photo Laura O’Brien Donath

Laura O’Brien Donath has been practicing yoga for twenty years. Laura is trained and certified through Integral Yoga, Next Generation Yoga, and Karma Kids Yoga. Her experience with teaching children’s yoga is extensive! She has taught children of all ages in a variety of settings including schools, summer camps, yoga studios, and community centers. She incorporates fun and creativity into all of her classes. Health and fitness are incredibly important to Laura, and she enjoys sharing the benefits of a healthy lifestyle with others. Laura, an avid runner, is quite involved with the Girls on the Run program, having served as the Director of Morris and Union County, and she is delighted to be working with our MCA students this spring!

photo Jackie Kernaghan

Jackie Kernaghan is a graduate of Montclair State University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree. In addition, she is a Montessori Certified Head Teacher, and has been with MCA for five years, two of which are as a Head Teacher. Jackie was born and raised in New Jersey where she grew up gaining experience taking care of the neighborhood children that attended her grandmother’s home daycare program. She later worked in a Taekwondo school teaching children martial arts and self-defense. Jackie enjoys arts and crafts, sewing, car shows, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

photo Marco Vergara

Marco Vergara was born and raised in California and now resides in Dover, NJ with his wife, and four children. In addition to being the Music and Spanish teacher at The Montessori Children’s Academy, Marco is the owner and operator of Beyond Measure Music Instruction, a small business offering private in-home music lessons throughout Morris County. He also hosts an internet resource with videos of children's songs for parents and teachers of young children. His interests include linguistics, language acquisition, cultural anthropology, psychology, acting, and photography. He earned a bachelor’s degree in music education and vocal performance from The Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, located on the campus of California State University, Long Beach. Marco is looking forward to an exciting musical journey with the children in his enrichment classes!

photo Blue Life Karate

Our mission is to help our students lead a more successful life through the practice of the Blue Life Budo Ninjutsu system. We do this by teaching martial arts as a complete discipline (involving mind, body, and spirit). In addition to developing physical defense, our system encourages the formation of higher personal standards and respect for fellow men and women. Through our practice and teaching, we strive to produce individuals who are positive, respected, and productive members of society.

photo The Montclair Learning Center

The Montclair Learning Center (MLC) was founded in 2004 and focuses on science, technology, engineering, and math.  

We are a small, independent, student and family-friendly firm. Our strengths include the quality of our instructional and counselor staff, our innovative programs and curricula, and the individual attention we give to each and every student. 

MLC believes in educational excellence. We also believe that learning works best when it is engaging, interesting, and fun.


photo Peasful Kitchen

Peasful Kitchen is built on the belief that healthy eating starts at home. Our cooking classes help your family establish healthy eating from the start, and that span the needs of your growing family—from baby’s first puree, to toddler foods, to exciting entrees that will bring smiles (and sanity!) to your dinner table.