Jennifer Connolly studied History at American University in Washington, DC, while also volunteering at the White House and interning at the Civil War Trust. She then studied Law at Hofstra University School of Law, and is a licensed New York State attorney. She has had fellowships at George Washington's Mount Vernon and Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, as well as having studied at the United States Supreme Court.
Jennifer has taught Global History & Geography 1 and 2, United States History & Government, Advanced Placement United States History, Economics & Government, Introduction to Law, and Honors Humanities- A Study of Race, Class, and Gender in the U.S.
"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours." Henry David Thoreau
- BA American University (1996)
- JD Hofstra University (2002)
Edgar Martinez studied civil engineering at Columbia University. His concentration in Construction Management allowed him to work on several NYDEP multi-million dollar projects throughout NYC. Before coming to Preston High School, he also worked for several engineering firms, including Skanska USA and John P. Picone, Inc., among others. He is an E.I.T. in New York State.
His passion in engineering has allowed him to successfully connect with students in physics and various levels of math courses. Currently, he is the chairperson of the science department and teaches Algebra, Algebra 2 and physics.
- College Columbia University (2003)
Craig Youngren studied philosophy and German at Boston College. He studied cinema at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and returned there for dramatic writing.
He has taught physics, philosophy and video production here at Preston.
He believes everyone should read Book 7 of Plato's Republic because the "metaphor of the cave" holds the secret to the mystery of our existence, and some of our best movies (like The Truman Show and Inception).
- BA Boston College (1999)
- MA NYU (2004)
- MFA NYU (2008)
Cristina Fragale received her bachelor's degree in Mass Communications from St. John's University. She began her career in advertising and later joined the Preston community in 1991 teaching Theology and Communications. Mrs. Fragale, after a long hiatus to raise her children, returned to Preston as Director of Admission. She is the current Senior Director of Recruitment and Development. She and her husband Peter are the proud parents of four Preston graduates and one son.
Mrs. Fragale is a strong advocate of the Preston spirit and advises all students to get involved in extracurricular clubs. She sets the example by serving as the producer in the annual school musical, and as moderator of the STARR club. To better prepare future “Prestonites,” Mrs. Fragale developed and facilitates a successful Reach for Excellence Program which offers a summer program for ambitious seventh and eighth students, a Boot camp for incoming freshmen and lastly a TACHS prep in the fall. To learn more, click to visit the Opportunities for Middle School page.
- College St. John's University (1988)
- College Iona College (1986)
- CPA (1991)