Faculty | Administration
Meet the School Administration
Andrea believes that the Montessori approach to education allows all children to reach their fullest potential, without limits. Each child is unique, and needs a secure, carefully-prepared and purposefully-designed environment in which to grow emotionally, academically, and socially. Education should be a joyful experience for the child. Learning is not about rote memorization or the ability to perform well on a test. Instead, education should focus on the excitement of a new discovery, the thrill of improving one’s self, and the idea of finding success and contentment in whatever one chooses to do. Her goal in education is to have the opportunity to shape an environment where teachers are respected for the critically important work they do to allow the innate love of learning to unfold in each child.
Andrea holds a MA in Education, specializing in Montessori Studies, from St. Catherine’s University, MN, and a BA in Graphic Design from The College of New Jersey, NJ. She also holds an American Montessori Society (AMS) Administrator credential through Princeton Center for Teacher Education (PCTE), NJ; has participated in the AMS Anti-Bias, Anti-Racist (ABAR) Professional Development Course; and completed the International Baccaleuarate (IB) Head of school - Middle Years Programme (Cat.1) training.
Tracey holds an MS in Mental Health Counseling from Monmouth University, NJ and a BA in Psychology from Franklin & Marshall College, PA. She has competed the Montessori philosophy course through PCTE and is currently pursuing a certification in Admissions and Enrollment Management through AISAP.
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 is a doctoral candidate for an Ed.D. in Teacher Leadership through Rutgers University. She earned a Masters in the Art of Teaching & a BS in Early Childhood Education & Psychology 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.
Betty and her husband are proud parents to two lovely daughters. She enjoys walks, cookouts, and spending time with her family and friends. In her downtime, Betty enjoys reading, taking in nature, and doing craft projects.
She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Public Accounting from Baruch College, CUNY, and stays up-to-date with the latest trends and technologies in accounting and business administration.
In her free time, she likes to paint, exercise, go hiking, and spend time with her family.
She has an Associate's Degree in Accounting/Business Administration from Montgomery Community College.
Sonya loves to make things with her hands. Over the years this has taken the form of drawing, painting, and ceramics, but her current love is fabric arts/quilting. She is also a musician who has released 7 albums in total. She loves spending time with her friends and family, and swimming in natural bodies of water.
Sonya holds a BA from Vassar College, major: Studio Art.
Lori enjoys reading, the outdoors, and spending time with her family. She and her husband have two children who attend universities in New England and two furry friends who keep them company at home! Lori spends a considerable amount of time continuing her own learning whether it be through reading, course work, or just embracing life’s daily lessons. Learning is for life!
Before beginning her Montessori journey, Lori spent a significant number of years in a corporate environment focusing on process improvement initiatives, implementation of best practices, and employee development. In addition to her Montessori credentials, she holds degrees in Accounting and Human Resources.
Outside of work, Banu enjoys cooking and baking recipes from her native country Turkey, traveling, enjoying the outdoors and of course spending time with her family. Her son is a Princeton Montessori School alum who attended the Toddler-Middle School programs. He graduated from TCNJ and is currently working in New York City at a Science and Health Communications Agency.
In her free time Kelly loves to travel, cook, attend concerts, take nature hikes, meditate, and spending time at the beach. She particularly enjoys spending time with family and friends and creating fun and educational projects for her young grandson.
Kelly holds an American Montessori Society credential in Infant/Toddler through the Princeton Center for Teacher Education (PCTE), and an Associate Degree of Applied Science (AAS) from Mercer County Community College.
In her leisure time, Derry likes to explore the natural world, bird-watch, read, and go to the theater and movies. She loves singing, especially when her daughters join her in impromptu duets and trios.
Derry’s professional work includes performing with a New York-based theater company, teaching voice and improvisation, and working in cabaret and voice-overs. She received a BA in Literature and Performing Arts from Sarah Lawrence College, NY, and has an MS in Ecology from Rutgers University. Derry earned Orff-Schulwerk certification for Levels I, II, and III at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Dorothy holds two Master’s degrees in Montessori Education from Barry University in Miami, Florida, at the Early Childhood and Elementary levels, and a BS in Nutrition from the University of Rhode Island. She holds two AMS Early Childhood credentials from the Seton Institute (1990) and from Barry University (2007) and an AMS Elementary I-II Credential from Barry University (2005). She has audited the Secondary Teacher Training Program and the Administrators Course from Houston Montessori Center and is a frequent presenter at the AMS and other Montessori conferences. She has recently served on the AMS Board of Directors and on various MACTE verification teams in the US and abroad.
Each of Mary’s three children attended Princeton Montessori School, starting in the Infant Center. When not in the office, Mary enjoys baking, drawing, painting, and spending time with her large extended family.
Mary received a BA in Communications Design from Kutztown University, PA.
Brianna attended Interim Healthcare for her Certified Nursing Assistant and Certified Medication Aide certifications. She attended Tulsa Community College in OK where she received her License as a Phlebotomist. She is a Graduate of Lincoln Institute of Technology Nursing school and holds a NJ licensure as Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).
In his free time he loves to read, hike, play with his dog, practice yoga and create websites.
Javier holds a BA in Information Technology and Informatics from Rutgers University. He holds a minor in Sociology, and a minor in Digital Communication, Information, and Media (DCIM). He is certified in Cyber Security and plans on getting more certifications to incorporate what he learns into the school.
Outside of work, Katie loves to travel, read, exercise, and spend time with family and friends, including her husband and two children.
Katie graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Public Relations and a minor in Cinema-Television.
When not at the office, Kristen enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, baking, singing, and continuing to pursue her passion for theatre. She performs frequently in productions in the NJ/PA area. She is a House Parent on campus at The Lawrenceville School and an active volunteer in that community.
Kristen received a BFA in Music Theatre from Elon University, NC.
When not working, Ralph enjoys spending time in the mountains with his wife, daughter, two sons and five grandchildren.
In his free time, Lawrence likes to exercise, coach basketball, and spend time with his family.
What Parents Are Saying
“The other day I came downstairs and my 4-year-old son was listening to 'Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart' on Alexa. He told me that Mozart's dad was named Leopold and his sister was Nannerl (it took him a second to remember her name and it sounded made up, so my husband and I googled it. Sure enough he was right). We asked what else he had been learning and he rattled off Antonio Lucio Vivaldi’s full name and referenced The Four Seasons. I think my jaw is still on the floor. It turns out that the Primary children have been learning about composers this fall and listening to their music. What incredible exposure for these young children!”
“Princeton Montessori is the very epitome of the principles of Maria Montessori. The School offers a nurturing, creative, academic, and well-rounded development for each child. As a parent, we cannot offer our daughter a more valuable first gift.”
“The faculty are, bar none, the absolute best. The teachers are very knowledge both about the Montessori philosophy and the best ways to work with children. I ask for their advice and insight for any issues we’re having at home, quite often. They’re also incredibly warm and nurturing with the children in a way I have not seen at any other school.”
“I’m struck by how much better the Montessori toddlers are at playing and working peacefully with their peers than toddlers in other nursery school programs. I credit the gifted PMonts teachers, and the Princeton Montessori educational approach, for how confident, happy, and collaborative toddlers in the PMonts program seem.”
“Our son is so proud of being a third-year Primary. He has attended this incredible school since he was one year old. He had absolutely wonderful Toddler teachers and flourished under their care. Now, he is a third-year Primary and we know he will be more than ready for Lower Elementary. Thank you to all the Teachers & Staff!”
“The school runs with one philosophy and so every faculty member and admin personnel share the same vision for the child. This consistency is unique in our area to Princeton Montessori. Combined with the integration of the teacher training program, we can proudly say that the spirit of Dr. Montessori’s principles permeates every aspect of our school. That’s what I value the most about our school!”
“Education is both a gift and a right. I feel the teachers at PMonts help our children to appreciate the value of their education. Understanding the value involves looking beyond school and appreciating how education is a tool that will allow them to explore challenging goals, to grow as individuals and most importantly, chase their dreams.”
“I will never cease to be amazed at the capabilities of the young child. In the Montessori environment, the very youngest students show incredible independence and competence. At Princeton Montessori School the teachers truly help the children to “help me do it myself”.”
“When I think about my personal philosophy on education I can check all the boxes with regards to the education my daughter is receiving at Princeton Montessori. I feel the teachers motivate the students by focusing on appreciating the value of education and the diversities of peoples around the world while stressing and leveraging the power of the uniqueness in each individual student. Ultimately, the role of an educator is to shape a new generation that will create a safer and better world for the future.”
“Princeton Montessori School is a school that exceeds any expectations imaginable. The school follows each and every child on an individual basis and nourishes each child’s academic, social, and emotional needs. It is a school where teachers appreciate all unique qualities each child brings.”
“Our daughter loves being at school. She confidently reported that she was happy with the safety measures in place, and that she felt “safe” at school. This was HUGE.”
“Princeton Montessori School turned out to be the best investment ever. We made some sacrifices in our lifestyle in order to be able to afford sending both children all the way through 8th grade, but now we are proud to note that we have two capable, confident, well-mannered young adults who are a pleasure to be around and who continue to love to work hard in their studies.”
“EXCEPTIONAL is the carefully chosen word to describe Princeton Montessori School. Our family has been part of the PMonts community from elementary through middle school. If I could give every child a gift that gift would be for them to experience the joy of learning every single day at PMonts. The multi-age classes provide the advantage of older students leading younger students and younger students watching the wonderful examples of the older children. The children recognize the strengths of others as being positive and not competitive. Princeton Montessori is much more than academic college prep - it is life prep!”
“Our child previously attended a reputable public elementary school. During that time, she often complained that she was bored at school. I was concerned that the school's 'one-size-fits-all' education model was gradually dimming her thirst for knowledge. I wanted the flames of her engagement and curiosity to be fanned, not extinguished. She is now back at Princeton Montessori and I am happy to report that she is no longer bored. In fact, her inner flame has never been stronger!”
“We love the fact that your guidelines have been clear and appropriate, and impressing upon families how their role is critical in keeping the wider school community safe. Thanks also for sourcing materials and providing seminars on parenting during this particular time. The fact that the school has remained open all this time is a huge testament to you all.”
“We have always been thrilled with our PMonts experience, and this fall term has sent us through the roof. We are in awe of the tireless work of the faculty and administration, who have made possible such an inspiring in-person program. I have always been broadly grateful for the PMonts education my children have been so lucky to receive; this summer and fall, I felt grateful each and every day.”
“As a parent (and faculty member), Molly and I are beyond grateful for PMonts. Our children are SO happy here. I am more of a believer than ever before. Miles was fine at his public school but the difference is really clear - here, he is not just fine - he is totally thriving and so happy! I'm amazed.”
“"Princeton Montessori School students are open to diverse backgrounds, curious to learn new things, strong in their leadership and presentation skills, and confident. Thank you for providing an educational environment that encourages a child's total development. We know it is an incredible gift." -Middle School Parent”