Bronnie, has an Early Childhood Teaching Credential from The Christopher Academy and a BBA from Pace University. Bronnie has 11 years of experience working in Montessori Education within Bridge and Early Childhood classrooms and in administration. She is the mother of four children, all of whom attended Montessori school. Although mostly grown, she firmly believes that their early Montessori experiences continue to serve her children daily. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to assist many HPMS families in their first school experience.
Colleen has a MA in Special Education from New Jersey City University, a state certification in Special Education, and a BA from Montclair State University in the College of Education and Human Services, focusing on Family and Child Services, with certifications in K-5 Education and Social Studies. Colleen spent several years substitute teaching in many towns and cities around New Jersey. She has dedicated herself to teaching children in every aspect of her life and continues to pursue her own education. She believes teachers are lifelong learners.
Jennifer C. has a BA in Psychology from Rutgers University, where she cultivated an interest in human learning. She has over 11 years of experience working with children, working as a teacher and teacher’s assistant, and caregiving for wonderful families in Jersey City. Jennifer began as a volunteer in 2011-12 and officially joined the HPMS staff as a Red Room team member in 2012-13. She has transitioned to the Triangle Room and will teach there this school year. She is looking forward to closely working with and getting to know the families of HPMS.
Juliana has an AMS Early Childhood teaching credential from West Side Montessori School TEP in NYC and a BA in Sociology and Latin American Studies from Oberlin College, OH. She has been teaching in early childhood classrooms since the early 1990s, most of which has been as a head teacher both in toddler and preschool Montessori classrooms. Having earned an A.A.S. in Ornamental Horticulture, Juliana is also a dedicated gardener. She has received Rutgers NJRPA Coach training, has coached soccer, and has been a ‘soccer mom’ for over 16 years. She has three sons, all of whom attended Montessori schools. She enjoys a competitive game of tennis, practicing yoga, observing nature, and writing.
Martha has a BS in Accounting from her home country of Honduras, and she has Montessori Certification through the Princeton Center of Teacher Education. Martha has 17 years of experience in Montessori in both Bridge and Early Childhood classrooms and enjoys sharing her passion for arts and crafts with the children . She is the mother of four children, and two attended Montessori school, while three have volunteered at HPMS in the past. Martha is so proud that one of her sons has joined the HPMS staff as a Spanish teacher!
Melissa C. has a BS in Human Development and Family Studies from The Pennsylvania State University. After graduation, she got her Montessori certification in Infant/Toddler from Princeton Center for Teacher Education. She comes to HPMS with over 5 years experience working in both infant and toddler classrooms. In her spare time she enjoys training and competing in Power lifting, traveling and going to the beach. She is very excited to join HPMS in the Triangle room.