Marie Pellegrini 
       My name is Marie Pellegrini. I grew up in Bayonne, New Jersey, not far from Berkeley Heights.  I am a graduate of Holy Family Academy and Jersey City State College, now known as New Jersey City University.  I received my degrees in Elementary Education and Writing in 1993.  I taught third and fourth grades in Jersey City for 8 1/2 years only to take a ten year childcare leave.  When my boys were in school full time, I returned to work in Berkeley Heights as a substitute and HELP teacher. 
    I have been with the Berkeley Heights School District since 2008. I received my M.A. in Educational Technology at
    New Jersey City University this May 2020. (Mrs. Guerriero and I both returned for our degrees at the same time and supported each other through the experience.  It was great to have her support!)
    I have two sons, who both traveled through the Berkeley Heights School System. My husband and I couldn't be happier with the education and love they received from their teachers and staff!  Nicky graduated from 
    Governor Livingston High School in 2019 and attends Seton Hall University.  Antonio graduated from Governor Livingston High School this year and will attend
    Rowan University in September.
    Michele Guerriero 
    I am so excited to be starting another year at Mountain Park Elementary School!  I have been in the education field for the past nine years and have previously taught in Chatham, New Jersey before making the move to Berkeley Heights.  My greatest joy as a teacher is watching my students grow, mature, develop independence, and have fun while learning.  Seeing progress achieved, even in small increments, brings a smile to my face each and every experience!
    During my childhood, I grew up in the neighboring town of New Providence.  I am a graduate of New Providence High School and Kean University (summa cum laude) where I received my Bachelor of Arts in Special Education and General Education K-6.  As an educator, it is our commitment to be live-long learners, therefore, I constantly attend many workshops and classes to further develop my craft of teaching.  Some of my favorite learning experiences have been Columbia University's Reading/Writing Summer Institute, Orton Gillingham Multi-Sensory Reading, and Project Read's Report Form, Story Form, and Framing Your Thoughts.
    I currently live in Maplewood with my husband and two sons.  In fact, it is my two sons of which I contribute all my efforts and dedication to become a special educator after the age of 35!  In my spare time I love to travel, shop, and spend time with my family.  My experience as a special education parent has taught me the value of the home-school partnership as well as truly understanding "it takes a village."  I look forward to working together with my students, parents and colleagues, while making a positive impact in the lives of my students.

    We have been co-teaching for seven years at Mountain Park School.  This will be our eighth year together. Mrs. Guerriero and I look forward to a rewarding 2020-2021 school year with your children in Room 16!


     4PG students will be working together as a team and learning many strategies to complete all of their assignments successfully and make meaningful connections in all subject areas. This year there will be a heavy focus on a growth mindset and the power of YET.  If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us
     mpellegrini@bhpsnj.org and mguerriero@bhpsnj.org.