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.