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 | Primary

Meet the Primary teachers

Meet the Primary Teachers

Amy Gerstacker

Program Coordinator

Amy Gerstacker joined Princeton Montessori School in 2006 and is a conference teacher and also serves as the educational coordinator for the Primary program.

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.

Jennifer Aguilar

Jennifer Aguilar joined Princeton Montessori School in 2019 and is an intern in the Primary program.

She is thrilled to be able to share her love of all things Montessori with the students and teachers.  Jennifer brings creativity, strong organizational skills, and a patient and nurturing disposition to the community.

Outside of the classroom she likes spending time with her husband and two daughters. They all enjoying cooking and baking together as well as traveling the world. Jennifer’s interests include reading, tennis, ballet, and international travel.

Jennifer received a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Bucknell University and has experience as an Assistant Teacher in a Montessori School in PA. She is currently working towards her American Montessori Society Early Childhood credential through Princeton Center for Teacher Education (PCTE).

Kimberly Arnold

Kimberly Arnold joined Princeton Montessori School in 2018 and is a classroom assistant.

Kimberly brings an appreciation of differnt cultures to her work with children. She is bi-lingual, fluent in Spanish as well as English, and has spent time living abroad in Spain. She has an extensive background teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) as well a working with physical therapy patients.

Kimberly earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from East Carolina University, NC. She also holds a certificate in Advanced Methodologies for English Teachers from Universidad de Cataluña, Barcelona, a certificate in Bilingual Education Universidad de Cataluña,Barcelona, and a certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

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 a classroom assistant.

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 and has completed her Early Childhood credentials for 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.

Jinhua Guo

Jinhua Guo joined Princeton Montessori School in 2019 as a Classroom Assistant in the After-school program.

She loves music, yoga, calligraphy, Tai-Chi, and cooking. She is fluent in both Mandarin and Shanghainese.

JinHua holds a Bachelor’s degree in Professional Studies from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, PA. She has experience working with children, most recently as a Sunday School teacher and Music Camp Assistant at her church.

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.

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.

Shazah Sabuhi

Shazah Sabuhi joined Princeton Montessori School in 2012 and is a conference 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 students.

Outside of the classroom, Shazah enjoys spending time with her family — especially her young 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 holds an American Montessori Society Early Childhood credential through Princeton Center for Teacher Education (PCTE).

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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