Faculty | Elementary

Meet the Elementary teachers
Upper Elementary (UE) Program Coordinator

Huma Kazmi

Huma Kazmi joined Princeton Montessori School in 2005 and is a conference teacher in the Upper Elementary program. She also serves as the educational coordinator for the Upper Elementary program.

Huma enjoys working with elementary-aged children because they have entered the plane of development where abstract thinking and analytical reasoning begins to unfold. She brings her innate love of science and math to excite the students to explore their new capabilities.

Outside of school, Huma spends time with her husband and two children and looks forward to traveling home to London to visit her parents, brother, and friends. Huma enjoys reading, cooking, and catching a quiet moment to enjoy a cup of coffee.

Huma received a BS degree in Chemistry from the University of London, England, and holds an American Montessori Society credential in Elementary I and an Elementary II through the Princeton Center for Teacher Education (PCTE), NJ. She is also an instructor for PCTE as well as the PCTE Elementary Level Coordinator.

Lower Elementary (LE) Program Coordinator

Jennifer Christiano

Jennifer Christiano joined Princeton Montessori School in 2014 and is a conference teacher in the Lower Elementary program. She also serves as the educational coordinator for the Lower Elementary program and coordinates the reading screening for the school.

Jennifer is passionate about teaching and guiding LE students to reach their fullest potential while respecting each child’s individual personality. She brings enthusiasm and energy to the classroom and enjoys being part of such a vibrant community.

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 earned a BS in Early Childhood Education & Psychology and a Masters in the Art of Teaching 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.

Conference Teacher (LE)

Amy Krupa

Amy Krupa joined Princeton Montessori School in 2004 and is a conference teacher in the Lower Elementary 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.

Conference Teacher (UE)

Bridget Manley

Bridget Manley joined Princeton Montessori School in 2005 and is a conference teacher in the Upper Elementary program.

Bridget loves working with Upper Elementary children and watching their academic and social awareness unfold. She brings her counseling skills to the “gifts & challenges” class and enjoys empowering students to problem solve issues independently.

Bridget enjoys spending time with her immediate and extended family from the Midwest, keeping up with friends, exercising, and making her famous brownies for all.

Bridget holds an MS in School Counseling from Sage Graduate School, NY and a BA in Social Work from Siena College, NY. She holds an American Montessori Society credential in Elementary I and Elementary II through the Princeton Center for Teacher Education (PCTE), NJ. Her previous experience includes counseling middle school and high school students.

Conference Teacher (LE)

Aish Saminathan

Aish Saminathan joined Princeton Montessori School in 2019 and is a conference teacher in the Lower Elementary program.

Aish’s love for Montessori education began when she volunteered in her child’s primary classroom. She is empathetic by nature and finds she can connect with children who sometimes struggle with handling their emotions.

Aish also has previous experience as a journalist in India. In her free time, she enjoys storytelling and loves to play the veena, an ancient string instrument. She is an herbalist by interest and enjoys discovering how to use nourishing herbs in different ways.

Aish holds a Master’s in English Literature and a Bachelor in Physics from the Bhrarathidasan University, India. In addition, she obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, India. She is currently working towards her American Montessori Society Elementary I & II credential through Princeton Center for Teacher Education (PCTE).

Conference Teacher (UE)

Megan Skeuse

Megan Skeuse joined Princeton Montessori School in 2019 and is a conference teacher in the Upper Elementary program.

Megan believes that critical education and inquiry-based pedagogies are crucial to preparing children to be agents of change and future leaders. She believes that learning is heavily influenced by a growth mindset, healthy emotional-social development, and the ability to adapt and problem solve in a culture filled with distractibility. She wants to help children navigate and thrive in today’s world – and to do so with grace, kindness, and confidence.

Outside of the classroom, Megan enjoys spending time with her family, and she has a passion for social justice and critical inquiry that she hopes to instill in her own two children. She enjoys Pilates and has worked with children and adults as a Pilates Instructor. She has additional training in meditation and mindfulness practices. Megan is an avid horseback rider and her family adopted a rescue pony named Mr. Peanut.

Megan holds an M.S. in Ed. Reading/Writing/Literacy, and a Reading Specialist Certification from University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, and a BS in Political Science from the University of Colorado.

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