Our administrators are deeply committed to the Montessori philosophy and to a place for it within public education.
Focus: Students in 3-5 and 5-7 Classrooms
Jennifer Stockmeyer is thrilled to join Bennett Park Montessori Center #32 as the principal. It is both an honor and a privilege for her to lead this dedicated group of learners. Jenn is a lifelong resident of Western New York, attending Amherst Central Schools from kindergarten through twelfth grade.
This is her fourteenth year as an educator with the Buffalo Public Schools. Beginning as a special education teacher, she taught first, second and fourth grade at ECC #61. She became the literacy specialist at D’Youville Porter Campus School #3 in 2009. Her next opportunity was as a special education school improvement specialist, where she worked closely with several Buffalo schools to help improve the educational outcomes. Her administrative experience includes assistant principal at Hamlin Park School #74 and Olmsted School #64. From 2016 until recently she was assigned as the assistant principal, then temporary principal at School #48, where she developed the program for students in grades prekindergarten to grade two.
Jenn believes in the development of the whole child. She believes that through the active engagement of each child’s innate curiosity and love for learning, independence and self-reliance will occur. She has worked with these guiding commitments for years and is currently beginning to pursue her formal Montessori training.
Through all of her amazing experiences with the Buffalo Public Schools, Jenn is humbled by the commitment of our students, teachers, and families. She lives in North Buffalo with her husband, five daughters, and her beagle, Diego. Jenn enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, baking hiking, and challenging herself to grow as a learner. It is her belief that “Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment" (Maria Montessori). Jennifer can be contacted at email@example.com.
Focus: Students in 6-9 and 9-12 Classrooms
Pete Gottfried first started as a parent at Bennett Park Montessori. His children, Peter and Hayley, both attended Bennett Park through grade 8 before graduating from Hutch Tech and DaVinci, respectively. Having seen the effects of Montessori education up close, Pete changed careers and pursued Montessori certification, receiving his American Montessori Society credential for both Lower and Upper Elementary (ages 6-12) after attending the Seacoast Center for Education in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Pete taught three years at the 6-9 level and ten years at the 9-12 level before being named as an Assistant Principal in 2016. He has also lectured and presented for the Seacoast Center for Education. Pete and his wife Charlene live happily in North Buffalo with their two dogs. Their children frequently stop by to see what’s in the fridge. Pete can be contacted at PGottfried@buffaloschools.org.
Focus: Students in 12-14 Classrooms
Julie Kuebler is happy to be joining the Bennett Park Montessori Center community as an Assistant Principal this year. She is looking forward to working with families and staff to help ensure students have a positive and successful school year.
Julie started her teaching career at Fredonia State College where she received her Bachelor degree in Elementary Education. She later earned two Masters, one in Reading Education from St. Bonaventure University and another in Educational Leadership from the University at Buffalo. In 2015, she received her National Board Teacher Certification.
Mrs. Kuebler has experience teaching at Parkdale Elementary and Dr. Antonia Pantoja School of Excellence. She served as a Literacy and Instructional Coach at Highgate Heights Elementary School, The International School, and Community School 53. She later became a Program Coordinator for Marva J Daniel Futures Preparatory School. In addition, Julie worked as a teacher trainer for the NYS Far West Consortium. She is a member of the Niagara Frontier Reading Council and previously served as Corresponding Secretary.
Julie lives in Hamburg with her family and dog, Geo. She has two grown children and enjoys spending time with them. Outside of school, she loves reading, yoga, traveling, and theater. Julie can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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