August 2014 New Faculty and Staff Announcement

Dear Parents and Friends:

As you know from my earlier letters to you, this has been a year of transitions, so I wanted to take a moment to introduce our new faculty to you and to report on some summer projects.

First, I want to share the good news with you that we exceeded our Annual Fund goal of $1.1 million by some fifty thousand dollars and that this has allowed us to finish the year with additional funds available for some needed campus initiatives and projects. Most notably, we are installing a new security system to ensure our students’ safety and that of our public buildings, and the campus as a whole, at night. We are also repaving on the west side of campus, renovating several faculty apartments and houses, and instituting a plan to replace our fleet of buses over a four-year period. Finally, we had a very strong year in Admission with remarkable retention, so we anticipate a full enrollment.

Administratively, Marc Batson is now the Director of College Counseling; Michael MacEwen has joined us as Dean of Students; Margaret McGuigan has been promoted to Director and Gyra Chan promoted to Assistant Director of Development and Alumni Relations. Roland Young, who will be introduced in the upcoming Saint James Review, will join the Development Office as a part-time Consultant for Major Gifts and Planned Giving. He will be active in that capacity and live on campus, which will be a great help to us. Amelia Fitzsimmons joins us as the Associate Director of Admission. She has a BA in Advertising and Public Relations with a minor in Communications from the University of Tampa and an MA from George Mason University in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management. She was most recently an Admissions Associate at The Admiral Farragut Academy in St. Petersburg, Florida. She and her husband Michael are living in the Old Orchard Apartment, and she will also direct our dance program. I also want to officially welcome Angie Sievers, who began working in the Academic and Student Life offices at the end of last year, and will serve as a part-time school counselor this year. Mrs. Sievers has a BA in Psychology from Hood College, where she served as Director of Residence Life. She holds an MA in Higher Education – Student Personnel from Ohio State University, where she was an Assistant Director of Greek Affairs and Assistant Hall Director. She has been a wonderful addition to our community and has been a great help to individual students when they have needed guidance. This year, she will also be teaching a sixth form elective in Psychology.

Most of our new faculty members join the Science Department, and we are very grateful to Kate Cerruti for serving as chair. Matthew Crane and Abbey Quinn, like Ms. Cerruti, will teach both math and science. Mr. Crane comes from the Ross School, where he taught math, served as a house parent, coached baseball and assisted with boys’ basketball. He is a graduate of Gettysburg College, where he earned a BA in Psychology with a strong interest in Adolescent Development and Calculus. He will teach Physics and Math Analysis, coach basketball and baseball, and live on Claggett III. Mrs. Quinn comes from St. Lawrence University, where she earned her BS in Biology and an MEd in Educational Leadership. While at St. Lawrence, she served as a substitute and student teacher in the local school district and was program director of the St. Lawrence Volunteer Elementary School Tutoring Program. She will teach AP Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, and Algebra I, assist with field hockey and girls’ lacrosse, and live in Mattingly Hall with her husband Tory.

Grace Saunders graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South, where she earned her BS in Environmental Studies. While at Sewanee, she served as an intern for a non-profit organization providing after-school tutoring for underprivileged children. She also served as Head Counselor for the Sewanee Environmental Institute’s Pre-College Field School, and as an Education intern at the Virginia Aquarium. She will teach Environmental Science and Biology and assist with girls’ soccer and basketball, which she played in high school. She will live in the Laidlaw Apartment. Nicholas Gurol comes from Bucknell, where he earned his BS in Biology. While at Bucknell, he served as the pledge coordinator of his fraternity and volunteered as a youth wrestling coach and as a “near-peer tutor” for fourth and fifth graders. He will teach Biology and Introduction to Physical Science, coach golf and wrestling (he wrestled in high school and in college), and live on Maddox. Whitney Holmes comes from the Dunn School in Los Olivos, California, where she taught Math and Science, served as Registrar, led the leadership program, and coached swimming and basketball. She has a BA in Biology from Colorado College and is presently pursuing an MEd at the University of San Diego. She will teach five sections of Chemistry, assist with girls’ lacrosse, and be the Dorm Head in Onderdonk.

In addition to our new science teachers, Hallie Balcomb comes from Bates College, where she earned her BS in Mathematics. While at Bates, Ms. Balcomb served as a teaching assistant and tutor, as a private tutor for middle school students, and as a teaching intern at a public charter school in Washington, D.C. She will teach math, including Pre-calculus and Algebra II. She will also assist with volleyball and girls’ basketball, and will live in Coors Hall. Molly Goolman comes from Kenyon College, where she earned a BA in History and Biology. While at Kenyon, she played varsity field hockey for one year and varsity softball for four years. She also served as a teaching assistant and as an upperclass counselor. She earned the White Award for Outstanding Work in the Study of History. She will teach Developing Nations and Modern European History, assist with field hockey, coach softball, and live in Holloway House. Finally, Megan Wilberton, will join us to teach English 3 and American Literature, assist with volleyball, and serve as the head coach of varsity girls’ lacrosse. She has taught for twelve years, most recently at Perkiomen, where she was the English Department Chair. Mrs. Wilberton also holds a BA from Notre Dame University of Maryland. She and her husband Brendan and son Cameron will live in Pennington House.

We are delighted to welcome a nice mix of new and experienced teachers with strong backgrounds in their subject areas and a proven interest in teaching. They look for the full experience of teaching and mentorship that we provide: not only in the classroom, but on the field, in the dorm, and during weekends. All but Mrs. Wilberton were able to come to campus for a week of preparation in June, and everyone will return for another week-and-a-half of additional preparation on August 6. They are excited to be here, and their enthusiasm is infectious.

In closing, let me share how pleased and honored I am to welcome all who are joining us—administrators, teachers, students, and parents—for what promises to be another excellent year of growth and fellowship. I am grateful to all of you who are returning to continue your journey with us. Saint James is a wonderful school with a unique commitment to community and to the development of the “whole person,” and it gets better every year.

Yours faithfully,

The Revd. D. Stuart Dunnan, D. Phil.