Faculty | Administration

Meet the School Administration
Admissions Coordinator

Tracey Baskin

Tracey Baskin joined Princeton Montessori School in 2017 and is currently responsible for coordinating the school’s admissions process with families.

Tracey brings a passion for the Montessori philosophy having experienced it as a student and now as a parent. She is thrilled to lead Admissions, helping parents discover a Montessori education and building strong partnerships with families. When not at school, Tracey enjoys playing basketball and spending time with her husband and two daughters.

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.

Technology Specialist

Ginger Christie-Cook

Ginger Christie-Cook joined Princeton Montessori School in 2000 and is currently responsible for advising, educating, and supporting faculty and staff in their use of technology.

She brings her previous experience in PC support and software development at Bloomberg to her current role, and enjoys problem solving technology issues as they arise.

Ginger is a life-long, passionate gardener and avid music lover. When not at school, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two sons and their rescued pitbulls.

Ginger received a BA in Communications and Journalism from The College of NJ (TCNJ).

Student Registrar, Accounts Manager and Business Associate

Banu Eser

Banu Eser joined Princeton Montessori School in 1998 and serves as the student registrar, and is responsible for supporting all business office functions and admissions processing for the school and PCTE.

Banu is known as the “go-to” person in the Business Office. She brings her many years of experience in admissions, technology, student data, teacher training and business processes to the administrative team. She also leads the before-school program for Elementary students. Banu loves that her work enables her to be involved with the whole school community every day. She has constant communication with teachers, PCTE instructors and adult learners, as well as our parents and students.

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.

Business Office Associate

Patricia Farmer

Patricia Farmer joined Princeton Montessori School in 2012 and is currently responsible for supporting the business office and leading accounts payable and purchasing.

She brings experience in banking, public relations, and fiscal responsibility to her position, along with strong organizational and diplomatic skills.

When not at the office, she enjoys spending time with her son Andrew, loves to play golf with friends, and is passionate about dance, especially ballet. She is also an active volunteer in the community.

Patricia received a BA in Journalism and Public Relations from Temple University, PA.

Receptionist

Derry Light Wills

Derry Light Wills joined Princeton Montessori School in 1995 and currently maintains the front desk and provides administrative support to faculty and staff.

Prior to her current role, Derry taught music in the Elementary and Middle School programs, directed chorus for 5th-8th grades, and led the annual operetta and theater productions. She assisted in the Infant center and has substituted at all levels throughout the school.

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.

Health Coordinator

Whitney Mclean

Whitney Mclean joined Princeton Montessori School in 2016 as the school health coordinator and manages all student health records as well as supporting teachers as they care for children.

Whitney brings experience in providing care for children in a school setting, most recently at a federally-funded head start school. She appreciates the concerns that come with being a parent and works to promote an open dialogue with parents.

When not at school, Whitney enjoys spending quality time with her daughter. Her hobbies include travel, playing sports, singing, and reading to stay current on the latest health trends.

Whitney studied Psychology at Rutgers University, NJ, before graduating from Union County College as a licensed practical nurse (LPN). She has attended many pediatric seminars as well as NJ state-hosted webinars for school nurses.

Assistant Head of School

Andrea O’Brian

Andrea O’Brian joined Princeton Montessori School in 2006 and is currently the Assistant Head of School, responsible for overseeing the operational needs of the school and ensuring that the administrative team effectively supports the teaching staff and the school community. She also oversees the school’s marketing and communications endeavors, as well as development efforts.

Andrea brings many years of business organization and operations experience to her current role. Prior to joining Princeton Montessori, she worked for an international management consultancy before founding her own graphic design company. Andrea frequently leads professional development initiatives for the administrative team, focusing on growth and interpersonal skills. She has served on several school reaccreditation teams and is the current President of the New Jersey Montessori Association Corporation (NJMAC). When not at the school, Andrea enjoys cooking, and spending time at the beach with her husband and four children.

Andrea received a BFA in Graphic Design from The College of New Jersey, NJ and holds an American Montessori Society Administrator credential through Princeton Center for Teacher Education (PCTE), NJ. She is a frequent presenter at local and national conferences and is also an instructor for PCTE.

Director, PCTE and Educational Programs

Dorothy Paul

Dorothy Paul joined Princeton Montessori School in 2018 and is responsible for leading the Princeton Center for Teacher Education (PCTE) as well as ensuring the School’s curriculum and program offerings remain in alignment with Montessori philosophy.

Dorothy began her Montessori career in 1987 and most recently served as the Director of Education at the Duhovka Preschool in Prague, Czech Republic and at the Amelia Island Montessori School in Florida. She developed the Duhovka Montessori Teacher Education Program (DMTEP), in Prague, Czech Republic. Her extensive experience as a teacher trainer has guided her work on pedagogy, curriculum, and program design.

Dorothy recently served on the AMS Board of Directors and on various MACTE verification teams in the US and abroad. When not at the School, Dorothy enjoys spending time with her two grown children as well as being an avid sports fan.

Dorothy holds a Masters degree in Montessori Elementary Education from Barry University in Miami, Florida and a BS in Nutrition from the University of Rhode Island. She holds 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 holds a Professional Educator’s Certificate from the State of Florida Department of Education and is a frequent presenter at the AMS and other Montessori conferences.

Media Specialist

Mary Reuter-May

Mary Reuter-May joined Princeton Montessori School in 1990 and is currently responsible for creating print and online publications for PMS and PCTE, as well as maintaining the school’s advertising initiatives, promotional materials, and website updates.

Mary enjoys taking photos of the events and connecting with the daily happenings in the classrooms throughout the school. She supports the inner workings of the school administrative team as well as the teachers. Given her longevity at the school, Mary often provides a historical perspective of the school’s past activities and maintains the school’s digital archives.

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.

Director, Business Affairs

Dale Santos

Dale Santos joined Princeton Montessori School in 2016 and is currently responsible for overseeing all aspects of the business, finance and human resource needs of the Society, as well as overseeing the school’s physical infrastructure and maintenance.

Dale brings over 20 years of experience in management and employee relations within the nonprofit industry to his position, most recently as the Director of Finance and Operations at the Speyer Legacy School in NYC. He is a proactive and results-oriented business professional with broad experience in financial and human resources management and financial strategic planning.

When not at the School, Dale enjoys playing basketball, table tennis and simply reading, especially about business, finance, and the economy. He actively supports his two son’s extracurricular activities and enjoys watching movies at home or in theaters with his wife.

Dale received a BS in Management as well as a BA in Psychology from LaSalle University in the Philippines. He has been a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) since 2006 and is a SHRM-Certified HR Professional. He regularly attends professional development classes and independent school management workshops.

Receptionist

Kathleen Sellers

Kathleen Sellers joined Princeton Montessori School in 1998 and currently maintains the front desk and provides administrative support to faculty and staff.

Prior to her current role, Kathy worked for many years as a conference teacher in the Elementary programs. She loved to guide and support the Upper and Lower Elementary children through all the stages of their personal and academic development.

Kathy seeks to achieve balance in her personal and professional life. She loves using her hands for sewing and quilting as well as creative cooking and also finds time for yoga, biking, and walking daily.

Kathy received a BA in English Literature from Rider University, NJ and holds a NJ State teaching certification for grades K-6 through Rider University’s Graduate Level Teacher Certification Program. She holds an American Montessori Society credential in Elementary I and Elementary II through the Princeton Center for Teacher Education (PCTE), NJ. Kathy is also a PCTE instructor.

Clara received certification as a Bilingual Secretary at the Centro Superior in Cali, Colombia and then continued her Business Administrator studies at ICESI in Colombia. She is a current member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Human Resource Manager

Clara E. Soto

Clara E. Soto joined Princeton Montessori School in 1995 and is currently responsible for coordinating human resources for faculty and staff.

Clara grew up in Colombia, South America and likes to continue many of her family traditions at home, especially during holidays. She loves to cook, bake, and be creative in the kitchen.

Clara received certification as a Bilingual Secretary at the Centro Superior in Cali, Colombia and then continued her Business Administrator studies at ICESI in Colombia. She is a current member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Public Relations Associate

Katie Sullivan

Katie Sullivan joined Princeton Montessori School in 2016 and is currently responsible for the school's social media pages, marketing and press releases, and website updates.

Katie is passionate about the Montessori philosophy and is honored to serve as Public Relations Associate at Princeton Montessori School, a position she has held for the last several years. Katie writes and distributes press releases, builds and nurtures relationships with local and national media outlets, composes articles, assists with the school's website, and manages the social media accounts for both Princeton Montessori School and PCTE. Her background in sales and marketing spans across multiple industries, including entertainment and technology. Her corporate experience coupled with her current role as a school parent gives her the perspective needed to promote the school to both internal and external audiences.

Outside of work, Katie loves to travel, read, exercise, and spend time with family and friends, including her husband and two children. In her spare time, she blogs about her experience as a mother of children with food allergies and looks to raise awareness of this important issue. Katie spent a decade on the west coast and greatly enjoys taking trips back to southern California to see friends and visit her favorite places.

Katie graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Public Relations from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and a minor in Cinema-Television from the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

Events & Services Coordinator

Kristen VonWachenfeldt

Kristen VonWachenfeldt joined Princeton Montessori School in 2016 and is currently responsible for managing the school’s events, coordinating enrichment programs for students and providing administrative support to the entire school community.

Kristen brings experience in customer service, communications, performing arts and working with children to her role. Her attention to detail, strong organizational skills and professional demeanor make her an asset to the administrative team.

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.

Facilities

Facilities Manager

Ralph Andujar

Ralph Andujar joined Princeton Montessori School in 2018 and is currently responsible for the supervision and management of the facility and also serves as the school liaison to businesses, contractors, and vendors.

Ralph has over 25 years experience in the field of facilities supervision and machine repair, as well as coordinating contractors, performing building maintenance and managing small teams.

When not working, Ralph enjoys spending time in the mountains with his wife, daughter, two sons and five grandchildren.

Facilities Team Member

Celso Espitia

Celso Espitia joined Princeton Montessori School in 2018 and assists with the daily operations of the facility and general maintenance projects.

He has a very calm temperament and has a strong ability to multi-task. Celso likes meeting new people and learning new things. When not at work he enjoys spending time with his family.

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What Parents Are Saying

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.

Landon 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.

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.

Jackie BunnAlumni Parent ’08, ’11