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.

English Department

Catherine Civjan

English Teacher

Alec Duxbury

English Teacher and Outdoor Education Coordinator

Carl Faucher

English Teacher

Jeffrey Gans

English Teacher

Judy Ghavamian

English Teacher

Eric Huff

English Teacher

Christina Serkowski

English Teacher and Department Head

Mark Smith

English Teacher (Long-term substitute)

Michael Wasserman

English Teacher

Fine Arts

Dana Bettinger

Fine Arts Teacher and Community Service Coordinator (on leave)

Tim Blok

Vocal Music Teacher and 8th Grade Level Dean

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

Ty Talbot

Fine Arts Teacher and Department Head

Meleesa Wyatt

Fine Arts Teacher

Raymond Yang

Photography Teacher

General Studies

Emma Anderson

Computer Science Teacher

Dan Perreten

Publications 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 9th Grade Level Dean

Scott Herrick

History Teacher

Damin Hopkins

History Teacher

Abigail Hundley

History Teacher and 11th Grade Level Dean

Dave Marshall

History Teacher

Karen Natorp Anderson

History Teacher and Department Head

Karen Sherwood

History Teacher

Languages Department

Meg Anderson-Johnston

Spanish Teacher

Alma Andrade

Spanish Teacher

Matt Budzyn

Spanish Teacher

Peinda Diop

French Teacher

Juei-Chuan Hung

Mandarin Chinese Teacher

Jennie McCulloch

French Teacher

Ciara McGrath

Spanish Teacher

Isabelle Rio

French Teacher

Elena Tello Portoles

Spanish Teacher and Department Head

Holly Woodson

French Teacher

Irene Yang

Mandarin Chinese Teacher

Language Training

Gregory Conlin

Language Training Teacher

Devin Wootton

Language Training Teacher and 6th Grade Level Dean

Mathematics Department

Robyn Boothby

Mathematics Teacher

Daniel Chestnut

Mathematics Teacher

Jerry Gallaher

Mathematics Teacher

Tammi Howe

Mathematics Teacher and Department Head

Ian McInerney

Mathematics Teacher and 10th Grade Level Dean

Ragini Narasimhan

Science and Mathematics Teacher

David Peabody

Mathematics Teacher

Sarah Peterson

Assistant Director of Upper School and Mathematics Teacher

Meghan Shortell

Mathematics Teacher and 7th Grade Level Dean

Amado Toribio

Mathematics Teacher

Christina Zembruski

Mathematics Teacher

Physical Education Department

Jamie Court

Physical Education Teacher

David Crabb

Physical Education Teacher

Shelly Ellis

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

Alan Hargus

Science Teacher

Ragini Narasimhan

Science and Mathematics Teacher

Matthew Palubinskas

Science Teacher

Mikayla Patella-Buckley

Science Teacher and 12th Grade Level Dean

Alyssa Reyes

Science Teacher

Moses Rifkin

Science Teacher

Brent Slattengren

Science Teacher and Department Head

Karen Slon

Science Teacher

Tom Strouse

Science Teacher

Nhu-Quynh Tu

Science Teacher