Welcome New Faculty 2016-17

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Sturgis welcomes 23 new faculty members for 2016-17.  They join us from Azerbaijan, Cape Cod, Colombia, Colorado, Connecticut, Korea, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nepal, New Jersey, Russia, Texas, Thailand, Turkey, and Washington D.C.  Some of you may recognize five teachers who are not new to Sturgis but are in new positions this year.

Peter Bundy, English – East

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Peter Bundy

It is my pleasure to join the English Department at Sturgis East. For the past five years, I have taught high school English in northwest Connecticut – I’m excited for a change! In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, working on small farms, playing guitar, and learning about environmental activism – if you’re interested in any of those interests, please don’t hesitate to reach out! I look forward to living here on the Cape and teaching within such a wonderful community.

Felim Clancy, Mathematics – East

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Felim Clancy at the floating torii gates at Miyajima, Japan

Born and raised in Donegal, Ireland, I am hugely excited to be joining the mathematics team at Sturgis East. Having trained and worked as a civil engineer for many years, I decided to switch paths to teaching after taking a break to do some volunteering and traveling in South America, where I met my wife (a native of Massachusetts).

I initially started my teaching career in Liverpool, England before moving on to teaching at an IB school in South Korea. We spent five very enjoyable years in Korea and during our time there were very fortunate to have the opportunity to meet the people and explore the cultures of various Asian countries.

I am looking forward to working with the students and staff of the Sturgis community. I am also excited to start a new chapter on the Cape and once more, live near to the Atlantic Ocean.

Kaitlin Doherty

Kaitlin Doherty

Kaitlin Doherty, Science & Special Education Math Inclusion  – East

I am beyond ecstatic to be a part of Sturgis East again, but this time from a completely different perspective!  I graduated from Sturgis in 2012 and continued my education at Wellesley College where I earned my BS in Biology.  Wellesley opened a lot of doors for me; I was able to study sea urchins in Belize, centipedes in the tropical rainforests of Costa Rica, and study abroad for five months in New Zealand.  The experience I value the most, however, is volunteering with Science Club for Girls in Lawrence, Massachusetts.  There I was able to extend and share my love for science with some incredible middle-school-aged girls.  While I was volunteering in Lawrence and taking education courses at Wellesley a fire was ignited in me to finally start pursuing teaching.  What better place to start than at Sturgis Charter Public School!  I will be joining the Sturgis East faculty in multiple areas as the new head field hockey coach, a biology teacher, and as a special education math inclusion supporter.  I am honored to be a part of the Sturgis community again and cannot wait to help our students get to wherever they want to be!

John Enos, Special Education Inclusion – West

John Enos

John Enos

I am thrilled to be returning to the Sturgis community as Special Ed Inclusion Support in the 2016-17 school year. After I graduated from Sturgis in 2012, I attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst where I received my degree in mathematics. While studying at UMass I worked as both a teaching assistant for a physics class and as a tutor at North Star Learning Center in math, physics, and other varying subjects. I have spent the last three summers working at Barnstable Municipal Airport in the Operations department where I fueled airplanes.

I am so glad that I am starting my career with Sturgis. This school gave me the the tools I needed to become who I am today, and I am hoping to be able to have the same effect on my students. I am looking forward to meeting all of the faculty, parents, and of course, students, that have arrived since I have been gone, and getting to know all of the new faculty. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to be back here at Sturgis!

Kerrie Lombardozzi, Counselor – East

Kerrie Lombardozzi

Kerrie Lombardozzi

I was raised on Cape Cod, attending and graduating from Harwich Public Schools. I graduated from Stonehilll College with a degree in Health Care Administration. I then worked in fundraising at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for 4 years where I managed a school based fundraiser called Pennies for Patients. After years of working with schools running the fundraiser (including Sturgis!), I quickly learned how much I loved working with students and the field of education. After doing a great deal of research and talking to many School Counselors, I decided to attend graduate school to earn my M.Ed. in School Counseling from UMass Boston – a career path that I always had in the back of my mind as my dream job. I moved back to Cape Cod from Boston to complete my internship at Monomoy Regional High School last year and confirmed my love of helping students with social/emotional development and working on college/career readiness. I am very excited to join the Sturgis community and live back in both my and my husband’s home community of Cape Cod, and I am looking forward to an exciting school year ahead!

Camille Manrique, Spanish – East

Camille Manrique

Camille Manrique

As a child raised in two countries (Colombia and the U.S.) with a multicultural-bilingual environment, the thought of being a citizen of the world always appealed to me. This is how I fell in love with Education and the Model United Nations program. I studied Political Science and International Relations at the Javeriana University in Bogota. I then chose to pursue a career in Education obtaining my teaching credentials. I have taught in several International Schools and have worked with students of different backgrounds, cultures and age groups. I have also worked with MUN programs in the U.S., China, the United Arab Emirates and Colombia. It is amazing to witness students’ internationalism and global mindedness, no matter where they are from, and how they translate the importance of leaving their legacy and making a real change.

For the past years, I had been living in Barranquilla, on the Caribbean Coast of Colombia, with my husband who is a Marine Biologist. There, I worked at Marymount, an International School, and we also had a Scuba Dive Center where I worked on weekends. Scuba Diving is one of my passions and I enjoy teaching people of all ages while sharing my love of the ocean, and sharing ways for them to lessen their impact on the environment while diving.

I am very happy about moving to Hyannis and am even more excited about teaching Spanish at Sturgis East. I am sure it will be a great year!

Kristine May, Counselor and Science – West

I am thrilled to be joining Sturgis West since it reminds me so much of my alma mater, a marine science magnet school on the beach in New Jersey with a similar unique vibe.  After high school I earned a BS in marine science and a BA in secondary education; two years ago I earned an MSEd in school counseling.  Sturgis is giving me a unique opportunity to be both a biology teacher and counselor, which combines the best of both worlds for me!  I love to help students personally, and I also have a passion for teaching biology.

Kristine May

Kristine May

I have a mixed work background, with eleven years spent teaching biology, environmental science, and other biology electives in New Jersey, and 5 years spent in animal care in both New Jersey and Massachusetts.  As a college student, I began working for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), caring for experiment flatfish, then moved to a small aquarium on the boardwalk, where I took care of everything from penguins to sharks and seals.  I have also worked as an aquarist at New England Aquarium and as a senior zookeeper at Franklin Park Zoo in Boston.  There, I cared for rare Amur leopards, coyotes, kangaroos, and zebras.  Nowadays, the only animal I take care of is my 5-year-old son; we live with my husband in Plymouth County, where we relocated from New Jersey in mid-August.

In my free time, I love traveling, reading, cooking and baking, musical theatre (onstage or in the audience), hiking, and spending time at the beach.  I am truly excited to make Sturgis my new home and get to know the Sturgis community.

Kayley Mead, Spanish – East

I am so happy to be returning to Sturgis this school year in a new role as a teacher in the language department.  I graduated from Sturgis East in 2011 and then continued my education at Bridgewater State University, studying Spanish and Special Education. Throughout college I made many changes in my major but ultimately chose to continue studying Spanish because of how much I enjoyed my language classes at Sturgis and how inspired I was by my Spanish teacher, Jennifer Kirk.

Kayley Mead, center front

Kayley Mead, center front

After finishing college in 2015, I joined the Special Education department at Sturgis West and coached the Sturgis East Cheerleaders (one of the highlights of my cold, snowy, winter!)  I also worked in extended school year programs in the summer where I greatly enjoyed working with a variety of students.  I have spent time in both Colombia and Costa Rica and hope to teach abroad somewhere in South America in the future.

The four years I spent at Sturgis were the most memorable and remarkable years of my educational journey. I hope that as a new member of the faculty I can create the same memorable, remarkable, and special experiences for my students that I had in my four years. I am so excited for this new chapter in my life and grateful for the opportunity to work alongside the fantastic teachers here at Sturgis.

Dillon Mee, English – West

Dillon Mee

Dillon Mee

I have spent close to half of my life overseas. At this point I’m not sure whether I’ve spent more time in the States or overseas. The first place was Oman, but I don’t really remember anything from then because I was too young. From there we moved to Oregon where I enjoyed many outdoor activities like climbing trees and catching frogs–though I also enjoyed playing on my Super Nintendo (which was new back then).

Then our family moved overseas again to Saudi Arabia. We lived in a compound and I enjoyed hanging out with my friends, playing baseball or computer games or  going to the beach and swimming in the Red Sea when we had a chance. We moved back to California when I was 16 and I finished high school and then university (majoring in Linguistics). During that time I met my future wife, Brittany. We were married just two weeks after graduating.

Eventually Brittany and I decided to become teachers, and after more schooling moved to Salinas, California where we taught down the hall from each other. After a couple years of teaching, we thought, ‘Overseas, why not?’ and after doing some job searching ended up in Lebanon. We enjoyed it, but after two years our son Preston was born and we left in search of a more stable life. Azerbaijan was our next stop, and in some ways it was exactly that. We loved the safe city with its mixture of logical and illogical, old and new, east and west. Sadly the long-term prospects were still not present, so after much moving, here we are on Cape Cod!

Claire Monfort, History – East

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Claire Monfort

Born and raised in Arlington, Virginia, I grew up through the Spanish immersion program and graduated with an International Baccalaureate diploma in 2009 from Washington-Lee High School.  After graduating, I spent five years in Williamsburg, Virginia, receiving both my Bachelor of Art in History and my Master of Arts in Secondary Education at the College of William and Mary.  I spent one summer abroad at Cambridge University and one semester abroad at St. Andrews University during my undergraduate career, fortunate enough to travel and learn from my global perspectives.  Before graduating I also completed an internship at the National Security Archive, where I worked with the Comisión Provincial por la Memoria in La Plata, Argentina, investigating declassified CIA documents to further understand the effects of the Cold War in Latin America. In graduate school I studied Secondary Social Studies Education, student teaching for both 9th and 11th grade classrooms.

For the past two years I taught 6th grade US History as well as 7th and 8th grade electives at Yorktown Middle School in York, Virginia.  During those two years, I was able to make connections with over 300 students, which only served to solidify my passion for teaching. At Sturgis East, I will be teaching 10th grade US History II and 11th grade IB Standard Level 1. In my free time I enjoy exploring, reading, and watching the Barclay’s Premier League on the weekends. This is my first experience living outside of Virginia, and I look forward to all the adventures and opportunities that Cape Cod and Sturgis have in store.

Elisabeth Moore, Music – West

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Elisabeth Moore, Vienna

[Editor’s Note]  We are pleased to welcome Elisabeth Moore, Class of 2008, back to Sturgis. Elisabeth served as the first music teacher at the new Sturgis West campus from 2012-2014. She moved to Turkey in 2014 to teach at Istanbul International Community School. Last year, I contacted Elisabeth  and invited her to reflect on how Sturgis prepared her for international work and how her experiences overseas have influenced her world view. You can see her article here:  Elisabeth Moore Reflects on Living and Working Abroad

John Morrow

John Morrow

John Morrow, History – West

Born and raised in Baltimore, I received a BA from the College of Wooster in History, an MS in Education from Johns Hopkins, and an MA in History from the University of Maryland. I enjoy traveling, having visited all 50 states and over 20 countries. I taught IB History of the Americas, History of Europe, and Theory of Knowledge, mostly in Baltimore, but for two years in Rwanda. It is in Rwanda where I was assigned the title “Teacher John,” which is my preference to this day. Finally, I am an avid consumer of quality baked goods and believe that lemon zest should be banned from all pies, pastries, and muffins. I adore chocolate chip cookies. I mean it, I adore them. I am serious about this.

Rob Mullen, Special Education Inclusion – West

I have been involved in education since 1977.  During those years I have worked as a reading specialist, administrator and school psychologist.  The foundation for this career was Eagle Hill-Greenwich, where my wife, Toni, and I worked for fourteen years.  Deciding that we wanted a more exotic experience for our children, we entered the world of international education in 1992.

After spending twenty-one years overseas working at international schools in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and England, Toni and I decided to return to the United States in order to be geographically closer to our adult aged sons, Jin and Tod.   After adjusting to culture shock, we spent two years at an all-boys boarding school in upstate New York where I was the first school psychologist employed by the school, which had been in existence for over one hundred years!

Following a one-year excursion to Austin, Texas to live near our youngest son, Toni and I are delighted to become year-round residents of Cape Cod.  Although a native of Arlington, my family had a summer residence in North Eastham since the early 1960’s, thus the Cape has always been a source of respite.  Besides exploring different countries and experiencing various cultures, I enjoy cooking, kayaking, gardening, reading and trying to stay fit.  Over the years, I have coached softball in Malaysia and ice hockey in Connecticut. I was a member of the Flying Farangs, an ice hockey team of expatriates that won the inaugural Bangkok Cup in 1995.  Finally, I am proud to be a charter member of the Englefield Green Rugby Appreciation Society.

Toni and Rob Mullen

Rob and Toni Mullen

Toni Mullen, Special Education Inclusion – East

My international experience as a child certainly influenced my adult choices. My hometown in southern Connecticut served as a base in between long-term postings to Bogotá, Columbia and Tokyo, Japan. I returned to the US to complete high school and college at Manhattanville in Purchase, NY, where I majored in Elementary Ed, Psychology and Latin American Studies.

Following brief stints in the business world at Xerox Learning Systems and two restaurant openings, I then secured a position at Eagle Hill School in Greenwich, a small private school serving the needs of youngsters with learning/ attention issues.  My area of expertise was language development and study skills. After thirteen years at that program, my husband, Rob, and I pursued positions as international school educators. Our twenty-one year adventure included the International School of Bangkok, the Jakarta International School, the International School of Kuala Lumpur and the American Community School in Egham, UK.

During my time in Thailand, I earned a Master’s in Special Education at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff and permanent certification as an ESL educator from Trenton State, NJ. In the final six years at ISKL, I moved out of the classroom into administration to initiate and develop the Alumni department. I was charged with initiating office procedures and logistics and designing a long-range plan to reconnect and engage alumni (students, parents and faculty) on a worldwide basis. My call for international travel was satisfied as I hosted multiple worldwide alumni reunions from London to New York to Sydney.

Rob and I have raised two Third Culture Kids (TCKs), Jin and Tod, who moved overseas at the age of four and five and have graduated University of Victoria, Canada and the University of Texas, Austin respectively. Our reentry to the US brought us to Trinity Pawling School in Pawling, NY for two years where I taught study skills and acted as the International Student Co-coordinator. We have recently returned to Cape Cod to live year round and I look forward to being part of the Sturgis community.

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Danielle Newcombe

Danielle Newcombe, Mathematics – East

I am so excited to be back at Sturgis! I graduated from Sturgis East in 2012 and from UMass Dartmouth in May with a BS in math and a minor in physics.  I grew up in Sandwich and have always loved living on the Cape but I also love to travel.

I was able to see a good amount of the United States this summer on a cross country road trip and also spent time in New Hampshire with my college roommates.  I am so excited to be teaching at Sturgis and to see the school from this new perspective!

Beverly Racine

Beverly Racine

Beverly Racine, English – West

After ten years abroad in Tunis and Moscow, I am looking forward to settling into life here on Cape Cod.  The motto, “IB for All” caught my eye right away and cemented my desire to teach and learn here at Sturgis.  I am excited to get to know everyone in the Sturgis community and to contribute to its success.

Following earlier years in insurance and real estate, I turned my career focus toward secondary education.  I have a BA in English and Humanities from University of Louisville (Kentucky) and an MAT from Willamette University (Oregon).  After eight years teaching in a public high school in Oregon, going abroad to teach was a heady experience.  Living and traveling overseas has fed my lifelong interest in people and cultures.  I am eager to learn more about the people and cultures around Cape Cod and to enjoy the many outdoor activities available here.

Kyle Sevits

Exploring nature with Vera

Kyle Sevits, Science – West

A life-long passion with the natural world is what motivates me. I am happiest when I am climbing above 18,000 feet on a Mexican volcano, when I am swimming in a school of fish 100 feet below the waves of Indonesia, or exploring a new world through science fiction novels. I have spent the last five years at Colorado State University teaching Honors Biology students and researching many important questions using human and cellular techniques in the fields of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. I am looking forward to exploring our natural world with Biology and Chemistry students here at Sturgis West.

Deanna Singh

Deanna Singh

Deanna Singh, Latin – East

I’m originally from Connecticut, but I completed my B.A. in Latin, Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at Franklin and Marshall College. While I was in school, I also attended the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, and spent a summer in Italy on an archaeological dig. My amazing husband and I moved to Boston a few years ago and I got my Masters in Classical Languages and Literatures at Brandeis University.

I found my passion for teaching while tutoring and working with underprivileged high school students, and I realized I wanted to be a part of a community where I have the chance to give back. For the last few years I’ve worked at private schools in the Greater Boston area, and I’m really excited to start a new adventure at Sturgis this year.

Kristina Solheim, Spanish – West

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Kristina zip lining over a gorge in Baños, Ecuador, Jan. 2016

I have a Masters degree in Teaching Spanish from the University of Colorado with a minor in PE. I taught for 4 years in the States before going overseas. I taught for 35 years overseas: Greece, Nicaragua, Thailand, Cyprus, Venezuela and Qatar. I taught a combination of Spanish, PE and ESL along with coaching Swimming, Volleyball, Track and Field and Gymnastics. The last 7 years before returning to the States, I taught Spanish, PE and ESL at ISE in Pattaya, Thailand.

During 17 of those years, my daughter, Krysia, was my constant companion. After graduating from the American School of Doha, she attended the University of Arizona majoring in Environmental Science. She then attended Yale and graduated in 2015 with a Masters in the Forestry Dept.  She now works as Project Manager for Go New Haven Go and is my inspiration for environmental activities.  I am an avid traveler and love going to different countries and meeting new people. I am very active and enjoy bicycling, hiking, swimming, horseback riding and many other outdoor sports.

Alyssa McClorey Timoh, ESL Teacher/ELL Support/Special Education Support- West

Alyssa McClorey Timoh

Alyssa McClorey Timoh, far right

I am happy to be returning to Massachusetts where I grew up, and even more excited to teach and work with the ELL and Special Ed students at Sturgis.  Education has always been important to my family, and I actually started my first official teaching job the year my father retired from being an educator for 35 years.  But even before this, I became passionate about education as a volunteer teacher in Guyana, South America. When I returned, I earned my Ed.M from Harvard Graduate School of Education, with a focus on urban education and a MA teaching license in social studies and ESL.  For the past 7 years, I taught in both New York City and Washington, DC.  I also spent some time teaching ESL in Lebanon. This past year, I was a center director at Higher Achievement, a non-profit in DC working to provide more academic opportunities for scholars outside of regular school hours.

I am passionate about education and its connection to social justice. I spend a lot of time as a board member of SAGE, a non-profit which provides college scholarships to students in Guyana. I also like reading, cooking vegetarian meals, traveling, shopping, and spending time with my husband.  I also love the beach, which means I feel even more fortunate to be living on the Cape!

Emily Weitzman, English and Wellness – East

I am excited to be joining the community of passionate students and teachers that is Sturgis! I will be teaching 10th grade English and Wellness, and working with the inclusion support team, at Sturgis East.

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Emily Weitzman, Nepal

Born and raised in New York, I graduated from Wesleyan University, where I majored in English and dance, and traveled to Kenya each summer to teach at the Kibera School for Girls. As a recipient of a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, I then spent an adventuresome year traveling the world, collaborating with poets and arts organizations in New Zealand, Australia, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Italy, and Ireland. I taught students of all ages, wrote and performed poetry, served as an artist-in-residence, ran writing retreats in the mountains, and befriended incredible people across the globe. After a year of wanderlust, I moved to Brooklyn and taught at The Chapin School in New York City.

I just returned from a summer in Nepal reconnecting with friends, writers, and mountains. After traveling and living in the Big Apple, I am looking forward to settling into life on the Cape!

Jessie Wilburn

Jessie Wilburn

Jessie Wilburn, Business and Science – West

I earned my bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University studying Business and Physics. I spent several years working for an investment bank first in New York and then in London before heading to the great state of Colorado. There, I pursued my Master’s degree in Nutrition Science and Exercise Physiology, where I studied sugar metabolism and type 2 diabetes in the framework of exercise. I’m very excited to return to my undergraduate roots and join the Sturgis West faculty to teach IB Business and Physics. In my free time, I can often be found running, biking, climbing mountains and/or rocks, reading books, and hanging with my dog, Vera.  Photo caption: Atop the Dragon’s Tail Couloir, Flattop Mountain, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

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My name is Duke, I am an 8 year-old Golden Retriever. You may recognize me as I visit both campuses regularly and enjoy spending time with students and staff! I am registered as a certified therapy dog through the Therapy Dogs International organization. This means that I have undergone certification testing ensuring that I am qualified in regard to training, behavior, and obedience and of the temperament suited for being a therapy dog. Alongside my person, Mrs. McIntosh, (who is a social worker within the Special Education Department here at Sturgis) my job is to provide companionship and emotional support through my presence and interaction with students. Please feel free to say hello- I am very friendly. We also encourage you to notify us (or the school nurse) if you may be allergic to my dander, so we can avoid causing itchy eyes and noses. Thank you for welcoming me into the Sturgis Family!

 

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