Related Arts

Related arts faculty, each of whom are experts in their chosen field, have chosen to dedicate their time to inspiring our young children. Rotating through each enrichment area in eight-week periods allows our children ample time to engage in, explore, and enjoy every discipline.

Art: Ms. Camilla


 Gardening/Environmental Studies: Laura Marchese

Laura founded the MCPK Garden Project 10 years ago and has overseen the development of the school's outdoor spaces including The Butterfly Garden, The Four Season Garden, the Learning and Herb Gardens, and The Berry Patch. She leads a dual life in dance, acting as a Teaching Artist, roster artist, Arts Integration Consultant and residency artist with several arts organizations in NJ. Laura is the co-author of 'Dance to Learn', a developmental dance curriculum that encourages the emergence of each student's individual viewpoint by making art. She enjoys sharing the value and importance of arts education with students, classroom teachers, and other artists throughout the state.

Movement/Drumming: Maya Milenovic Workman

Maya has a B.A. and M.A. from the New School and a BFA equivalent from London School of Contemporary Dance. She has been an international teaching artist since 1980, working with children, professionals, teachers, people with special needs and actors. She directed two Dance Companies and is currently an Artistic Director of MADLOM (Montclair Academy of Dance Laboratory of Music) in Montclair. Maya originated "Moving Theater Methodology" for ages 3-10.

Physical Education: James Goodger

James worked for the YMCA of Montclair for 15 years, including ten years as Branch Director of the Geyer Family Branch. He is now the Executive Director at the South Mountain YMCA in Maplewood, a branch of the Metro YMCA of the Oranges. He combined his degree in Theatre and Dramatic Arts with his love for all sports to develop a preschool Physical Education curriculum that combines imagination, dramatics and physical activity. 

Music: Jazz House Kids 

The new Jazz Explorers program is being taught by longtime faculty member and collaborator, jazz harpist, Riza Printup. The program incorporates arts and crafts, visual aides, maps, and movement in interactive lessons. Through fun activities, students will explore the Blues, New Orleans jazz, Swing, Bebop, Afro-Cuban music, and Hard Bop, while conveying life lessons, like the importance of working together or making friends from other places, embracing our differences.

Jazz House Kids provides inspiring, professional jazz music instruction and education to children from all backgrounds, raising their motivation and academic performance to build a vibrant community & a robust future for America’s home-grown music.