Meet Loomis Chaffee's New Faculty for 2021-22

(L to R): Alyson Youngpeter, Chloe Alexander, Scott Hsu, Maggie Kennedy, Caitie Cotton, Kate Seyboth, Eva Haldane, Carmen Hatchell, Aidan Winn, Kayla Padroff, Adam Alsamadisi, Liana Fernez, Albert Rubin, Maggie Cozens, Melanie Carr, Michelle Ruffle, Jada Myricks, Pierce Ellinwood. Missing from photo: Ashley Augustin, Bill Ball, Rebecca DiSciacca, Catherine Dunlavey, Meghan Hazard, and Matt Kammrath.

Chloe Alexander ’12, returns to the Island as an admissions associate and the director of multicultural recruitment. Chloe most recently served as assistant director of admissions, assistant women’s basketball coach, dorm parent, and English teacher at the Springfield Commonwealth Academy. Chloe earned her bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary, where she was a key member of the women’s basketball team. In addition to her role in the Office of Admission, Chloe lives on campus and serves as the dorm resident in Flagg Hall and the all-gender housing coordinator. She will also be an assistant coach for girls track and field.  

Adam Alsamadisi joins the Science and Math departments. Adam earned his bachelor’s degree in international relations from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., and his master’s degree and doctorate in geography from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Adam’s research focus was quantitative spatial methods, biogeography, environmental modeling, landscape ecology, and socioeconomic data analysis. Completing his Ph.D, Adam joined the Buckley School as a teacher and makerspace director. Most recently, Adam served as a postdoctoral researcher in forest management for the U.S. Forest Service in Asheville, N.C. Adam loves ceramics, cooking all kinds of cuisine, and exploring new places on his bicycle. Adam lives on campus with his wife, Cicely, and their daughter.  

Ashley Augustin joins the Loomis community as the school’s chief diversity officer and director of the Center for Institutional Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Ashley comes to the Island after spending the last five years in New York City, where she taught math and computer science at the Spence School and completed a Klingenstein Fellowship at Teachers College, Columbia University. Ashley earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Dartmouth College and her master’s degree in secondary education with a concentration in mathematics from Johns Hopkins. Ashley lives on campus with her husband, Nkwa.  

Bill Ball joins us for his second stint on the Island as the associate head of Admissions and head coach of the boys varsity lacrosse team. Bill earned his bachelor’s degree from Bates College and a master’s in education from St. Lawrence University. Bill first joined the school from 2008 to 2012, serving as the assistant director of athletics and an assistant coach for football, basketball, and lacrosse. Bill then moved to the Calverton School in Huntingdown, Md for four years and, most recently, served as the upper school dean of student life, international student coordinator, and head coach of boys’ lacrosse at the Friends School of Baltimore. Bill lives off campus with his wife, Marianne, and their two children.

Melanie Carr joins the Loomis Chaffee community this fall as a part-time instructor in the visual arts department.  An accomplished artist and teacher, Melanie taught at the college level for many years, most recently at the University of New Haven, the University of Connecticut, and Central Connecticut State University. In addition, she is the owner/director of the Melanie Carr Gallery in Essex, Conn., where she also resides. 

Caitie Cotton joins the Loomis community teaching U.S. History and Ethical Theory, after four years at St. George’s School in Middletown, R.I. Caitie earned her bachelor’s degree from New York University, and her master’s from Boston College. She taught history at the Gunnery School in Washington, Conn. before going back to school to complete her master’s degree in education in teaching and learning from Harvard University. In addition to her teaching duties, Caitie coaches girls III soccer and life fitness ultimate frisbee, and she will serve as the head coach of the girls JV basketball team. Caitie lives on campus.  

Maggie Cozens joins us as the associate head of the Alvord Center for Global & Environmental Studies. Maggie earned her bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State University and a master’s degree in environmental science (conservation and management) from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. Most recently, Maggie served as the education coordinator and camp director at the Great Hollow Nature Preserve and Ecological Research Center in New Fairfield, Conn. In addition to her duties in the Alvord Center, Maggie also teaches biology and advises the afternoon agriculture program. Maggie lives off campus.  

Rebecca DiSciacca joins the Learning Access and Student Achievement Office from Trinity College, where she served as the assistant director for student success. Rebecca earned her bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College and her master’s in liberal studies with a science concentration from Wesleyan University. Over the past 15 years, Rebecca taught at the Horace Mann School in the Bronx, New York; the Carroll School in Lincoln, Mass.; and, most recently, the Renbrook School in West Hartford, Conn. Rebecca lives off campus with her partner, Kevin, and their son. 

Catherine Dunlavey ’13 returns to Loomis Chaffee as a part-time instructor in the Science Department. Catherine received her undergraduate degree in biology and her graduate degree in neuroscience from the University of St. Andrews in St. Andrews, Scotland. In addition to teaching, Catherine is interested in clinical research, and she conducted several research projects while completing her graduate work. She lives off campus in East Granby, Conn.    

Pierce Ellinwood returns to the boarding school life after spending the last few years completing his graduate work at the Guarini School of Arts and Sciences at Dartmouth College. Before Dartmouth, Pierce served on the English faculty at the Derryfield School in Manchester, N.H., where he assistant coached the boys lacrosse team and alpine ski team and advised sophomore students. After completing his bachelor’s degree at DePauw University, Pierce taught English, coached lacrosse, and served as a dorm head at the Hyde School in Bath, Maine. Pierce teaches in the English Department, coaches skiing, and is an assistant coach with the boys lacrosse team. Pierce lives on campus in Warham Hall.  

Liana Fernez ’12, teaches English I and II and serves as the assistant director of student activities. After graduating from Loomis, Liana earned her bachelor’s degree at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and her master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies at the NYU Center for Experimental Humanities. In addition to her teaching and student activities work, Liana coaches life fitness cardio and is the IDEA Theater assistant director. She lives on campus and is a dorm affiliate in Howe Hall.  

Eva Haldane ’00, returns to the Island as a counselor this year. She also teaches a Seminar in the Common Good. Eva earned her bachelor’s degree from Smith College and her master’s degree and doctorate from the Columbia University School of Social Work. At Columbia, she was an adjunct associate professor in the School of Social Work while also working as a crisis clinician at Wellmore Behavioral Health in Waterbury, Conn. Eva serves as a dorm affiliate in Batchelder Hall and lives off campus. 

Carmen Hatchell joins the Loomis Chaffee community teaching French and Spanish after a year of translating and editing a variety of narrative texts from Spanish to English and French to English. Carmen earned her bachelor’s degree in philosophy and French studies from Bard College and completed her master’s degree in European, Latin American, and comparative literatures and cultures at the University of Cambridge. In addition to her teaching duties in the Modern and Classical Languages Department, Carmen advises The Log and serves as a dorm affiliate in Longman Hall. Carmen lives off campus. 

Meghan Hazard brings her love of languages and travel to Loomis as a member of the Modern and Classical Languages Department. Meghan has experience at several New England independent schools, including Westminster School, Choate Rosemary Hall, the Winsor School, and, most recently, Sacred Heart Greenwich. Meghan earned her bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College, majoring in English and French, and master’s degree in French from Middlebury College. An accomplished athlete, Meghan was a member of the varsity field hockey and lacrosse teams at Dickinson. In addition to her teaching duties, Meghan coaches JV field hockey and lacrosse and lives on campus in Howe Hall.  

Scott Hsu brings his wealth of international experience and love of travel to the Loomis community after living in Asia for seven of the past eight years while teaching at international schools in Vietnam and India. Scott teaches Advanced Algebra II, Advanced Precalculus, and Music Technology and Composition in the Math and Music departments. Scott earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts and his master’s degree in mathematics teaching from Western New England University. Scott lives off campus with his wife, Colleen, and their two children. 

Matt Kammrath is the new Keller Family Director of the Norton Family Center for the Common Good. Matt comes to Loomis from the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., where he had been on the faculty since 2003. During his tenure at Masters, Matt taught mathematics, coached the boys varsity basketball team, and served as a dorm parent and a grade-level dean. In 2012, he co-founded the Ethical Leadership Program at Masters and served as its co-director until his move to the Island. Matt holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in education in school leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. He will be an assistant coach of boys JV basketball and lives off campus with his wife, Brooke, and their two children. 

Maggie Kennedy ’05 returns to the Island as associate director of admission. During her first tenure on the faculty from 2011 to 2015 Maggie oversaw the wellness program and was the head coach of the girls varsity softball team, an assistant coach for varsity ice hockey, and the head coach of JV soccer. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Dartmouth College, where she also was a four-year varsity letter winner and key member of the women’s ice hockey team. Maggie returns to the Island by way of Proctor Academy, where she taught health and wellness to ninth- and 10th-graders and served as a coach, dorm head, and advisor. Maggie lives off campus with her wife, Lindsay, and their son.  

Jada Myricks, a Penn Fellow, joins us from Memphis, Tenn., after teaching science at Freedom Preparatory Academy for the past two years. Jada earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Rhodes College, where she was active in student government and served as a senator in the Rhodes College Student Government as well as the president of the Black Student Association. At Loomis, Jada teaches in the Science Department, will coach life fitness basketball, and will be an assistant coach of girls track and field. Jada lives on campus and is a dorm affiliate in Cutler Hall.  

Kayla Padroff joins us as the director of student activities and head coach of the girls varsity softball team. An accomplished athlete, Kayla earned her bachelor’s degree from Springfield College, where she was a member of the softball team and a student assistant for the Athletics Department. Kayla is completing her graduate work in the Liberal Studies Graduate Program at Wesleyan University and expects to complete her degree next summer. Kayla comes to the Island from Kent School, where she served as an associate director of admissions, dorm parent, advisor, and coach. In addition to leading Student Activities and Softball, Kayla is an assistant varsity girls volleyball coach and lives on campus in Palmer Hall.  

Albert Rubin joins Loomis Chaffee as a Penn Fellow after earning his bachelor’s degree in statistics and quantitative modeling with a minor in mathematics from City University of New York, Baruch. During his time at CUNY-Baruch, he was a member of the Dean’s Scholars Program and served as a teacher’s assistant in the Math Department at the Berkeley Carroll School in Brooklyn. On the Island, Albert teaches Algebra II and is head coach of the boys III soccer team this fall. He will assistant coach the boys varsity swimming and diving team in the winter and coach life fitness badminton in the spring. Albert lives on campus. 

Michelle Ruffle returns to the United States this year after 19 years of living and teaching abroad and joins the History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies and Social Science departments. Michelle earned her bachelor’s degree from Temple University and her master’s degree in education from Framingham State University in Framingham, Mass. An early Teach for America corps member, Michelle began her career teaching in New Orleans, La. After moving back to her native Philadelphia for four years and working at Penncrest High School in Media, Pa., Michelle moved overseas, where she taught at international schools in Trinidad and Tobago, Morocco, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and, most recently, Mumbai, India. Michelle brings her love of films, travel, and reading to her new home on campus, where she lives with her husband, Matthew, who works in the Communications Office, and their two children.  

Kate Seyboth teaches computer science and serves as the director of digital and computational learning on the Island. Kate comes to us after 15 years at the Westover School, where, in addition to teaching, coaching, and leadership roles, she served as the director of the Women in Science and Engineering Program. Kate earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from Tufts University in Medford, Mass. In addition to her teaching duties, Kate serves as an assistant coach of girls cross country. She lives on campus in Carter Hall with her two children. 

Aidan Winn is a Penn Fellow and joins us this year to teach chemistry, serve as a dorm affiliate for Longman Hall on the weekends, coach boys JV water polo, and assist with coaching duties for boys varsity swimming and diving. Aidan earned his bachelor’s degree in the Science in Society Program with concentrations in biology and sociology from Wesleyan University. At Wesleyan, Aidan was a member of the men’s varsity swimming team, earning New England Small College Athletic Conference All-Academic and All-Sportsmanship honors. Aidan also served as assistant dean of admission at Wesleyan for the past three years. Aidan lives on campus.  

Alyson Youngpeter joins the Katharine Brush Library team. Alyson comes to Loomis from South Carolina, where she served as the collection development librarian for the Spartanburg County Public Libraries. Alyson earned her bachelor’s degree from Southwestern University and her master’s degree in library and information sciences from the University of North Texas. Alyson brings her love of travel, reading, and baking to the Island. She lives off campus and hopes to enjoy her first New England winter.