Princeton Charter School

Faculty and Staff

The Princeton Charter School strives to provide the highest quality teaching staff. All teachers are New Jersey state certified.  In addition, all faculty hired since September 2011 must be New Jersey State residents.


Teachers and Instructional Aides


  • Chris Tocco         Facilities Director

Tech Department

  • Rob Short            Director of Technology

Administrative Staff


Faculty and staff members have e-mail addresses at The pattern is first initial last name. A teacher named First Last would have e-mail address:



Erinn Auletta

Erinn Auletta teaches English at Princeton Charter School. Erinn is a passionate, lifelong learner and teacher. She is an advocate for all children and a skilled facilitator of an inclusive, invigorating, inquiry-based instructional partnership. In addition to a profound love of reading and writing, Erinn also practices yoga and maintains a healthy sense of humor. Prior to joining the PCS team, Erinn taught a variety of upper elementary and middle school grades for many years in the Clinton Township School District in New Jersey. She graduated with a BA in German from Douglass College, Rutgers University and is both a certified and Highly Qualified teacher of Language Arts and Social Studies in Grades K-8. Email: EAuletta

Amanda Bongiovanni 

Amanda Bongiovanni teaches science to Kindergarten, First, and Second grades at Princeton Charter School. She is also the After School Program Coordinator. Amanda has worked as a "MadScientist" for MadScience of Pennington, NJ, conducting educational science shows for after school clubs, birthday parties, and week long summer camps. She earned her B.S. at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania in Middle Level Education with specific certifications in Grades 4-6: All Subjects and Grades 7-8: Science and English/Language Arts. Amanda transferred her teaching certifications to New Jersey shortly after graduating, earning the Grades K-6: All Subjects certificate and the Grades 6-8: Science and English/Language Arts certifcations. Email: ABongiovanni

Aaron Burt

Aaron Burt teaches mathematics, and physical education in the lower elementary grades at Princeton Charter School. He is also the PCS cross country coach. For the two years before joining the PCS staff, he was the sports director at the YMCA in Princeton. He has also worked with children in Head Start, and was a Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA), for the Washoe Indian Tribe. Mr. Burt earned his Bachelor of Arts in sociology and social interaction at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY, and teaching certificate from Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey . E-mail: ABurt

 Andrea Carney

Andrea Carney teaches mathematics at Princeton Charter School. She prides herself on her ability to see a student's potential and to teach to that student's strengths. Prior to joining the staff, Ms. Carney spent a year as a Title I tutor at Log College Middle School in Warminster, PA. She also taught grade five and coached field hockey for three years at Moravian Academy in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and her teaching certificate at Moravian College, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.E-mail: ACarney

Laura Celik

Laura Celik teaches science to upper-school students at Princeton Charter School. Laura worked at PCS from 2003-2004, assisting several classes and coordinating the after-school program. From 2006-2010, she taught seventh grade science and technology classes and served as an advisor at Julia Morgan School for Girls in Oakland, California. Laura has also worked as an environmental engineer, and has taught science and technology enrichment programs organized by the University of Wisconsin - Madison.  She is excited to be back at PCS after nine years, and to motivate her students to both enjoy science and excel. Laura earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and Master of Engineering in Environmental Engineering at Princeton University. E-mail: LCelik

Andrea Chipana

Andrea Chipana teaches Spanish at Princeton Charter School.  Before working at PCS, Andrea taught Spanish to high school students and ESL to immigrants and business professionals.  The part of teaching she enjoys most is interacting and forming relationships with her students.  She has had the opportunity to study, volunteer, and visit many Spanish speaking countries such as Costa Rica, Honduras, and Argentina.  Outside of the classroom, Andrea enjoys teaching Zumba and spending time with her two sons Gabriel and Mateo. Email: AChipana

Brian J. Ciuffreda

Brian J. Ciuffreda has been known since 2003 for giving his students countless “opportunities” in science at Princeton Charter School. His students are continually challenged to think at a high level and to make sure they understand how and why things are related. Mr. Ciuffreda also serves as the school’s PowerSchool Administrator and Technology Coordinator, directs the PCS Jazz Ensemble, and is the school coordinator for the President's Volunteer Service Awards. He has presented multiple times at both the National Science Teachers Association convention and the New Jersey Science Teachers Association convention. When he is not in class, you are likely to find Mr. Ciuffreda volunteering as a youth sports coach, performing as a professional musician, or otherwise making an impact in the community. Mr. Ciuffreda currently serves as a Trustee for the Teal Tea Foundation, on the Board of Lawrence Little League, on the Board of the Lawrence Township Junior Baseball / Softball Association, and as an officer in Knights of Columbus Council 7000. He came to PCS with a varied background in teaching and business, including work in personality assessment and human resource consulting. Mr. Ciuffreda earned his B.A. degree with honors in biology and music from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania and earned his Master of Science in Education in Learning Design and Technology from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.  E-mail: BCiuffreda

Marie Devlaminck

Marie Devlaminck studied at the Institut d'Architecture in Tournai, Belgium and earned a diplome d'architecte  with distinction. This was followed by two years at Cornell University where she earned a Masters of Arts. Mme Devlaminck has worked as an architect for 8 years at CUH2A, an architect-engineer firm in Princeton and is a licensed architect in New Jersey. After few years of volunteering as the President of the Association Francophone de Princeton, AFdP, she started a French conversation class in 2005 that still meets every month. She and her husband remain active members of the AFdP. Before coming to Princeton Charter School she taught French at Stuart Country Day School for two years. Both her sons graduated from PCS, the  first in 2009 and the second in 2012..E-mail: MDevlaminck

 Kristi Dudek

 Kristi Dudek teaches science to kindergarten, first and second grade students at PCS. She also teaches supplemental language arts and runs the after school program.  Kristi earned a Bachelors degree in elementary education from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. She has taught fifth grade in the area for the past three years and was previously a basic skills instructor in the Princeton Regional Schools.  Her strengths include applying a balanced literacy approach to teaching reading and writing which is characterized by explicit skill instruction and the use of authentic texts.  She loves helping students strengthen their reading comprehension and works hard to establish a positive, nurturing classroom environment. .E-mail: KDudek

Alma Deinstadt

Mrs. Deinstadt teaches Spanish and History at Princeton Charter School.  Her goal is to impart her passion and excitement for learning to her students.  Prior to coming to PCS, Mrs. Deinstadt worked at a General Motors automotive plant as a Systems Engineer.  At GM Linden, she was responsible for overseeing the installation, integration, and user training of a plant-wide maintenance software program.  She then came to Princeton where she worked at the Princeton YMCA as director of the childcare and preschool program.  At the YMCA, she implemented the award winning Creative Curriculum for preschools.  Mrs. Deinstadt earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and her post-Baccalaureate certification in Elementary Education from Kean University in New Jersey.  She graduated Cum Laude and is a member of the Kean University chapter of the Lamda Alpha Sigma and Psi Chi National Honor Societies. .E-mail: ADeinstadt

Arthur Eisenbach

Arthhur Eisenbach is excited to be returning to Princeton as a mathematics teacher for the 5th through 8th grades.  He last lived in Princeton as an undergraduate at the University, where he earned his degree in psychology.   After spending several decades working in the private sector in financial services marketing, he became a New York City Teaching Fellow In 2008, and has taught middle school mathematics in several highly rated public schools.  He has a law degree from Rutgers and a masters degree in mathematics education from City College. Email: AEisenbach

Susan Eustis

Susan Eustis teaches third grade Language Arts and fourth grade History. She brings a wide range of teaching, research, and leadership abilities to PCS.  Prior to joining this faculty, she conducted pediatric behavioral research of at-risk and special needs populations. She served as Chair for a number of education Task Forces for the State of New Jersey.  She has authored professional publications on reciprocity in communication, evaluation, research, and observational protocol, professional development practices, and standardized assessment methodology. Her teaching and coaching experiences range from early childhood through adulthood. She has mentored in-service and pre-service teachers across New Jersey. She earned a Master’s Degree from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and she is certified in Special, Elementary, and Supervisory Education. Email:  SEustis

 Amanda Hartstein

Amanda Hartstein teaches art to all grade levels at Princeton Charter School.  She is also involved with the PCS Annual Art Show and Spring Auction, and is the Art Director for the Musical. She believes that creative experiences foster problem solving, reflective thinking, and promotes originality, imagination, and creativity.  Previously she taught at Trenton Community Charter School, where she developed the curriculum for students in Kindergarten through grade eight, and worked with the Young Audiences Arts for Learning. She has also worked with children at Moore College of Arts Young Artists Workshop and Summer Art & Design Institute. Mrs. Hartstein earned her BFA with an emphasis in Art Education from Moore College of Art and Design.  E-Mail ACastner

Alexandra Huggins

Alexandra Huggins teaches English at Princeton Charter School.  Prior to joining the faculty, she spent two years teaching English at Capital Preparatory Charter High School in Trenton, NJ.  Mrs. Huggins is a graduate of Lehigh University, and after earning her master’s degree in British Literature from the same institution, she spent three years in the publishing industry.  Her experience working with educational resources at Pearson Prentice Hall prompted her to pursue a career as an educator. E-mail: AHuggins

Miguel Iñiguez

Miguel Iñiguez teaches the in-school and after-school chess classes at Princeton Charter School. He engages students in the game, first teaching them to love playing chess, then leading them to problem solving. Everywhere he teaches, the interest in chess playing increases. He has been a chess instructor for elementary-school students in New York City and in Princeton for many years. He has directed summer chess camps, instructed chess teachers, and coached winning chess teams. E-mail: MIniguez

Daniel Johnsen

Daniel Johnsen teaches mathematics, science, and physical education at Princeton Charter School. He loves working with children, helping them reach their full potential. Mr. Johnsen joined the PCS staff in 2001 as a tutor, and became a teacher in 2003. Before he came to PCS, he worked for two years as an intern with the Princeton Evangelical Fellowship, teaching, advising, and organizing events for Princeton University students. Mr. Johnsen has experience as a youth-group advisor for grades 6-8, a Sunday-school teacher for grades 1-8, and as a peer leader for high-school freshmen. He is interested in cross-cultural experiences; he spent six years of his life in West Africa, one year in Quebec, Canada, where he attended an all-French school, and one month each in Sevilla Spain, and Haiti. Mr. Johnsen earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Molecular Biology at Princeton University. E-mail: DJohnsen

Lisbeth Ashman-Kelley

Lisbeth Ashman-Kelley teaches English language and literature at Princeton Charter School. She is an English teacher who insists students analyze what they have written and work to improve and to polish their prose. Her students learn to recognize that a paragraph should be an organized, focused sequence of sentences, meant to interest and inform the reader. Ms. Kelley has taught all ages and subjects in her years of teaching. Before joining the faculty at Princeton Charter School, she taught business English at The Cittone Institute in Princeton. Previously she taught in both public and private schools. While she was studying for her college degree, Ms. Kelley worked in the business sector where she developed a wide variety of computer and business skills. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Glassboro State College. E-mail: LKelley

Sabina Khachatrian

Sabina Khachatrian teaches mathematics and computer science to upper-school students at Princeton Charter School. She applies her deep mathematical knowledge to help students develop a clear understanding of algebraic and geometric concepts. Her students love the quiet smile that rewards them for their hard work. Before joining the PCS staff, she taught mathematics at The Doris Eaton School in Walnut Creek, California, and at St. Thomas the Apostle School in Chicago, Illinois. She also taught mathematics and computer science in Yerevan, Armenia for nine years. Ms. Khachatrian earned her M.S. and undergraduate degree at Polytechnic University in Yerevan, Armenia. E-mail: SKhachatrian

Sue Kushner

Sue Kushner is the School Counselor for all grade levels at Princeton Charter School.  In addition, she coordinates the Student Life Committee.  For three years prior to joining the PCS staff, she worked as the K-8 counselor for Abrams Hebrew Academy in Yardley, PA.  She has worked with children in the peer leadership program at Jewish Family & Children’s Services and as a counselor for Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York City.  Ms. Kushner earned her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her M.A. in School Counseling from NYU.  She is currently working towards her license as a Professional Counselor (LPC).  She has two daughters—a fifth grader and an eighth grader.  E-mail: SKushner

Stephanie LaMont

Stephanie LaMont is the kindergarten teacher at Princeton Charter School. She is a graduate of Rider University, where she earned her BA in Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, and American Studies.  She is also certified to teach Special Education. She enjoys providing her young students with a nurturing, yet challenging academic curriculum. Dedicated to teaching the early concepts of literacy and mathematics, her students develop the foundational skills needed to become lifelong learners. In 2008-2009, Stephanie was a supplemental teacher and after school program coordinator at Princeton Charter School. Since fall of 2009, she has been teaching kindergarten. E-mail: SLamont

Samantha Lloyd

Samantha Lloyd teaches mathematics for 5th through 8th. She earned her BS in Mathematics Education at the Pennsylvania State University.  Samantha uses her deep content knowledge to build a strong foundation and enjoyment of mathematics for her students. After teaching high school mathematics, she moved to Anchorage, Alaska where she taught 7th and 8th grade. There she coached soccer, volleyball, and MATHCOUNTS.  Samantha has most recently worked as a founding teacher at a turnaround school in New Jersey. E-mail: SLloyd

 Rachel Mostafavi

Rachel Lamson teaches French language and literature at Princeton Charter School.  She received her B.A. in French and English at Connecticut College, where she wrote a senior thesis in French, earning honors.  She also spent a semester studying in Paris, France.  Rachel pursued her graduate studies at Hunter College in New York, where she earned her M.A. in TESOL.  While she is passionate about teaching French, Rachel also loves learning about diverse languages and cultures and hopes to share this enthusiasm with her students.  E-mail: Rmostafavi  

David Myers

David Myers - Language Arts: faculty member since 2002. In the 1980s, before coming to the Princeton Charter School, Mr. Myers was a foreign correspondent and stringer in Latin America for a variety of international news organizations. Upon leaving Latin America in 1991, he enrolled in the Ph.D. program in English literature at Rutgers University. However ,while he was still working on his dissertation, he became a father and, in 1998, accepted a position as an acquisitions editor at Rutgers University Press, where  he worked until just before coming to PCS. His experience in teaching (most definitely his final career!)  includes posts as instructor of English Literature and Composition at Rutgers University from 1993 to 1997; as leader and instructor in Limon, Costar Rica, of the Rutgers University summer abroad program; as a seminar leader at the Institute for Central American Studies in San José, Costa Rica; and as a senior teacher and curriculum supervisor at the International Language Institute, also in San José. Mr. Myers earned his Bachelor of Arts from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, and his Master of Arts from Rutgers University. In teaching at PCS, Mr. Myers strives to ensure that his middle-school students leave his class as more accomplished writers than those over whose work he tore out his hair at the college level! E-mail: DMyers

 Jeanne Nahan

Jeanne Nahan, Director of Music at Princeton Charter School, is a graduate of The Boston Conservatory with a B.M. in Piano Performance.  She continued her musical studies at Carnegie Mellon University, music education certification at Boston University, choral camps at University of Miami, clinics at Westminster Choir College, and has attended many American Choral Directors Association and New Jersey Music Educators Association conferences.  She has sung with several a cappella ensembles, Sharim v’Sharot, Zamir Northeast American Jewish Choral Festival, and Jersey Harmony Chorus. Jeanne presented workshops for the NJMEA state conference.  Her first session entitled, Why Not Opera? focused on teaching middle school students about the world of opera through carefully planned instruction and performance.  Her second session entitled, Reading is Music to My Ears, described the creative ways that the music class supports and enhances the elementary reading program for grades K – 2.  At PCS she directs annual choral and instrumental concerts, musicals in both the upper and lower grades, and prepares vocal presentations for special school events throughout the school year. Jeanne enjoys providing piano accompaniment for friends and colleagues at schools and community events. E-mail: JNahan

 Nancy Giagnacova O'Neil

Nancy Gianacova O'Neil is the special education teacher at Princeton Charter School. She spent the past six years teaching grade two. Her lively, engaging teaching style is well known at PCS; before she became the second-grade teacher, she taught history and geography to grades five and eight at the school. Mrs. O'Neil believes every child can succeed and enjoys finding the best strategy to teach each child. During the summer, she teaches life skills to adults with autism and mental retardation. She also teaches workshops on special education and is an educational consultant. Mrs. O'Neil earned her B.A. in history from Villanova University, and her M.Ed in special education and supervision from Rider University. Mrs. O'Neil has finished her doctoral coursework in Education at Immaculata University, and is currently working on her dissertation. E-mail: Noneil

 Mark Papp

Mark Papp teaches physical and health education to all grade levels at Princeton Charter School. He is also the school's athletic director. He feels that his job, working with students in class and on athletic teams, is the most exciting job he could ever have desired. He is known for his `shimmy shakes' and `high fives.' Previously he taught at Trenton Community Charter School, where he developed the curriculum for students in Kindergarten through grade six,and at Abrams Hebrew Academy in Yardley, Pennsylvania, where he expanded the number of interscholastic athletic teams from three to eight, and coached basketball, soccer, cross-country, and tennis. Mr. Papp earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Health Education from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and his Master's degree in Educational Administration from Gwynedd-Mercy College in Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania. E-mail: MPapp

Lacey Plichta

Lacey Plichta teaches second grade at Princeton Charter School.  Lacey earned her BA in Psychology from Middlesex County College/Rutgers College and her Ed.M in Special Education from the Rutgers Graduate School of Education.  Her teaching experience includes: a combined Kindergarten/First grade class, and a Third/Fourth/Fifth grade combined special education class.  In addition she is an adjunct professor at Middlesex County College. Lacey is also recognized as a NJ STARS Trustee Ambassador.  As an educator, Lacey believes it is of the utmost importance to make learning exciting and interesting.  She is excited to be a part of PCS and looks forward to working with your children! E-mail: LPlichta

 Suzanne Ritter

Suzanne Ritter teaches science and other subjects at Princeton Charter School. Within her classroom she creates a caring but challenging atmosphere where students are encouraged to express their ideas creatively and to take risks in their inquiries. Previously she was a substitute teacher for local schools including the Triangle School in Hillsborough, NJ where she did her student teaching. Before becoming a teacher, she worked at Princeton University in the Office of Development Information Systems. Ms. Ritter earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology/Geology from the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY, and completed the Graduate-Level Teacher Certification Program at Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ. E-mail: SRitter

Jeremy Robinson

Jeremy Robinson, Director of Theater at Princeton Charter School, grew up in Hopewell Boro and is a graduate of The Hartt School of Music where he received a B.F.A. in Musical Theater.  After college Jeremy received his union card from the Actors' Equity Association as well as SAG/Aftra and performed in many shows including West Side Story, Oklahoma, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, Grease, Anything Goes, Godspell, A Midsummer Night's Dream, 110 in the Shade, Music Man, RENT,  and Miss Saigon. He has also done voiceover work for film and tv.  Jeremy was also a lead production singer on board Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, and has been a part of a number of workshop shows (pre Broadway).  Recently Jeremy has taught at the Performing Arts High School of Mercer County, and been an adjunct professor locally at MCCC in the theater department, where he taught acting, musical theater, and audition techniques, as well as directed a number of black box and main stage productions.    When he's not teaching, he can be found spending time with his wife and son. He is excited about the opportunity to be a part of something special here at Princeton Charter School.  Email: JRobinson

 Mark Schlawin

Mark Schlawin puts his ability to hold an audience to work as a mathematics and science teacher at Princeton Charter School. He brings mathematical and scientific experience to the classroom to provide an exciting learning experience to students of all mathematical abilities. He also holds an administrative position in charge of professional development at PCS. A former Wall Street quantitative analyst, he returned to teaching to put his analytical, creative,and communications skills to use in the classroom. Mr. Schlawin is a story teller and a member of the Garden State Story League. Prior to his years as an algorithm developer and financial analyst , he taught mathematics to students from fifth grade through high school at St. Ann's School in Brooklyn, New York. He initiated courses in probability and computer programming and developed a course entitled "Constructive Skepticism." Mr. Schlawin received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics from Oberlin College, and a Master of Science in Operations Research from Union College. E-mail: MSchlawin

 Katelyn Schmitt

Katelyn Schmitt (O'Hara) teaches history at Princeton Charter School.  She strives to share her passion for understanding the world with her students through learning activities that stimulate students' analytical and higher reasoning skills.  Prior to coming to PCS, she taught history for three years at Brockton High School in Brockton, MA.  In 2012, Katelyn earned her Masters of Education from Boston University's International Educational Development Program, in which she studied the use of education in global development work and service-learning in American public schools. Katelyn also worked as a Teaching Fellow at Boston University, to educate future teachers in the art of teaching. E-mail: KSchmitt

 Carter Serxner

Carter Serxner teaches history and geography courses at Princeton Charter School. She is a versatile teacher with experience teaching history, mathematics, and physical education. She is also an Outdoor Education instructor and an athlete who runs marathons. From 1996 to 1998 she taught mathematics and history at the Sewickley Academy in Sewickley, Pennsylvania. Prior to that she taught at the Foote School in New Haven, Connecticut. She has also coached soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, softball, and basketball. Ms. Serxner received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies with a concentration in History from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. E-mail: CSerxner

 Martha Toma

Martha Toma's French language and literature classes immerse students in the French language and culture. She encourages students to increase and to practice their vocabulary daily. Her students' work on French grammar strengthens their English grammar skills. Ms. Toma has taught French language and literature to children of all ages. She has researched foreign language capabilities in children and has taught a course in French language and culture designed for children from ages four to twelve. Ms. Toma holds an M.A. in French Language and Literature from the Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, a Bachelor of Arts in French Language and Literature from New York University, and a General Studies Diploma from the University of Paris -Sorbonne. E-mail: MToma

Stacey Trenholm

Stacey Trenholm teaches 4th grade English at Princeton Charter School. Before coming to PCS, she was a teacher in the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District and taught piano in the Princeton area. She also taught 4th grade in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Over the past few years, Mrs. Trenholm has participated in several professional development institutes and programs through Columbia University’s Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. She earned her undergraduate degree in Government and Russian Studies from the College of William and Mary and her Master’s of Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Email: STrenholm

  Amy Vallone

Amy Lohse teaches first grade at Princeton Charter School. She is a graduate of Quinnipiac University, CT, where she earned her BA in Psychology and Masters in Elementary Education. She enjoys encouraging her students to become higher-level thinkers and creative writers. Prior to starting at PCS in September, Ms. Lohse taught first and second grade in New Jersey and Connecticut for six years. She was also the director of the summer programs at Princeton and Hillsborough YWCA and YMCA as well as an activities coach. E-mail: avallone

Margaux Wisniewski

Margaux Wisniewski is a special education teacher.  Previously, she taught basic skills at Princeton Public Schools, and was also a special education instructor at Titusville Academy.  Additionally, Ms. Wisniewski co-founded a children’s enrichment learning center where she taught elementary Spanish for five years.  She enjoys volunteering in the children’s ministry at her church, where she previously worked as the Assistant Children’s Director.  She possesses four teacher certifications:  Elementary School Teacher, Supplementary Instruction in Reading and Math, Teacher of Students with Disabilities, and English as a Second Language.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude, in Liberal Studies at Rider University and is currently working on an M.A. in Special Education..E-mail: MWisniewski

 Ralitsa Zaharieva

Ralitsa Zaharieva teaches French language and literature at Princeton Charter School. She previously taught French at the Princeton Adult School, was a private tutor for individuals and groups, and was an adjunct professor of French at several local colleges. She has worked as a French teacher in private schools in Long Island and in the Princeton area. Her experience includes a number of years working for the Bulgarian Ministry of Sport  and the Bulgarian Olympic Committee as a translator in Bulgaria and abroad. Ms. Zaharaieva earned her Master of Arts in French language and letters from the University of Sofia, Bulgaria. She holds a B.A.  in Business Administration from the European Institute of International Management in Paris, France. E-mail: RZaharieva



Larry Patton

Larry Patton is the Head of School and teaches English at Princeton Charter School. From 1999-2008 he was the Head of the Middle School at Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn, New York. While there, he taught seventh grade, ninth grade, Junior/Senior English, became a middle-school Dean, and coached varsity lacrosse. Before he became a teacher, he worked for two years for a commercial bank in New York City. Mr. Patton earned his Bachelor of Arts in English at Dartmouth College, pursued graduate studies in literature and writing at Wesleyan University, and earned a Masters Degree in Education from Harvard University. E-mail: LPatton 

  Lisa Eckstrom

Lisa Eckstrom is the Assistant Head of School, 5-8 and a seventh grade English teacher at Princeton Charter School.  Before joining Princeton Charter School, Lisa served as Head of School at The American Boychoir School from 2011-2013 and as Chair of the English Department and as a tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grade English teacher from 2004-2011 at Stuart Country Day School.  From 1987–2003, Ms. Eckstrom was a lecturer for the departments of English, Comparative Literature, and Romance Languages and for the Council of Humanities at Princeton University.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Philosophy and the History of Mathematics from Saint John’s College, Annapolis, Maryland and her Masters of Arts degree in Comparative Literature from Princeton University..E-mail: LEckstrom

  Gail Wilbur

Gail Wilbur is an Assistant Head of School and teaches fourth grade history. Gail has been in the field of education for fifteen years. She brings enthusiasm and energy to her work at Princeton Charter School. She infuses her history classes with reflective writing and experiential learning. Her greatest joy is seeing the pride students experience when they rise to conquer a learning challenge. Gail earned her Master of Arts in Teaching from The College of New Jersey while teaching in the East Windsor Regional School District. She returned to the College of New Jersey 12 years later to earn a Masters in Educational Leadership. While pursuing her degree, Gail designed and conducted research on the effect of goal setting on teacher motivation, earning an award for her work. Prior to her career in education, Gail worked as a manager in the healthcare industry. She holds a BS in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of New Hampshire.E-mail: GWilbur.

Technology Department

Rob Short

Rob Short is the Director of Technology for Princeton Charter School. Rob has been an IT professional for over 15 years, working in various capacities and roles. Most recently, he was the Director of Technology at Sanford School in northern Delaware from 2011-2014, and was in Senior IT Support at the University of Pennsylvania from 2002-2011. Rob holds a History degree as well as various certifications, including ITIL Foundations, v3. and is also working toward additional certification in Google Apps for Education. He brings a wide range of knowledge and experience to PCS, including network administration, WiFi management, Google Apps for Education, and mobile device management. Rob earned his BA in History from Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, VA. E-mail:RShort


Administrative Staff

Kelly Byrne

Kelly Byrne is an Administrative Assistant to the Head of School, and runs the office in the K-4 building. She is also the school's admissions coordinator. E-mail: KByrne

Linda Schurman

Linda Schnurman is an Administrative Assistant to the Head of School, and runs the office in the 5-8 building. She was a professional opera singer, and has been a music teacher for more than 20 years. Ms. Schnurman earned a Diploma at The Juilliard School in New York City. E-mail: LSchnurman

Steven Serradilla

Steven Serradilla is an Accountant Assistant to the School Business Administrator/Board Secretary. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business and Accounting at Glassboro State College, Glassboro, NJ. He has over 20 years of varied experience in public, corporate, and governmental accounting.  E-mail: SSerradilla

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