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 ( 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

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

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

Originally 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


Davis, Lanessa

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M.A. French Literature, M.A. Spanish Literature

Born in Nashville, I grew up in the south and midwest before moving to New Hampshire in 2002 with my husband, Zachary, and daughter, Stella. My son, Wyatt was born during our first year at Dublin. I had been working at Dublin School for five years when my husband's career took us to New York, where we lived for the last eight years. I am happy to be back!

What book has made you think the most?  Most books make me think quite a bit, but, most recently, Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti by Amy Wilentz has made me ponder.

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special?  I lived at my high school biology teacher's house with his wife and him for most of my senior year, and they treated me with great understanding and compassion, while providing me with structure and discipline.

How would your friends describe you in three words?  Honest, hard-working, and independent.

What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college?  Classes comparing literature and film were my favorites.

What is your favorite place on campus and why?   My new favorite place on campus is New Dorm, which is my new home and has a spectacular view!

I am most happy when...   I am relaxing with friends and family.

What mistake have you made that ended up leading to a positive outcome?   Leaving Dublin eight years ago always felt like a mistake, but my family and I have all learned and grown from our time in New York.

If I had a free afternoon I would...  work out, read a book, and watch a movie.

What is your favorite outdoor activity?   Running/hiking.


Kendall, Evan

B.A. St. Olaf College (Mathematics and Psychology), M.A.T. Boston University

 I grew up in southern Maine and enjoyed running and skiing all around New England as I've grown up. I've worked at an overnight summer camp as a counselor and waterfront director in the summers between college and years teaching.

What book has made you think the most?  Shantung Compound is a non-fiction book about a group of people imprisoned in a Japanese internment camp in China during World War 2. Throughout the book the author details the daily life of the inhabitants, the challenges that they faced, and the social and spiritual lessons he learned. The book has helped me to reflect on the numerous things often taken for granted and also on the often complex ethical decisions all people face in their daily lives. It has helped me to consider how I work with and help others in spite of disagreements or disparate perspectives and have empathy towards their unique challenges.

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special?  My high school English teacher Mr. Markonish had a tremendous impact on me. In his classes I was challenged to be both authentic and clear while also taking significant risks. Additionally, I also loved learning in an environment when enthusiasm and goofiness for the subject matter was celebrated and encouraged. Mr. Markonish's ability to help each student have a unique experience while still being a part of a larger group allowed me to develop uniquely and thoughtfully as a communicator.

How would your friends describe you in three words?  Easygoing, goofy, and an early riser

What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college?  It's a tie between Sports Ethics and Calculus

What is your favorite place on campus and why?  I have no idea yet!

I am most happy when...  I'm running around outside with friends or when I'm eating good food afterwards.

What mistake have you made that ended up leading to a positive outcome?  The most frequent mistake(s) that come to mind are the times I try to help to much and take the discovery out of the learning process. These moments often have been beneficial because it has led to opportunities to talk and gain perspective on someone else's learning experiences.

If I had a free afternoon I would...  Go for a long run.

What is your favorite outdoor activity?  Water skiing

Luxmoore, Sophie

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Learning Specialist

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

 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.


Peyton-Levine, Liz

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BA Lafayette College
MA in English Literature; Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College 

I grew up in Santa Barbara, California, and moved to Pennsylvania to study English and Theater for college. Following my studies, I moved back to California to work at The Thacher School in Ojai, California where I taught 9th grade English and served in a variety of roles related to student life. Shortly after, I moved to the bay area and continued my work in education by teaching English and overseeing the Advisory Program for Middle School students at CCJDS. During my time at this school, I also met my husband, Sam Peyton-Levine C'05, who whisked me off my feet and across to the country to the great Dublin School. We are both thrilled to be here!

What book has made you think the most? Between the World and Me, All About Love: New Visions, American Primitive, Women Who Run with the Wolves… there are too many:)

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? My students are always my greatest teachers, for they show me how to take risks, share openly, and find time to play.

How would your friends describe you in three words? Energetic, compassionate, silly

I am most happy when... Sharing stories with my loved ones, running, reading, writing, exploring new places, people watching.

What is your favorite outdoor activity? Be running with my beloved, Sam.

Scalfano, Alexandra

Learning Specialist

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!