Bates, Brad

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Head of School

BA Dartmouth College
MALS Dartmouth College

I grew up in Concord, Massachusetts as the son of two teachers. My father attended Dublin and later taught at the school. My brother, sister and I were raised in the "Dublin way" and it feels very natural to now be living and working at the school with my wife Lisa, son Calvin and daughter Lilly. We love to ski, hike, and bike throughout the Monadnock Region.

What book has made you think the most? Herman Melville's Benito Cereno. Without spoiling the plot, I love how Melville plays with the reader's perspective throughout this short novel. It makes me think carefully about what his true views were on slavery at the time of the writing.

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? Michael Sherman, my calculus teacher at the Belmont Hill School had the greatest impact on me. He found that perfect balance of challenging me and supporting me so that my confidence grew at an important time in my intellectual growth. He also had a wonderful sense of humor and classes and extra help sessions felt like performances. This is an educator who clearly loves teaching young people.

How would your friends describe you in three words? Enthusiastic, curious, supportive.

What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college? I took a documentary film course from Professor Martin Sherwin while pursuing a masters at Dartmouth College. Professor Sherwin is a leading scholar on the decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan and his insights into the biases and perspectives of documentary films made during the Cold War taught me important lessons about critical viewing and reading.

What is your favorite place on campus and why? There is a bridge across a stream on our lower campus that is almost a mile from the quad. There is moss on the rocks, small brook trout in the stream, and a beautiful trail that leads you deep in the heart of our beautifully diversified forest. I like to go there alone, walk with there with my family and run, bike and ski there with our students. This spot gives me a special appreciation for the location the Lehmann family chose for Dublin School. For the Lehmann's in the 1930's and for us today, having a location that allows us to unplug, connect and reflect is an important aspect of our educational mission.

What mistake have you made that ended up leading to a positive outcome? I am learning not to judge other people because I have made a number of mistakes that have led to a positive outcome. I have learned to always look for the good in other people and have found that when I do I often find it!

If I had a free afternoon I would... People know that I am a little obsessed with cross country skiing. So, if I had a free afternoon, I would hit the trails on my skis or use my roller skis on our stunning New Hampshire backroads. Cross country skiing has that perfect combination of focused practice, healthy exercise, and meditative experience that both relaxes and energizes me.

Doenmez, Sarah

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Academic Dean - Academic Office

B.A. U.C. Santa Cruz
M.Ed. Antioch New England

I grew up in Putney, Vt and NYC, went to Putney School and Exeter, then spent a year in Rennes, and went to California for college. Thereafter I moved to Zurich where I met and married my husband. We returned to Dublin where my family has long ties after the birth of our daughter, and have been here at Dublin School since 1988. We have raised three children here and been part of the fabric of the school. The  mountain, the lake, the fields, the snows have marked the landscape of our family, and the life of the school has been our shared project every day.

I love reading, politics and current events, running, gardening, knitting. Teaching is exhilarating, as are cross-country skiing, swimming, singing.  We love to travel and learn languages, and our household contains three: English, German, and Turkish, with some Spanish, French, and a little Chinese mixed in.

Dublin School has allowed me to grow and develop in scholarship and creativity, as well as extend my skills in a variety of ways in the field of education. It is a place that supports the growth of all its members. It's a great place!

What book has made you think the most?: only 1?? War Without Mercy, John Dower; The Making of the Atom Bomb, Richard Rhodes; When God Was A Woman; Merlin Stone

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?: Turning radioactivity into chia seeds; eradicating poverty; giving every person enchanting books; running a marathon in 2h10, flying; reorganizing the government.; living till 250

If your life had a theme song, what would it be?: 007 theme song

What teacher has had the most impact on you? How were they special?: My mother, who teaches me continually to listen and inquire more carefully, to enter into adventures, to be unafraid and free, to share the things that give me joy.

How would your friends describe you in 3 words?: intuitive, energetic, devoted - i hope

You are hosting a dinner party and must invite 3 famous people. Who would you choose and why?: Obama! to talk policy

Muhammad Yunus, to figure out how to spread his ideas on social business.

Mohammed El Baradei, to talk about nuclear issues.

Zinedine Zidane, to chill.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?: Penelope Cruz. Who do I think might? Meg Ryan. Who might be a good fit? Meryl Streep. Who actually knows me? Melissa Leo.

Whitesel, Jen

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Business Manager - Business Office

B.S. Husson College

I began work in the Private Schools in 1988 and have found that people who work at private schools really have a passion for students and their education.

What book has made you think the most?: My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok.

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?: Time Traveler

If your life had a theme song, what would it be?: Amazing Grace

What teacher has had the most impact on you? How were they special?: Jonathan Weis, although not one of my teachers, I find Jonathan's character to be impeccable, his sense of humor is infectious and his quest for knowledge ongoing.

How would your friends describe you in 3 words?: Stong, Reliable, Principled

You are hosting a dinner party and must invite 3 famous people. Who would you choose and why?: Katharine Hepburn because of her humor and strength President Obama because of his vision, steadfast belief in America and his focus on America and how we can improve. Viggo Mortensen, just because.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?: Sharon Osbourne

Hutchins, Jill

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603-563-1233

Director of Admissions

Mount Holyoke College, BA

I grew up riding my bike around Carlisle MA, Skiing at Waterville Valley and swimming in Squam Lake.   Not a shabby childhood.  I am the youngest of four kids.  I attended Boarding School for my 11th and 12th grade years in NH.  I married my husband in 1997 and we had our beautiful boy Lyle in 2003.  Since 1995 I have been working in admissions, first at the college level and since 2005 in boarding schools. I love what I do and I especially love working with high school bound  teenagers.   I am often heard saying "You Rock" and getting teased for saying "you rock".  I consider myself extremely fortunate to work at Dublin School!

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? My HS Psychology teacher Dr. Fury! I was a bit slow to love school and he showed me a subject and a style that engaged my curiosity. His passion and humor made the the classes something I always looked forward to! It was at then that I knew I would study Psychology in College!

What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college? Psychology of Racism because it made me uncomfortable in a really good way.

What is your favorite place on campus and why? The recital hall is my favorite place on campus because I always laugh and/or smile ALOT when I'm there! Why? Morning Meeting! I love that we all come together in this space every weekday morning and start together! As someone who works with the outside world and is focussed on finding more wonderful Dublin students, I love the opportunity to be "in it" everyday!

I am most happy when... I am engaged in a thoughtful conversation, preferably outside.

If I had a free afternoon I would... go have a relaxing afternoon with a friend. It would probably involve a lake, kayaks and snacks!

What is your favorite outdoor activity? Taking a walk in the woods with my dog tops the list, but anything outdoors and active from soccer to skiing to playing softball against the seniors(and winning) is all good with me.

 

Rogers, Erika

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Director of Alumni & Development - Alumni & Development

B.A. University of NH,
M.S. University of Connecticut

A New Hampshire native, I came to Dubin School after completing my Masters Degree in Ecology to teach biology, marine biology and AP biology at Dublin School.  After six years of teaching, coaching dance and being a dorm parent, I worked in the college counseling office for two years before becoming Dir. of Development and Alumni Affairs in 2007. My interests include dance, travel, gardening, and fiber arts.  I live in Dublin NH with my husband and daughter. 

How would your friends describe you in three words? Hardworking, Friendly, Professional

What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college? My favorite course was in college was entitled Eukaryotic Cell and Development or "Cell Hell" as many students called it because it was known to the hardest course to pass. The course taught the entire process of how a single fertilized cell divides, differentiates, and develops into a complete organism. The complexity and elegance of this process was mind-blowing. I will never forget the final exam, there was one question: "Make me a chicken?" 15 hand-written pages later when I walked out of the exam (there were no laptops then) I knew I had learned a lot.

What is your favorite place on campus and why? My favorite place on campus is the Quad. I love watching the comings and goings of everyday life - A student racing across so as not to be late for class, faculty members walking and talking on the way to lunch, Frisbees flying on the first warm spring day, Maypole dances, Winterfest tug-of war battles. It is truly our "living room." I also like thinking about all the alumni who have walked in and out of the Schoolhouse, imagining their younger selves and trying to connect the many stories they have told me over the years.

What mistake have you made that ended up leading to a positive outcome?  I built a house in Alstead NH. When my husband and I decided to build a house off campus in 2004 it caused a chain of events that shifted my career from the Dublin classroom to the administration - A choice that has had many positive outcomes for me, my family and I hope Dublin School. After six years of driving back and forth we ended up selling the house and moving back to Dublin - our true home. I am not sure I would be where I am now if we had not built that house. (So glad we built it, wish we could have got more for it when we sold it!)

If I had a free afternoon I would... Grab two ice coffees and head out with a friend to the nearest garden center to buy plants for my garden and then work in the garden until it is time to BBQ.

Imhoff, Peter

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Director of Communications

BA St. Lawrence University
MBA Columbia University

The first half of my adult life was spent as an investment banker helping state, local governments, hospitals and 501C3 organizations finance major capital programs. I worked extensively with the NY Metropolitan Transportation Authority in rebuilding the NY subway and commuter railroads in the 1980s, NY State Controllers Office and State Budget Division in funding their accumulated deficit, and Virginia Rail Express in bringing commuter rail to Northern Virginia. In all, I was involved in the issuance of over $30 billion in municipal securities. After a series of difficult mergers, I decided I wanted to do something different with my time and spend more time with my family (Teresa, our sons Josh and Charlie and our daughter Bette) .

That journey, filled with a number of different stops, including helping a couple of internet startups, designing and building a house, helping lead a zoning fight against a bad developer, designing another house on a beach in Prince Edward Island, and finally, moving with my wonderful family to Dublin, NH. In NH, I found a small private school that has changed my life.

Serving for eight years as the President of this school has been the most rewarding thing in my life. I look forward to my next chapter serving as the Director of Communications of Dublin School.

What book has made you think the most? Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. Mind blowing, absurd and brilliant in equal measures.

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? I had so many great teachers in college. It would be unfair to single one out even if I could. I have to say though that the greatest teacher I have had is the internet. We live in a time where anything I need or want to know I can find instantly. There is an expert willing to teach me the most mundane things, generally for free. There has never been a better time to be a self-learner.

What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college? Not a course, but I went to Kenya for a semester in 1978 through St. Lawrence. To say that it changed my life would be understating the impact it had on my perspective in understanding the world. There is nothing like living with a family in a mud hut or being on the outside looking in to understand both our universal similarities and beautiful differences.

What mistake have you made that ended up leading to a positive outcome? My father used to say, "It doesn't matter how many mistakes you make in life, just don't make the same one twice -- eventually you will be OK".  So I guess every single one.

What is your favorite outdoor activity? I love to try and capture our athletes digitally at their moment of triumph and joy. It is something I am trying to be better at every day (although it is easy to get caught up in the excitement and miss the shot!).

Macy, Holly

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Director of College Counseling - College Counseling

Loomis Chaffee School
B.A. University of Vermont

During college I began to realize the benefits that I gained from attending a boarding school. I was ready for college level work, I had solid study habits, and I felt comfortable trying new activities and balancing work and fun. The mentoring, the education, the diverse student body, and the athletics of my high school pushed me to be a better person. It was while I was studying aboard in France during junior year of college that I decided I wanted to work in a boarding school. I have not regretted this chosen career path once.

After spending a year teaching at a larger boarding school, I stepped onto Dublin School's campus to interview in the spring of 1995. Just like many of our students will say, I had that "gut" feeling about this small school. I wanted in. After seven years teaching French in the little red school house on campus, I switched hats and took on college counseling. This position has pushed me to grow in new ways. I continue to attend summer institutes and travel to college campuses to further develop the skills necessary to counsel families through the college admission process.

My husband and two children and I reside in a home we built in the town of Dublin when we moved off campus in 2001. We all enjoy alpine and Nordic skiing, hiking in the Oregon Cascades, and caring for our large veggie and flower gardens. My children can not wait to be old enough to become Dubliners themselves.

What book has made you think the most? What is the What by Dave Eggers

How would your friends describe you in three words? Reliable, organized, competitive.

What is your favorite place on campus and why? My favorite place on Dublin School's campus is the top of Oslo ski trail at the Nordic Center. I love mountains and I particularly love ascending them. I have spent my life backpacking, and my most memorable days in the wilderness have been the ones in which I have summitted a peak. I relish the moments of looking up at a goal ahead. I enjoy stopping along the way to check on my progress and take stake of my surroundings. As the summit approaches, I love the feeling of the final physical push it takes to reach the top. Once there, taking time to look around at the expansive view that I earned from my hard work is an unmatchable feeling. Nordic skiing to the top of Oslo is similar for me. From the top of Oslo the open view to the east or a sunset viewing through the trees to the west is inspiring, refreshing, and rewarding.

If I had a free afternoon I would... During a free afternoon I would split the time between working in my garden and taking a long run.

What is your favorite outdoor activity? My favorite outdoor activity is trail running. Running is a way for me to relax, to think without interruption, and to stay in shape. I have passions for hiking and skiing, but trail running takes less preparation and gear.

McFall, Simon

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B.A. Notre Dame College

What book has made you think the most? Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? My first teacher, Mr. Dow. He encouraged me to explore and question the world.

How would your friends describe you in three words? Passionate, Intense, Committed

What is your favorite place on campus and why? I love the lower trail system. It is a place of serenity.

I am most happy when... When I am with my wife and children.

If I had a free afternoon I would... I would wander in the woods with a good book.

What is your favorite outdoor activity? Getting off-road in my Jeep.

Foreman, Jenny

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Arts Department Chair
Learning Specialist, Dance, Theater

BA Barnard College, Columbia University
MA The Gallatin School, New York University

 

Jenny relocated to her home state of NH after 17 years of living in New York City, where she was a professional dancer, ensemble theater performer and private tutor. She began tutoring in high school and has enjoyed helping kids of all ages cultivate skills to achieve their goals and engage with the learning process ever since. Her performance career has included being a principal dancer for Buglisi/Foreman Dance, performing with the Martha Graham Dance Company, touring the US with the Graham Ensemble, and creating dance educational and performance collaborations as co-founder, with her husband, of On Common Ground (www.danceocg.org). Prior to coming to Dublin, Ms. Foreman served on faculty at Barnard College and the Graham School from 1999-2010 and as guest faculty at SUNY Purchase, The Ailey School, the Usdan Center for Creative and Performing Arts, and the Neighborhood Playhouse; and developed and taught numerous outreach and arts-in-education masterclasses and workshops focusing on dance as communication. Her Master’s work applied educational theory and best practices to suggest new pedagogical approaches to the classical modern dance technique of Martha Graham. In addition to being at Dublin, Jenny has spent her summers at Andy’s Summer Playhouse in Wilton, NHas curator, mentor, and director of the John C. Russell Young Playwriting Lab and as a director for mainstage plays. Ms. Foreman has always gained much insight and inspiration from working with young people, in both the academic and artistic realms, and strives to help students to both find their own voice and explore new perspectives. She lives in Harrisville, NH with her husband and two sons, Ashton and Miles.

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? MANY teachers... but one in particular: Steven Carver, my high school history teacher. He always urged us to look beyond the book, into the lives of people in all times and all places, and apply it to the here and now. A favorite quote he passed on sums up his approach to living, and a personal philosophy I have tried to impart as well:  

"The most visible creators I know are those artists whose medium is life itself - the ones who express the inexpressible – without brush, hammer, clay or guitar. They neither paint nor sculpt – their medium is being. Whatever their presence touches has increased life. They see and don’t have to draw. They are the Artists of being alive…"

How would your friends describe you in three words? disciplined, patient, playful

What is your favorite place on campus and why? Well, it would be blasphemy if I did not answer this question by naming the upper FAB as my favorite place on campus. It is certainly my most frequented place! But, seriously, I believe that the space embodies the values of versatility, imagination and possibility. I find inspiration in the great blank slate that the empty theater and dance studio offer, and I welcome the energy of those who come into the space to give it life.

I am most happy when... I am busy and the many aspects of the work I am involved in feel integrated and meaningful. I often find the most joy when I am collaborating with others toward a common goal.

What is your favorite outdoor activity? Exploring the woods and pond life in search of frogs and turtles is a favorite family activity. My son Ashton is a remarkable animal-lover.

Mackey, Anne

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Executive Administrative Assistant - Office of the Head of School
Community Service Coordinator

Associate in Business Science, Hesser College

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?: The ability to teleport would be very helpful to me.

If your life had a theme song, what would it be?: One Boy, One Girl, by Collin Raye

What teacher has had the most impact on you? How were they special?: There was not one teacher that made a huge impact, it was really pieces of each one that I have learned from.

How would your friends describe you in 3 words?: Kind, Caring, Funny

You are hosting a dinner party and must invite 3 famous people. Who would you choose and why?: I would rather have all my grandparents back for one night so they could meet my children and my children could meet them.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?: Sandra Bullock

Herman, Nellie

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World Languages Department Chair

BA from Bryn Mawr College
MEd from Antioch NE Graduate School
I am enrolled in Master of Latin program at the University of Florida with an expected date of graduation as Summer 2017.

I always knew I wanted to make a difference in the world. The form this took after my graduation cum laude from Bryn Mawr was to work for peace and community oriented non-profits. However, the work was not hands-on enough for me. I wanted to be the person creating change on the ground floor not the person facilitating the change from the corner office. This led me to pursue the field of education, and Antioch’s innovative, child-centered Master of Education program was the right fit. With two semester-long internships under my belt, I was ready for the classroom, starting off in preschool and graduating to kindergarten, after which I had the pleasure to find Dublin and the final piece of my career puzzle, teaching high school. In my years at Dublin I have taught Algebra I, Spanish I, and all levels of Latin.

What book has made you think the most? In the fall of this year a student in my Latin I class lent me their favorite book, 'Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire that Rescued Western Civilization' by Lars Brownworth (2009). My studies had not previously included the Byzantine Empire and so this book opened up a whole new historical perspective of Christianity, Islam, and Eastern Europe in general. What it did for me personally and professionally was confirm the relevance and value of a classical education in our modern world. Classics is a large window that provides a view of how we got to where we are today.

How would your friends describe you in three words? Kind, Thoughtful, Life-long Learner

What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college? My favorite course was on the ancient author Curtius Rufus's biography of Alexander the Great, written in Latin. This was a two week intensive course down at Gainesville. It was in the 90s and thunder-storming every day with the air-conditioning making sweaters and hats inside a necessity. Besides the environmental difficulties, there was so much material to translate every day, a presentation and two tests that I thought there would be no way I could succeed. I was pushed to be a more efficient student, to expand my knowledge and hone my translating skills and I learned about a turning point in history that has had ripples throughout my personal and professional life.

What is your favorite place on campus and why? The view east over Crotchet and Pak Monadnock mountain range is my favorite 'place' on campus. It is beautiful and meditative space.

If I had a free afternoon I would... Go for a walk, watch birds, read a book, putter in the yard, try out a new recipe, chat with a friend over tea, explore the world from the perspective of my cats and think about my students and crafting their learning experience.

Weis, Jonathan

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Mathematics Department Chair

BA (Liberal Arts) St. John's College
BS (Physics) University of Massachusetts, Amherst
MS (Mechanical Engineering) University of Massachusetts, Amherst 

I grew up on the campus of Massachusetts boarding school, where my father taught math. This has had a strong effect on my feelings about both profession and lifestyle. For high school I went away to boarding school, an experience that has, I hope, helped me to be aware of the challenges that face young people away from home. Four years of studying the liberal arts led to a nine year stint as a bicycle mechanic. During this time I did some coaching, my first work with adolescents. This inclined me towards teaching; so I determined to gain qualification in a field that would be likely to offer a steady possibility of employment in schools. Despite having not had math beyond basic algebra and little science, I decided, at age 28, that physics might be an interesting field. A few years of part time study proved to me that this was true. However, a few years of teaching in a small public school soured me on the profession. Back to UMass again, I took an MS in engineering, with a thesis on noise reduction in ducts. I should have paid more attention to the fact that my favorite aspect of the job was teaching undergraduates. Instead I took an engineering position. Four years of this convinced me to try teaching again, this time in the friendlier confines of Dublin. I've been here and happy ever since.

What book has made you think the most? Actually, two books: Physics (3rd edition) David Halliday and Robert Resnick and Calculus by Howard Anton. At the age of 28 I returned to college to study Physics. Up to that point I had studied no formal math beyond high school Algebra II and no science beyond high school Chemistry. Encountering these two textbooks after a ten year break from the disciplines was the most demanding project I ever took on. If I could do it under those conditions, I figure anybody can handle Physics and Calculus.

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? That would be professor G. A. Russell, my graduate advisor in mechanical engineering. He had a collection of teaching excellence awards and a big file of formal complaints about his teaching, too. My best memory of him is my first. He went through a list of the prerequisites for taking the course that I was to be his lab TA for. It was a long list and I had taken none of the courses myself, as I had not been an engineering undergraduate. I nervously admitted that I had not passed the prerequisites myself, figuring that he would find out sooner or later and that there was no sense in hiding the fact. When I said this he almost exploded. "You don't need to know any of that stuff. You're teaching the course, not taking it."

How would your friends describe you in three words? They would not

What is your favorite place on campus and why? Eagle Rock, a place that is quiet and has fine views

If I had a free afternoon I would... not spend it filling out forms.

Villaamil, Rodrigo

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History Department Chair

BA Instituto de Profesores Artigas, Montevideo Uruguay
Master's in Education, Antioch University New England, Keene

Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, I studied at the French School since kindergarten until I graduated from High School. Therefore I am bilingual in French and Spanish. After that I attended the Uruguayan institute for High School teacher graduating as High School History teacher after four years of Study. Being bilingual and having a degree in Education I was hired by the French Embassy in Uruguay to teach Spanish in France in a one year contract. Once finished my contract I moved to the United States to get my Master´s degree in Education and teach Spanish and History at the Dublin School.

Being bilingual and having a degree in Education I was hired by the French Embassy in Uruguay to teach Spanish in France in a one year contract. Once finished my contract I moved to the United States to get my Master´s degree in Education and teach Spanish and History at the Dublin School.

My biggest passion is History, but I also like languages. I am a Spanish native speaker and I am fluent in French, Portuguese and English. My favorite sport is long distance running.

What book has made you think the most? "The Worldly Philosophers" by Robert Heilbroner. A very interesting combination of history, philosophy and economics.

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? Héctor Balsas an Uruguayan Art History professor. He introduced me to the technique of applying image analysis to the teaching of history. Now I use this technique in all my classes.

How would your friends describe you in three words? Passionate, obsessive, funny

What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college? In High School, History my junior year. In College, Art History my junior year.

What is your favorite place on campus and why? My classroom because I enjoy teaching my classes.

I am most happy when... The Uruguayan national soccer team wins a game.

If I had a free afternoon I would... Go for a run. Running keeps me fit and makes me develop very positive thoughts.

Jackson, Katri

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Science Department Chair

MPA Indiana University
MSES Indiana University
BA Connecticut College

I love living in New England. I enjoy the changing seasons and I like to be outside in all weather. I have a particular passion for wildflowers and nature photography. My favorite thing about teaching science is that there is always more to discover and learn.

What book has made you think the most? A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? My fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Woolworth, never let me get away with turning in anything less than my very best and she helped to shape the student I would become.

How would your friends describe you in three words? Dedicated, honest, thoughtful

What is your favorite place on campus and why? I love walking across the quad to breakfast every morning. I enjoy the sunrise over the valley and watching the seasons change. My favorite moments are right before the bustle of the day begins, when all you can hear are the birds.

I am most happy when... I am exploring the outdoors with my daughter. She slows me down to a pace that I can stop to appreciate the details and the small things, and any hill becomes a "big mountain." I love the look of accomplishment on her face at the end.

 

Cornell, Emily

Director of Learning Skills
Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) Coordinator
Learning Specialist
603-563-1272
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Bachelor of Science, Cornell University
Master of Science for Teachers: Special Education, Pace University

I was born in the United States but moved to Japan with my family when I was four and my brother just one. My parents, both teachers, received an unexpected opportunity to live and work there, and decided to jump at the chance. What was going to be a "few year" adventure ultimately turned into 20+ years, and Japan came to represent my childhood and adolescence. It will always be "home." For College I returned to the United States to attend Cornell University where I studied Government and East Asian Studies. I also ran on the track and field team and sang in an cappella group. Not knowing entirely what I wanted to do after graduation, I entered the Hospitality field. It didn't provide that feeling of "making a difference" that I craved, so I applied to be a NYC Teaching Fellow. I received my graduate degree in Teaching Students with Disabilities from Pace University and have been in the field of education ever since. There is nowhere else I'd rather be! I have worked as a Special Education teacher, Learning Specialist, Study Skills Instructor and Student Support Coordinator in places ranging from New York City to Thailand to Uruguay. I am happy to now be rooted in New Hampshire with my family - my husband and our two young boys. That my journey has brought me here to Dublin and to its Learning Skills Program is unbelievably exciting, and I am thrilled to be a part of this community.

What book has made you think the most? Three of my favorites are The Kite Runner, Memoirs of a Geisha and The Good Earth. I couldn't put them down. I remember stopping in the middle of various sidewalks so that I could finish a chapter! Books that touch me emotionally, that make me pause to reflect on the fragility and beauty of life, are the ones that stick with me.

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? This question brings me back to a more difficult and emotional time in my early life, when I was the only non-Japanese student attending an all-Japanese school. Amidst many wonderful memories of this time period, there are also those that raise feelings of vulnerability and discomfort. It was Yanagisawa sensei, my classroom teacher at the time, who created a safe place for me. I never explicitly told her about the difficulties I was having and she never asked, but she intuitively and openly welcomed me into the faculty-only office, letting me sit and reflect by the stove when I needed a quiet escape.

How would your friends describe you in three words? Patient, adventurous, thoughtful

What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college? I took a course called Prisons in college. It explored today's prison population, the factors that drive our prison system and the system's dependency on recidivism. It was an immensely disturbing, thought-provoking and emotional learning experience.

I am most happy when... I have balance.

If I had a free afternoon I would... Take a very very very long, quiet and toddler-free nap!

What is your favorite outdoor activity? Running in the early morning when the air is still crisp and the sun glows on the horizon.

 

Jennings, Rachael

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English Department Chair

B.A., Middlebury College;
M.A., Bread Loaf School of English

After growing up outside of Philadelphia with my wonderful parents and twin sister, I moved north to Middlebury College, where I studied literature and education, ran the literary magazine, edited Features for the newspaper, sang a cappella, and fell in love with the mountains of Vermont. I got my feet wet through student teaching in Vermont and as a middle school teacher in Harlem and then fortunately found my way to The Haverford School, an all boys' independent school back near my hometown in Pennsylvania.

After teaching at Haverford, where I enjoyed working with the Debate team and building a Gender Studies program for the school, my heart was longing to be back in the hills of old New Hampshire. A summer camp person—who camped and counseled and directed at YMCA Camp Coniston up near Sunapee—I'd missed the open skies and beautiful hiking paths and calm, welcoming streets of New England. Though I'm lucky enough to be in the mountains during the summers, when I study at Bread Loaf, I'm delighted to be back north year-round. I couldn't be more excited to have found a new home at Dublin, and I look forward to the adventures ahead.

What book has made you think the most? It's difficult to pick one, so I'll go with a few: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, Hamlet by Shakespeare, This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz, The Beauty of Ordinary Things by Harriet Scott Chessman, and Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson.

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? So many teachers have impacted me, and I include my students in that, too. I love learning from those around me—in all contexts. One of my favorite high school teachers was Mrs. Banks. She had been teaching for decades, and yet she existed as if every poem, every question, every moment was a precious surprise. She found delight in the rediscovered. She had endless warmth, eccentricity, kindness, and joy. In the classroom, I feel similarly delighted and eager to be surprised, and I hope that I will continue to carry that appreciation for thought, mistakes, and the cadence of a particularly stirring line with the same grace—from tomorrow to forty years from now. One of my favorite graduate professors is Rae Paris because she listens into stories and silences, creates community, and allows herself to disappear into a discussion. Rae has this phenomenal way of seeing her students for all that they are and can be and never losing sight of that. Lastly, two of my greatest teachers are my parents. They have taught me an enormous amount about creativity, being good to others, laughing, strength, patience, and resilience.

How would your friends describe you in three words? Compassionate, quizzical, humming-to-herself

What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college? One of my favorite courses at Middlebury was Professor Cohen's seminar called "Truth and Other Fictions" (and I have since created a senior elective with the same name, actually). The course was rich with obscure, fresh voices, freckled with bizarre metafiction, and often led my classmates and I to just look at each other and say "What just happened?" in the best of ways. It was uncommonly baffling and energizing.

What is your favorite place on campus and why? Though I'm new to Dublin and am sure this is subject to change, so far I love my classroom: colorful chairs, big windows, and shelves and shelves of books.

If I had a free afternoon I would... go for a run, swing by the Harrisville General Store for that great kale salad, read a book, and probably try a fun new recipe for a little dinner gathering.

Ames, Larry

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B.A. Brown University

Larry lives in Francestown with his wife Jay. They have five children between them but none together: Alex Holding,  Smith '06, studying to be a midwife;  Ellery Ames, University of Colorado '09, PhD candidate in Physics at University of Oregon; Mason Ames, Ecole Nationale de Cirque '09, circus performer; Liam Holding RISD '11, fine arts & painting; and Aidan Holding, ConVal High School '11, actor and speaker of German. Larry was a winemaker for almost 20 years before joining us in the spring of 2004. In addition to his duties as Assistant Facilities Manager he gardens, is kept by his bees, produces a folk concert series for a local non-profit and generally enjoys troubleshooting.

What book has made you think the most?: I'm a Pynchon fan, and it's hard to pick one book, but 'Mason & Dixon' is pretty wonderful. 'Mountains Beyond Mountains', Tracy Kidder's account of the work of Paul Farmer has been most inspiring.

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?: It would be really cool to be able to fly like Superman!

If your life had a theme song, what would it be?: What a Wonderful World

What teacher has had the most impact on you? How were they special?: My dad, he taught by example.

How would your friends describe you in 3 words?: Busy, curious, helpful. (I hope)

You are hosting a dinner party and must invite 3 famous people. Who would you choose and why?: Barack Obama, because he seems very genuine and interested in people, but I wouldn't let him smoke in the house!

John Lennon, just to see and hear him alive again.

Albert Einstein. to witness a great mind in action.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?: Jeff Bridges! Dude! 

Green, Sven

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BA with Honors in Psychology, Keene State College

What book has made you think the most? The Tao of Physics by Fritjof Capra

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? Dr. Stephen Clark, Keene State College. Introduced me to Gestalt Theory; the whole is other than the sum of its parts.

I am most happy when... I'm cooking in a kitchen.

If I had a free afternoon I would... Sit on a beach, put my toes into the sand, close my eyes and listen.

What is your favorite outdoor activity? Golf

Brehm, Ann

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I grew up in Vermont and still have many ties to Brattleboro which is about 45 minutes from here. We moved to Harrisville about two years ago and I love the quiet. I have worked in education and technology for many years. I appreciate being in an environment where I learn new things everyday. I have three children, including a Dublin student, and two Boston terriers.

What book has made you think the most? So many to choose from... I recently re-read the short story "The Great Stone Face" by Nathaniel Hawthorne. I had read it as a kid and back then there was a magical quality to it enhanced by the fond memories I had of traveling to the White Mountains with my parents and seeing The Old Man in the Mountain.

My father told of how his grandfather had worked on the face to shore it up even back then. When I read the story last month, I had the pleasure of reliving those childhood memories. The story also brought to mind this year's presidential race and the notion of how easy it is for people to get caught up in superficial matters rather than substantial ones. Dublin's school's motto of “truth and courage" reminds us to look deeper, ask questions, and decide for ourselves what we believe. We live in the shadow of a different mountain, but we strive to be the best version of ourselves.

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? I have been fortunate to have and known many fine teachers. I think the educator who had the strongest impact is my high school drama teacher Bob Smatresk. He was the first one who saw me as an individual and realized that my curiosity extended well beyond the classroom. He offered books and performances that expanded my thinking. We had the most exciting discussions about themes and what worked or didn't work and that lit a spark in me that has never gone out. I try to see the unique qualities in each of our students and I can thank him for that.

How would your friends describe you in three words? Caring, practical and tenacious.

What is your favorite place on campus and why? I guess I have three favorites. The dining hall at lunchtime because there is a great energy and sense of camaraderie, the porch of the boathouse in late afternoon because I love the light playing on the water, and last but not least, the bot cave in lower Lehman in February, where all the creative engineering makes me smile!

What mistake have you made that ended up leading to a positive outcome? Naturally I understand that there are small mistakes that people make all of the time. But I believe that the path of life is long. Sometimes you go in a direction you have planned out, but you end up in a place that you didn't expect. Is that a mistake? Or is it an opportunity to learn about myself and others that I might not have encountered without the side trip. I am the result of all of my experiences and that in and of itself is a positive outcome.

What is your favorite outdoor activity? Nordic skiing of course!