Welcome New Faculty 2017-18

Sturgis welcomes 32 new faculty members for 2017-18.  They join us from Alaska, California, Cape Cod, China, Colombia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, The Netherlands, New Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and Vermont.  Some of you may recognize five faculty members who are not new to Sturgis but are in new positions this year or joined our community last Spring.

Mary Agostinelli

Mary Agostinelli, Business – East

Though I am new to the Sturgis faculty, I am not new to Sturgis. For the past eight years I have been a Sturgis parent of Meghan (Sturgis ‘13), Kevin (Sturgis ‘15), and Mark (Sturgis ‘17). I have also served on the Sturgis Board of Trustees for the past few years.

Originally from New Jersey, I studied at Princeton University and the Wharton Graduate School of Business. After a decade-long career in marketing and advertising for Johnson & Johnson on brands such as Tylenol and Lactaid, I discovered a passion for teaching. During the past fifteen years I have taught marketing, advertising, and consumer behavior courses at Cape Cod Community College and courses from Algebra 2 through AP Calculus as well as AP Economics at Cape Cod Academy. I was honored to serve as the Mathematics Department Chair at CCA for the past two years.

During the summers you will find me biking around Cape Cod, singing the national anthem at Cotuit Kettleer games, reading, and spending time with my family.

Mark Aldo

Mark Aldo, Business – West

I am thrilled to be joining Sturgis West to teach IB Business! I decided to pursue my passion for teaching after working as a management consultant for four years in Boston. I returned to graduate school at Simmons College to study education and history. I enjoy being active in my free time and have a slightly unhealthy obsession with baseball, especially the Chicago Cubs.

Paul Archer

Paul Archer, Latin – West

Something old and something new.  You might think this saying refers to teaching Latin language and literature in the 21st century, but I use it to describe my exciting move to Sturgis.  As for the something old, my arrival marks my return to teaching Latin, my first love, after a three-year hiatus teaching 9th and 10th grade English at Marlborough School, a private girls’ school in Los Angeles.  I look forward to using my recent experiences in teaching literature and writing to develop my beginning Latin classes as well as my IB classes.  And teaching IB is a first for me. Although I have taught Latin for over 30 years in middle school and high school, in coed and girls’ schools, I have only heard about the IB.  I look forward to helping my students succeed as together we face new challenges.

Chloe Bade with students in Annecy, France, Summer 2016.

Chloe Bade, French – West

I am so excited to be joining the Sturgis team this coming school year!  After getting my B.A. in French and English from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and my teaching certificates in French and English from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater, I taught English in a small village in the south of France for a year.  For the past four years I have been teaching all levels of French (1-6/AP) in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.  This past spring, I completed my Professional French Master’s degree with a concentration in international education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  As a part of my master’s degree, I spent summer 2016 in Annecy, France where I interned at a French language immersion school.  I enjoy all things Harry Potter, doing yoga, traveling, reading, and most recently- knitting!  I am really eager to start this new adventure on the Cape!

Mary Bellamy, Special Education – West

Mary Bellamy

I am delighted to be joining the Sturgis community as an inclusion specialist at West.  I believe strongly in the “IB for all” philosophy and look forward to working with the wonderful students and faculty at Sturgis.  After graduating from Boston College, I lived in California (my husband’s home state) for several years while earning my M.A. in English from UC Berkeley.  There I had the opportunity to first teach English as a Second Language and to work at “I-House” with international students.  

Massachusetts called me home, though, and I began teaching English at Cape Cod Academy, where I also did college counseling.  I chaired the All-Cape College Day program for four years and edited the NE Association for College Admissions Counseling newsletter.  Most recently I enjoyed the charter school environment at Rising Tide in Plymouth, where I taught 5th grade social studies.

A lifelong fan of Star Trek and The Lord of the Rings (trivia questions, anyone?), I also love rowing, zumba, and spending time with my two grown children and my two furry “kids,” corgis Pippa and Kane.

Ariana Burchfield

Ariana Burchfield, Special Education – West

I was born and raised on Cape Cod, where I attended and graduated from Mashpee High School in 2013. After graduating from high school, I attended Bridgewater State University where I received my degree in Psychology with a minor in Special Education. For the past four years I have been lucky enough to work as a Personal Care Assistant for a teenage boy that has Down syndrome. It has been such a rewarding experience and I have gained so much insight from it. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I love the summer and engaging in activities such as kayaking and going to the beach. I am so excited and honored to join the Sturgis community. I know it will be a wonderful year!

Aimee Daigneault

Aimee Daigneault, Special Education – East

I am thrilled to be joining the Sturgis community this year.  I have been involved in education since 1994 and working with special education students is my passion.  For the past 9 years I was an Education Support Personnel for special education inclusion at Sandwich Public Schools.  Prior to that, my positions included Riverview School Project GROW Transition Program, preschool teacher at the Lake Norman YMCA and a teacher’s assistant in Charlotte, North Carolina  where I resided for 13 years before moving back to Cape Cod.  I have two  teenage daughters. Hailee will be attending her first year of college at Curry and Kendall will be a junior at Sandwich High School.  In my free time I am often playing tennis, spending time at the beach, reading and walking my bulldog Roxee.  I am honored to be a part of the Sturgis faculty and look forward to helping students challenge themselves to succeed.

Connor DeCosta shelling peas in Hisar, India

Connor DeCosta, Assistant to Business Manager – East & West

When I left Sturgis with the graduating class of 2011, I never expected that I would return.  In the 6 years that followed, I attended UMass Amherst receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, and worked in the Massachusetts State Senate.  A month before graduation from Grad School, I became aware of an opening here in the business office, and jumped at the opportunity to give back to a community and a school that did so much for me during my high school years.  The Sturgis community truly is a special place and I am ecstatic to have an opportunity to join it once again.

Iffat Farooqi

Iffat Farooqi, Physics – East

I am originally from Illinois but I have lived in many countries in the past including the UK and Saudi Arabia.  I received my Bachelors in Computer Systems Engineering from Pakistan and then went on to get my Certificate in Education from Sunderland, UK.

I love teaching and have taught Mathematics, IT and ESL in the past. My last teaching post was in Saudi Arabia where I have been teaching Physics and Chemistry for the past 7 years.  Though I have travelled all over the world I am glad to finally be back in the US to settle down and have my 5 year old daughter settle in to the school system here.  I am very excited to have the opportunity to teach on Cape Cod and am looking forward to teaching Physics at Sturgis East this year.

Todd French

Todd French, History – West

I am very happy to be joining the Sturgis West community to teach history. I grew up in Massachusetts and earned a B.A. at the University of Chicago and a Doctorate in Anthropology at Boston University. For the last five years, I’ve taught IB Individuals and Societies and TOK classes at the United World College-USA in New Mexico and been a part of their wilderness, social justice, and farm programs, as well as leading educational trips around the Southwest. I am passionate about history, culture, and the natural world and have researched environmental relations in Mozambique as a Fulbright Scholar, traveled throughout southern Africa, and led student trips to Spain, France, and China. I love hiking, fishing and sailing and am excited to explore the “bared and bended arm of Massachusetts” with my wife and daughter.

Barbara Furner, Chemistry – East

Barbara Furner and her family

I grew up near Niagara Falls, NY and graduated with a BS in chemistry from SUNY Geneseo, followed by an MS in chemistry from Purdue University. I have taught a variation of science/chemistry/physics at the elementary, middle school, high school, and college levels in Kentucky, Georgia, Virginia, and Massachusetts. I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Stu, for 22 years and we are the proud parents of Olivia, Carl, and Mariana. We also own Derbyfield Kennel in Harwich. I am super excited to join the Sturgis team of teaching professionals!

Karen Gauthier, Lead Counselor – East

I am so excited to be joining the Sturgis Charter Public School family.  While my past 25 years as a school counselor for Barnstable Public Schools have been personally and professionally rewarding, I am eagerly looking forward to the opportunities and challenges that the Sturgis community and the East counseling team will provide.  

Karen Gauthier

I have either been a student or an educational employee since I was 5 years old.  After graduating Weymouth North High school, I headed out west for an adventure (and engineering degree or so I thought).  Although I loved numbers, once enrolled at Cal Poly Tech, I soon realized Engineering was not for me and so I quickly transferred to the Applied Developmental Psychology major.  After an internship at a local middle school, I do believe a career was born. I moved back to the East Coast where I got my Masters Degree in School Counseling from Boston College.  I started in Barnstable that fall and have been lucky enough  to do a job I love ever since.

My family and I live in Cotuit and enjoying being active members of the Barnstable community.  There is something special about  working in the community I live in but I am also so excited to meet student and staff from all over the Cape and beyond! My husband Andy is a math teacher at Barnstable Intermediate School and my son, Drew, is a junior at Barnstable High School.  When we aren’t watching a sporting event of some (ANY) kind, you will find me cooking, reading (find me on GoodReads) or dreaming of/planning our next vacation somewhere.  Although I do love summer vacation, I can’t wait to get started getting to know my Sturgis students and facilitating their transition through Sturgis and beyond.

Rosemarie Gentile

Rosemarie Gentile, Music – West

It is my pleasure to join the Fine Arts Department as the music teacher at Sturgis West.  For the past 13 years, I have taught music for grades 7-12 at Notre Dame Academy in Hingham.  As the sole music teacher for the school I enjoyed teaching many different music classes and performing ensembles and look forward to teaching similar classes at Sturgis.  To keep up with current trends in music education, I enjoy participating in classes, workshops, and conferences for music teachers. Recent professional development includes two graduate courses: iPads in Music Education and World Music Drumming, and attending the American Choral Directors Association Summer Conference for Choral Musicians.  My hobbies include walking, yoga, sewing and quilting, and travelling.

Benjamin Guibal

Benjamin Guibal, French – West

I was born in France, and raised in the south of France in Nîmes, a famous Roman city, near the Mediterranean Sea. I lived a few years in Spain with my parents when I was a child. I have a Master’s degree in philosophy and taught three years of High School philosophy.

I really love my language, the European culture and its history of ideas. I like to have discussions and all kinds of debates, to try to understand the reality around us and share about the different cultures in the world. I have traveled in Asia, Africa, North America and many countries in Europe.  Besides traveling, I also enjoy snowboarding, discovering new cities, literature, chess, and fishing.

I’m married to a Minnesotan named Amy and we have two daughters named Miriam and Élise. I’m very excited to have my first experience teaching in a US school at Sturgis!

Lynn Krumvieda

Lynn Krumvieda, English – East

It seems a two-decade tour of the Atlantic (from Norway to Brazil to the Netherlands) has brought me to Cape Cod…a ways from my San Francisco roots and I fear no closer to mastering any of those languages.  Those years found me working my way through Norway’s ‘Happy Hiker’ guide over trails marked ‘Easy’ that were anything but, to a continent that could offer the likes of Machu Picchu and Patagonia’s Torres del Paine in one delicious spring break. The Netherlands then situated me quite literally between Rembrandt’s early studio and the Pilgrim’s last holdout before their departure to a new world. I seem to be hard on the heels of those Pilgrims leaving Leiden to ultimately land here on the Cape.

Of course, there was a previous life as a professional figure skater (but there hangs another tale…)

Those same years ensconced me in the IB and all it embraces and all it cherishes – from teaching to examining to coordination and all through the lens of Literature and Theory of Knowledge. Looking forward to joining the ranks of the English Dept folks here and of course, the Sturgis community…you have quite the reputation about the land!  Anything around theatre, music and literature will draw me in and out to explore.

Emily Lambdin, History – East

Emily atop the Blaze, Spanish Peaks, Madison Range, Montana

I am beyond excited to be joining the lively community of students and teachers that is Sturgis! I will be teaching 10th grade History, and working with the inclusion support team, at Sturgis East. Raised in Connecticut, I graduated from Bowdoin College in 2016, where I studied History and Art History. I spent a semester abroad at the Stockholm School of Economics, pursuing comparative studies of American and Swedish society, and teaching English to elementary school children. As a student I also completed an internship with ArtVan, an art therapy non-profit, where I worked with children from low-resource communities in MidCoast Maine to encourage healing, creative expression, and positive social skills through art.

I love the outdoors! During my free time I enjoy running, hiking, skiing, and mountain biking. This past year I worked as an outdoor education instructor at the Hulbert Outdoor Center in Vermont. I was lucky to spend every day outside, in the beautiful Vermont landscape, running teambuilding and leadership programs, and teaching students ecology and natural history. I am eager to explore Cape Cod and start a new adventure at Sturgis this year.

Colette Milligan

Colette Milligan, Latin – West

Salvete, my name is Colette Milligan, and I am joining Sturgis West as a Latin teacher. I received my BA in Classical Languages and Literature at the University of California, Davis, and also completed a post-baccalaureate program there. Afterwards, I ventured to Massachusetts to complete an MA in Greek and Latin at Boston College. I spent the last year teaching junior high students Latin, as well as Roman culture, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In my spare time I enjoy science fiction/fantasy, watching movies with my boyfriend, a fellow scholar of ancient languages, and spending time with our two cat overlords.

Meg Morris, Administrative Assistant – West

Meg Morris with her family

I have been a Sturgis parent since 2014, and it is with pleasure that I am now joining the faculty and staff community. Originally from Long Island, I hold a BA in Psychology from the State University of New York/Old Westbury.  After moving to Boston, I began my career in Human Resources at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, eventually serving as their director of Employee Relations. My husband and I moved to the Cape in 2001 following the birth of our second child. I worked as an independent HR consultant while my children were small, then returned to full-time work outside the home when our third child entered kindergarten. Here on the Cape, I have worked as the human resources director for Marketing Advocate, Inc. and the Healthy Children Project.

I live in Centerville with my husband, Gary, and our three children – Ian (Sturgis ’17), Nina (Sturgis ’19) and Julian (entering Sturgis fall ’18). I am grateful for the opportunity to work alongside all of you, and look forward to getting to know you more.

Jennifer Murphy

Jennifer Murphy, Librarian – West

I am thrilled to be joining Sturgis West as the librarian and am looking forward to working with this wonderful community of faculty and students.

Originally from Needham, MA, I earned my B.A. from Boston University and then my Masters in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. For the past 12 years, I was the librarian and then Director of Information and Media Services at Falmouth Academy.

I am passionate about libraries and all aspects of librarianship, but particularly in how to find, access, and assess information in a Google-driven world. I love reading, cooking, exploring nature on Cape Cod, and hanging out with my three children, identical twins Matt and Luke (age 11), Sean (age 8), and our fluffy cat Eva (also age 8).

Mary Pawlusiak

Mary Pawlusiak, Special Education – West

I graduated from SCPS East in 2013 and attended Salve Regina University majoring in French and minoring in English Communications.  I will be working at Sturgis West as part of the Special Education team.  I have always had a passion for helping others in discovering their full potential. During my time at Salve I helped tutor fellow students and was apart of the SRYou member board,  an annual day dedicated to showcasing students’ individual projects to the community.

In my freshman year of college, I decided I wanted to travel to France, not only to learn more about the language but also to broaden my horizons. I spent three weeks in France studying classic French literature in a small class setting.  In my spare time I love to listen to French music and travel so I am hoping to return in the near future for a visit! 

I am a big believer in the IB program because it led me to such a rigorous and rewarding college experience. During my time at Sturgis I grew not only as a student but as an individual due to the smaller class sizes and welcoming community. I truly believe that the Sturgis community is one where every student can benefit and grow as a learner. 

Sarah Peters, Nanwalek, AK

Sarah Peters, School Psychologist – East & West

I am thrilled to be working at both the Sturgis East and Sturgis West campuses as the School Psychologist. I grew up and completed university in Connecticut and then worked in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. I most recently worked in the Homer, Alaska area, servicing schools in “town”, Russian Old Believer villages, and Alaska Native fly-out villages. I have returned to Massachusetts to be closer to family, and was lucky to find a coastal destination after having lived on Kachemak Bay in Alaska. I look forward to exploring the Cape throughout the school year, especially finding hiking trails, arts, music and theater events, and local festivals of any kind. (I’m hoping to get local suggestions for activities, destinations and adventures!) I am excited to be joining the Sturgis community and to learn ways that I can be helpful to students and staff.

Dia Prantis, Cardigan Mountain, New Hampshire

Dia Prantis, Librarian – East

I love coming to work!  I started last year helping in academic support and by January I found myself sharing the position of librarian with Daniela Milne.  Previously I was a high school English teacher, so working in the library surrounded by books and students doing research feels like a natural environment to me.  When I’m not working or busy with my three boys, I am either in the pottery studio or in the garden—making bowls for my garden produce!  On weekends, when we can, we like hiking as a family and other times I lead hikes for the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC).  While we haven’t been able to travel abroad very often, we have hosted international students for the past four years and brought a bit of their lives and culture into our home.  Perhaps this is what I appreciate most about being in a school environment—learning from students about their interests and sharing what I have to offer.

Melissa Rais, Spanish – West

Melissa at Carnaval de Barranquilla, Barranquilla, Colombia

Hello! My name is Melissa Rais and I am from Barranquilla, Colombia!  I am excited to return to my teaching roots at Sturgis as I will be teaching two sections of HL1, one section of SL1 and two sections of Spanish 1. I have been teaching English Literature  at Marymount School in Barranquilla for seven years and I previously taught Spanish at a Catholic school in New Orleans, Louisiana. Both of these cities are filled with wonderful music, colorful culture, exotic cuisine and a unique charm.

I love Jazz music, salsa music, live concerts, learning about culinary arts,  fine arts, history and literature.  I am a certified Scuba Diver and also enjoy travel. Among my travels, I have humbly decided that Italy is the most amazing place I have seen as well as the South of France!

I hope this mix is a great fit for the Cape and especially for Sturgis. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and look forward to being part of the community.

Galen Ryley

Galen Ryley, School Counselor – West

My family and I returned to the Cape this spring from Duxbury and before that Rhode Island, and we are thrilled to be back home! I was a counselor for seven years at a high school in Rhode Island and am very happy to be continuing my career at Sturgis West. My husband and I have two boys, Sam (4) and Peter (17 months), and very loving black lab named Murphy. We love the ocean and you can often find us sailing, boating, and beaching. In the winter months we love skiing. I am looking forward to a wonderful school year at Sturgis, thank you for welcoming me to the community.

Jo Schofield, Special Education – West

Jo Schofield and her family

I am excited to be joining the Stugis team as a Special Education inclusion specialist and look forward to meeting staff, students, parents, alumni and trustees.

I was born and raised in Peterborugh, England to Italian immigrants. Growing up, my family spent summers in Italy and we would tour France, Belgium, Austria and Switzerland. From a very young age I knew I wanted to travel the world and explore different cultures. Independently, I have traveled to Canada, Jamaica, Egypt, and most recently, Tunisia.

My educational path took me to London where I earned my degree at Roehampton University. In 1998, I had the opportunity to work in America as an Art Therapist and Special Education teacher at the Devereux Foundation Rutland, MA. My professional career also led me to Y.O.U. Inc, Worcester, to work as a Family Counselor. During this time I met my husband and moved to Tampa, Florida where I explored the Social Work field. When we started our family we moved to Martha’s Vineyard to be close to family which then led us to live on Cape Cod. My family and I have lived on the Cape for 11 years where I’ve had the opportunity  to continued my work in the Mental Health profession.

Traveling is still a huge part of me and my children are my companions. As a family we enjoy the outdoors as well as indoor activities which include cooking, baking and trying new recipes. If you have a delicious new recipe don’t be afraid to share with me! I also like to share my new and tasty homemade treats.

I look forward to meeting every one at Sturgis. My new journey begins and life is good.

Emily Sherman, Athletic Director – East

Emily Sherman, second from right

I am very excited to officially be a part of the Sturgis community and staff. I spent last year transitioning into my role as Athletic Director, and feel very fortunate for having had February-June to become a part of this great community. I will be working as the athletic Director at East, as well as helping out in special education as an inclusion specialist at East.  I will also continue coaching Girl’s Basketball at West for our second season together.

I moved to the Cape from San Antonio in April of 2016 to live closer to family. I have grown up spending summers on the Cape my entire life, mostly in Dennis and Brewster. I love Cape Cod and was ready to move her year round – today I live in West Dennis. My hobbies include pick up basketball, beach volleyball, tennis, softball, taking walks with my family, and taste testing the many different ice cream spots on the Cape.

I am very excited to work at Sturgis in both special education and athletics. My philosophy has always revolved around teamwork, and I strongly believe in being a team player in all aspects of my life. I’m looking forward to implementing that philosophy throughout my work at Sturgis. I am a firm believer in the idea that involving youth in extra curricular activities (athletics, art, music, clubs, etc.) helps keep them motivated, increases self esteem, enables their critical thinking skills, and develops goal oriented young adults.

Matt Sydow, School Counselor – West

I was born and raised in the small town of Alton, New Hampshire on beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee. Following high school I attended three different universities over the span of seven years: Northeastern University, Louisiana State University, and the University of New Hampshire where I ultimately obtained a Master of Education in Counseling. With my masters degree complete, I spent one year working as an admissions counselor at Cameron University in Oklahoma before deciding to spend some time overseas in order to explore the world a bit. I worked as a middle school counselor for two years at a large IB school in Dubai with students from over 90 different nationalities before spending another two years at an IB candidate school in China as a high school counselor.  This year I am incredibly happy to be back home in New England and excited to be joining the Sturgis community as a school counselor at the West campus!

Alex Taubert

Alex Taubert, Math Special Education – East

 I am very excited to return to Sturgis. Graduating from Sturgis in 2011, I moved on to get a B.S. in Actuarial Mathematics from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. While at WPI I was a teaching assistant, tutoring in the math center as well as lecturing occasionally, and I also played varsity baseball. I look forward to my return to Sturgis to help out in the math department as well as the baseball team as an assistant coach. (Well, my second return, as I taught a few classes last year, and was assistant baseball coach last spring!)  This will be my first full year back at Sturgis and I’m very excited to start again.  In my spare time I play baseball, ski, write music and code, develop video games, and raise my puppy and toddler.

Reegan Whipple, Spanish & ELL – East & West

Reegan Whipple and Channing

I received my B.A. in Spanish and B.S. in Health Policy and Management from Providence College in 2016. I lived in VA for one year doing health policy consulting for a private firm before moving back to New England to pursue a career in teaching. I am currently enrolled in a Master of Education program through Fitchburg State University. I will be teaching Spanish 2 at Sturgis East. My personal interests include ballroom dancing, which I have done competitively since I was 14, horseback riding, and running. My nose is always in a book and historical fiction is my favorite genre. My favorite social event is having a spot of high tea with my sisters and mother. My one year old Wheaten Terrier named Channing is my companion for all things outdoors! I grew up in Plymouth, MA as the youngest of six children and the daughter of a cranberry farmer.

Susan Wilcox-Harris, Special Education – West

Susan Wilcox-Harris and sons, Pawtuckaway State Preserve, New Hampshire

I am thrilled to be relocating to the Cape to work as a Special Education paraprofessional with the students at Sturgis!  I’ve spent the last twenty years as a paraprofessional in a Learning Center at Chelmsford High School working with students with mild to moderate learning disabilities and helping them access study skills and the general education curriculum.  My particular strengths are in math and foreign language.  Growing up, my father worked for the U.S. Department of State, and I was lucky enough to attend international schools in Brazil, Belgium, Argentina, and Mexico.  My years in those countries were priceless.  While I enjoyed camping in New Hampshire this August with my sons, I will be looking for a bit more than a camping spot in the Falmouth/Mashpee/Sandwich area for a place of my own! I am very happy to be able to move closer to and stay with family.  I am excited about joining the Sturgis community, and cannot wait to meet and work with the students and staff!

Heidi Wilson, Adjustment Counselor – East & West

Heidi planting coffee at a sustainable farm on a service trip in the Cuban province of Matanzas.

Born and raised in Massachusetts, I have held different positions in the field of education and counseling, as a teacher, instructional assistant, and, most recently, a school based counselor. I also taught Science and Aids education classes in Zimbabwe and English in Japan. In my spare time, I enjoy travelling, seeing shows, paddle boarding and spending time with my family and friends. I am ecstatic to be the first adjustment counselor at Sturgis, and join the wonderful community of students and staff.

Mark Wright, Latin – East

Mark Wright

I grew up in Braintree Massachusetts and attended Boston College High School, where I first got into the Classics by taking ancient Greek and reading Homer’s Odyssey.  Since most of my Latin and Greek teachers were Holy Cross alumni, I went there to major in Classics.  I also studied abroad for a semester in Rome at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies.  That was like Latin boot camp and convinced me that I wanted to do Classics full time.  After college I went to Columbus Ohio to get my Masters degree and eventually PhD in Classics at the Ohio State University, writing a dissertation on the Satires of the poet Horace.  

I taught at Ohio State for eight years, my alma mater BC High for one and last year at Hope College in Holland Michigan.  After nine years teaching at the college level, I decided I much preferred teaching high school and decided to do that for good.

Besides teaching Latin at Sturgis East next year, I’m collaborating on a book about a middle English romance called Titus and Vespasian about the destruction of Jerusalem.  This has meant a summer reading the ancient historian Josephus and looking at medieval manuscripts.  I also write on Ciceronian oratory, Roman satire, Roman historiography and the influence of ancient Greece and Rome on the founding fathers.

In addition to the ancient world I try to read a lot of other history and, despite the grind it can often be, I am something of a politics junkie.  I try to play video games but the older I get the less time I seem to have for them.  I am not much of a concert goer, but I have seen Bruce Springsteen live three times and will happily do so as often as I can.


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