Welcome, New MBers!
The new school year launched with MB welcoming several new colleagues to our community, bringing an impressive range of experience and credentials. New employees recently attended Quaker Orientation.
Third grade teacher Adam Aguirre comes to MB from Citizens of the World Charter School in New York. With degrees from Georgetown and Hunter, Adam is passionate about creating a positive classroom environment. He has an endless supply of morning greetings and energizers up his sleeve. A writer with his nose frequently in a book, Adam can make math accessible for all, and was drawn to MB’s Quaker emphasis.
Jill Bansal, the newest member of College Counseling, is a graduate of and former Assistant Director of Admission for Salve Regina University. Jill has read applications for Trinity and Northeastern and her college-level experiences give her a rich understanding of the application process. She is a primary point of contact for MB families and colleges and universities around the country. Jill is eager to encourage a greater student presence in the office. Her sense of humor keeps things light and her weekly college trivia questions are a hit!
Barret Clarke, MB’s new full-time nurse, most recently served as a staff nurse at the Massachusetts General Hospital Back Bay Health Center in downtown Boston and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Barret received her nursing degree at Simmons while working as an EMT for the City of Boston, and highly recommends that everyone get a flu shot at the flu clinic on October 13!
The Development & Alumni Relations team welcomes Stephanie DiPrete as new Director of Parent Relations and Leadership Giving. Stephanie has extensive independent school experience in parent and alumni relations, communications, and event planning, including 12 years at the Lincoln School (her alma mater). We had the good fortune to work with Stephanie last year, when she stepped in as interim event designer, and are glad to have her talent, work ethic, and good humor here full-time.
The young man behind the scenes and in the wings at Woodman is Jacob Fournier, Associate Technical Director for the Woodman Family Community & Performance Center. Jacob provides technical support as Moses Brown launches a dazzling array of events for MB and the Rhode Island community. Jacob graduated from Johnson State College and previously worked as technical director / staff at Barrington High School and for Royal Caribbean Cruises.
Julie Hanlan (joined in October), our new Senior Development Associate, joins MB following her role as Assistant to the Director of the Worcester Art Museum. In her role there, she was responsible for supporting the Director’s work with their Board of Trustees, Development office, and in budget management. She also brings a wealth of private sector experience. Julie’s new MB position is focused on partnering within Development to provide administrative and strategic support for the Campaign. She will also play a key role in the execution of annual endowment recognition reports and in supporting the work of the Nominating Committee of the Board.
MB also expands its counseling program this year, with the addition of Krista Haskell as Nursery-6th grade Counselor. Krista comes to MB from Rocky Hill School, where she was Director of Counseling and Wellness. Krista has counseled at other independent schools, including two Friends schools in Pennsylvania and will support social and emotional learning for all students in N-6, and manage services for students with social, emotional, or academic needs. Krista’s years of experience will be a great asset in supporting our students and teachers.
David Husted ’86 is the inaugural Director of the Y-Lab, coming from a similar position at Derby Academy. With degrees from Roger Williams and Harvard, David is an expert in the tools and methods of the maker movement. He brings technical ability, creativity, and an approachable demeanor. David joined MB in the tenth grade and found a place here. Now he’s returning to create a place that will be a ‘home’ for others. He is excited to help accelerate ‘hands-on, minds-on’ learning at his alma mater.
Upper school math teacher Brendan Kinnell comes to MB from the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, where he taught a variety of courses and coached middle school robotics. He has a B.A. from Williams and his M.A. in education from Columbia. Brendan relishes the opportunity to explore math’s beauty with others, striving to help students feel what it means to be an active mathematician, noticing patterns and forming meaningful connections. He hopes to help MB students cultivate their “inner mathematician!”
Shaun Kirby is teaching one section of upper school Latin 2 this year. Shaun graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Classics from URI and is pursuing his MAT in secondary teaching at Providence College. A storyteller and educator, Shaun is also proficient in German, Italian, and ancient Greek. When not in the classroom, he’s a fan of improv, which should make for an excitando class!
In March, Karen Knisely began as MB’s Development Associate for Gifts & Records. Karen came to MB from Rhode Island Public Radio where she was the development services coordinator, and brings more than a decade of experience with fundraising databases. Karen hit the ground running and has already helped the Development team smoothly conclude a successful fundraising year.
Alexa MacMullen, middle school Latin teacher, graduated from Wheaton College with a B.A. in Latin and music. Alexa taught as a summer teaching fellow in Breakthrough New Haven. She previously taught at the Windward School (N.Y.) and attended the Windward Teacher Training Institute, which specializes in teaching students with language-based learning differences.
In November, Natasha Ramirez ’98 P’16 returned to MB as Office Coordinator for Admissions. She brings a wealth of admissions experience, having spent 12 years at Blackstone Academy Charter School, where she was part of the groundbreaking team that started the school. Natasha most recently worked for Epic Decade and says her love of the school environment caused her to return to the “school business.” Natasha enjoys helping families through the admission process and using her ability to speak Spanish with prospective families when needed.
Kit Wallach joins the upper school math department. She recently returned to Rhode Island after completing her MFA in creative writing at Purdue University. Kit has an M.A. in English and mathematics from Amherst College. She’s taught math at the Orchard School in Indiana and at St. George’s and Wheeler. Colleagues are enjoying her wit and dry sense of humor. She’s also an excellent ukulele player!
Jessica Williams is our new assistant teacher in lower school science. An MAT student at Brown, Jess holds an undergraduate education degree from San Diego State. Jess was an instructor at Space
Camp in Turkey last summer and attended a month-long peace studies institute in Israel and Palestine last winter. A creative scientist, Jess is on top of everything in the LS science classroom, from building pillbug mazes to instructing classes, and has become quite expert with MB’s Bearded Dragon, showing students how to hold and care for him.
Some new employees are filling in for faculty on leave:
Christine Griffin is teaching sixth grade history for Sarah Cussler. Christine previously taught at Lincoln School and was a long-term substitute at MB last fall. In addition to being a parent of two current MB students and one graduate, Christine is the director of the Michael Flanagan Foundation, a nonprofit foundation providing support and comfort for leukemia and marrow transplant patients and families.
Jiyeon Kim, a sabbatical substitute for Kevin Matson, is also an upper school parent. She has her M.S. in applied mathematics from Brown University and her B.S. and M.S. from Ewha Womans University in Seoul. Jiyeon has taught at the Rhode Island Korean School and Moon-Rae Middle School in addition to tutoring here in Providence.
Dr. Megan Roppolo is teaching sixth grade science for Mike DeAngelo. An experienced research scientist, Megan served as lab manager at Duke University, taught chemistry at SUNY Binghamton, and worked with Inspiring Minds as a tutor at Classical High. She has her B.A. in chemistry and French from St. Lawrence University and her Ph.D. in materials chemistry from SUNY.
We welcome these new community members to Moses Brown.