Princeton Charter School

The Princeton Charter School Founders (PCSF) are either parents of children currently attending the Princeton Regional Schools or teachers certified in the state of New Jersey. These individuals are:

David Abraham is a professor of Law at the University of Miami. A 20-year Princeton resident, he was formerly a member of the department of History at Princeton University. In addition to teaching, research and publication as a historian and legal scholar, David Abraham has taught at both the elementary and junior high school levels in New York City and worked there in private legal practice.

Education: public schools in Buffalo, NY; B.A. University of Chicago, 1968; Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1977; J.D. University of Pennsylvania, 1989.

Fred Brodzinski is Associate Director of the Institute for Transportation Systems, City University of New York. He was previously Dean of Students at Ramapa College of New Jersey. Fred Brodzinski is a certified teacher in Comprehensive English, Secondary Level.

Education: Father Judge H.S., Philadelphia; A.B. (English) St. Joseph College, 1970; M.S. (Education) Indiana University, Bloomington 1972; M.A. (Educational Administration) Columbia University; EdD (College and University Administration), Teachers College, Columbia University.

Bruce T. Draine is a professor of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University, where he is department chair. Resident in Princeton for 17 years, from 1979 to 1982 he was in the School of Natural Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study. He has been principal investigator on research grants from the National Science Foundation and from NASA and has served as chair of review panels for both NSF and NASA.

Bruce Draine served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Ghana from 1969-71, where he taught secondary school physics and mathematics.

He has been active in supporting public education. He has given science presentations to students at Littlebrook School and a workshop on astronomy for PRS district teachers, and has organized visits by both elementary and middle school students to Princeton University Observatory for telescopic observations of Jupiter and Saturn. In the 1991-92 school year he was a member of the PRS mathematics curriculum committee. He has been registrar for the Princeton Youth Baseball Association since 1994.

Education: West Essex Regional High School 1965; B.A. (Physics) Swarthmore College 1969; Ph.D. (Physics) Cornell University 1978.

Jeremy Goodman is an associate professor of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University. From 1985 to 1988 he was in the School of Natural Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study. He was a David and Lucille Packard Fellow from 1988 to 1992.

Jeremy Goodman has given science presentations for Riverside School Science Days and classroom presentations on the Solar System and astronomical measurement. He was a volunteer chemistry tutor for Princeton Young Achievers in 1996.

Education: St. Alban's School, Washington D.C.; A.B. and A.M. Harvard University 1979; Ph.D. Princeton University 1983.

Dina Gutkowicz-Krusin is principal scientist at Electro-Optical Sciences, Inc., and is also a member of the corporate Board of Directors. She is currently working on computer-based diagnostics for skin cancers.

Dina Gutkowicz-Krusin has been involved in supporting public education over several years. She was a member of the Princeton Regional School Mathematics Curriculum Committee during 1991-92, and has been a member of the Educational Technology Committee since 1995.

Education: Public High School, Warsaw, Poland 1967; B.S. (Physics) City College of New York 1971; Ph.D. (Theoretical Physics) Cornell University 1977.

Jane Hallett recently resigned as co-president of the Johnson Park Elementary School PTO, having also served as PTO secretary. She has been involved in the PTO and many school activities since the school reopened in 1992. These activities include developing and presenting mathematics activities at mathematics and science days, working with students in the after school clubs, working with classes in the computer lab and being a member of the mathematics and science committee.

Jane is a certified substitute for PRS as well as being a certified teacher in the UK and Hong Kong. She has taught grades 6-12 in public and private schools in the UK. In Hong Kong Jane taught at South Island School, a British international school, where one of her responsibilities was the evaluation of the mathematics achievement of new students from Europe and the US.

Education: Jane was educated in the UK at Bassaleg School and The University of Oxford from which she holds the degree of Master of Arts. Her undergraduate honors degree is in Mathematics. Her work in Education for which she holds the Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) was undertaken at London University.

Simon Hallett is a principal and portfolio manager of Harding, Loevner Management, a Somerville NJ based investment advisory firm. He has been with the firm since 1991, shortly after it was founded. The company serves a wide range of clients including families, charitable endowments, and mutual funds. Before coming to the US in 1991 Simon was a director of Jardine Fleming Investment Management, a large investment management firm in Hong Kong, where he lived for 10 years.

Education: Simon was educated in the UK at Plymouth College and the University of Oxford from which he holds the degree of Master of Arts. His undergraduate honors degree is in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

Lolita Buckner Inniss is a law professor at Widener University Law School, Delaware, where she teaches administrative law, immigration law, and law and literature. She also maintains a law office in Princeton, New Jersey. She has served in the past as attorney for local boards of education, and for other municipal boards.

Ms. Inniss has worked as a parent on issues of curriculum and after-school care during several years in the Hillsborough Township School District.

Education: Phineas Banning High School, Carson, California; A.B. (Romance Languages and Literature) Princeton University, with certification in Latin American Studies and African American Studies. J.D. University of California, Los Angeles.

Molly Kulkarni has worked in a variety of settings including Bay Banks, Boston, and with the Women's Educational and Industrial Union as a part-time counselor. She served as Vice-President and President of Tech Community Women at M.I.T., on the Executive Council at the University League Nursery School in Princeton, and has been active in a variety of capacities at Riverside School. Her other interests include fashion design, aerobics, and personal training.

Education: Associates Degree in Business Administration from Middlesex Community College (1987); B.A. in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston (1996).

Elena Leonova is a concert pianist and member of the faculty of the Mannes College of Music, New School for Social Research. She has toured throughout the United States, Europe, Central and South America, and appears regularly in recitals and as a soloist with the orchestras of major concert halls of New York. Her performances have been broadcast by WQXR, WNYC, KFAC, National Television and Radio of Italy (RAI), Mexico, Israel, and others. She was formerly a faculty member of the New England Conservatory in Boston, Glassboro State College (now Rowen College), and the State University of New York at Purchase, NY.

Elena Leonova teaches master classes and lectures in the United States and abroad. She has been a member of juries of numerous international and national piano competitions in Europe and the U.S. and is involved in research on the early music education of children.

Education: M.M. Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Top Honors; P.D.G. The Mannes College of Music, New York.

Sandra Milevski is a homemaker and edits the Baltic Studies Newsletter. Before moving to Princeton, she was an analyst specializing in information policy at the Congressional Research Service (Library of Congress), Office of Educational Research and Improvement (U.S. Department of Education), and the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science. She is certified as an Educational Media Specialist and worked for seven years in a New Jersey public high school in that capacity.

Sandra Milevski has been active in various educational and civic organizations within her ethnic community. She has organized, taught, and participated in summer camps dedicated to educating young people in their language and culture and teaches at the Latvian School. She has also been a room parent and library volunteer at Littlebrook School.

Education: Marple-Newtown Senior High School (PA); B.S.L. (Russian) Georgetown University 1973; M.S. (Information Science) Drexel University 1977; Advanced Certificate (Information Policy) Columbia University 1984.

Anca Niculin is employed by Formal Systems, where she works on all aspects of computer-based training programs for corporations using multimedia techniques.

Education: public high school in Rumania; B.A. (Architecture), Univ. of California, Berkeley 1980; M.A. (Architecture), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1982; graduate studies in computer science, New York University.

Toby Peterson is an adjunct professor at Hudson County Community College in Jersey City, where she teaches basic English courses to immigrants and students who speak standard English as a second dialect. Her approach focuses on analytical thinking and writing skills, using class discussions as an important vehicle to promote analysis. Students learn to organize their thinking and writing using five-paragraph essays.

Toby Peterson is a certified teacher in New Jersey and New York. She has taught English at Cornell University, at the Cascadilla School in Ithaca, NY, and in the New York City public schools. She authored the book Acquired Taste: the French Origin of Modern Food, 1994.

Education: B.A. in Sociology from Northeastern; M.A. in English as a Second Language from New York University.

Maureen P. Quirk is an electrical engineer on the research staff of the Center for Communications Research in Princeton, NJ. From 1983 to 1985 she was at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. Currently she is the treasurer of the IEEE Signal Processing Society's Conference Board which oversees two international technical conferences and six workshops each year with combined budgets of over two million dollars. Since 1995 she has been a member of the Lehigh University Engineering Advisory Council.

Maureen Quirk has been active in public education for the past six years. In the 1991-1992 school year she was a member of the Princeton Regional School mathematics curriculum committee. In 1993 and 1994 she was on the leadership team drafting the content standards section of the New Jersey Mathematics Curriculum Framework. She has served on the organizing committees for Science Day and Science Week at Riverside School, and given science presentations at these events. In 1995 and 1996 she was a volunteer mathematics tutor for Princeton Young Achievers.

Education: Central Bucks High School, Buckingham PA; B.S. Electrical Engineering Lehigh University (1977); Diploma of Imperial College (D.I.C. 1978) as a Marshall Scholar at the Imperial College of Science and Technology in London, England; M.A. (1979) and Ph.D. Princeton University 1982.

Lee Silver is a professor of Molecular Biology at Princeton University, where he is the director of a research laboratory studying mammalian genetics and reproduction. The laboratory has twelve employees and a $600,000 annual budget. He is the editor-in-chief of the professional journal Mammalian Genome, and is the co-author of an upcoming introductory textbook on genetics, as well as a previously published graduate level textbook on mouse genetics. He was a member of the Task Force on New Reproductive Practices for the New Jersey State Commission on Legal and Ethical Problems in the Delivery of Health Care (1988-1990), and a member of the Governor's Scientific Advisory Committee, 1987.

Lee Silver has been active in supporting public education. He served as a member of the Princeton Regional School Board from 1994 to 1996. He has given workshop presentations on science to PRS district teachers, participated in science day and science week activities, and made his expertise on genetics available to teachers.

Education: Central High School, Philadelphia PA; B.A. and M.S. in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D. in Biophysics from Harvard University.

Susan Remis Silver is the director of the Office of Inmate Advocacy of the Office of the Public Defender. From 1984-1994 she worked in the Office of the Public Advocate, and from 1982-1984, she clerked for Judge Debevoise, United States district judge for the district of New Jersey. She was admitted to the Bar in New Jersey and Washington, D.C.

Susan Silver has been an active parent at Community Park Elementary School.

Education: Spackenkill High School, Poughkeepsie, New York; B.A. Cornell University 1978; J.D. New York University School of Law 1982.

Peter N. Yianilos is a Senior Research Scientist at the NEC Research Institute, Princeton NJ. In 1979 he founded Proximity Technology, which later merged to become Franklin Electronic Publishers - where he served as President and Chief Scientist. His algorithms, compression methods, data structures and product concepts formed the basis for the first hand-held electronic books, ranging from spellers and dictionaries to Bibles and encyclopedias - and are used in many classrooms nationwide. His current research is in the area of Machine Learning and Intelligent Systems.

Peter Yianilos has served on several Princeton Regional School District committees, and has given numerous Science Day presentations. He is also active in the Princeton Children's Chess Foundation, as a volunteer and Board member.

Education: Nova High School, Fort Lauderdale, FL; B.S./M.S. Mathematics, Emory University 1978; Graduate study in Mathematics, U.C. Berkeley 1978-9; Ph.D. Computer Science, Princeton University, 1997.


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