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.

Cornell, Emily

Director of Learning Skills
Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) Coordinator
Learning Specialist
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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.

 

Browne, Laura

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Learning Specialist
BA Psychology - UMass Dartmouth

SOriginally from Massachusetts, I moved to New Hampshire in 2013. I like to learn new things and challenge myself. In my free time I hike, swim, snowboard, hunt and fish.

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? I had a geometry teacher in high school that was caring but challenging. She helped me to understand the material and after I completed the class I felt really accomplished.

How would your friends describe you in three words? Motivated, smart, and fun

What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college? Evolutionary Psychology

If I had a free afternoon I would... Go explore a new place I had never been before.

What is your favorite outdoor activity? Hiking

 

Emerson, John

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B.A. Dartmouth College
M.B.A. New Hampshire College

Born in Winchester, Ma. and raised in New London, NH.  Married after college and lived in Berlin, NH through the 1970's working as a second grade teacher and part-time principal. Moved to Milford, NH, where I currently reside, where we raised a son and a daughter who are now both married and living in the area. After 25 years of Middle School and High School math and science teaching in Jaffrey, NH. retired from public school teaching and now enjoy working at the Dublin School and being around my grandchildren.

What book has made you think the most? Bill Bryson's "A Short History of Nearly Everything." This book really helps you realize the wonder of the world we live in.

How would your friends describe you in three words? kind, patient, and caring

What is your favorite place on campus and why? My office has a wonderful view of the surroundings mountains and countryside. It is great to pause during a busy day and look out over the view and realize what a great place it is to work.

If I had a free afternoon I would... spend it with my grandchildren. My four grand kids all live within the area and provide a joy in my life that can not be equaled. Going for walks with them is quite an adventure.

What is your favorite outdoor activity? My favorite outdoor activity is to go for walks. Here on campus there are many trails and roads that provide the opportunity to experience the world of nature that surrounds us.

Horton, Bill

Learning Specialist
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B.A. Berea College M.Div.
Yale University M.A. 
Ph. D. University of Kentucky

I was born and grew up in the Blue Ridge mountains of southwestern Virginia just a few miles north of Mt. Airy, North Carolina, birthplace of the comedian Andy Griffith. The area was characterized by small farms, furniture factories, sewing factories, knitting mills, and zinc mines. While working on the farm to help support our family of eight, I attended public high school in the county seat. Approaching graduation, I looked toward a future in one of those factories as became the case for my brothers. This would have been my story were it not for the high school librarian who thought that a better future awaited if I could find a way to attend college. With her direction and support, I enrolled at Berea College in Kentucky, where students worked in lieu of paying tuition. One of the highlights while a student there was a trip to Alabama with other students and faculty to participate in the last day of the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery. 

After Berea I went on to obtain three graduate degrees, spending so much time in higher education that some of my advisers thought that I was becoming a perpetual student. While this became true, it was not in the sense they feared. Much of my pursuit of knowledge since then has involved efforts to integrate the esoteric world of academe with the practical world of everyday life experiences. This led me to what some would see as a checkered career including college teaching, church ministry, non-traditional program development, participatory action research, grassroots education, social activism, and higher education administration. The most successful of those were my years as Co-Director of the Appalachian Landownership Study and the time on the staff of the Highlander Research and Education Center, where I found an educational model that connected research, education, and social activism. I was to make other efforts to bring about that integration from positions in higher education, but none were quite so successful. One of the appealing things about Dublin School is its commitment to connect students to the community and outside world.

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? Herbert Reid, a political scientist, who was my professor in several political theory seminars when I was in graduate school. He also served as minor advisor on my dissertation committee and participated with me in several grassroots political actions.

What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college? Historical Sociology in the graduate school at Yale. One of the benefits of being enrolled in seminary there was that I could enroll in courses in other graduate disciplines. Since I was very interested in Sociology, I would meander down the hill to the main campus every time there was an opening in my schedule to take a course. The teacher was Kai Erickson, a well known sociologist and author of several books using the methods of historical sociology.

What is your favorite place on campus and why? The conference room of the Griffin Learning Center and my office, because of the marvelous and ever changing view of the mountains.

I am most happy when... Teaching young people new skills and how to solve problems.

If I had a free afternoon I would... Either read a good book or take a very long walk, perhaps with my dog.

What is your favorite outdoor activity? Exploring the natural world via a hike along a mountain stream or river.

Luxmoore, Sophie

Learning Specialist
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Bachelor of Science in Theater
Masters of Arts in Teaching: Special Education

After finishing college, I headed to LA to work on movie sets. I worked on the production side of many movies that you have never heard of before. When I decided to return to the East Coast, I decided to become a teacher. I joined the DC Teaching Fellowship in 2003. Since then I have worked with students in self-contained classrooms, integrated classrooms and general education English classrooms.

What book has made you think the most? In high school, The Autobiography of Malcolm X change my perspective on American culture and politics in countless ways.

Other notable books
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Prayer for Owen Meany

A Town like Alice

I could go on and I am always looking for recommendations!

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? In high school, Mr. Burke taught "Literature of the 60s", it was the first class where the teacher wasn't lecturing us, but helping navigate our discussions, many of which got heated. He taught us how to be respectful and encouraged open minds to understand different perspectives.

What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college? Well, I loved school. Two of my high school favorites were "Literature of the 60s" and "Global Problems." Both of the classes were non-traditional classes. One was pure discussion. The other was researching, writing and teaching about a subject that we got to choose. Both classes challenged me and allowed me to pursue something that was interesting to me.

What is your favorite place on campus and why? I cannot wait to find out, but the Learning Center's view from the conference room was compelling.

I am most happy when... I am playing with my baby, who is less and less of a baby everyday.

If I had a free afternoon I would... read a book on a porch.

What is your favorite outdoor activity? Hiking is my current favorite, but my sister says I will love nordic skiing once I try it.

 

Phinney, Jonathan

Learning Specialist
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 B.A. University of New Hampshire, M.F.A. ibid.

 I grew up in the Monadnock Region, and hold dearly the natural beauty we take for granted.  

I am constantly enthralled by the power of words to describe the infinite variety of human experience, and by the experience created by words themselves. I studied English and Writing at UNH, though I am fascinated by almost every other subject. I took an Intro to Marine Biology course my senior year and believe that, had I taken it sooner, I would have changed my major. I feel the same way about an oil painting class I took the semester before. While writing, and teaching writing, are my passions, I believe this diversity of interests prepared me well to be a tutor here at Dublin.  

I have lived on the NH seacoast, in San Jose, California, and even, for a semester of college, in Southern India. I have come full circle, to live again in the shadow of Monadnock. This area is special. I consider myself lucky to live just down the road from Dublin, in Harrisville, with my wonderful daughter, Amelia.

What book has made you think the most? The Magus, by John Fowles

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? Mike O'Leary. He was my favorite High School English teacher. He encouraged inquiry and original thinking. He valued and sought difference of opinion, and pushed students to think deeply and work to articulate their differences.

What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college? I took a screenwriting class in grad school that was actually a form and technique workshop in fiction writing. Each week, four students would write a scene and a synopsis for a movie. Each would choose fellow students to act in our scenes, serving as director for the performance, held right in the classroom. It was messy and fun and chaotic, and turned out to be a great way to get inside the process of conceiving, visualizing, and dramatizing a story.

If I had a free afternoon I would... Listen to mid-career John Coltrane and drink really good coffee, maybe read a little Jack Gilbert.

What is your favorite outdoor activity? I love a challenging hike, where the change in altitude or terrain reveals changes in the landscape.

 

Scalfano, Alexandra

Learning Specialist
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M.S.W. Smith College School for Social Work 
B.A. Emory University

I grew up on the campus of a small private school in Connecticut with my parents, older sister, and our beloved family dog. I moved to Atlanta, GA for college where I studied Psychology before returning north to get my masters degree in Social Work and start my career.

What book has made you think the most? It's impossible to pick one! The best part about reading for me is that every book helps me see the world in a new way.

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? My father has taught me the most about the value of education. He has been a teacher for over thirty years and I have learned so much from him, both in and outside of the classroom.

I am most happy when... I'm with the people I care about most.

If I had a free afternoon I would... I'm a big fan of self care and relaxation -- I think I'd take a nap!

What is your favorite outdoor activity? I'm always happy to be outside, no matter what I'm doing!