Meet Our Team

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.

Jan Deason

Assistant Head of School

Jan received her Montessori elementary training at the Washington Montessori Institute and taught both lower and upper elementary classes at a school in Georgia. She built on that experience and founded a Montessori adolescent program. She also served as a Head of School for ten years and was a founding member of the Montessori Administrators Group of Georgia and a board member of the Montessori Administrators Association.

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.

Kelly McDermott

Admissions Manager

Kelly is originally from New York, but now lives in northern Virginia with her Husband, daughter, and cat. Kelly has more than a decade of childcare experience and a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Administration. On her downtime, Kelly enjoys watching movies, playing disc golf and has a talent of cake decorating that she enjoys sharing with friends and family or really anyone willing to eat some cake.

Josselyn Ayala

Operations Manager

Originally from El Salvador, Josselyn moved to VA when she was 5. She is currently working on her Bachelors degree in Business Management from George Mason. She also has a Business Information Technology certificate and is a trained Montessori Primary Assistant. Josselyn's daughter is currently attending Fiore's primary program. In her spare time she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and exploring the state. 

Our Guides

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.

Sandra Caraballo

Primary Guide

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 puts these hobbies to good use in her classroom. She lives in McLean along with her husband and daughter.     

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. 

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.

Our Support Team

Lizette Calaro

Elementary Assistant and Spanish Teacher 

Viviana Rubiano

Primary Bilingual Assistant

Giovanna Torrez

Primary Bilingual 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. She enjoys arts and crafts, and the Montessori approach to learning and development.

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. 

Camila Buen

Toddler Bilingual Assistant

Andrea Vidal

Primary Bilingual Assistant

Andrea lives in Reston, VA with her son and daughter. She studied to be a pharmacy technician through the ACE program in Fairfax. She has completed the Montessori Assistat's training at WMI. In her free time she likes to read books and spend quality time with her children. 

Thomasa Coram

Primary Assistant

Thomasa started her journey working with children as a special education teacher's assistant while in high school. She went on to earn her associates degree in education, then a BA in English. She enjoys painting and writing in her free time and believes it is never too late to learn and try new things. 

Urooj Rizvi

Toddler Assistant

Camila was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and came here when she was 9. She is currently studying to become an elementary school teacher. She has 5 years experience in working with young children. She enjoys any type of sports and exploring new places to eat. She is also very fascinated with the way Montessori works with children, wishing she could’ve had this type of learning when she was younger.

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.

Fiore Montessori School admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, family structure or sexual orientation to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities of the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, family structure or sexual orientation in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, and other school-administered programs.

Contact Us

Tel: 703-319-2069

Email: office@fioremontessori.com

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1629 Beulah Rd. 

Vienna, VA 22182

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