We are thrilled to introduce to you an incredible group of new faculty members! These gifted individuals bring immense experience, talent and skills that will enhance our community and enrich the learning experiences for your girls and young boys, each and every day.
Juan Carlos Cordero - Mr. Cordero will be joining Stuart's World Language Department to teach Middle and Upper School Spanish. He joins us from Dakota Ridge High School in Colorado. Prior, Mr. Cordero taught and served as the chair of the World Language Department at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Maryland. He began his teaching career as a Spanish lecturer at Georgetown University. Mr. Cordero has a BA in Spanish Education from The Catholic University of America.
Patricia (Patty) Davidovich - Ms. Davidovich will be teaching grades 5 and 8 mathematics and comes to Stuart from Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton. She has taught math for over 25 years in California and Saudi Arabia. Ms. Davidovich holds a BA in Elementary Education and Psychology from the University of Lowell in Massachusetts and a Masters of Mathematics Education from the University of San Francisco. She received National Board Certification from Stanford in 2015, the most rigorous accreditation available to teachers. Ms. Davidovich is excited to continue to work within the Sacred Heart Network and we are excited to have her join our Middle School faculty!
Andres Duque - We welcome Mr. Duque to Stuart as our newest member of the art faculty. He will be teaching Lower School art and curate the gallery program. Mr. Duque taught art at Princeton Junior School for the last four years and also at Princeton Arts Council for the last two. Previously, he was an assistant professor at CSULA and taught art in New York public schools. Mr. Duque earned a BA from Andes University in Bogota, Colombia, and an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago.
Marc Eripret - Mr. Eripret joins Stuart's World Language Department to teach Middle and Upper School French. He comes to Stuart from The Episcopal Academy where he taught for 13 years and served as the chair of the World Language Department. Prior, Mr. Eripret taught at the French International School of Philadelphia for nine years. Mr. Eripret has his BS from IUFM Lille in General Studies with a minor in elementary education.
Karen Flamard - Ms. Flamard is thrilled to be joining the IT team at Stuart. Her career in IT support began at ETS, followed by many years at the Engineering School of Princeton University where she provided tech, audio visual, and conference and event support for students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
Ronah Harris - Dr. Harris will be joining the Upper School faculty to teach AP Psychology and Introduction to Computer Programming. Dr. Harris has her Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University and her MSEd from the University of Pennsylvania. Most recently, Dr. Harris served as the director of information and design at Friends Select School in Philadelphia. Among other research positions, she served as a senior content specialist at Sesame Workshop working on Emmy-winning content for Sesame Street and The Electric Factory.
Anna Kachmarski- We welcome Ms. Kachmarski to Stuart to teach math in the Upper School and science in Middle and Upper Schools. Ms. Kachmarski holds a BS in Physics Secondary Education and Mathematics from Kings College. She completed her student teaching last year at Crestwood High School and is excited to share her passion for science and math with our young women.
Melissa Larson - Ms. Larson will be teaching English in the Upper School and joins Stuart from Freehold High School. She has taught in New Jersey public schools for 11 years and holds a BA in English from York College and a Masters of Education from Rutgers University. Ms. Larson loves writing and is a published writer in the creative non-fiction and satire genres. She is excited to join our independent, all-girls community, and will also serve as the testing coordinator for PSAT and AP testing.
Please also join us in congratulating the following faculty and staff members who will take on new roles in the coming year:
Courtney Portlock - Ms. Portlock has hit the ground running this summer in her new role as Head of the Upper School after serving as the assistant head of the Upper School for the last three years.
Rebecca Fazzina - Ms. Fazzina will serve as the interim assistant head of the Upper School for the coming school year. Ms. Fazzina has been the English Department Chair and Upper School curriculum coordinator at Stuart for the last three years, and has been a star member of the English Department teaching in the Middle and Upper School for the last decade.
Sean Malloy - Mr. Malloy has transitioned to the position of Upper School Dean of Students. In his time here at Stuart, Mr. Malloy has undertaken a wide range of roles, including teaching Upper School math, science, economics, Middle School financial literacy, and musical director for the Upper School.
Alicia Testa - Ms. Testa has taken on the responsibilities of STEM/SIFE coordinator at Stuart (STEM: science, technology, engineering and math, and SIFE: Stuart Institute of Finance and Economics). As STEM/SIFE coordinator, Ms. Testa will work on curricular and extracurricular initiatives school-wide in these areas.
Sam Ryan - This fall, Ms. Ryan will move from dean of students in the Upper School to faculty in residence of The National Center for Girls' Leadership at Stuart. She will be teaching leadership classes in the Upper School and continue to advance Stuart's leadership development program forward.
Denise Driscoll - Ms. Driscoll will serve as the interim curriculum coordinator for the Upper School this year, working with faculty on teaching methodology and curricular alignment while Ms. Fazzina is acting assistant head of the Upper School.
Melinda La Nasa - Aside from her work in the Admissions Office and at the front desk, Ms. La Nasa will be providing support for the College Counseling Office this year.
Jennifer Peck-Nolte - Ms. Peck-Nolte will be working with students in grades 5 and 6, in addition to working with students in the Lower School. She will also teach the Personal Guidance class for students in grades 5 and 6.
Best wishes from all of us at Stuart. We can't wait to see you all back in September for a great 2017-2018 school year!