Joel Hammon
Joel Hammon

- President -

Director and founding member of the Princeton Learning Cooperative, Joel has over 11 years of teaching experience in both public and private schools. He holds a degree in secondary education from Miami University in Oxford, OH with minors in history and political science.


Ken Danford
Ken Danford

- Treasurer -

Co-founder and executive director of North Star, Kenneth has been working intensively with teenagers and their families since 1991. Previously a middle school social studies teacher, first in Prince George’s County, MD, then in Amherst, MA, Kenneth left the Amherst school system to found North Star. He brought with him extensive education and training, including a B.A. from Amherst College in Psychology and an M.A.T. in Social Studies from Brown University.


Alison Snieckus
Alison Snieckus

- Clerk -

Alison is a former board member and current staff member at the Princeton Learning Cooperative. Alison has been working with Princeton area homeschoolers since 2003 and is co-founder of E-Cubed--a weekly meeting of teen homeschoolers organized around teen-led activities. She previously worked for ETS and has taught graduate level statistics for Rutgers University. Alison holds an M.Ed. in learning and cognition and an Ed.D. in educational measurement and statistics from Rutgers University.


Catherine Gobron
Catherine Gobron

- Trustee -

Formerly a core staff member of North Star, 2003-2015, Catherine is co-founder of LightHouse Personalized Education for Teens in Holyoke, MA. Catherine holds two B.A.s from University of California, Santa Barbara, in English and History, a Master's in Education from Lesley University, and primary teacher certification from the American Montessori Society.


André Morson
André Morson

- Trustee -

A lifelong educator - and co-founder of Compass Centre for Self-Directed Learning in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada - André has a passion and aptitude for working with youth, with experience in various settings as a coach, mentor, counsellor, and teacher. André holds a B.Sc. in Medical Biophysics from Western University and a B.Ed. from Queen’s University within their Outdoor & Experiential Education program.