With the 2019-2020 academic year quickly approaching, Morristown-Beard School welcomed new faculty and staff with special orientation sessions during the week of August 19th.
The newest members of the Morristown-Beard School community were paired with faculty mentors, toured the campus, and learned more about the philosophy of the School and daily life at MBS.
This year’s new faculty and staff members include:
Adriana Arroyave — World Languages
Adriana Arroyave has been teaching most recently at the Greater Brunswick Charter School. Prior to that she acquired independent school experience at the Elisabeth Morrow School where she taught for seven years. Adriana earned her BA and MA degrees in Spanish and Spanish literature at Montclair State University, with a thesis on Cervantes. She also studied Human Rights and International Law in a certificate-granting program at Antioqua University in Medellín, Colombia.
Aaron Beck-Schachter — World Languages (Long-term Substitute)
Aaron Beck-Schachter is a Valergakis Post Doctoral fellow at Rutgers University. Aaron is committed to integrating new digital technologies and platforms into education about the ancient world. His personal research centers on Attic tragedy, ancient Greek religion, and the psychology of cult images and votives. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Classics and Classical Languages from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.
Kyle Brescher — Mathematics (Long-term Substitute)
A graduate of the Class of 2003, Kyle is a veteran member of the MBS community and we are pleased to welcome him back to campus. He was a full-time member of the MBS Mathematics Department for seven years and has also served as an instructor at Mathnasium – the Math Learning Center. He earned his degree in Mathematics from Rutgers University.
Nick Corley — Performing Arts
Nick Corley will be serving as Artist-in-Residence to direct the fall play next season. He is an experienced director who has also performed in a number of Broadway (Mary Poppins, A Christmas Carol, She Loves Me) and off-Broadway shows. Nick served as Artistic Director for the Lyric Theater of Oklahoma where he directed such shows as Tommy, Steel Magnolias, Sweeney Toddand others. He has also directed more than 100 developmental workshops and readings, primarily for NYU’s Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program.
Rose Costanzo — Mathematics
This will be Rose Costanzo’s first full-time teaching position after earning her degree from The College of New Jersey in 2016 and acquiring some business experience over the past several years. At TCNJ, Rose engaged in Leadership Training Programs and was a member of the School of Science Advisory Board. She also founded and served as President of the Student Transfer Association of TCNJ, aimed at helping transfer students make a successful transition to the College.
Mairead Forrest — English
This fall, Mairead (pronounced “Ma-rade”) Forrest will be joining the ranks of full time faculty after spending a year serving as a long-term leave replacement and overseeing the Center for Academic Writing. Mairead has also been coaching Girls JV soccer at MBS for the past year. Mairead played Division 1 soccer at the College of the Holy Cross, where she earned her BA in English with a Creative Writing concentration. Her Honor’s thesis consisted of the creation of a volume of original short fiction.
Joanne Goldberg — College Counseling
Joanne Goldberg returns to MBS this fall after a three-year hiatus. Formerly she served as a full-time History teacher and Grade Dean for the classes of 2012 and 2016. Upon her return, Joanne will continue to teach an elective History course, but will primarily serve in the College office as an Associate College Counselor. She earned a BA in History from Cornell University, a JD degree from the Washington University School of Law and a Master’s in teaching from NYU. We welcome Joanne back to the MBS community!
Angela Hahn — Science
Dr. Angela Hahn has most recently been teaching Chemistry and Biology at Friends Seminary in New York, and is looking forward to making the transition to New Jersey. Dr. Hahn earned a BS degree in Biochemistry from Beloit College, and a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Physiology from the Stanford University School of Medicine. After taking her Ph.D. she was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. Despite her love of scientific research, Dr. Hahn writes that “what excites me most about science is learning how to spread the enthusiasm and skills to others so that we can become a more learned community.” She taught for two years at a state university in Minnesota and spent the last five years at independent schools in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
Lori Kendis — History (Long-term Substitute)
We are pleased to welcome Lori as a long-term substitute in the Middle School. Lori has served as a social studies teacher in the Denville Township Public School system for more than 10 years. She earned a degree in History Secondary Education from The College of New Jersey and holds a Master of Arts in Education from Marygrove College.
Bridget Marcato — School Nurse
We welcome Bridget Marcato to the MBS community as our full-time School Nurse, a role she has filled in a part-time capacity for the past five years. Bridget earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Georgetown University, and worked as a critical care nurse in the ICU unit at the VA Hospital of East Orange prior to becoming a full time School Nurse. Outside of her nursing duties, Bridget enjoys cooking, baking and gardening. We are thrilled to have her join our community on a full-time basis.
Matt Martino — Center for Innovation & Design
Matt Martino, who will work out of the new Center for Innovation and Design (CID), has been a practicing architect for the past twelve years specializing in the design of educational, commercial and mixed use projects. Matt already has an extensive record of work at MBS, serving as lead Designer and Project Manager for the recently opened Math/Science facility, the renovation of Wilkie Hall and the CID itself. Matt, who is a registered Architect in New Jersey, earned his Architecture degree from Cornell university. He is eager to move into teaching and will also coordinate design-centered work across all departments and disciplines at MBS.
Liam McNamara — Mathematics
Liam McNamara will be joining our math department this fall. He has been teaching math and science at the Great Oaks Charter School for the past several years and has developed a teaching philosophy that foregrounds critical thinking in all areas of knowledge. As an undergraduate at Rutgers University, Liam double majored in mathematics and music; he earned an MAT degree in Math and Science Education from the Relay Graduate School of Education. Liam has remained active in music, particularly choral music, and is eager to become involved in the MBS choral music program.
Jordan Reed — History, English
Jordan Reed is completing his Ph.D. in History and Culture at Drew University. His research centers on the evolution of the American History Textbook in the 20th century. An active scholar and researcher, his article “The Textbook as Technology in the Age of Open Education Resources” will soon appear in the journal The History Teacher, published by the Society for History education and the most widely recognized journal in the United States devoted to more effective teaching of history in pre-collegiate schools. Jordan has also served as an Adjunct Professor of History at Ramapo College and Adjunct Professor of English at Drew. He will combine those skill sets at MBS, teaching both History and a course in advanced composition.
Ryan Tamburrino — Mathematics
Ryan Tamburrino will enter the field of teaching full time when he joins our Mathematics department this fall. Ryan has just graduated from Hamilton College with a Bachelor of Arts in Math. He appreciates Hamilton’s “discovery-based learning environment,” and has a broadly humanistic vision in his approach to the math classroom, focusing on “the uniqueness of each student’s learning style.” Ryan has a wide range of interests, including hosting a radio program devoted to typography and fonts.
Rebecca Van Horn — History, English
As with Jordan Reed, Rebecca Van Horn is also completing her doctorate in History and Culture at Drew University. Rebecca earned her MA degree in 2017 from Drew with a thesis titled “The Irish Mediterranean: Impressionism Beyond Borders.” Last year Rebecca served as International Coordinator and also taught a seminar course for Northeastern University’s International Program in London. Rebecca has a strong background in literature, particularly that of the Modern period, and along with her History teaching at MBS next year she will also teach an Advanced Literary Studies course in Modernism for the English department.