Meet Our New Faculty and Staff
Leila C. Bradley
Leila will join the science department this fall while Sara Kate May is on maternity leave. A native of London, England, she earned her B.Sc. in biochemistry from Leeds University and studied for her Ph.D. in molecular embryology at London’s National Institute for Medical Research. She continued her training as a post doctoral fellow at The Whitehead Institute (MIT) and then ran her own research laboratory in the department of anatomy at University College London.
In 2001, Leila made the transition into the biotech industry, joining the neurosciences department at Biogen Idec in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she studied therapeutic strategies to treat spinal cord injury. Moving on to become a principal scientist with Wyeth Discovery Research, she developed novel therapeutics to treat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and multiple sclerosis. Most recently, she served as the associate director of pharmacology at a biotechnology company in nearby Lexington.
Dean’s Office Assistant
Katie comes to Middlesex from the Fay School, where she was the administrative assistant to the director of admission and supervised a dormitory for four years. Earlier, she had spent four summers as a dorm parent at Fay while teaching English to international students. A graduate of Wheaton College in Illinois, where she earned a B.A. in psychology, Katie transitioned to a career in education after working in the insurance industry for two years.
Samuel Hoar ’07
Assistant Admissions Officer; History, Classics
Now a graduate of both Middlesex and Middlebury College, Sam holds a B.A. in political science with a minor in Latin. At Middlebury, he served as a Latin tutor, president of the Free Heelers Club (the telemark skiing group), and a freshman outdoor orientation leader. An avid outdoorsman, Sam has spent the last six summers working for the junior program of the Adirondack Trail Improvement Society, leading hiking, backpacking, canoeing, and rock climbing trips in the Adirondack Park for students aged six to 15; he has been the head counselor for the past two years. His experience working with young people will be invaluable as he meets prospective students and families in the admissions process, teaches history and Latin classes, coaches soccer and skiing, and assists with Atkins House.
Eric Kester ’04
While seeing his first book through the publication process with Sourcebooks, Eric returns to his alma mater to teach English and write content for the School’s new website. In his Middlesex student days, he discovered his talent for humorous writing through contributing to The Anvil; he eventually became the managing editor of the paper and continued on to become a columnist for The Crimson at Harvard, where he also played football and majored in anthropology. On graduating in 2008, Eric spent a year working for the New England Patriots in business development before turning to writing full time. An All-League athlete and three-sport varsity captain as Middlesex senior, Eric is looking forward to working with the varsity baseball team in the spring.
Before joining the Middlesex faculty, Amanda taught Spanish at Avon Old Farms School, where she also coached the varsity cross-country, freshman basketball, and JV tennis teams. A magna cum laude graduate of St. Lawrence University, she majored in Spanish, with a minor in economics, and was elected to both Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Delta Pi (the Spanish honor society). In addition to her work in the classroom, Amanda is a dorm assistant in Kravis House and coaches girls’ cross-country and JV tennis.
Manager of School Web Site and Online Media
With an extensive background in website management and design, Sharon most recently served as the Web content producer for The Fletcher School at Tufts University for the past three-and-a-half years. Previously, she produced content, graphics, and other interactive media for WGBH, AMR Research, XY tv, Plimoth Plantation, The National Constitution Center, and Wellesley College. A graduate of Smith College, Sharon also studied graphic design at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.