Dr. Peter Horn ‘97 believes that whatever is wrong with education can be fixed by what is right with education: the capacity of intelligent teachers, administrators, students, and other stakeholders to invent and implement tomorrow’s solutions to today’s challenges. As a consultant (www.HornEdConsulting.org), Peter assists a range of schools and other learning organizations in this process of inquiry, invention and change.
Peter thinks that schools can play a much more significant role in developing students as citizens. He cares passionately about student voice, regarding students as essential yet generally undervalued actors in efforts to improve education. His doctoral dissertation, “Missing Voices: How Students Describe Outstanding Teaching,” analyzed letters of recommendation by students of teachers who went on to win Princeton’s Distinguished Secondary Teaching Award, 1989-2013.
For 18 years as a classroom teacher, Peter taught all levels of secondary English Language Arts from English I and Basic Skills to AP Literature and AP Language. For four summers, Peter served as the lead literature instructor in Teacher Prep’s PUPP (Princeton University Preparatory Program), working with bright students from low-income families in Ewing, Princeton, and Trenton. As an administrator for seven years, Peter led a team of teachers in an award-winning alternative education program designed to reconnect resistant learners to school through an arts-infused interdisciplinary program of English, social studies, science, and mathematics.
Peter attended public K-12 schools in Buffalo, New York, where he graduated from City Honors School with an International Baccalaureate diploma. He earned his A.B. in Classics and TPP Certificate from Princeton, his M.A. in English Literature from Middlebury, and his doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.
When he is not dreaming about better schools, he loves sitting at the piano and making music with his incredible wife Robyn in their Plainfield, New Jersey home.