Anne N. Catena

Anne N. Catena
Director of Professional Development Initiatives

Anne N. Catena, Ed.D. is the director of Professional Development Initiatives, a lecturer, and program associate with Teacher Preparation.  Dr. Catena is the lead instructor in the Seminar in Education: Theory and Practice (TPP 401), supervises students during Practice Teaching (TPP 402), and may co-instruct the Seminar on Student Learning and Methods of Teaching (TPP301). She enjoys advising and supervising student teachers pursuing certification in mathematics and the sciences.


Dr. Catena creates and develops our alumni network, designs education programs that support faculty research grants, and conducts research to inform Program improvements and to satisfy requirements for national accreditation. She develops and leads projects which advance knowledge about current science and education scholarship while enhancing the University's relationships with alumni and community educators.  Analyzing the needs and goals of University faculty’s research grant requirements for broader impact, Dr. Catena creates and delivers QUEST, Teachers as Scholars and other education programs that synthesize talent and resources and disseminate research among community educators. She also mentors students and alumni of the University regarding careers in education and professional learning.


Dr. Catena joined Teacher Prep in 1998. She serves on the Board of Learning Forward NJ, the US Math Recovery Council and the Education Committee of the Stonybrook Millstone Watershed.  Catena has also served as the Outreach Coordinator for the Princeton Environmental Institute and the Director of Science Alliance for the Princeton University’s Sigma Xi Chapter. Prior to joining Princeton University, she worked with the National Research Council and the National Science Resources Center in Washington, D.C.


Dr. Catena earned her doctorate in Education Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. Her dissertation, "An Analysis of Career Choices among Teachers of High Academic Ability” examined the employment positions and influences on career choices among 1970-2007 graduates of teacher preparation programs at Princeton University, Barnard College, Bryn Mawr/Haverford College, Swarthmore College and Vassar College. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and a Masters in Business Administration from Rider University.

Areas of Responsibility: 
Lecturer (TPP 401 and TPP 402)
Professional Learning and Alumni Network Director
Teacher Leadership and Retention