2012-2013 News and Information

Teacher Prep announces the new Urban Specialization.

This specialization allows students to tailor coursework and field experiences to urban teaching.  Teacher Prep staff will be holding information dinners (all dinners are at 6:00 pm in the private dining rooms) at the following residential colleges: 
Forbes College, Monday, November 12
Wilson College, Thursday, November 15
Rockefeller College, Monday, November 19

Whitman College, Monday, November 26 
Click here for additional information about the Urban Specialization

April 4, 2013: The Program in Teacher Preparation and The Latino Studies Program present: Diversity in the Classroom: How Racial Microaggressions Affect the Learning Environment. A talk by Daniel G. Solorzano, Professor of Social Science and Comparative Education Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles. Thursday April 4, 2013,  4:30 to 6:00 pm. Princeton University, Friend Center, room 004

Teacher Prep and Princeton Area Alumni Association co-sponsored Getting Teacher Evaluations Right On October 25, 2012.

A crowd of about 40 Tigers (PA3 members and alumni of the Teacher Preparation Program) gathered together to hear a lively panel discussion led by Timothy Matheney '89, who is the Director of Evaluation for NJ Department of Education.  Other panelists included Kathy Chesmel '85, Ph.D, John Yi '03, Kwame Ivery '93 and Sarah Paine '08. Thank you to our panelists and to all who attended!
Click here for more information.

TPP is grateful to faculty who support our novice teachers' academic growth while teaching:
Professor Neta Bahcall, Astrophysical Sciences
Professor Stan Katz, Woodrow Wilson
Professor Martin Kern, East Asian Studies
Professor Michael Strauss, Astrophysical Sciences

Many thanks to alumni who are mentoring TPP graduates as they begin teaching:
Michelle Shearer '95 is mentoring Andrea Francis '11
Michelle Shearer '95 is the 2011 National Teacher of the Year.  Michelle teaches chemistry at Urbana High School in Ijamsville, Maryland, and is a strong advocate of making science accessible to all students.    
Michael Buchman '73 is mentoring Margaret Harris '11

Michael Buchman '73 is a high school English teacher in New Brunswick, NJ.  He has earned a supervisor certificate, has taught at the college level and has worked in publishing and technology related careers.

Kate Miller '08 is mentoring Matt DiDonato '12

Kate Miller '08 teaches both physics and math at The Brooklyn Latin School, NY. She is also pursuing a Master degree at Teachers College in New York City.

Charlie Ashton '86 is mentoring Richard Bliss '79

Charlie Aston '86 teaches high school calculus, geometry and other math courses at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School, NJ.

Andrew Assini '03 is mentoring Bess Li GS '87

Andrew Assini '03 teaches World History and US History with middle school students in Flemington, NJ.  Completing his MA in History and learning strategies outside of his comfort zone has furthered the passion with which Andrew connects with his students.

Bonnie Lieu '06 is mentoring Colleen Kent '11

Bonnie Lieu '06 actively works with TPP students as they prepare to teach.  Bonnie teaches history in Montgomery High School, NJ.

Jeff Vinikoor ' 03 is mentoring Paul Bangiola '11

Jeff Vinikoor '03 began teaching in independent schools, first at Princeton Day School and is currently at Newark Academy in Livingston, NJ. He teaches middle and upper school history and serves as the History department chair.  Jeff also has a graduate degree in Private School Leadership from Teachers College.

Bryan Respass '95 is mentoring Eline Boghaert GS

Bryan Respass '95 teaches middle school math in Leonia, NJ. He also has supervisory responsibilities, and is pursuing a Masters degree in school leadership at New Jersey City University.

Preston Bannard '05 is mentoring Zac Flowerman '12

Preston Bannard '05 teaches Latin at the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, PA.  As a Princeton University graduate, Preston did not participate in Teacher Prep and we appreciate his support of our teachers.

Betsy Kalber Baglio '96 is mentoring Rebecca Nyquist '09

Betsy Kalber Baglio '96 was a former middle school teacher in Connecticut and Massachusetts with teaching certification in Social Studies and Elementary grades.  She has also worked as Director of Professional Development for an educational collaborative outside of Boston and is pursuing a Ph.D. at Harvard.

Laura Boyce '07 is mentoring Katy Kratsios '07

Laura Boyce '97 teaches literature and world history, U.S. history, and social science (civics/economics) at Simon Gratz High School in Philadelphia.

Peter Horn '97 is mentoring Kwame Ivery '93 

Peter Horn '97 coordinates an alternative college preparation program for students and teaches English at Westfield High School in NJ.  Peter is pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Pennsylvania.

TPP graduates who are teaching Internationally:

* Colleen Kent'11 is teaching at the Sherborne School, UK
* Paul Bangiola, '11 is teaching in Beijing China 
* Zac Flowerman, '12 is an Annenberg teaching fellow at Eton College, UK 
* Rob Speare is an NYU teaching fellow in Abu Dhabi.

TPP alumnae teach throughout the US as well as in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, the Republic of Kiribati, the Republic of Panama, the Republic of the Marsh, Singapore, Slovak, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

For global teaching opportunities see:  *Annenberg Fellowship at Eton College (UK) *The Colet Fellowship in London *The US Foundation Fellowship at the Sherborne School (UK) *Princeton in Asia*Princeton in Latin America * Princeton in Africa * Office of International Programs, International Internships in Education, Princeton University  * Singapore Ministry of Education

Princeton University 2012 Distinguished Secondary Teaching Awards

2012 New Jersey Distinguished Teacher Award winners: Enzo Paterno, Victorina Wasmuth, Dana Maloney and Daniel Kaplan pose with Christopher Campisano, (left) Director of the Program in Teacher Preparation and Shirley Tilghman, President of Princeton University (center). 

Princeton University honored four exceptional New Jersey secondary school teachers at its 2012 Commencement on Tuesday, June 5.

This year's honorees are Daniel Kaplan, Matawan Regional High School, Aberdeen; Dana Maloney, Tenafly High School, Tenafly; Enzo Paterno, Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technologies, Edison; and Victorina Wasmuth, Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic High School, Jersey City.

The teachers were selected for the award from 75 nominations from public and private schools around the state. Each teacher will receive $5,000, as well as $3,000 for his or her school library.

"The four teachers we honor with this award reflect the very finest teachers in the profession today. Combined, these outstanding teachers have nearly 75 years of classroom experience, and we have much to learn from their wisdom," said Christopher Campisano, director of Princeton's Program in Teacher Preparation. "They serve as a constant reminder that the foundation of all learning is built on the student/teacher relationship, and they hold fast to the belief that all students deserve a quality education."

The staff of the Program in Teacher Preparation selected eight finalists, each of whom was visited at work by a member of the program staff. Award winners were selected by a committee that was chaired by Dean of the College Valerie Smith and included Campisano, three members of the Princeton faculty, a school superintendent and a state education official.  

Princeton has honored secondary school teachers since 1959. The University received an anonymous gift from an alumnus to establish the program.  "By serving as role models, mentors and coaches, these remarkable teachers are an indelible source of inspiration to all current and future teachers."   click here to read the full article

2012 Distinguished NJ Student Teacher Award
Bess Spiro Li GS '87 and Matt DiDonato, '12 pose with the NJ teacher of the year, Jeanne Delcolle, after being honored with the 2012 New Jersey Distinguished Student Teacher Award.

June 27th, Matt DiDonato and Bess Spiro Li were honored as one of 16 distinguished NJ student teachers. The New Jersey Department of Education receives from approved teacher education programs, 3,500 to 4,000 candidates every year for a teaching license. Teacher education programs nominate up to three of their strongest candidates for this prestigious award. 64 names were submitted for the 2012 Distinguished Student Teacher Award from twenty-two teacher education programs. Matt and Bess were among 16 students from thirteen teacher education programs selected for the award. The award ceremony took place at Rider University and presentations were made by Todd Kent, Director of Teacher Certification at Teacher Prep, Manina Urgolo-Huckvale of Seton Hall University, Sharon Sherman of Rider University, Pete Shulman from the NJ Department of Education, Jeanne DelColle, NJ State Teacher of the Year and Michael Cohan, NJ Education Association.

Michelle Shearer '95 Honored as 2011 National Teacher of the Year

On Tuesday, May 3, Teacher Preparation graduate Michelle Shearer �95 was honored as the 2011 National Teacher of the Year and was presented the award by President Obama in a Rose Garden ceremony at the White House that also included each of the teachers who won State Teacher of the Year.   Michelle Shearer teaches AP chemistry at Urbana High School in
Ijamsville, Maryland, and is a strong advocate of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education and in making science accessible to all students, and especially students who are typically underrepresented in the field.   She first became interested in education through volunteering at a school for the deaf while at Princeton, after which she sought out the Program in Teacher Preparation, which she says "changed my life.�


Additional information on Michelle Shearer�s work and on her recognition as National Teacher of the Year is available at:


The White House Blog




White House Video of the 2011 National Teacher of the Year Award




Education Week Article




CNN Interview with Michelle Shearer


Princeton Students and Alumni Can Return Any Time
Princeton students and alumni can return at any time to complete the Teacher Prep certificate. The Daily Princetonian recently ran an article on students who choose to return for an extra semester at little or no cost to complete the program.


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