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Our Faculty

“Throwing potassium in water just never gets old! I love watching the students find the ‘ah-ha’ moments. Usually, students have to work for at least one topic in chemistry, and when they have struggled and struggled and then finally really understand, it’s wonderful to see. When I try to explain Prep culture to people, I try to explain that although we take academics seriously, we don’t let that destroy our sense of whimsy." 

- Amy James, Chemistry Teacher

"I get to spend my day talking about books and words and the way they make people feel; I feel pretty lucky to have a gig like this. And, I spend every day surrounded by energetic, idealistic, passionate people -- and I mean both the students and the faculty. Where else does one get to spend so much time with people who are constantly dreaming about how to make the world a better place?"

- Brian Tregembo, English Teacher

“I think the thing I love most about teaching is seeing kids grow as the year goes on and seeing students find interest in something they didn’t think they would find interesting. I am lucky to be able to teach something that I love and learn with the students. One of the best things about teaching engineering is allowing students to understand that they can be lifelong learners, and my favorite way this happens is when I don’t know the answer to one of their most challenging questions, and we have to look it up and learn together.”


- Arren Buck, Engineering/Mechatronics Teacher

“My favorite thing about being a teacher is my favorite thing about being a student – you get to start fresh every year, meet new people, and learn more about whatever your passion is. I see students step out of their comfort zone. Students are wonderfully surprising, and I enjoy watching their journey inside and outside of my classroom.”

- Leslie Jackson, Math & Physics Teacher

"I love to see the students proud of what they make! It is truly energizing. Whether it be a 6th grader learning the potters’ wheel for the first time, or my seniors building a piece of furniture they designed, there is something about watching them beam in their accomplishments that is worth all the hard work we put in as teachers. It is the creative accomplishments that the students are not aware of yet, but that the teachers can see are just around the corner, that makes me love what I do." 


- Waseem Touma, Art Teacher & Department Chair

“Through the 23 years I have taught here, I never cease to be amazed at middle school kids’ ideas and creativity. Life is fun! Work is the necessary contrast to relaxation. Balance is the key to happiness.” 

- Lucy Kozikowski, English Teacher

 
 
The Prep faculty is varied, experienced, and talented, with rich interests and backgrounds. Among this group are accomplished individuals who have worked for the Associated Press, Reuters, United Press International, engineering firms, and museums. Some have owned their own business, practiced law, served in the military and as police officers and firefighters. The Prep faculty boasts several published authors, award-winning musicians, professional performers, and celebrated artists. 

 

Our faculty has lived, studied, and worked in all regions of the United States, from East Coast to West Coast, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Colombia, England, France, Germany, Ghana, the Haute Savoie, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Nepal, Poland, Puerto Rico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Venezuela, and Vietnam.

 

Our teachers feel passionate about giving our students global awareness. They have taken students on trips to the border fence at Juarez, Mexico, on humanitarian service trips to the Dominican Republic and Haiti, Guatemala, Oaxaca, Bhutan, and post-Katrina affected areas. They also lead educational trips to Cuba, China, Japan, Bhutan, France, Spain, Central America, New York, and Washington, DC.

 

The Prep faculty knows that the respect, trust, and rapport they develop with their students encourage advanced learning. Students reach higher than they ever believed they could because they know they have support and help from their teachers. The Prep faculty is not only talented, it is caring; not only connected to their passions, but also to the needs of their students.

 

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