Agenda | Next 7 Days

December 16, 2019
  • Toddler Lunch - Pasta with marinara

    December 16, 2019

    Mini farfalle pasta with organic homemade marinara sauce, parmesan cheese, and steamed mixed broccoli and cauliflower. Served with fresh organic seasonal fruit.

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December 17, 2019
  • Toddler Lunch - Grilled cheese and tomato soup

    December 17, 2019

    Organic grilled cheese sandwich on texas toast and homemade organic tomato soup with mini shell pasta. Served with seasonal fruit.

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December 18, 2019
  • Toddler Lunch - Couscous with veggies

    December 18, 2019

    Couscous with fresh organic zucchini, red peppers, yellow peppers, orange peppers, and asparagus. Served with fresh organic seasonal fruit.

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  • Pizza Lunch - PRI/ELEM/MS

    December 18, 2019

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  • Fitness - LE, UE, MS (1:00/2:30 groups in Vitality)

    December 18, 2019

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December 19, 2019
  • Winter Concert

    December 19, 2019 @ 8:45 am - 10:00 am
    R Crescendo [Built In speakers, DVD player, Microphone, Projector, Pull down screen]

    Selected piano students will perform

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  • UE / MS Cookie Exchange

    December 19, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
    R Summit

    bring in 2 dozen cookies, and bring home two dozen!

    After Winter Concert:
    Cookie exchange immediately following concert in Summit Room.

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  • Toddler Lunch - Brunch - French toast with veggie sausage

    December 19, 2019

    Breakfast for lunch- whole wheat organic french toast with vegetarian sausage and sweet potato tots. Served with fresh organic seasonal fruit.

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December 20, 2019
  • Toddler Lunch - Naan pizza

    December 20, 2019

    Naan bread pizza with homemade organic tomato sauce, fresh basil, organic mozzarella cheese, and celery sticks, cucumber coins with ranch dressing. Served with fresh organic seasonal fruit.

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Faculty | Elementary

Meet the Elementary teachers

Meet the Elementary Teachers

Huma Kazmi

Upper Elementary (UE) Program Coordinator

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

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

Lower Elementary (LE) Program Coordinator

Jennifer Christiano joined Princeton Montessori School in 2014 and is a conference teacher in the Lower Elementary program. She also serves as the educational coordinator for 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 a 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.

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.

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.

Sally Luke

Sally Luke joined Princeton Montessori School in 1990 and is a teacher in the 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. 

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.

Aish Saminathan

Aish Saminathan joined Princeton Montessori School in 2019 and is a conference teacher in the Lower Elementary program.

Aish’s love for Montessori education began when she volunteered in her child’s primary classroom. She is empathetic by nature and finds she can connect with children who sometimes struggle with handling their emotions.

Aish also has previous experience as a journalist in India. In her free time, she enjoys storytelling and loves to play the veena, an ancient string instrument. She is an herbalist by interest and enjoys discovering how to use nourishing herbs in different ways.

Aish holds a Master’s in English Literature and a Bachelor in Physics from the Bhrarathidasan University, India. In addition, she obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, India. She is currently working towards her American Montessori Society Elementary I & II credential through Princeton Center for Teacher Education (PCTE).

Megan Skeuse

Megan Skeuse joined Princeton Montessori School in 2019 and is a conference teacher in the Upper Elementary program.

Megan believes that critical education and inquiry-based pedagogies are crucial to preparing children to be agents of change and future leaders. She believes that learning is heavily influenced by a growth mindset, healthy emotional-social development, and the ability to adapt and problem solve in a culture filled with distractibility. She wants to help children navigate and thrive in today’s world – and to do so with grace, kindness, and confidence.

Outside of the classroom, Megan enjoys spending time with her family, and she has a passion for social justice and critical inquiry that she hopes to instill in her own two children. She enjoys Pilates and has worked with children and adults as a Pilates Instructor. She has additional training in meditation and mindfulness practices. Megan is an avid horseback rider and her family adopted a rescue pony named Mr. Peanut.

Megan holds an M.S. in Ed. Reading/Writing/Literacy, and a Reading Specialist Certification from University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, and a BS in Political Science from the University of Colorado.

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