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Fay Magazine: Fall 2016

In-House Experts

Our teachers are respected authorities beyond Fay's walls.
Our students will be quick to tell you that their teachers are experts in their fields—but our talented faculty members are also respected authorities beyond Fay’s walls. Each year, Fay faculty, staff, and administrators serve on national boards and present at educational workshops and conferences around the country and the world, sharing innovative curricula and teaching strategies with peers. Here’s just a sampling of what our faculty is up to this year. 

Joe Adu (Director of Technology) was recently quoted in an article on information security in ComputerWorld/CIO Magazine, in which he weighed in on best practices for training school faculty and staff on information security protocol.
Dan Blanchard (Ancient History) was a presenter at November’s meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association (NPSA), one the leading regional pro- fessional organizations in the United States for the study of politics. As part of the panel, "Historical Inquires and the Ancient World," Dan presented a paper focusing on the political perspective of the Greek historian Polybius and the theory of mixed government. Dan’s co-panelists included professors from around the world, including Boston College, Concordia University, and the University of Notre Dame. Dan is also a member of the New England Ancient Historians Colloquium and the Classical Association of New England.

Stephen Buck (Music) recently presented at the Northeast Professional Educator Network for music and theater teachers. The workshop was a Kodály refresher ses- sion, which focused on the readiness curriculum for Pre-K and Kindergarten music. This summer, Stephen served on the faculty of the Kodály Music Institute, a teacher training program and graduate course through Anna Maria College and the Boston Area Kodály Educators. He continues to be a member of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and will be singing in Bach’s B-Minor Mass at Symphony Hall in February. He also sings with and is the assistant conductor for the professional Schola Cantorum.
Billy Claire (Visual Arts) is a board member of and the webmaster for the Massachusetts Art Education Association (MAEA), as well as the recipient of MAEA’s 2015 Massachusetts Middle School Art Educator of the year Award. Billy’s presentation at their annual conference this past November focused on issues faced by art educators in independent schools.
Rob Feingold (Director of Athletics) serves on the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Executive Board of Directors as the Middle School representative.
Susan Mantilla-Goin (Associate Director of Admission, Director of Financial Aid) was a guest presenter at Needham High School's "One Day" program in October, where she co-led a workshop entitled, "Exploring Identity: How Knowing yourself Can Help you Connect with Others."
Philip Montgomery (Arts Department Chair) is the Associate Director of the Worcester Children's Chorus, where he directs two choirs. He is also a division representative on the national board of the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE).
Sarah Ripton (English language Program Coordinator) worked with Brittany O’Meara (Residential life Coordinator) to host the Junior Boarding School Residential Life Summer Forum this past August. Sarah Ripton’s presentation to new faculty, entitled “International Communities: Navigating Cultural Differences,” offered expert advice on building an inclusive and welcoming school culture.
Stu Rosenwald (Associate Head of School, Director of Secondary School Counseling) presented at the Junior Schools Placement Conference in April of 2016 at Westminster School in Simsbury, Connecticut. His presentation focused on strategies for families seeking to secure financial aid during the secondary school admission process.
Beth Whitney (Director of Admission) serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Independent School Admission Professionals (AISAP). She served as a cohort leader for AISAP’s Annual Institute and presented two workshops, one on growing enrollment and another on building admission committees. She has also recently been a panel leader and presenter at national conferences for the Independent Educational Consultant Association (IECA) and The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS).
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