Newark Teacher Will Be Honored at Princeton University Commencement

Snowden, a University High School alum, returned to his alma mater to teach because he wanted to pay it forward. As the lead teacher and curriculum writer for the school’s Teacher Academy program, he now helps prepare his students to become teachers.

The Newark teacher also helps students think about their lives beyond high school. He sets high expectations for his students and spends hours working with them outside school hours.

“He takes the time to get to know all students,” said Stephanie Bowles-Jones, a teacher at University High School. “During lunch periods or after school, he bonds with, tutors and/or mentors scholars who may not even have him as a teacher.”

Students view Snowden as a role model as well.

“He teaches us to be comfortable with being uncomfortable,” one student said. “He puts us into different situations and guides us to handle everything with calmness and understanding.”

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