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Current Faculty and Staff

Our faculty hail from many of the nation’s best colleges and universities, and most hold advanced degrees. They are at Brookwood because they love teaching kids, and they all strive to make a difference in the lives of their students.

The following is an alphabetical listing of our current faculty and staff, followed by their telephone extensions in brackets. To contact a faculty or staff member by email, use the first letter of the person’s name followed by the last name, followed by (for example,, except those noted below.

  • Laura Caron

    Head of School
    Brown University, B.A., Harvard University, Ed.M.
    ext:  6201
  • Peter Abramson

    Grade 8 History Teacher, Advisor, Team Leader, Grade 6 Math Teacher
    University of Virginia, B.A.; Williams School of Law, J.D.
    ext:  6261
  • Katie Alexander

    Kindergarten Teacher, 2016-2018 Amory Parker Chair
    Washington University in St. Louis, B.A.; Teachers College, Columbia University, M.A.
    ext:  6299
  • Maile Black

    Grade 6 English and World Cultures Teacher, Advisor, Team Leader
    Harvard College, B.A.; Lesley University, M.Ed.
    ext:  6262
  • Lindsay Budzinski

    Learning Skills Specialst
    Princeton University, B.A.; Lesley University, M.Ed
    ext:  6241
  • Lisa Burns

    Learning Skills Specialist
    McGill University, B.A. University of Toronto, M.A.
    ext:  6266
  • Joshua Cabral

    French Teacher, Grade 8 Advisor
    University de Rouen, B.A.; University of Massachusetts, M.A.
    ext:  6329
  • Monika Carbochova

    Grade 6 and 7 Math Teacher, Grade 7 Advisor and Team Leader
    Charles University, Magistri Degree, Ed.; Charles University, M.Ed.
    ext:  6263
  • Brian Carver

    Grade 7 and 8 Math Teacher, Grade 8 Advisor
    Binghamton University, B.S.; Lehman College, M.S.
    ext:  6340
  • Jen Cunningham Butler

    Grade 3 Teacher
    Middlebury College, B.A.; Harvard University, M.Ed.
    ext:  6321
  • Anna Maria D Ippolito

    Math Skills Specialist, Grades 5-8 Math Coordinator
    Haverford College, B.A.; Michigan State University, M.A.
    ext:  6268
  • Sarah Dawe

    Grade 1 Teacher
    Colby College, B.A.; Lesley University, M.Ed.
    ext:  6295
  • Evan Diamond

    Director of Secondary School Process, Grade 6 World Cultures Teacher
    Kenyon College, B.A.; Harvard University, M.Ed.
    ext:  6260
  • Alex Edwards

    Lower School Music Teacher
    Gordon College, B.A.
    ext:  6311
  • Nancy Evans

    Head of Lower School
    Drexel University, B.S.
    ext:  6290
  • Ray Falconer

    Grade 8 English Teacher and Advisor
    Hamilton College, B.A.; Middlebury College, M.A.
    ext:  6264
  • Doug Fodeman

    Technology Director
    University of Vermont, B.A.; Duke University, M.A.T.
    ext:  6233
  • Debbie Gantt

    Music Teacher, Grade 8 Advisor, Performing Arts Coordinator
    Berklee College of Music, B.M.; Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, M. Music
    ext:  6310
  • Sheila Geraty

    Pacific Oaks College, B.A.; Simmons College, M. Children's Literature; Simmons College, M.L.I.S.
    ext:  6336
  • Molly Gistis

    Learning Skills Specialist
    Trinity College, B.S.; Harvard University, M.Ed.
    ext:  6363
  • Jody Gray

    Upper School Learning Skills Coordinator
    University of Rhode Island, B.A.; Boston University, M.Ed.
    ext:  6326
  • Pam Hawes

    Director of Teacher Training Program
    Northern Essex Community College, A.A.; Salem State College, B.A.; Wheelock College, M.Ed.
    ext:  6345
  • Sven Holch

    Grade 5 Teacher, Social Studies Coordinator
    Connecticut College, B.A.; Lesley University, M.Ed.
    ext:  6284
  • Jamie Hyland

    Learning Skills Specialist
    Roger Williams University, B.A.
    ext:  6328
  • Lisa Johnson

    Middle School Coordinator, Grade 5 Teacher
    Middlebury College, B.A.; University of Denver, M.A.; Western Carolina University, M.Ed.; Harvard University, Cert. Reading Disabilities
    ext:  6280
  • Annie Johnson

    Head of Upper School
    Harvard University, B.A., Lesley University, M.Ed.
    ext:  6271
  • Erin Koeplin

    Assistant Kindergarten Teacher
    Lesley University, B.A. & M.A.
    ext:  6327
  • Elise Koretz

    Grade 2 Teacher, Grades PreK-4 Math Coordinator
    Duke University, B.S.; Lesley University, M.Ed.
    ext:  6293
  • Adam Kuhlmann

    Grade 7 English Teacher and Advisor, Grades 5-8 Language Arts Coordinator
    Dartmouth College, B.A.; Columbia University Teachers College Klingenstein Fellowship
    ext:  6265
  • Rich Lehrer

    Innovation Coordinator
    University of Regina, B.S.; University of British Columbia, B.Ed.; The College of New Jersey, M.Ed.
    ext:  6270
  • Lin Lempert

    Early Intervention Literacy Director
    Millersville State University, B.S. Ed.; American International College, M.A.
    ext:  6320
  • Kent Lenci

    Grade 7 History Teacher, Advisor, PGD Coordinator, 2016-2018 Amory Parker Chair
    Bucknell University, B.A.; Harvard University, M.Ed.
    ext:  6267
  • Amy Leverone

    Learning Skills Specialist
    University of Maryland, B.A.; Arizona State University, M.B.A.
    ext:  6324
  • Suzy Light

    Grade 2 Teacher
    Bucknell University, B.S.; Lesley Collge, M.Ed.
    ext:  6296
  • Andrew Luman

    Music Teacher, Grade 6 Technology Teacher and Advisor
    Gordon College, B.A.; Lesley University, M.Ed.
    ext:  6313
  • Mayumi Morash

    Middle School Learning Skills Coordinator
    Amherst College, B.A.; Simmons College, M.S.Ed.; Harvard University, M.Ed.
    ext:  6325
  • Katie Ober

    Auxiliary Programs Assistant, Alumna Class of 2008
    Gordon College, B.A.
    ext:  6353
  • Dr. Henry Oettinger

    Grade 5 Math and Science Teacher, Grade 4 Sloyd Teacher, Sustainability Coordinator
    University of Pennsylvania, B.A.; Boston College, M.B.A.; University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D.
    ext:  6269
  • Enrique Polletta

    Kindergarten Teacher
    Bridgewater State College, B.A., M.Ed.
    ext:  6292
  • Dan Riles

    Technology Integration Specialist, Computer Support Specialist
    Haverford College, B.A.; Webster University, M.A.T.
    ext:  6236
  • Bill Schneider

    Physical Education Teacher
    Springfield College, B.S.
    ext:  6342
  • Karen Shorr

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
    Wheelock College, B.S., Lesley University, M.Ed.
    ext:  6305
  • Dr. Becky Smith

    Grade 4 Teacher
  • Moira Smith

    Grade 3 Teacher, Grades PreK-4 Literacy Coordinator
    Washington and Jefferson College, B.A.; Simmons College, M.S.Ed.
    ext:  6323
  • Chad Stern

    Grade 6 Science Teacher and Advisor
    ext:  6335
  • Kathy Stewart

    Art Teacher, Visual Arts Coordinator
    Temple University, B.S.; University of Massachusetts, M.A.T.
    ext:  6315
  • Kim Tolpa

    Learning Skills Specialist
    Denison College, B.S.; Southern Methodist University, M.A.; Harvard University, M.Ed.
    ext:  6283
  • Kirsten Trumbull

    Learning Skills Specialist
    Gordon College, B.A.; Boston University, M.Ed.
    ext:  6240
  • Weijia Wang

    Mandarin Teacher
    Peking University, B. Law; Beigjin Normal University, M.Ed.
    ext:  6332
  • Mike Wellington

    Athletic Director, Physical Education Teacher
    University of New Hampshire, B.A.
    ext:  6341
  • Annabel Wildrick

    Grade 6 and 8 Art Teacher, Grade 6 Advisor, Library Assistant
    Pitzer College, B.A. University of Washington, Teacher Certification Program
    ext:  6317
  • Ben Wildrick

    Grades K-4 Science Teacher
    University of Pennsylvania, B.A.; City College of New York, M.A.; Antioch University, Teacher Certification Program
    ext:  6306
  • Jeff Wilfahrt

    Grade 1 Teacher
    Creighton University, B.S.; Boston College, M.Ed.
    ext:  6307
  • Michael Wise

    Network Administrator, Computer Support Specialist
    Binghamton University, B.A.
    ext:  6234
  • Carrie Woodruff

    Spanish Teacher, World Languages Coordinator
    Colby College, B.A.; Suffolk University, M.B.A.
    ext:  6330
  • Justin Zappia

    Director of Auxiliary Programming
    Hamilton College, B.A.; Daemen College, Secondary Ed. Certification
    ext:  6244

Teaching Apprentices

  • Lily Barrows

    Teaching Apprentice
    St. Lawrence University, B.A.
    ext:  6350
  • Cassandra Biette

    Teaching Apprentice
    Colby College, B.A.
    ext:  6351
  • Blythe Brugger

    Teaching Apprentice
    Western State Colorado University, B.A.
    ext:  6343
  • Merrill Clerkin

    Teaching Apprentice
    St. Lawrence University, B.A.
    ext:  6282
  • Trevor Johnson

    Teaching Apprentice
    University of Nebraska, B.A.
    ext:  6349
  • Kelley Journey

    Teaching Apprentice
    Boston University School of Public Health, M.A., University of Colorado Boulder, B.A.
    ext:  6352
  • Lindsey MacDonald

    Teaching Apprentice
    Connecticut College, B.A.
    ext:  6304
  • Victoria Marotta

    Teaching Apprentice
    Union College, B.A.
  • Taylor Picariello

    Teaching Apprentice
    Saint Anselm College, B.A.
    ext:  6346
  • Lindsey St. Louis

    Teaching Apprentice
    Colby Sawyer College, B.A.
    ext:  6355

Administrative Staff

  • Alicia Drury

    Receptionist, Substitute Coordinator
    Pepperdine University, B.A.
    ext:  6200
  • Patti Gillis

    Administrative Assistant and Registrar
    Salem State College, Johnson and Wales College, A.S.
    ext:  6209
  • Cathy Marrero

    Executive Assistant to the Head of School, Associate Director of Secondary School Process
    Cornell University, B.S.
    ext:  6202

Admissions Office Staff

  • Kristie Avallon

    Admissions Assistant
    St. Michaels College, B.A., Lesley University, M.Ed.
    ext:  6205
  • Lindsay Murphy

    Director of Admissions
    Trinity College, B.A.
    ext:  6204

Advancement Office Staff

  • Eliza Cowan

    Director of Alumni and Parent Relations, Alumna Class of 1995
    St. Lawrence University, B.A.
    ext:  6226
  • Dionne Kelly

    Manager of Donor Data and Analytics
    Stonehill College, B.A.
    ext:  6272
  • Bronwyn McCarty

    Director of the Brookwood Fund
    ext:  6224

Business Office Staff

  • Kacey Desmond

    Colby Sawyer College, A.A.; Colorado State University, B.S.; Montana State University, M.P.A.C.
    ext:  6221
  • Susan Gilardi

    Benefits and Accounts Manager
    Bay State College, A.A.
    ext:  6220
  • Steven Greisdorf

    Director of Finance and Operations
    ext:  6222

Communications Staff

  • Jennifer Gabriel

    Director of Strategic Marketing and Communications
    Framingham State University, B.A.
    ext:  6230
  • Juliette Halsey

    Manager of Multimedia Production and Design
    Syracuse University, B.A and B.S.
    ext:  6225

Health Services

  • Dr. Shayda Ahi

    Mt. Holyoke College, B.A.; University of Maryland, M.A., PhD.
    ext:  6217
  • Paula Cardarelli, R.N.

    Director of Health Services
    Simmons College, B.S. Nursing & Psychology
    ext:  6211

Maintenance Staff

Culinart Food Service Staff