November 30, 2020
Dear PPS Parents and Staff,
I am happy to announce that at the next Board of Education meeting, Jared Warren will be recommended to serve as Acting Principal of Princeton High School as of January 15. He will succeed Jessica Baxter, who is leaving the district to become principal of a school closer to home.
I am confident that Mr. Warren and his outstanding administrative team—including assistant principals Rashone Johnson and Cecilia Birge, Supervisor of School Counseling Dr. Kristina Donovan, Dean of Students Diana Lygas, and Brian Dzbenski, Supervisor of Physical Education and Athletic Director—will do an excellent job.
Our primary goal during this transition is to make sure that our high school students receive the traditional, outstanding Princeton High School academic and social experience as they move toward graduation. Mr. Warren will make that a top priority and will continue the innovative and student-centered approach to learning that is a hallmark of a Princeton High School education.
Mr. Warren served as assistant principal at Princeton High School for the last seven years. Prior to coming to PHS, he was a Special Education teacher at Hunterdon Central Regional High School. Mr. Warren has a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Widener University and a master’s degree in special education from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), as well as a certification in Educational Leadership. I am confident he will be a strong advocate for students and will continue to develop relationships with the community.
We have put procedures in place to select a permanent principal and I will share the methodology with the public at the December Board of Education meeting. PPS has been fortunate in the past to attract qualified candidates and we anticipate doing so again.
I would like to recognize Principal Baxter for her exemplary career in the district. She came to PHS in 2012 as an assistant principal and was named principal in 2019 to succeed Gary Snyder.
She presided over the high school in uncertain and difficult times with grace, compassion, and insight. Last March, Ms. Baxter led her staff of more than 200 with confidence as the high school abruptly shifted to remote learning. Working in conjunction with Ms. Lygas and other PHS staff members, she created the first-ever virtual graduation for Princeton High School students. She received much gratitude from students and parents of 2020 graduates for her tireless work on their behalf. More recently, her efforts enabled PHS to open for hybrid learning in October. Colleagues at the high school praise Ms. Baxter for being warm, proactive, and a strong advocate for students.
Please join me in wishing Ms. Baxter well in her new pursuits and in giving a warm welcome to Mr. Warren as he assumes his new duties at PHS.
Dr. Barry Galasso