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.

Johnson, Brooks

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Dean of Students

BA Salve Regina University

Originally from Concord, NH and graduate of Tilton School.  Was a member of the Men's Ice Hockey and Lacrosse Teams at Salve Regina University.  Prior to Dublin, served as Assistant Coach of Women's Lacrosse at Keene State College Keene, NH and General Manager of Indoor Action Sports Greenfield, MA. Currently in Hill House.

What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college? Modern Ireland, it was the first time in my academic career that I found a genuine passion and curiosity for a subject. I continue to study and do research on the topic in an effort to develop a deeper appreciation and understanding for the complexities of Irish history and the patterns and similarities shared within our own historical journey.

What is your favorite place on campus and why? The Sugar Bush. There is a spot at the highest point on the maple sap lines with a great view of the valley. It has the oldest trees in our orchard. Depending on how you look at it, it represents the beginning or the end.

I am most happy when... I am most happy when... I am outside. Whether it's on the trails, the lake, or the mountain there is just something special about taking in the sights and sounds of nature.

If I had a free afternoon I would...  In the Spring, Summer, or Fall I would get into the greenhouse or the garden. There is something very therapeutic about playing in the dirt. In the Winter, I seek out the non-groomed ski trails as it is a thrill to be the first to break trail on newly fallen snow.

What is your favorite outdoor activity? Pond Hockey. I believe playing shinny is the purest form of the game, and there is a great community feel about our hockey pond on campus.

Brown, Lindsay


History Department Chair
Head Crew Coach

B.A. Williams College 1986,
M.A.L.S. Dartmouth College 1994

I grew up in Rochester, NY and thus I am a Buffalo Bills football fan; I think my endurance and tolerance for pain flows from this part of my personal history. Growing up through high school I was a nerdy kid and found my identity through academic pursuits. That identity changed for me in college when I tried the sport of rowing and found out I could do well at it -- it was a simple formula of the harder I worked at it, the better I became, and so I kept striving. Immediately after college I began teaching at St. Andrew's School in Delaware, but I had a nagging feeling that I could continue to grow as an athlete, and so after one year of work I took the next 15 months off to pursue this dream. I lived in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Cincinnati to name a few places, working part time jobs, sleeping, eating, and rowing. I made it on to the 1987 U.S. Pan American Games team and the 1988 U.S. Olympic team. Rowing has been an essential part of my adult life, and I now love coaching and mentoring young athletes who are discovering that part of themselves.

The nerd in me is still there too, and I enjoy reading, games, puzzles, and talking about issues and ideas. Teaching history, seeing connections between the past and the present, and helping young people learn about distant places and long ago times is always exciting. Being a teacher and a coach allows me to engage with both elements of my identity and thus is deeply fulfilling. 

I returned to St. Andrew's after the Olympics, met a beautiful woman, fell in love, married, and we raised a family of two boys who have both now launched into the world. After thirty years in one place, we decided it was the right time to make a change and seek out new challenges. My wife is an Episcopal priest and a family and couple therapist, and she will be working with a local church and counseling center. I am so excited about starting work at Dublin and getting to know this great community.

What book has made you think the most? Lies My Teacher Told Me by James Lowen and Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts by Sam Weinberg. These two books changed the way I approach my teaching.

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? Throughout my life I had many exceptional teachers who were dedicated not only to their subject matter, but also to their students. They had such a profound impact on my life that I decided that I needed to give back and work with young people myself.

How would your friends describe you in three words? Thoughtful, strong, and loyal.

What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college? I took a course in my graduate program on the intellectual history of early America, and I began to see connections between what I had already studied about this time in history and the ideas that moved people to action. It opened a door for me to see how influential ideas can be in shaping the world.

I am most happy when... I'm with my family, cooking a meal and hanging out in the kitchen. I also like eating!

What is your favorite outdoor activity? I love hiking and road cycling. The area around Dublin has so many opportunities for outdoor exploration, and the views from high ridges or from the winding back roads are soul enriching.

Villaamil, Rodrigo


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.

Weathers, Alan



BA: University of New Hampshire
Master of Arts in Liberal Studies: Keene State College
Ph.D: University of Maine

I grew up nearby in Peterborough, where I attended public school through 9th grade, and I later graduated from Holderness School. After college, I worked in the Monadnock region as a carpenter, building passive solar homes and coaching Nordic skiing. I eventually went to graduate school, got married, became a history teacher, and raised two daughters with my wife Lulu.

In 1995, I joined the Dublin School History department, where I worked for the next six years. After that, I taught history at Miss Porter’s School, leading student trips to Ireland (Dublin and Belfast) and China (Shenzhen and Beijing). 

I now live in Peterborough with Lulu, our cat Bailey, and our dog Murdoch.

What book has made you think the most? The Name of War: King Philip’s War and the Origins of American Identity by Jill Lepore.

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special?  At Holderness School, I took a course called Asian-African Studies with a teacher named Jim Page. It was my introduction to non-Eurocentric history and the first time I felt a passionate interest in an academic subject. Jim Page was the first teacher who ever referred to me as an “excellent student,” something I was not accustomed to hearing at the time.

What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college? At the University of New Hampshire, I took a lot of English courses that required me to write a weekly research paper on a subject of my choosing. This experience helped me form opinions about a range of controversial topics. That’s why I became an English major.

What is your favorite place on campus and why: The first place that comes to mind is the upper soccer field where, as a teenager, I played pick-up soccer on many summer evenings.

I am most happy when... I am warmed by my wood stove on a cold winter evening.

If I had a free afternoon I would... I would browse through the used book section of the Toadstool Bookshop.

What is your favorite outdoor activity? I like to walk through the woods behind our house after a snowstorm when the fresh animal tracks reveal the comings and goings of the creatures with whom we share the property.