Meet the Princeton High School Administration
I grew up in Beijing, China and immigrated into America after the 1989 Tiananmen Massacre. I have a B.A. in history from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania as well as a master’s degree in educational leadership from the Teachers College of Columbia University.
I taught math and special education at PHS, worked as the Assistant Coach of PHS Girls’ Volleyball Team as well as the Head Coach of Princeton Speech and Debate Team. I have four children, including two recent graduates. Witnessing their transformation over the years has brought so much joy to my life! It also makes me enormously grateful to PHS - we are very lucky to have such a dedicated team of professionals who are truly committed to educational excellence. As Assistant Principal, my goal is to support them and our students so that Princeton can continue to break new grounds and be the lighthouse district of education.
On the personal side, I live in the Jackson-Witherspoon Historic District in town. I love the rich, often unexpected history as well as the people of my neighborhood. When I am not working, you will find me in the library (favorite genre: biographies), Small World Coffee (double latte to go), a yoga studio in any place I travel to (always Bikram) or on a hiking trail (preferably in New England)
Rashone Johnson is a new addition to the Princeton High School administration as Assistant Principal. However, he is not new to the school district. Rashone has taught and coached at PHS for 21 years. He received his undergraduate degree from Trenton State College and his Masters from Rider University.
Before becoming Assistant Principal, Rashone led both the PHS Wrestling and Spring Boy’s Track teams successfully winning team and individual State Championships as well as receive the Coach of the Year honors.
He brings to his new role his dedication to all Princeton High School students and their success along with great enthusiasm in further fostering positive relationships within the community as a whole.
Diana Lygas is a school counselor who serves the PHS community as its Dean of Students. Her office enhances our students’ experience, development and achievement through direct support, creating connections, and fostering an inclusive and engaging campus climate. Mrs. Lygas is responsible for 9th grade orientation and transition programs, our robust club program, and several campus activities. In addition, she counsels students and groups and serves as the PHS Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (HIB) Specialist. She also serves as a member of the school administrative team and assists with general building supervision and operations. Lygas chairs the PHS School Safety team related to HIB and serves on the PHS Stakeholder committees for school safety, traumatic loss, I&RS, Teen PEP and Peer Group.
Mrs. Lygas has been at PHS since 2008 and her favorite part of counseling students is helping them work through their problems and pursue their passions. She especially enjoys spending time with students on special projects related to their clubs. Mrs. Lygas has served as the advisor of the Prince yearbook for the past seven years and is the student council advisor to the class of 2021.
Mrs. Lygas attended Rutgers University as an undergraduate and earned her B.S. degree in Exercise Science and Sport Studies. She earned her master’s degree in School Counseling at The College of New Jersey and holds state certification as a school counselor, supervisor, student assistance coordinator, and director of school counseling services. She is currently taking courses to pursue principal certification and a second master’s degree in Educational Leadership.
We are looking forward to a great school year!