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New Staff and Faculty Join Moses Brown for the 2019-20 School Year
Several new faculty and staff were officially introduced to the MB community at the opening of school. Some began at MB during the last school year. We are pleased to have all as part of our school!
Brian Berkovitz has joined MB as Technical Support and Data Specialist. Brian comes to us with 17 years’ experience in technical support and network related fields, most recently from Verizon Wireless in Wilmington, Mass. There he served as a Technical Analyst III, with responsibilities ranging from network monitoring and device support to special projects, store openings and vendor management. Prior to that, he worked in a variety of capacities in IT. Brian is also a Lego enthusiast, hosting a live stream show as well as running a yearly Lego demonstration for his son’s summer camp.
John Doll joins the Upper School science department after 15 years as a science teacher, department chair, and coach at Dana Hall School. John is a Moses Brown alum, having joined the community as the only new student in the 8th grade in his entering year. John has a B.A. in Biochemistry and History from Rice University and a Ph.D. in Biology from MIT. During John’s commute to work at MB, he likes to listen to history courses on CD. He is currently learning about the history of Islamic Spain.
Kelton Ellis joins the Upper School English department. Kelton has previously worked as a Humanities tutor at Roosevelt International Academy and Writing Fellow at Brown University. Kelton has an A.B. in Comparative Literature in French and English from Brown University. While he has many favorite books to read and teach, his current favorites are Middlemarch and Song of Solomon.
Grant Henderson is our new Director of Technology. Grant comes to us from Milton Academy where he served as the Director of Technology Integration. He also worked in technical positions at Wentworth Institute of Technology and was a Service Leader with the Cisco Systems Foundation Team at City Year Boston. Grant has a wide array of certifications and his thoughtful, collaborative style and unsurpassed technical skills and ability to explain complex technical details in easy-to-understand ways make him a fantastic addition to MB.
Caitlin Kelly is teaching Middle School science. Caitlin comes to MB with eight years of experience at the middle and high school level. Most recently, Caitlin served as a Biology and Anatomy & Physiology teacher at Germantown Academy in Pennsylvania where she also served as a Girls’ Field Hockey and Lacrosse coach. Before this, she taught 7th grade Life Science, Physical Science, and Engineering in Mass. Caitlin earned a B.A. in Biology from Worcester State and her M.A. in Science from Saint Joseph’s University. She has a genuine love for teaching and creating memorable classroom experiences for her students.
Tom Leger joins the Upper School science department after six years teaching at Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy and Match Charter Public High School. Tom has a B.A. in Biology and History from Cornell University where he also ran both track and cross country. Tom has a Master’s in Effective Teaching from the Charles Sposato Graduate School of Education. A new homeowner in Providence, Tom is enjoying DIY home improvement projects like building a new patio. Tom also once ran a 4:24 mile!
Elise London is our new Head of Upper School. For the past five years, Elise served as the Associate Director of College Counseling, as well as a teacher, advisor, and dorm parent at St. Mark’s School in Southborough, Mass. She also was a teacher, college counselor, and Dean of Students at Carolina Friends School in Durham, N.C. Elise holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Williams College, a master’s in Education Administration from Harvard, and is a graduate of leadership programs at Friends Council on Education and the National Association of Independent Schools.
Jennifer McFadden is MB’s new Director of Friends Education. She joined MB last January as a long-term substitute in our Humanities Department and previously taught linguistics and applied discourse analysis at Georgetown University and instructional methods for second language teaching at George Washington University. Jen holds a B.A. in Classics from Colorado College and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Linguistics from Georgetown. A member of Providence Monthly Meeting, Jen is deeply engaged with Quaker service and civic engagement initiatives.
Koren Medeiros joined the Business Office staff in July as the new Payroll and Benefits Coordinator. Koren brings an exceptional payroll and benefits background. At the Boys and Girls Clubs of Providence, Koren was the Payroll Administrator and HR Assistant. Her previous experience also includes 13 years with Paychex as a Senior Online Payroll Implementation Specialist and a 5-year stint in the fashion industry in New York. Koren is very excited about being at MB.
Joseph Mirsky is our new 3rd grade teacher. Joe taught third grade and art at the Jewish Community Day School for the last three years. He has worked in a wide range of educational settings, from hiking with homeschooled children at a wilderness school to helping at-risk kids in the city; from administering assessments for pre-k students to editing college essays for high school seniors. Joe enjoys biking, reading, making, and listening to music, but his true passion is inspiring the flashes of insight that make teaching the most satisfying job in the world.
Kimberly Norman joins the Upper School math faculty after 13 years as a math teacher, residential house advisor, Dean of Girls, coach, and many other faculty leadership roles at Choate Rosemary Hall. Kim has a degree in Math from Bucknell University and a Master of Science in Teacher Leadership from Quinnipiac University.
Sarah O’Halloran is our new Director of Extended Day. In addition to 14 years of classroom teaching experience, Sarah holds an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction in Early Childhood Education from Lesley University, an M.S.Ed. in Early Childhood Leadership from Bank Street College, as well as dual NYS certification in Elementary and Special Education. Sarah was the Admissions Supervisor and Preschool Director of the Preschool of the Arts Chelsea campus, a Reggio-inspired preschool in Manhattan. Sarah is thrilled to join the Moses Brown community.
Michael Robinson joins the Upper School English department as a fall semester sabbatical replacement. Michael has taught English for the past 13 years at URI and USC. Michael has a B.A. in English from the University of Florida, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Southern California. Michael’s favorite book changes every day, but he is currently enjoying The Sellout by Paul Betty very much.
Lissette Soto joins the Upper School World Language department as a Spanish teacher. For the past 13 years, she has taught Spanish at URI, MIT, and St. Luke’s School. Lisette has both a B.A. and an M.A. in Hispanic Studies from the University of Alabama. After a year away, she is excited to be back in Providence and is thrilled to rejoin her yoga studio for classes again.
Wilson Taylor joins the Upper School English department after five years at the Menlo School in California. At Menlo, Wilson also designed and led a 10th grade intersession program very similar to MB Immersion. Wilson has a B.A. in History and Religion from Bowdoin College and just finished his M.A. in English from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School. Now that Wilson is back on the East Coast, he is excited to eat fried seafood, experience autumn, and see birch trees again.
Meg Tunnicliffe is our new Receptionist and Administrative Coordinator. Meg’s 24-year career as a communications and workplace culture consultant, her warmth, positivity and strong interpersonal skills, and her proven ambassadorship for MB are perfect for this role. Meg holds a B.S. in Business Communications from Bryant University and has served as the past Clerk of the MB Parents’ Association and as a member of the Board of Trustees.
Destenie Vital joins us as MB’s new Director of Marketing and Communications. Destenie comes to MB from the Burlington Electric Department in Vermont, where she served as the Director of Marketing and Workplace Vitality, overseeing the company’s marketing, communications and social media strategy while playing a lead role in improving workplace culture. Previously, she was the Communications Manager at Community Health Centers of Burlington. Destenie holds a B.A. in Communications from Loyola and a M.S. in Strategic Communications from Purdue.