THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Amanda Botwood - co-president
Linda Noel - co-president
Reema Shah Kanzaria - board member
Reema joined the Princeton Education Foundation in 2021. Reema and her family moved to Princeton in the summer of 2021 and are loving this new town. She lives with her husband and two young children, a 2nd grader at Littlebrook and Pre-Kindergartner. She and her husband were born and raised in New Jersey and both products of the New Jersey public school system. They are excited for their children to have the same opportunities. Reema graduated from Pace University School of Law with a JD and University of Maryland with a BA in Government and Politics. Reema has a passion for education and equity, and she is an active member in the community. In her previous district, she was elected to the Board of Education.
Clare Mackness - treasurer
Karolin Obregon - board member
A board member since 2020, both of Karolin’s children are in the Princeton public school system. She has volunteered in the schools since her kids entered kindergarten, and has worked with many different committees, organizations and teachers. She has been teaching at Cherry Hill Nursery School, in Princeton, since 2013. Before finding her passion for teaching, Karolin worked in public relations, international relations and marketing. Her hobby of photography took on a life of its own when she was asked to do school portraits, and individual portraits. Along with photography, she has a love of film and art. She believes our teachers need support to help create the best classroom experience possible, and is very excited to be part of an organization that can directly support our teachers.
Dana Specker Watts - board member
Dana has been an active member of the PEF since she first moved to Princeton in 2019. She is a parent of three children (two graduated from PHS ’20 & ’22) and has an extensive background in the field of education specifically in curriculum, technology, innovation, educational leadership, and professional learning. In addition to working in international schools overseas in Hong Kong, India, and Thailand, Dana worked in K-12 public schools in the states and spent part of her career teaching higher ed. Additionally, Dana is an Apple Distinguished Educator, a Google Certified Teacher, and ISTE Certified Trainer. She recently completed her Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Sciences from the University of Kentucky.
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Cathy Kurpiewski - board member
Helen O’Shea - board member
ASSOCIATE BOARD MEMBERS
Amy Wargo has been the Health teacher at Princeton Middle School (formerly JWMS), for 29 years. She also has coached Girls Soccer at both PHS and Princeton Middle School, and Track and Field at Princeton Middle School/JW for over 20 years. Besides the students, the connections that were created between her classes and the community (Princeton Police, HiTops, Corner House, Red Cross as well as others), have been one of her favorite things. Princeton Education Fund (PEF) is one of those connections she loves. PEF provides tremendous support for PPS staff to be able to continue to provide innovative curriculum and SEL supports to the students of PPS. Amy has a BS from The College of New Jersey, a MA of Education from Kaplan University and a Postgraduate Degree from Purdue. She has two sons who went through Johnson Park Elementary School, Princeton Middle School, with one graduate from PHS class of ‘21 and one in the class of ‘23.