Welcome, New Faculty!
Posted 08/30/2016 03:34PM

The Academy is proud to welcome nine new faculty members to our community. Please extend a warm welcome to the following faculty members when you see them on campus. To learn more about our faculty, please visit our faculty page, here.

Alex Brandon - Spanish

Alex graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a B.A. in Spanish and a concentration in Pre-Medicine. He is now pursuing an M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College. Last year he worked in Madrid, Spain as a North American Language and Culture Assistant at IES Antonio Dominguez Ortiz-Spanish Ministry of Education where he collaborated with teachers in a nationwide bilingual educational initiative teaching English to native Spanish-speaking teachers and students in grades 7-12. He also worked as a teacher at the Wilson Language Academy and was an independent tutor. This summer he was involved in a language program in Argentina. He will be teaching Spanish and assisting with JV girls’ volleyball and indoor track.

Yaiza Dominguez -  Spanish

Yaiza graduated from the University of Burgos with a teaching degree in elementary school and music. She earned a M.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Barcelona and went on to earn a Masters in Photography Art and Technic for the Polytechnic University of Valencia. She has been a language immersion teacher in Burgos, Spain and Quebec, Canada and a private Spanish tutor in Spain and Boston, MA. She has also worked as a freelance photographer and graphic designer & illustrator. This past year she taught upper school Spanish at the Pike School. She will be teaching Spanish, running the basketball clock in the winter, and driving for community service in the spring.

Julia Kobus- Associate Director of College Counseling

Julia graduated from Washington University in St. Louis where she earned a B.A. with a concentration in History and African and African American Studies. She has an  M. Ed. from Harvard University Graduate School of Education with a concentration in the Learning & Teaching Program. She worked at the Pomfret School for three years where she taught History and was the Associate Director of College Counseling. Prior to that she was an Assistant Director in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Washington University in St. Louis. This past year she was the Interim Associate Director of College Counseling at Worcester Academy. In addition to her role as Associate Director of College Counseling, she will coach JV/3rds girls’ basketball.

Melanie Stier - Biology

Melanie graduated from Amherst College with a B.S. in Biology. While there she completed an internship at the School for Field Studies: Marine Resource Studies on the Turks and Caicos Islands and played soccer. This past year she taught biology at Cushing Academy, was a dorm parent, and coached soccer, basketball, and softball. She will teach biology, be an assistant coach for JV girls’ soccer and the head coach for JV girls’ basketball.

Jennifer Storer - Chemistry

Jennifer graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Chemistry. She went on to earn an M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Management with a focus in Entrepreneurship, Information Technology, and Financial Management. And she has earned an M. Ed with a focus in Secondary Education in Chemistry from Salem State College. Throughout her career she has worked teaching chemistry  in the summers and during the year at Phillips Andover, Cambridge Ringe and Latin High School, and Northfield Mount Hermon School, has been a private tutor and a substitute teacher in Lynnfield, and has worked as a consultant and the director of the Digital Consulting Institute. For the past four years she has taught Chemistry at Wilmington High School. She will be teaching Chemistry and assisting in coaching instructional tennis and JV girls’ tennis.

Jadi Taveras - Dean of Multicultural Education

Jadi is a graduate of Kimball Union Academy and went on to earn a B.A. in Political Science from Siena College. He has a M.A. in Intercultural Service, Leadership and Management from the SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, VT. He worked as the World Studies Program Manager at Marlboro College for one year and has been at the Putney School for three years where he was the Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Diversity and Cultural Exchanges. He conducted training on issues of implicit bias, managed student affinity groups, trained students in leading and facilitating workshops, advised the social justice curriculum for senior electives, and coordinated overseas programs. He will teach a section of Junior English and be the assistant girls’ Varsity basketball coach.

Jed Wartman - Dean of Students

Jed graduated from Phillips Andover and went on to earn a B.A. in Spanish with a minor in Psychology from Bowdoin College. He has a M. Ed. in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. He worked at Bowdoin College as the Assistant Director of Residential Life for three years, at Wheelock College as the Director of Residential Life for one year, at M.I.T. as the Assistant Dean for Student Activities for three years, and at Colby College for the past six years as Associate Dean of Students and Director of Campus Life, Senior Associate Dean of Students and Director of Campus Life, and Senior Associate Dean of Students.

He has experience in developing, delivering, and facilitating a range of activities to engage students, foster community, develop leadership skills, improve performance of groups and teams, and increase organizational effectiveness. In addition to his role as Dean of Students, he will assist in coaching JV boys’ lacrosse.

Tom Woessner -  English

Tom graduated from Connecticut College with a B.A. in History and a double minor in Economics and Public Policy and he captained the lacrosse team. Since his graduation he has worked in sales, has been an instructor at the Tenacity program in Boston, serving as a tutor, mentor, and coach to Boston Public School students, and this past spring worked as the head JV lacrosse coach at Roxbury Latin. He will teach freshman and sophomore English, coach instructional hockey, and assist coaching varsity boys’ lacrosse.

Tim Winslow '10 -  Intern - Dean of Students Office  

Tim is an alumnus of The Governor’s Academy and graduated from Widener University with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology. Since his graduation he has worked in sales, managed a farm, been a lacrosse skills coach, served as the head coach for several Boston Laxachusetts Lacrosse teams, and assisted coaching the Govs Varsity boys’ lacrosse team. Tim will work as an intern for the Dean of Students’ office, will be an assistant coach for JV football and JV boys’ hockey, and the head coach for varsity boys’ lacrosse.   

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