An Independent PK-8 Bilingual School in Princeton, NJ

Board of Trustees

At the French American School of Princeton, decision-making authority at the highest level resides in a volunteer Board of Trustees that includes individuals with related expertise. The functions of the Board focus on three areas critical to the success of the School:

  • It selects, evaluates, and supports the Head of School, to whom it delegates authority to manage the School,
  • It upholds the mission of the School and develops broad institutional policies that guide the Head of School in running the School.
  • It is accountable for the financial well-being of the School.

Board members

Trustee Profiles:

Mr. Ford grew up in Newport R.I. He received his BA in Architecture at Princeton University in 1954. After serving for three years as an officer in the Marine Corps, he received his MFA degree from Princeton in 1959.

After graduation, Mr. Ford worked as a designer at the Port Authority of New York on the World Trade Center. In 1965, he started his own firm, Walker Sander Ford and Kerr, Architects and Planners. In 1974, he started the firm of Short and Ford Architects where he served as Partner in Charge of the Joint Venture Architects, Architects for the restoration and Renovation of the legislative portions of the New Jersey State House and State House Annex.
In 2004, a new firm, Ford 3 Architects was formed with two partners: Moira McClintock and Quinn Schwenker. Mr. Ford teamed with Moira McClintock to design the restoration, alterations and addition to the Historic Carnegie Library in Atlantic City converting the building to a continuing education facility for Stockton University. He also teamed with Quinn Schwenker on the design of the Carter Road location for portions of the French American School of Princeton. In 2009, when he learned that the St. Joseph’s Seminary was available, he assembled several schools including the FASP to develop plans to move into the empty spaces.

Jerry has served on the Board of Trustees since 2009.

Cynthia D. Smith is an associate attorney in the real estate practice group at Pepper Hamilton LLP in Princeton.  She lives in Montgomery Township with her husband, Darron, and sons James and Owen.
Cindy has served on the Board of Trustees since 2009 and speaks Italian and a little French.

Dr. Wendy Matthews is a clinical psychologist with over 30 years in private practice in Princeton, NJ.  She received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Cornell University, with postdoctoral work at Harvard University. She is the author of books on children’s sex-role development and early child literacy, and numerous scientific papers dealing with child development, developmental disabilities, and child abuse and neglect.  She has taught extensively at schools such as The New School for Social Research, Rutgers – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers University, and Princeton University. She is currently psychology consultant to Mindprint Learning, an on-line cognitive assessment for children.

Wendy has served on the Board of Trustees since 2013.

Corinne Güngör began her career as a legal counselor in the private sector in Paris, France. She then decided to embrace a new career as an elementary teacher in a west suburb of Paris, where she taught for 10 years.
Her family moved from France to Princeton in 1998. After one year as a teacher at the French American School of Philadelphia, she co-founded FASP in 2000. She has served as Head of School since then. Mother of four sons, her family speaks three languages fluently (French, English and Turkish).
Corinne holds a BA in Legal Studies from the University of Rouen and Assas (France), and a BS in Primary Education from the Ministry of the French National Education (UIFM Anthony).
She is the recipient of the Order of the Academic Palms and the French National Order of Merit.

Corinne has served on the Board of Trustees since 2000.

Peter Rapelye retired in 2012 after a 40-year career as educator and administrator in independent schools. He spent 20 years in numerous positions at the Holderness School, was head of Middle school at the Dedham County Day School (MA), The Pennington School (NJ), and most recently Headmaster at the Princeton Junior School (NJ).
Recipient of a number of history fellowships through the National Endowment of Humanities and the Gilder Lehrman Institute, Peter holds a BA from the University of Rhode Island and a MSc from The London School of Economics. He has pursued additional studies in history at Brown University, Harvard University, Princeton University, University of Massachusetts, and University of Oxford.

Peter has served on the Board of Trustees since 2014.

John Tucker serves as a mortgage loan originator for senior citizens, following two decades with his wife and partner as executive recruitment consultants to the financial industry. He was a senior marketing executive at ITT Financial Services, and a management consultant with McKinsey & Company.
He began his career as a case office with the Central Intelligence Agency, after earning undergraduate and graduate degrees in political science at La Salle and Notre Dame Universities. He is a trustee of the Historical Society of Princeton and the Nassau Club of Princeton, and has served on Princeton Township’s Historic Preservation Commission.
John and Merle have four children and six grandchildren.

John has served on the Board of Trustees since 2015.