Every Student Deserves a Great Teacher

People’s Prep was built on the premise that every Newark student deserves both a great teacher and the opportunity to attend college. As the only independent public charter high school in Newark, we are uniquely empowered to recruit and train the best teachers in the country. Teachers at People’s Prep:

  • Believe wholeheartedly in our mission of preparing all of our students to graduate from the college of their choice as informed, involved, and resilient citizens.
  • Receive a competitive salary and are offered frequent opportunities for recognition from peers and leadership alike--from year-end awards to weekly “prop circles.”
  • Participate in weekly instructional coaching from their first year of teaching onward. Our instructional coaches, active teachers at People’s Prep themselves, provide highly individualized, intensive support. This is just one way we promote teacher-leaders at People’s Prep-- we have many other pathways to growth within our school even while remaining primarily in the classroom.
  • Are given appropriate levels of support and autonomy. While we expect our teachers to strive every day to be the best they can be, we foster a culture of empathy and support for those inevitable “off” days. Members of the Wolfpack keep their eyes on the prize and help each other grow.

The Wolfpack

Amy Pozmantier Eberly

Community Programs Manager

Ana Lopez

Office Manager

Andrew Hollander

Eleventh Grade Health and Physical Education

Anthony Francesco

English 1

Bobby Rubin

English 2

Brent Weber

English 3, Tenth Grade Team Leader, Senior Class Advisor

Charae Baulkman

Futures

Courtney Epps

Algebra 2

Cristina Cornier

Spanish 2 & 3

Damien Garofalo

Global History

Darren Harper

Ninth and Tenth Grade College Advisor

Denise Torres

School Psychologist

Dominique Dixon

Director of Athletics, Instructional Leader

Emily Kaplowitz

Alumni Coordinator

Eric Oringer

Geometry

Erika Doehler

Health and Physical Education Teacher

Isatis Cabrera

Student and Family Engagement Coordinator

Jacob Xavier

Data Analyst

Janae Bailey

Biology

Jason Roberts

Art 1 & 2

Jennifer Moore

Algebra 1

Jess Rooney

Founder, Co-Executive Director

Jordan Peters

Music

Juan Correa

Health and Physical Education

Karen Patton

School Psychologist

Keith Robinson

Co-Executive Director

Kelsey Chapp

English 2

Kevin Farrell

Art Department Chair, Art 3, AP Studio

Manoushka Adam

Internship Teaching Assistant

Morgan Clark

School Social Worker

Nathan Patton

Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Nicole Souza

Geometry

Samantha Laycock

Recruiter

Sarah Felleman

Pre-Calculus

Sueda Tonyali

Apprentice Teacher

Sujin Lee

Chemistry

Tahirah Crawford

Director of College Placement

Tasina Muttakim

Apprentice Teacher

Tonya Bewley

Operations Manager

Tula Richards-Gift

Underclassmen Dean

Vanessa Cruz

English 4

Alison Laycock Ruiz

Dean of Student Interventions

Board Of Directors

Adam V. Goldfarb, Founding Board Member, Board Chair

Adam Goldfarb is People’s Prep’s board chair and has served on the board since the school’s inception. He has worked in Newark’s City Hall on workforce development, ex-offender reentry, and economic development issues, and lived in Newark’s Ironbound neighborhood. Adam has also worked as chief of staff of the Connecticut State Department of Education, as a staff member for President Obama’s 2008 campaign, and as a consultant to education philanthropy and policy organizations. He received his undergraduate, law, and business degrees from Yale University.

Marie-Jouvelle Aubourg

Marie-Jouvelle Aubourg is director of teacher recognition at the NYC Department of Education, where she has worked in various roles over the past 11 years. She currently oversees a portfolio of programs to recognize and retain quality teachers in NYC public schools. She is devoted to reversing social inequalities. In order to do so effectively, she has benefited from Princeton University’s AlumniCorp Emerging Leaders Public Policy Fellowship and is currently continuing her leadership development through Leadership Newark’s Public Policy Fellowship. Marie-Jouvelle holds an MPA from Rutgers University–Newark and a BA in biology and society from Cornell University.

DeTravius A. Bethea, School Culture Committee Chair

DeTravius Bethea is the founder and CEO of Social Media Rainmakers, LLC. Previously, he was an adjunct professor at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and a law clerk for the Community Defender Division (CDD) at The Public Defender Service for The District of Columbia, where, he received the CDD Champions of Liberty Award for Outstanding Advocacy. DeTravius holds a JD from Howard University School of Law and a BA in Africana studies from Rutgers University.

Jayme Heffler, Development Committee Chair

Jayme Heffler is vice president of marketing at Gadget Software, a mobile software company headquartered in Newark. Prior to joining Gadget Software, Jayme held positions in editorial, sales, and sales management at Pearson Education and Wiley. With fifteen years of sales and sales leadership experience in higher education, Jayme has won numerous sales awards and has developed and coached award-winning sales teams. Jayme earned her BA in political science from the University at Albany.

Jodi Nussbaum

For over 25 years, Jodi Nussbaum has been focused on creating educational content for children and those who care for them with the goal of helping young people use media to reach their highest potential. Currently, Jodi serves as vice-president of special project production at Sesame Workshop. Her work spans a variety of media platforms both domestically and internationally. Using a model that encourages content producers, educators, and researchers to seamlessly work together has allowed Jodi and her colleagues to make a meaningful difference in the lives of millions of children. Jodi is also an adjunct professor at Montclair State University where she teaches the next generation of producers about the power of media to positively affect the lives of children. Jodi attended Binghamton University where she earned a BA in English.

Mindy Propper, Finance Committee Chair

Mindy Propper is a founding principal with The ANTARES Group, where she helps youth-focused organizations build and strengthen their capacity. After 25 years providing strategic guidance to global financial institutions with KPMG/BearingPoint, Mindy transitioned into the nonprofit and education sector. She has served as chief operating officer for The LEAGUE (now part of The Points of Light Institute), a web-based nonprofit that empowers students to improve their communities, and on the foundation supporting the KIPP charter school network. Mindy is a frequent speaker at events including the Nonprofit Finance Fund, Wall Street Women Forum, and Fordham University. She holds an MBA in marketing and finance from Fordham University and earned her BA in economics and drama from Franklin and Marshall College.

Cameron Welch, Vice Chair, Talent Committee Chair

Cameron Welch is a member of the litigation and construction services practice groups at the law firm Cole Schotz P.C. He has represented a range of clients, from multinational corporations to small business owners and individuals, in a broad array of disputes, including complex commercial litigation, foreclosure, lender liability, shareholder disputes, and personal injury matters. Cameron holds a JD from Seton Hall University School of Law and a BA in political science from Johns Hopkins University.