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New faculty at Berkshire School

Front row: Mark Saunders, Dan Roe, Brett Herleikson, Sam Maher '12. Second row: Lisa Marshall, Rachel Siegel, Peter Giordano, Susie Beattie, Whitney Saunders. Third row: George Stetson, Jaimee Christinat-Castillo, Mari LoNano, Georgia Tuttle, Sarah Pitcher, Kevin Soja, Jim Norton.


Susie Beattie: Susie joins our Languages Department after two years at Millbrook School where she taught all levels of Chinese. A graduate of Williams College, Susie completed her M.A. in Teaching Foreign Language (Mandarin) at New York University. The following summer Susie spent in Beijing, China as a Fulbright Scholar where she attended the Chinese Language Teachers Institute for Non-Native Speakers of Chinese. Her passion and expertise for Chinese language and culture have taken Susie from Christie's Auction House to the American School in Barcelona to New England boarding schools. In addition to teaching Chinese, Susie also coaches crew.

Jaimee Christinat-Castillo: A member of our Languages Department, Jaimee is graduate of the University of Connecticut, and received her M.A. in Hispanic Literature from SUNY Stony Brook. She studied abroad at the Universidad Católica in Valparaiso, Chile and Polivalente de Arte in Ushaia, Argentina, and her teaching career began at Salisbury School. Jaimee spent five years at The Hotchkiss School where she served as the Coordinator of the Watson Interdisciplinary Media Center, a Spanish teacher, and field hockey coach.

Peter Giordano: Peter will serve as Berkshire’s Director of the Library and a member of the English Department where he will teach college writing. A graduate of Brooklyn College, he earned his M.S. in Information Science from Simmons College and M.A. in Teaching of English from New York University where he also completed coursework towards a Ph.D. in English Education. Peter has served as Librarian Instruction Coordinator at Williams College and Head Librarian at Albany Academies. From Albany, Peter moved to Taiwan where he served as the Middle School Head Librarian at Taipei American School for the past nine years. He has done consulting work with numerous domestic and international schools on everything from curriculum design to virtual library design.

Brett Herleikson: A graduate of Wittenberg College, Brett completed a B.A. in mathematics with a concentration in statistics. After a year as a data analyst Intern and substitute teacher at his alma mater, Woodstock Academy, Brett spent five years at St. Johnsbury Academy in Vermont as a triple-threat member of the faculty. At St. Johnsbury, he taught multiple levels of math and introduced computer science to the curriculum. Brett is a dorm parent in Allen dormitory, teaches math, and coaches boys soccer and tennis.

Mari LoNano: Mari joins our English Department with extensive teaching experience at the high school and college/university levels. A graduate of Sonoma State University, Mari completed her M.A. in English and Creative Writing at Old Dominion University and is currently completing her M.A. in American studies at The College of William and Mary. Mari has taught English at Old Dominion University, Norfolk Academy in Norfolk, Virginia, and Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, Mass. Most recently she has been an adjunct English instructor at Berkshire Community College. She has published in numerous poetry and journal publications and will coordinate Berkshire’s student literary publications.

Sam Maher '12: Sam has a number of roles at Berkshire including Student Activities Coordinator, tutor in the Kenefick Center for Learning, crew coach, dorm parent in Allen, and member of the Communications Department where he assists with social media. A graduate of Bates College, Sam was a four-year member of the men's rowing team, where he rowed in the men's second varsity eight as the Bobcats earned a bronze medal at the National Invitational Rowing Championships in 2015 and 2016. He served as camp counselor, section head, and coordinator of the rowing and boating program at Camp Sloane in Lakeville, Conn during his college summers. Prior to Berkshire, Sam worked in hospitality and event planning in New York City and with with EverTrue in Boston, a software company that supports alumni and development engagement in schools.

Lisa Marshall: As Assistant Director of Admission and head coach of our varsity girls ice hockey team, Lisa comes to Berkshire from Vermont Academy where she led the Wildcats to victory in the 2018 New England Preparatory School Athletic Council Division II Championship.  Prior to coaching at Vermont Academy, Lisa served as an assistant coach at Rochester Institute of Technology and Penn State University, where she was responsible for all recruiting efforts, practice planning, and implementation. A graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and Elmira College, Lisa was named to the College Hockey America Academic All-Star Team and the ECAC West All-Academic Team. In addition to her role in Admission, Lisa is a dorm parent in Godman.

Jim Norton: A member of the English Department, most recently Jim served as teacher, coach and dorm parent at White Mountain School in Bethlehem, NH, where he was Chair of the Religious Studies and Philosophy Department. Prior to White Mountain, he taught at Burke Mountain Academy in Burke, VT where he developed and taught the 9th-12th grade English curriculum. A graduate of Oberlin College, Jim received his M.A. in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and is working towards an M.A. in English from Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English. He has extensive outdoor education experience and has led overnight and international trips with World Horizons International. Jim is a dorm parent in de Windt dormitory and coaches girls basketball and boys lacrosse.

Sarah Pitcher: A member of the English Department, prior to Berkshire Sarah taught English and history at nearby Berkshire Country Day School in Lenox, Mass. At BCD, she also served as advisor and homeroom teacher, coached varsity soccer, and advised the Upper School Student Council. A graduate of Vassar College, Sarah received her M.S.Ed from Bank Street College of Education. Prior to BCD, Sarah taught at The Dalton School and Trevor Day School in New York City, as well as in the Katonah-Lewisboro School District in Katonah, NY. Sarah coaches girls soccer and will serve as advisor for the Green & Gray.

Dan Roe: A member of the Arts Department, Dan teaches studio and digital art. A graduate of University of Hartford, Hartford Art School, Dan majored in ceramics and minored in art history and illustration. He comes to Berkshire most recently from Williston-Northampton School in Easthampton, Mass. where he taught courses in painting, digital arts, 2D and 3D foundations, sculpture and AP 2D and served as dorm parent, advisor, and soccer coach. Dan also devotes time to his own art and has hosted numerous exhibitions of his work, most recently Icelandic Landscapes in Easthampton, Mass. Dan coaches boys soccer, will lead a spring season afternoon art option, and serves as adjunct faculty in Buck dormitory.

Mark Saunders: Mark is Berkshire’s Senior Associate Director of Admission and Director of Financial Aid. Prior to Berkshire, Mark served as Director of Admission and Financial Aid for over a decade, most recently at Dawson School in Lafayette, Colorado. He also directed the admission efforts at Pennington School in New Jersey and The Langley School in McLean, Virginia. A graduate of Bowdoin College, Mark received his M.S.Ed. in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. Mark is a dorm parent in MacMillan and coaches boys squash.

Whitney Saunders: Whitney is a tutor in the Kenefick Center for Learning. Over her career in schools, Whitney has taught history at Westminster School, served as Assistant Director of Admission at Pomfret School and George School, and most recently, served as Middle School Assistant at Graland Country Day in Colorado. A graduate of Gettysburg College, Whitney earned two-time All-America honors in soccer, as well as Centennial Conference player of the year and All Mid-Atlantic regional honors. In addition to her work in KCL, Whitney coaches girls soccer and is a dorm parent in MacMillan.

Rachel Siegel: Rachel joins the Languages Department as a French teacher for the fall semester. A graduate of Harvard University and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Rachel has extensive teaching experience in theater, film, English, and French. She is a professional writer/performer and has acted in numerous plays, musicals, television shows and films. In addition to her acting career, Rachel is fluent in French and German.

Kevin Soja: Kevin joins us as a staff member in the Advancement Office as our Associate Director of Annual Giving. Prior to his arrival at Berkshire, Kevin was a member of the the Advancement Office at Indian Mountain School, and previously worked at Millbrook, where he served as Assistant Head of School, Dean of Students, Associate Director of Admissions, Advancement Officer, English teacher, and a hockey and lacrosse coach. In addition to his role in Advancement, Kevin will coach boys lacrosse and serve as an advisor.

George Stetson: After completing his B.A. from the University of Arizona, George received his M.S. from the University of the Andes in Mérida, Venezuela, Ph.D. from Colorado State University in political science, and his Post-Doctoral Research and Teaching Fellowship at the United States Coast Guard Academy’s Center for Maritime Policy and Strategy. After serving as Assistant Visiting Professor at Boise State University and Colorado State University, George joined the faculty at Vermont Academy in 2015. George teaches history, helps with Strength and Conditioning, and coaches boys ice hockey. He also serves as a dorm parent in MacMillan.

Georgia Tuttle: A member of the Math Department, Georgia is a graduate of Columbia University, where she majored in mathematics and was a four-year cross-country and track athlete. Prior to her running career at Columbia, Georgia set nine school records during her career at West Irondequoit where she was named Athlete of the Year and the Mark Vienna Scholar Athlete. In addition to running, Georgia also competed in Irish Dance. Prior to teaching, Georgia worked as a benefits analyst at Brown & Brown in New York while substitute teaching for the West Irondequoit Central School District. Georgia teaches math, coaches cross country and track, and serves as dorm parent in Stanley.