Princeton Day School faculty and staff were back on campus Monday morning for opening meetings to prepare for the start of school. The community welcomed the following new faculty.
In the Upper School:
Christian Cousins will be teaching several levels of Upper School Spanish, including our AP Spanish Literature course. He holds a PhD and MA in Spanish Literature from the University of Texas-Austin, and a B.A. in Modern Languages from Trinity College. Prior to PDS, Christian taught Upper School Spanish and coached soccer at St. Christopher’s School, a PreK-12 independent school for Boys in Richmond, VA.
Sam Hunt will teach 9th grade World Studies and 10th Grade American History, and will also serve as an Upper School Advisor. He received his B.A. from Southern Methodist University in French and World History. He then completed two Masters Degrees at Columbia University, one in East Asian and Japanese Studies and a second in African History. Prior to PDS, Sam served as an Upper School World History Teacher, Advisor, and Dean of the 10th grade class at The Dalton School in New York City.
Jessica Manners will be teaching three sections of Upper School English. She received her B.A. in English and American Literature, cum laude, from Harvard University, and then completed a Master’s Degree in the Teaching of English from Columbia University Teachers College. Prior to PDS, she taught 9th and 11th grade English, as well as two English electives in Creative Writing and Film Criticism at the Leman Preparatory School in New York City.
Mia Manzulli will teach 10th grade English as well as an elective on Shakespeare, and will also serve as a faculty advisor to the Writing Center and to our Upper School Lively Arts Program. She earned her B.A. in English, with distinction and departmental honors, from Stanford University, and earned an M.A. as well as a PhD in English and American Literature from New York University. Mia previously taught across the street at Stuart Country Day School, where for six years she was a distinguished member of their English Department, and prior to Stuart, she was an Assistant Professor of English at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Caroline Lee will teach 9th grade English, a new upper level elective entitled American Literature: Race Matters, and will also provide faculty support to a number of our student diversity clubs and programs. Caroline received her B.A. from Rutgers University, a Masters of English from Penn State, and a Masters of Liberal Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to PDS, Caroline taught English at The Lawrenceville School, and also served for many years as a housemaster, a teacher in the school’s summer “Rising Scholars” Program, and as a leader in the school’s diversity programming, serving as Asst. Director for Multicultural Affairs.
Julie Ludwick will be teaching dance this fall, filling in for dance teacher Ann Robideaux while she is on maternity leave. Julie received a B.A. in Dance from the University of Washington in Seattle and an MA in Dance and Dance Education from Columbia University Teachers College. In addition to running a private dance studio, Julie also serves as Director and Lead Teacher in the “Fly By Night” Dance Theater in NYC, a Dance Company she founded in 1999.
Mary Sisson will teach one section of 7th grade English, three sections of 9th grade English, and will serve as an US advisor. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, with a double major in English and History (and a minor in Music), Mary is currently pursuing her M.A. in English through the Bread Loaf School, Middlebury College. Prior to PDS, she taught at St. Anne’s Belfield School, a PreK-12 independent school in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Aimee Nyce is the new Upper School assistant to Jason Robinson, Head of Upper School and Assistant Head of School for Academic Life. Aimee comes to PDS from The Wilberforce School in Princeton, where for the past six years she has served as the school's Director of Admissions and Marketing.
In the Middle School:
Drew Lloyd will teach MS Science and serve as a 6th grade advisor. He earned a graduate degree in Environmental Sustainability from Cardiff University in Wales and a B.A. in Literature from New York University. Most recently Andrew served as a MS Science Teacher and Sustainability Coordinator at The Pennington School.
Emily Gill will teach Spanish I, serve as an advisor, and also teach in Upper School. She is a graduate of St. Joseph’s University with a Master’s degree in Education and also is a Villanova graduate (BA, Spanish). Emily taught Spanish in both the U.S. and Spain in previous teaching positions.
In the Lower School:
Leah Anderson will teach 2nd Grade. She is a graduate of Drake University in Des Moines and holds a Masters of education from Rockhurst University in Kansas City. Prior to PDS, Leah taught second grade for three years at Voyager Academy in Durham, NC. She was also a Leadership Team member and served on numerous committees including the Responsive Classroom, the Changemaker School, and the Teacher Evaluation committees.
Carolee Van Dervort will teach Science in grades PreK - 1st. Carolee is a graduate of the University of Delaware and holds a Masters of Education in Guidance and Counseling from Bowie State University in Maryland. Prior to PDS, she served as a reading therapist at the Cooper Learning Center at the Cooper Health Systems in Camden, NJ, and she taught fourth grade at Deale Elementary School in Annapolis, Maryland.
Heather Farlow will serve as the PreK Assistant Teacher. Heather is a graduate of Rutgers University and holds a Masters degree in the school of public health from The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Prior to PDS, she was a Human Resources Assistant at the Brearley School in Manhattan, and was also the varsity field hockey assistant coach at the Chapin School in New York City. Heather will coach our varsity field hockey team.
Two administrative positions are also new this year, and were reported on earlier this year. Renée Charity Price is serving as Head of the Middle School (click here for the full announcement). And Dr. Maritoni (Candy) Shah is serving as the school’s first Director of Wellness (click here for the full announcement).
Welcome to our new faculty and staff!