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New Faculty This Year

Melissia Mason
Emma Willard School is excited about the additions to our faculty for the 2019-2020 school year! Academic Dean Dr. Meredith Legg shares that they are “an impressive and energetic group, ready to contribute to the Emma Willard mission to foster in each young woman a love of learning, the habits of an intellectual life, and the character, moral strength, and qualities of leadership to serve and shape her world.” We are pleased to introduce you to:

Hanna Bachrach, Library Assistant, received her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Hollins University and her M.L.I.S. in Library and Information Science from Pratt Institute. She studied abroad at the University of Saint Andrews in Scotland. Hanna has been the Library Director at the Chatham Public Library. Prior to working at the Chatham Public Library, Hanna held positions at the Champlain College Library, the Rudolf Steiner School, the Wexler Library at Hunter College, The Gimbel Library at The New School and the Randolph-Macon College Library.

Laszlo Bardos, Mathematics Instructor, received his B.S. in electrical engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, his M.B.A. from Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, and his M.A. in math education from Western Governors University. He has a decade of math teaching experience, and more than twenty years’ experience working in the private sector in geographic information systems. Mr. Bardos has held positions at Rivendell Academy and Hanover High School in New Hampshire, and Thetford Academy in Vermont. Laszlo held a Rowland Foundation Fellowship and used his fellowship to study the philosophy and methods of critical explorations, a student-centered pedagogy.

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.

Erica Brockmyer, School Counselor, received her B.A. from High Point University, and her Master of Science in Professional School Counseling from Sage College. Erica joins Emma Willard School with 5 years of counseling experience, most recently as the Director of Counseling Services at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Schenectady. Prior to this, Erica worked at the Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth and the Youth Advocate Program of Schenectady. Erica is experienced in a variety of positive mental health techniques including Mindfulness. Erica lives in Schenectady with her husband and 2 dogs.

Samantha Evans ’13, Mathematics Fellow, received her B.S. in Neuroscience from Lafayette College where she was a Science Horizons Scholar and Excel Research Scholar. Sam worked in the admissions office at Lafayette as a tour guide and interviewer, and, as a peer-mentor she mentored first-year students in academics and their transition to college. Sam worked with preschool and elementary students at Woodland Hill Montessori as a substitute assistant teacher, enrichment teacher and after school care teacher. Sam lives in the fellows apartment in the duplexes.

KellyRose Fluty, Assistant Director of Student Life, received her B.A. in International and Globalization Studies and History from Sage College, Troy campus. KellyRose joins Emma Willard School after spending the past 2 years working as a Civil Rights Paralegal at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Prior to working in Richmond, KellyRose spent 2 years with a legal firm in Schenectady. KellyRose is a Troy native, and as a former Sage College tour guide is very knowledgeable about the relationship between Emma Willard School and her alum mater. KellyRose is looking forward to returning home and will live in Troy.

Deidra Jefferson, Resident Faculty, received her B.A. in Psychology from Western New England University. Deidra discovered a love of diversity while working in the Up With People program, traveling to different countries and participating in community service opportunities. Deidra was the Head Teacher at Smith Elementary School in West Hartford, CT and was a program assistant for the Young Women’s Leadership Corps, where she helped adolescents identify skills relating to their future career goals. Deidra’s college and professional career has been centered around teaching and/or supporting students. Deidra lives on Sage 3.

Abbey Massoud-Tastor, Associate Director of College Counseling, received her B.A. in French with a Spanish minor and her M.B.A. from Union College and Union Graduate College. Abbey has more than a decade of experience in collegiate admissions at Union College in Schenectady, NY. She has held the positions of Senior Assistant Dean of Admissions and Director of Alumni Relations at Union where she has been responsible for recruitment and enrollment, campus admissions programming, administration of financial aid, and recruiting and managing alumni admissions volunteers. In addition, Abbey has independent school teaching experience from her time as a French teaching intern at Northfield Mount Hermon School.

Bridget McGivern, Director of Practicum, received her B.A. in English Literature and Writing from Empire State College and her M.B.A. from University at Albany. She is completing a certificate in school management leadership from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She was a fellow in the nonprofit leadership development group at Union Graduate College, a program designed to build capacity in leaders of agencies serving girls and women. Bridget has worked with a variety of ages at independent schools across the capital region including Albany Academy for Girls, Taylor School, and St. Thomas the Apostle School. Bridget already has experience working with Emma Willard School through the GirlSummer program, and through the school's partnership with the Tech Valley Center for Gravity, a makerspace in Troy. Bridget was a founding member of the Center for Gravity and serves on the organization's Board of Directors.

Alejandro Saravia, PhD, Spanish Instructor, received his B.S. in Chemistry from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, his M.B.A. from Tec de Monterrey, his M.A.E. in secondary school counseling from Western Kentucky University and his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development from University of Louisville/Western Kentucky University. Alejandro joins Emma Willard School as a Spanish Instructor with twenty years of teaching experience, most recently from Middlesex School in Massachusetts and St. Paul's School in New Hampshire. Alejandro has worked with the Middlebury Interactive Languages Summer Academy in Vermont and Spain and was a science instructor at Tec de Monterrey in Mexico. Alejandro teaches all levels of Spanish and has experience advising students, working with clubs, coaching, and working in the dorms.

Elizabeth Smith, Science Fellow, received her B.S. in Chemistry from Siena College where she studied abroad at the University of Wollongong in Australia. Liz worked as a research assistant in the chemistry and biochemistry department at Siena and presented at the undergraduate research symposium at Siena, and at the American Chemical Society National Meeting. Liz taught English with the English Open Doors Program in Tongoy, Chile, and tutored students through Siena College’s Higher Education Opportunity Program. Liz lives in the fellow’s apartment in the duplexes.

Please join us in welcoming our wonderful new faculty members! We will be introducing you to our new staff in an additional post coming soon.
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    • Some of our new faculty prepare for their first convocation (August 27)

    • Some of our new faculty prepare for their first convocation (August 27)

    • Some of our new faculty prepare for their first convocation (August 27)

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