Hutchins, Jill

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Mount Holyoke College, BA

I grew up riding my bike around Carlisle MA, Skiing at Waterville Valley and swimming in Squam Lake.   Not a shabby childhood.  I am the youngest of four kids.  I attended Boarding School for my 11th and 12th grade years in NH.  I married my husband in 1997 and we had our beautiful boy Lyle in 2003.  Since 1995 I have been working in admissions, first at the college level and since 2005 in boarding schools. I love what I do and I especially love working with high school bound  teenagers.   I am often heard saying "You Rock" and getting teased for saying "you rock".  I consider myself extremely fortunate to work at Dublin School!

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? My HS Psychology teacher Dr. Fury! I was a bit slow to love school and he showed me a subject and a style that engaged my curiosity. His passion and humor made the the classes something I always looked forward to! It was at then that I knew I would study Psychology in College!

What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college? Psychology of Racism because it made me uncomfortable in a really good way.

What is your favorite place on campus and why? The recital hall is my favorite place on campus because I always laugh and/or smile ALOT when I'm there! Why? Morning Meeting! I love that we all come together in this space every weekday morning and start together! As someone who works with the outside world and is focussed on finding more wonderful Dublin students, I love the opportunity to be "in it" everyday!

I am most happy when... I am engaged in a thoughtful conversation, preferably outside.

If I had a free afternoon I would... go have a relaxing afternoon with a friend. It would probably involve a lake, kayaks and snacks!

What is your favorite outdoor activity? Taking a walk in the woods with my dog tops the list, but anything outdoors and active from soccer to skiing to playing softball against the seniors(and winning) is all good with me.

 

Kenney, Jackie

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B.A. Penn State
M.A. Boston College

 I grew up in State College, PA; home to Penn State University. I spent my childhood running around outside with my best friends and two older brothers. I satisfied my competitive streak with field hockey, ski racing and lacrosse in high school. I went on the attend Penn State '10-14, and competed for the university's field hockey team for four years. Through the challenges and joys of playing field hockey, I met some of my dearest friends and learned about commitment and being a great teammate. 

After I graduated from Penn State with Bachelor's Degrees in Sociology and in Communications, I set out for Telluride, CO. I spent the next two years skiing and hiking around Southwest Colorado with new friends. In 2016, I relocated to the Boston, MA to earn my Master's Degree in Sociology from Boston College. I recently joined the Dublin School community and I am excited for the opportunity to get to know our current and prospective students and their families!

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? My AP Government teacher, Mr. Merritt. He challenged me to engage in the political world, listen with empathy to opposing views and to develop thoughtful and inclusive solutions. Mr. Merritt brought emotion, inquiry and tough honesty to class everyday. 

How would your friends describe you in three words? Adventurous, patient and open-minded

What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college? Besides high school PE, my favorite class has been Classical Social Theory in college and grad school. My professors have pushed me to upend my basic assumptions of the world. I love imagining old scholars in the 1800-1900s wrestling with understanding the rapidly changing world around them. My Classical Social Theory courses continue to inspire me to grapple with and ask big questions social structures and our global community. 

I am most happy when… I am sitting around a fire with old and new friends. There is something about a crackling fire that fills the silences and also brings out the best conversations. 

What is your favorite outdoor activity? It depends on the season; skiing in the winter and hiking in the warmer months. 

McLeod, Jenner

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B.A. Psychology Kenyon College

I grew up in Madison Wisconsin with my two younger sisters Anders and Hollis and my parents Eric and Jenner. I spent my childhood swimming and spending Saturday's at Wisconsin Badger football games. I am a huge Badger fan! I attended Deerfield Academy for boarding school. Many of my fondest memories from Deerfield took place outside of the classroom whether it was during a feed in the dorm or a tough workout in the pool. I was fortunate to surround myself with faculty and students who shared the love of learning and taking advantage of a once in a lifetime experience. I loved my boarding school experience and am excited to return to the boarding school setting at Dublin this fall.

Following Deerfield I decided to return to the midwest to attend Kenyon College in Gambier Ohio. At Kenyon I majored in psychology and was a member of the swim team during my four years and captain of the women's team my senior year. I enjoyed the small liberal arts setting and even though I did not get to know all 1700 students, I was able to form incredibly close bonds with 70 teammates each of my four years there as well as my fellow psychology majors. I am excited to be in a smaller environment with an emphasis on community. I look forward to working in the Dublin admissions office this fall.

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special?: My advisor/coach/teacher Sonja O'Donnell from Deerfield Academy. Mrs. O'Donnell was an integral part of my boarding school experience from the moment I met her as a prospective swim coach to the day I graduated. She taught me life lessons in and out of the pool and remains a very special person in my life today. Her door was always open ready to engage her visitors with conversation and delicious food. She taught me the importance of being present in life. I was fortunate to share many incredible moments with her in a variety of settings whether it be in the classroom, the pool, on the river, or in her apartment. I am very grateful for the time we shared and thankful we stay in touch today.

How would your friends describe you in three words?: Passionate, Easy Going, Efficient

What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college?: My junior year of college I enrolled in a psychology course called "Adolescence." It was taught by one of my favorite psychology professors who I also conducted research with. The course essentially walked us through all psychological aspects of the adolescent period of an individuals life. It was very interesting and quite entertaining to learn about concepts that I experienced not that long ago. It inspired me to research current dating culture in college and later look into adolescents use of media. As times continue to change with media and technology, development especially during the adolescent period is becoming more complicated. It was great to take a course to attempt to understand its psychological elements but as someone who is still in the "emerging adulthood" developmental phase, I still have a lot of learning to do.

I am most happy when...: I am spending time with family and friends. I also love the feeling of finishing a tough workout... completing this with friends is even better.

What is your favorite outdoor activity?: Taking our family dog Arthur for long walks in my neighborhood.

Parker, Matt

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B.A. St. Lawrence University

I was born in Burlington, Vermont and spent my childhood immersed in education, athletics and other passions such as music. As a sophomore in high school, I entered the private boarding school world at Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, New Hampshire. After graduating from KUA, I attended St. Lawrence University, where I was a two-time captain of the men's lacrosse team. At St. Lawrence, I majored in Global Studies, and learned to practice critical thinking -- a mindset that informs much of my beliefs and lifestyle today.

What book has made you think the most? Universal Human Rights by Jack Donnelly

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special?  Coach Pottle -- my lacrosse coach at KUA. He was legendary for being a kind of mythical figure in New England prep school lacrosse, but he was most special to me because of the care he showed his players.

How would your friends describe you in three words?  Well-rounded, honest, dedicated.

What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college?  All of the courses taken as a part of my Global Studies major. They taught me to challenge my understanding of key factors, such as bias, motive, and positions of power.

I am most happy when... I notice positive personal change. I am still very much on a path of inquiry, education, and mental / physical / spiritual development.