Welcome New Faculty

If you see them on campus next week, be sure to welcome our new Faculty & Staff.

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Ms. Chelsea Church (LS Director of Teaching and Learning for Pre-K- Grade 4): Chelsea is a graduate of Fordham University, with a Master of Science in Teaching Elementary Education and in Teaching Elementary Special Education. Prior to joining King, Chelsea was an Intervention Teacher, Coordinator, and Coach (K-3), as well as Testing Coordinator, at VOICE Charter School, in Long Island City, NY. She also worked in the Learning Services Department (K-4) at the Town School for Boys, in San Francisco, CA. More recently Chelsea was a learning specialist (Preschool-Grade 8) at Ridgefield Academy. In her various roles, Chelsea has actively interacted with students, parents, faculty, and administrative teams in the areas of student planning, programming, and curriculum development across the disciplines. She has coordinated team meetings focused on student achievement and led faculty Professional Growth and Development programs focused on differentiated instruction and assessment analysis. In addition, she has had years of experience as a literacy specialist working with teachers on implementing Readers and Writers workshops across LS grade levels. Chelsea is very excited to join the LS faculty and to step into her new role at King.

Mr. Adam Boaz (US English): Adam holds a BA from Worcester State and has completed work towards his MA at Duke University. Closer to home for us at King, Adam was Ted Parker’s very popular AP English teacher at Moses Brown! We are so excited to have him join our community. In addition to his time teaching English at Moses Brown for four years, Adam also taught tenth and twelfth grade English for three years at Rocky Hill School, where he wrote curriculum for film and literature courses as well as a course for sophomores focusing on literary elements of story construction. He also coached girls’ and boys’ Varsity Soccer, Lacrosse, and Basketball; and as an accomplished actor, he served as advisor to Improv Comedy clubs. We are so excited to welcome such an accomplished, dynamic, and versatile instructor to our English department.

Ms. Stephanie Hoos (MS English): Stephanie comes to us from The Windward School where she was the 7th grade lead language arts teacher for five years. She began her teaching career through participation in the AmeriCorps City Year program before earning her Masters in the Teaching of English from Columbia’s Teachers College. After her tenure at Windward, Stephanie is well versed in a multisensory curricular approach to literacy instruction, and we’re thrilled to have her joining our MS team. She will teach Grade 7 and Grade 8 English here at King as well as serving as an 8th grade advisor.

Mr. Stephen Baldwin (US World Languages): Stephen comes to us after working at such independent schools as Packer Collegiate, The American School in London, and most recently, was a Spanish teacher and Department Chair at Marin Academy in San Rafael for ten years. Stephen holds a BA in Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture from Syracuse University and an MA in Secondary Spanish Education from CUNY’s Lehman College. Stephen has served as a Faculty Trustee on Marin Academy’s Board of Trustees, reworked that school’s approach to placement testing, and launched a program linking Marin Academy alumni studying overseas with current language students. We are also excited that Stephen has been trained as Critical Friends Group facilitator at UCLA’s School Management Program and as a director for Marin Academy’s use of Folio Collaborative -- both programs that King is utilizing through its Department of Teaching and Learning this coming school year.

Ms. Deborah DePouli (LS/MS Art): Deborah has a Master of Arts in Art Education from the College of New Rochelle, NY. Prior to joining King, she was at The Long Ridge School. Deborah was a homeroom teacher and spent the majority of her years at The Long Ridge School as the art teacher. In that role, Deborah developed an interdisciplinary art curriculum, focusing on artistic media, genre, and art history, and aligned the program with classroom themes. She has established extra-curricular programs for various age groups related to ceramics. Deborah has also partnered with authors to create art and writing projects inspired by books, as well as developed student art exchange programs. Deborah is looking forward to joining the King community and cannot wait to collaborate with her colleagues in the art department and across the LS grade levels.

Ms. Rosalba Santander-Cervantes (LS Spanish teacher, PreK-Gr. 4): Rosalba has her B.A. from the Autonomous University of the State of Hidalgo, Mexico, attended the Summer Institute in Advanced Linguistics at UAEH, and completed additional professional development in assessment design, and syllabus and course design for teaching of foreign languages. Prior to joining King, Rosalba was the Spanish specialist at the Robert C. Parker School, in NY. After moving to CT, she was a substitute teacher in the World Languages department at St. Luke's. Over the years, she has also worked with individuals of all ages on developing their Spanish speaking skills. Rosalba is very excited to join the King community and towork with her colleagues in the LS and World Language department.

Ms. Isabelle Dionisius (US Computer Science and Digital Applications): Some of our families will recognize Isabelle from her time working as a long-term sub at King this past Winter and Spring. Isabelle has taught computer science courses at Blind Brook and Hackley, as well as at the Max-Eyth-School in Dreieich, Germany. She holds a BA and MBA from Berlin’s Free University, and an MA in Education and Computer Science from Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany. She will be teaching our AP Computer Programming and AP Computer Science Principles courses this year, and we are so pleased to have her as a member of our permanent faculty in this discipline.

Mr. Brady J. Shoemaker (US Computer Science and Digital Applications): An Arts educator with over ten years of experience teaching curriculum design, visual literacy, and film production, Brady is eager to bring his talents to our King community. He has been the Director of Curriculum at the Jacob Burns Film Center since 2013, overseeing twenty faculty members, and previous to holding this position was a senior faculty member at that Center’s Media Arts Lab. He has taught hundreds of students across the pre-K through college spectrum, and has presented at conferences on digital storytelling and media literacy, among other topics. Brady’s BS from Ithaca College is in Cinema and Photography; his M.Ed in Art Education is from Kutztown University, PA. Our students will appreciate his deep experience and engaging style, and we are all excited to see him take our film and digital media programs to the next level!

Ms. Alexandra (Lexi) Bosee (MS/US Counselor): Lexi holds a Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fairfield University. She has worked as a counselor at Newport Academy and St. Luke’s and most recently served as a clinician and coordinator for Fairfield Ludlowe High School. Lexi is a welcome addition to our counseling team and looks forward to joining the King community and working to support students in both our Middle and Upper Schools.

Mr. Ben Schwartz (MS English): Ben holds a BA in American Studies from Brown and a Masters from Columbia in English and Comparative Literature. Ben first taught middle school reading and writing at Great Oaks School in Bridgeport before working both as a tutor and an academic counselor for Catalyst Prep and Private Prep, where he taught small group and one-on-one classes to middle and high school students. Ben will teach Grade 7 and Grade 8 English here at King as well as serving as an 7th grade advisor.

Back Row - Starting From Left

Mr. Brian Salvesen (US Mathematics): Brian comes to us from The Beacon School, where for the past three years he has taught AP Calculus, Pre-Calculus, Algebra 2, Geometry, AP Economics, and Finance. He also developed curriculum and mentored students in the American Math Competition -- and maintained an active connection to emerging best practices for student preparation in AP, SAT, ACT, and Math subject tests. Brian holds a BA in Finance from Western Connecticut State University and an MA in Teaching, with a Mathematics focus, from Sacred Heart University. He also holds a CT Secondary Mathematics Certification (Grades 7-12). Brian is eager to continue his interest in supporting our students with their critical thinking skills and mathematical literacy, particularly through his passion for math games, manipulatives, and logic puzzles.

Mr. Micah Hauben, CMAA (Dean of Athletics): For the past eight years, Micah has served as the Director of Athletics and Club Sports for the Needham Public Schools (6-12), in Massachusetts. Needham sponsors one of the largest public school athletic programs in the state. Needham's program, under the direction of Micah, has been recognized by the Boston Globe and the Positive Coaching Alliance for both competitive success and positive culture. Prior to Needham, he served as the Director of Boys Athletics and Boys Basketball Coach at Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia. In addition to these very significant appointments, Micah has wide ranging and diverse experiences and accomplishments in athletic leadership and management.

Mr. Raymond Nelson (US Science): Some of our students may recognize Ray as a teacher in our Summer Institute, where he has worked for three summers now. Ray comes to us from the School of the Holy Child, where he has taught AP Physics courses, honors physics, and conceptual physics. He is also passionate about the overlap between physics and other disciplines and initiated the “Wired Club” at Holy Child, focusing on large-scale electronic projects that were auctioned off to the community each year. He has also created courses in integrated Algebra and Geometry. Ray holds a BA as well as an MA in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester, and holds a certificate of education in Physics and Mathematics from Pace University. We are excited to bring Ray’s passion for Physics, engineering, and STEM-related creative work to our students! Welcome to Ray.

Dr. Joseph A. Ryan (US Science): Joe comes to us from Iona College, where he was an assistant professor of Biochemistry, teaching courses in general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, nanochemistry, and chemical synthesis. He also designed Chemistry of Food for non-majors! Previous to his time at Iona (where he worked with Dr. Tom Castonguay), he taught as a teaching assistant at MIT and was an adjunct lab instructor at Endicott College; he also worked with high school students at Winston Prep. Joe holds a BS in Chemistry from Fordham University, an MA in Chemistry from the University of Scranton, a PhD in Chemistry from North Carolina State University, and is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Our students are so lucky to have Joe join our community, and we are eager for all he will bring to us in the Science department specifically and our community more generally.

Mr. Kurt Schleunes (US Mathematics): He will be joining that department as a full time teacher but also as co-chair to Dr. Victoria Khiznechenko, helping with the Upper School parts of that leadership position while Vicky dedicates a bit more time to developing our Lower School mathematics program. He will also team with members of our Science department to continue to nurture our relationships with science and math competitions and other STEM-related activities. Kurt comes to us from the Berkshire School, where for the past twelve years he directed the Mathematics department, along with its STEM program; created an advanced Math and Science research course; secured funding for a permanent relationship between Berkshire School and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at SUNY Albany; and supervised 16 Intel Entrants, 5 Intel finalists, and 3 students published in scientific journals. Previous to his time at Berkshire, Kurt was chair of the Mathematics department at the Marlborough School in LA, CA for eleven years; his other teaching experience includes Calculus instruction at Cal State, Hayward and the University of California, Santa Barbara; De La Salle High School in Concord, CA; and Circle Preschool in Piedmont, CA. He holds a BS in Mathematics, a BS in Computer Science, an MA in Applied Mathematics, and secondary teaching credential in Mathematics, all from Cal State, Hayward. He also did work toward his PhD in Mathematics, focusing on Real Analysis and Differential Geometry.

Mr. Ivan Ferrero Ruiz (US World Languages): Ivan holds a BA from the Universidad de Leon in English Language and Literature and an MA in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Connecticut. After graduating from the Universidad de Leon, Ivan joined the faculty at Holy Cross as a teaching assistant in the Spanish Department, and also taught in several summer immersion programs for high school students. After earning his MA, he again taught as a teaching assistant at the University of Connecticut. Headed for a PhD program, Ivan instead decided to invest in the high school students he enjoyed so much and to focus on teaching specifically. We are so glad he made that decision! (He also speaks French fluently, so our French teachers are happy, too!) Ivan will bring his deep experience with Spanish Language and Literature to our students this fall and will also help lead our Spanish Exchange and Trip programs.

Ms. Stacey Karipides (US Mathematics): Stacey arrived at King late last fall as a long-term sub. Stacey holds a BS in Mathematics and Computer Science from Fairfield University and is a PhD candidate at CUNY Graduate Center in pure mathematics. She then began teaching at Hunter College in its department of Mathematics and Statistics. Stacey has over twenty years of teaching experience across middle, upper, undergraduate, and post-graduate levels and brings a remarkable versatility and flexibility to our department; we are so pleased that she will now become an “official,” full time member of our community. Her fans at the Math Help Center will be thrilled, and her students will be so lucky to have her!

Ms. Emily Townsend Prince (College Counseling Office): Emily has already begun working with some of our families over the summer, attending conferences, and interfacing with our coaches and new Dean of Athletics on issues related to individual student recruiting. Emily also continues to coach our Varsity Girls Field Hockey team. Emily holds a BA in Classical Studies from Princeton University; she was also an NCAA Division I three-time All-American. At Taft School, she was also All-American in Lacrosse. Deeply familiar with the college process, Emily has also had experience running a program for scholar-athletes to help them manage their transition to top colleges and universities in the country. She also has been a film producer (field and post-production) for programs that have run on ABC, TLC, Lifetime, and Military Channel! Emily will bring considerable talent to our College Counseling program, and please do welcome her when you see her this fall, if you have not already done so!

Dr. Peter T. Yu (US Mathematics): Peter comes to us from a deep background in project management and finance (he was the lead analyst and systems engineer at Hughes Space and communications; a banker at SoundView Technology Group; a Director and Senior Vice President at Headwaters MB/M.M. Dillon and Co./Greenwich Technology Advisors) and, since 2014, a mathematics instructor and curriculum developer at Westhill High School and Greenwich High School. Peter is a gifted teacher who is eager to bring his skills to the independent school world, and we are so glad he is coming to us! He holds a BA, MA, and PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA. His earned his certification in 7-12 Mathematics in 2014. We are certainly excited for all that Peter will bring to our community, and we know his students will find his passion for all things math, science, and technology -- as well as a passion for the outdoors -- to be inspiring.

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Ms. Denise Mihailoff (US World Languages Department): Denise is a not-so-new-to-King, but-new-to-the-Upper School teacher, so many of our students may already know her from their time with her in the Lower and Middle Schools. Denise will be teaching French full time in the Upper School, working alongside her good colleague Dr. Gilles Chosson. Gilles is thrilled to have Denise with us next year as we continue to strengthen our French program, and the entire department is eager to have Denise’s expertise in language instruction among their ranks. Denise holds a BA in Education and an MA in Linguistics and French Literature from the University of V. Tarnovo in Bulgaria, an MA in French as a Second Language from Stendhal University in France, an MA in French Literature from Hunter College of CUNY, and is well into a PhD program in French Literature at CUNY’s Graduate Center. She has taught French at the Stanwich School to grades 7-11, at the Lycee Francais de New York to grades Pre-K-6, and at the National High School for Ancient Languages and Arts in Varna, BG to grades 9-12. She has also taught French linguistics and Lexicology courses to undergraduates.

Ms. Rebecca Pambianchi (Grade 3): Rebecca joined King last year and taught in Pre-Kindergarten with Sandy Dauk and was one of the supervisors of the After School Care program. She has her Masters of Arts in Elementary Education, from Fairfield University. Prior to joining King, Rebecca was at Glenville Elementary School, where she taught in Grades 3 and 4. The programs she used there, are the programs King uses, so she has had experience developing weekly lesson plans using Teachers’ College Reading and Writing Project and Math in Focus, a Singapore Math program. We welcome Rebecca to the Grade 3 team and she is very excited to join Jenny for this upcoming school year.

Ms. Ali Stoddart (LS - PreK Assistant): Many of you know Ali. She has been at King for 2 years as a LS PE intern and MS/ US coach. Ali has her Master of Arts in Teaching, from the Department of Education Leadership and Special Subjects, Manhattanville College. She has experience teaching students in the primary grades and has knowledge of the social/ emotional and gross and fine motor development of this age level. Ali is so excited to team with Sandy and to welcome our youngest members of the King community.