Meet The Team

Administration

Aparna Bagdi, PhD

Director of School

Aparna describes herself as a “creative and enthusiastic individual driven by the aspiration of lifelong growth and learning”.  Many of her professional experiences have taken the shape of a teacher, trainer, instructor, and facilitator.  But what she really likes to do is work with people, engage in new opportunities for personal and professional growth, and learn.

Aparna holds a doctorate in Child and Family Studies, specializing in child development and early childhood education. She is a certified Infant-Toddler Montessori Directress and an experienced yoga teacher for children. Aparna also holds certifications in Infant Massage instruction. As the lead toddler teacher at CACC Montessori School since 2018, she prioritizes building strong relationships with children, families, and fellow teachers. 

When she has the time, Aparna enjoys listening to music, reading, cooking (and eating), and traveling. She has lived in Delaware with her husband and two children for over twenty years. Both her children are CACC Montessori School alumni and have enjoyed the benefits of a high-quality Montessori education. With her son at The Ohio State University and her daughter in Cab Calloway High School, Aparna is now focusing on her new baby – a gray tabby cat named Tofu!

Kristin Miller

Administrative Assistant

Kristin is originally from Columbus, Ohio (Go Buckeyes!). Her academic career started in early
childhood education at The Ohio State University while she worked at a local Montessori school. She ended up
taking Business Management courses so that she could assist with the family business. Since
then, Kristin worked for a major corporate IT company for several years until her son was born.
While her son, Michael obtained a first-class education at CACC Montessori School, Kristin
herself was intrigued and so she started volunteering and then working in different classrooms.

This will be Kristin’s 18th year at CACC. She has worked in both the Toddler and Pre-
primary classrooms and has run summer camp, after-school and school closure care for several
years. Kristin is passionate about providing a safe, fun learning environment for all children.
Seeing students smile and constantly learn new things makes her happy. Now Kristin is putting
her previous administrative experience and knowledge of children to use in her role as the
Administrative Assistant at CACC Montessori school.

Teachers

Christy Hofmanner

Directress, Pre-Primary

Christy Hofmanner has been a lead Montessori teacher here at CACC for 21 years! Along with her Montessori training, Christy has a Masters degree in Elementary Education from Widener University. She enjoys film, traveling, and spending time with her teenage son. Christy’s dedication to education and her diverse interests contribute to her well-rounded approach to teaching and her ability to connect with students on multiple levels.

 

Danielle Eckrich

Directress, Pre-Primary

Danielle has a BA degree in Sociology from Queens College, NY and completed her Montessori Teacher certification at the Montessori Institute of Teacher Education in Delaware.  After many years in the corporate world, she chose to go in a different direction and joined the CACC Montessori School in 2006.  In her spare time, Danielle enjoys spending time with her family, hiking and kayaking.

Soni Saha

Lead Teacher, Older Toddler

Ms. Soni is incredibly excited to begin her 7th year at CACC Montessori School as the Lead Teacher in the Older Toddler classroom. Her primary commitment is to foster high-quality, nurturing, and respectful relationships between students and their families.  Soni’s son is a graduate of CACC Montessori School.  Along with her family, Soni likes traveling to new places and she especially enjoys cooking food from various cuisines.

 

Jennifer Lex Wojnar

Lead Teacher, Young Toddler

Jennifer has been serving as the Art teacher at CACC Montessori School since 2016, nurturing students’ creative expression and appreciation for the arts. Year after year, she delights in introducing students to her cherished artists and literary works. Jennifer’s passion for various art forms extends to painting, embroidery, candle making, and jewelry making, among others, allowing her to engage with diverse artistic mediums. Outside of her role as an educator, Jennifer embraces a vibrant household, complete with a son, a daughter, two cats, six chickens, a snake, and a bearded dragon.

Indermeet Kaur Tethi

Lead Teacher, Infant

Ms. Indermeet is no stranger to the infant classroom, having previously worked at the International Montessori School and Hockessin Montessori School for a few years.  A law graduate from India, Indermeet found that her true calling is working with children, especially babies.  She claims that she understands infants better than she understands some adults!  And the infants are drawn to her pleasant demeanor and warmth as well.  Outside the classroom, Indermeet’s hobbies include baking and doing arts and crafts.

 

Assistants

Nisha Jain

Assistant Teacher

Originally from India, Nisha has lived in four different countries before settling in Delaware with her husband and two daughters. With an engineering degree from India, Nisha brings a unique perspective to her role. She has a deep love for reading and cooking, which adds a warm and inviting touch to her classroom.

Shilpa Jogani

After School Assistant

Ms. Shilpa is our after-school teacher for the PrePrimary children.  Shilpa earned degrees in Biology and Spanish with a Minor in Chemistry from the University of Indianapolis, but her true passion is helping people learn and working with young children. She has enjoyed volunteering with preschoolers at the local library for their summer reading program. Shilpa has worked with preschool children at the Child Development Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground Army Base.  Her hobbies are walking and jogging, yoga and meditation, baking, and cooking.  Shilpa’s achievements include successfully completing 3 full and 2 half Marathons.