Our students achieve at such high levels, in large part, because of their teachers, counselors, and advisors. We recruit, train, and retain the best-of-the-best because our students require and deserve the country’s hardest working and highest achieving professionals.

Teachers and staff at People’s Prep are fierce supporters of our students, our community, and each other. We know that often times things are not our faults, but they are still our responsibility. Our work is serious, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously.

Our core values guide our actions, motivate our decisions, and push us towards our mission. We are working to prove to our students, to our community, and to the country that a child’s zip code does not have to dictate their future.

The Wolfpack

Cynthia Aguilar

English Teacher

Darrell Williams

Day Custodian

Chassidy Moore

Teaching Assistant

Willie Rzucidlo

Health/Physical Education Teacher

Yazmine Anderson

Office Associate

Ashley Nieves

Teaching Assistant

Crystal Ruiz

Teaching Assistant

Tiffani Brown

Chief Operating Officer

Kristina Mejias

Operations Coordinator

Grace Park

Math Teacher

Malak Fakhry

ELL Teacher

Maggie Tchorzewska

Reading Coordinator

Marta Tchorzewska

Communications Associate

Austin Thurber

Physics Teacher

Glenny Lapaix

English Teacher

Vanessa Diaz

Apprentice Teacher

Erica Fuhrman

Special Education Teacher

Naima Moore

History Teacher

Tia Louis

School Social Worker

Tory Ryan

History Teacher

Allison Addona

English Teacher

Philip Materio

Assistant Dean of School Culture

Amy Eberly

Community Programs Manager

Ana Lopez

Executive Assistant

Andrew Hollander

Dean of School Culture

Anthony Francesco

English Teacher

Bobby Rubin

English Teacher

Brent Weber

English Teacher

Charae Baulkman

Futures Teacher

Courtney Epps

Math Teacher

Cristina Cornier

Spanish Teacher

Damien Garofalo

History Teacher

Darren Harper

College Advisor

Denise Torres

School Psychologist

Dominique Dixon

Director of Athletics, Health/Physical Education Teacher

Emily Kaplowitz

Alumni Coordinator

Eric Oringer

Math Teacher

Erika Doehler

Health/Physical Education Teacher

Isatis Cabrera

Student and Family Engagement Coordinator

Jacob Xavier

Data Analyst Manager

Janae Bailey

Biology Teacher

Jason Roberts

Art Teacher

Jennifer Moore

Math Teacher

Jess Rooney

Founder, Co-Executive Director

Jordan Peters

Music Teacher

Juan Correa

Assistant Dean of School Culture, Health/Physical Education Teacher

Karen Patton

School Psychologist

Keith Robinson

Principal, Co-Executive Director

Kelsey Smith

English Teacher

Kevin Farrell

Art Teacher

Manoushka Adam

Internship Teaching Assistant

Morgan Clark

School Social Worker

Nathan Patton

Director of Curriculum and Instruction/ English Teacher

Nicole Souza

Math Teacher

Samantha Laycock

Talent Manager

Sarah Felleman

Math Teacher

Sueda Tonyali

Teaching Assistant

Sujin Lee

Chemistry Teacher

Tahirah Crawford

Director of College Placement

Tasina Muttakim

Apprentice Teacher

Tonya Bewley

Manager of Operations

Tula Richards-Gift

Assistant Principal of Underclassmen

Vanessa Cruz

English Teacher

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.