Teaching

Teacher

Bonnie Lieu '06

Bonnie Lieu '06 actively works with TPP students as they prepare to teach. During the summers of 2013 and 2014 Bonnie co-taught the PUPP Social Science Summer Institute with students from Trenton, Ewing, Lawrence, Princeton and Hamilton townships.

Bonnie formerly taught history in Montgomery High School, NJ. She is currently a stay at home mom.

Jeff Vinikoor '03

Jeff Vinikoor '03 began teaching in independent schools, first at Princeton Day School and is currently at Newark Academy in Livingston, NJ. He teaches middle and upper school history and serves as the History Department Chair.  Jeff also has a graduate degree in Private School Leadership from Teachers College.

Betsy Kalber Baglio '96

Betsy Kalber Baglio '96 was a former middle school teacher in Connecticut and Massachusetts with teaching certification in Social Studies and Elementary grades.  She has also worked as Director of Professional Development for an educational collaborative outside of Boston and is pursuing a Ph.D. at Harvard.

Barbara Calanog Fortunato '98

After graduating from Princeton in 1998, Barbara Fortunato worked as a technical consultant in Manhattan building large scale computer systems for investment banks. After the events of September 11th, Barbara decided that she wanted to pursue a career which she would find more rewarding where she would have an opportunity to touch many young people’s lives in a more direct way. As a result of soul searching, she returned to Princeton’s Program in Teacher Preparation (Teacher Prep) to earn teaching certification.

Andrew Assini '03

In 2010-11 Andrew Assini '03 began teaching World History to seventh graders in Flemington, NJ. He has also taught US I to eighth graders over the past six years. His class is mostly discussion based with numerous Socratic seminars and debates, combined with a lot of writing. Andrew aspires to ensure every lesson has a real world connection that encourages students to think critically about society and their world. Detecting bias and understanding the significance of race, gender and propaganda are some of the core themes he has woven into class.
 

David Ponton III '09

David Ponton, III '09 taught high school social studies in Ewing, NJ since the 2009-2010 school year. He was responsible for United States History I curriculum, which begins with early colonization and ends with President Roosevelt and the New Deal on the eve of the WWII. He taught one section of honors-level U.S. History I and co-taught one section of U.S. History I with an inclusion teacher each year. In addition, he has written curriculum for and taught multiple sections of African American History as a college preparatory elective.
 

Sean Hammer '08

Sean Hammer teaches Biology and AP Biology at Ewing High School, where he has been a member of the faculty since January 2009. During the 2010-2011 academic year, Sean partnered with social studies teacher David Ponton, '09 to design an original interdisciplinary unit on race and cancer between their honors biology and African American history courses.

John Yi '03

During his time at Princeton, John majored in chemistry and was a member of the Teacher Preparation Program. Upon graduating in 2003, he went to graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and obtained his M.S. in chemistry. He returned to Princeton in the fall of 2004 to do his student teaching at a local high school, and in December 2004 he began teaching chemistry at Millburn High School in Millburn, New Jersey. Over the years he has served as a cross country and track coach as well as a coach for the school's academic quiz bowl and science bowl teams.

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