Mara Kohls,
Director of Enrollment Management

What made you want to work at SBS?
Being at Stoneleigh-Burnham creates WOW moments for me everyday. This school’s values align with my personal values and I am honored to work here to build a vibrant, diverse and amazing student community of thinkers and doers.

Can you play an instrument?
I was a music major in college, so while a little dusty, I am a pretty good flutist. My most unique gig was playing at the wedding of two spelunkers that was held in a cave.

What is your favorite activity to do off-campus?
Being new to the area, I have greatly enjoyed the bountiful fresh produce, doing some kayaking and hiking and trying crew for the first time. I love to cook and am excited to explore the area museums and music venues now that some are opening.

What is a fun fact about you? 
I grew up in Paris, Texas. I say y’all a lot, my accent comes out every now and then, I own lots of cowboy boots and every kind of soda is a “Coke.”

What are you currently reading? What is your favorite book? Long overdue, but I recently finished The Hate U Give and recently started reading When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt. My two favorite books are Secret Life of Bees and The Inextinguishable Symphony.

What is your favorite kind of candy? Do you have a secret stash in your office/classroom?
Good dark chocolate is my favorite, but I do confess to liking pretty much anything. This explains why I keep no secret stash in my office because I would eat it all.

Sharon Weyers,
Director of Day Student Admissions and Director of Financial Aid

What made you want to work at SBS?
The reputation of the school and its history in educating women.

What is the most exciting aspect of working at SBS?
Watching students develop their voice and gain self-confidence over their years at Stoneleigh-Burnham. It’s wonderful to see the transformation from middle schooler to senior graduate! I’m also passionate about helping local families make an SBS education a reality through our financial aid and scholarship programs.

What is the most important thing a prospective student should know about SBS?
That you will find similar-minded classmates who are genuine, kind, and academically motivated.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I’d love to travel through Europe, particularly Italy, Germany, and France.

What causes are you passionate about?
Supporting the arts, environmental issues, food insecurity, and creating a community without racism.

What is your favorite tradition at SBS?
In the fall, I love climbing to Skinner State Park on Mountain Day with my advisees – the fresh air and autumn colors are invigorating. I’m also touched by the solemnity of the evening Lantern Ceremony around the reflecting pool, when seniors pass the “torch” to their junior littles.

What is one of your hidden talents?
My ability to transform thrift store clothing into costumes!

Brittany M. Weiss, Director of International Admissions and Marketing & Communications Coordinator

What made you want to work at SBS?
Girl power! And our dynamic, global community.

What is the most exciting aspect of working at SBS?
It is most exciting to engage with current and prospective students virtually, on-campus, or abroad — especially my beloved middle school students.

What is the most important thing a prospective student should know about SBS?
You will have the opportunity to explore varied and diverse opportunities at the barn or in the classroom as well as experience our local and global community. You can truly be your authentic self while continuing to grow and explore. I implore you to try new things knowing that you are apart of a community that will support you each step of the way.

What is your favorite spot on campus?
Tarbell Terrace — a wonderful view of campus and the best place to eat lunch.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I am a voracious reader, an aspiring yogi, a small-town explorer (New England is perfect for this), and a dedicated patron of our local restaurants.

What causes are you passionate about?
I am truly passionate about access to education. To that end, I serve on the board of a local language school that serves immigrants and refugees in the Pioneer Valley: The International Language Institute of Massachusetts (ILI) in Northampton, Massachusetts. It’s a joy!

What is your favorite tradition at SBS?
Any tradition where our famous chocolate chip cookies (including gluten-free/vegan) are shared!

Liz Vollinger, Admissions and Summer Program Coordinator

What made you want to work at SBS?
I love being a part of a student’s journey to become the best version of themselves, and SBS supports each student in self-discovery, which is amazing!

What is your favorite spot on campus?
I love the view from Tarbell Terrace and will eat lunch there often, but you’ll likely find me in my cozy office, my other favorite spot.

What is the most important thing a prospective student should know about SBS?
At Stoneleigh-Burnham you will be surrounded by a community that truly wants to see you succeed and will be cheering you on and helping you every step of the way.

What is the most exciting aspect of working at SBS?
Learning from our amazing community! The students, faculty, staff (and even pets!) have such unique experiences, many talents, and interesting stories to tell, and I’m always learning something new. I truly love being able to share these moments with families who are exploring SBS.

What is your favorite tradition at SBS?
The Victory Bell! It’s a big, old bell that sits in the middle of the courtyard, and when one of our teams wins a game or match, they all ring the bell together. The bell is right next to my office, and I love to watch the team celebrate… loudly!

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
My travel bucket list is a long one but at the very top of my list is Germany.

What was your favorite subject in high school? English and Drama. If I wasn’t reading a book for a class, I was memorizing lines for a show!