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Governor’s

At A Glance

15%

identify as international students

33

miles north of Boston and 5 miles south of Newburyport

25

varsity sports teams

456

acre

campus bordered by the Parker River

406

students

52

Scholastic Art Awards in 2024

29%

of students receive financial aid

$6 M

financial aid awarded annually

11

student average class size

25

Scholastic Writing Awards in 2024

14

year average faculty tenure

18

states represented in our student body

Governor's

People

Laya '25

Govs has given me the opportunity to pursue new interests both in academics and outside of the classroom. Spaces that provide support and encourage you to find your voice are truly invaluable, and I have been lucky to engage with those spaces at Govs. Whether it is developing my passion for ceramics in the studio, finding new interests in academics, or engaging with DEI work on campus, Govs has pushed me to take initiative and pursue what I am passionate about.

Laya ’24 is a day student at Govs. From developing a passion for art through a ceramics class, to taking on a leadership role as both a Community Facilitator and leader of Asian and Asian American Affinity Group 4A, Laya’s involvement on campus goes beyond just the classroom!

  • North Andover, MA
Jake Falconer

Having recently finished fifteen years at Govs, I often find myself thinking about why I have chosen this life. There are countless enriching aspects to living in this community, but what consistently comes to the forefront of my mind is, simply, the students I have taught through the years. 

Jake teaches Spanish, is the head coach of varsity boys tennis in the spring, and teaches instructional tennis in the winter. In his over a decade of teaching at Governor’s, he has led several student trips including ones to Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Spain. He lives on campus with his wife, son (a Govs graduate), and daughter (current Govs student).

  • Spanish Teacher
Dr. Emily Allen

I see teaching as a chance to connect with my students and for us to create a unique learning community. Together we don't just learn science, we create, we problem solve, we debate, and we compete - all as a way to push each other, support each other, and learn. For me, teaching a class is about curating a space that allows this community to thrive, to have fun, to be challenged, and to challenge each other. That's what a Govs education is all about.

Dr. Allen serves as the Science Department Chair and teaches physics. She coaches girls JV lacrosse and serves as the advisor to student affinity group SWAGA. Before Governor's, Emily taught at the collegiate level at Boston University and Babson College, and she also taught at The Pomfret School. When she’s not busy at Governor’s, she enjoys practicing yoga and hiking with her husband and very energetic puppy!

  • Science Department Chair
Alec '24

Being a student at Govs is so special. Arriving as a new junior was such a smooth transition because of how close-knit and welcoming the Govs community is. The faculty are always present on campus and eager to help their students that they care so much about. The connections I have made with my advisor, dorm parents, coaches, and teachers are genuine and deep. The connections I have made in Byfield will last a lifetime and always keep me coming back after I graduate.

Alec is a boarding student from Lafayette, Colorado who loves spending his afternoons and weekends at the hockey rink and on the golf course. In addition to his classes, he enjoys studying with friends in the library, movie nights in the dorm, and cheering on his friends in their athletic and artistic performances. He says there is nothing like striking up a conversation with his Economics teacher and his son over a meal in the dining hall or running into his advisor on the walk to practice in the afternoon. 

  • Lafayette, CO
Faith Kagwa

The first time I arrived on this campus it was evident how connected and caring this community is. We see this in the every day interactions between students to students, adults to adults, and students to adults. Our dorms are truly the homes away from home for our boarding students. It's the place they can rest, laugh, and rejuvenate for their days. I am thrilled to be able to help build intentional communities within all our dorms with the support of incredible student proctors and dedicated dorm parents. 

Faith oversees all aspects of the residential life program at Govs in her role as Associate Dean of Students & Director of Residential Life. In addition, she serves as an advisor and the junior and senior class deans. Faith lives on campus with her family.

  • Associate Dean of Students & Director of Residential Life
Will '25

Over the years, I have made countless connections, new friends and mentors and I hope in the next two years I can build on these and make even more. I have had the opportunity to play new sports, make new international friends, and connected with my peers through the music program. I would not want to be a part of any other community than the Govs community.

Day student Will '25 calls being a student at Governor's a "special experience". He plays basketball and lacrosse at Govs, and plays the violin in orchestra. Anatomy and physiology/sports medicine have been his favorite classes so far, and hopes to take a class in marine science next year. Will says his advisor and coaches have helped him gain knowledge, become a better person and become a leader in the Govs community. When he's not busy at school, Will loves boating, fishing, and being outdoors.

 

  • Ipswich, MA
Gracie '25

Govs has prepared me to embrace the future with confidence and determination. It's a place where I've not only discovered my passions but also found a supportive and nurturing environment to pursue them. Whether in academics or athletics, I've witnessed firsthand how the people at Govs go above and beyond to make it special. While playing sports, I've learned the importance of teamwork, dedication, and perseverance. The camaraderie I've formed on the field has shaped me into a better athlete and a stronger individual.

Gracie '25 is a boarding student at Govs. A very talented tri-season athlete, she plays on the varsity soccer, basketball, and lacrosse teams. When Gracie arrived at Govs, she was very interested in the sciences and through thought-provoking discussions, challenging experiments, and engaging projects, teachers here have nurtured her passion for scientific exploration. After she took a photography class, that blossomed into a newfound interest for her. She is involved in a variety of clubs, noting that it’s a great way to learn about different subjects and interests with like-minded people.

 

  • Wilmington, MA
Mike Delay P'23, '25

In my past twenty-two years at Governors, one thing has remained central to my Academy experience; supporting, knowing, and guiding students. Building relationships with students in all areas of school life allows many important positive core values to be instilled...and permeate beyond graduation. These relationships are not limited to just the faculty/student relationship, but they extend also to faculty families and staff. There are so many people rooting for and cheering on the academic and personal growth of our students.

Mike teaches history, coaches JV football in the fall, and is the assistant coach of varsity boys ice hockey in the winter. He spent years as the Assistant Dean of Students in the Dean's Office before returning full time to the classroom. He is the dorm associate in Farmhouse and he lives on campus with his wife, two daughters (both Govs students), and black lab "Buddy". In addition to enjoying time with students in the classroom, dorm, and athletic fields/rink, he loves to keep up with former students and athletes' accomplishments post-Byfield. Mike calls working with a student during their very first year at Governor’s and then reconnecting during their college years, at their wedding, and meeting their own children is unique and quite special to the Governor's community. When he's not on campus coaching, teaching, or in the dorm, he enjoys golfing, fishing, running, and spending time with his family.

 

 

  • History Teacher
Amy Block '06

It was the inspirational teachers and coaches that I had as a student at Govs that sparked my interest to return to Byfield as a teacher. Interacting with the dedicated faculty in the classroom and on the athletic field helped them to know me not as one of many students but as an individual. Now as a teacher, coach, and dorm parent I recognize that these relationships are what continue to make the Governor's community so special.

 

Amy is passionate about creating engaging lessons that help students strengthen their problem-solving skills in mathematics. At the same time, she recognizes that some of the most important lessons a student learns happen outside of the classroom. Amy, who played soccer, lacrosse, and ran indoor track at the collegiate level, is a dedicated coach who helps students discover the importance of teamwork, sportsmanship, and working together to achieve common goals. She enjoys running, playing tennis and golf, and baking sweet treats. She is the head dorm parent in Peirce and often brings baked goods for the residents to Sunday night dorm meetings. Amy values the time she spends with students in the classroom, on the athletic field, and in the dormitory, and believes strongly that character develops in all areas of boarding school life. 

  • Math Department Chair & Girls Varsity Soccer Coach
Gary Satow

Living in our dorms reinforces the most important values in the Governor’s community.  It is here where our students learn to exercise their independence, generate meaningful and lasting relationships, maintain their own spaces, develop their unique process of studying, and learn the most valuable lessons about community living, from the mundane tasks of dorm jobs to the most important lessons about trust, empathy, and respect.

 

Mr. Satow has been a dorm parent since the very first day of his career as an educator. He is dedicated to using the dormitories and the Residential Life Program at Governor’s as a method of developing adolescents into young adults. Mr. Satow can be found monitoring a study hall, hosting a meal in the dorm common room on a weekend, or organizing the Farmhouse reunion barbecue every spring.   

  • Associate Dean of Academics & History Teacher

Governor's

Events & News

Non Sibi Sed Aliis Award Winner: Paul Morrissey '99

In unprecedented times, this alumnus devoted himself to ensuring that students in San Antonio, Texas, still had access to a life-changing education. Not only did he achieve that goal, he has now expanded his reach, making sure students in other parts of Texas can obtain an affirming and confidence-building primary and secondary education that best prepares them to be future leaders.

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Alumna of the Year Award 2024: Betsy Tuthill Farrell '84, P'14,'17,'18,'22

Since she jumped the wall herself, this alumna, now an officer on the Academy's board of trustees, has always been active in organizing her class's Reunion activities. Over twenty years ago, she became even further involved, joining the Alumni Council and the Athletic Hall of Fame Committee, helping recognize and celebrate her fellow alumni. 

Read More about Alumna of the Year Award 2024: Betsy Tuthill Farrell '84, P'14,'17,'18,'22
Crossing the Finish Line

In May 1935, the great American sprinter Jesse Owens set three world records (and tied one more) in 45 minutes at the Big 10 Championships. Owens' day is usually considered one of the finest performances in track and field history. On May 4 at Thayer Academy, it took Nyla Palmer ‘25 only slightly longer (a two-hour stretch) to set three new school records for Govs.

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The Governor's Academy is a boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12, located in Byfield, Massachusetts. Governor's admits students of any race, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. Governor's does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, gender, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.