Faculty & Administration

Ali Nini

Asst. Teacher – Pre-Primary

Ali joined our teaching staff in the Spring of 2016 and she has been a wonderful addition. Ali mainly supports Miss Bola in room 4 but she can also be found with the After School care children and with our campers over the Summer. The children adore Miss Ali and we are thrilled to have her as part of the team.

Alyssa Stephens

Director – ASC

Miss Alyssa is a certified public school teacher who has been with us since the 2013 School year. She is a dedicated and compassionate teacher and the enthusiasm she has in her role is infectious!

Ana Gutierrez

Spanish Instructor & Asst. Teacher

Angela Reilly

Director – Infant/Explorer

With her first observation of a Montessori classroom, Miss Angela knew that the Montessori teaching philosophy was the perfect fit for her. After several years as an assistant, Miss Angela received her Montessori training and certification from CMTE (Center for Montessori Teacher Education) in New York. Miss Angela has called Pennington Montessori her home base for 19 years and considers it to be a second family. Miss Angela is the proud mother of Pennington Montessori Alumni Sam and Abigail.

Beth Friedberg

Asst. Teacher – Pre-Primary

Bola Adeaga

Head Teacher – Pre-Primary

Miss Bola has been an integral part of Pennington Montessori for over 30 years. She brings an international flair to her classroom that children never forget. In her class Miss Bola stresses the importance of healthy mind and body and is a certified fitness instructor fitness instructor. A graduate of the AERCO Montessori Training Program, Miss Bola is the mother of three grown children including PMS graduate Olawumi and proud grandmother of 7 including 2 sets of twins!

Caitlin Leahy

Head Teacher – Pre-Primary

Caitlyn Carman

Head Teacher – Pre-Primary

Cristina Calixto

Asst. Teacher – Toddler

Diana Christensen

Assistant Director

Diana began at Pennington Montessori school in 2016 after leaving her career in Publishing. Diana was an Assistant Teacher for a year after completing graduate school and returned to us after leaving her career in publishing, in 2016. Diana is a true believer in the Montessori method as her two children, James and Aidan, as well as her husband, Casey, are all Pennington Montessori graduates. Pennington Montessori School is a very special place for Diana and we are happy to have!

Fran Mlinar

Asst. Teacher – Pre-Primary

Gwen Carrick

Asst. Teacher   –   Toddler

Jennifer Devine

Asst. Teacher – I/E

Judy Briehler

Head Teacher – Pre-Primary

Miss Judy has been creating a stimulating and joyful environment for her students at Pennington Montessori for 25 years. With a background in physical fitness – a first degree black belt in Tang So Do – and the great outdoors, Miss Judy’s class can be seen running laps around the playground and looking for birds in the backyard! Recognizing the strength and individuality of each student she guides them in the long term goal reaching their full potential. Miss Judy is a graduate of the Princeton Center for Teacher Education (PCTE) and the mother of PMS graduates, Michael and Kelly.

Kathleen Hannah

Executive Director

As a highly valued member of the school for 30 years, Miss Kathleen has held a vast array of positions at Pennington Montessori. In 1998 as the school was beginning its move in its current location Miss Kathleen took over the helm as Director of the school, supervising and managing all aspects of the journey. With many years of insight and experience at the school she has been able to successfully guide Pennington Montessori through many changes. One of her favorite aspects of the positions is the opportunity to meet with new parents and help them through this very important start to their child’s education. Miss Kathleen is the proud mother of Casey, Danielle and Tony, all Pennington Montessori graduates.

Kristi Devall

Head Teacher – Pre-Primary

Miss Kristi brings her 15 years of teaching experience at Pennington Montessori into everything she does. Whether building a teepee for the Thanksgiving feast or conducting scientific experiments with Mentos her love of teaching is evident. An avid baker, oftentimes Miss Kristi’s class can be seen learning about the art of cooking and making many goodies that help to create the warm and homey atmosphere in the school! A graduate of PCTE, Miss Kristi is mother of PMS graduate Shea.

Kristina Eikrem

Head Teacher – I/E

Miss Kristina received her Montessori Head Teacher Certification from PCTE and has been an Assistant Teacher for many years here at Pennington Montessori. Beginning in the Fall of 2019, Kristina will be the Head Teacher for our newly opened 5th Pre-Primary classroom. In her classroom, Kristina has the remarkable ability to bring to life the Montessori philosophy in fun and creative ways and her warm nature is adored by students and parents alike. We are grateful to have Miss Kristina!

Kristina Taylor

Asst. Teacher – Pre-Primary

Lauryn Gilbride

Asst. Teacher – Toddler

Luba Reese

Head Teacher   –   Toddler

In her 20 years at Pennington Montessori, Miss Luba has held many positions. As an assistant she discovered her love of Montessori in the toddler classrooms. After receiving her Montessori Head Teacher certification from PCTE, Miss Luba started her adventure in Home Environment. Her love of gardening, cooking, music and her Ukrainian background shine through in all of the projects and parties in her Toddler classroom! Miss Luba is the proud mother of two grown sons and 2 beautiful granddaughters.

Marcella Petruccio

Business Manager

Marcella brings 30 years of business management experience to Pennington Montessori. We have been fortunate to have her knowledge of business accounting and human resources for the past 21 years. As a vital member of the Pennington Montessori staff Marcella has been an essential component of the school by providing invaluable business management expertise. Marcella is the mother of two children. Her son Alexander is proud a graduate of PMS.

Maria Nekoranik

Head Teacher – Toddler

Miss Maria came to Pennington Montessori 27 years ago after a career in the technology field. She brings a strong belief in the importance of early childhood education to her position as a Head Teacher in Toddler. She spends her days making sure that all of the children get the head start they deserve, guided by the Montessori philosophy. A graduate of the AERCO Montessori Training Program Miss Maria is the mother of PMS graduate Ethan.

Marian Wasitowski

Asst. Teacher – I/E

Maureen Madden

Asst. Teacher

Michelle Spratt

Head Teacher – Toddler

Michelle joined PMS in 2015 and she has been an asset ever since! Michelle completed her training and certification while living abroad in London, England. Michelle brings a wonderfully warm spirit to the school and brings her happiness to our school each and every day! Michelle is the proud parent of two Montessori graduates--Maddy and Holden!

Mimi Ventura

Asst. Teacher – Toddler

Rachel Jones

Asst. Teacher – PP

Shea McGuire

Asst. Teacher – Toddler

Diane Hemmer

Gardening Instructor

 

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