Saint James Welcomes New Staff Members and Trustees

Molly Billings, Chemistry Teacher

Molly Billings, Chemistry TeacherMolly Billings arrives at Saint James with experience in both education and camps. As a student at Wooster College in Ohio, she earned her B.A. in Chemistry, bolstered by a minor in Environmental Studies. Most recently, she taught Chemistry as part of her teaching fellowship at Cascade, Idaho’s Alzar School, where she also contributed as member of the residential life program. While still at Wooster, she gained classroom experience with several age groups as a student-teacher. A lover of the outdoors, Ms. Billings spent three summers in Maine leading wilderness trips for a girls’ camp. At Saint James, she teaches Chemistry and lives in Onderdonk, serving on the duty staff for the newly-converted girls dormitory. In the fall, she demonstrated her value as a new member of the cross country coaching staff. Of her coaching experience, she says, “I feel really lucky to have coached cross country and had the opportunity to get to know my chemistry students outside of the classroom. It was also great to quickly get to know a handful of other students whom I don’t have in class.” Ms. Billings shares her apartment in Onderdonk with her Nova Scotia Duck Tolling retriever, Zoe. Ms. Billings and Zoe have competed in obedience and agility shows in Florida and throughout New England. 

Lauren Lewis, Senior Associate Director of Enrollment Management

Lauren Lewis, Senior Associate Director of Enrollment ManagementLauren Lewis joins the Saint James admission staff with ample experience in both independent schools and admissions. This is her eleventh year working in school admissions, and her eighth in boarding schools. Most recently, Ms. Lewis was the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at Tatnall School in Wilmington, DE. At Saint James, she takes on the role of Senior Associate Director of Enrollment Management and serves on the duty staff of Coors dormitory, where she builds community with our younger girls. Her mother also worked in admissions, which helped direct her to the career path herself. Ms. Lewis emphasizes the value of working at a small boarding school like Saint James as an admissions representative, where she is able to get to know students individually at level that she might not at a larger or day school. She also finds the unique character of Saint James a powerful tool in presenting the school to future students: “I enjoy sharing with prospective families the traditions of Saint James such as our daily chapel service and family style meals.” Ms. Lewis has a background in dance—trained for ballet but also interested in choreography. She enjoys sports of all kinds, especially college football, and relishes opportunities to cook, travel, and spend time with family when she is not busily recruiting the next generation of Saint James students. 

Introducing the New Saint James School Trustees

Mrs. Karen Beardsley, Trustee

Karen BeardsleyKaren Beardsley is the mother of two SJS alumni: Henry Brainard Warner ’09 and Nicholas Beardsley ’09.  She is also the aunt of recent alumna Nicolette Ferris ‘18. Mrs. Beardsley holds a B.A. in History from Georgetown University and worked as a teacher and co-director at the Outdoor Nursery School in Chevy Chase, Maryland, from 1996-2011. Karen has served as a trustee of the Ferris Family Foundation since 2006, has been a member of the Noyes Children's Library Foundation Board since 1993, and has served on the Holton-Arms School Alumnae Board for several terms. Karen and her husband, Jim, began their enthusiastic support of Saint James when their boys were students at SJS. They attended athletic events, school functions, and Chapel services, and were active members of the Parents’ Association from 2005-2009. Karen is a long-time supporter of the School and is pleased to be a member of the Board.

Mr. Tao Zhang, Trustee

Tao ZhangTao Zhang is the father of recent SJS alumnus Neil Zhang ‘18.  Mr. Zhang earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. in Finance from Tsinghua University in Beijing.  He also holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in International Economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz.  Tao is currently an Economist and Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C.  He served as Deputy Governor and Director General of the People’s Bank of China from 2004-2016.  He was a founding member of the China Finance 40 Forum in 2008, and was vice-chairman of the China National Association of Statistics from 2010-2015.  Mr. Zhang is married to Mrs. Minqi (Claire) Zeng, and they have residences in McLean, Virginia, and Beijing, China.  Tao and Claire helped host Father Dunnan during his visit to Beijing in June 2016 and have been active supporters of the School. 

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