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September 14, 2012

The Phillipian

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2012-2013 NEW FACULTY Kassie Archambault ’06 Teaching Fellow in Russian

What is your favorite word in Russian? Why? My favorite word in Russian is “bukinistitciski,” which I hardly get to use because it’s meaning has to do with selling second-hand books, but it’s a fun word to say! What drew you to Andover? I graduated from Andover in 2006, and it has shaped the way I think about education. For the past two years, I have been teaching in New York City public schools, and I have often reflected on my time at Andover and how my teachers motivated and challenged me. I was drawn to return to Andover in a teaching capacity in order to grow in my own pedagogy and learn from people that I greatly admire and respect. What else will you be doing on campus this year (coaching, house counseling, etc.)? I am a house counselor in Bancroft. In the winter, I will be an assistant coach for the wrestling team, and in the spring I will assist with coaching the Girls JVII Lacrosse team. Where did you graduate from college and what was your major? In 2010 I graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Russian language and literature. In 2012 I graduated from Hunter College of the City University of New York with a master’s degree in Special Education.

Brienne Foley

Margaret Cooper Teaching Fellow in English

How did you decide to come to Andover? I came here to teach at summer session two years ago and had a really good experience, so I decided to apply to come back. What are you most looking forward to as the school year starts? I’m looking forward a lot to teaching, but I think what I’m most looking forward to is getting to interact with my students in lots of different venues outside the classroom since I can see their performances and sports games since there are always so many activities going on here, so I’m excited about that. How did you decide to become an English teacher? I became an English major in college because I love reading novels. From there, I just decided that I wanted to continue reading novels and then sharing works of writing with people. I’m also very into writing, so I think it’s really important that students become better writers, so that’s also part of my agenda as an English teacher. What are your other campus roles? I am a complementary house counselor in Double Brick, and I am going to be helping with the Writing Center. Where did you graduate from college and what was your major? I graduated from Yale University with a major in English.

Jessica Harms

Instructor in History and Social Science

Instructor in Theatre & Dance

What drew you to teaching History? To Andover? I knew I wanted to be a history teacher since I was in elementary school! I was drawn to Andover for its reputation of acceptance, diversity and constant drive for improvement. What else will you be doing on campus this year (coaching, house counseling, etc.)? I will be a complementary house counselor in Samaritan House, a Winter Track coach and a Spring Dance coach. What did you do over the summer? I had baby number two and moved back to Massachusetts...and of course chased after my oneyear-old. A little-known/interesting fact about yourself! I just moved back from Ireland two years ago. I loved it there!

What is your favorite play/dance to teach? I love musicals, and I will also be directing our spring musical! Last school year I directed and choreographed five musicals in 10 months! Did you know that in the 1970s “The Hobbit” was made into a musical? And yes, Gandalf sings. What did you do over the summer? This summer I had my first experience with boarding school, teaching dance and theatre at Cushing Academy. What drew you to Andover? Andover has a strong, supportive community with students who are willing to try new things and work hard to achieve their goals. The school’s commitment to diversity and educating youth from every quarter is something that resonates strongly with me, having worked with the diverse community of Boston Public Schools for the past two years. What else will you be doing on campus this year? I will be overseeing the Drama Lab productions, which are completely student-run and performed on Friday evenings. Where did you graduate from college and what was your major? I graduated with a bachelor’s in Directing/ Dramatic Literature and a minor in Dance from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA, and with my master’s in Theater Education from Emerson College in Boston.

Sandra LopezMorales ’97

Fellow in Graham House & Instructor in Psychology Why Andover? I was a student here and graduated in 1997, and I think when you attend a school like Andover, you have a profound connection to the school that never really goes away, and I think I’ve consistently felt a pull back. Andover is a very special place to me, and I can’t even tell you how happy I am to be back here. Why counseling? I’ve always been sort of an observer of people ever since I was very young, but I took two psychology classes at Andover and I think that really solidified things for me. What are you looking forward to? The kids. Working with the students, helping you guys solve problems, helping you figure out who you are, helping you manage stress. I know first hand how difficult this place can be at times, and learning new ways to cope and problem solve are incredibly important to successfully graduating from Andover. What are your other campus roles? I’m a complementary house counselor in Bancroft, and I’ll be teaching a PACE class. I also volunteer with community service. Where did you graduate from college and what was your major? University of Texas at Austin, Psychology major (bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate at UTexas)

Joan Rasmussen Teaching Fellow in Math

What is your favorite topic to teach? Graph theory is my favorite because it has very broad applications. It places a hierarchy or order on real world things that happen. It’s looking at connections between any kinds of systems. You could look at a human body, you could look at a school system or you could look at a map. It helps to organize; it’s a big problem-solving tool in my opinion. What did you do this summer? I taught at ACE in Colorado, and I also just traveled. I visited Louisiana, Arkansas and Tennessee. What drew you to Andover? I think the high standards that are held in academics are probably the biggest things. Where did you graduate from college and what was your major? I have both an undergraduate degree and a graduate degree from Louisiana Tech University. I have a bachelor’s degree and then a master’s in science and math. My undergrad degree was in French and my Masters degree was in math.

Welcome to All New Faculty Members!

Lauren Moye Graham House Intern

What position do you fill on campus? What do you do? I am the intern at the Graham House Counseling Center. I will be working with students who seek help at the Graham House, as well has helping teach the PACE course. What drew you to that position? I was drawn to the position because I am passionate about counseling adolescents. PA students have a lot on their plates, and I believe counseling can be an integral part of success in a stressful environment. What drew you to Andover? Andover values curiosity and learning, and it is a community that supports and relies upon each other. I am excited to engage with and contribute to the Andover community. What else will you be doing on campus this year (coaching, house counseling, etc.)? Since I live off-campus, I will not be coaching or house counseling. I am hoping to work with the Dance department to offer a course in swing dance and to participate in community service. Where did you graduate from college and what was your major? I graduated from Mount Holyoke College. I am currently enrolled in a master’s program at Boston College. At MHC I was a Psychology major and Theatre minor. I am currently working on my master’s in Mental Health Counseling at BC.

Allen Scheier

Instructor in Math Did you do anything interesting over the summer? The high point of my summer may have been seeing Bruce Springsteen at Fenway Park. What’s a fun fact? When I was in school, math was never my favorite subject. Why were you drawn to Andover? The opportunity to work with a diverse student population really drew me. What are you looking forward to most? I’m just looking forward to meeting my students. What is your favorite topic to teach? Calculus. Where did you attend college and what was your major? I have a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering and an Ed. M. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Lowell. I also have an Ed. D. in Administration and Policy from Boston University.

Austin Davis

Teaching Fellow in History What drew you to teaching English? To Andover? I’ve known I was going to be a teacher since I was five-years-old, and I would play school with my younger sisters—I always played the English teacher, of course. And Andover is exactly the kind of place I’ve always dreamed of teaching at, the kind of place where I can interact with students in the classroom, in the dorm, as a coach and as a fellow community member. I’m so excited for all the aspects of this incredible place. What else will you be doing on campus? I’m a house counselor in Bartlet this year. As for sports, I’m helping out with Outdoor Pursuits in the winter, and I’m coaching Girls’ Water Polo in the spring! What did you do over the summer? This summer, I began an English Master’s program at the Bread Loaf School of English. Basically, I spent six weeks in Oxford, England pretending to be British and studying modernist novels… can you imagine anything better?! What’s your Favorite English word! My favorite English word: bodacious. It’s just perfect. Where did you graduate from college and what was your major? I graduated from Williams College, and I majored in English... and math! I may be an English teacher, but I do have a soft spot in my heart for proofs and equations. Maybe I’ll give a guest math lecture sometime?

Kiley Horne

Teaching Fellow in Biology How did you become interested in Biology? When did you decide you wanted to teach? I fell in love with Biology in high school because I found the study of life to be most interesting and also fun. I enjoyed doing science as much as learning it. I only decided to teach very recently, during my Senior year of college. What drew you to Andover? As a former private school student, I knew that if I wanted to teach it would be at a private school so that I could feel the sense of community that comes with the environment. Andover was on the top of my list being one of the top private schools in the country and also being right down the street from my college. What are you most looking forward to as the school year begins and why? Meeting my students and finding my groove as a teacher. I hope to be one that can help others enjoy biology the way I did in high school. I hope to make it fun for my students to learn and do science. What’s a fun fact about yourself? I love to surf, I have a puppy named Henry and I love to eat fried pickles. What are your other roles on campus? I am a house counselor in Johnson Hall and I’m also an assistant coach for Girls Varsity Soccer and Girls Varsity Basketball. Where did you graduate from college and what was your major? Merrimack College, major in Biology with a concentration in Ecology and Environment.

Christoph Niederhauser

Teaching Fellow in German What is your favorite word in German? Perhaps “Libelle”? It’s the word for “dragonfly” (though it has neither the “dragon” or the “fly” linguistically). The “l”s in it make it sound very graceful. What did you do over the summer? Over the summer I worked at Middlebury College’s intensive German Summer School program, where no one was able to speak in anything but German for seven weeks! What drew you to Andover? There are many facets to Andover that drew me here, but an important one was the strong sense of a supportive and curious community. What else will you be doing on campus this year? I’m a complementary house counselor at Flagg House, I will be coaching cross country this term and helping out with basketball in the winter term. I hope to be involved with the German Club and CAMD! Where did you graduate from college and what was your major? I graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont, and I majored in Japanese Studies with a minor in Music Composition.

Noah Warren ’07 Teaching Fellow in English

What are your favorite novels, short story or poem? Novel: “Anna Karenina,” by Leo Tolstoy, “The Man Who Died,” by D.H. Lawrence and “Ulysses,” by Tennyson. What did you do over the summer? Hiked the first 1000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail and taught at ACE in Colorado. What drew you to Andover? I went here; my English teachers here were hugely important in deciding what to love and pursue. What else will you be doing on campus this year? Complementing in Tucker House; coaching Wrestling in the winter and coaching Crew in the spring. Where did you graduate from college and what was your major? I graduated from Yale University, majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing.


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2012-2013 NEW FACULTY Suzanne Enzerink

Instructor in History What is your favorite time period to teach? I am interested in the different ways social hierarchies are represented to a current audience—for example, in the form of diaries, engravings/cartoons, popular culture, etc.—particularly during the Civil War, the 1950s and Dutch colonialism, broadly speaking. All three are periods in which major changes started to take form in thinking about categories such as race. What did you do over the summer? I spent the summer in Colorado as part of Andover’s ACE program. It was a wonderful experience. I had never been to that part of the U.S. before, and the natural beauty was astounding. We went hiking, rafting and to a horse ranch. What drew you to Andover? PA is an exceptional school, and word of its incredible academic, athletic and residential life traveled even to the Netherlands. When I interviewed, I was very impressed by the academy’s commitment to excellence in sports, studies, community service, diversity, etc. Most importantly, all students I talked to were passionate about what they were pursuing, which makes for a rewarding environment to work in. Where did you graduate from college and what was your major? I did my undergraduate degree in American Studies at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. I then continued on to do the MA program there as well, and I spent last year at Brown University in Providence, RI, in the MA program American Civilization.

Eugene Hughes

Instructor in French What is your favorite French word? “Se débrouiller.” It literally means “to unscramble” but can mean 1000 things in French. What drew you to teaching French? To Andover? French was my lowest grade first semester freshman year of college...I wanted a challenge. After I found out about the job opening here, I did some research and talked to a good friend who teaches at Exeter. The job just seemed like a perfect fit for my interests. What else will you be doing on campus this year? I am the resident house counselor (assisted by my lovely wife) in Tucker House, coaching JVII Girls Basketball and will be an assistant Track coach in the spring. What’s a little-known fact about yourself! I played against Kevin Garnett several times as a kid in Little League Basketball (he grew up and lived just an hour away from my hometown in SC before going to prep school in Chicago). Where did you graduate from college and what was your major? I graduated from Wofford College with a degree in French and then from UNC Chapel Hill with a graduate degree in Education.

Theodore Parker Instructor in History and Social Science

What is your favorite period in history to teach? 13th & 14th centuries (who doesn’t love the Mongols?). What did you do over the summer? This past summer, my wife and I worked at Wolfeboro Camp School in Wolfeboro, NH. I taught history, and my wife was responsible for the non-academic portion of the girls’ campus. What drew you to Andover? An amazing faculty and student body, and being so close to a major city is not a bad thing either. What else will you be doing on campus this year? In addition to chasing my three children around, I will be the assistant JV Boys Hockey and assistant Varsity Boys Baseball coach. Where did you graduate from college and what was your major? Undergrad/Grad at Gustavus Adolphus/Boston College. I studied Economics/Education History.

Michael Stein

Teaching Fellow in Japanese What is your favorite word in Japanese? Why? My favorite word in Japanese is “faito,” coming from the English word “fight.” People say faito to encourage others to do their best. What did you do over the summer? For the first half of the summer, I spent my time working and preparing myself for adulthood. For the latter half of the summer, I visited Japan and Korea, visiting friends that I first met in high school, whom I had not seen since. It was wonderful to surprise them with my ability to converse with them in their mother tongue. What drew you to Andover? Andover is a school that has values very similar to those that I experienced during my four years in college. Having the opportunity not just to participate in this community but to have the chance to teach a subject I have dedicated so much time to over the past eight years of my life was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down. What else will you be doing on campus this year (coaching, house counseling, etc.)? I will be a complementary house counselor for Pemberton Cottage, and will be coaching fencing in the fall, and FIT in the spring. Where did you graduate from college and what was your major? I just graduated from Amherst College, in Amherst, MA, with a major in Asian Languages and Civilizations with a concentration on Japan.

Benjamin Feng ’07 Teaching Fellow in Math

What will you be teaching this year? Math 320 in the fall, 330 in the winter and 340 in the spring. What is your favorite formula or topic to teach? Precalculus, obviously. What did you do over the summer? I taught at the ACE [Accelerate, Challenge, Enrich Scholars] program in Colorado and spent a good chunk of time outdoors. What drew you to Andover? I was a student here and graduated in 2007. I decided that I had to come back! What else will you be doing on campus this year? I’ll be a house counselor in Bishop and will help coach the Varsity Ultimate team. What are you most looking forward to at Andover? Seeing students grow both inside and outside the classroom. Where did you graduate from college and what was your major? I graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in math and economics.

Terrell Ivory ’00 Assistant Dean of Admission

What did you do over the summer? I spent a lot of time with my two-year-old daughter. I spent three months over summer just taking care of her. What drew you to Andover? Well I went to school here, so I had a great experience as a student here. I had wonderful teachers, and I thought it was a great place to go to school. I felt that it would be a really great place to live and to have a family. Where did you graduate from college and what was your major? I went to Davidson College and my major was Sociology. What else will you be doing on campus this year? I will be head coach of the Boys Varsity Basketball team and a house counselor in Stearns.

Lauren Passarelli

Teaching Fellow in Math How did you decide to become a math teacher? When I got into college they put me with a math advisor, and he was amazing, and he was able to tell me some really interesting math classes. I found myself taking more math classes, until I realized I was halfway through a Math major and it grew from there. Why Andover? My grandfather went to school here, but the real reason I applied for the job here is my friend and fellow Math major from college went here, and she loved Andover, so she was able to tell me about the teaching fellow program. What are your other roles on campus? I’m a house counselor in Paul Revere, and I’m also helping out with the Outdoor Pursuits program in the fall and spring. What is your favorite topic in math? I do more algebra than analysis, and I did my thesis in algebraic geometry and my favorite ideas are ones that allow you to think about infinite in a way that you can actually talk about it and understand it. Where did you graduate from college and what was your major? I graduated from Scripps College with a major in Math.

LaShawn Springer Associate Director of College Counseling

What will you do as Associate Director of College Counseling? I want my counselees to really own the college counseling process and diligently wade through the bombardment of materials/advice/opinions to find the right academic and social fit for themselves. I’ll write recommendations for each of my counselees, but beyond that it’s important that they know I’m an advocate and resource for them as well. I’m not here to tell students where they should and should not apply but will offer up my knowledge of college counseling and admission to help students craft a list of schools that give them the best set of options going into the process and when decisions are out. What drew you to that position? To Andover? I decided to leave college admission so that I could work more with young people. College counseling allows me to do that while also staying true to my calling of working in education. I really came to appreciate the dynamism and the diversity of the Andover students coming to my college. I’m excited to learn from the students I encounter and my colleagues. What other schools/universities have you worked at? Prior to Andover, I was an Associate Dean of Admission at my alma mater. While at Wesleyan, a number of opportunities presented themselves to work alongside colleagues from a wide array of colleges and universities. What else will you be doing on campus this year (coaching, house counseling, etc.)? I have the pleasure of serving as an Advisor to a couple of PGs. I’ll also be a complement associated with the Flagstaff cluster. In the spring, I’ll flex my thumbs as a track official. In keeping with the Non Sibi spirit at Andover, I’m hoping to join students in their volunteer endeavors as well. Where did you graduate from college and what was your major? I graduated from Weslyan with degrees in Psychology and African-American studies.

Photos by Stephen Moreland, Scott Diekema, Jing Qu, Mimi Leggett, Zoe Gallagher

Diana FigarellaZawil

Instructor in Spanish What drew you to Andover? I I love Andover. I live in North Andover and I have enjoyed many years living in the area and visiting Andover. Main Street, Andover reminds me of a smaller version of Newbury Street without having to commute to Boston. Where did you learn Spanish? I am a native speaker. I was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. What roles will you have outside the classroom? Right now I have a limited amount of time at PA, so I recently signed up to help with community service sometime during the fall season. Outside of PA, whenever possible, I dedicate some time to teach art in Spanish at a daycare school in Lawrence or tutor in Spanish upon request. What is your favorite word in Spanish and why? ¡Ay Bendito! It is an expression that shows sympathy or sorrow depending on the situation. The funny thing is that I basically use it for everything! What’s a fun fact about you? I am an... art lover. I am personally drawn to art that speaks the perils of the Diaspora and the identity crisis from my dear Island and the Caribbean. In addition, whenever I find the time, I design invitations for future Quinceañeras, a very important rite of passage and tradition for the Hispanic community. Where did you graduate from college and what was your major? I hold a BA in Liberal Arts from Regis College and an MAT in art education from Tufts University with affiliation to SMFA.

Zhang Li

Instructor in Chinese What did you do over the summer? This summer, I spent most of my time on my lesson plan and I also learned how to drive. Of course, I spent some time with my family for picnics. That was great! How did you come to Andover? This May, one of my neighbors told me there is a top high school in Andover. At that time, I was looking for a school near my home. I don’t want to do a lot of commuting. Then I visited the beautiful campus and brought my CV here. One week later, I came here for an entire day interview and did a demo class for the students. Finally, I got this offer. Where did you graduate from college and what was your major? I graduated from Cambridge College (MED) this March. My major is Interdisciplinary Studies of Education.

Debra Pickering Instructor in French

What is your favorite French word? ‘Rillettes’ (pron. ‘REE ETT’)—it’s a kind of rough pork pate from the North West of France—one thing my family really misses here, and one of the few French foods which can’t be found in the U.S. What drew you to teaching French? To Andover? I had many family camping holidays in France as a child and fell in love with the country, the language, the food and the people. My family came to Andover (the town), from France almost five years ago. I was still teaching English in France, at various levels, so I naturally adapted to teaching French in the States, and of course didn’t have to look far to find Phillips Academy, being an Andover resident already! What did you do over the summer? I travelled to Europe twice, visiting three countries. In June I went to London with my two children, 14-yearold Jeremy and 16-year-old Louise, to look at English universities and to visit my English family. In August I went to Spain (Madrid) with my husband and son, to visit a friend I hadn’t seen in over 20 years. I also picked up my daughter, who by then was staying with her Spanish ‘penfriend.’ From Spain we flew to France to finish our vacation with French family and friends. What’s a little-known/interesting fact about yourself! I started running about two years ago, after enjoying participating in the Andover ‘Feaster five’—the annual Thanksgiving 5K race in Andover town. I have so far run in two half marathons (13.1 miles), one 20-mile race (the Salem ‘Black Cat’, in March this year) and am hoping to do my first marathon sometime in the Spring! I am hooked! Where did you graduate from college and what was your major? I graduated from Oxford Language with a degree in Modern Language (French).

Justin Wolfe

Teaching Fellow in Chemistry

Why Andover? I’ve been involved mostly in a lot of science research, but I wanted to try out teaching, and the teaching fellow program at Andover was exactly what I wanted. What are you most looking forward to? I’m looking forward to working with the students and the faculty to develop as a teacher and get experience working with high school students. Do you have a favorite topic in Chemistry? I love organic chemistry, but in terms of what I will be teaching in my Chemistry 250 classes, my favorite subject matter would have to be thermodynamics. Why Chemistry? I like Chemistry because it’s applicable to everything; it’s a science that can be applied to physics and biology and is applicable to everyday experience. What are your other campus roles? I’m a house counselor in Rockwell, I will be one of the instructors for the FIT program this fall, and in the spring I’m going to be a coach for track and field. Where did you graduate from college, and what did you major in? I graduated from Brown University with a major in Chemistry.


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