Tonya Bewley
Tonya BewleyOperations Manager
Charmaine Cannon
Charmaine CannonSchool Nurse
Joyce Chen
Joyce ChenArt Teacher
Pamela Correa
Pamela CorreaAccountant
Tahirah Crawford
Tahirah CrawfordDirector of College Placement
Christal Delgado
Christal Delgado10th Grade Team Leader / Spanish 1-3 Teacher
Dominique Dixon
Dominique DixonHealth and Physical Education Teacher - Chair of the Phys. Ed. Dept.
Erika Doehler
Erika Doehler12th Grade Health and Physical Education Teacher
Kevin Farrell
Kevin Farrell11th Grade Team Leader / Art Dept Chair / Visual Art I, II, and III Teacher
Jaclyn Franley
Jaclyn Franley10th Grade Chemistry Teacher
Ellen Gagnet
Ellen GagnetSpecial Education Teacher
Simone Hall
Simone HallTeacher Assistant
Erica Harrison
Erica HarrisonCollege Advisor
Andrew Hollander
Andrew Hollander11th Grade Health and Physical Education
Darius Jankowicz
Darius JankowiczTechnology Associate
Jamila Jackson
Jamila JacksonClassroom and Support Aide
Brian Knobloch
Brian KnoblochTeacher - English 12
Stephanie Kranz
Stephanie Kranz10th Grade Math Teacher
Alison Laycock
Alison Laycock10th Grade English Teacher / Assistant Dean of Instruction
Todd Levine
Todd Levine10th Grade English Teacher
Michael Lolkus
Michael LolkusMath Teacher, Mathematics Department Chair
Ana Lopez
Ana LopezOffice Manager
Annell Lopez
Annell LopezTeaching Assistant
Franny Lopez
Franny LopezSpanish II Teacher
Krystal Marte
Krystal Marte11th Grade Level Liason
Lauren Mignono
Lauren Mignono12th Grade Team Leader, Teacher of AP English and English 12
Brian Miller
Brian Miller9th Grade Math Teacher
Camille Miller
Camille MillerClassroom and Support Aid
Jennifer Moore
Jennifer Moore9th Grade Math Teacher
Lori Morea
Lori MoreaSchool Business Administrator
Kristin Nimoh
Kristin NimohCollege Advisor
Elizabeth O'Donnell
Elizabeth O'DonnellSchool Social Worker
Ernest Paige
Ernest PaigeDean of Discipline
Nathan Patton
Nathan Patton9th Grade English Teacher
Amy Pozmantier
Amy PozmantierCommunity Program Coordinator
Aaliyah Rainey
Aaliyah RaineyRecruitment Coordinator
Sydney Rende
Sydney Rende9th Grade English Teacher / Dean of Instruction
Jason RobertsArt II Teacher
Devin Robinson
Devin RobinsonBiology Teacher
Keith Robinson
Keith RobinsonDean of Culture
Donelyn Rollolazo
Donelyn Rollolazo9th Grade Level Liaison
Jess Rooney
Jess RooneyFounder, School Leader
Samantha Saint-Germain
Samantha Saint-Germain12th Grade Liaison
Sheba Samuel
Sheba Samuel9th Grade Science Teacher
Stephanie Sansalone
Stephanie SansaloneSchool Psychologist
Samuel Santiago
Samuel SantiagoClassroom and Support Aid
Megan Saxe
Megan SaxeAssistant Dean of Culture
Kelsey Scanlan
Kelsey Scanlan10th Grade Health and Physical Education Teacher
Allison Schaechter
Allison Schaechter10th Grade Teaching Assistant
Anthony Segreti
Anthony SegretiSocial Studies Department Chair, Teacher of AP U.S. History & U.S. History II
Enrique Silva
Enrique SilvaSchoolwide Support
Carol Stoll
Carol Stoll12th Grade Science Teacher
Monica N. Villafuerte
Monica N. VillafuerteAssistant School Leader
Rhahjon Watson
Rhahjon WatsonOperations and School Support Coordinator
Brent Weber
Brent Weber9th Grade English Teacher
Erica Wenzel
Erica Wenzel12th Grade Math Teacher
Alex Wheelock
Alex WheelockMath Teacher
Lindsay Whitesell
Lindsay Whitesell11th Grade English Teacher
Nastassia Williams
Nastassia Williams11th Grade English Teacher
Haley Wilson
Haley WilsonSpecial Education Teacher
Matthew Worstell
Matthew Worstell10th Grade World History Teacher
Ellen Youssif
Ellen Youssif10th Grade Level Liaison
Gregory Zaino
Gregory ZainoWorld History 11 Teacher
Kirsten Zippo
Kirsten ZippoArt 1 Teacher

Staff Profile

Tonya Bewley

Tonya Bewley

Operations Manager

Tonya Bewley has served as Operations Manager at People's Prep since 2012. Ms. Bewley previously worked as Operations and Resources Manager for Wynona's House Child Advocacy Center, a Newark-based nonprofit. Ms. Bewley was educated in the East Orange Public School District, and holds a B.A. in Psychology from Pine Manor College.

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Charmaine Cannon

Charmaine Cannon

School Nurse

Before coming to People's Prep as the School Nurse, Charmaine Cannon served as a Community Health Nurse for Newark's Department of Child and Family Well-Being. She holds an A.S. in Nursing and RN licensure from Trinitas School of Nursing, and is currently pursuing an RN-BSN/MSN at the Rutgers University College of Nursing.

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Joyce Chen

Joyce Chen

Art Teacher

Joyce Chen, the Art Teacher, earned her B.F.A. in Painting, with honors, and her M.A.T. from the Rhode Island School of Design. Ms. Chen student-taught in urban schools in Providence, Rhode Island before coming to People's Prep. Her artwork has been exhibited in New England and New York, and is part of Brown University's permanent collection. Joyce's lifelong goal is to inspire young people to set and fulfill high expectations for themselves by developing their artistic skills. Outside of teaching, she continues to paint.

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Pamela Correa

Pamela Correa

Accountant

Pamela Correa, the Accountant for People's Prep, has over fourteen years of experience working with businesses and non-profit organizations. She is also a Notary Public in the state of New Jersey. Pam, a native New Yorker, recently moved to Essex County. She enjoys exercising, motorcycle riding, and eating at the finest of restaurants with her family and friends. Pam earned a B.S. in Accounting from Lehman College, and is currently working on her Certification to become a School Business Administrator. She hopes to use her experience to help all children receive the opportunity to attend and graduate from college.

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Tahirah Crawford

Tahirah Crawford

Director of College Placement

Tahirah Jordan Crawford joins People's Prep as the Director of the Office of College Placement. Having been an Administrator in the Higher Education sector for several years, she brings a wealth of knowledge in the area of college readiness to our students and families.

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Christal Delgado

Christal Delgado

10th Grade Team Leader / Spanish 1-3 Teacher

Christal Delgado, the founding Spanish teacher at People's Prep, has been here since 2012. In addition to teaching Spanish 1 and 3, Ms. Delgado serves as the Tenth Grade Team Leader. Before she began teaching, Ms. Delgado supervised an after-school program for the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development's Cornerstone Initiative. She graduated from Fordham University with a B.A. in Spanish Literature and Sociology. She continues to study methods of language acquisition and enjoys seeing students practice their Spanish in a variety of contexts.

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Dominique Dixon

Dominique Dixon

Health and Physical Education Teacher - Chair of the Phys. Ed. Dept.

Dominique Dixon is the founding Health and Physical Education teacher at People's Prep and has been here since 2011. In addition to teaching Ninth Grade Health and Physical Education, he is the Chair of the Physical Education Department. He earned his B.S. in Health and Physical Education from Montclair State Univiersity. Mr. Dixon has a strong athletic background including All-American honors at the Division III level, and coaching experience for high school football. He continues to work with athletes throughout all four seasons of the year.

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Erika Doehler

Erika Doehler

12th Grade Health and Physical Education Teacher

Erika Doehler, the Twelfth Grade Health and Physical Education Teacher, is new to People's Prep this year. She earned her B.S. at the College of New Jersey and has her Master's Certification in Strength and Conditioning. In 2013, Erika was a presenter at the NJAHPERD convention. She has been an athlete all her life, which she believes helps her to connect with students and to make learning fun.

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Kevin Farrell

Kevin Farrell

11th Grade Team Leader / Art Dept Chair / Visual Art I, II, and III Teacher

Kevin R. Farrell, Jr. teaches Visual Art I, II, and III, is the Chair of the Art Department, and serves as the Eleventh Grade Team Leader. Mr. Farrell spent the past two summers as part of the National Academy of Advanced Teacher Education, where he focused on teacher leadership and instructional mastery. He is also an active painter, poet, and arts advocate. Mr. Farrell holds a B.A. in Art History and an M.A.T. in Art Education from the School of Visual Arts. Mr. Farrell believes that art can be taught--raw talent can be refined, imagination can be nurtured, and creativity can be guided.

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Jaclyn Franley

Jaclyn Franley

10th Grade Chemistry Teacher

Ms. Franey is new to People's Prep this year. She earned a B.S. in Science & Technology with minors in Physics and Mathematics from Kean University, and is currently finishing her Master's in Instruction and Curriculum. Ms. Franey wants all of her students to love science, as it is the key to everything that happens around us.

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Ellen Gagnet

Ellen Gagnet

Special Education Teacher

Ellen Gagnet is in her first year as a Special Education teacher at People's Prep. Ms. Gagnet grew up in New Orleans, and graduated from the University of Georgia, where she studied History and Spanish. She also studied History at the University of Oxford in England. Before coming to People's Prep, Ms. Gagnet coordinated volunteer trips for college students, and also worked in the Communications and Marketing department of the New Orleans Museum of Art. Ms. Gagnet, a 2014 Teach for America corps member, considers herself an arts and environmental advocate and hopes to incorporate these passions into her work with students at People's Prep.

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Simone Hall

Simone Hall

Teacher Assistant

Simone Hall joined People's Prep as a founder teacher in 2011, after teaching World History at Newark's North Star Academy. She has worked with the Children's Defense Fund Freedom School since 2006. Ms. Hall holds a B.A. in History and Secondary Education from Howard University. Ms. Hall, who is a third-generation teacher, is honored to serve in an urban community like her father and grandmother. In her spare time, Ms. Hall enjoys spending time with her council, the Women of Howard; talking on the phone to friends and family; and spending time with her boyfriend when possible.

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Erica Harrison

Erica Harrison

College Advisor

Erica Harrison is a College Advisor in the Office of College Placement. She has worked with adolescents in a variety of nonprofit settings, including after-school youth development programs and family services agencies. Ms. Harrison earned her B.A. in Social Work from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, and her M.S. in Social Work from Columbia University, where she focused on school-based and school-linked services. In her free time, Ms. Harrison enjoys running, reading, and spending time with family.

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Andrew Hollander

Andrew Hollander

11th Grade Health and Physical Education

Andrew Hollander, the Eleventh grade Health and Physical Education Teacher, received his B.A. in Health and Physical Education from Kean University. Mr. Hollander is an avid fan of the New York Yankees and New York Rangers. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf and riding his mountain bike. Mr. Hollander is also well known amongst his friends and family for making an amazing guacamole!

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Darius Jankowicz

Darius Jankowicz

Technology Associate

Darius Jankowicz comes to his role of Technology Associate with five years of experience as a technical support specialist for multiple schools in the Passaic District. He graduated from Full Sail University with a B.S. in Digital Arts and Design, has a strong passion for information and technology, and hopes to improve infrastructure and end user support at People's Prep.

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Jamila Jackson

Jamila Jackson

Classroom and Support Aide

Jamila Jackson is happy to continue in her role as a Classroom and Support Aide into the 2014-2015 school year. Prior to joining People's Prep, Ms. Jackson devoted her energies to working for education non-profit organizations such as Citizen Schools and Uncommon Schools. She is a graduate of Rutgers University–New Brunswick, where she majored in History and Communication. Ms. Jackson continues to look for opportunities to impact urban education, and her future goals include becoming a secondary school Social Studies teacher.

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Brian Knobloch

Brian Knobloch

Teacher - English 12

Brian Knobloch, the Twelfth Grade English Teacher, joins the People's Prep team from his home in Texas, the land of cows and plows. Mr. Knobloch earned his B.A. in English in 2005 from Sam Houston State University. After graduation, he taught 8th grade Language Arts and Reading for three years. Shortly thereafter, he landed at Lackland Air Force Base, where he taught 9th and 11th grade English as well as AP English Language and Composition to military dependents for six years. Now at People's Prep, Mr. Knobloch continues to engender a strong desire for learning in each of his students.

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Stephanie Kranz

Stephanie Kranz

10th Grade Math Teacher

Stephanie Kranz is the Tenth Grade Geometry Teacher at People's Prep. A 2013 graduate of Syracuse University, Ms. Kranz incorporates Orange Pride into all of her lessons. Her geometry curriculum is full of real-life applications and is grounded in her corny sense of humor. Ms. Kranz also loves to bake for her students. In her spare time, she loves to be with her two dogs and watch the latest 'Cuse sporting event on TV.

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Alison Laycock

Alison Laycock

10th Grade English Teacher / Assistant Dean of Instruction

Alison Laycock is one of the Tenth Grade English teachers at People's Prep as well as the Assistant Dean of Instruction. Before joining People's Prep in 2012, she earned her Master of Education from the University of Notre Dame while teaching in rural Louisiana. She studied English and Spanish as an undergraduate at Notre Dame.

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Todd Levine

Todd Levine

10th Grade English Teacher

Todd Levine received his B.A. in English and Spanish from Northwestern University. Prior to joining the team at People's Prep, Mr. Levine worked as an English Teaching Assistant in Chiapas, Mexico.

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Michael Lolkus

Michael Lolkus

Math Teacher, Mathematics Department Chair

Michael Lolkus teaches Math and serves as the Chair of the Math Department. Prior to coming to People's Prep, Mr. Lolkus taught summer school at Williamsburg Preparatory School, and for a month at Tetra Lutheran Private School in Tanzania. Mr. Lolkus holds a B.S. in Mathematics Education from Purdue University. He looks forward to getting involved in after school clubs with students, and to helping students develop other interest groups.

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Ana Lopez

Ana Lopez

Office Manager

Ana Lopez has been with People's Prep since August 2013 and serves as the Office Manager. Before joining the team, Ms. Lopez worked at a Rehabilitation Center for nine years. Making a career change proved to be a tough decision but also one of the most rewarding choices Ms. Lopez has ever made.

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Annell Lopez

Annell Lopez

Teaching Assistant

Annell Lopez works as a Teaching Assistant for the Eleventh Grade English department. Ms. Lopez studied English at Thomas Edison State College. Before joining People's Prep in 2013, Ms. Lopez worked for Citizen Schools for four years.

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Franny Lopez

Franny Lopez

Spanish II Teacher

Franny Lopez joins People's Prep this year as the Spanish 2 teacher. Ms. Lopez graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in World Languages Education and a B.S. in Spanish. Prior to working at People's Prep, Ms. Lopez worked with Upward Bound (1 of 8 TRiO programs) to ensure that high school students from all over Pennsylvania were on the path towards college.

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Krystal Marte

Krystal Marte

11th Grade Level Liason

Krystal Marte joined People's Prep this year as the Eleventh Grade Liaison. She has lived in Newark for most of her life. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a B.A. in History and a minor in Russian Studies. Ms. Marte cares deeply about the education of America's urban youth, and hopes to have a productive and successful year working with Newark students.

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Lauren Mignono

Lauren Mignono

12th Grade Team Leader, Teacher of AP English and English 12

Lauren Mignogno has been with People's Prep since 2012, teaching English 10 to the current class of 2019. Over the years, she has put her B.A. in English and M.F.A in Shakespeare to good use as she helps the students at People's Prep become avid readers, strong writers, and curious learners. This year, she has moved into a new leadership position as the Twelfth Grade Team Leader, where she continues to work with the class of 2019 and the teachers of 2019. She is also excited to finally move into the teaching position of her dreams—AP English. She looks forward to another great year of learning.

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Brian Miller

Brian Miller

9th Grade Math Teacher

Brian Miller is the Ninth Grade Math Teacher; this is his first year at People's Prep and his second year teaching. He has also worked as a private math tutor. Mr. Miller graduated with a degree in Math & Natural Sciences from Thomas Edison State College. Mr. Miller has varied interests other than math, including astronomy and history.

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Camille Miller

Camille Miller

Classroom and Support Aid

Camille Miller joins People's Prep for her second year as a Special Education Paraprofessional. Prior to joining People's Prep, Ms. Miller dedicated her early career to working as an Elementary Education Teacher. She also worked for supplemental education organizations such as Sylvan and Huntington Learning Center, where she was a Managing Director. Ms. Miller is a graduate of the Norfolk State University in Virginia, where she majored in Interdisciplinary Studies and Elementary Education with a minor in English. Ms. Miller is currently pursuing her Master's in Educational Leadership and Policy. Ms. Miller continues to advocate for urban education, and for brighter futures for youth.

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Jennifer Moore

Jennifer Moore

9th Grade Math Teacher

Jennifer Moore is a Teaching Assistant to the Math department at People's Prep. She has worked with students in Public, Private, and Charter school settings. Her experience with students range from Abbott PreSchoolers through Middle School students. Ms. Moore has a solid background in a supportive role and looks forward to helping students fulfill Peoples Prep's Mission—to graduate from college and to become involved, informed, and resilient citizens.

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Lori Morea

Lori Morea

School Business Administrator

Lori Morea, the founding Business Administrator of People's Prep, has been a member of the team since March 2011. Ms. Morea comes to People's Prep with extensive experience in both urban education and the private sector, including stints at professional services giant KPMG, and at the New York City Department of Education. Ms. Morea holds a B.S. in Accounting from Fordham University and an M.B.A. from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, where she concentrated on marketing, organizational behavior and strategy within both the corporate and entrepreneurial landscapes. Additionally, Ms. Morea has been a licensed Certified Public Accountant in New York since 2007. At People's Prep, Ms. Morea works to ensure that students, faculty and staff have the resources they need to in order to focus on teaching and learning.

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Kristin Nimoh

Kristin Nimoh

College Advisor

Kristin Nimoh joins People's Prep as the College Advisor in the Office of College Placement. As a former admission counselor and program coordinator for state-funded college readiness programs, Ms. Nimoh brings her experience, knowledge, and education to assist our students and families in the college application process.

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Elizabeth O'Donnell

Elizabeth O'Donnell

School Social Worker

Elizabeth O'Donnell joined the People's Prep staff three years ago. Before that time, Ms. O'Donnell worked as school social worker in Essex County at a private school for students with behavioral issues, and in East Harlem, with Preventive Services. She received her B.A. in Sociology from California State University, Fullerton, and her M.S.W. from the University of Southern California. She has experience in mental health assessments, case management, IEP assessment and implementation, and individual, family and group counseling.

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Ernest Paige

Ernest Paige

Dean of Discipline

A licensed social worker, Ernest Paige currently serves as our Dean of Discipline. He is a founding member of our staff. Before coming to People's Prep in 2011, Mr. Paige gained extensive experience providing discipline and support to others during twenty years with the United States Navy. Mr. Paige holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University, an M.P.A. from Troy University, and an M.S.W. from Fordham University.

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Nathan Patton

Nathan Patton

9th Grade English Teacher

In addition to serving as Dean of Instruction, Nathan Patton teaches Ninth Grade English at People's Prep. Mr. Patton has taught English at the Isaac Young Middle School in New Rochelle, NY; the TEAM Academy Charter School in Newark; and I.S. 195 Roberto Clemente Middle School in Harlem. Mr. Patton holds a B.A. in English from Furman University and an M.S. in Teaching from Pace University. As a leader and teacher, he focuses on providing students with opportunities for improvement, iteration, and creative problem solving. He maintains high standards of success for both himself and his students to ensure that students' skills improve each year.

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Amy Pozmantier

Amy Pozmantier

Community Program Coordinator

Amy Pozmantier came to People's Prep in 2013 from Grover Cleveland Mastery Charter School in Philadelphia, where she was a Sixth grade reading teacher. In her first year at People's Prep, Ms. Pozmantier placed thirty students in internships across the city of Newark. She continues to build lasting relationships with organizations and companies in Newark, with the goal of placing more students in internships and community service work. Ms. Pozmantier holds a B.A. in Individual Studies from New York University and a M.S.Ed. in Elementary Education from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Aaliyah Rainey

Aaliyah Rainey

Recruitment Coordinator

Aaliyah Rainey joined People's Prep in 2011 as a Recruitment Assistant before transitioning to the role of Recruitment Coordinator. A native of Newark and graduate of North Star Academy, Aaliyah graduated from Howard University in Washington, DC with a B.A. in Communications. In her spare time, Aaliyah enjoys binge-watching shows and movies on Netflix and OnDemand, traveling, anxiety attacks caused by the New York Knicks, listening to The Read, window shopping online, and reading HuffPost.

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Sydney Rende

Sydney Rende

9th Grade English Teacher / Dean of Instruction

Sydney Rende joined People's Prep in the fall of 2014 as a Ninth Grade English Teacher. Sydney graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.A. in English Language and Literature and a minor in Creative Writing and Spanish. Prior to working at People's Prep, Sydney tutored college students for four years in the University of Maryland Writing Center and worked as a Teaching Assistant for the University of Maryland's Academic Writing program.

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Jason Roberts

Art II Teacher

Jason Roberts, the Art II Teacher, earned his B.F.A. in Sequential Art with a minor in Art History at the Savannah College of Art and Design. He worked on his Master's at the Maine College of Art. After working in the SoHo and Chelsea gallery scenes, Mr. Roberts earned his teaching degree at Montclair State University. Before coming to People's Prep in 2014, Mr. Roberts worked for four years at the Newark Educators' Community Charter School.

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Devin Robinson

Devin Robinson

Biology Teacher

Devin Robinson joined People's Prep last year as a Biology Teacher. He earned his B.A. from Siena College, with a concentration in biology, and his M.Ed. in Secondary Science Education from Marist College. Mr. Robinson is a former research biologist who has worked with numerous organisms in exotic locations around the world; marine biology, aquaculture, and venomous reptiles are his specialties. Mr. Robinson has also developed ecological and conservation programs for numerous urban schools in upstate New York, and volunteers his time in the summer by teaching swimming lessons, assisting and advising in college laboratories, and serving as a trail guide in the Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park. In addition to being a PADI Advanced Open Water Scuba Diver, Mr. Robinson occupies his time with outdoor activities, reading, and going to the movies.

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Keith Robinson

Keith Robinson

Dean of Culture

In addition to serving as Dean of Culture, Keith Robinson teaches Ninth Grade Mathematics at People's Prep. Mr. Robinson has taught World History at Newark's Rise Academy Charter School, and Mathematics at I.S. 195 Roberto Clemente Middle School in Harlem. In addition, he has worked extensively to develop after-school programs in Harlem. Mr. Robinson holds a B.S. and an M.S. in Accounting from the University of Florida, as well as an M.S. in Teaching (Secondary Math) from Pace University. Mr. Robinson is committed to supporting students and their families in the hard work necessary to be successful in applying to and attending college.

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Donelyn Rollolazo

Donelyn Rollolazo

9th Grade Level Liaison

Donelyn Rollolazo joined People's Prep this year as the Ninth Grade Level Liaison. She is a West Coast transplant from the land of coffee, Microsoft, and rain. Ms. Rollolazo graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering and an urge to challenge the way youth view their education. She loves to read, bake, and go road-tripping in search of yummy food and tourist sites.

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Jess Rooney

Jess Rooney

Founder, School Leader

Jess Rooney is the Founding School Leader of People's Prep. She developed the vision for People's Prep during her time as a Newark Charter School Fund Founder-in-Residence, and as part of the nationally-renowned New Leaders for New Schools program. Prior to coming to school leadership, Ms. Rooney spent 4 years as a classroom Spanish teacher at New Design High School in Manhattan. Ms. Rooney holds a B.A. in Women's Studies from Smith College and an M.S.Ed. in Educational Leadership from the City University of New York-Baruch College. Ms. Rooney is thrilled to be rejoining the Wolfpack after her maternity leave following the birth of her first child.

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Samantha Saint-Germain

Samantha Saint-Germain

12th Grade Liaison

Samantha Saint-Germain is new to People's Prep as the Twelfth Grade Liaison. She earned a B.A. in English and Communications at the College of St. Elizabeth, and an M.P.A., specializing in Nonprofit Management, from Rutgers University. Prior to joining the Wolfpack, she worked as a Medical Case Manager for a local community health center network, managing the care of people living with HIV/AIDS. Although she found her work as a patient advocate rewarding, Samantha realized that her passion for equal opportunity, education, student achievement, and college preparation outshined even that. Samantha has worked with various community-based programs serving high school and college students, as well as their families, with a mission of preparing them for success in college and beyond. She is committed to sharing this same intensity, grit and love for scholarship with the students at People's Prep.

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Sheba Samuel

Sheba Samuel

9th Grade Science Teacher

Sheba Samuel is a Ninth Grade Physics teacher in her first year at People's Prep. Ms. Samuel was raised just outside of Newark in Bloomfield, New Jersey. She received her B.A. degree in Physics and a minor in Chemistry from Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania. She hopes to inspire her students to become physicists and engineers. Outside of school, Ms. Samuel plays the piano, reads books right before the film adaptations come out, attempts to keep up with current world events, and memorizes random trivia facts in hopes of one day becoming a Jeopardy Champion.

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Stephanie Sansalone

Stephanie Sansalone

School Psychologist

Stephanie Sansalone has served as School Psychologist at People's Prep since 2013. Prior to coming to People's Prep, Ms. Sansalone worked for a neuropsychologist conducting private evaluations and assisting at a summer camp for individuals with developmental disabilities and chronic medical conditions. Ms. Sansalone graduated from the University at Buffalo with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Education. She then earned her Master's degree in School Psychology at Iona College. In her spare time, she enjoys watching movies, reading, and baking.

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Samuel Santiago

Samuel Santiago

Classroom and Support Aid

Samuel Santiago joined the People's Prep team on September 2013 as Classroom and Support Aid. Previously, he taught in an elementary school in Orlando, FL. Sam earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from Seton Hall University. He enjoys working at People's Prep because it gives him the opportunity to help students from Newark, his hometown.

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Megan Saxe

Megan Saxe

Assistant Dean of Culture

Megan Saxe is in her second year at People's Prep and in a new role this year as the Assistant Dean of Culture. Megan grew up in Farmington Hills, Michigan (a small suburb of Detroit) and attended Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids. Both Megan and her younger borther were drawn to teaching because of the influence of their mother, who taught for thirty years.  When not at school, Megan enjoys finding new recipes to try, rock-climbing and exploring the hiking trails in New Jersey.

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Kelsey Scanlan

Kelsey Scanlan

10th Grade Health and Physical Education Teacher

Kelsey Scanlan is in her first year teaching Tenth Grade Health and Physical Education at People's Prep. Ms. Scanlan earned her B.S. at Salisbury University, and is a nationally certified Athletic Coach. She has been an athlete all of her life, and believes that the leadership roles and teamwork learned through sports are what help her to make Health and Physical Education fun and relatable. When not working hard at People's Prep, Ms. Scanlan enjoys all sports, spending time with friends and family, and finding new books to read.

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Allison Schaechter

Allison Schaechter

10th Grade Teaching Assistant

Allison Schaechter is the Tenth Grade English Language Arts Teaching Assistant in her first year at People's Prep. Ms. Schaechter grew up in East Brunswick, NJ, and graduated from Montclair State University with her Bachelor's Degree in Secondary English Education. Prior to working in People's Prep, Ms. Schaechter served as a substitute Sixth Grade Language Arts and Mathematics teacher in Elizabeth, NJ. When she is not teaching, Ms. Schaechter enjoys reading, as well as listening to and playing music.

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Anthony Segreti

Anthony Segreti

Social Studies Department Chair, Teacher of AP U.S. History & U.S. History II

Anthony Segreti serves as the Social Studies Department Chair and is part of the Instructional Leadership Team. Mr. Segreti also teaches U.S. History II and AP U.S. History to seniors. He has been with People's Prep since its second year. Mr. Segreti grew up in Pittsburgh and earned his B.A. in History and his M.Ed. from the University of Pittsburgh. He began teaching his younger siblings at an early age—so becoming an educator was a natural fit.  In his spare time, he enjoys playing hockey, seeing live music, and trying new restaurants.

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Enrique Silva

Enrique Silva

Schoolwide Support

Enrique Silva first came to People's Prep as a Newark Board of Education security guard before transitioning into a permanent position with Peoples Prep. Mr. Silva, who was born and raised in Newark, did a tour as a Marine during Desert Storm/Shield. He attended Bloomfield College, where he studied education and plans to one day finish his education and obtain a position as a physical education teacher.

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Carol Stoll

Carol Stoll

12th Grade Science Teacher

Carol Stoll teaches Twelfth Grade Science and Society, a course that focuses on a variety of currently controversial topics in science. Prior to working at People's Prep, Ms. Stoll was an intern Biology teacher at Boston Arts Academy. She holds a B.A. in Biology from Washington University in St. Louis, and an Ed.M in Science Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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Monica N. Villafuerte

Monica N. Villafuerte

Assistant School Leader

Monica Villafuerte, the founding Assistant School Leader of People's Prep, has over seventeen years of urban public school experience as both a classroom teacher and an administrator. Ms. Villafuerte holds a B.S in Education from New York University, an M.Ed. From Cambridge College, and an Ed.M. in School Building Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University.

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Rhahjon Watson

Rhahjon Watson

Operations and School Support Coordinator

Rhahjon Watson, the Operations and School Support Coordinator, is one of the founding members of People's Prep Charter School. Prior to working for PPCS, Mr. Watson worked for the Newark Public Schools as a Security Officer on the campus. Mr. Watson has a unique set of skills that are an asset to the students, staff, and the community of PPCS. Mr. Watson is very passionate about inner-city children receiving their education and serves as a great role model for the students. Mr Watson enjoys reading, writing, exercise, playing, and coaching football.

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Brent Weber

Brent Weber

9th Grade English Teacher

Brent Weber is entering his fourth year in the People's Prep English Department. He currently serves as the Ninth Grade Team Leader, and is the co-founder of the school's guitar club. He holds a B.S. in Journalism/New Media from Towson University and earned his state teaching certification from Seton Hall University. When not in the classroom, Mr. Weber can be found pursuing one of his many passions like hockey, basketball, swimming, guitar, travel, and vegan cooking. He is a firm believer in the transformative power of writing, and encourages his students to find their own creative voice.

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Erica Wenzel

Erica Wenzel

12th Grade Math Teacher

Erica Wenzel is the Precalculus teacher in her first year at People's Prep. She grew up in Yorktown Heights, NY, and graduated from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, with a B.S. in Mathematics and Environmental Science. In her free time, she enjoys playing sports (especially softball or volleyball), reading, and hiking.

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Alex Wheelock

Alex Wheelock

Math Teacher

Alex Wheelock has taught Eleventh Grade Algebra 2 at People's Prep since 2013. He grew up in Providence, Rhode Island, and graduated from Williams College with a B.A. in Mathematics and Computer Science. He enrolled in Teach For America in the summer of 2013, teaching Twelfth Grade Precalculus and engaging in intensive teacher training in Philadelphia. At People's Prep, Alex Wheelock serves as the Algebra 2 Teacher, Council Coach to the Men of Williams, and Co-Head of the GSA. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, writing poetry, and programming.

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Lindsay Whitesell

Lindsay Whitesell

11th Grade English Teacher

Lindsay Whitesell has served as an English Language Arts teacher at People's Prep since 2012. Prior to working at People's Prep, Ms. Whitesell ran the Human Resources department of a high-end residential construction management company in New York City.  Discovering her passion for English and teaching after several years in the corporate world, Ms. Whitesell earned her M.S.T. in Adolescent Education from Pace University in 2012 after holding a B.A. in English Literature and a B.S. in Psychology for several years and not quite knowing what to do with those degrees. When not teaching, you can find her wandering through NYC, on a beach in New England, or cheering on the Patriots.

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Nastassia Williams

Nastassia Williams

11th Grade English Teacher

Nastassia Williams graduated from Wesleyan University in 2012, where she majored in African American Studies and minored in English. Nastassia received the Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship for Aspiring Teachers of Color during her senior year of undergrad, which allowed her to continued her education at Bard College, where she received a Master of Arts in Teaching. Nastassia joined People's Prep in the summer of 2013 as a Teaching Fellow with the Eleventh Grade English Language Arts team, she now works as one the Eleventh Grade English Language Arts teachers.

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Haley Wilson

Haley Wilson

Special Education Teacher

Haley Wilson, one of the Special Education Teachers, began teaching at People's Prep last year, as part of the Teach For America program. Originally from Iowa, Ms. Wilson graduated from at Rider University, where she studied Secondary Education/Social Studies with a Minor in Special Education. Ms. Wilson currently co-teaches with numerous teachers and supports various subjects within the school. She also serves as Council Coach to fourteen tenth grade girls.

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Matthew Worstell

Matthew Worstell

10th Grade World History Teacher

Matt Worstell is entering his third year at PPCS as the Tenth Grade World History Teacher.  Mr. Worstell majored in European History and Social Studies Education at Syracuse University, where he also earned his M.A. in Literacy Education.  When not teaching, you may find Mr. Worstell riding one of his many bikes on the road or through trails.

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Ellen Youssif

Ellen Youssif

10th Grade Level Liaison

Ellen Youssif joins the People's Prep team this year as the Tenth Grade Level Liaison. She graduated from Nyack College with a B.A in Psychology and a minor in Biblical Studies. Prior to working at People's Prep she served as an Area Coordinator in Residence Life and worked at the Career Services department at her alma mater. Ms. Youssif has a passion for peoples, cultures, and social justice.

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Gregory Zaino

Gregory Zaino

World History 11 Teacher

Gregory Zaino has served as a Social Studies Teacher at both the middle school and high school level for the past five years. Mr. Zaino earned his B.A. in history at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania. He pursued a career in advertising before realizing that his true passion was for teaching. Mr. Zaino earned his M.Ed. at Fairfield University, while interning at Park City Prep Charter School in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and teaching in Fairfield, Connecticut. Mr. Zaino is currently studying special education at Rutgers. When he isn't teaching, you can find Mr. Zaino hiking, mountain biking, skiing, golfing, and watching movies or sports. He likes to cheer on the Yankees and the one true football team—the New York Giants.

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Kirsten Zippo

Kirsten Zippo

Art 1 Teacher

Kirsten Zippo is excited to be teaching her first year at People's Prep. Kirsten served as a  student-teacher in North Philadelphia at Little Flower High School. She earned her B.S. in Education, with a major in Art Education and a minor in Photography from Temple University, Tyler School of Art in 2011. Prior to working at People's Prep, Kirsten worked for two years as the Head Pre-School Teacher at Wonder Years Academy. She also taught an arts and crafts class at the Kidsports Academy in Woodbridge, NJ. In the past, Kirtsen has exhibited several pieces in the "Assemblages" gallery exhibit at Philadelphia Salvage. Kirsten has a passion for teaching children and helping them reach their potential. In her free time, she likes to work on her art, which is usually mixed-media with fabric, paint, and found objects.