Kanoa Mulling ’15 is currently teaching EFL and English literature classes at Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand through a Princeton in Asia fellowship. Now in his second term, he has enjoyed developing his own Modern American Literature, including a range of texts and authors. He also assists with spelling bees, poetry recitation competitions and other student activities. He will continue teaching at Payap through May 2018. In addition to classroom teaching, Kanoa also tutors SAT, SATII, ACT, and AP students in many subjects, focusing on math.
Brent Ferguson (M.Div, P.T.S. 2006) has been teaching since '93 in Ohio, California, and New Jersey; in physics, chemistry, and mathematics; in public and private institutions; in single-sex and coed classrooms.
After graduating from Princeton in 2012 with a classics degree and certificate in teacher preparation, I spent one year teaching at Eton College in Windsor England through the Annenberg Fellowship. While there, I had the opportunity to teach 8th and 9th grade Latin (F and E Block) for all three "halves" and trimester long courses for 11th, and 12th grade (C and B Block) on current events, the history of American Sport(s), Conversational Latin, and Alexander the Great, as well as prepare four students for their Oxford and Cambridge interviews.
Since TPP I have been teaching Special Education at a charter school, North Star Academy Charter Middle School in Newark, NJ. Since my second year at North Star, I have served as the Special Education Coordinator, Department Chair, and Instructional Leader while also teaching a full load. I primarily teach 7th and 8th grade English and math, though this has varied over the past 4.5 years and I have taught all grades in the 5-8 band (exclusively ELA + math in terms of content).
My favorite memory of my time at Teacher Prep was when I conducted my final orchestra concert at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North as my unit for student teaching. I composed a 10-minute rhapsody specifically for the orchestra to premiere, and it was a rewarding collaboration opportunity to not only practice my teaching skills but also to share my gift in music composition. Since graduating TPP, I spent the first summer (2014) in Seattle interning at the Seattle Children's Theatre as a music directing intern.
After graduating in 2009, I took a round-about path back to the profession of education, including a brief stint as an au pair for a family in Spain and a 3-year stretch as human resources specialist in Silicon Valley, before ultimately finding my way back to a school setting, in Boston. I first teamed up with nonprofit Scholar Athletes, founded in Boston and dedicated to providing academic support through athletic participation.
After graduating from TPP in June 2012, I was hired to teach English at Collingswood High School, a public school in South Jersey. I’m currently in my second year as a teacher and now more than ever I’m convinced that teaching and I were made for each other.
After finishing TPP and getting my teaching certificate, I moved down to DC. I spent the winter there nannying, tutoring in History and English with Varsity Tutors, and volunteering with Reading Partners, while applying for teaching jobs. I accepted a position as the Annenberg Fellow at Eton College (all boys boarding school in Windsor, England) in the spring of 2016. At Eton, I am teaching English, Drama, and American Culture to boys aged 13-18. I also serve as a soccer and basketball coach, theater director, tutorial advisor, and dormitory house assistant.
Since graduating from Teacher Prep, I have been teaching math for one year at Princeton Academy and two years at Cristo Rey Sacramento, California. I am currently teaching Geometry Honors, Algebra 2, and Algebra 2 Honors at Cristo Rey High School in Sacramento. 9th, 10th, and 11th graders. It is a private, Catholic school for low-income students (they pay for their tuition by going to work at an internship one day a week). It feels great to be teaching math, especially the content I'm teaching.
I thoroughly enjoyed my 42-year career as a French teacher and non-profit administrator and like to think I did a little bit to improve American students’ understanding of the world, running semester- and year-long study programs in Europe and Asia. I started with two study centers, logged thousands of miles creating five more, and ended up with four centers that continue to flourish. (If your children are young enough, or your grandchildren old enough, have them google “School Year Abroad, Inc.”)