Academics

At the heart of Berkshire’s academic program is an exceptional college preparatory curriculum that fosters critical thinking, agile problem solving, collaboration, and curiosity across all disciplines. Our academic program is distinguished by its forward-thinking approach through a curriculum designed to be relevant and dynamic, preparing students for an ever-changing global world.

At Berkshire, there is no academic ceiling. The learning environment cultivates a desire for students to challenge themselves, take risks, and reach new heights. Built upon this strong foundation, our curriculum affords students the opportunity to explore an intellectual passion or nurture a new interest within our broad course offerings. Our goal is to ensure that all students have a unique learning experience providing them with the opportunities to go beyond the classroom to expand their knowledge.



"My U.S. History class has given me the opportunity to interact with individuals from all across the world with completely different backgrounds. This diversity gives me the privilege of being able to form opinions not only with one perspective but through sixteen.”

—Adriana Jovsic ’18, Serbia


Inspiring Teachers, Coaches, and Mentors

Our faculty members intentionally choose Berkshire because they recognize we are fully committed to expanding opportunities for our students and furthering their education both inside and outside of the classroom. They are passionate about aligning their work to reflect new understandings of how students learn best and to preparing them for a world driven by exponential change.

More than 80% of Berkshire faculty members live in campus housing. Beyond teaching, most faculty members serve as an advisor, coach a sport, help with clubs and activities, and often take on other supervisory roles, which means students interact with faculty multiple times each day in a variety of contexts.

The frequent interaction between students and faculty is one of the hallmarks of our School. Faculty members want to help students succeed, and students are driven to seek out faculty to make that possible. It’s because of this distinctive culture that students develop strong relationships with faculty, which often extend beyond their years at Berkshire.

Arts

Berkshire offers a broad selection of visual and performing arts opportunities including: Studio Art, Ceramics, Photography, Digital Art, Sculpture & 3D Design, music, dance, and theater. Introductory to advanced options are available, allowing students to explore new mediums or cultivate an existing talent.

Our first-rate arts faculty is matched only by the facilities in which they teach and the students they guide. On any given day, you'll find students performing on stage in Allen Theater, rehearsing in the Music Center or exploring their creative side in the Fine Arts Center.

Meet Our Art Department

Paul Banevicius

Paul Banevicius

Titles: Department Chair, Adjunct Dorm Parent (Stanley)
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Brandi Dahari

Brandi Dahari

Titles: Ceramics, Studio Art
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Clive Davis

Clive Davis

Titles: Music
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Jesse Howard

Jesse Howard

Titles: Theater
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Amy Keefer

Amy Keefer

Titles: Dance
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Nadine Lloyd

Nadine Lloyd

Titles: Director of Ritt Kellogg Mountain Program, Studio and Digital Art, Dorm Parent (MacMillan)
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Annie Rosenberg

Annie Rosenberg

Titles: Theater Assistant
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Dom Sayler

Dom Sayler

Titles: Theater Technical Director
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Tasia Wu

Tasia Wu

Titles: Music
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English

The English curriculum teaches students to read carefully and appreciatively and to write clearly and expressively, emphasizing critical thinking and problem solving. Paying attention to the traditional building blocks of communication while engaging students in web research and interactive presentations prepares them for the varied demands of college and life. The fundamental assumption is that by working with language, literature, and ideas in a dynamic fashion, students develop their abilities not only to communicate but also to think and reason critically, making them more aware of the multiple aspects of communication in a complex world.

Meet Our English Department

Linda Bellizzi

Linda Bellizzi

Titles: Director of Independent Study Program, Virtual High School Coordinator, Adjunct Dorm Parent (MacMillan)
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Kelley Bogardus

Kelley Bogardus

Titles: College Counselor, Varsity Field Hockey, Asst. Coach
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Bebe Bullock

Bebe Bullock

Titles: J.V. Squash (Girls), Head Coach, J.V. Tennis (Girls), Head Coach
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Callie Carew-Miller

Callie Carew-Miller

Titles: Dorm Parent (Spurr), Varsity Crew, Asst. Coach
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Kim Cooper

Kim Cooper

Titles: House Head (Godman), J.V. Hockey (Girls), Asst. Coach, Varsity Lacrosse (Girls), Asst. Coach
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Doug Davis

Doug Davis

Titles: House Head (Allen), Varsity Football, Asst. Coach, Varsity Basketball (Boys), Head Coach
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A.J. Kohlhepp

A.J. Kohlhepp

Titles: C. Twiggs Myers Chair for Teaching Excellence, Varsity Squash (Girls), Head Coach, J.V. Baseball, Asst. Coach
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Lissa McGovern

Lissa McGovern

Titles: Director of International Student Program, Adjunct Dorm Parent (Crispin-Gordon-Rose)
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Stuart Miller

Stuart Miller

Titles: Department Chair, Dorm Parent (Buck), Thirds Soccer (Boys), Asst. Coach, Freestyle Skiing, Asst. Coach
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Dave Olson

Dave Olson

Titles: House Head (Buck), Varsity Crew (Boys), Head Coach
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Sandy Perot

Sandy Perot

Titles: Dorm Parent (Crispin-Gordon-Rose), Varsity Cross Country (Boys), Asst. Coach, Varsity Track & Field, Asst. Coach
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History

The goal of the history curriculum is to introduce students to the rich cultural variety of the human community, to acquaint them with the development of the major traditions underlying civilization and to provide them with an opportunity to read history in depth. Topics include the recent development of societies around the globe, as well as the organization and dynamics of social, economic, religious and political institutions that shape the world today. Students learn through multimedia presentations, which include the use of SMARTBoards and tablets that help to spark debate and discussions.

Meet Our History Department

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Kevan Bowler

Kevan Bowler

Titles: Department Chair, Adjunct Dorm Parent (Buck), J.V. Basketball (Girls), Head Coach, Varsity Lacrosse (Boys), Asst. Coach
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Bill Bullock

Bill Bullock

Titles: Fourth Form Dean, Dorm Parent (Stanley), J.V. Soccer (Boys), Asst. Coach, J.V. Squash (Boys), Head Coach
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Andrea Dunchus

Andrea Dunchus

Titles: Adjunct Dorm Parent (Senior), Varsity Crew, Asst. Coach
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Jason Gappa

Jason Gappa

Titles: Adjunct Dorm Parent (de Windt), Strength & Conditioning, Head Coach, Varsity Baseball, Head Coach
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LeRhonda Greats

LeRhonda Greats

Titles: Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, Dorm Parent (de Windt)
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P.K. Kearney

P.K. Kearney

Titles: RKMP
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Paul MacKenzie

Paul MacKenzie

Titles: Associate Director, Adjunct Dorm Parent (Senior House), Varsity Crew (Girls), Head Coach
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R.G. Meade

R.G. Meade

Titles: Leon J. and Mabel Weil Endowed Chair in History, Adjunct Dorm Parent (Eipper), Varsity Volleyball, Head Coach, Varsity Softball, Head Coach
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Chris Perkins

Chris Perkins

Titles: Assistant Director, House Head (de Windt), J.V. Hockey (Boys), Head Coach, Varsity Lacrosse (Boys), Head Coach
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Sandy Perot

Sandy Perot

Titles: Dorm Parent (Crispin-Gordon-Rose), Varsity Cross Country (Boys), Asst. Coach, Varsity Track & Field, Asst. Coach
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Clay Splawn

Clay Splawn

Titles: Dean of Academics, Varsity Basketball (Girls), Asst. Coach
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John West

John West

Titles: Dorm Parent (Crispin-Gordon-Rose), Varsity Football, Asst. Coach, Varsity Lacrosse (Boys), Asst. Coach
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Language

The Language Department prepares students to live in a fast-moving, global society. Berkshire not only provides the opportunity for a language student to become fluent but also focuses on developing cultural sensitivity by studying each language’s unique civilization. Modern languages are taught in the target language, and the Department encourages each student to participate in immersion outlets such as clubs, language-based trips and exchange programs. Berkshire offers Chinese, French, Latin and Spanish. To support students and help them achieve their academic goals, a range of materials are employed that include work in Berkshire’s state-of-the-art Language Lab, as well as French, Spanish and Chinese satellite TV broadcasts.

Meet Our Language Department

Mary Alindato

Mary Alindato

Titles: Spanish, House Head (MacMillan), J.V. Tennis (Girls), Asst. Coach
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Donald Anselmi

Donald Anselmi

Titles: Director of Pro Vita, Spanish, Freestyle Skiing, Head Coach
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Charlie Bour

Charlie Bour

Titles: Spanish, Varsity Soccer (Boys), Head Coach, Thirds Squash (Boys), Head Coach
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Mohammed Hetraf

Mohammed Hetraf

Titles: French, Dorm Parent (Allen), J.V. Soccer (Boys), Head Coach, Thirds Basketball (Boys), Asst. Coach
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Jesus Ibanez

Jesus Ibanez

Titles: Department Chair, Spanish, Thirds Soccer (Boys), Head Coach
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Justine Lenter

Justine Lenter

Titles: French, Adjunct Dorm Parent (Senior), J.V. Soccer (Girls), Asst. Coach
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Jean Maher

Jean Maher

Titles: Associate Head of School, Dean of Faculty, Spanish, Varsity Lacrosse (Girls), Asst. Coach
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Mike McCabe

Mike McCabe

Titles: Latin, House Head (Eipper), Varsity Football, Head Coach, Varsity Track & Field (Boys), Head Coach
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Martina Moodey

Martina Moodey

Titles: Spanish, Thirds Squash (Girls), Head Coach
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Amber West

Amber West

Titles: Chinese
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Mathematics

The mathematics curriculum is designed to help students appreciate the nature, beauty, and scope of mathematics and to understand its potential in dealing with the world’s increasing technological complexities. Students develop collaboration and logical analysis skills by exploring mathematical modeling of real-world scenarios and incorporating problem-based learning. From Algebra I to Multivariable Calculus to Linear Algebra, all courses provide a deep foundation in mathematics to prepare students for college.

Meet Our Mathematics Department

Michael Bjurlin

Michael Bjurlin

Titles: Fifth Form Dean, Varsity Hockey (Boys), Asst. Coach, Varsity Tennis (Boys), Head Coach
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Pat Bush

Pat Bush

Titles: Sixth Form Dean, House Head (Crispin-Gordon-Rose), Yearbook
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Kate Cerruti

Kate Cerruti

Titles: House Head (Senior), Varsity Cross Country (Girls), Asst. Coach
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Mike Doyle

Mike Doyle

Titles: House Head (Stanley), Varsity Hockey (Boys), Asst. Coach, Varsity Baseball, Asst. Coach
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Sylvia Gappa

Sylvia Gappa

Titles: Varsity Hockey (Girls), Asst. Coach
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Klay Johnson

Klay Johnson

Titles: Dorm Parent (Buck), Varsity Football, Asst. Coach, J.V. Basketball (Boys), Head Coach
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Jason Keefer

Jason Keefer

Titles: Dorm Parent (MacMillan), Thirds Basketball (Boys), Head Coach, Varsity Baseball, Asst. Coach
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Trudy Pzynski

Trudy Pzynski

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Jasper Turner

Jasper Turner

Titles: Department Chair, Varsity Squash (Boys), Head Coach, Varsity Tennis (Girls), Head Coach
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Stephanie Turner

Stephanie Turner

Titles: Varsity Volleyball, Asst. Coach
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Olivia Wheeler

Olivia Wheeler

Titles: Dorm Parent (Eipper), J.V. Soccer (Girls), Head Coach, Strength & Conditioning, Asst. Coach
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Science

Berkshire’s science curriculum teaches students the skills of logical and critical thinking, problem solving, research, and clear communication, and prepares students to find patterns underlying collections of facts. Students learn how to use an array of instruments, to collect and analyze data, and to present their results in professional scientific formats.

Meet Our Science Department

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Tony Amolo

Tony Amolo

Titles: Dorm Parent (Allen), Varsity Soccer (Boys), Asst. Coach, Varsity Track & Field, Asst. Coach
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April Burch

April Burch

Titles: Department Chair, Director of Adv. Math/Science Research
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Dan Cooper

Dan Cooper

Titles: Dorm Parent (Eipper), Nordic Skiing, Head Coach, Varsity Crew, Asst. Coach
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Mike Dalton

Mike Dalton

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Sylvia Gappa

Sylvia Gappa

Titles: Varsity Hockey (Girls), Asst. Coach
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Peter Kinne

Peter Kinne

Titles: Varsity Golf, Head Coach
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Michael Lee

Michael Lee

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Rob Lloyd

Rob Lloyd

Titles: Varsity Cross Country (Boys), Head Coach, Thirds Hockey (Boys), Asst. Coach
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Anita Loose-Brown

Anita Loose-Brown

Titles: Dwight C. Baum '32 Endowed Chair of Science, Adjunct Dorm Parent (Godman), Varsity Softball, Asst. Coach
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Maura MacKenzie

Maura MacKenzie

Titles: J.V. Volleyball, Asst. Coach
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Mandy Morgan

Mandy Morgan

Titles: Senior Master
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Stephanie Turner

Stephanie Turner

Titles: Varsity Volleyball, Asst. Coach
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Ben Urmston

Ben Urmston

Titles: Thirds Hockey (Boys), Head Coach, J.V. Lacrosse (Boys), Head Coach
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