The 2022 recipients of the Princeton Prize for Distinguished Secondary School Teaching are Deborah Cella of Glen Rock High School, Alicia Rodriguez of Kent Place School in Summit, Devin Ryan-Pullen of Burlington City High School, and Lee Snowden of University High School in Newark
The teachers were selected for the award based on nominations from public and private schools around the state. They each will receive $5,000, as well as $3,000 for their school libraries.
“While teaching under pandemic conditions continues to be stressful and challenging for teachers across the nation, the four prize winners have been able to provide a truly exceptional education for their students,” said Todd Kent, director of Princeton’s Program in Teacher Preparation. “Although they work in different subject areas and in very different school settings, they all share a total commitment to the intellectual growth and emotional wellbeing of their students. Their stories are wonderful and inspiring, and the influence of their remarkable work is felt throughout their school communities.”
The staff of the Program in Teacher Preparation, in reviewing the applications, considers recommendations from colleagues and students as well as evidence of the teachers’ accomplishments in the school and the community.
The 10 finalists were visited at their schools by Rosanne Zeppieri, a member of the program staff. The winners were then selected by a committee chaired by Elizabeth Colagiuri, deputy dean of the college, that also includes Kent, Jennifer Jennings, professor of sociology and public affairs at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA), Stanley Katz, a lecturer with the rank of professor in public and international affairs at SPIA, and William Miron, principal of Millburn High School in New Jersey and a 1978 Princeton University graduate.
Princeton has honored secondary school teachers since 1959 after receiving an anonymous gift from an alumnus to establish the program.