Welcome New Faculty 2013-14

Middlesex School

At the opening of school Chapel on Sunday, September 8th, there will be a sea of new faces:  108 new freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, to be exact.   However, this year we also welcome ten new faculty members across 6 departments, including 2 Middlesex graduates.  We are thrilled to welcome them to the Middlesex community.  Read their full bios below:

Ruth E. Baldwin

English

While working toward her recently completed Ph.D. in English literature at the University of California, Berkeley, Ruth designed and taught undergraduate English courses, served as a teaching assistant, and mentored both undergraduate English majors and new graduate student instructors. Her talent in the classroom was recognized by the university with an Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award and an Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award. Ruth earned her B.A. in English and religion at Amherst College, graduating magna cum laude and with departmental distinction in English. She will assist with coaching girls’ basketball.

 

Daniel T. Barber

Classics

Dan comes to Middlesex from Creighton University, where he taught Greek, Latin, and the classics in the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies.  He completed his doctorate in classics at the University of Virginia after earning his M.A. in Latin there, and he holds a B.A. in classics from Cornell University.  Dan is the author of a number of scholarly articles and book reviews on Latin poetry, especially the lyric poetry of Horace, the subject of his dissertation.  Before his position at Creighton, he taught and coached wrestling at North Cross School in Roanoke, VA.  An All-League and All-Conference wrestler at Los Gatos High School in California, Dan will assist with Middlesex’s wrestling and cross-country programs.  

 

Tasheana S. Dukuly

English

Tasheana is a graduate of Bates College, where she earned honors in both of her majors: English literature and African American studies.  A varsity swimmer and water polo player during her college years, she also worked at the Harward Center for Community Partnerships, where she assisted former Senator Peggy Rotundo with public policy initiative projects and a civic forum series.For the past year, she has served AmeriCorps as a local organizer in its Youth Empowerment Corps program at the United Teen Equality Center in nearby Lowell. Tasheana will assist with coaching field hockey, girls’ squash, and track.

 

Juan González

Spanish

Having grown up in Madrid, Spain, Juan earned his undergraduate degree at Universidad Camilo José Cela, where he subsequently began his teaching career as a strategic planning lecturer. Since that first post, he has taught English as a Second Language to young students at Madrid’s La Salle-Maravillas School and, most recently, served as an assistant Spanish teacher at GoLingo in Boston. Juan will assist with the boys’ soccer and basketball programs in addition to teaching Spanish.

 

Amanda S. Holcombe

Spanish

Amanda is already a familiar face at Middlesex, having stepped in to cover a sabbatical leave in the Spanish department in 2011-12. This past year, she has been teaching Spanish and coaching the girls’ varsity tennis team at Duxbury High School. Amanda began her teaching career 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 classroom responsibilities, Amanda will coach girls’ varsity tennis and assist with girls’ cross-country.

 

Walker H. Jones

Director of the Annual Fund

Before joining the Middlesex Development Office, Walker worked in Boston College’s Advancement Office for ten years, managing two roles within the BC Fund during his tenure. Most recently, he ran reunion gift campaigns for the 50th, 45th, and 40th reunions; previously, as a part of the Midwestern special gifts team, he developed volunteer fundraising councils in Chicago, Cleveland, Minneapolis, and Pittsburgh. Walker is a graduate of Gilman School (where Frederick Winsor served as the first headmaster before founding Middlesex) and earned a B.S. in political economy from Tulane University. He will assist with coaching girls’ tennis in the spring.

 

Anna R. Marchand ’07

Admissions Interviewer; Athletics

Few here know the School as well as Anna, who grew up on campus as the daughter of longtime math teacher Kelly Marchand. After graduating from Middlesex, where she was a four-year standout on the girls’ varsity hockey and lacrosse teams, Anna earned her B.A. in economics at St. Lawrence University, captaining the women’s lacrosse team there as a senior. Throughout her student days and beyond, Anna has worked with children of all ages as a preschool teacher, camp counselor, and coach. Having served as a part-time coach at Middlesex last year, Anna will take on a full-time role this year, assisting the athletic program as a coach of soccer, hockey, and lacrosse, and supporting the admissions office as an interviewer.

 

Louisa L. Savage ’09

Assistant Admissions Officer

Louisa returns to Middlesex to join the Admissions Office, having just completed her B.A. at Hamilton College. A French major – with a minor in religious studies – she spent a year studying at Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle and Institut Catholique de Paris, subsequently serving as a teaching assistant and tutor in Hamilton’s French Department during her senior year. Louisa’s years of experience working as a counselor at an overnight camp for adolescent girls will also serve her well in her new position. She will assist with coaching girls’ basketball and crew.

 

Patricia M. Shepard

Mathematics

Beginning her career in education with an internship at Deerfield Academy, Patty has since covered nearly all levels of math at several schools, including The American School in Switzerland (Lugano), The Rivers School, and St. Mark’s School. Most recently, she served as a part-time math teacher at CATS Academy Boston, where she also supervised the start of a crew program. Patty is a graduate of St. Paul’s School for Girls and earned her A.B. in engineering sciences, with a minor in biology, at Dartmouth College. With her youngest child heading off to boarding school this fall, she is eager to resume full-time teaching in a residential community. Patty will assist with coaching the field hockey and girls’ crew programs.

 

Richard Torres

Mathematics

A graduate of St. Lawrence University, Richard earned his B.S. in mathematics with a minor in computer science. He began teaching at Cushing Academy’s Summer Session Program and then joined the faculty full time there in 2009. In addition to covering everything from geometry to calculus, Richard has taught honors chemistry and Spanish at Cushing, and has also served as a dorm parent, advisor, and coach. Richard will assist with coaching the girls’ soccer and boys’ basketball programs.

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