Defne (Arslan) Magnetta
We recently received an update from an alum who attend Princeton Montessori School in the late ‘1980s and 1990s, Defne Magnetta.
I attended Princeton Montessori from 18 months old through 5th grade (1987-1997), after which I transitioned to public school. I went to Johns Hopkins University to obtain my undergraduate degree in molecular and cellular biology, after which I spent one-year doing basic science research on diabetes and obesity at Harvard’s School of Public Health. I subsequently began medical school training at The Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. It was during medical school in Cleveland that I met my husband, Michael, and together we moved to Pittsburgh to complete our residencies (mine in Pediatrics and his in Radiology). We remained in Pittsburgh for a total of 6 years – during that time I also completed a fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology and we welcomed our daughter, Nora, into the world. Finally, my desire to keep on training led my family to Chicago, where I spent an additional year specializing in Pediatric Heart Failure and Transplantation. I now work at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago as a cardiologist and my husband is across the street at Northwestern. Nora is 3.5 years old and about to start her Montessori career in Chicago.