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 | Middle School

Meet the Middle School teachers

Meet the Middle School Teachers

Michelle Jacob

Program & IB Coordinator

Michelle Jacob joined Princeton Montessori School in 2008 and is a conference teacher. She also serves as the educational coordinator for the Middle School program, and as the IB Coordinator for the IB Middle Years Programme.

Middle school students are Michelle’s favorite age group to teach as they begin to figure out what the world is all about and their place in it.  She loves bringing the excitement and application of science and math to early adolescence and uses her talents and experience to lead the middle school educational program.

Michelle is passionate about environmental issues and serves on her township’s Environmental Commission.  She also serves on the Alumni Council of Elizabethtown College and is Vice President of the Mary Jacobs Library Foundation Board of Trustees. She and her husband have two children, and four dogs. 

Michelle received a BA in Elementary Education from Elizabethtown College and an 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 certification in Green Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.

Kate Garzón

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

Kate is passionate about Global Citizenship Education. She believes that Montessori’s philosophy of “Cosmic Education” – an understanding that within the big picture of the universe, everything a child learns is connected – combined with the framework of the International Baccalaureate program, create a learning environment that is ideal for young adolescents to thrive. She is excited to channel their optimism and energy while guiding them towards a greater understanding of the responsibilities and opportunities they share as global citizens.

Kate’s hobbies outside of school reflect her love of learning as well. She and her husband enjoy traveling, reading from a variety of genres, cooking, and exploring Crossfit gyms wherever they go.

Kate holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from McMaster University, Ontario, Canada; a Master’s of Education with a focus on Global Education 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), NJ.

Amy Krupa

Amy Krupa joined Princeton Montessori School in 2004 and teaches Health in the Middle School 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.

Alex Mitnick

Alex Mitnick joined Princeton Montessori School in 2000 and currently teaches music to students in 3rd year Primary through Middle School.

Alex loves sharing his passion for music and music making with children of all ages. His unique approach to music education combines singing, movement, percussion and songwriting in a stimulating and fun way that leaves students energized and inspired.

In addition to teaching music at Princeton Montessori School, Alex is an Emmy® Award winning children’s performer with six albums of original music and his very own TV show “Alex & The Kaleidoscope.”

Alex received a BA in Jazz Performance from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, and has received multiple awards for excellence in children’s entertainment including the New York Emmy® Awards, The Parents’ Choice Foundation, The Film Advisory Board and the American Library Association.

He is an instructor for the Princeton Center for Teacher Education (PCTE).

Nuria Perez

Nuria Perez joined Princeton Montessori School in 2014 and currently teaches Spanish to Elementary and Middle School students and an IB Design class in Middle School. She is a conference teacher in the Middle School.

Nuria greatly enjoys teaching Spanish language and culture. Her goal is to have students participate actively in class, and to help them lose their fear of speaking a second language. She strives to develop a love of discovering another culture and mastering an additional language through experiential activities, real life connections with students from Spanish-speaking countries, and song and games.

When not teaching, Nuria enjoys spending time with her son and husband, exercising outdoors, and traveling.

Nuria received a BS in Sociology from the University of Barcelona (UB), Spain, a Postgraduate Degree in Marketing from New York University (NYU) and studied Montessori Philosophy and Child Development through the Princeton Center for Teacher Education (PCTE), NJ.

Dr. Amanda Rose

Dr. Amanda Rose joined Princeton Montessori School in 2019 and is an exmissions consultant for the Middle School.

Dr. Rose brings over 20 years of experience in working with students to prepare them for the SSAT and other standardized tests. She has also worked with Montessori Schools to ensure their students receive the very best preparation for the high school application process. Previously, Dr. Rose served as executive director of Stanford Coaching Inc. (now Inspirica), New York’s premier SAT and academic one-on-one tutoring company.

In her position at Princeton Montessori School, Dr. Rose will work to prepare students for the SSAT and possible independent high school interviews and support parents with the high school admissions process. She will provide a balance of instruction and guided practice to allow students to master fundamental test-taking techniques.

Dr. Rose is a graduate of Princeton High School, and holds a B.A. in English from Cornell University, an M.A. in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University and a doctorate in Organizational Psychology from Rutgers University.

Lisa Stolzer

Lisa Stolzer joined Princeton Montessori School in 1992 and teaches art to Primary through Middle School students.

Lisa enjoys the energy and spirit the students bring to the art room, as well as their passion for creativity. An avid writer, Lisa strives to help the students to find their own creative outlet as they begin to discover the influence of art on culture.  Her love of travel and world cultures is an asset in helping the students understand their own place in the world.

In her spare time, Lisa loves to cook, garden, kayak, make things, and go hiking with her husband.

Lisa has previous experience teaching at the Toddler, Primary, Elementary, and Middle School levels. She holds a BA/BS in Elementary Education and English from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) and is currently working towards completing her Elementary credential at Princeton Center for Teacher Education (PCTE), NJ.

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