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  • 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.

  • Dear Friends,

    We have created a very special place

    for children. From infant through

    eighth grade, our unique environm

    ent is especially responsive to a chi

    lds

    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

    nizing

    varying paces and learning styles

    , helping not doing, coaching not

    lecturing. Most have committed ye

    ars of service to our school. They be

    lieve

    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

    he

    development of the whole personm

    ind, body, heart, and soulteachin

    g

    academic and social skills, as well

    as life skills, to actually last a life

    time.

    We are guided not by bureaucratic

    edict but by a philosophy of educa

    tion

    that espouses respect for the individ

    ual child, nurturing surrounding

    s,

    and self-reliance. Plus, we believe i

    n purposeful and fulfi lling activit

    y that

    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

    om, we

    do reinforce the inner drive for self-

    improvement as a motivational forc

    e. Our

    graduates enter the future second

    to none and prepared to excel.

    Lastly, we are a communityof pa

    rents, students, faculty, and staff

    in

    beautiful surroundings, working t

    owards a shared vision, and held to

    gether

    by common-sense educational valu

    es.

    We call these elements, this shared

    vision, A Symphony of Learning.

    I hope you enjoy learning more abo

    ut our School.

    Cordially,

    Marsha Stencel

    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

    1984 Shamyer