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Jamie Coppa, Founder & Owner

After several years directing a non profit aimed to support parents and their young through implementation of The Montessori method, Jamie recognized that there was a much greater scope of services and offerings that parents and families needed to thrive.  Jamie's vision for The Well was birthed through thousands of interactions with mothers who need a place to land. The Well is a community collective that serves to educate, connect, empower, and support families through plethora of educational and wellness classes, workshops, and family events.

Jamie Coppa received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education at Coastal Carolina University in 2011 and since graduating, has worked in many classrooms with children from birth through high school as an elementary education teacher, music educator, mindfulness and yoga instructor, and sound medicine facilitator. 

Jamie holds an AMI Assistant to Infancy certification (0-3) from the Maria Montessori Institute in London and is an AMI certified Montessori for Dementia facilitator through the work of Jennifer Brush at the Brush Development. Jamie is also Level 3 Radiant Child Children's Yoga certified and practices sound healing through hr certification through the Institute for Holographic Sound and Inner Balance.


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Ericka Uter, Lead Guide

Ericka Uter is a native born Nicaraguan and Asbury Park resident who is passionate about meaningful and community centered work along the Jersey Shore. Ericka is a Montessorian, a DONA certified birth doula, a reiki practitioner, and an avid mentor to the youth of Asbury Park through the organization KYDS

When Ericka is not working as a 'konscious worker' and bilingual lead guide in parent toddler courses at Lily Montessori, she enjoys spending time in nature with her three beautiful children, frequenting community events, and always seeking to restore balance and peace to the waters within. 

Ericka is a certified AMI 3-6 assistant guide from Washington Montessori Institute and is a currently enrolled in her full Assistant to Infancy 0-3 training at the Southwest Institute of Montessori Studies.


Renée Ibáñez 


Born and raised in Mexico City, Renee Ibanez is a seasoned Montessorian who moved to the U.S. with her family nearly two decades ago to continue her advocacy for social justice through education. Renee is both an AMI and AMS certified primary guide and the founder of Dahlia Montessori in Allenhurst, NJ.  Renee runs a bilingual program  (English and Spanish) and enjoys serving her community as a bridge between her native culture and the ethnic mosaic she curates as a part of her classroom and education work. When she’s not in the classroom and finding ways to share this incredible work, you can find Renee traveling, swimming, and enjoying her daily strolls on the boardwalk with her beloved dog.


Andria Procopio

Andria is a pediatric occupational therapist with over 9 years experience. She founded A Well Fed Mind, where she combines OT and holistic health coaching backgrounds. Andria supports children of all ages including those diagnosed with developmental delays, sensory processing disorders, autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, and ADHD. Andria strives to help her clients achieve a healthy balanced diet and lifestyle as these areas directly relate to improving self-regulation, the foundation of learning.


Sayda Cano

Sayda received her degree in Psychology from Rutgers University. She worked as a classroom assistant for several years before receiving her 0-3 AMI certification in Assistant to Infancy from The Montessori Institute in Denver, Colorado. She has been a Lead Infant Toddler guide at Mastro Montessori in Shrewsbury and a Parent Educator for many years. She is currently a lecturer for the Montessori Philippines teacher training center. Sayda enjoys supporting Lily in their mission to guide families during the most crucial part of a child’s development.


Krista Salomon


Krista is the founder of KS&Co,  a digital marketing consulting and management boutique based in Neptune, NJ, for purpose-driven companies. Krista has been in the digital marketing and advertising space for over 15 years, working for esteemed agencies and brands such as Ogilvy and Mather and Wyndham Hotel Group. She is married to Rodney Salomon, co-founder of Konscious Youth Development & Service, is a Montessori mom to her two sons, Kheru and Ra-Sekou, and enjoys cooking plant-based cuisine for family and friends.

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