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Management & Administration

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 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.


Sandra Caraballo

Director of Operations


Becky Myers-Pollock
Director of Communications

Becky received her Bachelors of Science in Elementary and Early Childhood Education and received her Masters of Education from Loyola University. She is an AMI trained Montessori Guide for children ages 3 - 6 and had 7 years of experience in the classroom. Currently, she lives in Washington, D.C. along with her husband. When she is not at school, Becky enjoys going on hikes with her dog, exploring the city and visiting family in Pennsylvania.


Gabriela Huertero

Office Coordinator

Gabriela was born in El Salvador and moved to USA 5 years ago, she has worked with children for 4 years, especially with ages 2 to 6 years. She enjoys cooking and going for walks, but most enjoys spending quality time with her young son. 


Sailini Lohia

Head of School

Sandeep Lohia

Strategic Head

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. 

Kelly McDermott

Director of Enrollment

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 15 years. Sandra greatly enjoys being outdoors,   woodworking and interior design. She lives in Vienna along with her husband and daughter.     



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.


Erika Heikkinen

Primary Guide

Erika received her AMI Primary training from the Washington Montessori Institute in MD. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies with a minor in French from Juniata College as well as a Master of Education in Montessori Education from Loyola University Maryland. Erika has worked with young children in various settings for most of her adult life and, as a former Montessori student herself, is passionate about the importance of joy in learning and using education as a tool for peace. She is the child of two professional musicians and is thrilled to share her love of music with the children in her classroom. In her spare time, Erika enjoys walking with her dog, playing her ukulele, and exploring with her nephews. 


Aimee Miller

Primary Guide


Carly Jongema

Elementary Guide


Kareen Nacua

Adolescent Guide

Kareen is an educator with a Bachelor of Secondary Education majoring in Physical Sciences and 8+ years of teaching experience in elementary, middle, and high school math and science in the Philippines and United Arab Emirates. Currently pursuing AMI Adolescent Diploma Course at the International Montessori Training Institute, Kareen also brings 3 years of valuable expertise from The Abba's Orchard School's Montessori Adolescent program. With a deep passion for engaging and interactive learning, she firmly believes in Montessori education's transformative power to fulfill her vision.


Andy Riddile

Adolescent Guide

Andy completed his AMI Primary certification at the Washington Montessori Institute and is completing his Montessori Adolescent training.  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.  Outside of work, Andy loves to spend time with his wife, three young children, and their menagerie of dogs, cats, and hens.


Lucia Ponce

Nido Guide

Lucia is a bilingual (Spanish-English) Montessori Guide with more than 13 years of experience working with children and their families. Born and raised in Salta, Argentina, Lucia received her AMI Montessori Diploma from FAMM (Fundacion Argentina Maria Montessori) in Buenos Aires. Before moving to the United States to work at Fiore, Lucia has worked in Montessori schools in Buenos Aires, London, Madrid, and Barcelona, with experience as a Guide in Nido, Toddler and Primary environments. She is an avid traveler, a foodie, and an art lover. She lives in Alexandria, VA with her husband, Paul and their dog, Ollie.

Classroom Assistants

Carly is a native of Northern New Jersey and has been living in Virginia since 2016. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Arts Management with an emphasis in dance from Belhaven University and a Masters of Elementary Education from Loyola University in Maryland. Carly began her Montessori journey in 2012 working at a Montessori school in Philadelphia, first as a substitute in both toddler and Children's House and then as an administrative assistant. In 2015, she began her AMI Elementary training through The Washington Montessori Institute, completing training in 2016. Carly has experience leading both 6-12, lower and upper elementary classes. She enjoys bringing her love of the arts literature, history, and gardening to the communities she leads. When not in the classroom, she spends time with her husband and two young children.

Viviana Rubiano

Primary Spanish-Speaking  Assistant

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.

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Gloria Karasick

Office Coordinator 

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.

Fiore Staff


Evelyn Maldonado

Toddler Guide

Evelyn was born in Ecuador. She has a B.A Degree in Education Science and has been working with children for over 12 years. Evelyn completed the AMI Assistants to Infancy training (birth - 3) at the Montessori Institute in Denver, Colorado. 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. Evelyn also recently welcomed her son, Andrew into the family! 


Garth Mramor

Elementary Guide

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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.

Diana Morales

Elementary Spanish Speaking Assistant


Aimee grew up in Recife, Brazil and Takoma Park, Maryland. She studied Education, Visual Art and Psychology at Scripps College for her undergraduate degree. She received her AMI Primary diploma from Washington Montessori Institute and has worked in DC and MD Montessori schools since 2016. Aimee enjoys nature walks, live music, sketching, and spending time with her husband and her pets.

Iyanna Harris

Toddler Assistant

Jocelyn Aranda

Primary Spanish-Speaking  

Jocelyn is from Chile and has lived in Virginia for the past three years. She is completing the AMI primary assistants training and previously worked as a nail technician. When she is not at school, she loves to craft. She makes weaves, crochets, knits, and makes handmade resin jewelry. However, her favorite thing is spending quality time with her son. 


Ruby Gonzalez

Primary Spanish-Speaking  


Lizette Calaro

Elementary Assistant and Spanish Teacher 

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.


School Support Staff

Ruby moved to Northern Virginia from Dallas, Texas. She has previously worked in the healthcare field and as a nanny. She also has experience teaching Spanish to children. Ruby is excited to be a part of our school community and has become passionate about the Montessori method based on her time at Fiore. In her free time, Ruby enjoys listening to podcasts, learning new recipes, doing arts and crafts, and spending time with her family. 


Meagan has learned the values of patience, open communication, and of guiding a practice through her previous career in commercial art and children's animation. Watching her nephew thrive at Fiore helped her to make the decision to enter the field of Montessori education! She received her AMI primary training and her Master’s in Education at the Washington Montessori Institute. Her priorities are safety, love and compassion, and exploration. She looks forward to new adventures with the children, families, and staff at Fiore! 

Iyanna has lived in Virginia her whole life and has been working with children for the last four years. She particularly enjoys watching children grow and develop. Iyanna loves learning and looks forward to continuing to learn more about the Montessori philosophy at Fiore. When she is not at school, Iyanna enjoys spending time with her partner, reading books, and trying new vegan recipes.


Nicole Barba
Toddler Guide and Mentor

Nicole received a Master’s in Education from Loyola University, MD and is certified in AMI 0-3 from The Montessori Institute in Denver, CO. She has worked with the 0-3 group for over 10 years, including running a Baby and Me course for parents. Her interest in Montessori came from seeing all the developmental and neuropsychology theories she was learning in her undergrad program in action when she subbed at a Montessori School. Nicole enjoys sharing her passions with others, including coaching soccer and leading art and craft classes for elementary and primary children. She loves having adventures with her husband, Alex, such as exploring the outdoors, trying new food, and reading books.

Meagan Healy

Primary 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. Garth is also currently taking the Montessori Adolescent training. When not at work, Garth spends his time reading.

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Francesca Martin

Primary Guide

Francesca received her AMI Primary Diploma from the Washington Montessori Institute and
holds a Master of Education from Loyola University Maryland. For the past eleven years, she has passionately guided children to reach their fullest potential in the Montessori method.
Francesca is a semi-professional classical violinist and has performed with local groups,
including The McLean Symphony Orchestra. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with
her husband, three Yorkshire terriers, cooking and traveling with her family.


Keiry Melendez-Angel

Toddler Assistant


Fabiola Sanabria

Toddler Assistant


Bio coming soon!


Bella Gomez 

Primary Assistant

Bella has worked in early childhood education for over four years. She was previously an assistant toddler guide at a Montessori school in Nashville, Tennessee. She is passionate about guiding children towards being helpful members of society and furthering her Montessori education. Bella recently moved to Maryland and, thanks to the beltway, has enjoyed re-learning how to drive. She grew up with three younger brothers and a dog nearby at all times. In her free time she enjoys exploring with her friends and playing with her cat, Evie. 


Maryam Abdulla

Primary Assistant

Maryam received her Bachelors of International Studies from University of Technology in Bahrain and Teaching Qualification from Bahrain Teachers College. She completed her AMI Montessori Primary Guide training at Manama Montessori and WMI. Throughout her teaching career, she worked with a variety of grade levels and divisions. She is a dedicated educator who believes in the importance of education. In the classroom, Maryam strives to create an environment that fosters learning and allows students to dream, develop, and grow. She was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Bahrain. Maryam enjoys reading, singing, dancing, and exploring new cities.

Maria is originally from Colombia where she studied early childhood education. She currently lives in Maryland and is excited to continue to learn more about the Montessori philosophy and child development. Before working at Fiore, Maria was a nanny for a number of families. When she is not at Fiore, she loves nature and enjoys going to the beach, watching soccer, reading, and eating delicious food!

Maria Velez

Toddler Spanish Speaking Assistant


Erica Guandique-Gonzalez

Toddler Assistant


Crystal Ayala
Spanish Speaking Nido Assistant 

Erica is a Northern Virginia native and recently graduated from Marymount University majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Fine Arts. Ericabegan exploring her interest in Montessori education after exposing her younger sister to simple every day life skills during the pandemic and finding that her sister was capable of doing big tasks when given the proper guidance. Erica spends her free time with her rescue dog and her fiancé, embarking on new adventures

Fabiola recently moved to Virginia from La Paz, Bolivia. She has a Bachelor's degree in Applied Linguistics to Language Teaching and has also studied educational sciences. Fabiola has worked as an English teacher and has spent the last year working with toddlers. She looks forward to learning more about Montessori education at Fiore. Outside of school, Fabiola loves to travel and spend time with her family.

Amanda Diab

Support Staff

Amanda received a BA in Psychology from the University of Virginia and both an MBA and an MSIS from Boston University. Her deep interest in the Montessori approach was inspired more than ten years ago, when her first child began at Fiore, and Amanda is currently working towards her AMI 0 to 3 certification at the Washington Montessori Institute. She lives in Vienna with her husband and their three children. 

Jacqueline Garcia

Support Staff

Jackie is from Chile and has previous experience as an elementary and middle school teacher. She has experience working with children who have various learning difficulties and enjoys meeting each child where they are. She enjoys painting and singing and is excited for her work in the primary classroom!

Bio coming soon!


Keiry is originally from El Salvador but has spent most of her life in Virginia. She is passionate about Montessori education and helping children to become wonderful members of society. She is excited to be a part of the Fiore community and work with the children and families. When she is not at work, Keira enjoys spending time with her sister and her five dogs.

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