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New Faces at Stoneleigh-Burnham

The Stoneleigh-Burnham School community warmly welcomes new faculty and administrators to the 2017-18 academic year.

Liz Gilman: Director of Finance and Operations
Elizabeth (Liz) Gilman has more than 22 years of non-profit financial and administrative management experience with 14 years specifically in education. She comes to SBS from a Catholic school in eastern Massachusetts, and also worked for the Greenfield Public Schools. Liz is a very motivated person with a strong sense of direction and brings the best practices of many different business sectors to draw upon as well as a constant drive to improve. Liz lives in Phillipston.

Scott Gray: Mathematics teacher, coach
Scott Gray will be joining us as a full-time math teacher and coach for next year. He comes to us with a BA in psychology and a minor in mathematics from the College of Wooster and 11 years of experience teaching math at the MS and HS levels, as well as a significant background in student life, leadership programs, coaching, and a special interest in international and experiential education. Scott comes to us most recently from Country Day School in Escazu, San Jose, Costa Rica. He lives in Deerfield.

Alex Loud: History teacher, coach
Alex Loud will be returning to us as our new full-time history teacher and a coach. Alex earned his MA in history from Smith College and his BA from Bowdoin, where his major was German language and culture with a minor in European history. He has taught history (and other subjects) at Oak Meadow School, Northfield Mount Hermon (where he was also the Assistant Director of the NMH School Farm for many years), and Linden Hill School, and he has also worked as an academic coach at NMH and as a learning specialist at Four Rivers Charter School. He is currently the president of Greenfield Minor League Baseball and has also coached at Northfield Elementary School, Connecticut River Valley Soccer League, and Indoor Action. Alex lives in Northfield.

Celine Nader: English teacher, coach
Celine comes to us with a BA in Spanish language and literature and international development from Clark University and an MA in American studies from UMass Boston; in addition, she is currently a PhD candidate (all but dissertation) in American studies and literature at UMass Amherst. Celine has taught English at UMASS and Innovation Academy Charter School, among other schools, and has also taught English (language) in Spain. Celine is a Greenfield resident.

Nick Roosa: Chemistry teacher, houseparent, coach
Nick Roosa joins us this year as a full-time chemistry teacher, houseparent, and coach. Nick comes to us with a BA in chemistry from the University of Rochester, and has recently finished his MA in adolescent education (chemistry) at Hunter College. Nick has taught at Brooklyn Technical High School and Convent of the Sacred Heart in New York. He is co-founder and co-director of Northeast Kingdom Running Camp in Vermont and has coached track and field and cross country. Nick and his wife will live on campus on Lower Mary Burnham.

Cat Wagner: Dance teacher, houseparent
Cat Wagner is our new full-time dance teacher and houseparent, living on Junior-Senior Hallway. She comes to us with an MFA in choreography and performance from Smith College and a BA in theater arts from Brandeis University. She comes to us most recently from New York City where she has been working as a teaching artist for Mark Morris Dance Center, New York City Ballet, and Brooklyn Arts Exchange. In addition, she has been a visiting artist at Mount Holyoke College, adjunct dance faculty at Amherst College, and a teaching fellow at Smith College, and has also worked for several summers at the Bates Dance Festival.

Brittany M. Weiss: Associate Director of Admissions
Brittany has several years of diversified professional experiences in admissions, advancement, and student affairs within both schools and organizations. Extensive  experience abroad in both academic and professional capacities, with direct experience in Asia, Latin America, the United Kingdom, and both Western and Central Europe, have collectively prepared her for her role as Associate Director for International Admissions at SBS. Brittany comes to SBS via the American International School of Budapest in Budapest, Hungary. At AISB, an IB World School, Brittany acted as Admissions Associate engaging with students and families from more than 60 nationalities. Previously, Brittany was Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement at her alma mater, Williston Northampton School in Easthampton, MA. Brittany began her career at Emma Willard School in Troy, NY as a Resident Faculty member, and it was at Emma Willard where Brittany’s passion for girls’ education blossomed. Brittany considers herself an educator who is enthusiastic about engaging with students and their families and passionate about teamwork with colleagues.

Greg Williams: Science teacher
Greg will be returning to us as a part-time science teacher. He earned a B.S. in biology from the University of Pennsylvania and completed graduate work towards a Ph.D. in zoology from UMass, Amherst. With more  than 20 years of teaching experience at the high school and college level, Greg taught at The Academy at Swift River, Northfield Mount Hermon, Mariamante Academy, and UMas,s Amherst. Greg most recently was a substitute chemistry teacher at SBS as well as a tutor for SBS science students. Greg lives in Greenfield.


New Faces at Stoneleigh-Burnham School

The Stoneleigh-Burnham School community warmly welcomes its new faculty members.

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New faculty attend an orientation session lead by Dean of Students Kristen Peterson.

Julian Findlay: Director of the winter drama production, drama club advisor
Julian recently completed an ALB in drama from Harvard University and has completed additional actor training with Shakespeare & Company. As a working actor, Julian has performed with Shakespeare & Company, Shakespeare Stage, Silverthorne Theater Co., and Commonwealth Shakespeare, among others, and has directed productions by Shakespeare Stage, Shakespeare & Co., Atlantis Playmakers’ Theater and Northfield Mount Hermon School. Julian also helped with last year’s SBS theater production.

Patrick Garland: Head varsity basketball coach
Patrick will coach the varsity basketball team this winter. He holds an MA in English from Western New England College and a BA in English from the University of Massachusetts. He has many years of experience coaching varsity soccer, tennis and basketball. He currently teaches English at Greenfield High School.

Apple Gifford: Academic Center Director, history teacher
Apple earned a BA in Religious Studies from Yale University and an MEd in Middle School Education from Lesley University. Before coming to SBS, she served as Assistant Head of School at The Grammar School, in Putney, Vermont, and Curriculum Director at Oak Meadow School in Brattleboro, Vermont. As the Director of the Academic Center, Apple oversees the coordination of learning support at SBS and loves her time working one-on-one with students. She finds the learning process endlessly fascinating and enjoys working closely with students to develop individual learning strategies. Apple also teaches 9th grade World History and helps deliver the SBS volleyball team safely to away games. She lives on a farm in Vermont with her husband and two daughters.

Ian Jamieson: Mathematics and physics teacher, varsity soccer coach, math team advisor, houseparent
Originally from England, Ian holds as BSc in physics from Robert Gordon’s Institute of Technology in Scotland and a MS in Physics from the Institute of Physics in London. Ian has taught mathematics, physics, engineering, astronomy and robotics at Dublin School, The Grammar School and Westover School, among others. He has also served as a research physicist at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital and as an instructor in neuroscience and research engineer at National Space Biomedical Research Institute and Baylor College of Medicine.

Alex Loud: History teacher
Alex received his BA from Bowdoin College in German language and culture with a minor in European history and his MA in history from Smith College. Alex teaches online literature, writing and history courses to home-schooled students through Oak Meadow School and has taught learning skills, academic writing and other courses at Northfield Mount Hermon (NMH), where he was also Assistant Director of the NMH School Farm for many years. In addition, Alex has taught history at Linden Hill School and several other area high schools.

Victor Lucio: Spanish teacher, coach, houseparent
Victor is a Spanish teacher, coach and houseparent. He is currently working on his MA in Spanish Language Pedagogy through Middlebury College. He holds a MA in Spanish Linguistics from the University of Albany, SUNY, and BA degrees in Spanish Language and World Business, and English Literature with minors in Business Administration and Economics from the University of Tennessee. Victor spent the last year teaching at a bilingual school in Madrid, Spain, and has also taught Spanish at the University of Albany, SUNY. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Victor is passionate about food and cooking, and is a former café owner. Victor lives on campus with his two cats.

Christina Maerlender: French teacher, Beginning Dance teacher
Christy graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a BA in biology and French. In her time at Mount Holyoke, Christy served as a French tutor, French department liaison and campus tour guide. She also spent a year abroad in Montpellier, France. During the summers she has worked as an Environmental Educator at the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, Vermont and as an assistant French teacher at Kimball Union Academy Language Camp. In addition to French and biology, Christy is also passionate about dance and will teach beginning dance this year.

Chris Marks: Chemistry teacher
Chris holds a BS in chemistry from The College of William and Mary. He has taught science at several schools in California and Virginia, including Marymount High School, Ojai Valley School, Middleburg Academy and Hermitage High School. In addition, Chris was as a lab supervisor at the University of Virginia, an associate research scientist for Reynolds Metals Company and a chemistry research assistant at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Sarah McEachern: Stable Manager
Sarah is the Stable Manager at the Equestrian Center. She comes to us from New York State. Sarah earned her BS in Animal Science at the University of Vermont in 2011 and has since worked as a rider, groom, barn manager and wrangler. She has worked at Cedar Crest Farm in Pine Plains, N.Y., Scott Stewart’s Rivers Edge Farm in Flemington, N.J., Witzemann Sportpferde in Winterlingen, Germany, Camp Greystone in Tuxedo, N.C., Ahern Racing in Germantown, N.Y., New York Equine Fitness in Germantown, N.Y. and A Bar A Ranch in Encampment, Wyoming, among others. She is working on earning her British Horse Society (BHS) certification and has been involved with 4-H programs and a summer camp for girls.

Jennifer Merris-Dolk: Associate Director of the Equestrian Center
Jenn has a stellar background as both an instructor and a director of riding, with extensive experience as a coach, rider, trainer and instructor in Hunter Jumper and Hunt Seat Equitation. For 13 years she ran the riding program at Linden Hall and has extensive background with IEA, clinics, horse shows and recruiting. She has studied equine science at Colorado State and communications at Elizabethtown College in New Jersey.

Hannah Richards: Art teacher
Hannah is a visual arts teacher as well as a practicing artist. Her work integrates her background in biology with drawing, painting and printmaking, and her teaching is informed by these practices as well as her training and interest in mindfulness, social emotional learning and green art materials/methods. She has taught preschool through college level art and is delighted to return to teaching middle and upper school art at SBS. Hannah earned an M.F.A. in Fine Art from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a B.A. from Smith College. She was awarded a Schultz Foundation Grant for biology research in 2003, a Kahn Foundation Fellowship in interdisciplinary studies in 2006 and is a recent grantee of a Turkey Land Cove Foundation Residency. Her work has been exhibited locally and internationally, most notably in several shows across the U.K. and at Manhattan Graphics Center in NYC.

Athletes of the Week

Athletic Director Annie Kandel recognized several athletes at Housemeeting. Dancers Sophie Hathaway and Erin LaBlanc were recognized for the tremendous time and effort they put into the Community Dance production of “The Magic Treehouse.” Softball player Juliana Merullo was recognized for her positive and enthusiastic attitude and for being a helpful and flexible teammate. Lacrosse player Erin Hudson was recognized for her incredible endurance and positive attitude. Tennis players Molly Li and Elia de Mendoza were recognized for being undefeated. Congratulations athletes!

Athlete of the Week – Rosemary Ilang

May 5

This week’s Athlete of the Week Award goes to Rosemary Ilang ’15. A member of the Varsity Lacrosse team, Rosemary was presented with the award at Housemeeting by Assistant Lacrosse Coach Diego Ardura. Rosemary has been a valuable asset to the team this season due to her strong scoring record to date, Ardura said. Rosemary has averaged 3.5 goals per game so far this season and scored 8 goals in the last lacrosse game at Westover on May 2. Congratulations Rosemary!

Athlete of the Week – Katlyn Grover

April 28

This week’s Athlete of the Week Award goes to Katlyn Grover ’16 for her stellar performance on the softball team. Katlyn pitched a no-hitter last Friday with 12 strikeouts and pitched 13 strikeouts the day before. She also has one of the highest batting averages on the team. Congratulations, Katlyn!

Winter Athletics Awards

SBS held its 2015 Winter Sports Awards ceremony on March 2 to recognize our athletes for their skill, dedication, good sportsmanship, and hard work throughout the winter sports season.

Varsity basketball recognized Katlyn Grover as Most Valuable Player, noting her consistent contribution to the success of the team. Deja Gilliam received Most Improved Player due to the clear progression of her play over the course of the season. Megan Gardner received the Coaches’ Award for her sportsmanship. Junior varsity basketball recognized Gabrielle Rooks as Most Valuable Player. Siobhan Moore received the Most Improved Player award. Ashorkor Ashittey received the Sportsmanship Award.

SBS dancers recognize a dancer in Advanced Dance based on her improvement, commitment, helpful nature, skills, and role modeling. This past trimester they chose to recognize two dancers. Sophie Hathaway was recognized as Advanced Dancer of the Trimester. Erin LeBlanc was awarded the Coaches’ Award.

In figure skating, Ghazaleh Aghazadeh received the Most Valuable Skater award. The team’s Most Improved Skater was Clara Richardson-Omamo.

Jordan Alber received the Skier of the Year award for Alpine Skiing.

The Fitness Motivation and Spirit Award was given to McKim Jean-Pierre, which acknowledges her for her effort and attitude.

The Heroine of the Winter Production Award was given to Nolka Bates for her exceptional work in Stoneleigh-Burnham’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest.

Congratulations to all 2015 Winter Sports Awards recipients!

Varsity Basketball Wins RVAL Championship

With a first round bye, the #1-ranked Varsity Basketball team started the RVAL Championship tournament on Wednesday, February 11th with a semi-final game vs. #4 Eagle Hill. The Owls prevailed 71-36, and advanced to the championship game vs. the #2-ranked Dublin School on Thursday, February 12th. Our team played strong consistently throughout the game and came out early with a nice lead. The final score was 55 to 35, earning our SBS Owls their 4th RVAL Championship in as many years. Congratulations! Watch a video recap of the game below:



Varsity Soccer Wins RVAL Championship

For the third time in five years, the Varsity Soccer team has won the RVAL Championship by defeating the Academy at Charlemont by a score of 4-0. The team completed the championship run by shutting out every team they faced in the tournament. On Wednesday, October 29th, the #1 ranked Owls defeated #8 Buxton School by a score of 5-0 in the quarterfinal. On Friday, October 31st, the team defeated #4 Eagle Hill by a score of 5-0 in the semifinal, before facing Charlemont in the final.

The Stoneleigh-Burnham Owls finished their season with a record of 10 wins, 6 losses, and 2 ties.

The final game was played on a blustery, cold day in front of a supportive home crowd. Senior Rosemary Ilang had 2 goals, junior Sophie Spring had 1 goal, and 8th grader Juliana Merullo also had 1 goal. 10th grader Olivia Young played a great tournament and made several key saves in the final game. Congratulations to the entire time!

XC Shows Strong Teamwork at First Race of Season

The Varsity Cross Country team competed in the first RVAL (River Valley Athletic League) race of the year at Berkshire Art & Technical Charter School in Adams, MA. The young team faced competition from four additional schools and placed 4th out of the five teams.

Varsity Cross Country 1Head Coach Andrea Tehan Carnes reported that at the last minute, one of the five girls scheduled to race was forced to drop from the race due to a knee injury. Needing 5 competitors to score in a meet, Andrea and Assistant Coach Tim McCall asked the other teammates not scheduled to run if anyone would want to participate so that Stoneleigh-Burnham could score. “We did not want to pressure them, but new student and new runner Ye Eun Kim stepped in for her teammate and was very happy to help out our team. Talk about a team player! She had to borrow shorts and sneakers from a teammate as she was not scheduled to run, but she happily changed and warmed up with the other four girls.”

This was the first race ever for three of the five Stoneleigh-Burnham runners. Coach Carnes continued, “Tim and I were both very impressed. There is room for improvement, but it’s still very early in the season.”

The results of the match were:
1st place: BART with 44 points
2nd place: Academy at Charlemont with 45 points
3rd place: Dublin with 58 points
4th place: Stoneleigh-Burnham with 86 points
Incomplete: White Oak

See other photos from the race by clicking here.

Senior signs letter of intent

C’Quoya Haughton ’14 will play Div. I basketball at Rider University

C’Quoya H. ‘14 of Schenectedy, NY has signed her National Letter of Intent to play at Division I, Rider University in Lawrence, NJ.

C’Quoya who is a co-captain for the Stoneleigh-Burnham School basketball team has a career average of 12 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 steals per game. C’Quoya helped lead the Owls to the New England Prep School Class C tournament in her junior year and will look to help continue the team’s success as a senior this season.

“C’Quoya is a natural leader on the court and is without a doubt a Division 1 athlete,” Jeff Conlon, Direct of Athletics at Stoneleigh-Burnham School, said after a signing ceremony held in the school’s gymnasium. “She was heavily recruited by many colleges and universities and we are very proud of her.”