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:
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-Jovelle 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 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 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.
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 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 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.