WHO WE ARE
Dedicated professionals connected to a whole community of opportunities
Bucks 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.
A Learning Community
Bucks 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 ways that mimic what they will need later in life.
Paul, the founding staff member at Bucks Learning Cooperative in 2014 and previously Princeton Learning Cooperative in 2010, has over 25 years experience teaching in Europe, Africa and the United States. He is an avid outdoorsman and is interested in rock climbing, boating, woodworking and beekeeping. Paul holds an undergraduate degree in education with a major in mathematics from Lancaster College and graduate level degrees in software engineering from Birkbeck College – London and library science from Aberdeen College.
You can reach Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org
Eileen has been teaching for nineteen years, beginning her education career in East Asia and continuing in the US. She is dual-certified in New Jersey to teach both Visual Arts and Social Studies. She was a painting major at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and studied social sciences at the State University of New York. She has Taught a range of specialized subjects including college-level photography, color theory and anatomy for artists, as well as high-school level psychology and African-American studies.
You can be in touch with Eileen at email@example.com
Alexis became involved with Bucks Learning Cooperative this past year teaching Democracy 101 and leading philosophical discussions in Socrates Cafe. She enjoyed her time there so much that she is apprenticing full-time this year.
Alexis has been working with teens since 2010 in foster care, camp counseling training, running a teen task force, and working as an assistant lead in the human trafficking initiative in Philadelphia. She spends her days pursuing passions that range from kayaking and exploring to learning new things, playing music, doing neighborhood clean-ups, and having fun.
You can email Alexis at firstname.lastname@example.org
At BLC, Joel’s main role is to talk to a lot of people – potential members, volunteers, donors. He also teaches a little bit and handles some of the administrative tasks.
Joel has two children and enjoys running, playing guitar, reading and being a part of the education revolution 🙂
Along with Paul Scutt, Joel co-founded Princeton Learning Cooperative in 2010 after teaching in public and private schools for 11 years, but now spends some time each week at all three of our centers. You can see Joel talk about the decision to start PLC in his TEDx talk from 2017.
You can reach Joel at email@example.com