Princeton resident Cecilia Birge has been named as an acting assistant principal at Princeton High School.
Birge, who teaches special education and mathematics, also has served as the head coach for the Princeton High School speech and debate team since 2015. She has also been the assistant coach of the high school girls’volleyball team and the coach of the girls’ junior varsity volleyball team.
“We are very pleased that Cecilia Birge will be an assistant principal at Princeton High School. She is an outstanding teacher and accomplished educator,” said Interim Superintendent Barry Galasso in a written statement about the appointment.
Birge joins two other assistant principals at the high school, Rashone Johnson and Jared Warren. She replaces Angela Siso Stentz, who left the high school to serve as the acting principal at Johnson Park Elementary School.
During her time at Princeton High School, Birge has been a community liaison with the Chinese American community. She has worked with high school guidance counselors and the superintendent to bridge cultural gaps and promote a continuing dialog on race relations. She has also helped community organizations identify and support families suffering from financial and other hardships. She first worked at Princeton High School in 2012 and then returned in 2015 after working at Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood from 2013 to 2015.
Birge earned her bachelor’s degree in history from Bryn Mawr College and her master’s degree from the Teachers College at Columbia University. In her free time, she enjoys competing at Tae Kwon Do Hanmadangs (festivals). She was a silver medalist in the U.S. Open Tae Kwon Do Hanmadang in 2012.