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.


Cray, Jen

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BA Gettysburg College
MS Seton Hall University

I was born and raised in South Jersey, where I spent most of my childhood surrounded by my brothers and cousins, playing sports, and reading. In high school, I developed a passion for American history, which led me to Gettysburg College, where I was introduced to and fell in love with athletic training. After earning my degree in health sciences and gaining experience with the Gettysburg athletic trainers, I moved back to NJ to pursue my master's degree in athletic training. After graduating, I drove over 3,000 miles to San Francisco with my best friend, camping, hiking, and exploring along the way. I returned to the east coast to begin a year-long internship at Brown University, where I worked closely with the women's volleyball and women's rugby teams. While I greatly enjoyed my time at Brown and in Providence, I am excited for my new start in New Hampshire with the Dublin School.

What book has made you think the most? Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? Denise Peters, my high school English teacher, who supported me continuously in both academics and in life.

How would your friends describe you in three words? Compassionate, loyal, nerdy.

What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college? Any English course I took in college. They provided a refreshing break from my major requirements and allowed me to receive credit for two of my favorite things, reading and writing!

I am most happy when... I am cuddled up with a book on a rainy day or relaxing with friends, family, and pets.

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.

Harrison, Jeff

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Director of Information Technology - Technology

B.A. Plymouth State College

BA Plymouth State College

I grew up in Vernon Connecticut the fifth boy in a family of  eight. Family has always been a big part of my life. The sense of community here at Dublin was one of the main reason I went  from being a computer consultant at Dublin, to working full time here and finally living on campus. I can't think of a  better place to live and raise my own three kids. 

What book has made you think the most? The easy answer is any high level programming book I've read.  If I had to pick a non-technical book I would have to choose   between "The Speed of Dark" and "A Tale of Two Cities". I  remember "A Tale of Two Cities" as being the first book I read in school that I actually wanted to analyze and look closer at.  "The Speed of Dark" is a Science Fiction tale about a person with Autism and was written by an author who son is Autistic.  Having a number of relatives with disorders in the Autism spectrum, I found this book to be very thought provoking.

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your  
superpowers to be?
 The power to heal others. 

If your life had a theme song, what would it be? This hasn't changed for me since I picked it for my high school  quote. "You can't always get what you want" by the Rolling  Stones. 

What teacher has had the most impact on you? How were they  
One of my College Professors. He wasn't the best teacher I ever had but he probably had the most impact. His philosophy of education being a journey has stuck with me. 

You are hosting a dinner party and must invite 3 famous people.  
Who would you choose and why?
Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, and Alexander Graham Bell.  Just imagine the ideas that would come out if these three  
people were in the same room together. 


Jackson, Jesse

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AS Vincennes University
BS Indiana University

Science Department

Whether I am bombing down the trails on my mountain bike or finding myself knee-deep in a wetland performing a WQI test, I think the best way to learn is by immersing yourself in the experience. This philosophy has led me to mountaintops, river rapids, punk rock bands, summer camps, environmental education centers, and most recently, teaching Introduction to STEM at Dublin School. From my youth in the hills of Indiana, to my adulthood in the slightly bigger hills of the Monadnock region, I've explored, taught, climbed, traveled, biked, created, built, worked, and through it all have never stopped learning. As Joseph Campbell said in "The Power of Myth" -"Follow your bliss"! I am so grateful to be a part of the Dublin Community to continue to teach and learn!

What book has made you think the most? There is a long list of books that have made me think, most recently 'Demon Haunted World' by Carl Sagan.

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? Alan Ewert, my mentor/professor at Indiana University. He brought me to the mountains for the first time, and helped me realize that I was a leader.

How would your friends describe you in three words? Hopefully they would use 3 positive words.

If I had a free afternoon I would...  Write, play guitar, go for a run, climb a mountain, read, drink some tea, go for a bike ride, listen to music. I'd probably not fit all of them into one afternoon, but I could try.

What is your favorite outdoor activity? Choose one? I think not! I enjoy running, biking, hiking, canoeing and chasing my daughter around as she explores the world.

Nemitz, Eric


Director of PRISM
Director of Perkin Observatory

BA Geology / Environmental Science Carleton College

I grew up in Maine, spent my college years in Minnesota, and first came to the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire in 2002. After two years teaching ecology at Boston University's Sargent Center for Outdoor Education in the neighboring town of Hancock, I found my way to Dublin School rather serendipitously when I heard they were looking for a science teacher who could coordinate the student rock band. I spent six years as a science teacher, dorm parent, and coach, and then four more years as the Dean of Students. I have spent the two years since leaving Dublin School traveling and volunteering abroad, working as an EMT, and supporting my father in his ongoing battle with cancer. After an amazing time away, I feel so blessed and excited to return "home" to Dublin. Dublin School is where I met (and eventually married) my wife Jung and we are pleased to be returning our son, Gus, who joined us in March of 2016.

What book has made you think the most?    It's hard to single out and one book, and there are problem many that I am forgetting, but Deep Economy by Bill McKibben and There Are No Children Here by Alex Kotlowitz are two that stick out in my memory as having resonated long after I finished them.

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special?   Sue Richman, my high school Biology and Marine Biology teacher. She was passionate about her subject, held her students to high standards of rigor and conduct, and found a way to subtly inspire us with elements of her personal life (particularly her passion for the outdoors) without ever really shifting the focus to herself or seeking our admiration or approval. She also happened to survive being mauled by a grizzly bear while hiking in Glacier National Park the summer after I graduated high school. Impressively, the attack did little to dampen her passion for the outdoors.

How would your friends describe you in three words?   Competitive, sentimental, adventurous.

What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college?   Plate Tectonics taught by Dave Bice at Carleton. It contained all the key elements that I love about science. Continental drift was such an audacious theory in its infancy, but through a mixture of logic, open-mindedness, and bit of luck, the mounting evidence won over the scientific community in an impressively short time. I also find comfort in the Earth as a moving, dynamic system, rather than an aging, decaying relic.

What is your favorite place on campus and why?   The Perkin Observatory on a clear, moonless night is hard to beat. I can also say from personal experience that Alumni Field on a beautiful evening in June happens to be a great place for a wedding ceremony.

I am most happy when...   I am surrounded by great people, great views, and great music (or any combination thereof).

What mistake have you made that ended up leading to a positive outcome?   I once climbed Monadnock on a school night with my roommate and fellow science teacher, Brad Bassi, during a torrential and unseasonable rainstorm in mid-February. Our goal was simply to see how nasty the weather might be at the summit. We left at midnight and continued to the summit despite wind gusts of 80+ mph above tree line. During our descent, we lost the trail after only about 100 yards, due to roughly 10 ft. visibility. After crawling on our hands and knees for an hour in an attempt to relocate the summit, but failing to do so, we decided to bushwhack our way straight down the mountain, using the wind as our compass. Multiple waist-deep stream crossings and miles of dirt roads later, we arrived back at our apartment in time to catch a 30 minute nap before morning meeting. There were two positive outcomes: 1) We survived. 2) The experience helped solidify our bond as a couple of masochistic adventure-seekers, which led to the eventual planning, sponsorship, and successful completion of a 50 day, self-supported canoe trip in the Canadian arctic.

If I had a free afternoon I would...   Climb Monadnock from campus, up and down via the Pumpelly Trail, with a brief stopover at the cave.

What is your favorite outdoor activity?   Backpacking. I may well have been a mountain goat in a past life. I find no greater satisfaction than paring down to the bare essentials, throwing on a pack, and heading out into the wilderness in a state of total self-sufficiency. The added weight makes each additional high point or view that much more fulfilling. I am particularly fond of places like Denali where, in the absence of established trails, you are forced to read the landscape and forge a unique path.

Tullio, Tom


B.A. Wesleyan University

I was born in New Jersey, spent my teenage years in Louisville, KY, and found my way to New England for college. My experience at Wesleyan University was so fulfilling I extended my stay, working primarily with the University Relations office on technology projects in the early days of the internet. My next engagement was 5 years of fast-paced corporate IT consulting in central Massachusetts, which was followed by 12 years as the Instructional Technologist at nearby Franklin Pierce University. There, I had the opportunity to teach Web Design and Web Programming courses, and work alongside my wife in the Mass Communications department on numerous TV studio productions and university webcasts.

I'm very glad to have found my way to Dublin for a new academic adventure, where my son has already enjoyed a successful freshman year.

What book has made you think the most? Non-fiction: How to Read a Film by James Monaco
Fiction: Dune by Frank Herbert

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? In college, professor Ron Cameron took a subject I had no prior interest in and, with the sheer force of his overwhelming enthusiasm and encyclopedic knowledge, turned it into an engaging and eye-opening experience. He demonstrated that "love of teaching" is as real and powerful as "love of learning."

Honorable mention though must go to my 7th-grade math teacher, Mr. Domeraski, who sat me in front of my middle school's very first personal computer (an Apple II) and gave me free reign to explore. Thanks, Mr. D!

What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college? Myth & Ideology in the Western, a film class taught by Richard Slotkin. It was a fascinating exploration into the historical and cultural context of America's oldest film genre, and one of the courses that convinced me to change my major.

If I had a free afternoon I would... attempt to improve something. I say that in the broadest sense, since it could mean organizing, cataloging, building, coding, gardening, or even cleaning!

What is your favorite outdoor activity? Enjoying the tranquility of nature -- particularly kayaking and camping with my family.

Weis, Jonathan

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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.