Loomis Chaffee welcomed 14 new faculty and administrators to the school community this week. As a cohort, they bring a wealth of expertise and diverse experiences to Loomis. They will join returning faculty, staff, and administrators for opening meetings the week of August 27.Classes for the 2018-19 school year begin on September 4.
Michael Chung joins the Math Department to teach Computer Science and Algebra II Advanced, and will serve as an affiliate in Ammidon dorm. He earned a bachelor's degree from Stanford University and is working towards his master's degree as a fellow in the Boarding School Teaching Residency Program at Pennsylvania University's Graduate School of Education. Michael's experience includes teaching design thinking and coding as a teaching assistant and summer program leader at Stanford. In addition, Michael is passionate about music — specifically the cello.
Dan Dowe joins the school's English Department teaching faculty and boys cross country coaching staff. A long-time Windsor resident, Dan taught English for 17 years at East Catholic High School where he also served as English Department Head. In addition, Dan taught in the Loomis Chaffee Summer Program for three years. He earned degrees at St. Anselm College and University of Connecticut before completing a doctorate degree in English and American literature from the University of South Carolina.
Gerard Ferrari will be teaching in the Visual Arts Department during Visual Art Department Director Jennifer McCandless's fall term sabbatical. A professional ceramics and sculpture artist, Gerard has experience teaching art courses at the college level. He will fill in for Jennifer this fall, teaching art classes and serving as director of the Sue and Eugene Mercy Jr. Gallery in the Richmond Art Center.
Isabelle Fitzpatrick will teach in the Math Department, coach girls soccer, and serve as a dorm affiliate in Howe Hall while working toward her master's degree as a fellow in the Boarding School Teaching Residency at University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education. She developed a passion for teaching while working as a tutor and grader for the Mathematics and Statistics Department at Smith College, where she earned her bachelor's degree, and gained experience as a math teacher in a New York City charter school during Smith's January interim.
Linda Hathorn joined the Loomis Chaffee Summer Program this year as assistant director and will serve as head coach to the girls varsity soccer team as they defend their New England championship title this fall. As a former Division I soccer player at the University of Maine, where she earned a bachelor's degree, Linda has many years of professional experience as an accomplished coach and sports program director at the collegiate and elite youth levels. She brings her energy, drive, and well-honed organization skills to Loomis, and will serve on the dorm faculty of Carter Hall.
Courtney Jackson joins the English Department faculty after several years of teaching experience at St. Paul's School and the Peddie School. She earned a bachelor's degree and played soccer at Lehigh University, and earned master's degrees from both Dartmouth College and Harvard's Graduate School of Education. In addition to teaching English, Courtney will join the coaching staff of the girls varsity soccer team, serve as assistant coach for the boys JV basketball team, and will be a member of the Howe Hall residential faculty.
Sterling Kouri joins the Modern and Classical Language Department after five years at the University of Pennsylvania, where he taught undergraduates, served as a graduate associate and French House director, and worked on his doctorate degree in French and Francophone studies. At Loomis, Sterling will teach French classes spanning levels one to six. He is eager to share his enthusiasm for French literature and culture with students on the Island. Passionate about cycling, mountain biking, and running, Sterling will supervise winter jogging and cycling and serve on the Warham Hall dorm faculty.
Alex Lester has come to Loomis from the Washington D.C. area, where he spent eight years teaching physics in public and independent schools. He earned a master's degree in teaching from Smith College, a graduate degree in civil and environmental engineering from Princeton University, and attended the Klingenstein Summer Institute and the Knowles Teacher Fellowship. Alex will teach Physics Advanced and Advanced Precalculus in the Science and Math Departments, and, as an outdoor enthusiast, is looking forward to running the school's hiking program.
Miles Morgan comes to Windsor, Connecticut, after having spent a year as the Annenberg Fellow at Eton College, the renowned English boarding school located across the Thames River from Windsor, England. At Eton, MIles taught classes, coached athletics, and directed theater productions. Miles earned a bachelor's degree in comparative literature and a master's degree in humanities from the University of Chicago. He will teach freshman and sophomore English, help direct the winter musical, coach the boys JV tennis team, and serve as an affiliate in Taylor Hall.
David Rion, Loomis Chaffee's new director of College Guidance, is looking forward to meeting students and parents as they arrive on the Island this fall. Through his work in admissions at Brandeis University, Boston University, Pomona College, and Occidental College, David says he developed an affinity for Loomis while representing those schools at college fairs hosted on campus. Most recently, he spent eight years as director of college counseling at Sonoma Academy in Santa Rosa, California. David earned a bachelor's degree from Pomona College, and a master's degree in higher education from Harvard University. He says he is excited to return to his Connecticut roots from the West Coast to be close to family and his favorite New England sports teams.
Andrea Rodas will teach French and Spanish as a member of the Modern and Classical Languages Department faculty. She is one of three Boarding School Teaching Residency fellows at Loomis Chaffee this year. Andrea earned a bachelor's degree in comparative literature and French at Williams College, and her teaching experience includes summer residencies at Salisbury Summer School and the Williams College Summer Humanities and Social Sciences Program. In addition to teaching, Andrea will serve as an assistant debate coach and Howe Hall affiliate while working on her master's degree from University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education.
Henry Ruan joins the Modern and Classical Languages Department teaching Chinese in levels one through five, and running the Chinese Resource Center on campus. His nearly thirty years of experience include teaching Chinese at Phillips Exeter Academy and the Peddie School as well as coaching teachers of Chinese, and supervising in the Student Teaching Program at Columbia University Teachers College.
Anne Sher comes to Loomis from the Pingry School in New Jersey, where she taught Honors Geometry and Intermediate Algebra and coached JV basketball during her one-year sabbatical replacement position. A graduate of Williams College with bachelor's degrees in mathematics and history, Anne also served in the college's Math Resource Center and tutored elementary school students in nearby North Adams, Massachusetts. Anne will teach mathematics, coach basketball and volleyball, and serve as an affiliate in Longman Hall.
Gillian Struthers returns to teaching at Loomis Chaffee following an initial placement in the early 1990s. Gillian brings her wealth of knowledge and her many years of teaching all levels of math back to the Island as she re-joins the Math Department to teach Calculus and Advanced Precalculus this year. Her experience includes teaching at Williston Northampton School, Kingswood Oxford School, Miss Porter's School, SYA in China, and tutoring of individual students for many years. Gillian is married to Tim Struthers '85, chief philanthropic officer, whom she met at new faculty orientation in 1992. Together they are parents to four children including two Loomis alumni and a current sophomore.
Photo: (front) Isabelle Fitzpatrick, David Rion, Michael Chung, Alex Lester, Miles Morgan; (middle) Anne Sher, Gillian Struthers, Andrea Rodas, Sterling Kouri; (back) Dan Dowe, Courtney Jackson, Henry Ruan, Linda Hathorn. Not pictured: Gerard Ferrari