Beyond The Classroom

Recipient of the Henry N. Drewry Memorial Fund.

Teacher Prep (TPP) has been such a blessing to me. The Henry N. Drewry Memorial Fund in particular gave me the opportunity to complete my student teaching without financial stress. Without it, I would have had to work and I wouldn't have been able to complete the program for probably several years. Receiving this award meant that I could continue on serving Trenton through B-Fair Tutoring, the company I founded as a sophomore at Princeton, while also gaining invaluable experience as a student teacher in Ewing and Princeton. While this…

After graduating from Princeton in 2013 and working in healthcare analytics consulting for a year and a half, I was ecstatic that TPP welcomed me back during the spring of 2015. Teaching four sections of college prep chemistry at a local, public high school provided me with the unique opportunity to hone individual lessons. My cohort of sophomores and juniors was highly energetic, and they pushed me to be the best instructor that I could be. I especially remember our lessons on chemistry in careers during my original unit plan. After allowing my students to follow through on out-of-…

I did my practice teaching at New Brunswick High School and had most of my best experiences at Teacher Prep during my time student teaching. It was great to just have conversations with my students and get to know their stories while also peaking their scientific curiosity. I also had a great time with my cohort. Taking that final class together and hearing everyone's experiences during student teaching was great and bonded us. We would get together outside of class and it was nice to relax with my classmates knowing that we were going though it together. Lastly, Dr. Monaghan was the best…

One of my favorite parts during my time at Teacher Prep was getting to know the other student teachers in my cohort. We formed a great community where we all felt comfortable sharing our experiences and giving moral support.

Since completing her student teaching at the East Brunswick Middle School during Fall 2020, Marisa has been working as a Special Education case manager at a charter school in Washington DC. She is also enrolled in a full-time remote MAT program with NYU.

 

Since graduating from Princeton, I am now working full time on HomeWorks Trenton, a non-profit that I started when I was a sophomore here in college. HomeWorks Trenton is a community based after-school boarding program that provides academic and social-emotional enrichment to supplement public schools, empower women and build community leaders.  I can't pinpoint exactly to what drives me, but I do wake up every single day excited and grateful to do the work I am doing.

Teacher Prep has changed me as a sister, friend, non-profit…

I loved my time at Teacher Prep, everything.  First, all the people were fabulous encouragers.  Ruth Wilson, particularly, had to encourage me through a tough student teaching experience.  I got my first teaching job through Teacher Prep, overseas at Shiplake College, and that was a transformative year.  Then I taught in the South Bronx for 5 years, a public school and then a private school.  During that time I started volunteering at Operation Exodus, an educational nonprofit, first on Saturdays, then once or twice a week on weekdays.  I started working at…

I graduated from Princeton in 1975; majored in psychology; and obtained a certificate from the Teacher Preparation Program. I was the first Mexican-American (Chicana) woman at Princeton. There were Mexican-American men before me, but I was the first woman.  I was really nervous about starting my student teaching in a fifth grade class at Princeton Middle School. I wondered . . . will I be able to keep my students engaged; will I be able to redirect unruly students and thus maintain classroom control; will I be able to get through the course material for each subject so that I can stay…

I am the Vice President of Academics at Catapult Learning where I oversee curriculum development, product creation, and instructional excellence.  I started my career in the classroom as a high school social studies teacher in Montgomery, NJ. After teaching in Montgomery, I joined Teach For America and taught social studies at Camden High School in Camden, NJ.

In 2007, I left the classroom and began working in curriculum development at Kaplan K12 Curriculum Solutions. I started as a Social Studies Curriculum Manager partnering with school districts to create standards-aligned…

Teacher Prep was one of the highlights of my Princeton experience (and one of the toughest). It gave me a whole new way of thinking about the world around me and laid the foundation for the leader I've become today. I have especially fond memories of my student teaching and taking the kids on an overnight immersive German field trip.  My experience with Teacher Prep opened the door to how I wanted to be in the service of those around me. It helped me earn a teaching spot abroad and inspired my graduate studies, which ultimately led me into Federal service. It shaped the roles I've had…

I've had a somewhat scattered career.  I've been a teacher for approximately 14 of the 40 years since college, teaching Math & Computer Science in HS, college, and to professionals.  After two not especially successful years as a HS math teacher, I enrolled in a math Ph.D. program. I was a T/A for most of that, often remedial classes to underprepared first-year students. Won two awards. Three years of non-tenure-track college teaching, hit a bad job market, and that was that. Moved over to software engineering, including two years overseas training new hires at a large…