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Teaching & Learning Department Overviews and Faculty ProямБles 2012-2013



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CONTENTS Recognition ........................................................................................ 2 Academic Planning ............................................................................ 3 English ................................................................................................. 4 History ................................................................................................. 8 Language ........................................................................................... 12 Mathematics ..................................................................................... 16 Science .............................................................................................. 20 Visual and Performing Arts ............................................................ 24 Admissions ....................................................................................... 29 College Counseling .......................................................................... 33 Alumni and Development .............................................................. 34 Student Support Services ............................................................... 36

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OUR MISSION Westminster School inspires young men and women of promise to cultivate a passion for learning, to explore and develop their talents in a balanced program, to reach well beyond the ordinary, to live with character and intelligence, and to commit to a life of service beyond self. OUR CORE VALUES Community: Westminster is a small, caring, cohesive, residential community firmly committed to the ‘common good.’ Character: In addition to prizing intellect, Westminster insists upon and fosters integrity, high ethical standards, leadership, mutual respect, tolerance and teamwork. Involvement: Westminster believes that students learn best through active participation in all aspects of school life. Balance: Westminster maintains, through high expectations and a structured environment, a balance among challenging academic, athletic, artistic and extra curricular programs.

Westminster School reaffirms its long-standing nondiscriminatory policy and admits students of any race, religion, sexual orientation or national origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at Westminster. Westminster does not discriminate in its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs or athletic and other school-administered programs. This book is printed on Finch papers, made with 100% certified fiber, 66% renewable energy, post-consumer recycled fiber and elemental chlorine-free pulps.

Message From The Headmaster Our faculty members include those who are nationally recognized in their field, such as an acclaimed authority on fossil fish and the Mesozoic stratigraphy of the Connecticut Valley, the author of a text and course guide on ethical philosophy, and published authors. Many members of our faculty have also won recognition for their work with various professional organizations. Your reading of the capsule biographies in this guide will reveal a broad range of interests, a versatility and richness of background, professional preparation and just plain living experience that is truly remarkable.

For 124 years, a dedicated, inspired and passionate group of faculty has remained Westminster School’s foundation. As excellent classroom teachers, talented coaches and artists, and sensitive advisors and corridor supervisors, our faculty members have a commitment to their vocation that extends well beyond our college preparatory curriculum. The caring and supportive school community they create provides an environment which encourages young people to seek challenges and, in the process, to grow.

Most importantly, our faculty members enjoy a passion for working with young people, experiencing excitement, challenge and fulfillment, while taking on the multiple responsibilities of the boarding school community. At Westminster, we share a common bond of loyalty and commitment to the development of the students in our care. We seek to prepare them for a meaningful and productive life.



WILLIAM V.N. PHILIP P’06, ’09 Headmaster B.A., Yale University M.A.L.S., Wesleyan University Appointed 1983

Bill Philip, who has had a long and distinguished career serving in senior leadership capacities at Westminster School, became the school’s eighth headmaster on July 1, 2010. A graduate of the Hotchkiss School, Bill earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history at Yale University and completed a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies at Wesleyan University. While a member of Jonathan Edwards College at Yale, he was a leader of student activities, organizations and a freshman advisor. He received the Edgar J. Boell Prize for building cohesion among and promoting the growth of students of the college. During his 29-year tenure at Westminster, Bill has served in a variety of teaching, administrative and coaching responsibilities,

including associate headmaster for eight years and assistant headmaster for three years. He also taught history for 25 years, and served as director of studies, director of college counseling and senior development director. And at the core of a boarding school experience, he has been a corridor and dormitory supervisor, a coach of swimming, baseball and lacrosse, and a sought-after advisor. He received the O’Brien Award in 1998 and was named an honorary member of the Class of 2006. Bill and his wife, Jenny, who is a graduate of Miss Porter’s School and Yale University, live in Pratt House. Jenny coaches field hockey and lacrosse at Westminster, assists with electronic communications in the Marketing Office and maintains an active presence in the school community. Their two daughters, Kate ’06 and Alie ’09, grew up on Westminster’s campus, discovered their passion for art history as Westminster students and enjoyed considerable success on various Westminster athletic teams, before matriculating to Yale University and Bates College, respectively.

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At Westminster School, we aspire to an extraordinarily ambitious commitment to secondary school education, a commitment that rests on the goodwill and enthusiastic participation of our entire school community. Highlighted by our core values—community, character, balance and involvement—our reputation as one of this nation’s very best independent schools rests on our determination to meet the highest standards in all of our endeavors, while extending ourselves to support our students with genuine care, understanding and patience.

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Each year, the headmaster and trustees of Westminster School are proud to present special awards of distinction to


selected faculty members. These awards are not popularity contests and are based on many factors. They speak to the devotion, dedication and service Westminster School faculty give to the students in their care. The awards provide the opportunity for the winners to travel, to refresh and to renew. Alumni, parents and friends of the school generously donate the stipends for the awards. The recipients of these awards are noted within the brief biographies that follow.


Faculty Awards

The Walter Edge Jr. ’35 Master Chair This chair is awarded every five years to a distinguished teacher whose performance sets a standard of excellence for others. The award is named in honor of Walter Edge Jr., Class of 1935, whose love of Westminster and generosity to the school are legendary.

The O’Brien Award This award is presented annually in honor of Marianna and the late Junie O’Brien P’81, who devoted their lives in service to young people and to schools. It recognizes a member of the faculty who has, over the course of the year, been especially selfless and generous with time and care in the nurture and support of students and whose extraordinary, ongoing personal commitment to young people sets an example to the Westminster community.

The John Gow Senior Master Chair Presented to the faculty member with the longest tenure at Westminster School, this chair honors John Gow, who taught and coached at Westminster from 1925–1972. The C. Hiram Upson Family Chair Established in 2003 by former trustee and alumnus Hi Upson, Class of 1950, this chair honors faculty members in the humanities who are master teachers of writing. The Donald H. Werner Chair in English Named in honor of former Headmaster Don Werner, who served on the faculty from 1960–1993 and as headmaster from 1970–1993, this chair is bestowed upon the faculty member who heads the English Department. The John Sherwin Jr. ’57 and W. Graham Cole Jr. Chair Established in 2010 by Jack Sherwin, chairman of the Board of Trustees 1997–2004, to honor his close friend Graham Cole, the school’s seventh headmaster and to recognize Westminster leadership. This chair will be awarded every three years to recognize a senior faculty member who sets the standard for leadership and embodies the true meaning of Grit and Grace.

The Swan Award The Swan Award is presented by the WALKS consortium, which provides scholarship assistance for deserving young people in the Hartford area. WALKS represents the first letter of the names of the five participating schools: Westminster, Avon Old Farms, Loomis Chaffee, Kingswood Oxford and Suffield. The Swan Award is given annually to a faculty member at one of the schools, whose work in the classroom, on the playing fields, or in extracurricular activities, has been worthy of special praise for building character and fostering leadership qualities in young people. The Swayze Award The Swayze Award is given annually in honor of distinguished alumnus, trustee and former chairman of the Board of Trustees Townsend Swayze, Class of 1955. The award recognizes a member of the faculty for outstanding contributions to the life of the school.

Academic Planning English, mathematics, language, history, science, and the visual and performing arts have specific requirements for graduation. In choosing advanced courses beyond the required graduation level, it is advantageous to pursue a subject to the highest level possible. A student should attempt, therefore, to extend the study of mathematics through the Sixth Form and to establish the best background in language, history, science and creative arts as talent and interest permit. Students should ascertain any special requirements of colleges and college programs of their choice.

PROMOTION AND GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS For promotion from one form to the next, a student must have sufficient credits, including those the student expects to earn in the years ahead, to meet graduation requirements. The student must also meet the “Quality Requirement” described below. Essentially, all courses at Westminster are full-year (1 credit) courses. For graduation with a diploma, a student must earn a minimum of 18 credits in approved college preparatory courses, including English, 4 credits; mathematics: Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2, 3 credits; U.S. History and one other year of history, 2 credits; two years of Latin or a modern language, 2 credits; two years of science, 2 credits; and visual and performing arts, 1 credit. Each student must also meet the “Quality Requirement” described below. More typically, a graduate of Westminster has accumulated the following credits: English, 4 credits; mathematics, 4 credits; science, 3 credits; history, 3 credits, including one in U.S. History; Latin or a modern language, 3 or 4 credits; creative arts, 1 credit; and electives, 3 credits. The “Quality Requirement” for promotion and graduation: In order to earn a diploma as a Sixth Former or promotion as an underformer, a student must pass four major courses each year including English, and earn a general average of 70.0. As a general expectation, all students will carry five courses.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES All academic departments offer Advanced Placement (AP) courses and examinations. Placement in all Advanced Placement courses requires departmental permission and

an average of 85 or above in the course preceding the Advanced Placement level. Students who score successfully on the examination may become eligible for advanced standing in many colleges and universities. All students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses are required to take the AP examination in that subject area.

STUDY ABROAD Students may choose to study abroad during their Fifth or Sixth Form year. Westminster students accepted by the prestigious School Year Abroad program, experience yearlong study and travel in China, France, Italy or Spain. Another option for study abroad is available through the equally prestigious English Speaking Union. Available to Westminster graduates in the year following graduation, the program allows a year of study and travel in the United Kingdom. Advice on these programs is offered through the Academic Office and admission is gained solely through the programs’ respective application processes.

ADVISING PROGRAM All students at Westminster School are matched up with an advisor—a faculty member who meets regularly with “advisees” and remains in touch, often becoming a close confidant, friend and mentor. Among the formal duties of advisors is guiding students on their course selections, submitting comments (with grades) at the end of each term, maintaining ongoing dialogue with their advisees’ teachers, communicating on a regular basis with parents, and helping advisees with any of their academic and extracurricular endeavors. In addition to the support from an advisor, all students receive attention and assistance throughout the school year from the director of studies, the director of student life, their form dean, college counselors, and their coaches and corridor supervisors. A Westminster School student is never without the individual attention and care of dedicated faculty members.

COURSES It is impossible to briefly give a completely accurate picture of our academic offerings. Invariably, any printed list of courses is quickly outdated. For additional information about specific courses, please visit our Web site at www.westminster-school. org or contact the director of studies.

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The English Department


English courses at Westminster introduce

We organize our study of literature around an


students to great books and ideas through the

essential question for each form (What does

study of language and literature. At all levels,

it mean to grow up? What does it mean to

we teach students to read carefully, to think

search for an identity? What does it mean to

critically and creatively, and to write effectively.

be an American? What does it mean to make

Although the English Department believes in

choices?), and we select works of literature

the value of heterogeneously sectioned classes,

from a variety of time periods and cultures

we offer Advanced Placement courses for

that provide versions of these basic questions

qualified Fourth and Fifth Formers.

and examples of the ways they affect life. We also teach at least one book of poems by a

At each level, the study of language helps

contemporary poet in every course, and each

to shape our students’ writing. We devote

year the school welcomes that poet for a two-

less time to formal grammar as our students

day visit. Linda Pastan, Billy Collins, David

become more proficient in their use of diction,

Huddle, Stephen Dunn, Marilyn Nelson,

syntax and imagery in their own compositions,

Ted Kooser, Naomi Shihab Nye, Li-Young

and we give our students practice and

Lee, Dorianne Laux, Tony Hoagland, Terrance

instruction in analytical, expository, personal

Hayes and Aimee Nezhukumatathil have been

and imaginative writing in all of our courses.

Westminster Poets in past years.

Course Offerings

•E  nglish 3 The Literature of Growing Up •E  nglish 4 The Literature of Identity •A  P English 4 Language and Composition •E  nglish 5 The Literature of America •A  P English 5 Literature and Composition •E  nglish 6 The Literature of Choices

• English 6 Spring Electives, including: - An Introduction to Film - From the Page to the Stage: Romeo and Juliet - Creative Writing - Baseball and Literature - Americana in Books, Movies and Music - Children’s Literature - Nature Writing - The Novels of Jonathan Safron Foer - Gothic Fiction - The Lost Generation, the Beat Generation and You

- Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novels - Contemporary Canadian Literature and Culture - Great Speeches and Public Speaking - The Odyssey and Cold Mountain • Philosophy and Literature • Playwriting

English Faculty LEE J. HUGULEY

Head of the English Department, Appointed 1986 Donald H. Werner Chair in English, Advisor for The Martlet Squash, Baseball, Swayze Award, 2011 A.B., University of Notre Dame, 1972 M.A., Brown University

English, Appointed 2010 Form Dean, Football, Track B.A., Washington and Jefferson College, 1996 M.A.L.S., Wesleyan University

For more than two decades, Michael has been an English teacher, corridor supervisor and coach at Westminster. Currently, Michael teaches Third, Fourth and Sixth Form English, coaches squash and baseball, and serves as the faculty advisor for The Martlet. The founder and director of the Westminster Poetry Series, Michael also coordinates the Friday Night Readings Series in the Gund Reading Room. Michael enjoys reading, gardening, music and sports. His first book of poems, Inside the Box, was published in 2007, and his second book, Captivated, came out in 2011. He and his wife, Deb (who is the inclusion resource specialist for Simsbury Public Schools), live in Burdett House and are the parents of Josh ’96, a graduate of Amherst College, who teaches English at Roxbury Latin School in Boston; Emily Autumn ’01, a graduate of the University of Puget Sound, who lives and works in Tacoma, Wash.; and Anne ’10 who is a junior at Harvard College. WHITNEY BARRETT

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ARIEL R. DUDDY English, Appointed 2004 B.A., Bates College, 2004 M.A., Middlebury College

Ariel loves working with students, volunteering with children and traveling. She was able to combine all of her passions through a number of experiences in her college and high school years. She has served as a reading aide, a toddler care specialist for the YMCA and a child-care intern for the Boys and Girls clubs. She completed coursework in Scottish fiction and the development of the novel at the University of St. Andrew’s in Scotland. She was also a varsity athlete, playing on the Bates varsity women’s soccer team, where she was named Academic All-NESCAC player. She has played independent league soccer, tennis and basketball. Ariel completed her Master of Arts at Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English in the summer of 2011. She is an avid reader and completed her honors thesis regarding the use of anti-Semitic remarks in Charles Dickens’ novels Oliver Twist and Our Mutual Friend. From her travels, she has reached an intermediate level of French proficiency and enjoys many outdoor activities such as water sports and backpacking. She resides in Andrews House with her husband, Scott, an admissions officer, their son, Kieran, daughter, Kayla, and golden retriever, Cedar.

Lee joined Westminster after serving 13 years in various academic, administrative and coaching capacities at Avon Old Farms School, his alma mater. For seven years, he served as assistant dean of students and a member of the Administrative Council, and for 13 years, he taught English and served as a dormitory head and faculty duty crew head. His coaching responsibilities included varsity football, basketball and track. In 2003, he received the Kenneth A. Fanning Faculty Award as teacher of the year. Lee has also been a board representative to SPHERE and a consultant to the Westminster Crossroads Learning Program in Hartford (WCLP). At Westminster, he serves as a form dean, teaches English, and is head coach of football and assistant coach of track. Lee is a native of Bloomfield, Conn., where he attended high school for a year prior to transferring to Avon Old Farms School. While in high school, he enjoyed a number of activities, which included playing and coaching football. In the fall of 1992, Lee matriculated to Washington and Jefferson College, where he majored in philosophy, chaired the Black Student Union and played football. After graduating from college, he returned to Avon Old Farms School in the fall of 1997. Shortly after returning to Avon, Lee married his wife, Taz, in the summer of 1999, and they now have two daughters named Anaya and Layla. Lee is a committed educator and a strong believer in the opportunities that private education can provide. He and his family live in Edge House. PAUL KENDALL English, Appointed 2012 Soccer, Lacrosse B.A., University of Colorado, 2003 Paul is a graduate of The Hotchkiss School, where he played varsity water polo, ice hockey and lacrosse, and served as captain of his water polo and lacrosse teams his senior year. At the University of Colorado, Boulder, he earned his undergraduate degree in English literature and was a member of the university’s ice hockey team, which won the 2003 American Collegiate Hockey Association National Championship. He currently is studying for a Master of Arts at Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English. Prior to his appointment at Westminster, Paul served on the faculty at Eaglebrook School for seven years, teaching English and honors English. He was a dormitory parent, a student advisor, head coach of the varsity lacrosse and water polo teams, and coached the school’s second ice hockey team.

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In his free time, Paul can be found mountain biking, skiing, playing hockey or reading in front of a warm fire. Both Paul and his wife, Kerry, an artist, teacher and yoga instructor, enjoy visiting family and exploring off the beaten path. They live in Andrews House with their daughter, Avalon. EMILY NEILSON English, Appointed 2011 Field Hockey, Hockey, Lacrosse B.A., Bowdoin College, 2011

Following graduation from Taft School, Emily earned her bachelor’s degree in English at Bowdoin College, where she also served two years as an intern in the Communications Department. In the summer of 2010, she completed coursework in international journalism at the POLIS School of Journalism of the London School of Economics and was an administrative intern at La Comunidad Hispana in Kennett Square, Pa. An accomplished athlete, she was a member of the Bowdoin College varsity field hockey team, which won in 2007, 2008 and 2010 the NCAA Division III National Championship and the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship. She was a NESCAC All-Academic Honoree, a member of the 2010 New England Regional Team and the 2010 NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team. In her senior year with .53 goals against average for goalkeeping, she was named the statistical champion for NCAA Division III field hockey. She also played varsity ice hockey at Bowdoin, receiving All-Academic Honors and a National Hockey Scholar Award. In her spare time, Emily, who lives in Milliken House, loves to cook, travel, spend time with family and friends, and go on lots of walks with her yellow lab, Ben. A-MEN RASHEED

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English, Web Manager, Appointed 1983 B.A., Hampden-Sydney College, 1971 B.A., Hartt School, University of Hartford M.Mus., Hartt School, University of Hartford

English, Appointed 2000 Football, Basketball, O’Brien Award, 2006 B.A., Harvard College, 1992 M.A.L.S., Wesleyan University

A lover of literature, an outstanding guitarist, countertenor and a talented expert on technology, Scott brings an array of expertise to the Westminster campus. As a teacher, he believes in sharing his love of literature. As a musician, he has performed as a soloist, as part of an ensemble, and as a member of various choral groups. He is a founding member of the Woodland Scholars and of Collegium, a small ensemble dedicated to the performance of sacred Renaissance music. Prior to joining the Westminster community, he taught guitar privately for more than 10 years. As a technologist, he is the school’s Web manager, who also assists in maintaining the school’s campuswide computer system. He received a Headmaster’s Award in 1997.

Bryan expects his students to be “honest, kind and considerate,” and he also serves as a role model for them by living these values himself. Growing up in western Massachusetts, he attended both Eaglebrook School and Deerfield Academy. He continued his education at Harvard, where he graduated with honors in English and literature after starting out as a government major. Following graduation, he returned to Eaglebrook, where he taught English and fulfilled roles as a housemaster and head coach of varsity football, basketball and baseball. He also initiated and administered a communitywide tutoring program and coached a Massachusetts state tournament basketball team.

When he is not teaching, creating music or working on the computer, Scott enjoys reading, woodworking and guitar building. Married to soprano Joanne Scattergood, the Reeves are parents of three Westminster graduates, Kenneth ’03, University of Connecticut Honors ’07; Donald ’05, Carnegie Mellon University ’10; and Edward ’05, Harvard University ’09. They live in Stretch House. JOHN C. REIGELUTH ’02 English, Appointed 2011 Football, Track B.A., Hamilton College, 2006 M.A., Columbia Teachers College

A member of the Westminster Class of 2002, Jack returned to the campus to teach English following completion of his Master of Arts in teaching English at Columbia Teachers College. In 2010, he spent the fall as assistant director of the New York State Independent College Consortium for Study in India, where he helped introduce undergraduate students to the diverse cultures of Northern India. Prior to that, he attended the Landour Language School in India for two years to study Hindi and Urdu. Jack is a veteran summer camp counselor and outdoor trip leader at Camp Pasquaney in Hebron, N.H. For two years, he served as a boys’ dormitory master at The Woodstock School in Mussoorie, India, where he was a tutor and coached basketball and cross country. He also spent two semesters at The Winter Term, in Lenk, Switzerland, as a dormitory master and tutor. As a student at Hamilton College majoring in English, Jack played varsity football, and at Westminster, he was on the football, track and swimming teams. Currently, he coaches football and is head coach of track and field. Jack lives in West Hartford with his wife, Kate, and enjoys canoeing and hiking during his free time.

Bryan, his wife, Kim, and their four daughters, Olivia ’15, Sophia, Alayna and Isabella, are well-known faces around Westminster. They are often seen rooting for Westminster teams or joining students in the dining hall or in impromptu sports on the quad. Bryan especially enjoys spending time with his family, reading, playing whatever sport happens to be in season and writing. The Tawney family lives on a corridor in Milliken House.

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The History Department


The History Department guides students to

As Fifth and Sixth Formers, students explore


be critical readers, thinkers and writers in

a wide range of electives that encourage them

a four-year curriculum that is centered on

to appreciate the major themes and trends

core courses in world and American history.

of history, the importance of the individual

Through challenging readings, thoughtful

experience in understanding these trends, and

discussions, innovative exercises and thorough

the historical context of fact and opinion, and

research projects, students come to an

cause and effect. The History Department

understanding of both their heritage and the

teaches students to be respectful of and

world in which they live.

objective about the past, and to use this knowledge to become productive, responsible and contributing citizens.


• Global History and Society

• AP United States History

• AP Comparative Government

• 20th Century World History

• Moral Philosophy

• AP Art History

• Great Civilizations of Asia

• Outsiders in American History

• AP Psychology

• AP European History • Issues in Economics • United States History • AP Economics

• Social Justice and Social Entrepreneurship

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History Faculty Elizabeth Heckman

Peter L. Briggs ’71, P’01, ’05, ’07


Head of the History Department, Appointed 2004 C. Hiram Upson Family Chair, Sports Information Director O’Brien Award, 2009 B.A., Middlebury College, 1997 M.A., Yale University

Economics, Form Dean, Appointed 1975 Hockey, Golf, Swayze Award, 1993 B.A., Bowdoin College, 1975


Betsy came to Westminster in 2004 from the Berkshire School in Massachusetts. At Berkshire, she taught Advanced Placement U.S. history and European history and served as the head coach of varsity girls’ squash and varsity girls’ tennis. At Westminster, Betsy teaches AP comparative government, advises Model United Nations and is sports information director. Betsy is also a reader for the AP comparative government exam. Betsy’s own life has been one of great experiences as she studied abroad in Australia and at Oxford University, completed the Middlebury Year Abroad in France and did a graduate internship in Scotland at the U.S. Consulate. She is an avid outdoors woman who loves to travel and enjoys hiking, running and tennis. She is the dormitory head for Edge House, where she lives with her son, Augie. Richard A. Adams P’93 History, Dean of Faculty, Appointed 1970 Assistant Chapel Program Coordinator, John Gow Master Chair, Soccer. O’Brien Award, 2011, Swayze Award, 2002 B.A., DePauw University, 1967 M.A., University of Hawaii

A native of Chicago, Dick came to Westminster by way of Hawaii, where he received his Master of Arts in Japanese and Chinese history from the University of Hawaii. He is a longtime English and history teacher at Westminster, serving as dean of students for 15 years. He was the former holder of The Walter E. Edge Jr. ’35 Master Teacher Chair. Named dean of faculty in 2003, Dick is known as an enthusiastic coach and exacting classroom teacher and says his greatest moments in the classroom are the “breakthroughs,” when a student attains an understanding of the subject matter. Dick and his wife, Barbara, a former teacher at Westminster School, served as corridor supervisors for 20 years and now live in a faculty home on nearby Winterset Lane. They are the parents of two daughters, Megin and Jill ’93. Dick is an avid fisherman who loves hiking and traveling, especially in New Zealand, the Dolomites of Northern Italy, the Swiss Alps and the Rockies. He and Barbara visited Japan recently, which has enhanced his teaching of Asian history. Dick also enjoys movies and classical music. He has coached youth soccer for the Simsbury Soccer Club.

Peter is a Westminster graduate and, following graduation from Bowdoin College with honors in government and economics, returned to Westminster as a faculty member. He introduced his first course in economics in the early 1980s. While teaching at Westminster, Peter continued to pursue his interest in economics by taking graduate courses at Trinity College and the University of Hartford’s Barney School of Business. He also enjoyed his involvement in Capital Market Seminars in New York City. A man of many interests, Peter has worked as a ski instructor in Switzerland, and as a tennis and golf pro. He enjoys sports of all kinds and plays in local men’s hockey and paddle tennis leagues during the winter. He likes to travel, is fond of photography and music, and plays the guitar. He spent his 2004–2005 sabbatical year learning to draw and paint at the Silvermine Guild School of Art. He especially enjoys landscape painting in his spare time. Peter’s wife, Tally, is associate director of admissions at Renbrook School. Peter and Tally live on nearby Winterset Lane and have three children, Dan ’01, a graduate of Hamilton College; Kevin ’05, a graduate of Boston College; and Erica ’07, a graduate of Hamilton College. Shawn R. Desjardins

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Kathleen Devaney History, Appointed 1998 Assistant Headmaster, Form Dean Lacrosse, O’Brien Award, 2002 B.A., Bowdoin College, 1990 M.A.L.S., Dartmouth College

A graduate of Bowdoin College in German literature and European history, Kathleen was a varsity athlete at Bowdoin in soccer, lacrosse and Nordic skiing. Following graduation, she worked at Manufacturers Hanover Bank in New York City. Two years later, she left banking and was awarded a J. William Fulbright Grant to teach history and English in Germany. She then decided to make education her career and began teaching German and coaching at Deerfield Academy, where she also served as assistant dean of admissions. Kathleen has spent 13 years at Westminster in the Deans’ Office with the Classes of 2002, 2006 and 2011. She also chaired the school’s most recent NEASC Decennial Evaluation and served as the director of student life for five years, developing residential and leadership programs, and the Third and Fourth Form Community Life curriculum.


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In 2002, Kathleen received special recognition when the students made her an honorary member of the Class of 2002. She is married to Westminster graduate and fellow faculty member Mark de Kanter ’91, and they are the parents of a son, Emmett Earl, and a daughter, Samantha Duke. JON C. DEVEAUX P’14, ’16

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TODD L. ECKERSON P’09, ’11, ’16 Moral Philosophy, Appointed 1982 Director, Westminster Crossroads Learning Program (WCLP) Lacrosse, Swayze Award, 2010, Swan Award, 1993 B.A., Williams College, 1978 M.A.L.S., Wesleyan University , C.A.S., Wesleyan University

A graduate of Manhasset High School on Long Island, Todd attended Williams College, where he played varsity football and varsity lacrosse. He is a member of the Manhasset Lacrosse Hall of Fame. In 1996, he received a Klingenstein Fellowship. After serving as Westminster’s dean of faculty for more than a decade, Todd stepped away from that position in 2003 to become director of the Crossroads Cooperative Learning Program (CCLP), a nonprofit organization that assists students from Hartford and to which Westminster loaned Todd’s services. In 2011, CCLP became an official Westminster program—the Westminster Crossroads Learning Program in Hartford (WCLP). Todd continues to teach and coach at Westminster. Todd and his wife, Mary, reside in a faculty home on nearby Winterset Lane with their five children, Christopher ’09, Kyle, Anastasia ’11, Katherine ’16 and Zachary.

CHARLES E. GRIFFITH III P’11, ’14 History, Appointed 1994 Soccer, Hockey, O’Brien Award, 2001 B.A., Middlebury College, 1986 M.A., Yale University

Following graduation from Middlebury College, where he was an All-College Scholar, Charlie began a career in corporate and investment banking in New York. After five years, his love of history and teaching took him to Yale, where he earned a master’s degree with high honors in history. Charlie then moved to the South Kent School, where he taught history; coached soccer, hockey and lacrosse; served as a housemaster; and was director of athletics. In 1994, he came to Westminster, where he was appointed head of the History Department in 1997. After nine years in that position, he served as a dean of students for four years; he returned full time to the History Department in 2010. Known for his keen sense of humor, Charlie is popular with students for making history come alive in the classroom. He has coached the Second Boys’ Soccer team and the Second Boys’ Hockey team for many years. Charlie was captain of his high school soccer and golf teams, and was named most valuable player of the golf team. He continues his avid interest in sports and the outdoors, and can often be found in search of a golf game or a fellow fly fisherman. The father of three children, Kathryn ’11, Tommy ’14 and Jack, Charlie and his wife, Jeannie, live in a faculty home on campus.

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Mary Pat Gritzmacher

Mary Pat came directly to Williams Hill following graduation from Yale University, where she majored in history, dove on the varsity swim team and earned her Connecticut teaching license. Her graduate work in history focused on women’s experiences in the United States. During the ’03–’04 school year, she lived in Colorado and taught history at Aspen High School. Mary Pat was an All-American diver and captain of the varsity field hockey team at Hopkins School in New Haven, and has coached swimming and diving, and field hockey at Westminster. She and her husband, Grant, supervise a corridor of boys in Andrews House, where they live with their children, Nathan and Adelaide. In her free time, Mary Pat enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as running, camping, skiing and reading. She recently competed in her first half marathon.

Previously, she served at Westminster from 2008-2011 as associate director of admissions and the dormitory head in Cushing Hall. She also coached field hockey, hockey and lacrosse. Prior to that, she was as a teacher of world history and contemporary American politics at Hebron Academy for two years. While there, she created an independent study course for AP government and a school newspaper, for which she served as faculty advisor. She also coached field hockey, hockey and lacrosse, and was a dormitory supervisor. Jessica is a graduate of Tabor Academy, where she captained the field hockey, hockey and lacrosse teams. At Trinity College, she completed a legislative internship program at the Connecticut state capitol and was named a Long Walk Society Scholar. At Westminster, Jessica coaches field hockey, ice hockey and lacrosse. In her free time, she enjoys relaxing with her husband, Jay, and playing ball with their dog, Rooney. They travel often to their favorite vacation town, Newport, and to see her parents in her hometown, Scituate, Mass. She and Jay live in Squibb House. Nancy L. Spencer P’13, ’15

Colleen Joncas History, Appointed 2005 B.A., Bowdoin College, 2005 M.A.L.S., Wesleyan University

Colleen graduated from Bowdoin College with a degree in history and sociology. At Bowdoin, she was captain of the field hockey and the lacrosse teams and was named Inside Lacrosse First Team AllAmerican, IWLCA Third Team All-American, First Team All-NESCAC and First Team All-New England. At Westminster, she enjoys working with students in the classroom, as well as bringing a wealth of playing experience to coaching positions in field hockey and lacrosse. Colleen also coaches summer programs in lacrosse and field hockey, and recently completed a Master of Arts in Liberal Sciences at Wesleyan University. Colleen is a big fan of country music and the Red Sox, and enjoys running and reading in her spare time. She resides in Edge House with her husband, Tim Joncas, associate director of admissions and director of athletics, and their daughter, Finley. Jessica Keeley Keough History, Appointed 2008 Field Hockey, Hockey, Lacrosse B.A., Trinity College, 2006

Jessica returned to Westminster this year following one year at the Pomfret School, where she was a history teacher, advisor and dormitory parent, and coached field hockey, ice hockey and lacrosse.

Associate Headmaster, History, Appointed 2005 O’Brien Award, 2012 A.B., Brown University, 1984 M.A., Yale University M.B.A., Northwestern University

As the associate headmaster, Nancy brings a wealth of experience from teaching and coaching to admissions, marketing and college counseling. A graduate of the National Cathedral School for Girls, Nancy received her bachelor’s degree in American civilization from Brown University and her master’s degree in American studies from Yale. She also holds an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School, where she was an F.C. Austin Scholar for exceptional leadership in academic and professional endeavors. She received a Klingenstein Summer Fellowship at Teachers College of Columbia University, and a National Endowment for Humanities fellowship. Formerly the director of admission and financial aid at Bullis School in Potomac, Md., she has also worked at Albuquerque Academy in New Mexico, where she taught and served as assistant college counselor and assistant dean of students, and at The Madeira School near Washington, D.C., where she worked in admissions. She served as Admissions Committee co-chair for the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington. Nancy played varsity basketball in college. She enjoys running with the cross-country team, and being with her family. She is married to faculty member John Sandoval, who is a member of the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Westminster. They are the parents of two children, Stan ’13 and Sally ’15, and live in a house on campus with Henry, their Old English Sheepdog.

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History, Appointed 2000 Swayze Award, 2007 B.A., Yale University, 2000 M.A., University of Connecticut

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The Language Department


The Language Department offers courses in

students’ oral and aural skills in a variety


French, Spanish, Latin and Chinese. Through

of situations. As the students advance, they

intensive studies of grammar, oral and aural

are asked to read and write more critically

skills, reading and writing, students are

and analytically.

immersed in language learning that opens up a new world by helping them understand the

Culture, art, history, literature and cinema

different cultures, communities, customs and

studies play a big role in the development

people of the target language.

of the language student. Publications, magazines, newspapers, computer software

For students at the beginning levels,

programs and Internet research are vital

emphasis is placed on comprehension and

in the linguistic and cultural immersion of

communication skills. Regularly scheduled

Westminster language students.

classes in the language studio reinforce

Course Offerings

• Chinese 1

• French 1

• Spanish 1

• Chinese 2

• French 2

• Spanish 1 Honors

• Chinese 3

• French 2 Honors

• Spanish 2

• Chinese 4

• French 3

• Spanish 2 Honors

• Independent  Study in Chinese

• French 3 Honors

• Spanish 3

• French 4

• Spanish 3 Honors

• Advanced French Studies

• Spanish 4

• AP French Language

• Advanced Spanish Studies

• Le Monde Francophone

• AP Spanish Language

• AP Latin: Vergil • Independent Study in Latin

• Independent Study in French

• Latin 1 • Latin 2 • Latin 3: Latin Literature

• AP Spanish Literature • Independent Study in Spanish

Language Faculty





Head of the Language Department, French, Appointed 1991 Advisor for The Westminster News and The Spectator B.A., Connecticut College, 1988 M.A., Middlebury College

Spanish, Appointed 2010 B.S., State University of New York, Old Westbury


A native of Cincinnati, where she attended the Indian Hill High School, Sara always knew that her curiosity would lead her to discover other parts of the country and the world. She double-majored in French literature and European history at Connecticut College after spending a year in Paris studying at La Sorbonne and L’Institut d’études politiques (Sciences Po). Following graduation, she joined the faculty of The Gunnery School and later returned to Paris to complete her master’s degree in French at l’Université de Nanterre through Middlebury College. Since her arrival on the Hill in 1991, Sara has taught French at every level from beginner to AP French literature, including Sixth Form independent studies. In 1992, she won a prestigious Klingenstein Summer Fellowship through the highly regarded Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership. Sara is on the board of the Connecticut Chapter of the AATF (American Association of Teachers of French) and in the summer, she corrects AP French language exams in Cincinnati. During her Westminster career, she has coached hockey, soccer, volleyball, squash and tennis; supervised corridors in Cushing and Edge; and served as a form dean for four years and director of student life for three years. She currently serves as advisor to The Spectator, the Westminster yearbook, and The Westminster News, the student newspaper, and is head of the Language Department. Sara particularly enjoys sharing her love of French language and culture by leading trips to France, and has taken student groups to Paris, Aix-en-Provence, Arles and the Loire Valley, most recently in March 2011. In the summer of 2008, she and her family received a school travel grant, with which they traveled to Prague and Florence, before spending time with friends in Aixen-Provence, Paris and London. Sara enjoys golf, tennis, hiking, reading, traveling and especially spending her summers in Williamstown, Mass., with her daughters, Ellie ’14 and Katie ’16, and her husband Jon, who is director of admissions. She and her family live in a house on campus during the academic year.

Sandy has a passion for the Spanish language and her students. Following a career in finance as a lead staff accountant, senior staff accountant and payroll administrator for various corporations, she became a Spanish teacher. She has taught at the Farmington Valley Academy Montessori, The Ethel Walker School and The Master’s School. She also has tutored students and trained teachers, and is a member of the Connecticut Council of Language Teachers. Sandy has trained as a faculty advisor for the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), is a member of Westminster’s Diversity Team and participated in the NAIS People of Color Conference in San Diego in 2010. She also attended the Klingenstein Summer Institute in 2011, which explores teaching styles, educational philosophies, educational issues and personal development. In her free time, Sandy enjoys yoga, traveling, music, dancing, reading and spending quality time with her family. She lives in Simsbury with her husband, Matt, and their two sons, Matthew and William. ELIZA CHILDS Spanish, Appointed 2004 B.A., Kenyon College, 1985 Certificado de Gramática Superior, Salamanca, Spain

Eliza was a Spanish tutor for seven years before being appointed as a faculty member in 2004. She taught both French and Spanish at the Greenwich Country Day School, Kingswood Oxford School and the Cobb School before coming to Westminster. Eliza has used her language skills in her many travels to Europe and both Central and South America. She also served as a translator for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Eliza and her husband, Chris, live in Suffield with their three children, Anna, Maysie and Hayden. She enjoys swimming, hiking, cooking, reading and golf. Her favorite place is a cottage in Penobscot Bay, Maine, that has been in her family since 1880.

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Gloria Bélanger Connell P’99, ’00


French, Director of Community Service, Appointed 1997 Institut Catholique de Paris B.S., Central Connecticut State University, 1973 M.A., Fairfield University

A native French speaker, a member of the Alpha Mu Gamma national foreign language honor society in college and a lover of all things French, Gloria has taught French and English as a second language in Connecticut, Michigan and at Kentucky Country Day School in Louisville. As a master French teacher, she has organized diverse travel and home-stay programs for her students to France and Quebec, was awarded several professional study grants in France and continues her work as a reader for the College Board AP in French. As director of community service for the school, she advises the student organization Serving Our Neighbors (SON) and the afternoon Community Service Program. She has served as a co-director of sports information, coached Second Girls’ Tennis and worked with the Student Activities Committee (SAC). She received a Headmaster’s Award in 2001, 2007 and 2009 and was the recipient of a 2004 Summer Travel Grant from the Richard Miller Faculty Endowment Fund for study in France with The Institute for American Universities program. She has served on several decennial evaluation and accreditation committees for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. A Connecticut native, Gloria and her husband, Vernon, are the parents of two sons, Vernon ’99, who graduated from Wheaton College in Massachusetts, and Wesley, ’00, a Trinity College graduate, who completed a double master’s program at Boston University. Gloria enjoys traveling, gardening, playing tennis and the Red Sox. She and her husband live on campus in Graduate House. Cara Tonelli Hugabonne Chinese, International Student Advisor, Appointed 2010 B.A., Connecticut College, 1997 M.A., Harvard University

Cara was awarded a National Security Education Program Scholarship to spend her junior year in China studying in Beijing and Harbin. She graduated from Connecticut College with honors in Chinese, and received the Chinese Department award. Cara then earned her master’s degree from Harvard University with concentrations in Chinese history and language. At Westminster, Cara brings her dedication to raising global awareness and diversity awareness to all she does. She designs aspects of crosscultural communication into her Chinese curriculum,

whether by assigning her students to interview native speakers in our community, or by inviting Chinese students to class for productive guest appearances. Her dual role as international student advisor allows her to expand that intercultural dialog to include the whole community; the student-led Lunar New Year festival she initiated has become a highly anticipated event on campus. She also leads summer trips to China that are open to all members of the Westminster community. Cara lives in Simsbury with her husband, Jeff, and their two small children, Mira and Luke. She enjoys sharing meals with family and friends, singing, reading, travel, gardening and making allergen-free treats for her kids. Maureen E. Lamb Latin, Appointed 2009 Cross Country, Track A.B., College of the Holy Cross, 2007

Maureen loves classics and music. Prior to her appointment at Westminster, she taught Latin for two years at Portsmouth Abbey School in Rhode Island. She also was a member of the Classics Honor Society in college. She spent six weeks at the American School of Classical Studies Summer School in Athens on the Keene Scholarship, took Vergilian Society tours of Egypt, Turkey and Italy, and attended the American Academy in Rome’s Classical Summer School on a Fulbright Scholarship. Maureen attended the Klingenstein Summer Institute for Early Career Teachers in 2010. She is an active member of several classics organizations including the Classical Association of New England, Classical Association of Connecticut, the American Classical League, and the Vergilian Society. At Westminster, she advises the Junior Classical League. Her coaching responsibilities have included cross country and track, and she has assisted with drama. She also is a professional musician, serving as a soprano with several choirs and playing clarinet in community bands. In her free time, she loves traveling, reading and learning. She lives in Milliken House with her husband, Patrick.

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Spanish, Appointed 2010 Soccer, Lacrosse B.A., University of Puget Sound, 2009

Spanish, Appointed 2010 Soccer, Track B.A., Cornell University, 2004

While at the University of Puget Sound majoring in Spanish literary studies with a minor in Latin American studies, Lindsay studied abroad at the Universidad de Granada, Spain, where she volunteered for an escuelita that helped local students with their schoolwork. While in college, she also served as an orientation and outdoor trip leader and was an attacker on the women’s lacrosse team. During the 2008–2009 academic year, she served as a Spanish teacher at Downing Elementary School in Tacoma.

A graduate of The Taft School and fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, Arturo joined Westminster following teaching and coaching positions at two other independent schools. For four years, he served as a Spanish teacher, dorm parent and coach of varsity soccer and junior varsity basketball at The Gunnery. While there, he developed the Foreign Language Student Tutoring Program and a Spanish Film Festival. Following this, he taught Spanish, served as a dorm parent, and coached varsity track and soccer at St. Paul’s School. An excellent soccer player and former captain of his Cornell University Division I varsity soccer team, Arturo also served as the assistant coach of the New Hampshire Olympic Development Program U14 boys’ soccer team.

From the fall of 2009 to the spring of 2010, Lindsay volunteered with Habitat Para la Humanidad Guatemala. Working in the International Donor Relations and Fundraising Department, she enjoyed visiting and interviewing families in Guatemala who received homes from Habitat. At Westminster, Lindsay lives in Cushing Hall, teaches Spanish and coaches soccer and lacrosse. She is working on her master’s degree in Spanish at Middlebury College during the summer months. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, skiing, reading works by Julia Alvarez and learning how to surf.

At Westminster, Arturo teaches Spanish, coaches soccer and track, and lives in Memorial Hall with his wife, Carolyn Walker, who serves as associate director of admissions. His interests include world travel, soccer, running, basketball, weightlifting, hiking, backpacking and Latin dance.


The Mathematics Department


The Mathematics Department strives to

expectation that every student will take four


enhance comprehension and skill acquisition,

years of mathematics, advancing to the highest

encourage participation, strengthen critical

level possible. We offer AP Calculus AB and

thinking and problem-solving skills, stimulate

BC, AP Statistics, AP Computer Science as

interest and build confidence in handling

well as Calculus and Statistics at a regular

mathematical topics.

level. Students also have the opportunity to complete independent study courses under the

The department structures courses and classes

direction of a faculty member. These courses

so that students attain graphical, numerical,

tend to be undergraduate-level courses that

algebraic and verbal understanding. We

follow differential and integral calculus.

cultivate the ability to write mathematical models, make conjectures, and give reasoned

Students will leave Westminster School well

arguments in support of assertions.

prepared for the study of mathematics in college. We also aim to inspire an appreciation

The school’s minimum requirement ensures

for and comfort with math, so that regardless

that a student will have attained proficiency in

of whether they make it a part of their college

Algebra 1, Euclidean Geometry and Algebra

experience, our graduates are prepared to use

2 in order to graduate. In reality, it is an

math throughout their lives.


• Algebra 1

• Pre-Calculus

• AP Calculus AB

• Geometry

• Pre-Calculus Honors

• AP Calculus BC

• Geometry Honors

• Pre-Calculus/Calculus Honors

• AP Computer Science

• Algebra 2

• Statistics

• AP Statistics

• Algebra 2 Honors

• Calculus

• Independent Study in Mathematics

Mathematics Faculty



Tony brings to Westminster an extensive background in mathematics from his college and graduate studies and his participation in professional organizations. His love of teaching, however, runs into his coaching, too. As a coach, he believes that people learn when they are active and practicing—whether it’s on the court or in the classroom. He has more than 20 years of experience teaching in independent schools. In addition to his teaching and coaching duties at Westminster, Tony works closely with the form deans to help plan events throughout the school year. He also works with all students and faculty regarding on-campus housing. He grades AP calculus exams each summer for the College Board and works with the AP Test Development Committee. Tony has also presented papers and led workshops at National Council of Teachers of Mathematics conferences and at the Northeast Section of the Mathematical Association of America. Raised in Neenah, Wis., where he learned to love snow, bratwurst, the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Cubs, Tony serves as the dormitory head in Milliken House, where he lives with his wife, Dr. Jessica Kulynych, their two daughters, Jesse and Willa, and their son, Teddy. From his school days in North Carolina, Tony fell in love with the Outer Banks and loves to spend time there. He also likes running, cycling and competing in triathlons.

Dan plays the saxophone with the Dan Aber Quartet, a faculty jazz group that has performed for reunions, the MS Walk and other school functions. He lives off campus on Winterset Lane, where he can often be seen accompanied by his three children, Leo ’16, Simon and Annabelle.

PETER D. DOUCETTE P’16 Mathematics, Appointed 2000 Squash, Tennis B.A., Williams College, 1985

Growing up at St. Paul’s School, Peter has deep roots in the independent boarding school tradition. Following graduation, he attended a gymnasium in Augsburg, Germany, and then enrolled at Williams College, where he continued his study of German and took courses in mathematics and computer science. At Williams, he played four years on the squash team, which was ranked number three in the U.S. during his junior year. After graduation, Peter returned to Germany, where he taught English, played international squash and traveled around Europe. Returning to the U.S., he joined the faculty at the Woodhall School in Connecticut. In 1992, Peter moved to Greens Farms Academy in Westport, Conn., to teach and coach, and then to Westminster in 2000. Peter and his wife, Valerie, a Choate Rosemary Hall alumna, met at Woodhall, where she was teaching English and coaching soccer. Peter is a lover of all sports, especially all things Red Sox, and also enjoys singing and hiking. The Doucettes live in a nearby faculty home with their sons, Carl ’16 and Andrew, and their dog, Sirius.

DANIEL A. ABER P’16 Mathematics, Appointed 1983 Concert and Jazz Band Director Squash, Swayze Award, 1992 B.A., Cornell, 1981 M.A.L.S., Wesleyan University

After graduating from Cornell, Dan worked for IBM for two years as a programmer in the pre-microcomputer age. He left to begin phase one of his career at Westminster, teaching math and computer science, coaching soccer and directing the jazz ensemble. After a four-year stint at Kingswood Oxford School, where he was head of the Math Department, he returned to Westminster. In addition to teaching math and AP computer science, he directs the concert and jazz bands and coaches squash. He spent three summers at the University of Iowa’s Writers Institute, taking courses in fiction, poetry and comedy writing, and more recently, has taken online courses in television writing and playwriting though the Gotham Writers’ Workshop.

COLIN G. HARTWIG Mathematics, Appointed 2012 Football, Basketball, Lacrosse Wesleyan University, 2012

Colin teaches math and coaches football, boys’ basketball and boys’ lacrosse. He is familiar with independent schools, having graduated from Seton Hall Preparatory School. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Wesleyan University. While there, he played varsity football for four years and received the C. Everett Bacon Award as the most valuable player for the 2011 season. Colin also served as a teaching apprentice in the Economics Department, where he led weekly review sessions and provided tutoring in beginning economics courses. At Westminster, he lives in Graduate House, and his interests include music, travel, personal training, athletics and coaching.


Head of the Mathematics Department, Appointed 2001 Director of Student Life, Walter E. Edge Jr. ’35 Master Chair Basketball, Swayze Award, 2006 B.S., Wake Forest University, 1989 M.A.L.S., Wesleyan University


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Alan S. Leathers P’11

Jill Loveland


Mathematics, Appointed 2008 Soccer, Squash, Tennis B.S., Boston University, 1983

Mathematics, Appointed 1998 MS Walk, O’Brien Award, 2008 B.S., State University of New York, Binghamton, 1981 M.A., State University of New York, Binghamton

Alan first served as a math teacher at Westminster from 2005–2006. He returned to Westminster in 2008, following two years at Avon Old Farms School where he taught pre-calculus, geometry, advanced math and statistics, and coached tennis, squash, soccer and basketball. At Westminster, he teaches precalculus and statistics, and coaches Third Boys’ Soccer, Second Girls’ Squash and First Boys’ Tennis. A U.S. Professional Tennis Association certified professional, Alan has served as head tennis director at the Chatham Beach and Tennis Club, the Tower Ridge Country Club and the Hop Meadow Country Club. He also was the Men’s and Women’s Tennis coach at Central Connecticut State University and the Boys’ Varsity Tennis coach at Simsbury High School. Alan lives in Simsbury with his wife, Sarah, and their three children, Samantha, Hannah ’11 and Will.

Jill began her teaching career while in graduate school at the State University of New York at Binghamton, where she taught several classes. After completing her degree in mathematics, she worked for Aetna in the actuarial sciences. Following a successful tenure there, she took a position as a computer programmer with an international actuarial consulting firm. She returned to the academic world to obtain her teaching certification in secondary mathematics and at the same time began a satisfying career as a teacher and tutor to students at local public and private schools, including Westminster. Growing up on Long Island, she began running track during elementary school, and continued through college. Jill and her family spend their free time enjoying a variety of outdoor activities including running, bicycling and swimming. They also love music and attending local concerts and theater productions.

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Peter B. Ulrich P’09, ’10

Nancy Urner-Berry ’81, P’11, ’16


Mathematics, Appointed 1996 Soccer, Squash B.A., Middlebury College, 1983 M.A.L.S., Wesleyan University

Mathematics, Science, Appointed 1985 Hockey, Swayze Award, 1999 B.A., Middlebury College, 1985 M.A.L.S., Wesleyan University


As a student at Middlebury College, Peter majored in economics and earned varsity letters in soccer and lacrosse. Following graduation, he began his teaching career at Dublin School in Dublin, N.H. While there, he chaired the Mathematics Department, taught physics, coached boys’ varsity soccer and lacrosse, and in 1986, attended the Klingenstein Summer Institute at Columbia University. In 1987, he joined the faculty at Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, Calif., where he taught mathematics, chaired the judiciary committee and the faculty senate, and coached golf and varsity soccer, for which he was named the league’s coach of the year in 1992.

While a student at Westminster, Nancy received mathematics, science and general scholarship awards. She attended Middlebury College, where she majored in chemistry and was a member of the swim team. Nancy spent her junior year in London studying science at Queen Elizabeth College. During her summers, she worked at Connecticut Bank and Trust. Graduating from Middlebury with honors, she knew that teaching was what she wanted to do, and she returned to Westminster in 1985 as a science intern, sponsored by the Dreyfus Foundation. She has taught both chemistry and mathematics, and firmly believes in keeping a light tone to teaching. In the past, her duties have included coaching field hockey, swimming and lacrosse, as well as supervising a corridor.

Peter came to Westminster with his family in 1996 to teach math and take over the First Boys’ Soccer program. A member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, he has taught across the math curriculum, including AP statistics since it was introduced in 1999, and he served as head of the Mathematics Department from 2006-2010. After coaching lacrosse in the 1990s, he has coached squash at Westminster since 2000, working with the Second Boys’ team and assuming the role of First Girls’ coach in 2009. He moved from First Boys’ Soccer to the girls’ soccer staff following the fall 2011 season. Peter has been involved with soccer locally as a youth coach for his daughters’ teams, and he continues to play on a local men’s league team. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf and squash, and he has participated in both the masters and supermasters divisions of the Vail Lacrosse Shoot Out as part of the Middlebury College alumni team. Peter’s wife, Siobhan, is an administrative assistant in the Admissions Office. They live in Wyckoff House with their two daughters, Annie ’09 and Clare ’10, both students at Middlebury College.

Nancy is married to science teacher Scott Berry. They are the parents of two daughters, Margaret ’11 and Katherine ’16, and live on campus. Nancy enjoys running, swimming, skiing and needle crafts.

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The Science Department


The Westminster Science curriculum begins

“Physics First” allows them to take a greater


with physics, the discipline most fundamental

number of AP classes and has also allowed for

to the workings of the universe, and progresses

reinforcement in mathematics, since algebra

through chemistry and biology to build a well-

skills are taught as part of the physics class.

rounded knowledge base. Students employ both experimental and applied learning,

Westminster requires two years of laboratory

and they use many of the instruments and

science, one during the Fifth or Sixth

techniques used by scientists around the

Form, however, most students take three or

world. The program is designed not only to

more courses during their years at school.

prepare those students who will eventually

In addition to the core scientific courses

work in scientific fields, but also to provide

of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, the

non-science focused students with an

department offers a full slate of AP courses,

appreciation and understanding of scientific

as well as elective offerings.

knowledge. For the talented science student,


• Physics

• Astronomy

• Energy and the Environment

• Physics Honors

• Geology

• Alternative Energy

• Chemistry

• Environmental Chemistry

• Chemistry Honors

• AP Environmental Science • AP Biology

• Biology

• AP Chemistry

• Human Anatomy and Physiology

• Biology Honors

• AP Physics

• Aquatic Ecology

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Lee D. Zalinger P’05, ’07, ’09

Mark H. de Kanter ’91


Head of the Science Department, Appointed 2008 Basketball, Softball A.B., Colby College, 1982 M.A.L.S., Wesleyan University

Science, Director of Academic Technology, Appointed 1997 Director of Westminster Teaching Initiative Cross Country, Swimming and Diving, Swayze Award 2005 B.A., Williams College, 1995 M.A.L.S., Wesleyan University


Lee Zalinger has been teaching for 27 years, mostly in independent schools. His interests in science range from alternative energy, to astronomy, to the history of science. He really values the close-knit community and strong facultystudent relationships that develop at Westminster. Lee has led award-winning student teams in the Tour De Sol electric car races, and in designing and constructing a solarpowered dormitory room. In 2011, he started the Summer Science Experience at Westminster, a hands-on science camp for middle school students. He also enjoys coaching basketball and softball at Westminster, and watching his students in athletic contests and in theater and musical performances. Lee’s interests include biking, camping, paddling and writing poetry. He is a beginning guitar student who loves the blues. He resides in Simsbury with his wife, Wendy. Their three sons, Zachary ’05, Gavin ’07 and Josh ’09, are also involved in the field of science.

The balance of academics, athletics and service is what Mark likes best about the Westminster community, and he learned it himself as a Westminster student. At Williams, he continued to mix athletics and academics into his daily schedule, double majoring in English and biology, while competing on the varsity swim and crew teams. His interest in the outdoors and environmental issues were fostered during a semester in Copenhagen studying marine biology in the Baltic Sea and during a summer volunteering for the Nature Conservancy in Key West, Florida. He continues this passion for the outdoors with trail running, summer camping and working with the EcoTeam at Westminster. Mark spent two years designing and building databases and Web sites for CORESystems, a company founded by former Westminster faculty member David Walton, and brings his enthusiasm and technical expertise to his new role as director of academic technology. Mark and his wife, Kathleen Devaney, a history teacher and assistant headmaster, live in McOrmond House with their son, Emmett Earl, daughter, Samantha Duke, and their dog, Lola.

Richard P. “Scott” Berry Jr. P’11, ’16 Science, Assistant Athletic Director, Appointed 1971 Swayze Award 1998, Swan Award 2008, O’Brien Award 2010 B.A., Amherst College, 1967 M.Ed., University of Hartford

Scott’s interest in science and sports is long-standing. At Westminster, he serves as a biology, and human anatomy and physiology teacher and as the assistant athletic director. He is known for his constant encouragement and direction, both in the classroom and while watching practices and games. A native of Vermont and a strong skier, he captained his college ski team and played varsity soccer. In 1995–1996, Scott took a sabbatical year to earn his master’s degree in education. He has served as Westminster’s athletics director three times and returned to full-time teaching in 2005–2006. He and his wife, Nancy, a 1981 Westminster alumna, and their two daughters, Margaret ’11 and Katherine ’16, live in a house on campus. His oldest daughter, Kelly, received her M.S.W. at Smith College in 2007. In his free time, Scott enjoys running, yardwork, skiing and reading books on baseball.

Grant Gritzmacher Science, Appointed 2004 Swimming and Diving, Baseball, Swayze Award 2012 B.A., University of Texas at Austin, 2000 M.A., University of Connecticut

A dedicated and enthusiastic teacher, coach and corridor supervisor, Grant inspires his students and brings out the best in his athletes. After two years as a part-time faculty member while earning a master’s degree in geography, Grant began full-time teaching duties in the Science Department in 2006. He also took over as head coach of the swimming and diving program, quickly energizing the team with his spirited coaching style and knowledge of the sport. A native of Essex, Conn., Grant attended the Hopkins School in New Haven. While at Hopkins, he played soccer and baseball, earned All-American honors in swimming and was crowned AllAmerican National Champion three times in diving. Grant was a five-year member of the U.S. Junior National Diving Team, and continued to dive at the University of Texas at Austin.

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There, he achieved NCAA All-American honors and studied environmental resource management and geology. After graduation, Grant continued to pursue his love of athletics and the outdoors as a swim coach and ski instructor in Colorado. Grant started the girls’ swim team at Aspen High School. His experience as a coach and a counselor at a summer ski camp on Mt. Hood, Ore., and his tenure as a coach at the prestigious Longhorn Swim Camp in Austin, Texas, are testaments to his commitment to the development of young student-athletes. During the summer season, Grant serves as head coach of the Simsbury Sprinters swim team, and he is a year-round assistant coach of the West Hartford Aquatic Team (WHAT), a competitive U.S.S. club team. In his free time, he likes to travel, mountain bike, windsurf, ski, play guitar, banjo and mandolin, and cheer on the Texas Longhorns with his dog, Ricky Williams. Grant, his wife, history teacher Mary Pat, and their two children, Nathan and Adelaide, live in Andrews House where they supervise a corridor of boys.

fishes and the Mesozoic stratigraphy of the Connecticut Valley. Nick is a visiting scholar in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Wesleyan University and is a curatorial affiliate at Yale University’s Peabody Museum. He has authored several articles for national geology publications. Nick recently published his second book, Window Into the Jurassic World, which describes and illustrates the geologic history and fossils of Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill, Conn. The park is renowned for its spectacular dinosaur trackways. An avid book collector, Nick has taken book-hunting tours of England, and geological excursions to the front range of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. He is married to Westminster librarian Pam McDonald, and they live in a campus home. Their oldest daughter, Jennifer ’96, earned a Doctor of Medicine degree at Columbia University and is an anesthesiology resident at Columbia/Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. Their younger daughter, Amanda ’04, graduated from Franklin & Marshall College and is living and working in Washington, D.C.

Gregory D. Marco P’08, ’11

David R. Pope P’12, ’15, ’16

Science, Director of Studies, Appointed 1989 The John Sherwin Jr. ’57 and W. Graham Cole Jr. Chair Golf, Swayze Award 1995, O’Brien Award 2000 B.A., Colby College, 1983 M.Ed., University of Maine

Science, Appointed 2001 Football, Hockey, O’Brien Award 2007 B.S., Hobart College, 1985 M.A.L.S., Wesleyan University

As the director of studies, Greg chairs the department heads group, manages curricular changes, oversees students’ academic planning and supervises the advising system. He works closely with parents, teachers, advisors and students regarding all academic issues. He formerly served as the head of the Science Department, where he continues to teach physics honors. Greg is a graduate of Colby College, where he majored in chemistry and biology, and competed on the varsity golf team. In addition to his academic duties, Greg also coaches the golf team and teaches a karate class. Greg’s free moments are dedicated to his three passions: his family, his golf game and the study of the martial arts. Greg lives in a faculty home adjacent to campus with his wife, Cathy, a speech-language pathologist, and their two children: Sarah ’08 (Vassar College ’12), a graduate student at Columbia University, and Andrew ’11, a student at Connecticut College. Nicholas G. McDonald P’96, ’04 Science, Work Program Director, Appointed 1977 Squash B.A., Franklin and Marshall College, 1971 M.A., Wesleyan University

A geologist by training, Nick has pursued paleontological research most of his adult life. He is a leading expert on fossil

At Hobart College, David was awarded the Kevin O’Neill Award for excellence in field biology. He was also a member of the varsity hockey team and served as an assistant coach. After graduation, he taught and coached varsity boys’ hockey at South Kent School. He also worked as a project manager for a general contractor in his hometown of Philadelphia. At Westminster, David teaches chemistry and environmental science, which is a mixture of history, economics and ecology. He finished his Master of Arts in Liberal Studies at Wesleyan University in 2006 by developing a Web site to highlight the specific species indigenous to Vieques, Puerto Rico. He spends much of his time coaching hockey, football and lacrosse in the youth programs in Simsbury. David also coaches Second Football and First Girls’ Hockey at Westminster. In 2010 and 2011, the First Girls’ Hockey team won the Division 1 New England Championship. In 2012, they won their fifth Founders League Championship in the last six years and were ranked third in New England at the end of the year. David’s wife, Kimberly, is the Davis Scholars Program coordinator and an associate director of admissions at Westminster. They have three children, Sam ’12, a freshman at Bucknell University, Austin ’15 and Evelyn ’16. David’s other interests include playing hockey and golf, fly-fishing, sewing and woodworking. The Popes live in Squibb House, where he is the dormitory head. They received a Headmaster’s Award in 2005 for their dedication to the students in the dormitory. David was awarded an Earthwatch grant to study climate change in the Santa Lucia cloud forest in Ecuador in June 2011.

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Bill Sistare


Science, Form Dean, Appointed 1987 Director of Academic Support, Director of Westminster Teaching Initiative Baseball, Swayze Award 2009 B.A., Pomona College, 1982 M.S., University of New Hampshire Ed.S., Southeastern University

Bill’s favorite place is on a river or hiking trail, where he finds a unique interplay between science and philosophy. His passion for science began with a childhood love of the wilderness of New Hampshire that was further developed at St. George’s School, where he spent a semester at sea aboard the R/V Geronimo tagging sharks. Bill solidified his lifelong pursuit at Pomona College and at the University of New Hampshire, where he majored in biology. He has shared these experiences with his students for more than 25 years through teaching environmental science, biology, chemistry and physics. His wilderness experiences have also taken him to Canada, where he co-led wilderness canoe trips with students and adults. In addition to his interest in science, Bill is an avid baseball fan. He was the co-captain and most valuable player at Pomona College, and he now coaches the Westminster baseball team. He loves to camp, hike, canoe and fish with his family, including his wife, Paula, and two children, daughter Heidi and son Gabe, both recent college graduates. They reside in one of the faculty homes at the bottom of Williams Hill.

Nancy Urner-Berry ’81, P’11, ’16

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James S. Waters Science, Appointed 2009 Soccer, Hockey B.A., Colby College, 2008

A graduate of Brooks School and Colby College, Jamie teaches physics and AP physics at Westminster. While at Colby College, he played varsity soccer all four years and served as captain of the team his senior year. He also served as a camp counselor for the Colby College Soccer Camp and Prime Time Hockey in Toronto. He completed a teaching internship at Kingswood Oxford School, where he also coached middle school hockey and lacrosse. Jamie grew up in Andover, Mass., and likes traveling, playing and watching sports, listening to music, watching movies and participating in most outdoor activities. He lives in Memorial Hall.


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The faculty in Westminster School’s Visual

Westminster students gain the formal tools

and Performing Arts Department are

necessary to interpret and communicate in

practicing artists, for whom teaching and the

non-verbal forms of language. The main

creative process are symbiotic. Daily classes

emphasis of the program lies upon process;

are enhanced by trips to museums, galleries,

students develop good work habits, and

and performances in the greater Hartford

motivate themselves and their peers to create

area, Boston and New York City. In addition,

cohesive bodies of work. Developing visual

professional artists come to campus and

and performing artists gain an understanding

interact with students in workshops, lectures

of past traditions and current methods.

and performances.

Encouraged co-curricular connections strengthen the act of making art.


• Introduction to Studio Art

• Engineering and Design

• Music Appreciation: The World of Music

• Digital Arts

• Architecture 1: Residential Drawing and Design

• AP Music Theory

• Architecture 2

• Concert Band

• Introduction to Theater

• Jazz Ensemble

• Advanced Theater

• Dance Ensemble

• Independent Study in Directing

• Chorale

• Drawing and Painting • AP Studio Art • Independent Study in Studio Art • Photography • Independent Study in Photography

• Chamber Choir • Introduction to Music • Private Lessons


With a degree in music and organ performance, David serves as director of music, teaches music theory and music appreciation, and provides the soaring sounds of the organ or the piano during chapel programs or at special school performances. While earning his master’s degree at Yale, he studied with internationally known organists Thomas Murray, Charles Krigbaum and Gere Hancock. He came to Westminster after six years at Choate Rosemary Hall, where he served in a variety of roles. His love of music has been cultivated through positions in several professional musical organizations, including the American Guild of Organists and the American Choral Directors Association. After 10 years of service as director of music at St. Rita Church in Hamden, where he played organ for services and directed three choirs, David left the position to focus on his duties at Westminster. He enjoys performing, composing and singing, and his musical interests cover many different styles, from classical to jazz, show tunes, classic rock and vocal a cappella. David’s wife, Sue, is the choral director at the Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor.


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WHITNEY BARRETT Art, English, Appointed 2009 Community Garden, Community Service, Student Activities, Yearbook B.A., Williams College, 2002 M.A., Columbia University Teachers College

Whitney taught art and coached at the Northwood School in Lake Placid, N.Y., for three years prior to her appointment at Westminster. Her teaching responsibilities included photography, painting and drawing, publications, sculpture and art history. Her three-season coaching duties included girls’ soccer, wilderness skills, skiing, kayaking and tennis. Whitney also has served as an art instructor for the Putney School Summer Program, the Nantucket Artists Association, and the Nantucket Island School of Design and the Arts. For a number of summers, she taught outdoor and environmental education at the

Strong Wings Adventure School on Nantucket. Her photography has appeared in numerous publications and her artwork has been exhibited at various galleries. She recently started work on an Ed.M. in art and art education at Columbia University. At Westminster, Whitney teaches studio art, painting and drawing, and two sections of English. She also works with the community service program and coordinates the Westminster community garden. In her free time, Whitney enjoys the outdoors, specifically hiking and kayaking, spending time with her family and pursuing her own work in the arts. Her work is primarily in two-dimensional media, painting, printmaking, drawing and photography. Whitney grew up in Greenwich, Conn., and attended Loomis Chaffee School. She and her husband, Alex, live in Cushing Hall with their 10-year-old yellow lab named Sammy.

RAYMOND E. GUSTAFSON Engineering and Design, Architecture, Appointed 1992 B.A., University of Connecticut, 1963

Charged with introducing students to the complex world of architecture, Ray brings an impressive background of architectural experience to the classroom. He is a member of the AIA/CSA, is NCARB certified and was recently designated a member emeritus of The American Institute of Architects. For more than 10 years, he was vice president and principal in the architectural firm of Austin Associates. Following experience in several other firms, he opened his own architectural office in Burlington, Conn., where he continues to practice. Ray also has served as vice president of the American Management Institute, responsible for creating and presenting seminars for executives in the design profession, and as an adjunct faculty member teaching architecture at the community college level in Hartford. He is an expert witness for the Technical Advisory Service for Attorneys (TASA) on construction litigation cases and also serves as vice president and consultant for Scott Pools in Woodbury, Conn., which relies heavily on his site expertise. In his spare time, Ray loves a good summit day on any peak, as well as downhill and backcountry skiing, fly-fishing, bow hunting for deer and turkey, bird shooting, performance cars, collecting and restoring antique Land Rovers. He has held public office in several elected positions, including selectman for the Town of Burlington and president of the Connecticut Federation of Zoning Agencies. Ray lives on Johnnycake Mountain in nearby Burlington.

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Head of the Visual and Performing Arts Department Director of Music, Appointed 2001 Chapel Organist, Soccer B.Mus., Bucknell University, 1993 M.Mus., Yale University School of Music



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Director of Theater, English, Appointed 2010 B.F.A., Central Connecticut State University, 1997 M.F.A., New York University M.S.Ed., City College of New York

Art, Appointed 2005 Swimming and Diving B.A., University of New Mexico, 1978 M.A., University of New Mexico M.F.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago

A-men held a variety of teaching and theater positions before becoming Director of Theater at Westminster. He served as a director and dramaturg at Fordham University; a master acting teacher at the Harlem School of the Arts, the Hedgerow Theater School and Neumann College Center Stage Productions; a drama literacy teacher at Harvey Milk School in New York City; a residential counselor and teaching assistant at The Center for Creative Youth at Wesleyan University; and an assistant teacher at P.S.125’s Theater Arts After School Program in Harlem, N.Y. As a performing artist, A-men has worked at The American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, the Hedgerow Theater in Wallingford, Pa., The Shakespeare Theater in Washington, D.C., and several shows Off Broadway. As a sound designer, he designed for new plays with the Rising Circle Theater Collective in New York City. He has done a variety of on-air voice-overs as well. A-men holds a Master of Fine Arts in acting from New York University and a Master of Science in Education with a major in educational theater from the City College of New York. He received the New York Innovative Theater Award for Best Ensemble, Pulling the Lever, in 2004 and was a cast member of the 2003 Obie Award-winning production of The Black: A Clown Show by Jean Genet. During the summer, A-men works as a theater instructor with elementary school children from the Hartford Public School at Trinity College. At Westminster, A-men lives in Memorial Hall with his wife, Jessica, and their son, Kareum.

John received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art education from the University of New Mexico. He also holds a Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His majors include jewelry and metalwork, ceramics, sculpture, drawing, painting and mixed media. His teaching experience includes The Bullis School, where he taught studio art and art history as well as core, elective and AP courses in the History Department. Other experience includes the Edmund Burke School as the chair of the Art Department, the Peddie School as chair of the Art Department, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Albuquerque Academy as the director of activities, the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque Public Schools and the Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute. He holds fellowships from the E.E. Ford Foundation and The Summer Six Fellowship program at Skidmore College. John is also a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation “Power of Art” recipient and has attended honors seminar workshops at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Colorado Institute of Art. He is presently listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and has exhibited his work in Albuquerque, N.M., and Washington, D.C. In the summer of 2009, John attended the summer session at the Tamarind Institute of Fine Art Lithography located in Albuquerque, N.M. At Westminster, John is the boys’ and girls’ diving coach. As a Masters Diver, John competes in the one- and threemeter springboard events as well as platform and synchronized diving. He has received silver and bronze medals in past Masters Diving Championships. John is married to Associate Headmaster Nancy Spencer. They have two children, Stanley ’13 and Sally ’15.  

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Jane Toner P’02

Dance, Appointed 2012 B.F.A, State University of New York, Purchase, 2002

Photography, Director of College Resources, Appointed 1987 Field Hockey Rosemont College B.A., University of Hartford

Kate brings a background in choreography and teaching movement and dance to a wide variety of students in her responsibilities as a dance instructor at Westminster. She is the co-founder and artistic director of SYREN Modern Dance in New York City, and her work has been presented at Jacob’s Pillow, Symphony Space and New Haven Ballet, among others.  Kate has served as a guest faculty member at the Greater Hartford Academy for the Arts, the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts, Yale University, Purchase College and Anderson University. She is thrilled to be back living in Connecticut. She enjoys being outside with her family and loves fishing with her husband, Zach, camping and watching her son, Hunter, giggle in the grass. 

Judi Tolomea Director of Dance, Appointed 1996 Rosemont College M.A.L.S., Wesleyan University

Judi has taught, performed and choreographed dance throughout the United States and Mexico. She was a member of the American Dance Festival Repertory Company and a principal member of Connecticut Dance Theatre, a 12-member professional touring company. Judi has performed the works of José Limon, Anna Sokolow, Twyla Tharp and Yoshiko Chuma, as well as her own work. She has taught dance at Wesleyan University, Trinity College, the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts and Watkinson School. Judi also has instructed dance classes in modern dance, improvisation, choreographic composition, dance history, repertory, movement for actors, pedagogy and conditioning. She enjoys traveling near and far, from southern France to Mexico, where her extended family lives. She regularly explores the Farmington River Valley as a canoeist, kayaker and hiker. Judi lives with her family in Simsbury.

For the past 26 years, Jane has successfully run her own professional photography business. Starting in Providence, R.I., she was a commercial photographer for such clients as Reed & Barton, Hasbro, Swarovski Crystal and Towle Silversmiths. Jane first came to Westminster in 1987 when she began working part time in the College Counseling Office, while still maintaining her photography business. She eventually directed her photography focus toward events, including some special-event photography for Westminster. Jane and her husband, Gerry, live in Simsbury. They are the parents of Evan ’02 and Alisa May. In her spare time, Jane enjoys golf, gardening and pottery.

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Kate St. Amand

Admissions and Support Services

The Office of Admissions Jon C. Deveaux P’14, ’16

Jon began his career in education at Cheshire Academy, where he served as director of admissions and director of financial aid. During his five-year tenure there, he also taught psychology, supervised a corridor of boys and coached varsity boys’ soccer. Now in his 20th year at Westminster, Jon focuses most of his attention on his role as the director of admissions, although he also finds time to teach one section of AP psychology. Athletics have played a major role throughout Jon’s life. In high school, he played ice hockey and soccer. At Williams, he focused on soccer and played on the varsity team all four years. He was elected as the team’s captain, was voted most valuable player and was named to the All-New England team. While at Williams, he also coached the women’s ice hockey team and played intramural ice hockey. Jon coached boys’ soccer at Westminster for 19 years, and he continues to play both soccer and hockey in adult (old guy) leagues. Jon completed his graduate studies in the prestigious Leadership Academy Program at the Klingenstein Center of Teachers College, Columbia University. He and his wife, Sara, Westminster’s head of the Language Department, have two daughters, Ellie ’14 and Katie ’16, and live in a faculty home on campus. In the summer, they enjoy spending time together in Williamstown, Mass.

Scott Duddy Associate Director of Admissions Assistant Director of Financial Aid, Appointed 2005 Hockey, Lacrosse B.A., Bates College, 2004

Scott is in his eighth year at Westminster and his sixth year in Admissions. A graduate of Bates College, he did his internship at Tilton School in New Hampshire, where he helped students discover new ways of understanding literature. His senior thesis was on the accuracy of categorizing James Baldwin’s Go Tell It on the Mountain as a protest novel. He also worked at St. Paul’s Advanced Studies Program, where he created a college-level class focused on historically banned or challenged literature. As a two-year member of the Westminster English Department, he created and taught the Sixth Form elective The Anti-Hero, which examined protagonists who lack conventional heroic attributes and often go against the grain of societal expectations and conformity to achieve hero status.

Scott also served as a junior varsity hockey, soccer and lacrosse coach at Tilton and a junior varsity lacrosse coach at Concord High School in New Hampshire. He was a four-year member of the Bates Varsity Lacrosse team as well as the Bates Men’s Club Hockey Team. Scott lived, studied and traveled throughout New Zealand for five months in 2002. At Westminster, Scott coaches Third Boys’ Hockey and First Boys’ Lacrosse, and is assistant director of financial aid. He and his wife, Ariel, live in Andrews House with their son, Kieran, and daughter, Kayla. Scott serves as the dormitory head for Andrews House.

Farrell Swain Gerges Associate Director of Admissions, Appointed 2010 Soccer, Squash B.S. University of New Hampshire, 2002

Farrell joined Westminster’s admissions team following three years serving as associate director of admission, director of scholar athlete recruitment and assistant dean of students at The Ethel Walker School in Simsbury. While there, she was responsible for handling applicant correspondence, interviewing upper and middle school prospective students and their parents, coordinating open houses, tours and interview days, and representing the school at school fairs. She also advised students and tour guides. Farrell is an excellent soccer player and experienced coach. As a student at the University of New Hampshire, she served as captain of her Division I soccer team, earned an All-Conference Honorable Mention, and played on the National Champion U20 Women’s Premier Team World Class Soccer Club in Windsor, Conn. Her coaching responsibilities have included serving as head varsity girls’ soccer coach at The Ethel Walker School; head varsity boys’ soccer coach at Wood River High School in Hailey, Idaho; head premier girls’ and boys’ soccer coach at Sawtooth United Football Club in Ketchum, Idaho; and head junior varsity boys’ soccer coach at Wood River High School. At Westminster, she coaches First Girls’ Soccer and Third Girls’ Squash. In her free time, Farrell enjoys hiking, skiing and spending time with family. She and her husband, Tim ’98, live in Cushing Hall, where she is the dormitory head.

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Director of Admissions, Psychology, Appointed 1993 B.A., Williams College, 1987 M.A., Columbia University

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Michele B. Hatchette ’05


Associate Director of Admissions, Appointed 2011 Director of Multicultural Affairs Cross Country, Swimming and Diving B.A., Pitzer College, 2009

After serving as head prefect and graduating from Westminster in 2005, Michele earned her bachelor’s degree in international and intercultural studies at Pitzer College. While there, she worked in the Office of Black Student Affairs for two years, helping new students with adjustment to the Claremont Colleges. In her senior year, she co-founded the student-run coalition Empowered Women of Color, which focused on bringing awareness and implementing action plans around social justice issues on campus. She also has done community organizing work with immigrants in Southern California and Northern Spain related to increasing consciousness around workers’ rights, and she has volunteered with organizations providing resources for women immigrants. Over the past year, she served as president of Harlem Seeds, Inc., a nonprofit organization she co-founded with the mission to equip Harlem youth and community members with the confidence and knowledge to grow, select and prepare healthy food through gardening, cooking and nutrition workshops. She also has served internships at Booz Allen Hamilton on its diversity and inclusion teams, and at Manhattan Country School Farm.

As a student at Westminster, Michele participated in soccer, swimming, and track and field, served on student council and was a member of the John Hay Society and Dramat. In her free time, she enjoys farming, gardening, cooking, traveling and being in nature. She lives in Cushing Hall.

Joan Wunderlich Howard P’00, ’03 Associate Director of Admissions, Appointed 1977 Field Hockey B.A., Smith College, 1973 M.Ed., University of Missouri

A native of St. Louis and a John Burroughs School alumna, Joan studied Russian literature at Smith College and Princeton University. After teaching English at Fairfax Hall in Virginia, she completed a master’s degree in secondary school administration at the University of Missouri. She was appointed to the faculty at Westminster in 1977, left in 1981 to be home with children and returned in 2000. Joan has taught English and served in the admissions and deans’ offices. She maintained her passion for her college varsity sports, coaching field hockey, basketball, softball and lacrosse. She umpired field hockey and achieved national ranking umpiring in lacrosse, serving on the National Umpiring Committee of the United States Women’s Lacrosse Association (USWLA). She currently works in the Admissions Office where she also brings a parent’s perspective to admissions’ conversations.


TIMOTHY A. JONCAS ’00 Director of Athletics, Associate Director of Admissions Appointed 2004 Hockey B.A., Trinity College, 2004

Tim is a cum laude graduate of Westminster, who spent a year at Wesleyan University before graduating with a degree in political science from Trinity College. An outstanding tri-varsity captain at Westminster in soccer, hockey and lacrosse, he received the Brian Bruyette Senior Athletic Award, as well as the Squibb Bowl for First Boys’ Hockey. At Trinity, he was co-captain of the men’s varsity hockey team and won the Trinity Hockey Coaches Award for outstanding leadership. He has coached high school and youth hockey and worked as a strength and conditioning intern at Trinity and ESPN.



Associate Director Admissions, Appointed 2012 Football, Hockey, Lacrosse B.A., Salve Regina University, 2003


Joan has been active in the Simsbury community with interests spanning education, land-use planning and historic preservation. She chaired the Simsbury Planning Commission and served on several historic district study committees. Her husband, Chuck, is a lawyer at Shipman & Goodwin in Hartford, and they are parents of Brian ’00, Yale ’04; and Katharine ’03, Washington University in St. Louis ’07. Joan enjoys reading, languages and linguistics, Tai Chi and spending time in Maine.

Jay joins the Westminster faculty following two years at Pomfret School, where he served as assistant director of admissions and athletic liaison. He also served as a dormitory parent and an advisor, and coached varsity soccer, hockey and lacrosse. Prior to that, he taught history for seven years at Hebron Academy where he was a dorm parent, advisor and head coach of the boys’ varsity lacrosse and soccer teams and the girls’ varsity hockey team. As an undergraduate student at Salve Regina, Jay played varsity soccer, hockey and lacrosse and was named recipient in 2003 of the Brother Michael Reynolds Award as the school’s leading contributor in athletics, academics and the community. Over the years, he has also coached and evaluated players at numerous elite hockey and lacrosse camps. Jay and his wife, Jess, live in Squibb House with their dog, Rooney. They like to travel to their favorite town, Newport, R.I., as much as they can. Jay also enjoys spending time with his dad riding their Harleys together. MITCHEL G. OVERBYE P’05, ’09

In 2004, Tim returned to his roots as a member of the Westminster Admissions Office, where he had been a popular tour guide during his student days on the Hill. As director of athletics, he oversees Westminster’s three-season athletic program, which includes 55 teams, competing in 15 sports, many in the highly competitive Founders League. Tim also serves as head coach of First Boys’ Hockey. He enjoys reading, physical fitness, coaching and spending time with his family in Branford, Conn. He and his wife, history teacher Colleen Joncas, live in Edge House with their daughter, Finley, and they supervise a corridor.

Senior Associate Director of Admissions Director of Financial Aid, Appointed 1999 Softball B.A., Bates College, 1983 M.A., Middlebury College

Mitch has 29 years of experience working in admissions, teaching and coaching in independent schools. A graduate of Bates College, where he was an English major, Dana Scholar and class president, he earned a master’s degree at Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English. He began his independent school career at Hebron Academy in Maine, where he taught English, supervised a boys’ corridor and coached varsity boys’ soccer, varsity girls’ basketball and track. Mitch was appointed director of admissions at Hebron in 1986. He was named director of admissions at the Loomis Chaffee School in 1990, and taught English and coached soccer and basketball during his tenure at the school. Mitch has also coached softball for many years. His Westminster teams have achieved a record of 104 wins and 12 losses over the past seven years, and won four consecutive Class A Western New England Championships from 2008–2011. Mitch and his wife, Kathy, are the parents of two Westminster graduates. Kelly ’05, is a recent Bowdoin College graduate, and Andrew ’09, currently attends Bates College. The Overbyes reside with yellow lab Samuel in a faculty home on campus.

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Kimberly Pope P’12, ’15, ’16 Associate Director of Admissions. Appointed 2002 Director Davis Scholars Program B.S., Roanoke College, 1987

Carolyn D. Walker

Soon after Kimberly graduated from Roanoke College, she started off on a financial career, beginning in Boston at Paine Webber. After meeting her husband, David, they moved to Philadelphia, where she worked for Charles Schwab and Company, and won a prestigious leadership award. She left this to work on a trading floor in Philadelphia at a large bank. Presently, Kimberly is the director of the Davis Scholars Program. This position requires her to travel in the United States and abroad to identify students for the program. She has been to Budapest, the Czech Republic, Ghana, Vietnam, Moldova and to the Lakota Reservation in South Dakota. Kimberly also works in the Admissions Office and is studying in the Wesleyan M.A.L.S. Program.

Prior to her appointment at Westminster, Carolyn served in the admissions offices of two other independent schools. She spent four years as associate director of admissions at The Gunnery, where she also directed the tour guide program, served as a head dorm parent, advised, and coached varsity volleyball, varsity softball and novice crew. More recently, she was associate director of admissions for two years at Emma Willard School, where she was responsible for the tour guide program, coordinated admissions events, served as an advisor and coached varsity volleyball.

Kimberly, along with her family, lives in Squibb House, where she loves her duties, not only as mother to her three children, Sam ’12, Austin ’15 and Evie ’16, but as dorm mother to many boys. She and her husband, David, were the recipients of a Headmaster’s Award in 2005. In her free time, she can be found either playing street hockey in the Squibb parking lot or curled up reading a book from the Westminster library.

David T. Pringle ’05 Associate Director of Admissions, Appointed 2010 Football, Basketball B.A., Stonehill College, 2009

David is no stranger to Westminster, where he completed a postgraduate year and played on the first football, basketball and lacrosse teams. He currently works in Admissions, and serves as a head coach of First Boys’ Basketball and coaches First Football. A graduate of Stonehill College, where he majored in healthcare administration, David also attended Tennessee State University, where he played football on a full scholarship after graduating from Westminster. He has worked as a supervisor at Skills Basketball Camp in New Haven, Conn., and an athletic instructor at Holiday Hill Day Camp in Cheshire, Conn. In his free time, David likes to play basketball, write poetry, listen to quality music, learn anything new and spend time with his friends. He lives in Andrews House with his wife, Stacy.

Associate Director of Admissions, Appointed 2011 Basketball, Softball B.S., Trinity College, 2004

While at Trinity College, where she majored in psychology, Carolyn was a residential advisor and captain of both the varsity volleyball and crew teams. Her crew team won the New England Championship in 2003 and the New England Small College Athletic Conference in 2004, and competed in the NCAA championships in 2003 and 2004. In both of those years, she was named to the New England Small College Athletic Conference All-Academic Team. In her free time, Carolyn likes reading, travel, photography, running and learning Spanish. She and her husband, Arturo, a Westminster Spanish teacher, live in Memorial Hall.

The College Counseling Office Gregory B. Williams

Greg brought years of experience in college counseling and admissions to his responsibilities as director of college counseling at Westminster. Previously, he served four years as director of college counseling at Garrison Forest School in Owings Mills, Md. While there, he provided college-related guidance and support for students and their parents, established professional relationships with college admission officers, held classes for students regarding the college search process and oversaw office staff. A member of the residential faculty, he also was an advisor for study halls and assisted with residential program duties.

During summers, Peter works as a college planning consultant for the Westminster Crossroads Learning Program in Hartford (WCLP) with students from Hartford Public High School. He enjoys visiting colleges, coaching the New England Storm summer lacrosse team and running the 2Way Lacrosse youth camp at Westminster. A talented musician, he plays the drums for a local jazz band. Peter and his wife, Robin ’87, have two children, Abby ’16 and Charlie, and live in a house on Winterset Lane on the edge of campus.

Prior to his work at Garrison Forest School, Greg spent seven years at Colgate University, his alma mater, where he served as senior assistant dean of admission, coordinator of international recruitment, assistant coordinator of multicultural recruitment, faculty liaison coordinator, and athletic liaison for Division I softball, swimming and volleyball. Greg also served two years as an admissions interviewer and student activities associate at another of his alma maters, Choate Rosemary Hall. A graduate of Colgate University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, Greg is active in numerous professional associations. He and his wife, Laura, and their two sons, Max and Gideon, live in Gitterman House. Peter W. Newman ’80, P’16 Associate Director of College Counseling Spanish, Appointed 1987 Lacrosse, Basketball, Swayze Award 2003 A.B., Colby College, 1984 M.A., Middlebury College Certificado de Gramática Superior, Málaga, Spain

A graduate of Westminster, Peter co-captained the baseball team, served as a school prefect and was a member of the John Hay Vestry. He went on to Colby College, where he double majored in Spanish and administrative science, and captained the lacrosse team. After graduation, he spent three years in sales at Aetna in Nashville, before turning to teaching and coaching at Milton Academy and the Buckingham Browne and Nichols School in Massachusetts. He returned to Westminster in 1987 and has served as a teacher, coach, dormitory supervisor, form dean, director of athletics and development associate.

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Joyce M. Wilson Associate Director of College Counseling, Mathematics, Appointed 1993 Tennis B.A., Stonehill College, 1967 M.Ed., University of Hartford

Joyce has been a teacher for more than 30 years and her strong background in education serves her well. She came to Westminster to head the Mathematics Department, which she did for four years before being appointed director of studies, a position she held for seven years. For the past seven years, she has enjoyed her work in the College Counseling Office, and continues to teach in the Mathematics Department and coach tennis. She is the former Math Department head at Suffield Academy, and has also taught junior high school math and English. Along with her teaching duties, Joyce has coached field hockey and tennis. Born and raised in Boston, she has lived in Maine and completed her master’s degree in secondary education at the University of Hartford. Joyce and her husband, Allan, reside in Suffield. They are the parents of three daughters, Jennifer, Courtney and Meredith.

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Director of College Counseling, Appointed 2010 Baseball, Basketball B.A., Colgate University, 1995

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The Alumni and Development Office


Scott Stevens P’07, ’09, ’12

Douglas H. Allen

Alumni and Development

Assistant Headmaster for Development, Appointed 1983 O’Brien Award, 1999 B.A., University of Vermont, 1983 M.A., Middlebury College

Director of Planned Giving, Appointed 1993 B.A., Yale University, 1987 J.D., University of Illinois

One of the great attractions of Westminster is the opportunity to wear many “hats” and to know students in different contexts. Scott, a 29-year veteran teacher, has taught all levels of English, served as dean of students, coordinated Westminster’s leadership curriculum as director of student life, and coached both hockey and lacrosse. In Scott’s current role as assistant headmaster for development, he continues to see himself as a facilitator by finding new ways to engage many of his former students who are now alumni, parents and friends, with hopes of advancing Westminster in the best of ways. The brother of a Westminster alumnus, Scott attended The Hotchkiss School, the University of Vermont, and Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English. Off campus, Scott continues to pursue his travel interests: trekking in Spain, skiing in Utah and fishing in Montana. Closer to home, he enjoys coaching youth sports in Simsbury and mountain biking with students and colleagues in the Farmington Valley. Recently, he started again to pursue an old passion for photography, chronicling life on the Hill. He and his wife, Amy, are the parents of Nick ’07, a graduate of Middlebury College; Abby ’09, who attends the University of Vermont; and Will ’12 who attends Middlebury College. They live on the east side of campus in Sanger House.

Marjorie E. Pinney P’01, ’11 Director of Development, Appointed 1996 B.A., St. Joseph College, 1995

Maggie attended Kingswood Oxford School and later graduated from St. Joseph College with a degree in art history. Prior to joining Westminster, she gained development experience with a variety of not-for-profit organizations, including the United Way and Connecticut Public Broadcasting. Through her work, she developed a strong interest in human service and volunteerism. In her role in the Development Office, she works to maintain close contact with alumni and parents. As the mother of Cole ’01 and Emma ’11, she values the close-knit Westminster community. Maggie and her husband, Rees, reside in Hartford and enjoy walking their dogs, taking trips to Long Island and going to Boston Red Sox games.

Douglas was raised in Tulsa, Okla., where he attended Holland Hall School. He graduated from Yale with a double major in mathematics and philosophy and spent time singing in several music groups, including the Whiffenpoofs. After attending law school, Douglas practiced in Chicago for two years, primarily in the area of insurance coverage litigation. He moved to Westminster in 1993, where he taught mathematics and coached cross country and track. During the 2000–2001 school year, he worked in New York City in equity research for an investment bank, but then returned to Williams Hill the following year. Douglas again taught and coached until 2006, when he was appointed to the position of director of planned giving. In the summer of 1998, Douglas and his wife, Amy, were married in Westminster’s Andrews Memorial Chapel. They live in a faculty home on campus with their two children.

Newell Grant ’99 Associate Director of Major Gifts, Appointed 2005 B.A., Denison University, 2003

Newell’s work in the Development Office requires him to travel around the country on a regular basis to meet with parents, alumni and friends of the school. While working with donors on both capital and annual fund gifts, he also manages the Young Alumni Challenge, a program rooted in the cultivation and philanthropic education of the school’s youngest alumni. Prior to his faculty appointment, Newell worked in Boston’s financial district. As a boarder at Westminster from Littleton, Colo., he served as junior prefect and president of The John Hay Society. In his free time, Newell enjoys fly-fishing the Farmington River, skiing, golfing and traveling the world.

Thea Leach P’11, ’13 Director of Alumni and Parent Programs, Appointed 2008 B.A., Lynchburg College

Thea brings to Westminster experience working in alumni and development programs at independent schools. She served four years at Kingswood Oxford School, first as associate director of annual giving and then as director of parent relations and event planning. While there, she created the school’s reunion giving program and expanded the class agent program. Most recently, she worked two years at Miss Porter’s School as associate director of alumnae events.

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David S. Werner ’80, P’10, ’11, ’16


Major Gifts Officer, Director of Social Media, Appointed 1986 Tennis, Swayze Award, 1996 B.A., University of Vermont, 1984 M.A.L.S., Wesleyan University

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After 25 years of serving as a teacher, coach, dormitory supervisor, director of college counseling and most recently as director of alumni and parent programs, David has turned his attention to fund-raising efforts and social media. Whether he’s keeping alumni informed on a personal basis face to face, or through LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or Flickr, his passion remains telling the school’s story and keeping alumni close to the action. A Westminster graduate, David participated in various school activities and captained the baseball team. As an alumnus, he has served as a reunion chair and as a class agent. He has also worked as an admissions officer and faculty advisor. Prior to returning to Westminster, David taught mathematics and photography for two years at Eaglebrook School in Deerfield, Mass., where he supervised a dorm and coached. David is an avid tennis player and begins his 21st season as the First Girls’ Tennis coach. In this role, as with weekend life and family-style dinners, David maintains contact with the school community on a regular basis. David, his wife, Christine, and their three children, Corinne ’10, Stephanie ’11 and Jack ’16, reside in a faculty home on nearby Winterset Lane.

Shannon O’Shaughnessy

Elizabeth Wilde ’88, P’16

Director of Annual Giving, Appointed 2011 B.A., University of Notre Dame, 1999 M.F.A., University of Notre Dame

Director of Operations, Appointed 2001 B.A., Skidmore College, 1992 M.Mus.Ed., Hartt School of Music

Prior to being appointed director of annual giving in Westminster’s Development Office, Shannon served as associate director of annual giving at Yale, where she engaged and educated alumni regarding Yale College’s philanthropic priorities. Prior to that, she worked as a literary agent with the Park Literary Group LLC and as an assistant at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates, both in New York City. While she was earning her M.F.A. in fiction writing at the University of Notre Dame, she served in various capacities in the Development Department, including associate director of the annual fund and director of the phone center.

A graduate of Westminster, Elizabeth captained the girls’ track team and received the award for achievement in music. She attended Skidmore College, where she majored in music. During her junior year, she traveled with Up With People and performed in 10 countries around the world as a featured vocalist and dancer. Following college, Elizabeth went on to receive her Master of Music Education and teaching certification from the Hartt School of Music and taught music in public schools for three years. She worked in the Admissions Office at Westminster for six years and is now the director of operations in the Development Office.

Shannon, her husband, Tim, and their sons, Finn and Declan, live in West Simsbury. Originally from Pittsburgh, Shannon likes to cook, read and write, and is a huge college football fan.

Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her three children, Leo ’16, Simon and Annabelle, singing in a local choir and teaching cycling classes at a local health club.

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Student Support Services


Sara Anderson P’14

Shawn R. Desjardins

Student Support

Director of Information Technology, Appointed 2001 B.A., Molloy College, 1982 M.A.L.S., State University of New York, Stony Brook

Head Athletic Trainer, Director of Student Activities Psychology, Appointed 2007 B.S., Central Connecticut State University, 1996

Sara manages all of the information and voice technology on campus. Her primary responsibilities include maintaining the campus data network, managing the campus telephone system and implementing new technology. Sara began her information technology career working in a corporate setting. She then accepted a position with an educational cooperative in 1990, and earned a master’s degree that focused on technologies in education. Sara thoroughly likes working in a school setting and was pleased to join Westminster after five years as a stay-athome mom. She holds teaching licenses in both Connecticut and New York, and is a member of the International Society for Technology in Education.

Shawn, who serves as head athletic trainer, director of student activities and teaches AP psychology, earned a Bachelor of Science in physical education with a concentration in athletic training at Central Connecticut State University. While in college, he was a member of the baseball team and won the StudentAthlete Academic Award for Athletic Training. Before his appointment at Westminster, Shawn worked as a clinical/high school athletic trainer for Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Associates. During that time, his high school responsibilities included East Hartford High School and Simsbury High School. He is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association.

Among the many things that Sara enjoys are teaching Sunday school, hosting family gatherings and raising her daughter, Mary. Before coming to Westminster, Sara was quite familiar with the school, since she is married to former Westminster Plant Manager Peter Anderson, and is the older sister of Mary Eckerson, wife of faculty member Todd Eckerson. Sara and Peter live in nearby Granby, Conn., with their daughter, Mary ’14, and their dog, Bassie.

Stephanie Birch Assistant Athletic Trainer, Appointed 2007 B.S., Lasell College, 2004

Stephanie earned a Bachelor of Science in athletic training with a minor in math at Lasell College, where she competed as an athlete in softball and volleyball. She is a Board of Certification (BOC) certified athletic trainer and a licensed emergency medical technician in Connecticut. She is working on a master’s degree in sports psychology through Capella University. Before her appointment at Westminster, she gained clinical experience as a student athletic trainer for three years in various high schools and colleges in Massachusetts, covering football, soccer, field hockey, volleyball, ice hockey, basketball, softball and baseball. She continues to work part time as an emergency medical technician with American Medical Response in West Hartford, and frequently travels as an athletic trainer for Varsity, a cheerleading organization. She enjoys reading and is a big sports fan, mostly of UConn and the Red Sox.

Shawn’s hobbies include participating in triathlons, road and trail racing, and anything outdoors. He ran the Mayor’s Midnight Sun Marathon in Anchorage, Alaska, in 2006, raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as a member of Team in Training. He lives in Memorial Hall, where he serves as the dormitory head.

W. Thomas Earl P’93, ’98, ’03, ’07 Business Manager, Appointed 1977 B.A., Colgate University, 1970 M.B.A., Boston University

Tom was a member of the New England Whalers World Hockey Association Championship Team of 1973, where he played right wing, and was also the head coach of many outstanding Westminster championship hockey teams. Although born and raised in Ontario, Canada, Tom has spent his entire professional career in the United States. He attended Colgate University and was named to the Division I All-American Hockey Team in his senior year. After graduating, he was drafted by the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League. Upon retiring from professional hockey, he used his knowledge of business administration to manage Westminster’s business office. Tom and his wife, Kit, who manages The Martlet’s Nest school store, live in a house near campus and are the parents of four Westminster alumni: Lindsay ’93, Boston College ’97; Luke ’98, Yale ’02; Margaret ’03, Simmons College ’07; and David ’07, University of Notre Dame ’11.



KEN MASON P’11, ’12, ’16


Assistant Director of Technology, Appointed 2007 A.A.S., Kaplan University

Marketing Director, Appointed 2004 B.F.A., University of Hartford, 1986

Audra joined Westminster School after working 14 years at Keiler & Company, a full-service marketing communications firm in Farmington, Conn., where she spent seven years as information technology director, two years as a media coordinator and four years as an assistant account manager. She is a graduate of Katharine Gibbs School, Boston, and holds an A.A.S. in Computer Information Systems from Kaplan University.

Ken heads the Marketing Department at Westminster, developing and managing a marketing program, which supports the mission and strategic initiatives of the school. Among the department’s areas of concentration are the school’s Web site, print and electronic publications, public relations, advertising and the visual brand and messaging of the school’s programs.

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Audra lives in Simsbury with her husband, Doug, and their two sons, Tim ’16 and David, who keep them very busy with sports and other activities. She manages the Web site for Simsbury Youth Hockey and enjoys spending time with friends and family, and gardening.

EDNA MADDEN Library Director, Appointed 1997 B.A., University College Dublin, Ireland, 1974 Diploma in Librarianship, University College Dublin

With a love of books and language, Edna is familiar to Westminster students for her lilting Irish accent and her constant encouragement to read. She moved to the United States in 1990 from Ireland, where she had acquired extensive experience working as a librarian in a variety of academic and special libraries in Dublin. Since arriving in Connecticut, she has worked as library director at Hartford Seminary and as a computer services librarian at Ethel Walker School. She is a member of the Connecticut Association of School Librarians. Like most librarians, Edna is never far from a book and she occasionally fills in as a reference librarian at a local public library. She lives in Farmington with her husband, John Woods, a research chemist. Their son, Beckett, is a software engineer with Google. They enjoy good food, cinema, music, theater, and exploring the local lakes and rivers in their canoe and dinghy. They also like to travel, with trips home to Ireland being a priority.

Prior to joining Westminster, Ken was the principal of an award-winning graphic design and marketing firm in Simsbury, which was involved in the refinement of Westminster’s logo and identity program and the implementation of early marketing initiatives. Prior to that, Ken served as the director of alumni and parent relations at the University of Hartford and as a marketing communication analyst for The Hartford. Ken is a frequent speaker and presenter at national, regional and state conferences. He served as chairman of the Commission on School Advancement of the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools and as a member of several community organizations including the Simsbury Performing Arts Center board and the Democratic Town Committee. Ken is a former president of the Simsbury Main Street Partnership and former vice president of the Simsbury Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife, Sandy, live in Simsbury with their three children, Mallory ’11, Marissa ’12 and Jeremy ’16.

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Pamela J. McDonald P’96, ’04 Librarian, Appointed 1994 B.A., University of Connecticut, 1971 M.L.S., Syracuse University

In addition to her work in the library, Pam enjoys hosting Community Life gatherings and working with various student diversity projects. Off campus, Pam is a board member of PACE (People’s Action for Clean Energy), a teacher and organizer with Co-Counseling International and a facilitator with the Connecticut Center for Nonviolence, which trains area residents in the principles and skills of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s philosophy of nonviolence. She works with the Simsbury Genealogical Library, continuing her research on the young Dr. King’s two summers in Simsbury, as he worked with other Morehouse College students earning money for their college tuitions in 1944 and 1947. In 2010, local students expanded her research and produced a 15-minute DVD, Summers of Freedom, which was celebrated on CBS News in January 2011. She shares her research about Dr. King, slavery and the Civil Rights Movement with area churches. Pam is married to science teacher and paleontologist Nick McDonald. Their daughter Jennifer ’96 is in her final year of residency in anesthesiology at Columbia-Presbyterian in New York. Their daughter Amanda ’04 graduated from Franklin & Marshall College and lives in Washington, D.C., managing grants for Youth Service America.

Jennifer B. Philip P’06, ’09 Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Appointed 2010 B.A., Yale University A graduate of Renbrook School and Miss Porter’s School, Jenny received her B.A. from Yale University as a history of art major. She won the Andrus Prize for her senior thesis. She has worked

as an interviewer and applications reader in the Yale Admissions Office, as the associate and acting director of admission and financial aid at the Ethel Walker School and as the alumnae/i coordinator at Renbrook School, where she oversaw an alumni community of more than 2,700 and was responsible for the development and planning of all alumni events and programs. She also oversaw the alumni portions of the Renbrook Web site and managed the school’s social media communities. Jenny played field hockey and lacrosse at Miss Porter’s and then played on the junior varsity field hockey team at Yale for four years and was captain for two years. She also coached varsity field hockey and lacrosse at Renbrook School. At Westminster, Jenny coaches Second Girls’ Field Hockey and Second Girls’ Lacrosse, assists with electronic communications in the Marketing Office and maintains an active presence in the school community. She lives on campus in Pratt House with her husband, Bill, who is the school’s headmaster and has served on the faculty since 1983. Over the years, they have lived in various dormitories and faculty homes and been very involved in the life of the school. Their two daughters, Kate ’06, a graduate of Yale, and Alie ’09, a senior at Bates College, grew up on campus.

Morgan Shipway ’61, P’12 Study Skills, Appointed 1998 Cross Country, Track B.A., Princeton University M.A.T., Duke University C.A.S., Wesleyan University

Morgan credits his four years as a student at Westminster with sparking his interest in literature (his major in college), teaching (his focus in graduate school) and ideas (his film studies degree at Wesleyan). Since 1965, he has taught English and film to

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Darlene Skeels Director of Publications and Communications, Appointed 2006 B.A., University of California, Los Angeles M.Journalism, University of California, Los Angeles

As director of publications and communications at Westminster, Darlene develops and executes strategic communications plans for various programs and events, manages the writing, editing and production of publications including The Bulletin, develops content for the school’s Web site and coordinates media relations. She joined Westminster following positions in communications in both the public and private sectors. While living in California, she served as director of public information at her alma mater, UCLA, directing communications programs for academic units, the Center for the Health Sciences and public arts programs. Before assuming these responsibilities, she was UCLA’s director of health sciences communications, managing communications for the UCLA Medical Center and the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing and Public Health. While at UCLA, she also served as the press chief for the Olympic village during the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Prior to joining UCLA, she was assistant director of hospital and clinics, institutional relations, at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, Calif. After moving to Connecticut in 1995, Darlene worked as a senior public relations strategist for a public relations agency in Hartford, serving clients in a variety of industries. She also was appointed an adjunct faculty member in the English Department at Tunxis Community College where she taught English composition. Darlene lives on nearby Winterset Lane with her husband, Bob, and enjoys boating, golfing and reading in her free time.

Amy Stevens P’07, ’09, ’12 Assistant Librarian, Chapel Coordinator, Appointed 1985 B.A., University of Vermont, 1983 M.A., Middlebury College

Arriving here from the Low-Heywood Thomas School in Stamford, Conn., in 1985, Amy joined her husband, Scott, in the English Department. She also lived on corridor, coached tennis and squash, and worked in the Admissions Office, before deciding to stay at home and raise her three children. Amy returned to the Westminster classroom in 2005 after a 14-year break. In the interim, she served on the parents’ association of

her children’s schools, tutored local students, assisted with the CCLP program in Hartford and worked with Habitat for Humanity. Her love of English began in high school at The Hotchkiss School, and continued in both college and graduate school in Vermont. Amy first worked as an editorial assistant in publishing in New York before deciding to teach. She and Scott spent four summers leading student trips abroad and exploring the United States. Amy and Scott are the parents of Nick ’07, Abby ’09 and Will ’12. When not cheering from the sidelines of various sporting activities, Amy can be found walking her dog, working in her garden, trying to improve her paddle tennis game or falling further and further behind her children on the ski slopes.

Cheryl A. Stone Field Hockey, Tennis, Appointed 2010 B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1984 M.S., Purdue University

An experienced coach and an accomplished athlete, Cheryl coaches field hockey and tennis at Westminster. Previously, she worked at The Loomis Chaffee School as the coach of the varsity boys’ tennis team, assistant varsity coach and head junior varsity coach for the girls’ field hockey team, varsity coach for the girls’ squash teams, a faculty advisor and a dorm affiliate. She also has served as a camp co-director and coach at various field hockey camps and for the U.S. Futures program. As an athlete, Cheryl was a member of UC Berkeley’s Division I field hockey team for four years, the U.S. Under 21 Field Hockey Team in 1983 and a participant in the U.S. Olympic Festival in 1982 and 1983. In 1989, Cheryl and her husband, Drew, played field hockey for “A-1” grade club teams in Australia. Cheryl is a member of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and an active USTA league player. With a Master of Science in Management with an emphasis in marketing from the Krannert Graduate School of Management at Purdue University, Cheryl has worked in a number of public relations and marketing communications positions in Connecticut, Australia and California. She lives in Canton with her husband and two sons, Jamie and Tucker.

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students, ranging from the sixth grade to the graduate level. At Westminster, he teaches study skills and coaches Cross Country, and Track and Field.





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Director of Health Services, Appointed 2008 B.S., Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, 1988 M.S.N., University of Pittsburgh

Medical Director, Appointed 2010 A.B., Cornell University 1984 M.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 1988

Janna brings an extensive background in pediatric nursing to her position as director of health services. Prior to assuming this position, she served two years as director of nursing at the center. Before that, she served as a staff nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Johns Hopkins Hospital Children’s Center, in the Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Unit and Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Unit of C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and in the Transitional Infant Care program at the Children’s Home of Pittsburgh. As a pediatric nurse practitioner, she worked at the Children’s Medical Group of Atlanta for two years and at Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine of Simsbury for 10 years. She is also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and volunteers her time to help women overcome breastfeeding difficulties.

After earning a Doctor of Medicine from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Zempsky completed a residency in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Hospital and served as a fellow in pediatric emergency medicine at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Janna and her husband, Bill, who is Westminster’s medical director, and their two sons, Noah ’13 and Eli ’15, live on campus. Janna enjoys Bikram yoga, knitting and reading.

In addition to his duties at Westminster, Dr. Zempsky is a professor of pediatrics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, and the director of the Division of Pain and Palliative Medicine at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Previously, he worked for several years in the emergency department at the children’s hospital. Dr. Zempsky is married to Janna Zempsky, the director of health services at Westminster. They live on campus with their sons, Noah ’13 and Eli ’15. In his free time, Dr. Zempsky likes to run, row and ride bikes.


CONTENTS Recognition ........................................................................................ 2 Academic Planning ............................................................................ 3 English ................................................................................................. 4 History ................................................................................................. 8 Language ........................................................................................... 12 Mathematics ..................................................................................... 16 Science .............................................................................................. 20 Visual and Performing Arts ............................................................ 24 Admissions ....................................................................................... 29 College Counseling .......................................................................... 33 Alumni and Development .............................................................. 34 Student Support Services ............................................................... 36

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