Green Room Staff

Maria GR



My name is Maria Weaver. I began teaching in 1988 and joined the Children’s All Day School staff in 1992. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from City College. I love teaching young children; it has always been a passion of mine. I enjoy the excitement of setting up a prepared environment where children can discover some things on their own, as well as, being part of the new adventures that makes every day with children so interesting. My philosophy is pretty simple, young children learn through hands-on experiences and through play. I also believe in developing a partnership with parents; it is one of the most important factors in laying a good foundation for children’s development and growth in their early childhood education. One of my favorite quotes is, “Childhood Should Be a Journey, Not a Race.” I look forward to meeting you and participating in your child’s educational Journey.


Pushpa GR



My name is Pushpa Arya. I joined the staff of the Children’s All Day School in 1986. I have worked with many of the different age groups but for the last fourteen years, I’ve enjoyed teaching the three-and-four-years- olds. It has definitely been a stimulating, rewarding and educational experience. I have two grown daughters, one of whom worked at C.A.D.S. all through college. I also have a son Rinku, who graduated with his M.B.A. from Fordham University and is a “C.A.D.S. grad”. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Delhi. Before coming to the Unites States I taught in several other countries, such as Tunisia, Kenya and India. During my limited free time, I enjoy reading, cooking (Indian food mostly) and spending time with my family. I know we will share a creative and joyful year together.


Katie GR



My name is Katie Riola. This will be my fourth year working at Children’s All Day School. My first 2 years I worked as an assistant teacher in the Green Room, I spent last year in the Orange Room, and I am happy to be returning again to the Green Room. I have many years of experience in the education field. Some of my experience includes teaching at a full-day academic program based upon the Montessori teaching philosophy, as well as, implementing lesson plans in a self-contained special education classroom. My interest in special education began when studying at Dowling College, the theory and practice of Applied Behavioral Analysis and instructional strategies for diverse learners. I hold a Master’s of Science Degree from Dowling College in Special Education and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from St. Joseph’s College in Child Study. This September, I look forward to working with your children.