The Advisory Board
Our Advisory Board provides guidance to the WW-P POC Executive Board, drawing from their professional experience in advocacy and education to provide strategic advice on the implementation of our Anti-Racist Action Plan.
High School South
Chelsea Allen serves as the Student Assistance Counselor and Anti-Bullying Specialist at High School South where she works with students in many capacities, advocating for them in both individual and collective efforts. She loves her role because she gets to work with students based on what THEY need, not based on a curriculum standard or other outlined expectation. Her goal is to continue to meet students' needs and collaborate in the growth of an improved School Climate and Culture at South, and throughout the district.
She chairs the South Climate and Culture team, serves as an advisor for our Gay Straight Alliance (known as SPECTRUM), works as an advisor for the Peer Leader Program, works on the district SEL Team, and attends workshops and webinars related to many of the topics that the WW-P POC is working towards. She’s excited to utilize her experience in youth education to help the WW-P POC Advocacy.
Ellen Glassbland has been teaching high school Language Arts for 28 years. She began her interest in this work in undergraduate and graduate school with a concentration in African American literature and Women's literature. Her first teaching position was at a residential school in Washington, DC for pregnant and parenting teenagers, where she learned the power of writing to help young girls find their voices. After that, she taught in Atlanta, GA for two years before moving to New Jersey and taking a position at West Windsor Plainsboro High School South over 20 years ago.
Upon arriving, she was given a leadership position in the Human Rights club and was responsible for several years for the African American Read-In, something she had been involved with for many years. At High School South, she’s taught a variety of courses, including "Gender Roles in Literature," a popular and progressive course for juniors and seniors, which enables the enrolled students to create and implement the school wide Women's History event. While teaching freshman, worked with a co-teacher to publish a curriculum guide for teachers with the NJ Department of Education’s Commission on Holocaust Education; during that time, she also became involved with the non profit group "Girl Rising," an organization dedicated to global education for girls. Equity and social justice is at the heart of everything Ellen does, both personally and professionally, and she’s honored to be a member of the WWP-POC Advisory Board.
High School North
Caren Descantis has been a teacher in the West Windsor/Plainsboro School Community for 27 years. Prior to WWP, she worked at a school in Trenton for two years, where she taught 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade reading, religion, and science. While she was finishing her first Master's degree, she began her career as an elementary teacher at Maurice Hawk; teaching 3rd grade. When Village School was built, she moved from Hawk to Village and continued to teach 3rd grade. While she loved the younger students, she felt that she needed a change and moved to CMS and spent 10 years teaching Integrated Reading and Language Arts in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. During this time at CMS, she began pursuing another Master's degree; one in English Literature. Currently, as she always felt my true calling was high school, she can be found at High School North where she teaches LAIV Honors and AP Language and Composition.
As a product of her experiences, she firmly believes in the institution of education and its purpose to develop the minds and attitudes of young individuals so that they are capable of navigating the wider world as adults. In doing so, there is a necessity for young people, especially today, to broaden their perspectives by recognizing the struggles and successes of all races, religions, cultures, genders who inhabit the planet. Through literature, both fiction and nonfiction, an empathetic lens of humanity, as a collective people with the same trials, tribulations, and emotions, can develop.
Jessica Wong has been teaching in this district for over 15 years. She received her BA with Honors and Ed.M in English and English Secondary Education from Rutgers University.