The Gunnery welcomes new faculty, administrative staff
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.
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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.
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.