Teaching

Teacher

Amy Koontz Gleason '84

Since I graduated from TPP in 1984, I have taught at a variety of independent schools, including Middlesex School in Concord, MA, St. Paul's School in Concord, NH, St. George's School in Newport, RI, The Ellis School in Pittsburgh, PA.  Over the years, my work has included teaching all levels of math, supervising dormitories, advising students, mentoring younger teachers and coaching.  In the past six years, I have also lead the community service program at Middlesex School.  I am currently in my 30th year of teaching.

Matthew DiDonato '12

Since graduating in 2012, I have been teaching at Haddonfield Memorial High School in Haddonfield, NJ.  I taught mathematics (accelerated calculus, advanced precalculus, and basic skills) in my first year, and now I teach in the science department (accelerated physics, astronomy, and computer science).

John Travis '08

I taught at Foundation Academy in Trenton, New Jersey until 2010. Currently, I teach in South Jersey at Woodbury Jr./Sr. High School in Woodbury, NJ. It is my 4th year there and the school has been a very exciting place to work and a very good fit for me.

In 2014 I won the “Teacher of the Year” award for Woodbury High School and was selected by my district as the "District Teacher of the Year" as well. 

Reid Fritz '10

I’m teaching at the Sherborne School in the UK.  I teach A-Level US Government and Politics to Year 13 (equivalent of U.S. seniors), and Biology to Year 9 (U.S. 8th grade). As you can imagine the atmosphere in each is very different and makes for exciting days. Going from an in depth debate on the NSA and whether the Constitution is able to guide the modern US government and then into a lab to look at transpiration in leaves is a blast. There is little debate on photosynthesis, but trying to keep all the students (boys) focused on plants for an hour makes for its own entertainment.

Julianne Davis '09

As a new 8th grade science teacher in New Jersey, I teach physical and life science, including topics on ecosystems and the interconnectedness of organisms and their environment.  I especially enjoy this content because it draws on the knowledge and experiences I gained in Princeton as an environmental engineering major.  One such experience was the summer after my freshman year.  MAE professor Wole Soboyejo sent me to Mpala Research Center in Kenya to conduct science experiments.  While there, he requested that I teach an afterschool science curriculum at two separate primary sc

Margaret Harris '11

During my time with TPP, I served both as a Teaching Assistant and as a TA Liaison for PUPP. Working with the PUPP scholars was one of the most rewarding experiences of my time as a Princeton undergraduate; I can still recall tearfully saying goodbye to the students at the end of the summer. Thankfully, through social media, I can still keep in contact with some of the scholars. I am so happy every time I hear of another college acceptance or accomplishment! Aside from the time I spent working with PUPP, my most memorable moments in Teacher Prep were the numerous times Dr.

Dwight Davis '03

It was a tremendous honor to have the opportunity to meet both President Obama and Secretary Arne Duncan during the summer of 2014. During our discussion we talked about Ed. Policy, specifically, How do we keep great teachers in high needs schools?

It was a very powerful discussion that illustrated both the President and Secretary’s concern and deep understandings of education and educational policy.

Peter Nowakoski '90

August 2013, I accepted a position at Union County Vocational Technical Schools (UCVTS) in Scotch Plains, NJ. UCVTS serves all 22 school districts in the county with five separate schools and several smaller academies. In addition to more traditional vocational education, the district offers programs in green construction, information technology, childcare, health care, performing arts and other disciplines. All students graduate ready not only for college but also with some professional certification.

Angela Bardes '10

After graduating from Princeton in 2010 with an A.B. in Comparative Literature, I spent a semester student teaching 11th and 12th grade English at Trenton High School West Campus in Trenton, NJ. Then I moved to Boston, MA to participate in the Boston Teacher Residency. During the 2011-2012 school year in Boston, I earned my Masters degree in Education along with three secondary teaching licenses - English, ESL, and Special Education - and completed a yearlong teaching residency in English language arts.

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