English teacher

Mr. Keating lives with his wife and two daughters in Princeton, New Jersey. With the undergraduate degrees in English & history from Bucknell University and a masters in comparative literature from Columbia University, he has been teaching English and writing since 1981, and has taught at the Pingry School for the past 31 years. His courses have featured a wide variety of authors, from Shakespeare to Salinger, but his all-time favorite book is The Great Gatsby. Mr. Keating’s teaching styles are working closely with his students on their writing & oral expression, and inspiring students to love literature and language. He helps students in subjects ranging from English composition to literary enrichment to preparation for standardized tests like the SSAT, SAT, ACT, and AP Language and Literature exams. At Pingry, he has won numerous teaching awards, and has recently had the entranceway of the school named in his honor. On a personal note, “I love book clubs, films, and traveling, and I am a competitive runner and cyclist. “

Debate teacher

Mrs. Chesebro has taught grades 2 through high school. For the last 20+ years, she worked with gifted elementary and middle school students. During that time, she coached classes in Debate, Model UN, Public Speaking, and guided students as they developed their own TED-style talks. Most recently, she was a co-organizer at a high school TEDx event. Elaine travels to China twice a year to work in a STEM camp, teaching science and math courses.

Robotics, Programming & Math teacher

Mr. Costa graduated from Caltech with a double major BS in Computation/Neural Systems and Business. His experience ranges from software development, machine learning, and education. He has extensive math background, both academic and strictly competitive. With the love of teaching, Mr. Costa would like to use his experience and ability to help students excel as well.
Notable competitive math experience:
➢ 2012 President of Mu Alpha Theta, national math honor society
➢ 2012 Captain of School Team on the MSG Varsity TV competition “the Challenge”
➢ 2012 World Math Day Silver Medal (2nd place in the USA over 100,000 competitors)
➢ 2011 President of MHS Math League
➢ 2011 World Math Day Bronze Medal
➢ 2010 South East Asian Mathematics Competition-3rd place individual (30+ countries)
➢ 2009 UK Intermediate Mathematical Challenge—Olympiad Member

Chess teacher

Mr. Mandizha, an International master based in the US has been individually active in the chess community as well, having participated in the Chess Olympiad since 2012. Farai’s determination and tactical style allow him to conquer difficult matches even with chess Grandmasters. As an experienced coach, Farai has led the NYC Hunter College Elementary Chess Teams to win several National Championships. His teaching style centers around helping students understand the unique properties of each piece and the various ways they cooperate to form the best winning strategy. To him, the essence of chess is in its constant change, not memorized strategy. Hence, he focuses on showing his students in all phases of the game, helping them to take in and interpret information from the entire chessboard and teaching them how to be both better players, but more importantly, better thinkers.

Drama teacher

Mr. Zumchak is a teacher of music and theatre with more than 2 decades of experience in elementary, middle, and high school music and theatre programs. After graduation from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam in upstate New York, Tom helped to develop school music and theatre programs in New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Florida, and Nassau, Bahamas as a Director of Choral Music and Theatre Arts, and also as a Teacher of Elementary General Music. Tom has acted professionally in regional theatre companies in the northeast, and is an experienced instructor of guitar, vocal music, and music theory. As Director of Theatre Arts at Hopewell Valley Central High School, Tom produced and directed several musical and drama productions, including “Man of La Mancha”, “City of Angels”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, and “Guys and Dolls”, to name a few. He has also recently performed with the Westminster Chinese Music Ensemble under the direction of Professor Wang Guwei. Currently, Tom is the Director of Choral Music and Performing Arts at Lawrence Middle School, where he conducts the 7th and 8th grade choirs and teaches a course in musical and dramatic theatre arts.

Art teacher

Mrs. DiLorenzo graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a focus on illustration. Today, she is the author and illustrator of several picture books, and is currently working on developing her first graphic novel. Barbara has been an art instructor at the Arts Council of Princeton for 6 years, working with students of every age and ability. While Barbara sees giftedness in many students, through experience she has learned that drawing and painting are very learnable skills that students pick up at different rates. Barbara’s primary goal as an art teacher is to teach the student mastery of the craft so the student’s unique artistic voice may emerge clearly.
To see Barbara’s work, please visit her website.