Faculty | Middle School

Meet the Middle School teachers
Environment and Sustainability

Gery Juleff

Gery Juleff joined Princeton Montessori in 2021 and is the Environment and Sustainability Educator for Middle School.

Gery manages the Farm to School program and the Service Program and supports the MMUN program. He also teaches Ecology in Elementary and is the School Sustainability Coordinator.

Originally from N Ireland, Gery served as a British diplomat, mainly in Africa and Brazil, before coming to NJ with his family 10 years ago. Since arriving here, he has been a biofuels consultant, environmental radio show host, led and co-hosted a series of environmental discussions at the D&R Greenway Land Trust, worked as a farm manager and substitute teacher, taught history and environmental subjects as a volunteer tutor and been a Board Member of the Sourland Conservancy and the United Front Against Riverblindness.

Gery has a BA and MA in Modern History from Trinity College, Dublin.

Health

Amy Krupa

Amy Krupa joined Princeton Montessori School in 2004 and is the Middle School Health Teacher.

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.
Music

Alex Mitnick

Alex Mitnick joined Princeton Montessori School in 2000 and currently teaches music to students in Elementary through Middle School and is the Rock Band Advisor.

Alex loves sharing his passion for music and music making with children of all ages. His unique approach to music education combines singing, movement, percussion and songwriting in a stimulating and fun way that leaves students energized and inspired.

In addition to teaching music at Princeton Montessori School, Alex is an Emmy® Award winning children’s performer with six albums of original music and his very own TV show “Alex & The Kaleidoscope.”

Alex received a BA in Jazz Performance from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, and has received multiple awards for excellence in children’s entertainment including the New York Emmy® Awards, The Parents’ Choice Foundation, The Film Advisory Board and the American Library Association. Alex's IB MYP training levels and areas include Arts (Category 1 & 2), and Global Contexts for Teaching and Learning training.

He is an instructor for the Princeton Center for Teacher Education (PCTE).

Spanish, Design, Individuals & Societies

Nuria Perez

Nuria Perez joined Princeton Montessori School in 2014 and currently teaches IB MYP Design, Individuals & Societies, and Spanish. She is a conference teacher in the Middle School.

Nuria greatly enjoys teaching language and culture. Her goal is to have students participate actively in class and she strives to develop a love of discovering other cultures through experiential activities, and real-life connections.

When not teaching, Nuria enjoys spending time with her son and husband, exercising outdoors, and traveling.

Nuria received a BS in Sociology from the University of Barcelona (UB), Spain, a Postgraduate Degree in Marketing from New York University (NYU) and studied Montessori Philosophy and Child Development through the Princeton Center for Teacher Education (PCTE), NJ. Her IB MYP training levels and areas include Spanish (Category 1 & 2), and Design (Category 1 & 2).

Secondary Placement Coordinator

Dr. Amanda Rose

Dr. Amanda Rose joined Princeton Montessori School in 2019 and is the Secondary Placement Coordinator for the Middle School.

Dr. Rose brings over 20 years of experience in working with students to prepare them for the SSAT and other standardized tests. She has also worked with Montessori Schools to ensure their students receive the very best preparation for the high school application process. Previously, Dr. Rose served as executive director of Stanford Coaching Inc. (now Inspirica), New York’s premier SAT and academic one-on-one tutoring company.

In her position at Princeton Montessori School, Dr. Rose will work to prepare students for the SSAT and possible independent high school interviews and support parents with the high school admissions process. She will provide a balance of instruction and guided practice to allow students to master fundamental test-taking techniques.

Dr. Rose is a graduate of Princeton High School, and holds a B.A. in English from Cornell University, an M.A. in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University and a doctorate in Organizational Psychology from Rutgers University.

Science, Technology, Mathematics

Sara Rove

Sara joined Princeton Montessori School in 2021 and teaches Science, is a Conference teacher and provides Technology & Math support.
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Sara has most recently served as a lead Upper Elementary teacher at a micro school in Denver, Colorado, designing and implementing curriculum as a founding faculty member. She was tasked with personalizing curricular paths for each child through the lens of experiential learning. One of the highlights of her experience was engaging with NASA, SpaceX, universities, and the local community for learning opportunities and service projects. Her approach to education is founded in a belief that learning should occur holistically, using multidisciplinary approaches that accommodate diverse learning styles and model respect and appreciation for all. She also served as a mentor and partner to similar schools to improve educational practices on both sides.
Other roles include serving as an Adjunct Instructor in Early Childhood and Elementary Math Methods for Drexel University and a Bilingual Classroom Teacher/Math Intervention/Technology Representative in the Denver public schools system.
Sara holds a M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction and a certificate in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education from the University of Denver (Denver, CO) and a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology & Spanish Literature from Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ). She will be training this summer in IB MYP Sciences and IB MYP Leading the Learning courses.
Mathematics

Anne Marie Schur

Anne Marie is returned to PMonts in 2021, having served as a teaching assistant in the Elementary programs from 2004 to 2008.

Anne Marie is a graduate of our own Montessori teacher training program, PCTE. In addition to her Montessori classroom experience, Anne Marie has been an education consultant and math tutor in Princeton, providing mathematics instructional support for students in grades 6-11 in subjects ranging from Pre-Algebra to Geometry through Pre-Calculus. A true math specialist, she is adept at facilitating joy and engagement in the learning process through use of manipulatives, games, and tailor-made lessons. A former Johnson & Johnson executive and life sciences consultant, Anne Marie also brings her passion for healthcare and biotech to her teaching, with real world applications of math and science a major component of her teaching strategy.
Anne Marie holds an AMS Montessori certification at the Elementary I and II levels. She earned her B.A. in Mathematics from Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN) and holds an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is proficient in Portugese and French. She will be training this summer in the IB MYP Mathematics course.
Language & Literature, Literacy Specialist

Megan Skeuse

Megan joined Princeton Montessori School in 2019 and currently teaches Language & Literature. She is a conference teacher in the Middle School.

Megan will lead the Language & Literature and Writing Across the Curriculum components of our IB MYP Humanities program. She will work with each Middle Schooler for all three academic years, refining their comprehension of both literature and academic writing and teaching them to hone their analytic skills and writing abilities. Megan’s aim is for our graduating 8th graders to think, analyze, argue and eloquently present (in both written and oral form) across literary, historial and science curricula. She will work directly with the Middle School students, leading the literacy curriculum in their environment while serving as a resource for all of our programs. Megan will also chair our Library Committee, helping us to advance our DEIB goals through our literature and curriculum offerings.
Megan holds an M.S. Ed. in Reading/Writing/Literacy and a Reading Specialist Certification from the University of Pennsylvania and is thrilled to be taking on this broader role for the school.

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