Two-Summers Program 2017 Cohort

Two Summers 2017 students

Gabriel Aviles
was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. He received his B.A. in Spanish language & literature from Wesleyan University and then served as its assistant dean of admission for five years. Gabe returned to New York in 2005 as a Spanish teacher and director of high school placement at George Jackson Academy on the Lower East Side, placing boys from under-represented communities at independent day and boarding schools. Gabe is earning a screenwriting M.F.A. at Brooklyn College and hopes to combine his love of film with independent school leadership. 

Mark Boswell has taught, coached and been an active community member since 2007 at The Galloway School, an independent, co-ed, student-centered, Pre-K-12 day school in Atlanta, Georgia. Mark graduated from Emory University in 2005 and found his passion for education while working with Pre-K students with special needs. 

Andy Carr has taught middle school history since 2008 at Kingswood Oxford School, an independent, co-ed, college preparatory day school serving students in grades 6-12 in West Hartford, Connecticut. During his time there he has served as a department chair, he has led a number of international school trips, he has been the squash program director, and he is currently the sixth grade dean. Andy attended Colby College, where he studied government and education. While at Colby, he also captained both the squash and baseball teams. 

James Carroll has been a teacher and subsequently an administrator at Beauvoir, The National Cathedral Elementary School, a co-ed PK-3 day school in Washington, DC since 2005. James was born and raised in London and attended the University of Liverpool. He began a career in teaching in 1993 and became deputy head of school at Brookland Junior in 1999. James also taught English at Dulwich College Preparatory School in London before moving permanently to the USA in 2004. James has been appointed the head of school at Concord Hill School in Maryland effective July 2016.

Marshall Carroll
has served as director of library services, history teacher, dorm parent and coach at Mercersburg Academy, a co-ed boarding school serving grades 9-PG in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, since 2007. An avid traveler, he has led international student trips to Ireland and Poland. Marshall is a graduate of The Lawrenceville School, where he played varsity water polo and wrestled, and Rutgers University, where he was a member of the crew team.

Garrett Cichowitz
has served as the religious studies teacher since 2011 at The Dominion School, a co-ed K-12 rigorous college preparatory day school in Reston, Virginia that is a part of the larger classical schooling movement. He is grateful for the opportunity to apply his collegiate cross-country experience from Grove City College as the cross-country coach for Dominion. In light of the quickly growing enrollment of the school, Garrett will be taking on the responsibilities of college counseling and head of student life activities in fall of 2015. 

Travis Cooper has taught third grade since 2005 at Saint Philip’s Episcopal Church and School, a PK-5 grade parish day school in Coral Gables, Florida. Travis directed the after school program from 2007-2014. He designed, edited and was a photographer for the school yearbook from 2007-2011.  In 2004, he taught third grade at Downtown Miami Charter School. Prior to moving to Florida, he served the South Kitsap and Central Kitsap School Districts in Washington state for a year-and-a-half as a sixth grade team teacher and as a guest teacher. 
Lynn Cornell has taught Latin and served as the world languages department head since 2013 at Derby Academy, a co-ed PK-8 day school in Hingham, Massachusetts. Prior to Derby Academy, Lynn taught English and Latin at BASIS DC, a charter school in Washington, DC and spent five years at the Hockaday School, a girls school in Dallas, Texas. She also taught Latin and Greek at the Hotchkiss School, a boarding school in Lakeville, Connecticut. Lynn received her B.A. in classical languages and English from the College of Saint Benedict and an M.A. in comparative literature from Purdue University. 

Courtney Cronin is in her fifth year teaching French at Lawrence Academy, a co-ed boarding high school in Groton, Massachusetts. There she serves as a dorm head, a soccer and lacrosse coach, and an advisor. She chairs the professional development committee, runs the Cum Laude Society, organizes the peer tutoring program and next year she will chair the language department. Courtney graduated from Colby College in Waterville, Maine in 2010, where she majored in French studies and in history. 

Drew Devore has taught upper school history, served as a grade level advisor and coached swimming since 2007 at Crossroads School, a co-ed progressive K-12 school in Santa Monica, California. Before arriving at Crossroads, Drew taught and coached at Episcopal School of Acadiana in Cade, Louisiana for four years. A graduate of Davidson College with a degree in history, Drew was a lifer at University School in Cleveland, Ohio where his father taught for 35 years.

Isaac Enloe has taught kindergarten and held various leadership roles since 2011 at Catlin Gabel, a co-ed PK-12 day school in Portland, Oregon. He earned his M.A.T. at Lewis and Clark College Graduate School of Education in 2002 and subsequently worked as an early childhood and elementary educator at several progressive independent schools on the west coast and in Japan. He is a co-founder of LEAF Academy and The Catalyst Project, two project-based environmental education programs for upper elementary and middle school students.

Colette Finley has taught middle school math since 2009 at Noble and Greenough School, a co-ed day school with five-day boarding for grades 7-12 in Dedham, Massachusetts. She has also been the middle school dean for three years, has led school trips to various locations (South Africa, New Orleans, and Washington, DC), and is the varsity volleyball coach and middle school hockey coach. Colette grew up in Minnesota but made her way to the east coast when she attended Colby College starting in 2005. 

Adam W. Fischer joined the faculty of Kent School in Kent, Connecticut in 1998 to lead Kent’s technology initiative as one of the first 30 schools providing and teaching every student and teacher to use laptops. He worked with teachers developing curricula and methods, shared vision and practice with other schools and at conferences, and started Kent’s electronic communications. As CIO and head of library, he re-organized library function (from little daily use to capacity), unified academic support for student success, re-imagined Kent’s classic GS course for the 21st century and taught it. 

David Flaxman
has served as world language department chair since 2010 at Moses Brown School, a  K-12, Quaker, co-ed day school, in Providence, Rhode Island. He has taught Spanish since 1995 and was a class dean and debate team coach for many years. David attended the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in English literature. He co-founded a walking tour company and has led over 700 people on tours in Spain since 1997. 

Regan Galvan
has taught math and advised students since 2008 at Harvard-Westlake School, a co-ed, day school with grades 7-12 in Los Angeles, California. Before joining the HW community, she taught various subjects including history, math and choral music at another independent school as well as at public schools in Los Angeles and San Diego. Originally from San Diego, California, she earned her B.A. at UCSD. 

Since 2003, Bo Garrett has taught humanities at Highlands School, a co-ed K-8 day school in Birmingham, Alabama. In addition to his teaching duties, Bo currently serves as the middle school department chair. Before moving to Birmingham, he worked for the National Geographic Society in Washington, DC. As a project manager for the society’s education foundation, Bo coordinated and oversaw trips for teachers and students to learn various geographic concepts in the field. 

Amanda Goodwin currently serves as Middle School Dean of Students at the Nightingale-Bamford School, a K-12 all-girls day school in New York, NY. She has also served as its director of alumnae relations, lead advisor, history teacher, diversity coordinator, internship program coordinator and a coach. Prior to 2011, Amanda worked at ABC News and launched an educational non-profit organization. She is a graduate of the Horace Mann School in New York and earned a B.A. in political science from Middlebury College and the London School of Economics. 

Gregory Guldin has taught in the science department, coached the varsity swimming and diving team, led a dormitory housing 75 students, and served as aquatic director since 2009 at Woodberry Forest School, a boys boarding, 9-12 school in Woodberry Forest, Virginia.  Greg began his professional career after graduating with a degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.  At Woodberry, Greg teaches chemistry and will be leading the creation of a course in medicinal chemistry.

Beth Hall has taught second and third grade since 2000 at Prospect Sierra School, a K-8, co-ed day school, El Cerrito, California. During that time, she has been involved in leading the research, design, implementation and evaluation process for literacy, mathematics, eco-literacy and social emotional learning curriculums. She also served as an administrative intern and co-chaired a national search for a new elementary division head. She graduated from UC Berkeley and currently lives in Marin, California.

Shelby Hammer has served as the head of middle school since 2011 at River Oaks Baptist School, a  PK-8 co-ed, day grade school in Houston, Texas. She previously served as an English and social studies teacher, admissions and financial aid officer, communications director, and division head at three schools in Alabama. She holds an A.B. in history from Duke University and an M.A. in history from the University Alabama. 

Carl Hess
has served as a faculty member since 2008 at Notre Dame Preparatory High School, a co-ed, Catholic secondary school in Scottsdale, Arizona. He currently holds a B.A. in history and European studies from Loyola Marymount University and a humanities M.A. from the National University of Ireland, Galway. At Notre Dame Prep, Carl teaches in the social studies department, coaches the boys varsity golf team and fulfills a number of additional roles as a teacher-leader. 

Cyndy Jean has taught middle school English and has served as grade-level dean since 2010 at Hackley School. Hackley is a co-ed, K-12, five-day boarding school in Tarrytown, New York. Cyndy received her bachelor’s degree from Amherst College and a degree in childhood education and special education from Fordham University. Cyndy has worked on the board of the Tree of Life Organization, a burgeoning non-profit organization serving the youth of Source Matelas, Haiti for three years, overseeing the construction and expansion of the primary school for over 125 children.

Erica Jones
has taught high school History since 2010 at The Dalton School, a K-12, co-ed, day school in New York City. Erica began her teaching career in 2009 at The Thacher School in Ojai, California, where she taught US history and the Supreme Court & civil rights. Prior to teaching at Thacher, Erica studied political science and African & African American studies at Dartmouth College and worked for the ACLU of Northern California upon graduation. Erica is a native of Portland, Oregon, whose interests include critical race theory and social justice education.

Julie Kalmus has worked as an educator and administrator since 1993 at University Child Development School, a co-ed, PK-5 day school in Seattle, Washington. She currently teaches and serves as elementary division head and resident program coordinator. Julie also stewards many of the local, national and international partnerships and professional development initiatives for the school.

Julia Lang has taught economics and served as head of middle school since 2014 at Wellington College, a co-ed, grades 7-12 boarding school near London, England. Prior to becoming a teacher, she worked in investment banking.

David Lee has taught seventh and eighth math since 2014 at Stuart Hall for Boys, an all-boys, K-8 day school in San Francisco.  Before SHB, David taught fifth and sixth math at Town School for Boys for four years and served as the head of the lacrosse program and coach from 2007-2011. Prior to teaching, David worked for various investment firms (Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley, and ISI) as an institutional sales manager for over 13 years. David lived in Tokyo post graduation from Williams College and has a weekly craving for sushi.

Peter Locke has taught English and has held various administrative roles since 2010 at The American School in Switzerland, a co-ed day and boarding K-12 school in Lugano, Switzerland. Prior to working at TASIS, Peter taught at Culver Academies in Indiana and The Hotchkiss School in Connecticut. 

Meng Lusardi has worked since 2010 at Riverdale Country School, a co-ed, K-12 day school in Bronx, New York.  At Riverdale, Meng teaches Mandarin and Chinese history (and hopefully Cantonese), helps coordinate upper school assemblies and China exchange, as well as advises the student faculty council. Prior to Riverdale, Meng earned her B.A. at Yale and M.A. at Middlebury.

Carla MacMullen has taught chemistry, introduction to physical science and topics in human reproduction and development. She has also served as school scheduler, science department chair and dean of faculty at Hopkins School in New Haven, Connecticut for 28 years. Hopkins is an independent co-ed day school for students in grades 7-12. Carla grew up in a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and earned her B.S. in chemistry at Denison University in Granville, Ohio.

Butch Malec has taught Latin and history, served as a dorm head and coached football since 2012 at Stevenson School, a PK-12, co-ed, boarding and day school in Pebble Beach, California. Prior joining Stevenson School, he taught Latin in Chatsworth, California at Sierra Canyon School for six years. He holds an M.A. in classics from the University of Texas at Austin, and often spends his summers on archaeological excavations in the Republic of Macedonia and Italy.

Jimmy Manyuru
has taught history and served in various roles including advisor, coach, academic technology coordinator, and seventh grade dean at Brunswick School, a boys K-12 day school in Greenwich, Connecticut since 2007. Jimmy graduated from Middlebury College and completed his M.A.T. at Manhattanville College. 

Susan Martell has taught math and computer science since 2010 and been director of community, equity and inclusion since 2012 at Miss Porter's School, an all-girls, 9-12 day and boarding school in Farmington, Connecticut. Along with working at Miss Porter’s School, Susan taught for four summers at Phillips Academy Andover in the math and science for minority student’s program. She is originally from Brooklyn and likes to visit Colombia to see her family. 

Eliza McLaren has served as director of marketing and communications since 2014 at Rye Country Day School, a co-ed, PK-12 school in Rye, NY. Previously, she taught history, directed the international student program and coached varsity field hockey and softball at Roland Park Country School in Baltimore, Maryland. After receiving an undergraduate degree in history from Barnard College, she worked in corporate marketing before earning a master’s degree in teaching from Teachers College in 2008. Eliza serves on the Board of Directors of the Maryland Book Bank. 

Priscilla Morales has served as associate director of admission and ninth grade dean since 2011 at Greenwich Academy, a K-12 girls day school in Greenwich, Connecticut. Prior to Greenwich Academy, she held several administrative roles, including director of diversity, director of financial aid and class dean at Riverdale Country School. She graduated with a B.A. from Yale in history. 

Will Nowak has taught since 2010 at Choate Rosemary Hall, a co-ed day and boarding school in Wallingford, Connecticut. Will is a 2010 graduate (B.A.) of Northwestern University, having majored in mathematics and economics. Prior to his teaching career, Will was employed as a semi-professional cyclist and still enjoys riding in his spare time. 

Brian O’Malley
has been teaching environmental science at St. Albans School, a boys school in Washington, DC since 2007. He serves as form II master and coaches soccer. Prior to teaching, Brian was director of communications for the Seattle-based organization, Restore America’s Estuaries, and a press secretary for Sierra Club. He received a B.A. in environmental studies from Connecticut College, where he competed on the varsity sailing team. In addition, he holds a master of environmental science from Yale University. 

Caitlin O’Neill is in her fifth year of teaching at Convent of the Sacred Heart, a K-12 girls school in New York City. She has taught first and second grades, and currently teaches fourth grade. She also holds positions on the school’s accreditation council and professional development committee. Caitlin received a B.S. in psychology and an M.S.T. from Fordham University. Prior to teaching, Caitlin worked for two years as the coordinator for young alumni and student initiatives in Fordham’s alumni relations office. 

Will Orben has been teaching mathematics and architecture since 2003. He also served as a class dean, residence director, admissions officer and boys soccer and squash coach. Will currently works at Phillips Academy, an independent co-ed boarding high school in Andover, Massachusetts, and in addition to teaching and coaching, he serves on the school’s faculty advisory committee and works to advance the use of technology in the classroom. Will joined the faculty at Phillips Academy in 2013 after nine years at The Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut. Will has a degree in civil engineering from Lehigh University and professional experience in soccer.

Mike Peller
was recently named the assistant head of upper school at The Nueva School, a K-10 school (soon to be K-12) in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mike joined Nueva in 2013 as a founding upper school faculty member, and this past year he served as the assistant director of admissions while continuing to teach two math classes. Prior to Nueva, Mike worked as the math department chair and project outreach director at Holderness School in New Hampshire. 

Laurie Piette has taught and served as the director of studies since 2002 at Rodeph Sholom School, a co-ed N-8 day school in New York City.  Laurie previously taught at Friends Seminary for 8 years where she was co-president of the school-based union. She began her career at her own high school in Cumberland, RI. Laurie is a graduate of Wellesley College (B.A.) and City College (M.A.). 

Lauren Rogers has taught Latin since 2007 at Salem Academy, a girls day and boarding secondary school in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Along with her teaching responsibilities, Lauren serves as a house counselor and academic advisor. Previously, she directed the annual fund at Porter-Gaud School in Charleston, South Carolina. In addition to holding degrees from Barnard College and the University of Georgia, she has studied at the American Academy in Rome and at the American School for Classical Studies in Athens, Greece. 

Aaron Snyder has taught Latin and English, worked as a dorm head, and coached football and basketball since 2005 at Thacher School, a co-ed boarding school (9-12) in Ojai, California. Prior to Thacher, he taught English at Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Massachusetts. He spent his undergraduate years at Princeton University and earned his master’s at Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College. 

Jessica Soodek is in her ninth year teaching in independent schools in New York City. This coming year she will be beginning at a new school and in a new role as a math specialist for kindergarten through second grade at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School. ECFS is a K-12, co-ed day school with campuses located in Manhattan and in Riverdale, New York. Jessica has previously taught kindergarten through third grade at The School at Columbia University, the Philosophy Day School and Claremont Preparatory School. 

James Stevens has taught chemistry and coached football and baseball since 2007 at St. George’s School, a co-ed day and boarding high school in Newport, Rhode Island; since 2013, he has served as a form dean. He completed undergraduate work in chemistry at the University of Vermont and received a master’s degree in education from the University of Rhode Island. 

Vanessa Taglia has taught third grade since 2010 at The Columbus Academy, a PK-12 co-ed day school in Gahanna, Ohio. Previously, she led initiatives for makerspace and technology integration, taught second and fourth grades in the Park Ridge-Niles, Illinois school district, and earned her Ed.M. from DePaul University in Chicago.  A former corporate data network executive, Vanessa holds a B.S. in business administration from Miami University. 

Carter Townsend has taught algebra, geometry and financial literacy since 2010 at The Eaglebrook School, an all-boys boarding school for grades 6-9 in Deerfield, Massachusetts. After graduating from the University of Virginia in 1995, Carter worked as a corporate finance analyst for Bank of America in Atlanta until 1998, then as a product developer and product manager in San Francisco for financial software firm FactSet until 2010. 

Nathan Vish has served as a high school mathematics teacher and grade dean at Georgetown Day School (GDS) since 2010. GDS a co-ed day school located in Washington, DC. In addition to his work in the classroom, Nathan founded and coaches the competitive rock climbing program at GDS. He previously worked for six years as a lead instructor with the North Carolina Outward Bound School. Prior educational experiences include a bachelor’s in math and English from Appalachian State University and a master’s in mathematics from Wake Forest University. 

Azizi Williams has served as assistant director at Sequoyah School, a co-ed, K-8 school located in Pasadena, California since 2006. Azizi worked as a K-1 teacher at Sequoyah before joining the administration and previously taught with the Child Study Center at UC Berkeley upon graduating from the university with a B.A. in sociology. 

Josh Wolf has served as middle school head since 2011 at The Park School, a co-ed, K-12, progressive school in Baltimore, Maryland. Before becoming principal he taught Spanish, served as modern language department chair, and coached boys’ varsity basketball. For seventeen summers, he guided cultural walking tours in southern Spain.

Nick Zosel-Johnson has taught fourth grade since 2009 at Charles Wright Academy, a co-ed, PK-12 day school in Tacoma, Washington. Nick currently serves as the upper elementary cluster chair. Before joining the CWA faculty, Nick taught third grade in Chicago as part of Teach for America. Nick stays connected with former students through outdoor education programs as well as “Math is Cool” and running club. 
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