Dean of Faculty

The Dean of Faculty’s Office is responsible for all matters relating to the Academy’s faculty, including the recruitment, retention, and development of faculty.

New Faculty

Deerfield Academy is proud to announce our newest faculty joining us for the 2022-2023 school year. From a children’s book author, to an urban explorer, and an award-winning mathematician—these individuals will inspire students in their myriad studies.

Jeannette Boudway has coached at the DI, DII & DIII levels, most recently at Smith College. At Smith, she also taught Sport Leadership to graduate assistant coaches pursuing their master’s degree in Sport & Exercise Science and was on the Be Bold Sport Leadership Committee. She is a big believer that we don’t need to be named a formal leader, to be bold enough to step into leadership moments. Jeannette met her husband Ryan at Barry University, where they both landed for graduate school after making a left turn in their careers (Ryan from finance in Boston and Jeannette from accounting in Chicago). At Barry, she earned an MS in Sport Management and an MBA. Prior to Barry, she graduated from DePaul University where she majored in Accounting. Jeannette and Ryan are both passionate about working in athletics and providing access to positive role models for their three young children. They are elated to join the Deerfield community with Cal, Tyce, Uma, and their Australian Shepherd Koda!

Anne is thrilled to join Deerfield as the new dean of Academic Affairs. She grew up in northern Michigan, then found her way to New England and North Carolina, before landing in, of all places, a small Kentucky town in the Appalachian foothills, where she spent a decade working at Berea College, an unusual, tuition-free experiment in higher education. At Berea, Anne taught literature and writing, chaired the English Department, and built a highly successful bridge program for incoming first-year students. Anne earned her BA in Religion at Middlebury College, and an MA and PhD in English and American Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has written about old insane asylums and contemporary wellness cookbooks, buttoned-down correspondence courses and radical social reformers, and artists from painter J. M. Whistler to novelist Louisa May Alcott. Anne loves hiking, knitting, baking, gardening, and skiing. She is also darn handy with a claw hammer, a circular saw, and a putty knife. Accompanying Anne to Deerfield will be her husband Josh, their nine-year-old son, Augie, and the family’s beloved Border Collie Brie, who hugs on command.

Alexandra is excited to be joining the English Department at Deerfield and to be returning home to Massachusetts from Houston, TX, where she taught English at the Emery/Weiner School. Alexandra earned her PhD in English from Tufts University in May 2020, where she focused on representations of imperialism in Shakespeare and other early modern literature; she also holds a BA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies from New York University, with a minor in Italian language and literature. Alexandra taught first-year writing seminars and literature courses at Tufts and held several teaching fellowships; she was also part of the affiliated faculty at Emerson College in Boston, where she taught seminars on Shakespearean drama and Renaissance literature. During the summer, Alexandra directs pre-college programs for high-school students domestically and abroad. Most recently, she has directed Columbia University’s Climate School in the Green Mountains of Vermont and Putney’s student travel Oxford Academia program. She lives by the conviction that literature and literary study can change the world. When not reading, writing, or working with students, you can find Alexandra tending to her herb garden, taking healthy walks as an excuse to try new coffee shops, rewatching The Great British Bake-Off, or spending quality time with friends, family, and family dogs.

Kena is delighted to join the Deerfield community as a Penn Fellow in the English Department. She grew up in New Jersey and attended Barnard College in New York City, where she graduated in 2022 with a degree in English. At Barnard, she worked at the Writing Center, hosted a show on the college radio station, and wrote her thesis on the translation of Shakespeare into different languages. In her senior year, she was recognized through the W. Cabell Greet Prize for excellence in the study of English, as well as the Friedman Belfer Writing Fellow Award and the Erica Mann Jong ’63 Writing Fellow Endowment Award for her work at the Writing Center. She is passionate about helping students develop their own positive relationships with reading, writing, and language more broadly. In her free time, Kena loves to run, go for long walks, read, and perfect her chai recipe.

Maggie recently graduated from Oberlin College with a BA in Neuroscience and English. Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, she has a passion for teaching and equity in education. At Oberlin she worked as a tutor for America Reads, teaching third- and fourth-graders in the local elementary school. She also trained underclassmen on sexual misconduct and bystander intervention strategies through the Office of Title IX, and developed a workshop about power dynamics and identity. She worked as a senior admissions fellow and tour guide in the Office of Admissions. In her spare time, she loves baking, thrift shopping, reading, and following University of Louisville basketball. She is excited to join the Deerfield community as a Penn Fellow in the Science Department.

Jen is incredibly excited to be joining the Deerfield team. Jen has spent much of her early career working in therapeutic schools and most recently has been in private practice. In addition to her individual work, she has authored group therapy curricula, designed professional development training for educators, led student assemblies, and is currently working on a children’s book. Jen was born and raised in Westchester County, NY, and earned her Bachelor Degree in Social Work from Cedar Crest College, and her MSW from Silberman School of Social Work at CUNY Hunter College. Professionally, Jen is most interested in the neurobiology of emotions, and how to leverage that scientific knowledge base to increase the emotional intelligence and resiliency of youth. Jen believes that the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to a healthy community, and has a deep commitment to the work of undoing Racism in all its forms. Jen and her wife, Susan, are delighted to be joining the Deerfield community and will be accompanied by their incredibly silly “in-therapy” dog, Ruthie Badger Ginsbark. Ruthie is a lover of all dogs, and her favorite game is “I’m so fast, you can’t catch me.” During free time, Jen enjoys cooking, playing golf, hiking, paddling, crafts, young-adult fantasy, and anthropomorphizing Ruthie.

Aaron is thrilled to be joining the Mathematics Department at Deerfield. He comes to the academy by way of Central Idaho where he taught upper-school mathematics at Sun Valley Community School for the past four years. While in Sun Valley, he also served as a residential advisor in the boarding program at SVCS, led backpacking and ski touring trips for the school’s outdoor program, and coached middle school cross-country skiing for Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation. Prior to SVCS, Aaron taught at Fryeburg Academy in Fryeburg, ME and Cheverus High School in Portland, ME. He has coached cross-country skiing at every stop along the way in addition to stints coaching soccer, ultimate, and math team. Aaron hails from Auburn, ME where he developed an appreciation for the outdoors from an early age. He attended Cornell University where he received his BS in Civil Engineering and competed on the cross-country ski team. During his career in education, Aaron has taught a wide variety of math and computer science courses and is excited to take on new challenges at Deerfield. When he is not teaching or coaching, Aaron enjoys a number of different outdoor activities including hiking, camping, mountain biking, backcountry skiing, and trail running. He also has a deep appreciation of music and has played the drums for many years.

Andy cannot be more excited to join the Deerfield community. He comes with 16 years of experience teaching both math and science, and has taught the gamut from geometry to differential equations, from earth science to AP Physics C. He has also spent some time as a math department chair and a school accreditation coordinator. Andy earned his BS in physics from Harvey Mudd College and MA in education from Santa Clara University. He is the proud recipient of the Edyth May Sliffe Award from the Mathematical Association of America. His favorite career moments are when struggling students find success for the first time, or when alumni return to share how well prepared they were for the rigor of their college experience. Andy is a nearly lifelong Californian, who has quickly learned to love New England winters. He enjoys grappling and gaming (both board and video). Andy’s spectacular partner, Katie, is a psychologist and fellow lifelong learner. Andy considers all dogs to be friends that he just hasn’t met yet; he hopes to revise his biography soon to include several new furry family members.

Beatriz comes to Deerfield from Bogotá, Colombia, where she was the innovation coordinator and a social studies and English teacher at Colegio Los Nogales. She earned a BA in Design from Universidad de Los Andes, and an MEd in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her work experience includes working as a summer camp counselor, an outdoor educator, a sustainability consultant, an education consultant, a department head, and a classroom teacher. She has lived most of her life in Colombia, but she had the opportunity to see the world through diverse experiences; she hiked the Annapurna in Nepal, learned Vipassana meditation in India, explored Machu Picchu in Perú, and camped in multiple National Parks in Colombia and the US. Bea considers herself a lifelong learner and a global citizen; she will be joining the Deerfield community as an associate director of the Center for Service and Global Citizenship. Outside of work, Bea enjoys biking, playing basketball, and taking long walks with her dog Yuca, named after Bea’s husband’s favorite Colombian pastry: pan de yuca. Yuca, Bea, and Ben are so excited to join the Deerfield Community.

Originally from Palm Springs, CA, Aaron Gordoa considers the San Francisco Bay Area to be home. After graduating high school, he began a five-year journey in the US Army that took him to seven states and three countries as a translator. After separating from active duty, he continues to serve in the National Guard. He is a graduate of the Defense Language Institute with an AA in Arabic, and earned a BA in Mathematics at Amherst College. During his time in active duty, Aaron was a member of a special operations team and received a commendation medal from the US Army Special Forces. While working towards his bachelor’s degree, Aaron was activated by the National Guard to assist in COVID-19-relief humanitarian operations. Aaron is excited to tackle new challenges at Deerfield as a Penn Fellow in the Mathematics Department. In his free time, Aaron enjoys volunteering at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, playing piano, lifting weights, and calling his family in California

David is excited to move across the pond from the UK with his wife, Nicole, and start teaching at Deerfield. After receiving his doctorate in Physics at Oxford University and completing post-doc positions at Leeds University, UK, and Massey University, New Zealand, he decided to follow his education passion and become a high school teacher. Initially teaching in a state-funded school on the outskirts of London, he took the plunge into boarding school life at Eton College where he spent seven years as a physics teacher. At Eton, David took every opportunity to progress his interests. As a keen rugby player in his youth, he coached the under-14 A team for several seasons and umpired the imaginatively named Eton-only sport, the Field Game. He loves being active and the outdoors. David has even managed to convince Nicole to help chaperone on school hiking trips to the beautiful Snowdonia area of Wales on occasion. In his spare time, you will often find David delving into a book on quantum mechanics or escaping into Terry Pratchett’s Discworld.

Tara earned her PhD in history from the University of Oregon in September 2021. While in school, Tara taught seminar sections related to world and US history and developed a course on the history of sport in American society. She was the recipient of the Leah Kirker Memorial Teaching Award and numerous other  awards and fellowships related to her scholarship. Her work explored the intersection of colonialism, sports, and American popular culture in the twentieth century. For her dissertation (and ongoing book project), Tara worked closely with members of the Karuk Tribe who are at the heart of the history she tells. Tara was raised in New Jersey and attended Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, where she was a double major in History and English, a summa cum laude graduate, and a noted varsity athlete, including a two-year captain on the Track and Field team. Sports—especially track, gymnastics, and soccer—are both pastimes and ongoing passions for Tara, and she is looking forward to coaching at Deerfield as well as teaching in the History and Social Science Department. She also loves crafting, decorating cakes, 90s music, anything spooky, and dogs. She’ll be bringing along her partner, Steve, who is a web developer, enthusiastic eater, and talented glass blower.

No stranger to the Deerfield community, Jess is thrilled to join the Academy’s Center for Service and Global Citizenship. Jess began her professional career in Deerfield’s Office of Advancement in 2011, engaging young alumni and supporting capital campaign events. In 2014, Jess joined the Athletics Department as an associate athletics director and varsity softball coach. Jess has thoroughly enjoyed her time as a member of this unique community, and she is excited to begin a new chapter in the CSGC. Jess has an educational background in exercise science, nutrition, health and wellness, and sports leadership. She earned degrees from the University of Massachusetts and Northeastern University, and she also holds several strength and conditioning certifications. Jess lives off campus with her husband Peter and their two children, Carter and Palmer. She enjoys running, gardening, cooking with her family, and watching Tom Brady win Super Bowls.

Angela most recently served as head coach for womens lacrosse at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst for the past 12 years, after stints of coaching at UConn and Bentley University. She served as an assistant for the gold-medal US U-19 National team at the 2019 World Championships, and was fortunate enough to be the inaugural coach of the Italian women’s national team from 2013-2017, placing 11th at the 2017 World Cup. Angela received an MS in Sports Leadership from Northeastern University and earned a BS in Communication Studies from Northwestern University, where she served as a two-time captain in lacrosse. Angela is proudly married to Justin Serpone, the men’s soccer coach at Amherst College, and they have three amazing children Lily, Tyson, and Annabelle, who all attend Bement just down the road. Angela and her family are avid Boston-sports enthusiasts, love to travel, and cannot wait to immerse ourselves in the Deerfield community.
Connor joined Deerfield in the summer of 2022 as the new head coach for boys varsity basketball. Prior to joining the Academy, Connor spent the previous six years coaching at the collegiate level, including four years as the top assistant mens basketball coach at Middlebury College and two years as a graduate assistant mens basketball coach at Springfield College. Connor is no stranger to the New England boarding school world, as he spent his first year out of college as the assistant boys varsity basketball coach at his alma mater, Vermont Academy. Connor obtained his bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Skidmore College in 2015. He played four years of basketball at Skidmore, and was a tri-captain his senior year. He obtained his ME with a concentration in Athletic Administration from Springfield College. Outside of work, Connor enjoys hiking, swimming, and spending time outside. He is thrilled to be joining to Deerfield community this upcoming year.
Originally from the suburbs of Boston, Andy is thrilled to return to Massachusetts to join the Deerfield community. In 2020, she graduated summa cum laude with highest honors from Colgate University in Applied Mathematics, where her senior thesis focused on improving algorithms in graph theory. Andy is a passionate member of the greater math community, with multiple original research publications and presentations at top conferences. Most recently, she received her MS in Mathematics from Georgia Institute of Technology. While at Georgia Tech, Andy had the opportunity to teach differential and integral calculus to undergraduate students. She cannot wait to continue teaching while experiencing all of the new adventures of the high-school classroom. Outside of math, Andy is a dedicated stained-glass artist, an avid reader, a hiker and backpacker, and an amateur chef. Her goals for 2022 include reading at least 100 books, learning how to solve a 5×5 Rubik’s cube, and adopting a cat.

Casey coaches the boys varsity soccer team at Deerfield. He is thrilled to make the transition to College Advising and work more closely with Deerfield students and faculty. Prior to joining Deerfield, Casey worked in the Advancement Office and coached soccer at Northfield Mount Hermon School. Casey was born and raised on the campuses of Eaglebrook and Northfield Mount Hermon, and later attended both schools. He graduated from Skidmore College with a BA in Psychology and a special interest in Business Management. While at Skidmore, Casey was also a four-year member of the varsity soccer team. Before returning to work within the independent school system, Casey worked primarily in business and operational management, splitting time between Boston and New York. In his spare time, Casey enjoys fishing, playing guitar and soccer, and spending time with his family.

Staff

  1. Mark Acton

    Asst. Dean of Faculty, Science Teacher
    Dean of the Faculty's Office, Science & Computer Science
  2. Deborah Costello

    Asst. Dean of Faculty, Math Teacher
    Dean of the Faculty's Office, Mathematics
  3. Jean Fournier

    Executive Assistant to the Dean of Faculty
    Dean of the Faculty's Office
  4. Ivory Hills

    Asst Head of School for Strategy & Planning; Dean of Faculty
    Dean of the Faculty's Office
  5. John Taylor

    Language Teacher
    Language, Dean of the Faculty's Office
  6. Abe Wehmiller

    Associate Dean of Faculty, History Teacher
    History and Social Science, Dean of the Faculty's Office

Contact Dean of Faculty

deanoffaculty@deerfield.edu
413-774-1420

Main School Building, Second floor
Mon–Fri, 8:00am–4:30pm

PO Box 87
Deerfield, MA 01342