Please join us in extending a warm Hun School welcome to the following new members of our faculty and staff.
Thomas Clarke – Mr. Clarke will teach the photography elective in The Hun Middle School, this year. An award-winning commercial photographer, he is best known for editorial portraiture, architectural documentation, food, product and large event photography. In addition to others, Mr. Clarke’s work has been published in Conde Nast Traveler, Fitness, SELF, Edible Jersey and Edible Philly, Mainline magazines, and The Philadelphia Inquirer, and he is listed in the Library of Congress for his role in photographing The Jersey Shore Cookbook. Mr. Clarke’s exhibitions have been called a "must see" by WXPN and awards for his work include Best of Houzz Award for Service, Best of LinkedIn ProFinder, and voted Philly HOTLIST’s Top 10 Best of Philadelphia for event photography.
Victoria Cooper – Ms. Cooper will teach music classes and chorus part-time in The Hun Middle School. Prior to Hun, Ms. Cooper served as a vocal teacher with the Princeton Learning Co-operative School; as well as teaching music to students, 11-18 years-of-age at Crieff High School in Scotland for ten years. She earned a music degree from Birmingham Conservatoire of Music, and a Post-Graduate Certificate of Education from the University of Edinburgh in the UK. Her performance experience includes directing and co-directing the Sound of Music, Little Shop of Horrors, South Pacific, Back to the 80’s and her favorite operatic performance role was in Mozart’s, The Magic Flute.
Laura Docter – Dr. Docter joins the History and Global Studies Department in the Upper School, where she will teach World Studies, Women in the Modern World, and Psychology, and assist with swimming and community service. Dr. Docter earned a B.A. in History and M.A. in Education at Stanford University, as well as a PhD from Michigan State University. She comes to The Hun School from Castilleja School in Palo Alto, California, where she served as a grade level dean and taught Ancient World History in the Middle School. She started her career at the Cambridge School of Weston in Weston, Massachusetts and she has taught everything from 3rd grade to graduate school in public and private schools and universities. Dr. Docter has an interest in promoting student wellness and serves on the advisory board of Stout Heart, Inc., a non-profit devoted to mental health. She also works with families and schools as they consider broader understandings of gender.
Jaime Gilligan – Ms. Gilligan joins The Hun School as an educational technology designer. She will teach Computer Science and support faculty with the design and implementation of technology integration in the classroom. Previously, Ms. Gilligan worked as a curriculum and instructional specialist at Washington University in St. Louis, but is eager to get back into the secondary school classroom, that she enjoyed previously at Ursuline Academy in St. Louis. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from Truman State University and has twelve years of classroom teaching experience, four of which were spent teaching computer science. Ms. Gilligan was recently named Teacher of the Year at Ursuline Academy, where she has also served as Girls Who Code Club moderator, WWT Stem Student Hackathon faculty advisor, and CyberPatriot coach.
Marianela Gonzalez – Ms. Gonzalez joins The Hun School as a member of the Upper School’s Modern Languages and Classics Department, where she will teach Spanish and English as a Second Language. Ms. Gonzales holds a B.A. from Rutgers University and a M.A. from Kean University. Prior to teaching at Hun, Ms. Gonzales taught ESL at the Plaza Institute; served as a language rater at Language Testing International; and taught Spanish and ESL at Perry Drew Elementary and Hightstown High School in Hightstown, New Jersey.
Brynn Hansson – Ms. Hansson has joined the Counseling and Wellness Department at The Hun School. She will teach 9th and 10th grade Health and Wellness, serve as a student advisor, and assistant girls’ soccer coach. Ms. Hansson earned a B.A. in Psychology from Wesleyan University (where she served as Soccer Captain for two seasons) and an M.A. in Curriculum and Teaching from Columbia University Teachers College. Prior experience also includes serving as an Assistant Coach for Wesleyan University Women’s Soccer. Ms. Hansson is a Certified Interscholastic Coach with Level 2 National Certification, and an Accredited Interscholastic Coach with Level 1 National Certification.
Cameron Helvey – Mr. Helvey joins the History and Global Studies Department in the Upper School, where he will teach U.S. History, American Government, and Constitutional Law, and coach basketball and lacrosse. Mr. Helvey earned a B.S. in Teaching Social Science from Brigham Young University and is currently enrolled at Teachers College, Columbia University. Mr. Helvey is joining us from the San Francisco Bay Area, where he was teaching AP U.S. History and AP World History at Pinewood School. Prior to that, he interned at Oakwood School in California, where he conducted a curriculum review for multiple upper school social science courses, including American Government and U.S. History.
Anna Kalfaian – Ms. Kalfaian will teach visual arts in the Upper School, coding in the Middle School, and coach the girls’ crew team. Ms. Kalfaian holds a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University with a concentration in Art and Archeology. She has taught art for Princeton University’s Preparatory Program (PUPP) and the Princeton University Art Museum (PUAM). While at Princeton, Ms. Kalfain was a member of the women’s varsity crew team where she competed nationally and internationally, placing 8th and 6th at the 2016 and 2017 NCAAs, respectively. In addition to teaching, Ms. Kalfaian has experience coaching for Mercer Rowing.
Ronalee K. Newman – Ms. Newman joins the Science Department in the Upper School, where she will teach Physics and Chemistry, and support our Community Service programming. She earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from SUNY – Buffalo, an M.B.A., with honors, from DePaul University in Chicago, and an Ed.M. in physical science education, with honors, from Rutgers University. Ms. Newman comes to Hun from Christ Church Episcopal School in Greenville, South Carolina where she taught 8th grade science, developed the 8th grade science curriculum using scientific inquiry-based learning, served as an Academic Advisor for 16-18 students, tutored students in physics and mathematics, and served as the 8th grade Community Service Coordinator. Previously, Ms. Newman worked at The Pingry School where, in addition to other responsibilities, she taught Physics, served as Yearbook Advisor, helped with costume design, served as a robotics and cheerleading coach, organized professional development sessions for the science department, and served as a peer coach for new faculty.
Sean Ryan – Mr. Ryan joins The Hun School community as a teacher in the Middle School Performing Arts Department, where he will instruct our students in the art of instrumental music. Mr. Ryan has worked as a private music instructor for seventeen years. In addition, he has held teaching positions at Music Notes Academy in East Brunswick, New Jersey, Morristown Middle School, Ridgewood High School, and Hackensack High School. As a professional musician, he has had the pleasure of performing with the Jack Furlong Quartet and the Glen Rock Pops. He also boasts credits as a sound designer and composer for Game Developer Christos Perchanidis.
Allison Sims – Ms. Sims, a visual artist with expertise in drawing, painting, and woodworking, will be teaching Drawing, Painting, and Intro to Visual Arts part-time in our Visual Arts Department this coming year. She earned a B.F.A. in Sculpture from Arcadia University and was the recipient of the Ruth C. Grant Distinguished Achievement Award in the Fine Arts at the University. Prior to joining The Hun School, Allison worked as a painting instructor at Painting with a Twist in Jenkintown, where she demonstrated painting and drawing techniques to groups of 10 to 25 children and teenagers. Additionally, she serves as an Exhibitions Assistant at Arcadia, designing, building, and repairing custom display pieces for the University’s galleries in addition to overseeing student staff during fabrication and installation processes. Ms. Sims is also co-founder of Spillway Collective in Philadelphia, an artist-run exhibition space, where she works with members and local artists to curate monthly exhibitions and events.
Heather Walsh – Ms. Walsh is returning to The Hun School, once again as an English teacher. Ms. Walsh taught English and AP Literature and served as a yearbook advisor at Hun from 2007-2014. Since then, she has also taught Creative Writing, Writing Workshop, Reading and Writing Seminar, and SAT/ACT Verbal Prep courses during The Hun School’s summer academic session. Ms. Walsh earned a B.A. in Spanish, with a double minor in History and Comparative Literature, from Rutgers University and an M.A. in English from The College of New Jersey.
Administrators and Professional Staff
Tracey Arndt – Ms. Arndt is joining The Hun School as co-director of athletics, where she will collaborate with Bill Quirk in leading the athletic program, as well as serving as our head varsity field hockey coach. Ms. Arndt comes to The Hun School from the Pennsbury School District, where she taught physical education and health and led numerous important curricular initiatives. She has been the head field hockey coach at Pennsbury and at Princeton Day School, and previously coached and taught at Columbia University. In addition to earning a B.S. in Education at Penn State, Ms. Arndt also earned a Masters of Education degree with distinction from Cabrini College. While at Penn State, Ms. Arndt was a First-Team All American field hockey player, Big Ten Most Valuable Player, Academic All Big-Ten Honoree, and Field Hockey Captain. Subsequently, she played on the U.S. World Cup Field Hockey Team and the U.S. National Team.
Marlon Bernard – Mr. Bernard joined The Hun School community on July 8th as director of business services. In this role, Mr. Bernard is be responsible for the general leadership of the School’s Business, Health Services, and Auxiliary Operations offices. Prior to Hun, Mr. Bernard was the Chief Financial Officer at S.W.A.T. Estate Police Co. Ltd. in Trinidad where he spent three years heading the Support Services Division including finance, payroll, procurement, human resources, information technology, and transportation. Prior to S.W.A.T., Mr. Bernard served as the Business Manager for four years at the Blue School in New York City, where he managed the school’s Business Office. Mr. Bernard holds a bachelor’s degree in Management from the University of Sunderland and earned an associate degree in Accounting from the College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts where he graduated the top of his class.
Carin Rassier – Ms. Rassier joins The Hun School community as our resident duty nurse. After earning a B.S.N. in Nursing from Widener University, Ms. Rassier worked as a Primary Care Nurse and Staff Nurse at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, she also worked as an Occupational Health Nurse at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics in Raritan, NJ. Ms. Rassier then worked in the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement realm with Johnson and Johnson and most recently with The Honest Company, CA.
Gregg Murray – Mr. Murray joins The Hun School as associate director of College Counseling. Mr. Murray has experience as a college counselor at both the Drew School (San Francisco) Viewpoint School (Los Angeles), and has worked the “other side of the table” at UCLA, Northeastern, and UMass Amherst as a college admissions officer. He earned a B.A. in Psychology, Cum Laude, and a Master of Higher Education Administration from UMass Amherst. Additional experience includes serving as the freshman rowing coach at UMass Amherst, as a member of the Admission and Curriculum Committees and Student Support Team at the Viewpoint School.
Kevin Baggett – Mr. Baggett, who worked as a full-time substitute teacher and basketball coach last year, will be returning to The Hun School as a teaching fellow. A graduate of Rider University (B.A. in Integrated Science and Math), Mr. Baggett will team-teach with Dana Radanovic this fall, before leading classes in the spring semester. He will live on campus and assist with resident life responsibilities and other coaching or advising needs.
Maeve Vitale – Ms. Vitale joins The Hun School as a teaching fellow. A graduate of Wesleyan University with a B.A. in History (minor: Data Analysis), Ms. Vitale was a four-year varsity letter winner and captain of the Women’s Basketball team at Wesleyan. In addition to working as an accounting clerk for Life Teen in Atlanta Georgia, she recently served as head basketball coach for 5th, 6th, and 7th grade girls at St. Ann’s in Marietta, GA. As a teaching fellow, Ms. Vitale will teach one class each semester, cover study halls, observe classes, and coach basketball.
Megan Volkert – A recent graduate of Skidmore College with a B.A. in Neuroscience (minor: Gender Studies), Ms. Volkert previously worked as a volunteer counselor with Esteem Girls, Inc. of Philadelphia, a summer camp and after school program that encourages girls of color, particularly those from under-resourced communities, to become excited about STEM subjects and careers. With Esteem, Ms. Volkert facilitated learning through informative presentations, games, and projects. Ms. Volkert served as a peer mentor at Skidmore, where she mentored sixteen first-year students, advising them on academic and social decisions, as well as presenting on topics such as sexual and gender-based misconduct, alcohol, substance abuse, self-care and anxiety.