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    Ms. Leslie Crowell Crowell Coffey
    English
    English Department Chair/Instructor
    2014
    518-833-1354
    University of Illinois Urbana Champaign - PhD Candidate
    SUNY Buffalo - MA
    SUNY Buffalo - BA
    Bio
     
    Leslie Coffey earned a B.A. in English and minor in Media Studies from the University at Buffalo where she remained to obtain her M.A. in English (culminating in a thesis on Edith Wharton). She progressed to a candidacy for a PhD at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with a focus on the nineteenth century American fiction. Originally from Binghamton, NY, Leslie transferred to Emma Willard School as a junior and is a member of the class of 2000.
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    Ms. Caroline Boyajian
    English, Seminar
    English Instructor and Junior Class Dean
    2019
    518-833-1389
    McGill University - BA
    Union Graduate College - MAT
    Middlebury College - MA
    Bio
     
    Caroline Boyajian, English Instructor, received her B.A. from McGill University, an M.A.T. from Union Graduate College and has recently completed her final summer of work on her M.A. in English from Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. Caroline joins Emma Willard School with ten years of teaching experience, most recently as an English Instructor at Riverdale Country School in Bronx, NY. Caroline has worked with both middle and high school students, led the middle school advising program at Riverdale Country School and led the coordination of English departmental curriculum. Caroline is a native to the capital region and taught at Shaker High School and Bethlehem Central High School.
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    Ms. Marlo Daniels
    English, Seminar
    English Instructor and Senior Class Dean
    2016
    518-833-1355
    Emerson College - MFA
    College of St. Rose - BA
    Carnegie Mellon University - MA
    Bio
     
    Marlo Daniels holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from The College of St. Rose, a Master of Arts in Literary and Cultural Studies from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing - Nonfiction from Emerson College. Ms. Daniels is a 2002 graduate of Emma Willard School, and began teaching English here in 2015. She also serves as Senior Class Dean.
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    Dr. Esther Dettmar
    English
    English Instructor
    2015
    518-833-1352
    University of Illinois Urbana Champaign - PhD
    University of Illinois Urbana Champaign - MA
    University of Illinois Urbana Champaign - BA
    Bio
     
    Esther Dettmar received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her dissertation explored the role of (dis)identification in queer and feminist revisions of "Snow White," "Sleeping Beauty," "Little Red Riding Hood," and "Bluebeard"; this work has inspired a senior English elective here at Emma. She began her time at Emma Willard School as an English instructor in the fall of 2015 and has since added the role of Revels Costumer to her accomplishments. She lives on campus with her dog, Pablo.
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    Ms. Mary Hunter
    English
    English Instructor, Head JV Volleyball Coach
    2021
    518-833-1353
    University of Utah - BA
    Westminster College - MA
    Bio
     
    English Instructor Mary Hunter holds a BA in history magna cum laude from the University of Utah and MA in teaching from Westminster College. She is a member of Alpha Rho, the University of Utah’s Chapter of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, and the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society. Mary comes to us from York Country Day School, where she taught grades 6-8 and 10. In her free time, Mary enjoys snow sports, downhill mountain biking, climbing, foreign languages, piano, and vocal ensemble.
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    Ms. Meg McClellan
    English
    English Instructor, Margaret Wing Dodge Instructor in Literature
    1996
    518-833-1350
    Middlebury College - MA
    Connecticut College - BA
    Bio
     
    Meg McClellan has been teaching English at Emma Willard School for 25 years. She received her BA from Connecticut College and her MA from Middlebury College (Bread Loaf School of English). Ms. McClellan has taught a range of electives, in addition to English I, II, and III. The electives that most captivate her are those that help students develop their writing voices, specifically Nonfiction Workshop and Short Fiction Workshop. She is also intrigued by the relationship between story and place, something that informs much of the conversation in English III about American literature's portrayal of identity as complex. Ms. McClellan is one of the advisors to Clock, the student newspaper, and is faculty co-chair of the Conduct Review Committee.
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    Ms. Kathleen McNamara
    English
    English Instructor
    2001
    518-833-1398
    University College - Dublin IRELAND - MA
    Nardin Academy
    Bryn Mawr College - AB
    Bio
     
    Kathleen McNamara holds an A.B. from Bryn Mawr College, and a M.A. from University College, Dublin. She is an English instructor at Emma Willard School and serves as co-advisor to two of the Emma Willard School student publications: The Clock newspaper and The Triangle literary journal.
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    Mr. Tom Nygren
    English
    English Support
    2021
    Stanford University - BA
    Princeton University - MA
    The College of New Jersey - MA
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