Parent and Alumni Testimonials

“Gaia received an education I could not have dreamt of. Her broad knowledge and level in both reading and math are astonishing for a 4.5 year old…. The meditation and yoga have been especially impactful…. You built what all schools should be like”...

Valerie Liebhold

“Pincushion not only offers the academic excellence, more importantly, it helps a child become a loving and caring person, fosters their curiosity, teaches them friendship, respect and teamwork in solving problems and conflicts, and prepares them for the challenges ahead throughout their lifetime”...

Xia Klinger

“Emily can’t wait to come back to Pincushion for another great school year. As a parent, I really enjoy my interactions with the teachers and staff. They are very approachable and take my feedback seriously. Great school, wonderful teachers, and we love it!”...

Hongmei Wang

“We couldn’t be more pleased with Pincushion Hill… Everyone there helps to create a safe, intellectually challenging learning environment where diversity is celebrated and curiosity is rewarded. The proof is in my daughter’s smile every time she talks about what she is learning”...

Lester and Patricia Allen

“The teachers at the school are not only GREAT, but they have a knack for fostering and promoting opportunities for the kids to develop their own individualities in both academics and social areas. My kids… enjoy and love to go to the school.”...

Yuk Miu

“The school continues to understand and emphasize a global experience. Understanding global diversity, cultures and relationships is very important in today’s world. We appreciate that our child has the opportunity to learn from and enjoy children and faculty from all walks of life."...

Betsy Tannenbaum

“Activities and interactions with their teachers and other students have helped them develop rapidly in many ways–academically, socially, and being emotionally intelligent. We see their inquisitive minds working all the time, and they have developed self-awareness that drives their ability to independently learn"...

Rajitha and Bhaskar Purimetla

“Pincushion has kept its promise for pursuing excellence…. We are seeing the transformation of Hanne and unfolding of her multidimensional potentials. Her curiosity and creative responses to her surrounding have deepened daily. Being a member of this community is a privilege”    ...

Dr. Evgenija Garbolevsky

"Our two girls–four and six years old–are both starting their third year at PHMS... the school has been everything we hoped for…. It’s wonderful to send our children to school knowing that they are getting an excellent education and practical lessons for life."...

Allian Iffih

“The curriculum and activities children can choose from are impressive. It offers children the opportunity to learn in the manner with which they are most comfortable. We look forward to Thom continuing his growth at Pincushion and are excited that Cate will attend!”...

The Maule Family

“Sophia has been at Pincushion for two years.... This is one of the best decisions we made. We are so happy to see she changed from a timid, shy baby to a confident, intelligent girl…. We also plan to send our second child” ...

The Hou Family

“We are thrilled to have found a nurturing, safe, and diverse place for our kids. In addition to high quality academics, our kids are learning key life skills while gaining more independence, curiosity, and confidence. The teachers are also very attentive and nurturing”...

Jennifer Canlas

"Anya joined Pincushion when she was still under three years old, and the rich Montessori environment at Pincushion, along with the most dedicated, patient and involved teachers we’ve ever met, has contributed to her growing into a confident, curious, and empathetic young four-year-old"...

The Ratanchandani Family

“Pincushion's teachers, administrators and support staff are focused on creating a friendly, independent learning environment—giving each child the amount of space or attention necessary for success. As a parent, watching the independent behaviors learned at Pincushion translate to the home is truly satisfying”...

The O'Donnell Family

“Pincushion Hill Montessori school is truly exceptional…. The teachers are intelligent, creative, caring and responsive and they manage to get the kids to take real pleasure in learning. My two children learned so much during their years there. I recommend this school wholeheartedly.”...

The Tam Family

“The classroom was so warm and inviting and full of things that looked liked they’d be so much fun to learn with. …we’ve watched Daniel blossom under the watchful eyes of the very attentive faculty. They clearly enjoy seeing him grow and learn”...

Roy Lurie and Mary Beth Rettger

“What a wonderful experience both of the kids had! You are truly running the place in a best way possible. We couldn’t have chosen a better place for our kids to grow and build a great basic educational foundation in their early lives.”...

The McLaren Family

Alumni
“Dear Chris, Gus, teachers, administrators... After so many years at Pincushion… it is impossible to quantify the effect you’ve had on our family. We are fortunate to have had you as part of our family, and will have you in our hearts forever.”...

Omer, Stav, Bat-Chen, and Ohad Zeliger

Alumni
“Pincushion Hill will always mean the world to me…. I learned the importance of respect and teamwork…. The school gave me a jump-start into life, providing me with the confidence and courage to speak for myself, and the encouragement to follow my dreams.”...

Patricia Vosburg

Alumni
“Pincushion has made a tremendous difference in the lives of our children. We are truly grateful for the love and interest you have devoted to them…. To see their confidence, enthusiasm and desire toward education is remarkable…. another testament of the school’s ability”...

The Hayward Family

Alumni
“Nitika and Medha… blossomed under your care and warmth, and I will always be deeply grateful for all that Pincushion taught them. They have learned and grown to love learning, and I know we made the absolute right choice when we chose Pincushion.”...

Monisha Shekhar

Alumni
“I am very happy with how my daughter has blossomed from a quiet and shy three year old into an expressive, assertive, and independent student…. I look forward to having my second child… thrive just as beautifully in the Pincushion school’s multi-age environment.”...

Priya and Rajesh Yadav

Alumni
“It is amazing to watch Andrew blossoming from a frustrated little toddler into a well mannered, well-educated, confident young boy…. The teachers and staff at Pincushion make great efforts… What’s making us come back to Pincushion year after year is the ultimate trust.”...

Kate Yu and John Deng

Alumni
“We are very glad to be part of the Pincushion Hill Montessori family. The directors, teachers and staff truly care about the well being of children… They learn how to care and respect each other…. That is the power of a great school.”...

Ernest Ng and Elsa Leung

Alumni
“Bella has made so many friends at school and she is very confident and comfortable…. Every day she comes home happy and enthusiastic, telling us all about her day…. The teachers at Pincushion are just wonderful… the parent teacher communication is the best....

Qing Dong and Steve Tate

Alumni
“The Montessori environment meets the child at his or her level. Pincushion Hill teaches to the individual student…. My oldest child, who started Pincushion terribly shy, has blossomed into a confident, happy second grader who loves to learn…. We could not be happier.”...

Tracy W.

Alumni
We are truly delighted with how our children are embraced, nurtured and supported by the Pincushion teachers. The way the Montessori philosophy is implemented by Chris Kovago and her team is resulting in confident and happy high-achieving students....

Drs. Christina and Per Lampe-Onnerud

Alumni
"We have watched our children excel…. We are often amazed at what they are learning in Preschool and Elementary school…. The teachers are very dedicated and are able to adjust to children’s needs for growth, due to low teacher/student ratios and Montessori training."...

Suzanne and Jeffrey Barnes

Alumni
“It is extremely difficult to make a difference in the life of even one child…. you have touched the lives of many…. Thank you for taking such an interest in our children. The best thing that has happened to Siddardth has been Pincushion.”...

Mr. and Mrs. Parasnis

Alumni
“Now Laura and Eric are grown up (relatively!) and going their separate ways I feel this strange feeling of leaving the warmth of the nest you made for them at Pincushion. I could never thank you adequately for everything you did for them”...

Liz Falcone

Alumni
“Thank you for your constant efforts making Pincushion an incredible school…. You are constantly smiling, comforting, and teaching the children all aspects of life, above all – respect for each other and of course our planet. There aren’t many schools that do that.”...

Veronica and Barry Lundgren

Alumni
Dear Chris and Gus, Thank you both for everything that you do to run this beautiful school. We appreciate your dedication, intelligence, and warmth. Our children have had a successful and inspiring year – we look forward to another year in the fall!...

Dianna & John Vosberg

Alumni
“I have discovered many things…. This school taught me the importance of caring and friendship, compassion and determination. I’m sure all of these things will help me in the future… The people who give so much to the children at Pincushion are amazing”...

Patricia Vosberg

Alumni