587 Route 22 East, Whitehouse Station, NJ

Speciality Teachers

Ting Yang

Violin Teacher

Ting comes to us at Whitehouse Prep full of enthusiasm, love of teaching violin, and wonderful credentials! Ting obtained her Master of Music degree in Violin Performance and studied with a member of the Euclid String Quartet. Prior to moving to America from China, Ting completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Violin Performance in Henan University and worked as a Lecturer in Nanyang Institute of Technology for a couple of years. After graduating in 2012 from Indiana University, Ting relocated to central NJ to join her family and to also perform and teach private violin lessons. Besides performing in many symphony orchestras in her musical career, Ting has also been teaching individual and group violin lessons.Ting loves working with young children.

Ariana Fort

Acting Teacher

Ariana is so excited to become part of the Whitehouse Prep family, after both her children attended as students! Acting has been Ariana’s passion since she was 6 years old, and she has been performing in both local and professional productions ever since. Ariana holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree in Acting from California Institute of the Arts.

In addition to her degree, Ariana has done master classes in Commedia D’el Arte (Foundation of Comedy and Mask Work), Shakespeare, and Solo Performance. Over the years, she has been lucky enough to work closely with Tony award winner Stew (Passing Strange), as well as Playwrights Susan-Lori-Parks and James Lecesne. Ariana has an intensive background in the classics of theatre, as well as musical theatre, and on-camera acting.

Ariana believes that teaching children to act, sing, and dance not only increases their ability to communicate with others in a positive way, but also provides an outlet for children to learn new things about how to act and react to others as they grow. Skills gained from theatre, such as public speaking, projection of the voice, and ability to think on one’s feet also help kids learn to have more confidence within themselves.

Ariana offers private acting lessons to children of all ages and loves helping children work on audition prep, character work and scene study, and helping them explore how much acting can truly help in everyday life!

Stephen Agnew

Music Teacher

Stephen Agnew (“Mr. Steve”) is the Director of Education for Music Notes Academy.

Stephen holds a Bachelor’s in Music from Hamilton College and a Master’s in Teaching from Montclair State University. He has been teaching piano and guitar to students of all ages at Music Notes Academy since 2011 and he has been teaching general music classes at Whitehouse Preparatory School since 2012.

After completing his student teaching in a fourth grade class, Stephen discovered his passion for early childhood education, working as a Head Teacher for preschool children ages 3 and 4. He quickly realized the huge impact that music has on all aspects of children’s development. In 2007, he decided to focus exclusively on music education, and has been teaching early childhood music classes in various preschools and kindergartens ever since.

Stephen’s teaching and his Little Notes curriculum is influenced by the work of Zoltan Kodaly, Carl Orff, and Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, as well as more recent applications of their approaches to early childhood music education. He is an active member of The National Association for Music Education (NAfME), The Feierabend Association for Music Education (FAME), The Gordon Institute for Music Learning (GIML) and The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Stephen plays the guitar, piano, and ukelele. He has well over a decade of teaching experience and is comfortable working with students of all ages, from early childhood through adulthood. Visit musicnotesacademy.com for more information on private music lessons at Whitehouse Preparatory School.

Alejandra Ortega

Spanish Teacher

Alejandra is the Spanish language teacher for the Preschool I, II, and KI classes.  Her first language was Spanish, and was an ESL student in elementary school. Later on in her education, she took French.  With a passion for language as well as teaching, she worked with 3 and 4 year-olds at the Arc of Somerset County from 2014 to 2017.  She also has a background of working with special needs children within her classroom. Her past experience also includes the Saturday Respite program, which is designed specifically for special needs children.  In 2016,  Alejandra started working in Whitehouse Prep’s Preschool II classroom. She continues to work in the Preschool II classroom in addition to teaching Spanish language for all current Whitehouse Prep classes. Alejandra is currently a student at Raritan Valley Community College.