The Gun­nery wel­comes new fac­ulty, ad­min­is­tra­tive staff

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WASH­ING­TON » The Gun­nery wel­comed new and re­turn­ing stu­dents dur­ing the first week of September, just in time for the of­fi­cial start of the new school year. Part of the yearly rit­ual is the wel­com­ing of new fac­ulty and ad­min­is­tra­tors to cam­pus and we are ex­cited to wel­come this new group to our Gun­nery fam­ily. The in­com­ing fac­ulty is an en­thu­si­as­tic and ad­ven­tur­ous group who are ready to tackle the 24-hour com­mit­ment that be­ing at a board­ing school en­tails. Teach­ing Fac­ulty Cen­ter for Aca­demic Stud­ies

An­drea Ni­chol­son grew up in Bos­ton, at­tended Pom­fret, and re­cently grad­u­ated from Trinity Col­lege with a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence de­gree in psy­chol­ogy. She played col­lege soccer for four years and ice hockey for one year. She worked at the Fay School’s in­ter­na­tional sum­mer pro­gram as a dorm par­ent and as a part-time as­sis­tant coach for Pom­fret’s Girls Var­sity Hockey Team. In her spare time, Ni­chol­son en­joys spend­ing time with friends, go­ing to the beach, play­ing or watch­ing sports, and lis­ten­ing to mu­sic. She’d be glad to tell you about her time study­ing abroad in Cape Town, South Africa. Math­e­mat­ics Austin Arkin, grew up in Florida and grad­u­ated with a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence de­gree in ap­plied math­e­mat­ics from Florida State Univer­sity. He prac­ticed swim­ming, rac­quet­ball and rock climb­ing at col­lege. He’s been teach­ing swim­ming for five years, in­clud­ing most re­cently at Con­cord Acad­emy’s sum­mer camp, and has been a rock climb­ing coach as well as a back­pack­ing guide. He has also tu­tored in math and chem­istry. He’ll be over­see­ing Out­door Club, coach­ing coed ski­ing, and teach­ing pre­cal­cu­lus and al­ge­bra II. World Lan­guages Cas­san­dra Ruscz grad­u­ated from Taft be­fore ma­tric­u­lat­ing at Tufts Univer­sity where she re­ceived a Bach­e­lor of Arts in Span­ish and psy­chol­ogy. Ruscz will be coach­ing soft­ball and recre­ational ski­ing and snow­board­ing and teach­ing Span­ish III. She has taught math and English for six sum­mers for the Taft School aca­demic en­rich­ment pro­gram and for the past six months has taught and tu­tored English in Madrid, Spain.

Tere­sita Ma­gana at­tended the Latin Amer­i­can School of Medicine in Ha­vana, Cuba, and grad­u­ated from St. John’s Col­lege with a ma­jor in bi­ol­ogy and a mi­nor in gen­eral stud­ies. She comes to us from Hunter Montes­sori School, where she taught Span­ish, math, and sci­ence to el­e­men­tary and mid­dle school­ers. She played vol­ley­ball in high school and prac­ticed karate in med­i­cal school. She will teach Span­ish I, Span­ish II, and Span­ish II hon­ors. In ad­di­tion to read­ing med­i­cal books for plea­sure, Ma­gana has an un­usual sum­mer oc­cu­pa­tion, which is work­ing on her fam­ily’s or­ganic citrus farm in Belize, driv­ing trucks, trac­tors, and bob­cats. Teach­ing Fel­low Robert Har­bi­son is re­cent grad­u­ate of Wes­leyan Univer­sity, hav­ing ma­jored in gov­ern­ment and mi­nored in eco­nomics. Har­bi­son will be teach­ing pub­lic speak­ing and co-teach­ing eco­nomics. He will coach X-term and ice hockey. A Taft grad­u­ate, he taught gov­ern­ment, pol­i­tics, and U.S. His­tory at Taft Sum­mer School, where he also coached strength and con­di­tion­ing. An avid fan of his home­town Pitts­burgh sports teams, he en­joys work­ing out, watch­ing doc­u­men­taries and spend­ing time with fam­ily and friends. He is also learn­ing to play the gui­tar. Li­brary

Misa Giroux has a Bach­e­lor of Arts de­gree in English spe­cial­iz­ing in Amer­i­can/Com­par­a­tive Lit­er­a­ture from West­ern Con­necti­cut State Univer­sity. She also has an master’s in Ap­palachian stud­ies with a con­cen­tra­tion in mu­sic from Ap­palachian State Univer­sity, where she taught a course in Ap­palachian stud­ies in the grad­u­ate school. She will be work­ing in the Li­brary and the Ge­orge and Paula Krim­sky Archives. In her spare time, Giroux plays the gui­tar, the bass, and the man­dolin, reads, hikes and plays with her dog, Lucy. Ad­mis­sions:

Jamie Gold­smith has a Bach­e­lor of Arts de­gree in phi­los­o­phy with a mi­nor in sports and ex­er­cise stud­ies from St. Lawrence Univer­sity, where she played on their ECAC cham­pi­onship ice hockey team. She comes to The Gun­nery from a job as coach and di­rec­tor of Women’s Hockey Op­er­a­tions with the women’s three-time cham­pi­onship club team, the North­ern Cy­clones in NewHamp­shire. She will coach the girls hockey team and work in Ad­mis­sions.

Mar­ket­ing & Com­mu­ni­ca­tions:

Jen­nifer Cle­ment grew up in Brook­field, grad­u­at­ing with a Bach­e­lor of Arts de­gree in jour­nal­ism from the Univer­sity of Con­necti­cut. Hav­ing worked at sev­eral lo­cal news­pa­pers, Cle­ment has been a cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tions spe­cial­ist at Saint Mary’s Hospi­tal for 13 years. She likes to hike in White Memorial, read, gar­den, cook and spend time with her fam­ily: hus­band, Dou­glas, son Paul, 13, and daugh­ter Avery, 10, at their home in Mor­ris. she cov­ered The Gun­nery for The Litch­field County Times when the school was cel­e­brat­ing its sesqui­cen­ten­nial.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Front row, from left, areAustin Arkin, Jamie Gold­smith and Rob Har­bi­son; back row, from left, are An­drea Ni­chol­son, Cas­san­dra Ruscz, and Jen­nifer Cle­ment. Miss­ing are Misa Giroux and Tere­sita Ma­gana.

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