Why build a career with Prospect Schools?

We’re dedicated to diversity. Building a truly inclusive community for educating children is our most important goal, our hardest challenge, and the driving force behind everything we do. We have been champions of diversity from the outset, and attribute 100% of our success to having a team of educators, leaders, and staff who come from all walks of life and benefit from that difference.

Learning never stops.

Students aren’t the only ones learning at Prospect Schools. We push ourselves to continuously improve our craft and get better at what we do, inside and outside of the classroom. Our system of dedicated professional development sessions, substantial resource sharing, classroom observations, regular 1:1 meetings, professional reviews, and parent/student surveys all combine to make sure the learning never stops.

Your curiosity counts.

We encourage team members to bring new strategies and tactics to the table because many minds are always better than one. We’re tackling some of the toughest challenges in public school education, and empowering our team to be creative problem solvers is essential to our continued success. At Prospect Schools, diversity is more than demographics — its a diversity of ideas, too.

We’re growing.

We know that the educational program we’ve built in Brooklyn will work well with diverse populations outside of New York, so we’re bringing it to Danbury, Connecticut, where one of the state’s fastest-growing small cities is quickly becoming one of its most diverse.

What We Look For

Commitment

We are all united by one purpose: to create the best educational environment for our students.

Community

We are tenacious in building positive working relationships with colleagues and we work hard to celebrate the work of others.

Collaboration

We value diversity in thinking and solicit input from peers and stakeholders when making decisions that impact others.

Continuous Improvement

We are lifelong learners and are empowered by a feedback cycle — up, down, and sideways.

Meet Our Team

%
of faculty have advanced degrees
%
of educators have 5+ years of classroom experience
%
of employees identify as persons of color
%
of employees speak a language other than english

Kelly Vaughan

Math & Science Dept. Head & 7th Grade Science Teacher

Clinton Hill Middle School

Bio

Where are you from?

Lenox, MA

What drew you to Prospect Schools?

I met the Leadership Team after interviewing and felt that I’d be working with a really smart, creative, committed group of educators, at a school with a mission that included both academic rigor and diversity.

Why do you love it?

As I’d hoped, Prospect Schools has an amazing team. Everyone here works hard, engages with world events and issues, and is highly committed to our mission. That makes even the more challenging days worthwhile.

Favorite thing about your day:

The best days for me are ones where I get to try out an innovative lesson – or observe a teacher on my team doing the same – and see the students respond.

Fun fact about yourself:

Two fun facts: I am mom to a smart, beautiful toddler, and I’m running next year’s NYC marathon! (god-willing)

Phuong Le

Data Specialist

Bio

Where are you from?

Hanoi, Vietnam

What drew you to Prospect Schools?

The people who offered me the position offered it with enthusiasm in their voice, which told me that (1) they were genuinely happy to work at Prospect Schools, and (2) my skills would be valued. Fortunately I’ve found both impressions to be right so far.

Why do you love it?

Both the company and the network sizes are right for me – not too big not too small, so I’m constantly kept busy but also have room to develop new initiatives. On top of that, the people are dedicated to their work, and well-versed in data which makes my job much more challenging.

Favorite thing about your day

Running my scripts and pretending I’m an elite hacker saving the world from top secret conspiracies.

Fun fact about yourself

I play the piano. In college I performed solo, in a trio, and my own compositions!

Tamur Cajoux

Head of Accounting

Bio

Where are you from?

Born in Brooklyn, raised in Queens, banished to New Jersey.

What drew you to Prospect Schools?

The bright green colors and the fact that they really seemed driven by a mission. They had done a really good job of promoting their culture and community online and that really excited me.

Why do you love it?

It is a departure from the conservative offices that I was used to. The feel and culture is laid back yet very ambitious and high performing. Everyone takes pride in their own specializations while still believing in and supporting the mission.

Favorite thing about your day

I love creating systems. My position allows me the opportunity to look at problems and create systems to address those problems. It feels great when I can solve a problem that a colleague may be dealing with both because of the gratitude that they express as well as the opportunity for me to learn.

Fun fact about yourself

My children recently learned to play chess so I can now enjoy a false sense of confidence with each match that I win.

Wendell Cheung

Head of Instruction

Brooklyn Prospect High School

Bio

Where are you from?

I was originally born in Hong Kong, but raised on Long Island, NY. Currently living in Brooklyn.

What drew you to Prospect Schools?

We are a small school community that has a commitment to its teaching faculty and a diverse student/family community. Both its extremely collaborative environment amongst teachers, students, and families and its focus on strong academics drew me to the school.

Why do you love it?

Prospect Schools really values teachers and allows us to truly focus on teaching and learning. All faculty and staff work hard to ensure that they are supporting students. I’m able to work on preparing strong algebra lessons for my students and coaching our math/science team to do their best and grow as an educator. And also, the student body is amazing!

Favorite thing about my day?

My favorite part of my day is teaching my algebra classes and pushing students to work hard and love math.

Fun fact about yourself:

I love traveling – I’ve been to 35 countries and counting!