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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: Allegra Baldwin

Allegra is the founder & owner of the local art studio on wheels, MOBILE MAKERS. A self-declared "colorful, sometimes kooky" former marketing fashion-director-turned-suburban-mama entrepreneur, Allegra's flamingo trailer is now parked and ready for Art at MCPK. After 12+ years in the NY fashion industry for brands including Betsey Johnson and Kenneth Cole, Allegra planted her roots back in the NJ town she grew up in.

 Allegra's passion for fashion led her to her ultimate calling...making, creating and teaching 'craftastic' art. After spending the last few years building Sensory & Craft curriculums at local art studios -- and most recently being home with her two boys (ages 4 & 7), exploring their time outside, Allegra decided it was her mission to bring the idea of #ArtAnywhere to kids everywhere. MOBILE MAKERS allows Allegra to offer her Park & Play with Art concept to MCPK students on a weekly basis through Sensory activities and exploratory craft projects.

 

Whether it's sensory fun with little ones, cool crafts with older kids or DIY with grownup folks, if there's a DIY, Allegra is always ready to set up shop & make some "cool stuff." Allegra's oldest son is a graduate of MCPK and her younger son is currently a student at the school. She lives in West Orange with her family.

 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: 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.