Full-Year Program 2018 Cohort

Duncan Briggs has taught sixth through ninth grade Latin since 2013 at Fairfield Country Day School in Fairfield, Connecticut. In addition to his teaching duties, Duncan has served as a sixth grade advisor and coach. Before FCDS, Duncan developed a passion for working at independent schools while working as a substitute teacher and coach at Maui Preparatory Academy in Hawaii.  A native of Maine, Duncan is a graduate of North Yarmouth Academy and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Classical and Medieval Studies from Bates College.

Emily Carton will join the cohort in January after completing the MBA portion of the dual-degree program at Columbia Business School.  Emily taught and served as academic dean from 2013-2016 at Olney Friends School, a co-ed boarding school for grades 9-12 in Barnesville, Ohio. Before that, she worked for a Philadelphia-based venture capital firm that operates two charter schools. Emily graduated with honors from Haverford College, where she studied ethics and the formation of intentional ethical communities. Emily was able to further explore these interests at Olney, where she conceived and implemented a self-paced, mastery-based curriculum that places greater responsibility in the hands of students. 

Kellyann Conners has taught religious studies at St. Andrew’s School, a co-ed, fully-residential boarding school in Middletown, Delaware for the past four years. At St. Andrew’s, she also has coached basketball and soccer and has served as a dorm parent and advisor. Prior to moving to Delaware, Kellyann completed a year of AmeriCorps in Baltimore, Maryland before earning a master’s degree in systematic theology from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. After attending Union, she spent a year working at Auburn Seminary, a nonprofit whose mission is to equip bold and resilient faith leaders to build a more just and peaceful multi-faith world.

Todd Dowling has taught biology and algebra and served as placement coordinator since 2011 at North Country School, a co-ed junior boarding school (grades 4-9) in Lake Placid, New York. Before entering the classroom, he worked for five years in Maine as a wilderness trip leader and outdoor educator at the Chewonki Foundation and the Ecology School at Ferry Beach.

Cori Eggert has taught high school math since 2008 at Morristown-Beard School, an independent, co-ed, college preparatory day school serving students in grades 6-12 in Morristown, New Jersey. During her time there, she has been head coach of the varsity swim team, co-director of the community service program and has led a number of international school trips. Cori attended Western New England University, where she studied mathematics and education. While at WNE, she was captain of both the field hockey and swimming teams.

Robby Griffin has taught middle school history and coached cross country, basketball and baseball since 2011 at The Peck School, a K-8 co-ed day school in Morristown, New Jersey. Additionally, he has served as chair of the history department for two years and has been the director of scheduling for four years. Prior to Peck, he worked at Shore Country Day School as a fourth grade teaching assistant, Bellesini Academy as an after-school teacher and as a homeschool tutor traveling on a yacht. Robby received his bachelor's degree in social studies from Harvard College. 

Michael Hardiman will join the cohort in January after completing the MBA portion of the dual-degree program at Columbia Business School.  Prior to staring the Klingenstein MA/MBA in the fall of 2016, Michael taught IB language and literature in the upper school at Windermere Preparatory School, a co-ed day and boarding school for grades K-12 in Windermere, Florida.  He has also taught English at Nativity Preparatory School in New Bedford, Massachusetts and worked for two years as a consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton. Michael is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and an alumnus of Holderness School.

Houming Jiang was born in Inner Mongolia and grew up in Beijing, China. He co-founded an interdisciplinary, project-based learning program at International School of Beijing, where he also taught Chinese and humanities. Prior to this, Houming spent two years with Teach for China and taught history in a rural school near Golden Triangle. In the long run, Houming wants to build more project-based schools in China or full-immersion bilingual schools overseas. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Xiamen University. 

Naheeda Karmali has taught at The Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa, Kenya for four years in the English-Kiswahili dual-language program for grades three through five.  During the last two years at the Academy, she coordinated curriculum in the role of International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program coordinator and vice-principal at the elementary school. She received her Bachelor of Arts at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver in Child Psychology. She also holds a postgraduate degree from Univerity College London, United Kingdom in comparative education. Naheeda graduated in 2010 with a master's degree in inclusive elementary education from the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Since 2013, Rob Kettlewell has taught world history, government and economics at Tuscaloosa Academy, a K-12 day school in Alabama. He was named director of sustainability at TA in 2015, and has served as a football coach. Rob originally hails from Concord, Massachusetts where his love for the outdoors was born. Rob graduated from the University of Richmond in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in History.

Lauren Links has taught 10th, 11th and 12th grade history since 2012 at The Berkeley Carroll School, a K-12 co-ed day school in Park Slope, Brooklyn. She was director of Senior Scholars, an independent research program, and she founded the Collaborative Peer Coaching program for faculty. Before working at Berkeley Carroll, Lauren worked for three years as a special education teacher in the Department of Education through the NYC Teaching Fellows Program. She was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana and later received a Bachelor of Arts in History and Philosophy from Johns Hopkins University and an Master of Science in Education in Urban Adolescent Special Education from Long Island University. 

Erin McHale most recently served as assistant principal for five years at Annunciation School, a PreK-8 co-ed school in Crestwood, New York. Previously she taught various levels from kindergarten through eighth grade in both private and public schools, was an AmeriCorps volunteer and a youth leadership coordinator. She also acquired business experience through the management of a small commercial real estate company. Erin holds a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University in Theology and Government, as well as an Master of Arts from Teachers College in Curriculum and Teaching. 

Peter Miller
has taught humanities and coached rowing since 2013 at Culver Academies, a co-ed 9-12 boarding school in Culver, Indiana. Peter has also worked as a camp counselor since 2006, most recently serving on the leadership team at Camp Lanakila, a traditional boys boarding summer camp in Fairlee, Vermont.  In 2012, Peter earned his Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Bates College. 

Nick Molnar has taught since 2010 at Choate Rosemary Hall, a boarding school in Wallingford, Connecticut. Before coming to Choate, he lived two professional lives: one teaching and writing curriculum in China, another working in finance. Nick studied mathematics and economics at the University of Pennsylvania.

Carla Pugliese has served as a teacher and administrator at the Nueva School, a co-ed PK-12 school in the San Francisco Bay area, since 2013. Most recently, she has served as assistant middle school division head. Prior to joining the Nueva faculty, Carla taught upper school history, English and journalism at Menlo School in Atherton, California. Carla holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Stanford University and is also a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200) with the Yoga Alliance.

Anastasia Quinn has taught in a variety of schools, both public and private, with students of all ages. Since 2015, she has served as teacher of middle school humanities at Burgundy Farm Country Day School in Alexandria, Virginia. There, she also served as the eighth grade team leader, an advisor, a Model United Nations sponsor and the volleyball coach. Anastasia graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Arts. 

Since 2012, Jeremy Sandler has taught English for grades 5-7 at the Santa Catalina School, an independent school in Monterey, California that is a co-ed day school for grades PK-8 and a girls day and boarding school for grades 9-12. Previously, he taught for two years at The Windward School, an independent school for children with language-based learning disabilities in White Plains, New York. Throughout his career, Jeremy has had various responsibilities in addition to teaching, including student activities, advisory, school safety, professional development and fundraising. In 2010, he graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where he studied secondary education, English and United States history.

Michael Schub will join the cohort in Janaury after completing the MBA portion of the dual-degree program at Columbia Business School.  Before starting the Klingenstein MA/MBA, Michael taught IB Literature and Language & Literature between 2012 and 2014 at Gyeonggi Academy of Foreign Languages, a co-ed boarding school for grades 10-12 in Uiwang, South Korea. Following that experience, he wrote assessments for an ed tech startup and tutored ESL students in New York and worked in communications in Washington, D.C. Michael graduated from Brown University with a double concentration in English and international relations. 

Geoff Silver has taught English since 2014 at the Loomis Chaffee School, a co-ed 9-12 boarding and day school in Windsor, Connecticut. Geoff began his teaching career at the Saint James School in Hagerstown, Maryland, and has also coached varsity football and tennis, served on numerous committees (such as one that developed a new Writing Studio at Loomis) and worked in admissions. An alumnus of the Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, Massachusetts, Geoff graduated from Duke University summa cum laude in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and has completed graduate coursework towards a Master of Liberal Arts at Stanford University. 

Erika Somogyi began her teaching career in 2010 as an English teacher in Aden, Yemen. Later, she taught primary school English in a charter school in Montpellier, France, was an English teacher for JiaDing Elementary School and was selected as teacher trainer for Chinese public school English teachers in Shanghai, China. Inspired by project-based learning, Erika completed her Association Montessori International diploma in Chennai, India and for the last two years has worked in a Montessori school in Winchester, Massachusetts. Erika graduated from the University of Otago in New Zealand with a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honors in Anthropology.

Tom Wethington has served as associate dean of students and director of residential life, taught mathematics and coached basketball and baseball since 2012 at The Masters School, a co-ed day and boarding school in Dobbs Ferry, New York. Tom graduated from Bucknell University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a minor in philosophy. After a brief stint in the financial sector, he decided to change paths and pursue a career in education. Tom received his Master of Arts in Mathematics Education from Teachers College in May of 2012. In addition to his work at Masters, Tom is a faculty member and conference facilitator for the NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference.

Yuhui Yan has served as the founder and operational manager since 2012 at English Alive, a community-based language school specializing in teaching English as a second language to young learners in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China. In the past five years, she opened three branches of English Alive. Yuhui was also closely involved in offering English training to the G20 volunteer team in 2016.

Zifan Yang will join the cohort in January after completing the MBA portion of the dual degree program at Columbia Business School.  Prior to beginning the Klingenstein Program, Zifan taught math and English through K&B Schools (also known as Kaplan China) since 2013 at #7 Yucai Middle School (public school for grades 7-9), #7 High School Gaoxin Campus (public school for grades 10-12) and Chengdu Foreign Languages School (K-12 private boarding school) all in Chengdu, the Southwest Chinese city renowned for being home to the pandas. Educated as an engineer and economist during his undergraduate years, he also taught magnet school classes on Saturdays for half of his college years. 

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