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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.