Faculty & Staff

Our 18-member staff and average 6:1 student‐to‐teacher ratio enable us to provide personal attention for every student.  With an average teaching experience of 10 years, the faculty ranges from veterans with more than 20 years of service to those beginning their teaching careers. 50% of instructors hold an advanced degree in their field.


Anthony Muehlberger

Mathematics & Science

Dean of Faculty

BA University of Notre Dame


Jae Young Lee, M.S.

Math Teacher



Leonard Wayne, M.S.

Math Teacher


Arnold Thomas Bigger


Academic Administrator

BA University of DC

MA George Washington University


Emily Feldman, M.A.

English Teacher


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Erica Turnipseed

English& Literature

Yale University, BA

Columbia University, MA



Forrest Malone

Social Science

BA American University



Elizabeth Early von Oehsen

visual Arts & Media

BFA Rhode Island School of Design



Susanne Ward

Computer Science & Robotics



Tim Hampton

Digital Media Teacher


Andrea Reinhart

School Counselor & Admissions Officer

BA Metropolitan University

MA Minnesota State University



Karlene Blackburn

Registrar & Administrative Assistant

BA George Mason University

MBA Strayer University


Ana Umaran

Spanish Teacher



Emerson Prep operates under the President/Headmaster model. The President reports directly to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the operational affairs of the school including fund raising and strategic planning. Those reporting directly to the President are the Head of School, the Associate Head of School and the Director of Facility Operations.  The Head of School is responsible for the day-to-day academic programs, teachers and the overall school community. 



Dr. Peri-Anne Chobot

President & Head of School


Dr. Peri-Anne Chobot joined Emerson Preparatory School as the President and Head of School on July 1, 2018.

Prior to joining Emerson, Dr. Chobot served as Head of School at Commonwealth Academy in Alexandria, VA and the CEO and Head of School of The Kingsbury Center in Washington, DC. While at Kingsbury, she implemented innovative educational programs in the Day School; updated technology and infrastructure; strengthened the curriculum with AP classes and entrepreneurial studies; standardized professional practices; added faculty professional development; directed a successful 75th anniversary fundraiser; implemented a teacher exchange program; secured grants for technology and greatly strengthened institutional advancement and marketing and communications.

Her “Students First” philosophy has guided her since her first day of teaching. An experienced educator and administrator, Dr. Chobot also previously served as a Wethersfield, Connecticut School System Administrator for K-12 Curriculum, Guidance and Teacher Training, which included a district-wide initiative for differentiated instruction and intervention. She has extensive education credentials in both public and private school systems at all levels, and is skilled at working with a wide range of learning styles within diverse constituencies of students and parents.

Peri-Anne holds an Educational Doctorate degree in Administration Leadership for Teaching and Learning from Walden University in Minnesota, a 6th year degree in Educational Administration and a Master’s degree in Bilingual/Bicultural Education, both from the University of Connecticut and has an undergraduate degree in Education/Spanish from Eastern Connecticut State University. She was elected to the Board of Directors of Community Residences, Inc. in 2016 and currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Board and Chair of the Governance Committee. 


Jon Shickler  

Director of Admissions and Advancement


Mr. Jon Shickler brings over 20 years of experience in teaching to his position as Director of Admissions and Advancement. As a teacher, his primary fields are composition and literature, and writing across the curriculum, having spent several years in the Northwest Pennsylvania Writers' Project. 

Since joining Emerson in February 2008, he has served as the Interim Head of School, Associate Head of School, a faculty member, and Dean of Students. He holds an MA in English Language and Literature, as well as, a BA in Professional Writing from Gannon University, and has completed additional graduate work at the Catholic University of America, a move, which happily led him to Washington DC, where he lives with his wife and two children.  


Anthony Muehlberger

Dean of Faculty