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 | Primary

Meet the Primary teachers

Meet the Primary Teachers

Ayla Sen

Program Coordinator

Ayla Sen joined Princeton Montessori School in 1991, is a conference teacher and also serves as the educational coordinator for the Primary program.

Ayla loves children and feels that each child is unique and precious. She believes that children can teach us so much through their natural sense of wonder, open-heartedness, and curiosity.  Ayla brings that enthusiasm, appreciation, and years of experience to the classroom and to the relationships she forms with parents.

When not in the classroom, Ayla loves to travel and enjoys reading about biographies, history and world cultures, all of which enrich her life.

Ayla 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 for Teacher Education (PCTE).  Ayla is an instructor for PCTE, a teacher training field consultant, and teaches Montessori education, internationally.

Missy Bowman-Leonard

Missy Bowman-Leonard joined Princeton Montessori School in 1999 and is a conference teacher.

Missy loves the Primary children’s enthusiasm for learning, observing the children making new discoveries each day and being a part of the wonder that takes place during the Primary years. Whether it is during the school year or summer program she brings her positive attitude, sense of humor and creative mindset each day to enhance the lives of the children and their families.

When not in school Missy enjoys exercising, swimming, gardening, and spending time with family and friends. She also likes to spend time with her two grown children.

Missy received a BA in Health Education and Athletic Training from Marshall University, WV and holds an American Montessori Society Early Childhood credential through the Princeton Center for Teacher Education (PCTE). Missy is an instructor, field consultant and Primary Level Coordinator for PCTE.

Christina Chang

Christina Chang joined Princeton Montessori School in 2018 and is an intern in the Primary program.

She believes human growth and development is a continuous never-ending process. Christina hopes to help nurture others to understand and develop themselves on a spiritual level and find true meaning of their existence in relation to the world around them. She brings her strong organizational and communication skills and bilingual talents to the community. Christina is excited to share her creativity and artistic talents with the children and colleagues.

When not in the classroom, Christina loves to travel and experience new cultures and foods. She also enjoys reading Autobiographies, arts and crafts and DIY projects.

Christina received a BS in Psychology, Criminal Justice from Rutgers University, New Brunswick. She is currently working towards her American Montessori Society Early Childhood credential through Princeton Center for Teacher Education (PCTE).

Ursula Connors

Ursula Connors joined Princeton Montessori School in 2001 and is a teacher and fitness instructor in the Primary program.

Ursula enjoys getting to know each child’s individual personality and sense of humor. She shares her creativity and artistic talents with the children in the development of materials and is know by her colleagues as a calm, nurturing teacher. She enjoys collaborating with her peers in the Primary program.

When not at school, Ursula enjoys cooking, gardening, and yoga. She also spends time working with her husband at the restaurant they own in their hometown of Lambertville.

Ursula received a BFA in Illustration from the Parsons School of Design, NY, and studied at the American University in Paris.  She holds an American Montessori Early Childhood credential through the Princeton Center for Teacher Education (PCTE), NJ.  She serves as an instructor for all levels in fitness education for PCTE.  Ursula has experience at Princeton Montessori School in all programs as an educational support and has led Sports Club for Elementary students as well as Faculty Fitness programs.

Ursula is a certified Yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance.

Amy Gerstacker

Amy Gerstacker joined Princeton Montessori School in 2006 and is a conference teacher.

Amy loves working in the primary program because she enjoys closely observing and guiding children as they explore and discover in the classroom.  She also brings her interest and knowledge of American Sign Language into finger plays and songs during circle time.

Outside of the classroom, Amy enjoys spending time with her family and running. She has two boys, both of whom had the opportunity to develop their foundation in Montessori environments.

Amy received a BA in Psychology from Rutgers University, NJ and a Master of Arts in Teaching through The College of New Jersey, and holds an American Montessori Early Childhood credential through the Princeton Center for Teacher Education (PCTE), NJ.  She is an instructor and a field consultant for PCTE.

Anjum Khan

Anjum Khan joined Princeton Montessori School in 2012 and is a conference teacher.

Anjum feels privileged to share her deep love of learning, and the natural world with her students.  She is delighted by the children’s enthusiasm and awed by their curiosity. After two decades in the finance industry and being a stay-at-home mom, she is here because she is passionate about Montessori education and eager to share her own experiences with her students and their parents.

Anjum has three sons, and despite her busy family life, she makes time for her passions: reading, cooking and gardening. She also enjoys hiking and playing squash with her family and traveling to experience different cultures and cuisines. 

Anjum received her MBA from the University of Michigan, received her Chartered Accountants certification from the Instt of Chartered Accountants of India and her Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Bombay, India. She holds an American Montessori Society Early Childhood credential through the Princeton Center for Teacher Education (PCTE), NJ.

Teresa Hartmann

Teresa Hartmann joined Princeton Montessori School in 2008 and is a conference teacher.

Teresa enjoys supporting the Primary children in their role of learning and their pursuit of self-discovery. Because she is dyslexic and became a proficient reader at a later age, she is in tune with the internal process of learning to read. From her extensive background in psychological studies and research, she brings a unique perspective and deep appreciation of child development to the Primary program.

When not at school, Teresa spends much of her time volunteering at a local ballet studio and cheering for her two daughters at either gymnastics meets or ballet performances.

Teresa received a BA in Psychology and Communications from Rutgers University, NJ; an MA in Psychology from the New School for Social Research, NY; and holds an American Montessori Society Early Childhood credential through the Princeton Center for Teacher Education (PCTE), NJ. She is an instructor for PCTE.

Marina Pocino

Marina joined Princeton Montessori School first from 1989 to 1993 and returned in 2013. She is a conference teacher in the Primary program.

Marina finds working with primary-aged children energizing and exciting. She enjoys nurturing their innate desire to learn and helping them navigate through their day on their way to becoming confident, happy and independent people. Marina is passionate about creating a beautiful learning environment that sets the foundation for their successful academic growth and meets their emotional and social needs.

When not at school, Marina enjoys spending time with her two grown children, living in Tennessee and Connecticut, and traveling around the globe to visit family and friends. She is also an avid gardener, loves to hike and bike, play golf, enjoys reading, and is most happy when her house is full of family and friends.

Marina holds a BA in Social Science at University College Dublin. She received her AMI Montessori Certification from Sion Hill college in Dublin, Ireland, and has several years experience at both the primary and elementary levels. Marina has enjoyed teaching in Ireland, Singapore and Princeton. She is an instructor for PCTE and a teacher training field consultant.

Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson joined Princeton Montessori School in 2009 and is a teacher in the Primary program.

Mary loves to share her knowledge of nature with young children and to cultivate their own love of the natural world. A trained artist, she also strives to encourage children to develop their artistic skills and creative thinking. She especially enjoys working with children who are learning English as a second language, having previously taught ESL.

Outside of the classroom, Mary enjoys taking birding trips, playing guitar, and kayaking. She also spends time printmaking in her art studio and doing freelance graphic design and illustration with her husband. She enjoys nature and completed training for the Pennsylvania Master Naturalist program.

Mary received an Associates Degree in Fine Arts from Keystone College, PA and an Associates Degree in Early Childhood from Surry Community College, NC, and is working towards her American Montessori Society Early Childhood credential through the Princeton Center for Teacher Education (PCTE), NJ.

Shazah Sabuhi

Shazah Sabuhi joined Princeton Montessori School in 2012 and is a teacher in the Primary program.

Shazah loves to connect with children by observing how each individual child flourishes, whether through reading, creative writing, cultural studies, or science. She is an avid linguist who speaks multiple languages; she teaches French Club for elementary students. Shazah also has a passion for singing and story-telling, which she partakes in regularly with Primary After School students.

Outside of the classroom, Shazah enjoys spending time with her family — especially her infant son who also attends Princeton Montessori School. She loves music, enjoys reading and traveling, and has written and edited for various publications over the last 20 years.

Shazah received a BA in Psychology, with a concentration in Community Psychology, from Syracuse University. Prior to joining Princeton Montessori School, Shazah worked with an organization that conducted federal policy research to advocate for students with learning differences. She is currently working towards her American Montessori Society Early Childhood credential through Princeton Center for Teacher Education (PCTE).

Rebecca Yang

Rebecca Yang joined Princeton Montessori School in 2018 and is an intern in the Primary program.

Rebbecca loves working with primary aged children and enjoys their creativity, sense of order, and curiosity. She brings a deep love of learning and knowledge of Chinese culture, including landscape painting, Chinese brush writing, and music, to the classroom.

Outside of the classroom, Rebecca likes to cook delicious meals for family and friends and enjoys traveling and experiencing the local foods. Visiting Art Museums and practicing Yoga are also favorite activities. Rebecca loves spending time with her son and designing fun activities to do together.

Rebecca received a BA in Journalism from Hunan Normal University, China and an associate degree in administrative management from Jiaotong University, Shanghai, China. She holds a MACTE Infant and Toddler credential through Trinity Montessori Education Center (TEMC), Shanghai, China and is working towards her AMS Early Childhood credential through the Princeton Center for Teacher Education (PCTE), NJ.

Xiaoxi Zhang

Xiaoxi Zhang joined Princeton Montessori School in 2014 and is a conference teacher.

Xiaoxi loves working with primary aged children because of their excitement, earnestness, and their capacity to explore and learn about their surroundings. She brings her calmness, optimism, and bilingual talents to the community.

Xiaoxi is the mother of two young children, and when not teaching, she likes to spend time with her family and friends. She enjoys reading in the library, hiking, and traveling.

Xiaoxi received a BA in Language Arts from Northwestern University, Xi’an, China, and a Masters of Science in Education from State University of New York (SUNY), majoring in Educational Administration and Policy Studies. She holds an American Montessori Society Early Childhood credential through the Princeton Center for Teacher Education (PCTE), NJ.

Come see what sets Princeton Montessori apart!

Teresa Hartmann joined Princeton Montessori School in 2008 and is a conference teacher.

Teresa is a compassionate, enthusiastic teacher whose artistic talents are an asset to the classroom.  She is patient and nurturing and believes in the potential of each child. After working for over a decade in the finance industry as well as in counseling and psychology, she took her diverse experiences and is committed to the Montessori pedagogy and loves teaching.

Teresa has two daughters who are both very accomplished, one in gymnastics and one as a talented ballerina. Both girls attended Princeton Montessori School. Teresa spends much of her time outside of school devoted to her children’s passions. 

Teresa received a MA from the New School for Social Research, NY, and a BA from Rutgers University, and holds an American Montessori Society Early Childhood credential through the Princeton Center for Teacher Education (PCTE), NJ.

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