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Faculty | Administration

Meet the School Administration

Tracey Baskin

Admissions Coordinator

Tracey Baskin joined Princeton Montessori School in 2017 and is currently responsible for coordinating the school’s admissions process with families.

Tracey brings a passion for the Montessori philosophy having experienced it as a student and now as a parent. She is thrilled to lead Admissions, helping parents discover a Montessori education and building strong partnerships with families. When not at school, Tracey enjoys playing basketball and spending time with her two daughters.

Tracey holds an MS in Mental Health Counseling from Monmouth University, NJ and a BA in Psychology from Franklin & Marshall College, PA. She is currently enrolled in the Montessori philosophy course through PCTE.

Ginger Christie-Cook

Technology Specialist

Ginger Christie-Cook joined Princeton Montessori School in 2000 and is currently responsible for advising, educating, and supporting faculty and staff in their use of technology.

She brings her previous experience in PC support and software development at Bloomberg to her current role, and enjoys problem solving technology issues as they arise.

Ginger is a life-long, passionate gardener and avid music lover. When not at school, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two sons and their rescued pitbulls.

Ginger received a BA in Communications and Journalism from The College of NJ (TCNJ).

Banu Eser

Student Registrar, Accounts Manager and Business Associate

Banu Eser joined Princeton Montessori School in 1998 and is currently responsible for supporting all business office functions and admissions processing for the school and PCTE.

Known as the “go to” person regarding billing or schedules, Banu enjoys working with parents, teachers and students at the school and also the instructors and adult learners in the PCTE teacher training program. She loves that her position enables her to be involved in the school community every day.

Banu is a native of Ankara, Turkey, so she enjoys spending time visiting family in Turkey whenever she can. Her son Mete, who recently graduated from college, attended Princeton Montessori School for 12 years.

Patricia Farmer

Business Office Associate

Patricia Farmer joined Princeton Montessori School in 2012 and is currently responsible for supporting the business office and leading accounts payable and purchasing.

She brings experience in banking, public relations, and fiscal responsibility to her position, along with strong organizational and diplomatic skills.

When not at the office, she enjoys spending time with her son Andrew, loves to play golf with friends, and is passionate about dance, especially ballet. She is also an active volunteer in the community.

Patricia received a BA in Journalism and Public Relations from Temple University, PA.

Derry Light Wills


Derry Light Wills joined Princeton Montessori School in 1995.  She currently works at the Front Desk and provides administrative support.

Between 1995 and 2016 Derry taught classroom music in the Elementary and Middle School programs, directed Chorus for 5th-8th grades, and led operetta and theater productions for those levels.  Before assuming her current duties, she assisted in the Infant program and substituted at all levels. Her first two children began at Princeton Montessori as toddlers; by the time her third was born, she was delighted that the School had opened the Infant Center, and her youngest was able to attend! All three children continued through Middle School, and in recent years her two grown daughters have taken great pleasure assisting in the Infant and Toddler programs.

In her leisure time, Derry likes to explore the natural world, bird-watch, read, and go to the theater and movies. She loves singing, especially when her daughters join her in impromptu duets and trios.

Derry’s professional work includes performing and touring with a New York-based theater company, teaching voice and improvisation, and working in cabaret and voice-overs.  She received a BA in Literature and Performing Arts from Sarah Lawrence College, NY, and has an MS in Ecology from Rutgers University. Derry earned Orff-Schulwerk certification for Levels I, II, and III at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Whitney Mclean

Health Coordinator

Whitney Mclean joined Princeton Montessori School in 2016 as the school health coordinator and manages all student health records.

After working as a school nurse in a federally-funded head start school, Whitney has extensive experience caring for children in a school setting. She appreciates the concerns that come along with being a parent, and feels its important to promote an open dialogue with parents and to support teachers in their work with children.

When not at school, she enjoys spending quality time with her daughter. Whitney’s hobbies include travel, playing sports, singing, and reading to stay current on the latest health trends.

After studying Psychology for three years at Rutgers University, NJ, Whitney decided to follow her passion and graduated from Union County College as a licensed practical nurse (LPN). She is currently working to finalize her Bachelors in Health Sciences with a Concentration in Public Health from Excelsior College (anticipated graduation June 2017). She has attended many pediatric seminars as well as NJ state-hosted webinars for school nurses.

Andrea O’Brian

Director, Operations and Communications

Andrea O’Brian joined Princeton Montessori School in 2006 and is currently responsible for overseeing the operational needs of the school and ensuring that the administrative team effectively supports the teaching staff and school community. She also oversees the school’s marketing and communications.

Andrea  brings many years of business organization and operations experience to her current role. Prior to joining Princeton Montessori, she spent several years working for an international management consultancy, and then founded her own graphic design company. Andrea has served on several reaccreditation teams and is the current President of the New Jersey Montessori Association Corporation (NJMAC). When not at the School, Andrea enjoys cooking, and spending time at the beach with her husband and four children.

Andrea received a BFA in Graphic Design from The College of New Jersey, NJ and holds an American Montessori Society Administrator credential through Princeton Center for Teacher Education (PCTE), NJ. She is a frequent presenter at local and national conferences and is also an instructor for PCTE.

Dorothy Paul

Director, PCTE and Educational Programs

Dorothy Paul joined Princeton Montessori School in 2018 and is responsible for leading the Princeton Center for Teacher Education (PCTE), a world-renowned Montessori teacher-training program, as well as ensuring Princeton Montessori School’s curriculum and program offerings remain in alignment with Montessori philosophy. She brings a passion for Montessori education, a nurturing spirit, and demonstrated leadership in teacher education to the position.

Dorothy began her Montessori career at Princeton Montessori School while working here for a short time in 1987. Since then, she has worked as a Montessori teacher in both public and private schools and has served as Education Director in Duhovka Preschool in Prague, Czech Republic and at the Amelia Island Montessori School in Florida. Her extensive experience as a teacher trainer has guided her work on pedagogy, curriculum, and program design. Prior to joining Princeton Montessori, Dorothy developed the Duhovka Montessori Teacher Education Program (DMTEP), in Prague, Czech Republic, where she served as Program Director.

Dorothy has recently served on the AMS Board of Directors and remains active in AMS initiatives on both national and international levels. She has served on various MACTE verification teams in the US and in Europe. When not at the School, Dorothy enjoys spending time with her two grown children as well as being an avid sports fan.

Dorothy received an Education Specialist (EdS) degree with a major in (Montessori) Early Childhood Education, and a Masters of Science with a major in (Montessori) Elementary Education, both from Barry University in Miami, Florida, and a BS in Nutrition from the University of Rhode Island. She holds American Montessori Society (AMS) Early Childhood credentials, from the Seton Institute (1990), an AMS Early Childhood Credential from Barry University (2007) and an AMS Elementary I-II Credential from Barry University (2005). She holds a Professional Educator’s Certificate from the State of Florida Department of Education for Pre-Kindergarten/Primary education, Elementary education and ESOL. She has led workshops on Montessori Education in the US and abroad and is a frequent presenter at the AMS and Montessori Europe Annual Conferences.

Mary Reuter-May

Media Specialist

Mary Reuter-May joined Princeton Montessori School in 1990 and is currently responsible for creating print and online publications for PMS and PCTE.  

Mary enjoys taking photos of the events and connecting with the daily activities in the classrooms. She supports the inner workings of the school administrative team as well as the teachers.

Each of Mary’s three children have attended Princeton Montessori School starting in the Infant Center. When not in the office, Mary enjoys baking, drawing, painting, and spending time with her large extended family.

Mary received a BA in Communications Design from Kutztown University, PA.

Dale Santos

Director, Business Affairs

Dale Santos joined Princeton Montessori School in 2016 and is currently responsible for overseeing all aspects of the business, finance and human resource needs of the Society, as well as overseeing the school’s physical infrastructure and systems maintenance.

Dale brings over 20 years of experience in management and employee relations within the nonprofit industry to his position, most recently as the Director of Finance and Operations at the Speyer Legacy School in NYC. He is a proactive and results-oriented business professional with broad experience in financial and human resources management, financial strategic planning, budgeting and analysis, and project management..

When not at the School, Dale enjoys playing basketball, table tennis and simply reading, especially about business, finance and the economy.  He actively supports his two son’s extracurricular activities and enjoys watching movies at home or in theaters with his wife.

Dale received a BS in Management as well as a BA in Psychology from LaSalle University in the Philippines. He has been a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) since 2006, and is a SHRM Certified HR Professional. He regularly attends professional development classes and independent school management workshops, and is a member of NYSAIS.

Clara E. Soto

Human Resource Manager

Clara E. Soto joined Princeton Montessori School in 1995 and is currently responsible for coordinating human resources for faculty and staff.

Clara grew up in Colombia, South America and likes to continue many of her family traditions at home, especially during holidays.  She loves to cook, bake, and be creative in the kitchen.

Clara received certification as a Bilingual Secretary at the Centro Superior in Cali, Colombia and then continued her Business Administrator studies at ICESI in Colombia. She is a current member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Gwen Shangle

Director, PCTE and Educational Programs

Gwen Shangle joined Princeton Montessori School in 1992 and is currently responsible for maintaining the alignment of the school’s curriculum and program offerings with the Montessori philosophy and school culture, and leading our teacher-training program. Gwen’s twenty years of experience as an elementary teacher and reading specialist has guided her work with teachers on curriculum and program design.  

When not at the School, Gwen enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her pets and family, as well as volunteering for local arts groups.  Gwen also serves on the Board of the Deep Time Journey Network, which promotes the principles of cosmic education, a key aspect of a Montessori education.

Gwen received a M.Ed. in Developmental Reading from the College of New Jersey, NJ and a BA in Psychology and Elementary Education from Georgian Court College, NJ. She holds an American Montessori Society credential in Elementary I through Seacoast Teacher Education, MA, and in Elementary I-II through the Princeton Center  forTeacher Education (PCTE), NJ.  She is certified by the State of New Jersey as a Teacher and as a Reading Specialist for Kindergarten-Eighth grade.

Kristen VonWachenfeldt

Events & Services Coordinator

Kristen VonWachenfeldt joined Princeton Montessori School in 2016 and is currently responsible for maintaining the front desk, coordinating field trips, programs and events, and providing administrative support to the entire school community. 

As our  “Director of First Impressions,” she brings a strong background in customer service, communications, performing arts and working with children to her role. Her experience as a country club membership director prepared her well for a professional yet familial work environment, and she enjoys utilizing her administrative skill set while also working with children. Her favorite part of the day is greeting the primary students each morning!

When not at the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, baking, singing, and continuing to pursue her passion for theatre. She performs frequently in productions in the NJ/PA area. She is a House Parent on campus at The Lawrenceville School and an active volunteer in that community.

Kristen received a BFA in Music Theatre from Elon University, NC.


Margaret (Peggy) Thompson

Facilities Manager

Margaret (Peggy) Thompson joined Princeton Montessori School in 1986 and is currently responsible for the supervision and management of the facility. She also serves as the school liaison to businesses, contractors, and vendors.  

Peggy works diligently to ensure that all operations of the school are performed in a safe and efficient manner and that the building is one of pride and beauty for our school community.

Peggy has two grown children who are living in the area with their families. Her three small granddaughters are a joy and she is happy that the oldest attends Princeton Montessori. Over the years, Peggy has enjoyed participating in various sports including softball, bowling, and tennis. She was recently confirmed by the National Board of the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) as a member through the local Princeton Chapter.

Peggy has an Executive Secretarial degree from Grace Ball College, CA and studied Business Management at Grossmont College, CA. She is a Notary Public.

Bradley Green

Facilities Team Member

Bradley joined Princeton Montessori School in 2016 and currently assists with the daily operations of the facility as well as grounds maintenance and general building supervision.

Brad brings many years of experience in HVAC systems and maintenance to his position here. His ability to “get things done”‘ and manage multiple priorities is a great addition to the Facilities team.

When not working at the school, Brad enjoys spending time with his son and playing football. He has experience coaching high school football in North Carolina before moving to the area and is excited to be coaching a local high school team beginning this fall.

Bradley attended classes at St. Augustine University from Aug 2008 to May 2012 with a focus in Sociology.

Bert Robinson

Facilities Team Member

Bert Robinson joined Princeton Montessori School in 1998 and currently assists with the daily operations of the facility as well as general maintenance projects.

Bert enjoys being around all the young and energetic children.

When not busy helping or rescuing some wild animal or bird from our school grounds, he enjoys spending time at the shore and taking care of his four shelter dogs. He volunteers at S.A.V.E., and is a foster parent for homeless dogs.

Previous to his work at Princeton Montessori School, Bert retired from the Goodyear Corporation after thirty years with the company.

Teresa Soto

Facilities Team Member

Teresa Soto joined Princeton Montessori School in 1997 and is currently responsible for maintaining a clean and tidy environment in the school, and preparing for special events.

Teresa loves to spend time at home with her family, especially with her seven grandchildren and her Maltese.  She is a great cook, and enjoys crafting, sewing and long walks.

She attended school in Cali, Colombia where she took classes in culinary arts and interior decoration.

Ralph Andujar,

Facilities Manager

Ralph Andujar, joined Princeton Montessori School in 2018 and is currently responsible for the supervision and management of the facility and also serves as the school liaison to businesses, contractors, and vendors. 

Ralph has over 25 years experience in the field of facilities supervision and machine repair, as well as coordinating contractors, performing building maintenance and managing small teams.

When not working, Ralph enjoys spending time in the mountains with his wife, daughter, two sons and five grandchildren.

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