Faculty Bios

Infant/Toddler Program

Rita Brenner (1985) holds a BA in Spanish from Hunter College, NY, and holds an American Montessori Society credential in Infant/Toddler from MECA, IL (Seton Montessori Institute).  She is active in the Ukraine Montessori project and hosts the Ukrainian teachers each year. She is an instructor and site consultant for the Princeton Center Teacher Education (PCTE), NJ.  (Conference Teacher)
Delmy Barrera (1985) studied Montessori Philosophy and Child Development through the Princeton Center Teacher Education. She shares her kind spirit, and her love of music and cooking in her everyday interactions with the children. She enjoys introducing the children to Spanish nomenclature through song and dance.
Kathy Chrzan (1988-2001 & 2009) holds a BA from the University of Scranton, PA, with a concentration in Psychology. She holds an American Montessori Society Infant and Toddler credential through the Montessori Center Teacher Education in Scarsdale, NY. She was a former elementary teacher at the Princeton Charter School and Stuart Country Day School.
Evelia Cunha (2001) has teaching experience ranging from infants to teenagers, primarily with two to four year olds. She also has experience working with children with physical challenges and learning differences.
Barbara Hart (1979) received a BA in Education from The College of New Jersey. She received her American Montessori Society credential in Early Childhood through the Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center, IL and an American Montessori Society credential in Infant/Toddler through the Princeton Center Teacher Education (PCTE). She is a site consultant to PCTE interns. (Conference Teacher)
Elena Kurnov (2000) holds a BS and an MS in Chemistry and an MA in Teacher Education from Byelorussian State University, Russia. Elena is a translator for Ukrainian teachers when they come to the Princeton Center Teacher Education (PCTE) to study. She earned an American Montessori Society credential in Infant/Toddler through Princeton Center Teacher Education (PCTE), NJ.  (Conference Teacher)
Kelly Glenfield (2007)  earned an Associate degree in Applied Science from Mercer County Community College. More recently she completed Montessori philosophy and child development coursework with Princeton Center Teacher Education (PCTE).
Leslie Magliaro (1989) holds an American Montessori Society Associate credential in Infant/ Toddler from the Princeton Center Teacher Education (PCTE), NJ. She has extensive experience in both Infant and Toddler Montessori programs. (Conference Teacher)
Becky Mathers (2011) holds a BS in Earth Sciences from Pennsylvania State University and a MS in Ecological Teaching and Learning from Lesley University MA. She has worked with students of all ages, sharing her knowledge and experience in conservation and knowledge of the environment. She holds an American Montessori Society credential in Infant/Toddler through Princeton Center Teacher Education (PCTE).
Chris Millington (2014) holds a B.S. in Health Education from the College of New Jersey. She has vast experience as a pre-school teacher in Bordentown.  She loves to do crafts and decorating.  She is currently taking the PCTE Infant Toddler training.
Lisa Meisenbacher (2008) holds a BA in Italian Literature from Rutgers University, NJ, and an Infant/Toddler American Montessori Society credential through the Princeton Center Teacher Education (PCTE). She has had extensive experience working with costume design for a dance company and is fluent in Italian.   (Conference Teacher
Vandana Monteiro (2006) holds an MBA with specialization in Human Resources and a BS in Environmental Science from St. Joseph’s College of Business Administration, India. She holds an American Montessori Society credential in Infant/Toddler through the Princeton Center Teacher Education (PCTE).  In addition to her role at Princeton Montessori School, Vandana’s philanthropic generosity and educational expertise has led her to begin the process of opening a school in India for Street Children. (Conference Teacher
Alona Procaccini (1989) received her American Montessori Society Associate credential in Infant/Toddler through Princeton Center Teacher Education (PCTE). She has extensive experience teaching toddlers, and she is a parent education workshop presenter for parents on the topic of Preparing a Montessori Home Environment for the Young Child. (Conference Teacher)
Souad (Sue) Saad (2008) holds a BS in Business Administration from Alexandria University, El-Shatby, Egypt, and completed her American Montessori Society training at the Infant/Toddler level through the Princeton Center Teacher Education (PCTE). Prior to her work with Toddlers and Infants she was a teacher’s aide for special needs children. (Conference Teacher)
Olga Soto (2000) holds a BA in Special Education from the Universidad los Libertadores in Colombia, South America, and was later a teacher at Seres Institute for Special Education. She received her American Montessori Society credential in Infant/Toddler through the Princeton Center Teacher Education (PCTE).  (Conference Teacher)
Suchithra Vikram (2006) earned a BA in Commerce from the University of Madras, India.  She received an American Montessori Society credential in Infant/Toddler through the Princeton Center Teacher Education (PCTE).  (Conference Teacher) 

Primary Program

Susan (Missy) Bowman-Leonard (1999) received a BA in Health Education and Athletic Training from Marshall University, WV.  She received an American Montessori Early Childhood credential through the Princeton Center Teacher Education (PCTE), NJ. She is a site consultant for PCTE. (Conference Teacher
Miriam Chang (2013)  received a BA in Elementary Education from the Moody Bible Institute (IL).  A Captain in the Army, she toured in Iraq in 2004.  She is a student of Princeton Center Teacher Education, and is interning this year in the Primary program.
Anita Chatterjee (2013) holds a BA from Loretto College, University of Calcutta. Her previous experience has been in Special Education in India and the States. She enjoys telling folk takes and is a creative story teller.  She is a student of Princeton Center Teacher Education, and is interning this year in the Primary program. (PCTE)
Ursula Connors (2001) holds a BFA in Illustration from the Parsons School of Design, NY, and studied at the American University in Paris. She attended the Princeton Center Teacher Education (PCTE) Early Childhood Teacher Training Program. Ursula is a certified Yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance.
Amy Gerstacker (2006) earned a BA in Psychology from Rutgers University, NJ.  She received an American Montessori Early Childhood credential through the Princeton Center Teacher Education (PCTE) and a Master of Arts in Teaching (3-9) through The College of New Jersey. Amy is a field consultant for PCTE. (Conference Teacher)
Teresa Hartmann (2008) holds a BA in Psychology and Communications from Rutgers University, NJ, an MA in Psychology from the New School for Social Research, NY, and an American Montessori Society Early Childhood credential through Princeton Center Teacher Education. She also has experience in the corporate and medical field.  (Conference Teacher)
Anjum Khan (2012)   holds a MBA from the University of Michigan and a BA from the University of Bombay, India. She holds an American Montessori Society Early Childhood credential through the Princeton Center Teacher Education (Conference Teacher).
Stephanie Petrelis (2011) holds a BA in Art History from the University of Mary Washington, VA, and has an Early Childhood Credential through the Princeton Center Teacher Education (PCTE). She is currently a swim coach at the Cedar Hill Swim Club in Somerset and has several years of experience as a tutor. She received a Master of Arts in Teaching (3-9) through The College of New Jersey.
Mary Robinson (2007 & 2009)  holds an Associates Degree in Fine Arts from Keystone College, PA and an Associates Degree in Early Childhood from Surry Community College, NC. She has experience working with children from toddler through age six. She is working towards her American Montessori Society Early Childhood credential through the Princeton Center Teacher Education (PCTE).
Ayla Sen (1991) received a BS in Philosophy and Pedagogy from the University of Ankara, Turkey. She holds an American Montessori Society Early Childhood credential through Princeton Center Teacher Education (PCTE).  Ayla is an instructor in several PCTE courses, a teacher training field consultant, and a Public Relations representative for PCTE. (Conference Teacher)
Shazah Sabuhi (2012)  holds a BA in Psychology from Syracuse University, NY.  She is an assistant in the primary classroom and has taking courses through Princeton Center Teacher Education (PCTE). She has experience working with students in enrichment courses concentrating on computer-based problem solving skills and robotics.

Elementary Program

Carrie Hotchkiss (2008) earned a BA from Smith College, MA, in American Studies and a MA in Teaching from Belhaven College, MS. She holds an American Montessori Society Elementary I credential through the Princeton Center Teacher Education (PCTE), and is completing her Elementary II training.   (Conference Teacher)
Huma Kazmi (2005) received a BS degree in Chemistry with honors from the University of London, England, and she worked in Business Development and Marketing. She earned an American Montessori Society credential in Elementary I and an Elementary Level II training program through the Princeton Center Teacher Education (PCTE).  (Conference Teacher)
Sally Luke (1990) holds a BA in History and English from Rutgers University, NJ. She received her American Montessori Society credentials in Early Childhood and Elementary I through the Princeton Center Teacher Education (PCTE).  She is certified by the State of New Jersey in Elementary Education and English as a Second Language.  (Conference Teacher)
Bridget Manley (2005) holds an MS in School Counseling from Sage Graduate School, NY and a BA in Social Work from Siena College, NY. Her previous experience includes counseling middle school and high school students. She is certified in Elementary I and Elementary II from the American Montessori Society through the Princeton Center Teacher Education, (PCTE). (Conference Teacher)
Marina Pocino (2012) holds a Bachelors of Social Science from University College Dublin, Ireland, and an AMI certification in Early Childhood Education from Dominican Sion Hill College, Ireland.
Kathleen Sellers (1998) holds a graduate level teacher’s certification and a BA in English Literature from Rider University, NJ. She holds a NJ certificate in Elementary Education as well as an American Montessori Society credential in Elementary I and Elementary II through the Princeton Center Teacher Education (PCTE).  (Conference Teacher)
Kelsey Swanson (2008)  holds a BS in Sociology from Manchester College, Indiana. She spent one semester in Northern Ireland studying peace and conflict resolutions. Her previous professional experience includes managing TerraCycle in Trenton, NJ, and working as admissions counselor at Manchester College, IN. She is an assistant teacher in the Elementary After-School program.

Middle School Program

Director of Middle School Programs
Michelle Morrison (1990)  holds an MA in Elementary Education from The College of New Jersey and a BS in Business Administration from the University of Northern Colorado. She holds an American Montessori Society credential in Elementary I and II through the Seacoast Teacher Education Center, MA, and completed her Secondary I training at the Washington Montessori Training Center, CT. She earned an Outdoor Education Certification from Outward Bound for Educators in 1994, and she incorporates many of the experiential learning practices into the Middle School program.
Michelle is a proponent of Montessori’s vision of connecting children to nature and physical activity; she earned her Outward Bound Teacher’s Certification in her home state of Colorado and is credited with building many experiential practices into our middle school program.  Michelle has taught at the elementary, secondary, and teacher training program levels. She is a founding teacher of our middle school program.
As a member of a military family and through her professional and personal life, Michelle has traveled extensively, shaping her broad global perspective. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration from University of Northern Colorado with an emphasis in Marketing and an M.A.T. from College of New Jersey.  She is certified for K-12 teaching in both N.J. and Pennsylvania and holds American Montessori Society (AMS) credentials at the Elementary I, II, and Secondary I levels.  She is currently earning an Administrative Leadership Certification through PCTE.  Michelle has published for Montessori Life Magazine on topics related to curriculum and education, spoken at many AMS and NJMAC Conferences through the years.
Michelle Jacob (2013) (2008, 2013) graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Elementary Education from Elizabethtown College and a MA in Educational Leadership and Administration from George Washington University. She holds a NJ Teaching Certificate, an American Montessori credential at the Elementary I and II levels from PCTE, and is working towards certification in Green Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.  (Conference Teacher)
Victoria (Tori) Pinciotti (2013)  holds a BS in Middle Child Education and teaching from the University of Dayton, OH.  She holds her teaching certification from the state of Ohio.  She is working as an intern in the Middle School program. (Conference Teacher)
Lisa Stolzer (1992) holds a BA/BS in Elementary Education and English from The College of New Jersey, NJ. She has previous experience at the Toddler, Primary, and Elementary levels. Her talents in the arts, writing, and cooking lend a special value to the school.  Lisa has traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, and Africa.  (Conference Teacher)

Specials

Carole Golcher (1989) studied at Kean College, NJ, and has been instrumental in developing and advancing the Art program for many years. She teaches Art using a variety of media to Primary through Middle School students.
Eliza Hammer (2012) holds a BA in Anthropology and Architecture from Hampshire College, MA.  She has previous experience teaching children yoga, tai chi and karate. She currently teaches movement to students from Primary through Middle School, and leads the Elementary After-School program.  She has completed the PCTE Philosophy course.
Toyoko Kitade (2003)  holds a MA from the New England Conservatory of Music, MA, and a BA from the Sakuyo College of Music, Japan. She has 30 years of international experience as a Suzuki violin instructor, and was the Assistant Director of the Suzuki Institute of Boston.  She is also trained in the Kodály method of music instruction. She has performed with the Fukuoka City Philharmonic, the New Symphony Orchestra, and the New Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston. She teaches private and group violin classes to Primary through Middle School students.
Derry Light Wills (1995)  holds a BA in Literature and Performing Arts from Sarah Lawrence College, NY, and completed graduate work in Zoology and Ecology at Rutgers University, NJ, and Princeton University, NJ. Derry holds Orff-Schulwerk certification for Levels I, II, and III from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Derry’s professional work includes touring with a New York-based theater company, teaching voice and improvisation, and working in cabaret and voice-overs.
Sue Miller (2007)  holds a BA in Music Education from Susquehanna University.  She has taken Graduate Level courses from Westminster Choir College in Piano Pedagogy, and has studied advanced classical technique.   Her current studies focus on jazz improvisation, theory, and arranging. Ms. Miller has performed over the years as a solo artist, accompanist, and band leader.
Alex Mitnick (2000)  graduated with honors with a BA in Jazz Guitar from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. He enjoys creating school musicals with the Elementary and Middle School students, composing songs in keeping with the annual school theme, and producing CD’s with his Kaleidoscope Band.  He presents to schools and teachers, and is an instructor for the Princeton Teacher Education (PCTE).
Rimma Skvortsova (1999)  received an MA in Music Pedagogy from Moscow State University of Pedagogy and a BA with Honors in Piano Pedagogy and Choir Conducting from the Glinka College of Music, Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. She has more than thirty years of experience teaching piano in a variety of genres in Russia and the United States, and is currently on the faculty of Westminster Choir College Faculty.  She is a piano instructor for students from Primary through Middle School.
Jonathan Thompson (2007) attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and graduated with a BA in music from Temple University, PA. He is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who contributed to the Philadelphia and New York area music scene for over ten years.  Jon teaches guitar and woodwinds at Princeton Montessori School, the Lawrenceville School, and the Pennington School.

Substitutes

Shannon Meyers (2013),  holds a M.Ed in Elementary Education from Washington Montessori Institute in Loyola, MD, and a BA in International Relations and French Studies from University of Delaware, DE.  She holds an AMI Montessori credential at the elementary level. Before moving to the New Hope area she lived in Maryland and taught at the elementary level.
Selma Sebastiani (2011)  holds a degree in Psychology from Maria Inmaculada in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Her most recent experience was as an assistant teacher in a Montessori School in Arizona.

Administrative Team

Director of Princeton Center Teacher Education
Ann Wilson (2006)  earned a BA in Geography and Sociology from the University of North Alabama, AL. She holds an American Montessori Society credential at the Elementary I level through the Houston Montessori Training Center, TX, and Elementary II level through the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies, MD. Ann also holds a Level I credential in Montessori Applied to Children At Risk for Learning Differences (MACAR) through the Shelton School in Dallas, TX. She brings many years of experience from both private and public schools as a teacher, Head of School, Principal of a Charter School, and Montessori instructor.  Ann is actively involved in the partnership between Princeton Montessori Society and the Ukrainian Department of Education. She oversees Parent Education and Faculty Development.
Administrative Assistant
MaryBeth Boutot (2013) has 20 years of fundraising experience with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She was a parent coordinator for a program helping students develop life skills. She’s been a caregiver to children in home settings.
Lia Butler (2014) holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Administration from Drexel University, PA. She was a Medical Assistant at the Brain and Spine Care Center in Lawrenceville and a Patient Care Assistant at the University Medical Center in Plainsboro, NJ prior to joining the Princeton Montessori School Staff.
Business Administrator
Bethanne Byrne (1998)  graduated cum laude with a BS in Business Administration and Finance from Rider University, NJ. Her business experience includes both accounting and managing positions at the Kelsey Group, Princeton Day School, and Banana Republic. She is a Notary Public.
Technology Specialist
Ginger Christie-Cook (2000) received her BA in Communications and Journalism from The College of New Jersey. She manages the school’s technology and application development.
Director of Summer Programs
Elizabeth Clarke (2009)  holds a BA from St. Lawrence University, NY, with a major in Fine Arts and Art History. She attended Columbia University, School of Continuing Education, NY, for post-baccalaureate coursework in Business. She holds an American Montessori Society Infant/Toddler credential through the Princeton Center Teacher Education (PCTE). She also works part time as the school registrar.
School Student Services Coordinator and Teacher Education Business Manager
Banu Eser (1998) is a native of Ankara, Turkey. She coordinates both the Student Services office and the PCTE business office.
Director of Admissions
Mary Beth Evans (1986)  holds a BA in Liberal Arts from Rider University, NJ. She received an American Montessori Society credential in Infant/Toddler through The Center for Montessori Education, NY, and taught for many years in the Toddler program.
Accounts Payable
Patricia Farmer (2012)  holds a BA in Journalism and Public Relations from Temple University, PA, and has experience providing administrative support to banks and other corporations
Director of Advancement
Kathryn Marmion (1988/2008)  holds a BA from Thomas Edison, NJ and an American Montessori Society Elementary I credential from CMTE and Elementary II credential from PCTE. She studied at the Froebel Institute at the University of London before moving to NJ.  She spent 17 years as a conference teacher in the Elementary and Middle School programs. She is currently responsible for alumni affairs, community outreach, stewardship, student recruitment and overall institutional advancement.
Director of Public Relations and Events
Andrea O’Brian (2006)  holds a BFA in Graphic Design from The College of New Jersey, NJ. Before joining Princeton Montessori School, she maintained a successful Graphic Design business for ten years. Prior to that, Andrea worked as a Publishing Specialist and Product Development Coordinator for an international management consultancy.
Director of Technology
Zsuzsanna Ratkay (1990)  received her BA degree in Elementary Education and Fine Arts from Kaposvar University, Hungary. She holds an Infant/Toddler credential from the American Montessori Society through Princeton Center Teacher Education (PCTE). She was a teacher in Hungary and a conference teacher at the School prior to leading the technology department where she specializes in developing and maintaining the Filemaker Pro databases for the School and PCTE.
Publication Specialist
Mary Reuter-May (1990) ) earned a BA in Communications Design from Kutztown University, PA. Mary produces many of the school’s public relations documents, communication flyers, and brochures for the School and PCTE.  She can be found taking photos around the school almost daily.
Director of School Services
Gwen Shangle (1992) earned a M.Ed. in Reading from the College of New Jersey and a BA in Psychology and Elementary Education from Georgian Court College, NJ. She is certified by the State of New Jersey as a Reading Specialist for Kindergarten-Eighth grade. She holds an American Montessori Society credential in Elementary I through Seacoast Teacher Education, MA, and in Elementary II through the Princeton Center Teacher Education (PCTE).  Her role includes educating and mentoring families, facilitating conflict resolution and problem solving social and developmental issues with parents and teachers. Gwen is an instructor, field consultant for PCTE and a frequent presenter for parents and experienced teachers.
Director of Human Resources
Clara Soto (1995)  has certification in Bilingual Secretarial Services and Business Administration from Colombia where she has previous experience as a Human Resources Administrator. Clara manages the Human Resources for the faculty and staff.
PCTE Coordinator
Joyce Tatsch (1983)  earned a BA in Elementary Education from the College of New Jersey. She received an American Montessori Society credential in Early Childhood through CMTE in New Rochelle, NY. She was an Early Childhood teacher at the Princeton Montessori School for 26 years. Joyce is the Princeton Center Teacher Education (PCTE) Educational Coordinator, Field Consultant Coordinator, and a Field Consultant and PCTE Instructor for Practical Life and Classroom Leadership.

Consultants

Director Emeritus PCTE

Ginny Cusack (1990)  holds an MA from the New Brunswick Theological Seminary, NJ, a BS in Education from Alverno College, WI, an early childhood Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) credential, and a leadership coaching certificate from Georgetown University, Washington, DC.  Ginny is an experienced Montessori teacher, administrator, founder and director of a Montessori School, director emeritus of PCTE, lecturer and parent educator in both public and independent schools. Ginny presently works as a consultant and leadership coach to new and experienced heads of Montessori schools, directors of Montessori teacher-training centers, and those aspiring to become Montessori leaders.
Parent Workshops
Maria Johnson Maria Johnson (1987) holds a BS in Speech Pathology from James Madison University, NJ, a MS in Speech Pathology from Ithaca College, NY, and an American Montessori Society credential in Infant/Toddler from MECA, IL (Seton Montessori Institute). She is a Parent-Child Specialist with over 25 years experience in the fields of education and parenting. She is the founder of the Princeton Montessori School Infant Center, a PCTE Consultant and Teacher Mentor.

Facilities

Facilities and Operations Manager

Peggy Thompson (1986) has an Executive Secretarial degree from Grace Ball College CA and studied Business Management at Grossmont College, CA. She is responsible for the supervision and management of the facility and is the school liaison to businesses, contractors, and vendors. She is a Notary Public.
Maintenance Facility Assistant
Brett Hall (2012) holds a BS in Business Management from Richard Stockton College, Pomona, NJ. Brett assists with the general maintenance of the school and events preparation.
Maintenance Facilities
Bert Robinson (1998)  assists with the daily operations of the facility as well as general maintenance projects. Bert retired from the Goodyear Corporation after thirty years with the company. He volunteers at S.A.V.E., and he is a foster parent for homeless dogs.
Housekeeping Manager
Teresa Soto (1997) is responsible for the housekeeping duties and maintenance of the building. She is acknowledged as the person who puts the “special touches” throughout the building, school functions, and events.