Head of School Rik Dugan announces new faculty and staff for the 2021-22 school year in his annual Summer Update.
Welcoming passionate, joyful, mission-driven and vision-aligned educators onto our Team at Princeton Academy is one of the most rewarding and vital things we do. Our educators believe in our young men and fulfill our mission one boy at a time. I am excited to share the following personnel announcements with our community:
Director of the Learning Resource Center
Read Zaneta Chamber's announcement
K-8 Visual Arts Educator
It is with great enthusiasm that I announce the appointment of Arleen Thompson as Princeton Academy's K-8 Visual Arts Educator. Ms. Thompson comes to Princeton Academy most recently from The Newgrange School in Hamilton, NJ, where she brought out the artist in students ages 6 to 21 years old. Prior to her time at Newgrange, Ms. Thompson taught art at Granville Middle School and High School in Trenton, NJ, and at Doane Academy in Burlington, NJ, where she worked with students in grades PK-12.
Ms. Thompson believes that "instruction should be student-centered, mentally, and physically active, and multi-modal, and that students should engage in activities that enable them to see the totality of each art form from various perspectives as the maker, the perceiver, the critic, and the audience."
Ms. Thompson states, "As an experienced art educator, I am excited to continue my teaching journey at PASH! I look forward to encouraging our students to understand the value of their ability to think creatively with their problem-solving and inspiring them to use innovative ways to demonstrate their knowledge."
Ms. Thompson holds a bachelor's in Art Education from Kutztown University and a master's in Art Education from Holy Family University. She also holds certifications in Art Education K-12, Elementary Education K-8 and Special Education K-5.
Please join me in welcoming Arleen into our Princeton Academy family.
Grade 3 Lead Classroom Teacher
It is with great honor that I announce the appointment of Traci Hatcher as Grade 3 Lead Classroom Teacher for the 2021-22 academic year. Ms. Hatcher will be teaming up with Ms. Schnitzler to deliver a transformative Grade 3 experience for the Class of 2027.
Ms. Hatcher comes to Princeton Academy from Christina Seix Academy (CSA) where she served as a Grade 3 Lead Teacher. Prior to her time at CSA, Ms. Hatcher served as a lower school teacher and assistant head of lower school at The Lewis School of Princeton. Ms. Hatcher has served as an adult ESL instructor at Mercer County College, a first-grade teacher at Life Center Academy in Florence, NJ, and as a first-grade teacher at Lincoln School in Guadalajara, Mexico. Ms. Hatcher works with educators through Adopt One Village as a leadership coach in Abetifi, Ghana.
Ms. Hatcher believes that "every child deserves to feel safe to express their ideas and opinions in a classroom where all opinions matter and all beliefs are respected." She believes that "education is a partnership with the family" and that "the best teaching is done when children are excited and curious." Ms. Hatcher states, "it is my extreme pleasure to join the dynamic lower school team for the upcoming school year! Along with the joy of combining with like-minded, innovative educators, I am equally enthused to have the opportunity to help shape young, future leaders! I have been drawn to PASH's dedication to excellence and creativity and I am honored to collaborate in such an environment. I look forward to meeting each of you at the start of the 2021-22 academic year!"
Ms. Hatcher graduated Cum Laude from Rutgers with a bachelor's in English and a minor in Women and Gender Studies. She also holds an M.Ed. in Teaching English as a Second Language from The College of New Jersey.
Please join me in welcoming Traci into our Princeton Academy family.
Director of Social Emotional Wellness
Now more than ever the social-emotional wellbeing of our young men must be our top priority. The creation of Princeton Academy's inaugural Director of Social Emotional Wellness position is an essential strategic priority of Epic Vision: Soaring with Heart that will enable us to support the wellbeing of our community and fulfill our mission.
I am inspired to announce the appointment of Kevin McDermott as Princeton Academy's Director of Social Emotional Wellness. Mr. McDermott comes to Princeton Academy from Reverend Brown Elementary and Pope John Middle School in Sparta, NJ where he served as a school counselor. Mr. McDermott holds a bachelor's in Sociology with a minor in Criminal Justice from the University of Scranton and a master's in Counseling (school counseling track) from Montclair State University (CACREP Accredited). Mr. McDermott is currently part of the Advanced Counseling Program from Montclair State University (CACREP Accredited) for Licensed Associate Counselor.
Mr. McDermott states, "I am very excited to have the opportunity to join the PASH community! As a mental health advocate and educator, I believe it is critical to have a philosophy of education that embraces the spiritual, social, and emotional growth of every student. As the new Director of Social and Emotional Wellness, I have been blessed with the opportunity to educate the boys about the interconnection between spirituality, mental health, learning, and social-emotional wellbeing. These skills will help them navigate their school classrooms, as well as the world around them, as they strive to become socially conscious citizens. I am eager to work with a community that shares my passion for this educational philosophy, and I can't wait to get started!"
Please join me in welcoming Kevin into our Princeton Academy family.