Our Admission Staff looks forward to meeting you and answering your questions about The Governor's Academy. We are committed to getting to know each and every student who expresses an interest in our school. And we want you to get to know us - by visiting, asking questions, reading about us and looking at our website. Everyone on our staff is here because we like working with adolescents and their families. We understand the challenges and joys that face students and families during the teenage years, and we want to help make the decision about secondary school a productive and satisfying experience.
Michael J. Kinnealey , Director of Admission
Middlebury College 1986, BA
Harvard University 1991 EdM
"It is a pleasure to work at a school that balances so well the rigor of a challenging academic curriculum with a focus on the needs of individual students. I am struck that my first impression as I walked on campus remains the most lasting one; this is a school where smiles and laughter are plentiful even as we work hard to become the best students and citizens that we can."
Carolyn Kimball, Associate Director of Admission, Director of Financial Aid
Plymouth State College 1995, BA
Appointed July 2000
"The down-to-earth, fun-to-be-with students are what make this place special to me. From their friendly hellos, to the energy they exude in and out of the classroom, they make me look forward to coming on campus every day. I appreciate the talent they share on the courts, fields, stage, and in the art rooms; their willingness to take personal risks and try something new; and how genuine they are."
Raymond Long '96, Associate Director of Admission
Dartmouth College 2000, BA
Appointed September 2005
“I feel fortunate to be living out my dream of working at The Governor’s Academy. When I graduated in 1996, I hoped to come back and teach some day. I was lucky enough to join the Math Department and taught in the classroom for 5 years. I enjoy my position in Admissions as it allows me to travel to talk about the Academy and all of our great programs."
Leon Hayward, Associate Director of Admission
Northeastern University 2003, BS
Appointed July 2011
"When I arrived at Governor’s I was moved by the people here: dedicated students and educators who are motivated and passionate. The academic, extracurricular, and dormitory curricula are purposeful and always geared toward developing citizen leaders. Govs is a unique and dynamic place; its size fosters a warm and authentic spirit, which is palpable and sets Governor's apart from other schools."
Kevin Ramos-Glew, Associate Director of Admission
Connecticut College, 1997, BA
Dartmouth College, 2008, MA
Appointed July 2011
"The school spirit here at Governor's is what drew my family to the Academy. Students, teachers, staff, families and alumni alike want to be part of this community. This is where we all have eagerly chosen to work, play and thrive. The unique balance of independence as well as interdependence inspires every member of the community to give his or her best."
Gabrielle McVicker, Assistant Director of Admission
Colgate University, 2005, BA
Appointed September 2012
"From the moment I stepped on the campus at Governor's Academy, I knew this place was different. Against the backdrop of a historic New England boarding school, Governor's sets itself apart by the vibrant and dynamic energy one feels in the classrooms, on the athletic fields, in the art studio, and on the stage. Within moments of joining the Governor's community, I was welcomed by faculty, staff, and students. I felt as though I was joining a family. It is exactly this culture that encourages our students to take risks and pushes them to challenge themselves in and out of the classroom. By the time students leave Governor's, they have developed a strong sense of identity that enables them to succeed in life beyond the Academy. Students are proud to be a part of The Governor's Academy, and that feeling is infectious."
Tracey MacCormack '81, P'13, '16 Office Manager
Lake Forest College 1985, BA
Appointed July 2003
"As an alumna, I have an emotional attachment to The Governor’s Academy. It is this very connection and the abiding loyalty I feel to the school that offers me a unique perspective; allowing me to speak with potential candidates and their families from the heart about how, and why, it continues to remain an important part of my life today."
Ann DiFrancesco, P' 10, '16 Admission Office Assistant
Boston University 1987, BS
Appointed August 2010
"I am very pleased to be a part of the Admission team. My son graduated from The Governor's Academy in 2010 and after volunteering for four years I discovered I was not ready to leave the Governor's community! I was fortunate to watch my son grow from a young freshman boy into a mature, well-rounded young adult. Now I have the opportunity to see new students flourish and grow in a community where academics, the arts and athletics are an integral part of their school experience."
Please contact us with any questions you may have
E-mail: Admissions or click on individual name listed above
Address: Admission Office, The Governor's Academy, 1 Elm Street, Byfield, MA 01922
We look forward to hearing from you!