one year in a primary classroom she received her American Montessori Society Certification. Jackie has been a part of Carrig Montessori School since moving to New York in 2011. During that time she has also pursued and obtained her New York State Teaching Certification.