Hope Anderson is in her fourteenth year as director of our school and her thirty-first year on the staff at PPNS. She received her bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Rutgers College and earned her preschool through eighth grade teaching certificate through the Graduate Teacher Certification program at Rider University. Prior to entering the teaching profession, Hope held management positions in the systems division of an international container leasing company. Hope began her career here as an assistant two-year-old teacher and has worked with all ages, having taught three-year-old classes between 1992 and 2005. Hope resides in Hopewell Township with her husband, David. Their daughter Caroline and her husband Charles live in Washington D.C. with their one-year-old daughter, Clara. Son David and wife Li reside in Tacoma, WA, with their three-year-old son, Jacob. Hope is a member of Pennington Presbyterian Church, where she serves on the Mission Committee and is involved in ongoing clean water projects in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. In her spare time, Hope enjoys reading, traveling, gardening, and relaxing with her family.
“I am blessed to be able to spend my days with the wonderful students, families, and teachers of PPNS. There are no greater joys than seeing the world through the eyes and minds of children and fostering an environment where each individual is loved and valued for their special and unique personality.”
Sarah Sensenig is beginning her fifth year as our school’s music teacher. Sarah has taught music at the Westminster Conservatory and The Pennington School since 2008. She holds two music degrees in Vocal Performance, a bachelor’s from Westminster Choir College and a master’s from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester. She performs concerts locally with her husband and pianist Donald Dolan, who is the instrumental music teacher at The Pennington School where they are also dorm parents for boarding students. When not teaching, Sarah can be found skiing, hiking and camping with her husband, and she loves to read and write in her spare time.
“I enjoy the endless energy of preschool aged children and their wide-eyed wonder at the world around them. PPNS is the perfect nurturing community for them and teaching here is a professional pleasure.”
Laure Radice Law is the lead teacher of our Monday through Thursday two-year-old classes and the head teacher of our school. This is Laure’s 22nd year on the PPNS staff. She graduated from The College of New Jersey with a degree in Early Childhood Education and English. Laure resides in Columbus, NJ with her husband Mike, and their two children. Her son Michael is a freshman in college and daughter Emma is a sophomore at Northern Burlington High School. In her free time, Laure enjoys going to the beach, reading, and spending time with her family.
“There is a sense of community at PPNS that has kept me teaching here so long (22 years!). We care about the children and the teachers with whom we work.”
Kate Andrew is the lead teacher for the Friday morning two-year-old classes. Please read her bio under Pre-K Teachers below.
Linda Pugh assists Laure Law and Kate Andrew in the morning two-year-old classes. This is Linda’s first year on the permanent staff of PPNS, but she has subbed here for over three years, most often in the two-year-old classes. Linda graduated from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA with a BS in education and a Master’s in Reading. She taught 24 years in public school, kindergarten through send grade. Both Linda’s grandsons attended PPNS. Linda and her husband Mark live in Ewing. They are the parents of three adult children, Aaron in Saudi Arabia, Amanda in Hopewell and Adam in Austin, TX. In her spare time, Linda reads and gardens. She grew up in Kentucky and visits her family there every chance she gets.
“I love working at PPNS with an excellent staff and with the fascinating two-year-olds. The children show so much growth in their social and language skills in such a short time. I am blessed to share a little part of their lives.”
Lori D’Avanzo is in her fourth year as lead teacher of our three-year-old class, but she has served as an assistant teacher for all ages since 2009. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and American Studies from Rider University. Lori is married to Mike and they reside in Hopewell Township with their three children: Andrew, 20, who is a junior at Rowan University, Amy 19, a sophomore at Duquesne University, and Alex, 14, a tenth-grader at Hopewell Valley Central High School. Lori enjoys reading and watching her children’s sporting events in her free time, as well as providing foster care for dogs in the family’s home.
“I believe that PPNS is a wonderful place for children to begin their education both academically and emotionally. We are a great team with incredible passion for each child. I feel very proud to be part of such a great group of teachers.”
Maria Fernandez is our three-year-old class assistant teacher, and lead teacher of our Friday Afternoon Enrichment class focused on learning Spanish through activities and games. Two of Maria’s daughters attended our school and she has cared for several other PPNS students, so Maria is already a beloved member of our school family.Growing up in Spain, Maria earned her bachelor’s degree from University of Seville and moved to the US with her husband shortly thereafter. Maria taught preschool in Princeton for several years and has most recently provided family childcare in her home. Maria, her husband Richard, and her three children, Elena, Lydia, and Julia live in Pennington. In her spare time, Maria enjoys traveling and creative arts.
“I work with preschool children because I want to make school a more positive experience for the kids. I also enjoy helping them to build their characters and bring out their unique traits and personalities. I think my job is important because we, as teachers, are responsible for the happiness of so many others beyond ourselves. At PPNS I feel valued, and feeling this way makes a big difference in how you feel about your job. There is no greater joy than knowing that a child has benefited from the work I do.”
Kate Andrew is co-lead teacher of the three-morning, Pre-Kindergarten class and also teaches our Friday two-year-old class. Kate is in her ninth year on the staff of PPNS, but she is no stranger to our school because all three of her children are graduates of our program. Kate earned her BA in Early Childhood Education from Hood College and previously taught preschool for two years. She lives in Lawrence Township with her husband Mark and their children, Hailey, who is 22, a graduate of the University of Delaware and enrolled a master’s program at TCNJ, Tyler, 20, who is a sophomore at St. Joseph’s University, and Ava, 15, who is a sophomore at Lawrence High School. Rounding out the Andrew Family is their dog Oliver. In her spare time, Kate likes to read and play tennis.
“Why PPNS? From the first moment, 19 years ago, when I walked into PPNS with my first child, I knew it was a special place, a loving place, a place for her to grow and explore. Fast forward 19 years and I am now in my ninth year as a teacher here. In those 18 years, all three of my children have attended PPNS, each of them learning, growing, and exploring the world around them. As a teacher, those are the building blocks I use each day in my classroom, knowing with the right amount of encouragement, support and caring for our students can start their journeys into the world confident and excited learners.”
Shannon Lingerfield is co-lead teacher of the three-morning, Pre-Kindergarten class. This is Shannon’s ninth year at PPNS as a teacher. Shannon earned her elementary school teaching certificate from The College of New Jersey and taught first and second grade before her children were born. Shannon and her husband are the parents of Sadie, who is in eighth grade, and Trevor and Phoebe, who are in sixth grade. All three children attend West Amwell Township School and are graduates of PPNS. In her free time, Shannon enjoys running, skiing, spending time with her family, and doing anything outdoors.
“I love to teach because I simply love children. I love their wonder, excitement, humor, and unpredictability. Every day is a blessing and an adventure when you spend your days looking through the eyes of a child.”
Nancy Andreski is the lead teacher of the five-morning, Pre-Kindergarten class. Nancy has a teaching certificate with a concentration in mathematics and taught in the Hopewell Valley Regional School District before leaving to raise her own family. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Engineering and Geology from Lafayette College before moving into teaching. She is the mother of three PPNS graduates. Rose, 14, and Ben, 12, attend Timberlane Middle School and Lucie, 9, is in fourth grade at Stony Brook Elementary. Nancy has been an active volunteer in both her children’s preschool and elementary school classes. She has assisted with numerous field trips and special activities. At Stony Brook Elementary School, Nancy has actively supported the library program, volunteering weekly. Nancy loves activities in the outdoors – camping, hiking, kayaking and gardening to name a few, but she also enjoys cooking, music, and movie nights with her family. She still even picks up her flute on occasion for an impromptu concert.
“My passion is showing young children that learning can be fun and exciting. Every day I get to use my creativity to explore a topic through books, play, crafts, and experiments. There is nothing more rewarding than watching a child master something new and build their self-confidence. The staff at PPNS fosters an environment of creativity, exploration and education that allows our students to safely explore new ideas and behaviors that will make them lifelong learners.”
Kristin Fechter is the assistant teacher of the five morning, Pre-Kindergarten class. This is Kristin’s fourth year as a staff member at PPNS, but she has been a school parent since 2010. Kristin earned her Bachelor of Arts from Rider University and has been teaching various ages for the past six years. Kristin and her husband are the parents of Frankie, who is a graduate of PPNS and attends Timberlane Middle School, and John, also a PPNS graduate, who is in first grade at Bear Tavern. Kristin loves swimming, hiking, and enjoying life with her family.
“I love working with the children at PPNS because they inspire me every day! I love watching them discover new things and use that knowledge to be extraordinarily creative!”