We welcome 11 new faculty to Middlesex and look forward to the energy and expertise these new colleagues will bring to the School.
Samuel F. Bigelow
Associate Director of College Counseling
With experience at both the secondary and university levels, Sam joins our college counseling office as associate director. Starting out as an admissions representative at Harvard, he then moved down the road to Boston University’s Admissions Office for six years, becoming a senior assistant director. Over the last four years, Sam has become a senior associate director in the college counseling office at Choate Rosemary Hall, where he has also co-taught a course in music production, coached squash, and managed a dorm. A graduate of Noble and Greenough School, he holds a B.A. in English from Connecticut College and studied piano and voice at the Berklee College of Music. Sam will coach squash and live in Bryant-Paine House with his wife BG and their two children.
Roland S. Davis
Assistant Head of School; English
Roland comes to Middlesex from Bates College, where he earned his undergraduate degree in history and sociology – and where he began his career with a two-year stint as an admissions counselor. While subsequently working for Harvard University as an assistant coach for the track and field program – also serving in several residential and counseling posts – he completed his M.S.W. at Boston College. After spending three years at Dartmouth College as an assistant dean and director of the Integrated Academic Support Program, he headed back to Bates, where he served most recently as the first director of intercultural education and as an associate dean of students. Since 2003, Roland has also been a consultant with the Stanley H. King Counseling Institute, conducting workshops for independent school teachers to help them with counseling techniques and other important issues. Last year, he was awarded a doctorate in philosophy from the University of New Hampshire. In addition to his administrative duties, Roland will teach English and coach track; he lives on campus with his wife, Ayesha Farag-Davis, and their two children, Leyla and Marcus.
Alexandra Hanken ’08
Assistant Director of the Annual Fund
Alex returns to Middlesex having just completed her B.A. in anthropology at Davidson College. For the past four years, she has been a mainstay in the college’s development office, working as an annual fund caller, head reunion ambassador, and student fundraising associate. Also serving as the service and philanthropy chair for Connor Eating House at Davidson, Alex managed a team of 25 and spearheaded three major campus fundraisers in her senior year. She lives in Concord and will coach girls’ crew.
Sarah M. Hardin
After four years of working in New York City for the Spanierman Gallery, Sarah left her post there as the director of archives to earn her M.A. in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts. Previously, as an undergraduate, she was a museum associate in the education department of the Williams College Museum of Art and held summer internships at the Newark Museum and at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Sarah received her B.A. in art history and economics, and enjoyed her experience as a member of the Williams College Dance Company. In addition to teaching art history at both the AP and basic levels, she will live in Higginson House and assist with Middlesex’s dance program.
Michael G. Harrington
Mike moved back to the Boston area last summer after teaching physics and astronomy at The Taft School for three years. Having rowed as a student at Noble and Greenough School and at Harvard – where he majored in physics – he served as the head coach of the boys’ crew program at Taft, also assisting with dorm supervision. For the past year, Mike has coached full time at the Essex Rowing Club, working with students in grades six through 12. He looks forward to assisting with Middlesex’s crew program and to returning to the classroom, this time as a math teacher. Mike commutes to campus from Watertown.
Cabell H. King
Director of Spiritual and Ethical Education; Religious Studies; English
After earning his B.A. in human geography at Dartmouth and his M.A. in divinity at the University of Chicago, Cabell began his career in education as a religion teacher and assistant chaplain at St. George’s School, where he also coached and supervised a dorm. He subsequently returned to Chicago to pursue a doctoral degree in theology, taking on additional responsibilities as a lecturer and as coordinator of an undergraduate humanities major called “Fundamentals: Issues and Texts.” As a founding trustee of the School for Ethics and Global Leadership, Cabell enjoyed helping to develop a unique, experiential semester program for high school students in Washington, DC. Moving this summer with his fiancée, Reenie O’Brien, he will oversee the Chapel Program, teach religious studies and English, and coach girls’ cross-country.
Benjamin T. Kulas
Initially hired to cover a mid-year leave, Ben is now a full-fledged member of the history department. As a graduate of Eaglebrook School and Deerfield Academy, he is well-versed in boarding school life and will live in Bryant-Paine House with his wife, Chrystel Pit. Since earning his undergraduate degree at Wesleyan University and his master’s in history at the University of Arizona, Ben has taught and coached at Rye Country Day and Prospect Hill Academy Charter School. At Middlesex, he will continue to coach crew.
Major Gifts Officer
Jo-Ann brings extensive fundraising and marketing experience to her new role as a major gifts officer. For the past five years, she served as the director of annual giving at Buckingham Brown & Nichols School, helping the institution reach unprecedented fundraising levels during her tenure there. Also an active volunteer, she has worked on reunion, annual fund, and parent gift committees for The Fenn School, Lawrence Academy, the University of Vermont, as well as her own alma mater, Boston College. Jo-Ann is already familiar with Middlesex thanks to her mother-in-law’s brothers, Ted ’45 and Monty Childs ’51. She and her husband Monty live in Concord and have three grown children.
Charles J. McDonald
Academic Technology Specialist
For the past 20 years, Chuck has served as a science teacher and leader at Mount Pleasant High School in Providence, RI. Recognized by the American Chemical Society in 2009 as Teacher of the Year, he enthusiastically brings to Middlesex his experience in collaborating and supporting teachers with curriculum and technology issues at all levels. Chuck also serves as an adjunct professor at Rhode Island College, where he earned his M.Ed. in advanced research in education; he also holds a B.S. in geochemistry, philosophy, and computer science from Bridgewater State College and an M.S. in mineralogy from McGill University.
Robert W. Munro
Rob just completed his Ph.D. in African American and African studies at Michigan State University, where he matriculated after earning a B.A. in African American studies and religion at Bates College. His research has led him to explore the historical connections of African Americans and Germans, as well as African American philosophical and theological traditions. While working on his doctorate, Rob served as a graduate teaching assistant in the department of writing and rhetoric; each of his courses also included reading, writing, and research material pertaining to the historical and contemporary state of race and ethnic relations in America. Living in Clay House, Rob will teach history and coach boys’ JV squash and boys’ varsity tennis.
Katherine E. Smithwick ’08
Assistant Admissions Officer
Now a graduate of Duke University with a B.A. in history, Kathy returns to campus as an assistant admissions officer. Her student days spent as a Middlesex head tour guide will serve her well in this new role, while her experience as a Peabody House proctor and a mentor to Duke’s first-year athletes will be invaluable to her as a dorm assistant in LeBaron Briggs House. Having captained varsity crew both at Middlesex and Duke, Kathy is looking forward to coaching rowing in the spring.