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.


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.

Kennedy, William PHD



BS Western Michigan University
PhD Loyola University of Chicago

William ("Dr. Bill") Kennedy earned a doctorate in Biochemistry/Biophysics in 1980 and continued his career as a research scientist at Washington University and at the University of Illinois studying the biochemistry of mammalian reproduction. He published several papers in internationally recognized academic journals through the 1980's.

Then the PC revolution came along. Swept up by the chance to participate in an emerging technology, Dr. Bill and his wife, Jeanne Dietsch, started a software company in the early '90s, creating computer-based games and educational programs. Which brought them to Peterborough, NH, home through the '90s to some of the best computing magazines in the world. While helping raise two children, Dr. Bill worked his way up from technical editor to editor-in-chief of International Data Group's A+ Publishing division, before the magazines moved west in the late '90s.

Newly familiar with the world of publishing, Dr. Bill tuned his attention to books and consequently co-authored what became one of O'Reilly & Associates' all-time best-selling books, HTML: The Definitive Guide. Translated into over 13 languages, the sixth edition of the book is in progress. True to their motto, Life by Improvisation, Dr. Bill and Jeanne saw another emerging technology come their way early in the 21st century: robotics. They launched MobileRobots from their kitchen table and within two years began manufacturing an intelligent mobile platform for AI research worldwide. Seeing opportunities for their robots in commercial and industrial applications, they merged the company with a larger, more established robotics (fixed arm) concern in 2010 and subsequently retired the following year. Dr. Bill now teaches Physical Sciences at Dublin School.

What book has made you think the most?: Godel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hofstadtler

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?: Ability to disappear.

If your life had a theme song, what would it be?: My Way. (Paul Anka's English lyrics to the melody of a French song "Comme d'habitude", composed by Claude Francois and Jacques Revaux.)

What teacher has had the most impact on you? How were they special?: The late Dr. John Evans at the Upjohn research labs introduced me to the real world of chemistry and science, teaching me the thrill of laboratory experimentation.

How would your friends describe you in 3 words?: Skeptical of everything.

You are hosting a dinner party and must invite 3 famous people. Who would you choose and why?:Einstein (Bertrand Russell's book about him launched my life-long fascination with physics), Benjamin Franklin (he was truly an incredible intellect, scientist and entrepreneur) and Archimedes (my kind of crazy scientist)

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?:Seriously? John Travolta (HA!, now that would be something)


Perez, Cielo

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Williams College, B.A. in Astrophysics and Concentration in Science and Technology Studies

Short biographical information. I grew up in Dallas, TX and did not spent much time up north until I went to college - these winters! But after 4 years, I have learned when to wear my entire closet and how to calculate how fast I need to run between buildings relative to how cold it is outside. I've done research in both math and solar physics (the 2017 eclipse was amazing!) and enjoy talking about both projects. My family in Dallas has a dog named Leah and a cat named Joe and they are both adorable - I hope to own my own dog up here at Dublin sometime soon. I have a younger sister who is attending college relatively nearby, and we visit each other as often as we can.

What book has made you think the most? Physics of the Impossible by Michio Kaku

What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college? My favorite course that I took in college was called Automatic Culture with Ezra Feldman. We talked about the history of automation and how automation has impacted society over time, sometimes in non-intuitive ways. I really enjoyed the readings and how welcoming class discussion was.

What is your favorite place on campus and why? The Recital Hall - whether it's faculty training or a morning meeting, the recital hall has come to be the place I associate with people coming together. The conversations and interactions I've been able to have with people in the recital hall have been some of my favorite experiences at Dublin so far.

If I had a free afternoon I would... read whatever I was currently reading on a comfy chair/couch.

What is your favorite outdoor activity? Walking or sitting on a porch and talking to people.

Schmidt, Erik

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Director of Perkin Observatory

B.A. - Marlboro College

I grew up on the Queens and Nassau county border near New York City but escaped to rural New England as quickly as I could. 

Since I was a child, I have been drawn to STEM and especially anything having to do with space. My bedroom lacked band posters but was rich in glow-in-the-dark star charts and model rockets. Extended relatives who forgot to put electronics out of reach heaved many a heavy sigh as I would always manage to find a screwdriver or other tool to indulge my curiosity. They would find me, happy as can be, among a pile of parts that used to be their VCR or alarm clock. 

I struggled in the large public school environment and as a teenager my love of STEM fell dormant. After landing at a tiny liberal arts college in Vermont, I persued another lifelong interest in stories that actually happened and studied history.

The summer before my senior year, I bought a thoroughly vandalized and foreclosed wreck of a house despite having no pre-existing knowledge of carpentry, plumbing, or home repair. After I made the house habitable but before finishing my degree, I built a small workshop next to the house and started a metalworking business which eventually became a full-time profession. 

After meeting and putting a ring on my wife, I began studying up on energy-efficient building design. We bought an empty hay field and with insufficient previous home-building experience (you'll notice a trend here) we set to work building a house and my dream workshop while planting fruit trees, berry bushes, and a vegetable garden. Along the way I became a hobbyist woodworker and cabinet-maker. The challenge of that project re-kindled my interest in STEM which in turn re-awakened my childhood love of space. I began reading every book, listening to every lecture, and watching every educational video I could about astrophysics and cosmology. Joining the local astronomy group helped me to learn more and to have an opportunity to engage in public outreach and science education while I prepared to persue an advanced degree in astrophysics. That's when Dublin's Observatory and I crossed paths.

One of my former teachers liked to say "Luck is when preparedness meets opportunity". I am both fortunate and excited to have the opportunity to maintain and develop the Perkin Observatory and to share my enthusiasm for space, science, and tinkering with students.

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? Without a doubt that would be Dr. Tami L. Fern. She ran a special program for grades 3-6 where a handful of students in our district would be plucked out of their regular classes one day a week and bused to the central elementary school to engage in a very challenging curriculum with a strong emphasis on hands-on projects and problem-solving instead of rote memorization. Dr. Fern was a talented and devoted educator who fought hard to keep the program funded and demonstrate the efficacy of the model to the great benefit of its students. I struggled with boredom in the rest of my classes and so this program was an oasis for me. She also went the extra mile to cultivate and support me through critical years.

What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college? In High School there was (and still is) a vocational program that included a multi-year course called "Instrumentation and Automation" and it was essentially an engineering class very similar to what is available at Dublin's maker space. That was the class I never wanted to miss. 

Since we students always preferred working on projects rather than lecture, at least once a week one of us would slip up when we arrived and ask "Mr. Anderes, are we having class or lab today" and he would say "Yes." and smile and walk away. He never got tired of doing that and it made us crazy. I'd wager not one of us, even as adults, have ever forgotten the difference between an "AND" and an "OR" logic gate thanks to that.

I am most happy when... I am most happy when I have a project or ambition that is peripheral to but outside my existing skillet so that I get to dive in as a beginner and be a sponge to a whole new set of information and skills.

If I had a free afternoon I would... Calibrate all of the things!

What is your favorite outdoor activity? Driving our tractor or other heavy equipment to work on our homestead. Technically it isn't outside since I'm encased in a steel and glass cab with heat and air-conditioning, but its close enough for me. Sitting on top of several tons of steel wrapped around a diesel engine while pulling levers and pressing buttons is one of my definitions of a good time. That doing so is also productive is a bonus.

I also have a dream of learning to fly small aircraft and perhaps at some point building my own single engine piston plane to scoot around in. That may also technically not be an outdoor activity, since I'll again be encased in aluminum and plexiglass, but I'd be in the sky so that's definitely close enough.

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.