As the new school year kicks off this week, get to know our newest faculty members on campus. We are excited to welcome nine new full-time faculty members (including two Govs alums!) to the Governor’s community. Learn more about them here:
Erin Davey (Dean of Students)
Erin joins us as our Dean of Students. Erin has been a teacher and administrator at Williston Northampton School since 2016. While there, she has been an Assistant Dean of Students, Director of Diversity, Director of Community Life, Class Dean, Dorm Head, AP Psychology teacher, and varsity coach in soccer, ice hockey, and softball. Erin fully engages in the life of a school, and she is able to balance her compassion for students from all backgrounds with a competitiveness borne of being a successful athlete and coach. Erin will be living on campus in Peirce dormitory, and she will teach a section of AP Psychology and be our head coach for varsity softball.
Victoria Davis (English Teacher)
Tori joins our English department. Tori was the English Department Chair at St. Michael’s Catholic Academy in Austin, Texas, and she had taught there since 2015. Before that, Tori taught English at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Austin, Texas, Escola Americana de Campinas in Brazil, The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida, and Falmouth High School in Falmouth, Maine. A passionate teacher, Tori has helped shape the curriculum at several schools, and she looks forward to returning to New England after 12 years in Texas. Tori will be living on campus, in Eames dormitory, and she will translate her love for running into coaching indoor and outdoor track & field.
Angelica Orozco (Language Teacher)
Angelica joins our Language Department as a Spanish teacher. Angelica taught Spanish at St. Johnsbury Academy in Vermont from 2006 through 2022. An experienced Spanish teacher across the curriculum and a native speaker, Angelica also was involved in affinity groups at St. Johnsbury, helped to coordinate spring break trips for students, and acted as a chaperone several times. She is accustomed to work in a boarding school having helped in dormitory and other supervisory roles, and she is looking forward to inspiring students here to love the Spanish language as she had for students at St. Johnsbury. Angelica will live off campus, and she will be an assistant coach for the alpine ski and outdoor track & field teams.
Cesar Espin (Language Teacher)
Cesar joins our Language Department as a Spanish teacher. Cesar’s teaching career has spanned multiple countries and levels. He started his career as a high school teacher at Sycamore School in Indiana, and he has taught at the collegiate level at Indiana University, The National University of Costa Rica, the Central University of Ecuador, and Ecotec University in Ecuador. In between, he has taught at multiple schools in Indianapolis before his most recent teaching post at Windermere Preparatory School in Windermere, Florida. Cesar played soccer through his youth and at a semi-professional level in Ecuador, and he will be an assistant coach for JV boys soccer at Governor’s. Cesar will be living on campus in Commons, and he will be a part of the dorm team in Ingham Dormitory.
Anna Yang (Instrumental Music Teacher)
Anna joins our Arts Department as the Director of Instrumental Music. Anna comes to Governor’s with a wealth of experience. She has earned three advanced degrees, two from Columbia University and one from the University of Pennsylvania, and for nearly 10 years, through 2022, was the first violin for the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra in Philadelphia. Having been a Professor of Violin at Rowan University and a Violin Teaching Artist for the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, Anna accepted the role of Music Department Chair for the Hope Partnership for Education in Philadelphia in 2018. There, in addition to her work as a conductor and coordinator for performances, Anna was deeply involved in equity and inclusion work. Anna will live off campus, and in addition to conducting all instrumental ensembles, she will coordinate the private lesson schedules, direct the pit band for the Winter Musical, and be an assistant coach for the cross country team.
Cayla Liptak (Associate Director of Admission)
While a new faculty member, Cayla will not be a new face to many in the Govs community. She joins the Office of Admission as an Associate Director of Admission, but she worked with the admission team, covering a family leave, through much of 2022-2023. Cayla has worked as an admission and athletic department faculty member at many schools on each coast since graduating from Bowdoin College. Last year, Cayla conducted interviews, read folders, and coordinated our admission events. In May, she worked for Athletics, Communications, and Advancement as a writer, photographer, and frequent social media poster for Govs. Her infectious, positive energy made a positive impression last year, and we are very happy to have her as a permanent addition to the faculty. Cayla will be living on campus in Atwell West, join the dorm team in Nannie B. Phillips, and will coach JV girls lacrosse in the spring.
Susana Valverde ‘03 (Science Teacher)
Susie joins our Science Department and will teach physics this year. Susie is not new to Byfield. As a 2003 Governor’s graduate-and day student from West Newbury-Susie knows her way around campus. Having completed her MBA at Carnegie Mellon, Susie entered the business world and she moved from a Strategic Business Manager to a Senior Product Manager to a Direct Product (Product Owner) across two national Health firms. Having completed a major project last year, Susie contemplated a change in career at the same time that Govs was looking for a specific coverage in physics for the 2023-2024 year. With Susie’s extensive mathematics background, we found a perfect match. Susie will be living off campus and she will be an assistant coach for JV girls soccer.
Katie White (Associate Director of Admission)
Katie joins the Office of Admission as an Associate Director of Admission. Katie has spent the last 11 years as the Associate Head Coach of the University of Massachusetts Lowell field hockey team. There she oversaw the recruitment and evaluation of all prospective student athletes, oversaw the athletic budget, was the athletic department representative to a campus wide inclusion committee, and was responsible for all summer camp programming. With domestic and international recruiting, event planning experience and a passion for making all students feel welcome, Katie will be a perfect fit for our admission team. Katie will be living off campus, and she will be our head coach for varsity field hockey.
Jack Norton ‘17 (Language Teacher)
Jack is well known at Governor’s. As a graduate in the class of 2017, Jack made his mark as a singer, actor, student, and thrower in track. After graduating Franklin and Marshall College, Jack taught Spanish at Glen Urquhart School before agreeing to cover a personal leave here at Governor’s in the spring of 2022. He continued in that role last year, and he was hired as a full time faculty member in the Language Department, teaching Spanish, for the 2023-2024 school year. Jack has been an engaged teacher and mentor, has the ability to teach Spanish across all levels, and is a performer whether on stage singing his Govs holiday song from his student days or on the links as an experienced caddie. Jack will be living on campus and he will be a part of the Ingham dormitory team. He will coach thirds boys soccer in the fall, and he will direct the Winter Musical with Declan Siefkas.
Photo from left to right: Cesar Espin, Erin Davey, Jack Norton '17, Angelica Orozco, Anna Yang
Missing from photo: Victoria Davis, Cayla Liptak, Susana Valverde '03, Katie White