Meet Our Team

Management & Administration

Sailini Lohia

Head of School

Sailini founded Fiore Montessori School along with husband Sandeep in 2010. She is trained as an AMI Montessori Primary Guide and has over 8 years of experience working with children ages 3 - 6. Sailini holds a M.B.A. in Finance and B.S. in Commerce. In a previous life, Sailini worked as a Business Director for Capital One. She and her husband have two sons, ages 10 and 12, and live in Vienna, VA. She is a committed Iyengar Yoga student and enjoys playing Bridge.

Sandeep Lohia

Strategic Head

Sandeep founded Fiore Montessori along with his wife, Sailini, in 2010. In 2012, Sandeep assumed the role of head of school at Fiore Montessori which he passed on to Sailini in 2019. Sandeep is trained as an Engineer and holds an M.B.A. He believes that a strong foundation is essential to long term success and is passionate about producing a conducive environment at Fiore for every child to develop a strong foundation for success and happiness.

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Kelly McDermott

Director of Enrollment

Kelly is originally from New York, but now lives in Reston with her Husband, daughter, and cat. Kelly has more than a decade of childcare experience and a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood   Administration. Kelly has been in the admissions field for more than 5 years and thoroughly enjoys working with families. In her downtime, Kelly enjoys watching movies, spending time outside, baking, and watching her daughter grow more everyday. 

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Sandra Caraballo

Director of Operations

Sandra has a Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education from Florida International University, a Masters in Education from Loyola University and is AMI Primary certified from Washington Montessori Institute in Maryland. She has served in the United States Army, and has worked with young children for over 5 years. Sandra greatly enjoys being outdoors, woodworking and interior design. She lives in McLean along with her husband and daughter.     

Sanja Kovac

Executive Assistant to
Head of School

Sanja has vast experience in the corporate world, from banks to global management consulting firms to not-for-profits. She specialized in partnering with C-level executives to build strong corporate cultures based on mutual trust and respect. Sanja has always been very fond of children and is very excited to join our Fiore. She believes in Urie Bronfenbrenner's quote: " Every child needs at least one adult who is irrationally crazy about him or her.” She has two grown children and was promoted to Grandma  when Filip was born.

Garth Mramor

Elementary Guide

Garth recieved his AMI training at the Montessori Institute of San Diego, and completed the first of his Masters at Loyola University in Baltimore. He began his teaching career right after college, working as an English teacher at two French grade schools, and he continued a year later at a farm school in Montana, where he led a primary class. After completing his AMI Elementary training, he moved to New Mexico, where he served as a Guide at a nature-based Montessori school. When not at work, Garth spends his time reading.

Erika Heikkinen

Primary Guide

Erika is an AMI trained Primary Guide. She is currently completing her Masters in Education from Loyola University Maryland and received her AMI training at the Washington Montessori Institute. Erika has worked with young children in various settings for more than 5 years and, as a former Montessori student herself, is passionate about the joy in learning and education as a tool for peace. In her spare time, she enjoys walking with her dog, playing her ukulele, and exploring with her nephews. 

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Sarah Loden

Primary Guide

Sarah Loden is an AMI trained Primary Guide. She holds a Masters in Education from Loyola University Maryland, and a dual Bachelor’s degree, a B.A in Cultural Anthropology and B.S. in Communications Studies, from The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining Fiore, Sarah worked in Child and Parent Centres in Australia, and led a primary class in New York City. A native Texan, Sarah enjoys baking, reading, dance, and spending time outdoors.         

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Becky Myers-Pollock

Primary Guide

Becky received her Bachelors of Science in Elementary and Early Childhood Education and is an AMI trained Montessori Guide for children ages 3 - 6. Currently, she lives in Washington, D.C. along with her husband. Her favorite part about Montessori education is that the child's potential is witnessed by all. When she is not at school, Becky enjoys going on hikes with her dog, exploring the city and visiting family in Pennsylvania.

Diana Goshorn

Toddler Guide

Diana is a native of Colombia, South America. She received a Masters in Education from Loyola University, Maryland and is certified AMI 0-3 from The Montessori Institute in Denver, Colorado. She has over 25 years of experience working with children under the age of 3 and has worked in a Montessori classroom for 9 years. Diana loves to spend time with her husband of 21 years.They ride bikes, watch movies, and go for long drives! She enjoys art, has taken some drawing courses, and even produced a few charcoal pieces. Diana is a joyful and loving person who yearns to give back to the world through sharing her experience and knowledge of Montessori.

Kris Ramos

Elementary Afterschool Guide

Ramos received his AMI training at Montessori Northwest Institute and completed the Masters of Education program at Loyola University in Baltimore. He was delighted to explore how Montessori cosmic education allowed the union of his experience as an outdoor educator with his love of and Bachelors degree in  History/adolescent education. After completing his AMI Elementary training, he moved to Seattle where he worked as a Lead Guide at a Montessori school for four years while also creating an outdoor education program from scratch. Outside of work, Ramos loves hiking, reading, and watching/playing soccer.

Our Guides

Our Support Team

Lizette Calaro

Elementary Assistant and Spanish Teacher 

Viviana Rubiano

Primary Spanish Speaking Assistant

Lizette lives with her two sons and husband in northern Virginia. She has been working with young children for over 7 years and has been with Fiore since 2013. She is a trained primary and elementary assistant from the Washington Montessori Institute. Lizette has learned through experience with her own son the impact that learning disabilities can have on a child and the impact that Montessori can have in assisting a child to navigate non-standard circumstances. She brings a heightened patience level with all children from her experience. She enjoys cooking, being outside, and has learned to knit with her two boys.

Viviana is originally from Bogotá, Colombia and received her A.A.S. magma cum lauded in 2016. She has worked with young children for more than 10 years. She has completed the AMI Primary Assistant training and is currently training to be an AMI guide. She enjoys arts and crafts, and the Montessori approach to learning and development.

Giovanna Torrez

Primary Spanish Speaking Assistant

Giovanna was born in Laz Paz Bolivia and moved to Virginia at a young age. She has enjoyed growing roots in the town of Vienna and has a daughter that is ten years old. She Has over six years experience with young children. 

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Evelyn Vargas

Toddler Spanish Speaking Assistant

Evelyn was born in Ecuador. She has a B.A Degree in Education Science and has been working with children for over 8 years. Evelyn completed the AMI Assistants course (Infant 0 - 3) and is currently training to be an AMI guide. Evelyn  used to work in another Montessori school before coming to Fiore. She is passionate about working in the development of education for children. In her spare time she likes to dance, cook, and go hiking with her husband. 

Alison Ochoa

Toddler Spanish Speaking Assistant

Alison is originally from Ecuador and moved to Virginia two and half years ago with her husband. She has worked with young children as a nanny and interned in an Ecuadorian government project for Eradication Child Labor. She received a bachelor degree in Psychology in Ecuador and her dream is to get a Masters degree in child psychology. She enjoys baking, dancing and drawing in her spare time.

Gloria Karasick

Primary Spanish SpeakingAssistant

Gloria was born in Bogota,  Colombia and moved to Barcelona, Spain to attend college where she studied Fashion Design. She and her husband have lived in Spain, California, Florida, Canada and are now settled in Vienna, Virginia. Gloria has a teenage daughter who attended a  Montessori school in her formative years. Gloria is passionate about her family,  animals and traveling.

Cynthia Hanna

Elementary After Care Staff and Outdoor Specialist

Cindy has a Master's degree in Opera Theatre from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor's Degree in Music and Communications-Theatre from Charleston Southern University.  Prior to working at Fiore, she owned a successful gluten-free baking business.  Cindy is originally from Charleston, SC, but has lived all over the world due to a past career as an opera singer. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, baking, and spending time with her family.  

Urooj Rizvi

Primary Support Staff

Urooj lives in Vienna with her husband and their 2 children. She is from Pakistan and received her Bachelors degree in Nutrition & Health Sciences & Early childhood development. She has been working as an Assistant Preschool Teacher for 3 years. Her interests include traveling, cooking continental cuisines, and learning about different cultures.

Meybi Vasquez

Primary Spanish Speaking Assistant

Meybi was born in El Salvador, and came to Virginia at the age of 7. She lives in Fairfax with her family. She has 6 siblings, and enjoys spending her free time with them. She also enjoys cooking and running. She previously worked in a Montessori school with toddlers and  currently attends George Mason University pursuing a bachelors degree in elementary education.

Andy Riddle

Primary Assistamt

Andy is currently working toward his AMI Primary certification at the Washington Montessori Institute.  After earning both his Master's in Education and Bachelor's in English at Virginia Tech, he taught English Language Arts for over a decade at the secondary level.  Ever since he welcomed his first students to the classroom, he has been wholly committed to each individual’s intellectual growth, innate curiosity, and fundamental desire to make positive, meaningful contributions to the world.  After enrolling his daughter in a Montessori school, he quickly became enamored with its unique approach to education, and he is thrilled to begin this new chapter in his career.  Outside of work, Andy loves to spend time with his wife, three young children, and their menagerie of dogs, cats, and hens.