Meet the Princeton High School Administration
Since 2012 I have been an assistant principal at PHS. It has truly been a great joy of my life to work with the students, their families and great staff here in Princeton. I am so honored to have been named principal of PHS. As a school I know where we have been, I know the tremendous strides we’ve taken with our initiatives over the past 2 years, and I know where we can go which is why it is so exciting to think about the possibilities that lie ahead.
I grew up at the Jersey shore and went to college at Montclair State University. I also have graduate degrees from Montclair State and the College of Saint Elizabeth. Before coming to PHS I worked as a Spanish/ESL teacher and World Language Department Coordinator in another district.
My passion is working with kids, and Princeton has great ones. We also have a great staff that is intelligent, thoughtful, and committed to growth, and it is so thrilling to think of the ways in which we will work together to advance the district’s and school’s initiatives of wellness, equity and student engagement.
I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to work with the PHS faculty in future endeavors and achieving great things for our school and community.
Outside of work I am the proud mother of two wonderful daughters. In my free time I enjoy reading, hiking, yoga, kickboxing, baking and being outdoors, especially at the beach.
Jared Warren is proudly in his seventh year as an Assistant Principal at Princeton High School. During his service on the PHS administrative team, Mr. Warren has worked collaboratively to ensure a safe and healthy learning environment for all students and staff. Prior to coming to PHS, Mr. Warren served as a special education teacher at Hunterdon Central Regional High School. During his time at Central, Mr. Warren provided PD to his peers in the areas of co-teaching and incorporating paraprofessionals into the classroom. At Central, Mr. Warren also served as an assistant football coach, assistant track & field coach, and head girls track and field coach. Mr. Warren was a part of several state and conference championship teams in football and track.
Mr. Warren completed his undergraduate education at Widener University, where he received a B.A. in Criminal Justice. While at Widener, Mr. Warren was a four-year letter winner and three-year starter on the offensive line. Mr. Warren was a three-time conference champion, national semi-finalist and national quarterfinalist. Also, at Widener, Mr. Warren completed an internship in the area of probation and parole, and a field experience in education. Mr. Warren completed his graduate and post-graduate education at The College of New Jersey, where he received a master’s in Special Education and certification in Educational Leadership.
Mr. Warren currently resides in Yardville, NJ with his fiancé Devon and three children, Jacob, Brady, and Shay.
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!