Ivana Drazic - Toddler Guide
Ivana Drazic studied History of Art at Belgrade University and moved to New York City from Belgrade, Serbia in 2007. Since then, she has worked as a costume designer for Dances by Isadora and Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble among other dance companies. It was through investigating educational options for her daughter that Ivana became interested in the Montessori method and found Renaissance Village nestled in her own neighborhood in 2013. She has been working with toddlers at Renaissance Village ever since. In 2016 Ivana completed NAMC's (North American Montessori Center) Infant/Toddler 0-3 y/o Montessori Diploma Program. In addition to being a toddler teacher, she also teaches Montessori Beginnings classes for infants and for toddlers and works as an Montessori Home Design Consultant. Ivana loves food and nature. Most of all, she LOVES being a mother.
Kathryn Tomlin - Primary Guide
Originally from South Carolina, Kathryn Tomlin, M.M., moved to New York in 2012 in order to launch WHIN (Washington Heights Inwood) Music Project with two close friends and colleagues. Working with WHIN brought Kathryn to teach music in many early childhood centers throughout Northern Manhattan. Among them was Renaissance Village, where she felt a strong connection to the children and staff. Yearning to work more closely with children and families, Kathryn requested to observe the classrooms at Renaissance and then met with Tatjana about work opportunities. In 2014 she began working as the primary classroom assistant and took on the role of primary guide in 2015. Aside from working with the Renaissance community, Kathryn is the program director of WHIN Music Project; is a freelance musician; and enjoys a variety of physical activities including running, skating, kayaking and rock climbing.
Marion Vitus - Primary Assistant
Marion Vitus discovered the Montessori Method with the birth of her first child. She found Renaissance Village after deciding that a Montessori Education was a priority for her family, and became an involved parent at the school. Once she decided to pursue certification as a Montessori Teacher, Renaissance Village seemed a natural fit for her progress! She loves bringing the Montessori Philosophy to children at school and families in the home. Marion brings with her an MFA in illustration, a background in visual design and revenue management; and a love of the French Language.
Meredith Morris, M.Ed., is NYS licensed early childhood educator and a native of Washington Heights. At Renaissance, she is involved in working with children principally in literacy and art. She is also a part of a feline rescue organization that ensures that outdoor cats in our neighborhood are taken care of. Each day she has many stories to tell about the animal life in our area. Meredith has been part of Renaissance since 2008.