In May of 2020 Anna accepted an offer to teach English and French at the Pennington School. It is a private, coeducational school serving day and boarding students in grades 6 through 12 just a few minutes down the road from Princeton. And like at Princeton, she'll be living on campus and getting three meals a day in the dining hall - but this time as a residential faculty member. Anna is excited for the small classes and the chance to teach two subjects that she loves!
I was a 2018 Computer Science major. TPP's reading and writing provided me with a counterbalance to the problem sets and projects that COS demanded. I really loved our Teacher Prep seminar discussions in class, too, since students took ownership of the topics. I didn't always have strong feelings about the week's material, but someone else always did, and they'd open my eyes to perspectives I hadn't considered before. Visiting schools was also super fun, both as a break from the orange bubble and as a way to reconnect with the outside world.
I student-taught eleventh grade English at Princeton High School, in fall 2019, after majoring in English Literature at Princeton and working for three years at Princeton's Writing Center. Before student teaching, I was lucky enough to observe in classrooms across New Jersey, including at The Newgrange School and Trenton High School, as part of Teacher Preparation courses. This exposed me to different classroom settings, especially special education, and allowed me to meet lots of students. Getting to know students was by far the most memorable part of student teaching.
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. Currently on the mathematics faculty at The Lawrenceville School nearby, Brent stays connected to PTP and PU through panel presentations and participation in the Humboldt University (Berlin) exchange for each of the last three years, including travel to Germany in July 2015.
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.
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.
I am currently teaching English at Princeton High School, where I was previously a student teacher. I’ve wanted to be a high school teacher ever since I was a high school student myself! My teachers were influential in igniting my love of literature, and I hope to inspire that same love of learning in my classroom.