Agenda | Next 7 Days

December 17, 2018
  • Toddler Lunch: Breakfast for lunch

    December 17, 2018

    French toast sticks, veggie sausage, and sweet potatoes tots. Served with seasonal fruit.

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December 18, 2018
  • Toddler Lunch: Vegetable Soup with pasta

    December 18, 2018

    Vegetable soup with pasta and whole wheat baguette. Served with seasonal fruit.

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December 19, 2018
  • Toddler Lunch: Brown rice with vegetables

    December 19, 2018

    Brown rice with vegetables. served with seasonal fruits

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  • Pizza Lunch - PRI/ELEM/MS

    December 19, 2018

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  • Holiday Concert

    December 19, 2018 @ 8:45 am - 8:45 am

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  • UE / MS Cookie Exchange

    December 19, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 10:00 am
    R Crescendo Foyer, R Summit

    bring in 2 dozen cookies, and bring home two dozen! After Holiday Sing Along: Cookie exchange immediately following concert in Summit Room.

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  • NO Winter Fitness - MS

    December 19, 2018

    MS: 2:30-3:45pm Location: Crescendo

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  • NO Winter Fitness - LE, UE

    December 19, 2018

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December 20, 2018
  • Winter Break - School Closed

    December 20, 2018 - January 2, 2019

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Faculty | Elementary

Meet the Elementary teachers

Meet the Elementary Teachers

Huma Kazmi

Program Coordinator

Huma Kazmi joined Princeton Montessori School in 2005, is a conference teacher in the Upper Elementary program and also serves as the educational coordinator for both Upper and Lower Elementary programs.

Huma enjoys working with elementary-aged children because they have entered the plane of development where abstract thinking and analytical reasoning begins to unfold.  She brings her innate love of science and math to excite the students to explore their new capabilities.

Outside of school, Huma spends time with her husband and two children and looks forward to traveling home to London to visit her parents, brother, and friends. Huma enjoys reading, cooking, and catching a quiet moment to enjoy a cup of coffee.

Huma received a BS degree in Chemistry from the University of London, England, and holds an American Montessori Society credential in Elementary I and an Elementary II through the Princeton Center for Teacher Education (PCTE), NJ.  She is also an instructor for PCTE as well as the PCTE Elementary Level Coordinator. 

Jennifer Christiano

Reading Screenings Coordinator

Jennifer Christiano joined Princeton Montessori School in 2014 and is a conference teacher in the Lower Elementary program, and coordinates the reading screening for the school.

Jennifer is passionate about teaching and guiding LE students to reach their fullest potential while respecting each child’s individual personality.  She brings enthusiasm and energy to the classroom and enjoys being part of such a vibrant community.

Outside of the classroom, Jennifer enjoys reading, hiking, running, and visiting the beach. She loves to see and experience the world around her, and she aspires to travel the globe.

Jennifer earned a BS in Early Childhood Education & Psychology and Masters in the Art of Teaching from The College of New Jersey. She is certified by the state of New Jersey to teach Early Childhood (P-3), Elementary Education (K-5), and Students with Disabilities. Jennifer also holds an American Montessori Society credential in Elementary I through the Princeton Center for Teacher Education (PCTE), NJ.

Kate Garzón

Kate Garzón joined Princeton Montessori School in 2017 and is a conference teacher in the Upper Elementary program.

After 15 years as a lead teacher in a Montessori Primary classroom in Canada, Kate was ready to share her joy of learning with older students. She moved to NJ in 2017 and embarked on a transformative journey to understand more about the Cosmic Education curriculum and its ability to unlock the potential in all of us to be better global citizens. She is thrilled to be a part of Princeton Montessori School’s community of caring, dedicated professionals as a member of the Upper Elementary team.

Kate’s hobbies outside of school reflect her passion for learning as well. She and her husband enjoy travel, reading from a variety of genres, cooking, and exploring Crossfit gyms around the world!

Kate earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from McMaster University, Ontario, Canada; a Master’s of Education in Studies in Teaching and Learning from Brock University, Ontario Canada; an American Montessori Society Early Childhood credential from Sheridan University College in Ontario, Canada; and Elementary I and II credentials from the Princeton Center for Teacher Education (PCTE).

Amy Krupa

Amy Krupa joined Princeton Montessori School in 2004 and is a conference teacher in the Lower Elementary program.

Amy loves working with children in a Montessori environment, especially at this age. She enjoys watching students take pride in their accomplishments as their innate love of learning develops.

When not teaching, Amy enjoys fitness coaching, boating, camping and being outdoors with her three sons. She is also passionate about her role as a Scouting Cub Master for the Boys Scouts of America organization. She volunteers as a leader that aims to promote character development, life skills, and citizenship training among the youth in the organization.

Amy received a BS in Business Administration from Rider University, NJ. She holds a level 1 & 2 IB Middle Years Program certification for Physical and Health Education and an American Montessori Society credential in Elementary I through the Princeton Center for Teacher Education (PCTE), NJ.

Eliza Hammer

Eliza Hammer joined Princeton Montessori School in 2012 and is our Environmental Education teacher and also leads the After School program in Elementary.

Eliza has had a love affair with the outdoors all her life.  She firmly believes that children grow into devoted environmentalists when their connection to the natural world is realized through exploration, play, and a sense of wonder.  Her happiest moments are creating memorable outdoor experiences with children.

Not only is she a professional horticulturist, but she also holds a Yoga Teacher Certification from Kripalu, a certificate to teach Tai Chi from Dr. Lam, and a Third Degree Black Belt in the Korean style of Tang Soo Do.

When not at school, Eliza enjoys building projects with her husband, adding onto their house, maintaining their aquaponic system, and the ongoing task of converting the yard into a sustainable permaculture.

Eliza received a BA in Anthropology and Architecture from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA and her American Montessori Society Elementary credential through the Princeton Center for Teacher Education (PCTE), NJ.

Sally Luke

Sally Luke joined Princeton Montessori School in 1990 and is a teacher in the Lower Elementary and After School programs.

Sally loves working with the LE students because of the unique perspective children have at this age, their humor and sense of wonder.

Sally considers herself an ‘amateur naturalist’ and is an avid birder, hiker, and traveler. She also enjoys volunteering as a reading tutor for Home Front.

Sally received a BA in History and English from Rutgers University, NJ and holds an American Montessori Society credential in Early Childhood and in Elementary I through the Princeton Center for Teacher Education (PCTE), NJ.  She is certified by the State of New Jersey in Elementary Education and English as a Second Language.

Bridget Manley

Bridget Manley joined Princeton Montessori School in 2005 and is a conference teacher in the Upper Elementary program.

Bridget loves working with Upper Elementary children and watching their academic and social awareness unfold. She brings her counseling skills to the “gifts & challenges” class and enjoys empowering students to problem solve issues independently.

Bridget enjoys spending time with her immediate and extended family from the Midwest, keeping up with friends, exercising, and making her famous brownies for all. She can often be found chasing after her two young children or watching her husband play soccer on the weekends.

Bridget holds an MS in School Counseling from Sage Graduate School, NY and a BA in Social Work from Siena College, NY. She holds an American Montessori Society credential in Elementary I and Elementary II through the Princeton Center for Teacher Education (PCTE), NJ. Her previous experience includes counseling middle school and high school students.

Kathleen Sellers

Kathleen Sellers joined Princeton Montessori School in 1998 and is a conference teacher in the Lower Elementary program.

Kathy finds it amazing to guide and support the Upper and Lower Elementary children through all the stages of their personal and academic development. She is always learning from her energetic students and feels that every lesson is a conversation with the children.

Kathy seeks to achieve balance in her personal and professional life. She loves using her hands for sewing and quilting as well as creative cooking and also finds time for yoga, biking, and walking daily.

Kathy received a BA in English Literature from Rider University, NJ and holds a NJ State teaching certification for grades K-6 through Rider University’s Graduate Level Teacher Certification Program. She holds an American Montessori Society credential in Elementary I and Elementary II through the Princeton Center for Teacher Education (PCTE), NJ. Kathy is also a PCTE instructor.

Deeksha Singh

Deeksha Singh joined Princeton Montessori School in 2018 and is an assistant teacher and an After School teacher in the Elementary programs.

Deeksha has studied the Montessori method extensively and worked in a Montessori environment for many years.  She embraces the Montessori approach to education and believes that a strong early childhood education is key for a child to grow into a global citizen who is emotionally, socially and academically responsible.

Outside of school, Deeksha loves to read and garden. She also practices and teaches yoga. She describes herself as being patient, friendly, and a good listener and communicator.

Deeksha received a BA in Math & History from Delhi University, New Delhi, and a Masters in Education from Maharishi Dyanand University, India. She holds AMS certifications in Elementary and Early Childhood Education.

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