Faculty

Our faculty members exhibit passion for working with youth, possess deep expertise in their discipline, work collaboratively with each other, and constantly strive to improve their own teaching practice to provide the best possible educational experience for our students. We hire, mentor, and develop faculty members to further develop these traits. Each teacher has one or more teaching partners, with whom they co-create course curricula, lesson plans, and assessments. Teachers regularly attend education conferences and substantially revise courses over the summer. Teachers sit together in department offices, so that they may exchange ideas and plan together.

Promising teacher leaders apply to become department heads, who then meet regularly with division directors and the academic dean to coordinate and direct the school’s instructional program. Our academic team includes the head of school, division directors, and the academic dean. At University Prep, we constantly talk about teaching and learning, bridging research and practice for the sake of student success. The end goal always stays front and center: developing each student’s potential to become an intellectually courageous, socially responsible citizen of the world.

Individualized Teaching Improvement Plan (ITIP) at University Prep

All University Prep teachers participate in ITIP, the Individualized Teaching Improvement Plan. Teachers set professional learning goals, receive feedback on their teaching, design a personal growth plan, make changes to their teaching, and share the results with their peers. University Prep has received national recognition for linking professional growth, evaluation, and compensation in this innovative program.

Overview of ITIP at University Prep

Characteristics of Good Teaching at University Prep

Article on UPrep’s ITIP in Independent School magazine

The ITIP from the Teachers’ Perspective, presented at the NAIS Annual Conference

English Department

Alec Duxbury

English Teacher and Outdoor Education Coordinator

Carl Faucher

English Teacher and Department Head

Eric Huff

English Teacher

Alana Kaholokula

English Teacher

Carrie Niebanck

English Teacher

Molly Robertson

English Teacher

Andrew Schneider

Middle School English and History Teacher

Christina Serkowski

English Teacher

Mark Smith

English Teacher

Michael Wasserman

English Teacher

Fine Arts

Dana Bettinger

Fine Arts Teacher and Community Service Coordinator

Tim Blok

Vocal Music Teacher and 6th Grade Dean

Scott Collins

Journalism Teacher

Paul Fleming

Fine Arts Teacher and Theater Manager

Jess Klein

Fine Arts and Physical Education Teacher

Thane Lewis

Instrumental Music Teacher

E-chieh Lin

Fine Arts Teacher and Assistant Director of Diversity and Community

Jason Parker

Instrumental Music Teacher

Elizabeth Schiffler

Stagecraft and Program Assistant

Ty Talbot

Fine Arts Teacher and Department Head

Meleesa Wyatt

Fine Arts Teacher

Raymond Yang

Photography Teacher

General Studies

Tracey Sconyers

Computer Science Teacher

Jeff Tillinghast

Director of Academic Technology and Digital Media Teacher

History Department

Rajesh Bhat

History Teacher

Mark Cullen

History Teacher

Gus Feliu

History Teacher

Patrick Grant

History Teacher and 10th Grade Dean

Damin Hopkins

History Teacher

Abigail Hundley

History Teacher and 12th Grade Dean

Dave Marshall

History Teacher

Karen Natorp Anderson

History Teacher

Andrew Schneider

Middle School English and History Teacher

Karen Sherwood

History Teacher and Department Head

Languages Department

Meg Anderson-Johnston

Spanish Teacher and 11th Grade Dean

Alma Andrade

Spanish Teacher

Peinda Diop

French Teacher

Juei-Chuan Hung

Mandarin Chinese Teacher

Jennie McCulloch

French Teacher

Ciara McGrath

Spanish Teacher

Isabelle Rio

French Teacher

Jacob Taylor-Mosquera

Spanish Teacher

Elena Tello Portoles

Spanish Teacher and Department Head

Holly Woodson

French Teacher

Irene Yang

Mandarin Chinese Teacher

Learning Pathways

Theresa Burton

Learning Pathways Instructor

Stephanie Dobler

Learning Pathways Teacher

Mathematics Department

Amanda Benson

Mathematics Teacher

Robyn Boothby

Mathematics Teacher

Daniel Chestnut

Mathematics Teacher

Jerry Gallaher

Mathematics Teacher

Tammi Howe

Mathematics Teacher

Ragini Narasimhan

Science and Mathematics Teacher

David Peabody

Mathematics Teacher and Department Head

Sarah Peterson

Associate Director of Upper School and Mathematics Teacher

Meghan Shortell

Mathematics Teacher and 8th Grade Dean

Amado Toribio

Mathematics Teacher

Christina Zembruski

Mathematics Teacher and 7th Grade Dean

Physical Education Department

David Crabb

Physical Education Teacher

James Johnson

Physical Education Teacher

Rebecca Johnson

Physical Education Teacher

Jess Klein

Fine Arts and Physical Education Teacher

Kayla Robertson

Physical Education Teacher and Department Head

Nathan Whitney

Physical Education Teacher

Science Department

Virginia Engel

Science Teacher

Jeffrey Levy

Science Teacher

Ragini Narasimhan

Science and Mathematics Teacher

Matthew Palubinskas

Science Teacher (on leave 2017-2018)

Mikayla Patella-Buckley

Science Teacher and 9th Grade Dean

Alyssa Reyes

Science Teacher

Moses Rifkin

Science Teacher and Department Head

Brent Slattengren

Science Teacher

Karen Slon

Science Teacher

Sean Stewart

Science Teacher (Long-term substitute)

Tom Strouse

Science Teacher

Nhu-Quynh Tu

Science Teacher