Dedicated professionals connected to a whole community of opportunities

Princeton Learning Cooperative helps teenagers live and learn without school. Our staff supports teens as they create personalized educations based on their interests, strengths, and goals.

We offer mentoring and guidance and a safe and comfortable place to work and socialize. In addition, we offer a range of opportunities for learning and growth, including classes that run throughout the day, one-on-one tutorials, and excursions into the wider world. We help our teens find internships, jobs, and volunteer opportunities, and we help them with college admissions and other transitional steps as they move on to their adult lives.

Katy in a mentoring meeting with Connor

A Learning Community

respect tablePrinceton Learning Cooperative is a safe and welcoming community of teens and adults.

On any given day, you will find teens, staff and volunteers participating in classes or activities, playing games, talking, laughing, going for walks, or sitting quietly and reading or working on projects.

By having more personal autonomy – while working within the community – teens can practice leadership, communication and collaboration skills in real ways that reflect what they will need later in life.

Our Staff

Joel Hammon

While PLC is open you can find me mentoring young people, leading the Current Events, US History, Evolution or Be More Awesomer class or taking on all comers in ping-pong.

I have two children and enjoy running, playing guitar, reading and being a part of the educational revolution 🙂

Along with Paul Scutt, I co-founded PLC in 2010 after teaching in public and private schools for 10 years. You can see me talk about the decision to start PLC in my TEDx talk from 2017.

You can reach me at joel@princetonlearningcooperative.org.

Alison Snieckus

I have been working with teens at PLC since our opening day in 2010. I quite enjoy helping young people figure out their next steps in life, and supporting them to re-engage with topics that they find hard and discouraging…like math. I lead classes in Biology, Data and Statistics, and Nature and support our one-on-one math tutorial program. I particularly enjoy Friday trips to explore wild places.

I homeschooled my two sons, now in their mid-twenties, and have raised 4 Seeing Eye puppies while on staff at PLC: Webster, Qadira, Harry and Nigel.

You can be in touch with me at alison@princetonlearningcooperative.org.

Katy Burke

PLC makes me so happy. I have worked with teens my entire career as a public school teacher, but PLC allows me to be much more involved in their lives. I love getting to know the whole person; working, playing, and laughing alongside them; giving them comfort and counsel when needed; and developing relationships with the teens’ families.

I’m an adventurous person and love trying new things, whether it’s knitting, foraging to make an herbal tea, camping some place I’ve never been before, or learning a new dance move. I’m also very involved in my church and community, and raising my two little girls.

Reach out to me at katy@princetonlearningcooperative.org.

Scott Gallagher

I have been teaching reading and writing for 17 years and I like storytelling in all forms, either in writing, film, or my favorite, radio. I love all kinds of music, and dabble in guitar and piano. I grew up surfing and try to get to the ocean as much as possible.

I have one daughter and in the summer we can be found tending our blueberry bushes and vegetable garden, or foraging in the forest for wild plants.

At PLC, I lead Philosophy, Filmmaking, Do Something, and Career Exploration classes, as well as participate in House Band.

You can be in touch with me at scott@princetonlearningcooperative.org.

PLC’s staff members are Joel, Alison, Katy, and Scott but it takes many, many more dedicated people to make PLC work. Learn about the rest of the team.