Princeton Center Teacher Education
Intelligent, contemporary, in time with a demanding
world fostering creativity and innovation in every
student thoughtfully structured, made for children
animated by the fundamental themes of respect for
each child, purposeful activity, community involvement,
and the empowerment of accomplishment
accommodating varied tempo and style, but
insistent on understanding nurturing in tonality
and confident in outlook a composition
of diverse elements harnessed to a single purpose:
a symphony of learning.
Princeton Montessori School
The Montessori method was adapted for the American culture by Dr. Nancy McCormick Rambusch, who was instrumental in founding the American Montessori Society (AMS) in 1960. Her vision, together with the effectiveness of AMS, has contributed greatly to the resurgent popularity of Montessori principles in education trends today.
Dr. Rambusch spent considerable time at Princeton Montessori School, attracted by seeing her concept of a model American Montessori education as a working reality, particularly in the Elementary program. She provided invaluable insight, training, and mentoring to many of our staff and parents.
Dr. Nancy McCormick Rambusch
The Montessori Method of Education was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori through her extensive scientific observations of children, both as a physician and later when she opened a childrens house in Rome in 1907.
Over one hundred years ago, Maria Montessori (1870-1952), the first woman physician in Italy, challenged the traditions of schooling at that time, and presented a revolutionary learning environment based upon her close, scientific observations of how children learn. Her first Casa dei Bambini (Childrens House)
opened its doors in 1907 to the desperately poor children of San Lorenzo on the edge of Rome. The results were extraordinary. The children showed a love of learning and work, and progressed to a level which no one had expected.
Dr. Maria Montessori
The History of Montessori Surfaces at Princeton Montessori SchoolDr. Maria Montessori is featured in this photo sitting next to her son Mario, and in front of Pratapray Harivalabhdas Parekh (1906-1997), great grandfather of Ishrith and Aatrey Bidkar, students at the Princeton Montessori School.
Mr. Parekh was a freedom fighter in Mahatma Gandhis movement for Indias independence from the British. His theosophical studies led him to the headquarters of the Theosophical Society at Adyar in Chennai (Madreas) India around the 1940s, where Dr. Montessori was training teachers in her method of education. Ishrith and Aatreys great grandfather later started a school in India where he followed the Montessori principles and included an emphasis on music and art in the curriculum.
MontessoriConnectionsAlexander Graham Bell (inventor) and his wife Mabel founded the Montessori Education Association in 1913.
Mister Rogers, childrens TV personality, was a strong supporter of Montessori education.
Thomas Edison, scientist and inventor, helped found a Montessori school.
President Wilsons daughter trained as a Montessori teacher. There was a Montessori classroom in the basement of the White House during his presidency.
Alice Waters, restaurateur and writer, is a former Montessori teacher.
Bruno Bettelheim, noted psychologist/author, was married to a Montessori teacher.
Erik Erikson, noted anthropologist/author, had a Montessori teaching certificate.
Jean Piaget, noted Swiss psychologist, made his first observations of children in a Montessori school. He was head of the Swiss Montessori Society for many years.
We have created a very special place
for children. From infant through
eighth grade, our unique environm
ent is especially responsive to a chi
developmental stages and innate d
esire to learn.
Our teachers are specialists in the a
ge group/developmental stage with
which they work. They are keen obs
ervers and adept facilitators, recog
varying paces and learning styles
, helping not doing, coaching not
lecturing. Most have committed ye
ars of service to our school. They be
in unfolding the child, not moldin
g or merely stuffi ng with data.
We offer a broad curriculum in mu
lti-age classroom suites, aimed at t
development of the whole personm
ind, body, heart, and soulteachin
academic and social skills, as well
as life skills, to actually last a life
We are guided not by bureaucratic
edict but by a philosophy of educa
that espouses respect for the individ
ual child, nurturing surrounding
and self-reliance. Plus, we believe i
n purposeful and fulfi lling activit
breaks down the artifi cial division
of work and play. And, while we
dont promote peer competitiveness a
s a learning tool within the classro
do reinforce the inner drive for self-
improvement as a motivational forc
graduates enter the future second
to none and prepared to excel.
Lastly, we are a communityof pa
rents, students, faculty, and staff
beautiful surroundings, working t
owards a shared vision, and held to
by common-sense educational valu
We call these elements, this shared
vision, A Symphony of Learning.
I hope you enjoy learning more abo
ut our School.
Head of School
Marsha Stencel leads Princeton Montessori School and orchestrates the many parts into the whole we call A Symphony of Learning. Since her appointment to Head of School in 1986, Marsha Stencel has orchestrated the unification of the school under one roof at 487 Cherry Valley Road, Princeton, NJ, the construction of a state-of-the-art facility, and with the support of many has founded the Princeton Center Teacher Education on the school grounds. She has overseen the development of model programs from infancy through Middle School (both nationally and internationally), introduced sophisticated financial management tools and controls, and mentored an unsurpassed faculty and staff.
The purposes for which this corporation is formed are to promote, develop and disseminate the educational philosophy and principles of Maria Montessori, fostering their integration with the American educational and cultural environment; assisting others with the formation of Montessori schools and classes; supervision of such schools and classes; establishment of future training programs; granting certificates of training...
The Princeton Montessori Society Charter, written in 1968 by the founding Trustees, captures the most salient parts of the Schools mission; and that is to provide Montessori Education for children and develop a Montessori teaching program to train teachers and develop a parent education program so the families and teachers can work in partnership to meet the developmental needs of children.
A Harmony of Purpose...
Princeton Montessori School Mission Statement Princeton Montessori School, founded in 1968, is an independent, coeducational day school, dedicated to the highest quality education of children, from infancy through middle school, according to the values and principles of the Montessori philosophy. The teachers nurture the individual childs innate abilities and self-exploration that provide children with the skills and foundation for leading full lives. Parents are supported through educational resources and classes and encouraged to be active participants in the school community. The recruitment, training and continued mentorship of talented teachers, along with the integrated curriculum and environments which are tailored to meet the develop-mental needs of the individual child, are the priorities of the School.
Princeton Montessori School Mission StatementPrinceton Montessori School, founded in 1968, is an independent, coeducational day school, dedicated to the highest quality education of children, from infancy through middle school, according to the values and principles of the Montessori philosophy. The teachers nurture the individu-al childs innate abilities and self- exploration that provide children with the skills and foundation for leading full lives. Parents are supported through educational resources and classes and encouraged to be active participants in the school community. The recruitment, training and continued mentor-ship of talented teachers, along with the integrated curriculum and environments which are tailored to meet the developmental needs of the individual child, are the priorities of the School.
LeadershipA Board of Trustees governs the Princeton Montessori Society. The appointed Trustees serve as leaders in the areas of strategic planning, development, financial management, student and faculty services and facilities planning and design.
Princeton MontessoriSociety Trustees
1968 Marchand, Lucien
1968 Marchand, Phylis
1968 Sulliva, Dan*
1968 Lanyi, Anthony*
1968 Lanyi, Helma*
1968 Luth, Philip*
1968 Luth, Sara*
1968 Nathan, Barry*
1968 Nathan, Gail*
1968 Sharp, Gordon D.*
1968 Sullivan, Sally*
1970 Bleiman, Yvonne
1970 Moskowitz, William
1972 Kaplan, Hyla
1972 Russo, Barbara
1972 Westgate, Gail Nathan
1974 Russo, Sabatino
1976 Faigle, Jeffrey
1980 Hwong, Corrington
1982 Giller, Peter