Meet Julie Kalpin
Julie joined Princeton Montessori School in 2020 as a conference teacher in the Primary Program. We recently asked her a few questions to help families to get to know her better.
What do you love about working with children?
It is difficult to narrow down what I love most about working with children as there are so many positives in this role! If I had to narrow it down to one aspect, it would be witnessing the joy children have as they master and internalize a new concept. Each day I am happily reminded how exciting it is for children as they embark upon this journey of learning and self-discovery.
What drew you to Montessori?
The most important thing for me as a young adult navigating my career path was to choose a career that had a purpose. I was so passionate to fulfill this desire and, before Montessori found me, I spent time working for non-profit organizations focused on environmental sustainability. A career as a Montessori educator allows me to have a positive and meaningful impact on future generations. I’m grateful to be in a role that brings me, our students, and our families so much joy.
What’s one thing you’d like families to know about you?
I’m overwhelmed with the amount of warmth I have received from this community. My gratitude extends to the faculty, staff, students, and parents during my first year at Princeton Montessori School. What a comfort it is to join a school community that exhibits such grace and kindness! I am elated to join you all as we practice what drew us all to Montessori – peace, independence, and a joy of learning.
Julie Kalpin holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from The College of New Jersey and a BA in Anthropology from Montclair State University. She earned her AMS Early Childhood credential through Princeton Center for Teaching Education (PCTE). Prior to joining the Princeton Montessori School, she led a Primary program for seven years at a Montessori school in Pennsylvania.