This fall, Berkshire welcomes a group of new faculty who bring a diverse and inspiring wealth of experience to campus. Read more about them below:
Rear, from left: Derek Murphy, Meredyth Joly, Kate Cerruti, Cori Chambers, Sandy Perot, Olivia Wheeler, Justine Lenter, Tony Amolo '13, Mary Alindato Front: Charlie Bour, Mohammed Hetraf, PK Kearney
Mary Alindato: Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Mary is a native speaker of Spanish, and she looks forward to sharing her passion for the language and culture. Following her graduation from SUNY Potsdam, Mary volunteered in Guatemala with Children of the Americas where she served as an interpreter for a volunteer medical mission. Just prior to Berkshire, Mary served as a Spanish tutor and dorm parent at Loomis Chaffee. She will teach Spanish and serve as house head in MacMillan dormitory, where she lives with her husband, Charlie Bour, and their two children.
Tony Amolo '13: Tony spent a post-graduate year at Berkshire before moving on to Kenyon College where he majored in neuroscience, minored in biology, and played on the men's soccer team for four years, earning All-America recognition and helping to lead the program to four-straight NCAA Tournament appearances and the most wins in program history his senior year. Tony will teach biology, serve as dorm parent in Allen dormitory, and coach varsity boys soccer and track.
Charlie Bour: Charlie joins the language department as a Spanish teacher, and he will serve as head boys varsity soccer coach. A two-year soccer captain at St. Lawrence University, Charlie returned to serve as the Saints' men's assistant coach following his graduation. He comes to Berkshire following six years at Loomis Chaffee where he also taught Spanish and served as the head boys varsity soccer coach. Charlie lives in MacMillan with his wife, Mary Alindato, and their two children.
Cori Chambers: Cori joins Berkshire's Admissions Office and will serve as head coach of the girls varsity basketball team and as a dorm parent in Spurr dormitory. Prior to Berkshire, Cori was the assistant coach of the University of Richmond women's basketball team. She played collegiately for four years at the University of Georgia where she was a two-year captain and two-time All-SEC selection. While there, Cori's teams made three Sweet 16 appearances and one Elite 8 appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Following graduation, Cori played in the WNBA for the Connecticut Suns.
Kate Cerruti: Kate joins Berkshire with 30 years of experience teaching both math and science. Last year, she served as the math and science department chairs at Saint James School in Maryland, where she taught multivariable calculus, AP calculus BC, AP Physics C, and linear algebra. Kate will teach math, coach cross country, and run the winter STEAM program, in addition to serving as house head in Senior House.
Mohammed Hetraf: Originally from Algeria, Mohammed grew up in France studying Arabic, French, and English. He is earning his PhD in French and Arabic languages and comparative literature from Middlebury College, where he also teaches in their summer school language immersion program. Prior to Berkshire, Mohammed taught at St. Paul's School in New Hampshire, and he is joined by his wife, Justine Lenter. He will teach French, live in Allen dormitory, and coach soccer and basketball.
Meredyth Joly: Meredyth joins Berkshire as an assistant athletic trainer. She earned her MS in athletic training from California University of Pennsylvania and her graduate thesis was recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Meredyth has served as a student athletic trainer for the Dartmouth and UCONN football programs, as well as for St. Paul's School and Kearsarge Regional High School in New Hampshire.
Patrick (PK) Kearney: PK joins us from the Teton Valley Community School in Victor, Idaho where he designed a project-based learning curriculum across middle school humanities, math, and science. He is a graduate of Colorado College and holds a master's degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education. He has been a course leader, senior field advisor, and program supervisor for NOLS, the National Outdoor Leadership School, since 2002. PK joins Berkshire's history department and the RKMP, and will serve as a dorm parent in Eipper dormitory, where he lives with his fiancé, Olivia Wheeler.
Justine Lenter: Justine is a graduate of Bennington College, where she majored in both French and photography. She studied for a year at the Sorbonne in Paris, and then earned a master's degree in French literature from Middlebury. A native speaker of French, Justine was raised between France and the United States, and she joins Berkshire as a French teacher, advisor, and director of the spring semester afternoon art option. Justine and her husband, Mohammed, live in Allen dormitory.
Derek Murphy: Derek joins the Admissions Office and will coach basketball and baseball, as well as serve as a dorm parent in Allen dormitory. A graduate of Brooks School, Derek went on to Bates where he majored in environmental studies and human culture, and played four years of men's varsity basketball. Prior to Berkshire, Derek taught history and coached basketball and baseball at Central Catholic High School in Lawrence, Mass.
Sandy Perot: A graduate of Princeton, Sandy earned her MA in English from San Jose State University and her MA and PhD in history and museum studies from the University of Massachusetts. Sandy has taught English and history at both the high school and college levels, most recently serving as history department chair and 7th-9th grade history teacher at Bement School in Deerfield, Mass. In addition to teaching English and history, Sandy will coach cross country and track and serve as a dorm parent in CGR dormitory where she lives with her husband, Blair, a professor of engineering at UMass.
Olivia Wheeler: Olivia joins us from Journeys School of the Teton Science Schools, a place-based independent school in Jackson, Wyoming. At Journeys, Olivia led Project Lead, the school's K-12 math department and curriculum audit, and she was instrumental in math curriculum design and implementation. Olivia has also organized and led numerous camping and extended backcountry trips throughout Wyoming. A graduate of Yale, she will teach math, coach soccer and strength and conditioning, and lives with her fiancé, PK, in Eipper dormitory.