Colin, Health and Physical Education Specialist, has a BS in Health & Physical Education as well as a minor in coaching from Marywood University. Since graduating, he has worked with various schools and private companies as a 1-on-1 specialist for children with special needs. This is his third year working within the Montessori philosophy, and he truly appreciates the concept and cultures the school and community put forth. His focus is to guide the children with activities that foster the learning of a healthy lifestyle and the appreciation for physical fitness and good sportsmanship.
Hassan, Early Childhood & Elementary Spanish Specialist, is currently pursuing his BS in Early Childhood Education at NJCU. He was first introduced to the Montessori philosophy when his mother began working at a Montessori school thirteen years ago. Hassan is also bilingual, having been taught Spanish by his mother while growing up. His brother and sister were Montessori educated, and he’s proud of the individuals they’ve become. He understands Montessori’s role in their development and how it has enriched their lives. Hassan first joined HPMS as an assistant in Green Room. In addition to being the Early Childhood & Elementary Spanish Specialist, Hassan is also in charge of the Elementary After School program at HPMS.
Helen, Music Specialist, has a BA in Music in Vocal Performance from the College of Fine Arts at Boston University, a MA degree in Vocal Performance from Hunter College, and is a classically trained singer. Helen strives to instill a passion for music while providing a solid foundation in musical concepts and techniques. When Helen isn’t teaching, she collaborates with composers on performances of new music and spends time with her husband, son Harry, and their two cats, Esther and Bertie.
Lara, Art Specialist, has a MA in Children’s Literature, Art, & Oral History, from the Gallatin School at New York University (NYU) and a BFA in Painting with a minor in Art History from Colorado State University (CSU) in Fort Collins, Colorado. She completed the academic phase of Elementary Montessori training at PCTE. Lara has over 11 years of experience as an Art and Museum Educator, working at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, leading family gallery tours on-site for the Start With Art Program (3-7 year olds) and teaching the Museum’s encyclopedic collection to grades K-12 off-site for the program Met in the Classroom. She designed, implemented, and taught children’s art programs for the South Street Seaport Museum, Newark Museum, Hamilton Park Montessori School, YWCA-NYC T.A.S.C. After-School Art & Yoga Program at Murry Bergtraum High School in lower Manhattan, and her own local art business, Lila Art Studio.
Meghan, STEM and Computer Science specialist, has a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, where she studied melanoma detection using a laser-scanning microscope as a diagnostic tool. She also has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Lafayette College, where she utilized Computer-Aided Design and simulations to study spinal cord drug infusion. She was awarded the Steinman Fellowship by the National Society of Professional Engineers for graduate study in engineering. While at ETHICON, she collaborated with polymer scientists to improve suture effectiveness. Meghan taught a variety of courses like Algebra, Precalculus, and Geometry for three years at Warren County Community College and Doane Academy. At Engineering for Kids, Meghan introduced engineering concepts to elementary school students through hands-on projects. Her abilities in electronic hardware, 3D modeling, and computer programming allowed her to teach Arduino Robotics to middle and high school students at Game-U. Meghan has a passion for sharing her knowledge with others, and is very excited to be working at HPMS with the DEL and STEM programs, allowing kids to grow to their full potential and help them discover and develop their talents.
Sebastian, Music Specialist, has studied music and dance in New Orleans, Brazil, Peru, and Cuba. He is a graduate of The College of NJ and has completed the Orff level 1 training through Ashland University. He has conducted MA classes at various universities and was a faculty member for 15 years at the Lawrenceville School and Pennington School in NJ. As a child, Sebastian fell in love with percussion and has been performing for 25 years. Sebastian performs with many artists around NYC and currently works with the 80’s icon, Boy George, and with the broadway show “On Your Feet”. He values sharing his rich performance experiences with his students at HPMS to help them create a unique musical environment.
Shawn, STEM coordinator, has a B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics from Hofstra University, a ME in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Rutgers, where he was awarded a full scholarship as a Teaching Assistant in Computer Aided Design, Robotics and Engineering Mechanics, a MS in Management of Technology, and a MBA from NJIT. Shawn is an Entrepreneur, Engineer, CEO, Co-Founder, Educator and Father of two Montessori-educated daughters. He has invented, designed and developed numerous surgical devices, focusing on advances in patient care, and holds 33 U.S. Patents. He has taught Mathematics, Science and Engineering to Lower Elementary through Graduate School students as a professional tutor and as a graduate teaching assistant. Shawn’s Montessori experience grew alongside of his Montessorian spouse and daughters. He is developing the HPMS STEM Integration Program to become a foundational pillar of the HPMS Middle School as well as an important element of the HPMS overall curriculum, allowing students to problem-solve every day challenges.
Solange, Kindergarten & Elementary Spanish Specialist, has a BA in Education as well as a M.Ed in Early Childhood Education from the Women’s University of Sacred Heart in Lima, Peru. She has worked with children for 28 years and for the last 13 years she has worked as a Spanish teacher in a Montessori setting. Solange lives in Ridgefield Park with her husband and two daughters, who are both attending college.
Tiffany, Literacy & Specialists Coordinator, has a M.Ed in Reading Specialist K-12 and a BS in Elementary Education K-6 from York College of Pennsylvania. Tiffany has twelve years of teaching experience, as a second grade teacher, a middle school reading specialist, and now a kindergarten and elementary literacy specialist. She has attended Columbia’s Teachers College for the Writing Workshop and Reading Workshop training. She now coordinates the HPMS Literacy program and Specialists team, houses the HPMS student library, and organizes the school’s book fairs, author/illustrator visits, and Family Literacy Night.