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.
After completing student teaching with TPP, Andrea began her career as a Special Educator at North Star Academy Charter Middle School in Newark, NJ. Andrea served as the Special Education Services Coordinator, Department Chair, and Instructional Leader from March 2013-June 2016, in addition to serving as a Special Education teacher (5th-8th resource room and in-class support) from February 2012-June 2016.
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.
My first teaching position will be 2017-18 in 6th grade English and Social Studies at the Abraham Joshua Heschel School (Heschel) in NYC. It’s a nursery-12 Jewish day school with a focus on pluralism and an acceptance of multiple interpretations of what being Jewish means. After finishing TPP in December, I worked as a leave replacement teacher in East Brunswick, where I student taught, for three and a half months. It was fantastic to continue to learn from a group that I admire and respect so much.
My most memorable moment from TPP comes from my student teaching, the day I figured out how to connect with a struggling, disaffected student in my 12th grade academic class. The student was looking at fancy cars on his phone instead of doing work and when I came over to check on him he tried to play it off by asking if I liked the car. I said that I preferred my old Volvo stick shift to flashy cars, but the student was amazed that his teacher -- a girl -- knew how to drive stick. In that moment, I got to know this student better as a person but I also gained this student's respect.
Since I graduated from TPP, I applied to and learned about various schools and teaching positions. I also completed the edTPA during this time. For the 2017-2018 academic year, I will be doing my first year of teaching at MESA Charter High School in Bushwick (Brooklyn, NY). In the past month, I taught a couple weeks in their summer program and am now deep into their 2-week "Summer Institute" (teacher orientation).