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ABOUT OUR FOUNDER . . .

Barbara Kalmus holds a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Philosophy from Syracuse University. She studied Rehabilitation Counseling at Boston University for two years before completing a Masters in Education and Counseling Psychology at Suffolk University. For the past thirty years, Barbara has been involved in education both in the United States and abroad. Her public school experience includes classroom teaching, guidance counseling, and supervisory responsibilities.

In 1995, Barbara co-founded an SAT preparation company and has been providing classes, tutoring, and college admissions programs in the Princeton (NJ) area public and private schools since 1996. In addition, Barbara has designed and implemented innovative professional development programs for teachers in at-risk and urban school districts. These programs, funded by public and private foundations, are changing the face of both test preparation and the dynamics of the classroom environment.

In 2005, Barbara launched the Princeton Education Network (PEN), expanding classes, tutoring, college services and professional development to California. PEN's College Prep Academy, a multi-year approach to the college admissions process debuted in 2006.

In 2009, two of Barbara's children joined the PEN family. Perry (Williams '03) became Executive Director, and Ori (Lafayette '08) became Director of Media Communications.

AT PEN WE ARE COMMITTED TO:

  • offering an academically-oriented approach to test preparation that helps students make the connection between the test and what they are learning in school.
  • creating a "stress-free" college search and selection process.
  • providing Professional Development for Language Arts; Math; College Entrance Exams; and School Social Issues that has a lasting and meaningful effect on our nation's schools.