Welcome New Faculty

Loomis Chaffee this school year welcomed a strong cohort of new faculty members with a wealth of expertise and diverse experience.  

The new teachers and administrators include Em Adrain, a Penn teaching fellow in the Modern and Classical Languages Department; Alex Peña Bethencourt, a teacher in the History, Philosophy & Religious Studies Department; Chris Blondin, an associate director of admission; Katharine Conklin, a Penn teaching fellow in the History, Philosophy & Religious Studies Department; science teacher Justin Daniels; English teacher Joanne Dexter; English teacher Kathryn Diaz; social science teacher Skyler Dovi ’17; social science teacher Molly Giorgio ’06; Sarah Griggs, a science teacher and associate director of the Alvord Center for Global & Environmental Studies; science teacher Grant Gritzmacher; Mary Pat Gritzmacher, an associate director of college guidance; English teacher Zachary Grobe; Scott Halpern, an associate director of athletics; science and social psychology teacher Tina Hamel; science teacher Ihab Ismail; mathematics teacher David Kim; visual arts teacher Yoon Jee Kwak; English teacher Sam Lagasse; mathematics teacher K.C. Lawler; language teacher Khang Le ’13; Stuart “A.J.” Poplin ’13, an admission fellow and a teacher in the Common Good Seminar program; language teacher Maria Vazquez Sanchez; language teacher Sandrine Sebag; science teacher Scott Tumperi; Ryan Wagner, head athletic trainer; English teacher Jane Wanninger; Cedric Williams, a college guidance counselor and director of the Kravis Scholars program; and Andrew Wood, a Penn teaching fellow in the Social Science Department. Rejoining the faculty after teaching elsewhere for several years is English teacher John Morrell, who also is director of Writing Initiatives.