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Emi Nakamura '13
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...
Kathleen Newman '15
After finishing TPP and getting my teaching certificate, I moved down to DC. I spent the winter there nannying, tutoring in History and English with Varsity Tutors, and volunteering with Reading...
Peter Nowakowski '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...
Taylor Numann Sabky '09
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...
Rebecca Nyquist '09
After graduating from Teacher Prep, Dr. Baelen earned her Master’s in the Science of Education from the University of Pennsylvania while serving as a teaching fellow for two years at the...
Karen O'Neil '00 has taught Social Studies at Seneca HIgh School for 9 years and is an Understanding by Design Specialist.
Regis Pecos '77
In 1977, fully armed with my teaching certificate from Princeton University, I applied for a social studies teaching position at The Santa Fe Indian School. I was interviewed by a non-Indian...
Alanna Phelan ’04, a Phi Beta Kappa art and archaeology major, teaches fifth grade at the Village Elementary School in the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District in New Jersey. She...
Daniella Phillips '89
For 29 years, I have worked full-time in public education as a teacher, teacher-director of a magnet program, assistant principal, principal and superintendent in New York City.  Over the years...
Cory Picketts '04
After graduating from Princeton University with a BA in Psychology and a certificate from Teacher Preparation, Cory taught 6th grade Math & Science and 8th grade Honors Algebra at Goetz Middle...
I loved every minute of my time at Teacher Prep, although I was so nervous my first day of teaching that I had to hold on to my directing teacher's podium to keep my hand's from shaking. My...
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...
L. Michelle Quraishi '92
After graduating, I joined the Peace Corps and served a two-year stint in Paraguay, South America, working to implement guaraní-Spanish bilingual education across the country. Returning to the Bay...
Amy Ramirez '09
Aimee Ramirez '07, taught at W. B. Morgan Elementary School, Hamilton, NJ and currently teaches in California.
Through the Teacher Prep program, I became certified to teach high school English, but did not pursue teaching as a career. In the 6 years immediately after graduating from Princeton and TPP, I...
Bryan Respass '97
Bryan Respass ’97 teaches computer science at the Bergen County Academies in Hackensack, NJ.  He previously taught middle school math for 8 years in Leonia, NJ.  He has a Masters...
Dr. Rigby and bear mascot
I have been a teacher for 30 years. HS math as student teacher--now medical students. The opportunity to help my students choose their professional and family patheways as they select their future...
Natalie Rodriguez-Nelson '18
Since graduating from Princeton, I have been working as a fellow at Woodberry Forest School, an all-boys boarding school in rural Virginia. As a fellow, I teach history, live on dorm, fulfill...
Brian Rozinsky '96
Since graduating, I've been teaching. In New York and Colorado. In public and charter schools. At middle-school and high-school levels. Professionally, Teacher Prep helped me build a foundation...
Lucina Schwartz '19
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...

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