Grant, Kaitlin

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Science - Chemistry Instructor
B.A, Mount Holyoke College; M.Ed., University of Massachusetts Amherst

After growing up in western Massachusetts, I went to Mount Holyoke College, where I studied biochemistry, led trips with the Outing Club, sang in the Glee Club, and danced. I also enjoyed volunteering in local elementary schools and adult education programs to help bolster their science programs, which is where my passion for science education really began. Upon graduating from Mount Holyoke I decided to pursue my Master’s degree at the University of Massachusetts Amherst while student teaching in western Massachusetts. I loved my year of student teaching, and am excited to continue my teaching journey at Dublin. When not working, I enjoy spending time outdoors, including hiking, kayaking, and downhill skiing, dancing, and spending time with family and friends.

What book has made you think the most? I can’t choose just one, so I’ll name a few. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, Lean In by Cheryl Sandberg, and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.

How would your friends describe you in three words? Creative, calm, and kind.

What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college? I took a course in college called “Regenerative Medicine.” The course covered the ethical, legal, and moral implications of the use of stem cells in medical therapies. This was the first time I had the opportunity to explore how science is perceived, represented, and discussed in society. As our final project, my classmates and I staged a debate for a introductory biology class, each taking the stance of a scientist, politician, or other person known for their work on stem cells and medical therapies; this was a great opportunity to learn about different perspectives and discuss how medical therapies are viewed in different cultures, and we had a lot of fun doing it!

If I had a free afternoon I would... Go for a hike or swim with family or friends.

What is your favorite outdoor activity? I love walking along the water (especially the ocean, but rivers and lakes will do, too!) and downhill skiing.

Speers, Christopher

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Bates College, B.A.

I grew up as a faculty brat on a small boarding school campus in Delaware, so arriving at Dublin felt a lot like coming home. While growing up in the mid-atlantic, my family always brought my three younger brothers and me north to New Hampshire and Vermont for summer and winter vacations. I took a "gap year" after high school and got a taste for politics and the real world while working as an intern in the Governor's office in Massachusetts. 

I got the travel bug early on and have been fortunate to see the world. I worked on a pig farm in Germany, studied abroad in Kenya, led trips out west, gone on safari in South Africa, led hiking trips up Kilimanjaro and through the Serengeti, explored the great pyramids of Egypt, and once coached cricket at a school in Botswana. Before arriving at Dublin I lived in Boston and ran cultural exchange and homestay programs for international students coming to the US. 

Rosy, our dog Enzo, and I are excited to be living in the Monadnock dorm and beautiful Dublin, NH!

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? My Mom and Dad (both high school English teachers). They model the best of who I want to be when I grow up.

How would your friends describe you in three words? Attentive. Patient. Adventurous.

What is your favorite place on campus and why?  Memorial field. I love going up there right at dusk, or just as the sun is rising. Our dog Enzo loves running around the field.

What mistake have you made that ended up leading to a positive outcome? I turned down a job at Dublin right out of college. I know, big mistake...what was I thinking! Instead I went to work for the Governor of Massachusetts. I spent two years traveling all over the commonwealth, country, and to over a dozen countries promoting Massachusetts. Most importantly though I met a beautiful woman named Rosy. After some convincing she finally agreed to marry me. Now we've moved to Dublin and I'm excited to join the Development team. So in the end, things have a funny way of working out!

If I had a free afternoon I would.. Head to the lake with our dog, a good book, and hope to run into some old friends.