Stoneleigh-Burnham School is pleased to welcome new faculty, administrators, and houseparents as we prepare to open the 2018-2019 school year. We are also pleased to share some duty changes below.
Andrew Bergdahl is our new Mathematics Department Chair. Andrew comes to us most recently from New Hampton School, where he was a houseparent, IB math teacher, and linguistics teacher. He has a BS in mathematics from the University of Minnesota and an MS in mathematics from Nichols State University. He has taught physics in the summer session at Phillips Academy Andover for a number of years, has also taught math at Shattuck St. Mary’s School, and has spent time teaching math and physics in Uganda. Andrew and his wife and children will live on campus.
Odalis Hidalgo will be staying on as a full-time Spanish teacher. Odalis is currently working towards her PhD in Hispanic literatures and cultures at UMass, Amherst; in addition, she holds a MA in Spanish literature from Montclair University, and a BA in Spanish and French also from Montclair University. Odalis has more than 10 years teaching experience at the high school and college levels. She will continue to live off campus.
Betina Joly is our new houseparent who will be teaching French. Originally from Brazil, Betina did a double major in French and English for her BA at Columbia University and has a Master I and II in Anglophone Literature from University Paris Diderot. One of Betina’s passions is Middle Eastern dance, and she will also be an instructor in the dance program.
Mark Luebbers will teach an upper school English class. Mark earned a BA in English and journalism from the University of New Hampshire, and an MA in English from Middlebury College, Bread Loaf School of English. He has more than 30 years of experience working in independent schools as an English teacher, assistant head of school, and coach.
Kristen Mariotti is our new director of admissions and financial aid. She comes to us most recently from Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy in CA, where she was Director of Admissions. Kristen has worked in admissions at Cheshire Academy in CT (an IB school), St. Timothy’s in MD (an all-girls IB school), and Ethel Walker School in CT (an all-girls school with a riding program). She has also worked as a recruiter for Linden Educational Services and the University of Arizona. Kristen and her husband will live in the Brick House on campus.
Danica Messerli will teach EL and run the ELI summer program. Danica holds an MA in teaching (French and ESOL certification) from the School for International Training, and a BA in social sciences (area of concentration: race, class, and gender studies) from Simon’s Rock College of Bard. In addition, she is a licensed TESOL teacher trainer (SIT). Danica has worked as an ESOL teacher, French teacher, and TESOL teacher trainer at a number of schools and colleges. She will live off campus.
Jayne Reino will teach Spanish while Diana Fiori is out on maternity leave. Jayne has a BS in human physiology from Boston University, an MA from UMass in Hispanic literatures and cultures, and is a PhD candidate at UMass (also in Hispanic literatures and cultures). Jayne has been a program coordinator and Spanish instructor at UMass and Amherst College. She has also worked as a health educator and has done immigrant advocacy work.
Desta Roosa will serve as a houseparent for Diana Fiori during her maternity leave, and will also maintain the electronic message board in the Hub.
Kay Ward began her position of stable manager and riding instructor on July 1. She recently worked at Biscuit Hill Farm in Shelburne, MA as the barn manager. Kay holds a BS in animal science from UMass, Amherst.
Lauren Cunniffe will serve as interim academic dean and will also continue her role as college counselor.
Scott Gray will serve as director of athletics and afternoon programs and will teach two math classes, coach where necessary, and serve as an AOD.
Karen Pleasant is IB co-coordinator and will continue her role as chair of the history department, teaching history, and serving as CAS coordinator.
Miriam Przybyla Baum is IB co-coordinator and will continue her role as chair of the language department, and teaching French.
Holly Stumpo is joining the 9/10 hallway as a new house parent. Holly and her family will live on campus, along with their dog. Outside the dorm, you can find Holly supporting our equestrian and admissions departments.