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experimentory_emc2_800x800Experimentory teaching faculty members are smart and curious–just like you! They will guide you through a process of discovery, while allowing you to follow your own unique interests–wherever they may take you. Our residential assistants are essential to the functioning of the program. They live in the dorms, plan activities, and have fun alongside our students. The office staff works year-round to provide an exceptional program each summer. They are your go-to resources as you learn about the program, apply, and make your way to campus.

Course: “13.8 Billion Years: Big History”

Conrad Pitcher, Faculty

More information on Mr. Pitcher coming soon!

Course: “Break a Leg: Performance on the Stage”

Catriona Hynds, Faculty

More information on Ms. Hynds coming soon!

Course: “From Blinking Cursor to Glossy Page: Creating a Literary Magazine”

Emily Richardson, Faculty

More information on Ms. Richardson coming soon!

Course: “Functional Art: Architectural Sketching and Design”

David Payne, Faculty

David Payne

Mr. Payne’s love of architecture started young: he grew up in a quintessential New England small town full of beautiful 18th and 19th century buildings. In time he not only grew an appreciation of how the function and form of individual features become a building and home, but also how individual buildings together constitute a place and a community. In addition to traditional architectural design classes, he sometimes co-teaches an urban design elective at Deerfield with Ms. Melvoin. They study how important world cities reflect the duel influence of environment and history. His classes place strong value on practical spaces and architecture as a tactile craft–for example, designing a new Academy dorm and learning to draw plans and build models by hand. And with three active boys at home, he is no stranger to change and adventure.


Course: “The Great American Musical: Musical Theatre”

Peter Hynds, Faculty

More information on Mr. Hynds coming soon!

Course: “Lab Coat Jerseys: The Science of Sports”

Parker Lawlor, Faculty

More information on Mr. Lawlor coming soon!

Course: “Makerspace: Creative Problem Solving”

Emily Richardson, Faculty

More information on Ms. Richardson coming soon!

Course: “Speak for the Trees: Environmental Citizenship”

Marissa Cornelius, Faculty

More information on Ms. Cornelius coming soon!

Course: “Your First Drop: Lyric Writing and Video Production”

Jaime Correa, Faculty

Jaime CorreaIt started with cowboys. Mr. Correa fell under the spell of these lonely, wandering heroes of the silver screen at an early age. In time, his interest expanded from the content of these stories to how they are told using language, literature and visual arts.  These mingled fascinations inspired Mr. Correa to study Film and Television in his native Colombia, and then Film Studies and Cultural Studies in Paris.  Here at Deerfield he often fuses culture and the arts to teach Spanish and French language and literature. Poetry, he explains, invites us to study subtle word meaning, and theatre performance makes us learn annunciation and rhythm. At the Experimentory he revels in equipping students with tools and skills needed to master visual, digital, and media literacy–the literacies of our current age.

Summer Residential Assistant

Annabelle Mauri, Summer Residential Teaching Assistant

My name is Annabelle Mauri, and I’m from South Deerfield, Massachusetts. I attend Princeton University in New Jersey, where I hope to become fluent in Spanish and German. This summer, I can’t wait to get to know kids from all around the world and to have tons of fun! I love to play Ultimate Frisbee, hang out with friends, bake (and eat) really yummy desserts, and do arts and crafts. Fun fact: we raise chickens in our backyard, and my little sister and I each have a chicken named after us!

Summer Residential Teaching Assistant

Summer Residential Activities Assistant

Geraud Richards, Summer Residential Activities Assistant

Hello my name is Geraud Richards and I am from Brooklyn, New York, while my parents are both from a Caribbean island called Trinidad and Tobago. I have two brothers, one twin and one older brother. My older brother, Jehryl, looks very much like me as we have the same hairstyle and are the same height, but my fraternal twin, Renaud, looks nothing like me as he is much shorter. My passions are basketball, ultimate Frisbee, and music. I have been playing basketball since I was 8, and I started playing ultimate at 14. And I am really looking forward to playing Ultimate this summer with everyone at the Experimentory. I love the clarinet, I have been playing it for 4 years, and I have also been playing the steel drum or steel pan since I was 11. My favorite music is hip- hop and jazz. My favorite artist is Kendrick Lamar. Cookies and cream ice cream is my favorite dessert while pasta is my favorite food. One thing quirky about me is that I thought I was a superhero when I was much younger and I used to wear a cape I made.

Ian Gordon, Summer Residential Teaching Assistant

Except for three interesting years living in Mexico (and my school years here at Deerfield Academy), I have lived on a farm in Pembroke, Maine all my life. We’re not big, but we’ve raised lots of different types of animals: pigs, geese, chickens, turkeys, and even a horse. Normally my summers are opportunities to see friends back home and to go biking and sailing, but this year I look forward to experiencing Deerfield in summer for the first time. My favorite past times at school are Ultimate Frisbee and the Classics Club, but I also read and bike. I am also a bit of a “handy-man” who enjoys fixing and building things for people.

Summer Residential Teaching Assistant

Summer Residential Activities Assistant

Summer Residential Activities Assistant

Summer Residential Teaching Assistant

Summer Residential Teaching Assistant

Ossie Heard, Summer Residential Activities Assistant

My name is Osceola Heard, but all my friends call me Ossie. I’m from Vailsburg, NJ and I am going to major in Biochemistry at Bates College as a member of the class of 2022. This summer, I am looking forward to spending time with family and friends and being a part of the Experimentory! I love to dance, dive, and eat ice cream. I enjoy naps, cloud watching, and good game of Spike ball. Math and Science are my favorite subjects, but I’m always ready to snuggle down with a good book. I love Roald Dahl and my favorite book is The Life of Pi, but my favorite genre is Sci-Fi. I’m a huge fan of capture the flag, dodge-ball, and Monopoly because I love making strategies. Jam sessions are one of the best ways to have fun with friends along with taking a swim in the river, see you all soon!

Summer Residential Teaching Assistant

Summer Residential Media Assistant

Stephanie Oyolu, Summer Residential Teaching Assistant

I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. Since Houston is known for being the most diverse city in the US, I hope to be prepared for a summer with middle school students from all over the country and world! I like pretty much all styles of music (pop, R&B, bluegrass, heavy metal, etc.) and hope to discover some new music with your help. I really enjoy dancing, yoga, and babysitting. This June, just before the Experimentory begins, I’ll be in Fort Lauderdale coaching students at the National Forensics League speech and debate national tournament. Finally, this fall I’ll be a sophomore at Occidental College.

Young Hur, Summer Residential Activities Assistant

I’m a Long Islander from Stony Brook, NY. Over a typical summer I enjoy lifeguarding and being home with friends and family. This summer I’m happy to add the Experimentory to that list! I love sports and the outdoors, and I am a huge fan of backyard games, such as Spikeball and Kan-Jam. I hope you’re ready for some fun in the quad! I also enjoy playing PS4, listening to music, and generally hanging out with friends. I currently attend the Carroll School of Management at Boston College, with a potential major in Accounting or Data Analytics.

Experimentory Staff

Ben Grimm, Media Manager

More information on Mr. Grimm coming soon!

Amy Lareau, Head of Community Life

More information on Ms. Lareau coming soon!

Erin Hutchinson, Head of Residential Life

More information on Ms. Hutchinson coming soon!

Scott Brown, Head of Residential Life

More information on Mr. Brown coming soon!

Tim Schaffer, Program Coordinator

Tim SchafferMr. Schaffer does a little bit of everything here at the Experimentory: answers the phone, helps people fill out applications, files paperwork, draws the pictures for the Experimentory creative application questions, chaperones field trips, writes for the blog and social media, runs errands, tells corny jokes, and sneaks candy from the bin by Ms. Schaffer’s desk. Before Deerfield, he could be found working for an insurance company, destroying things people don’t want any more, or helping college students ponder the mysteries of life. On the creative side he writes: he contributes to his family’s storybook and pecks away at a speculative fiction novel. He is also a part time stay-at-home dad with his sweet, beautiful, happy daughter, Julia. He also reads, doodles, daydreams, teases, tells stories, and cuddles with his cat.  And, yes, he is married to Ms. Schaffer.

Gen Pitt, Assistant Director

As the Experimentory Director of Community Life, Ms. Pitt will be mentoring our team of Residential Assistants and working to run the Experimentory. With experience working at the Taft Summer Program (where she taught French, ESL, study skills, and current events) and with the Green Key Deerfield Orientation program, she has lots of ideas of how to make a group of individual kids into a community. Ms. Pitt has a wonderful three-year old daughter. Charlotte inspires her to see the world through new eyes and explore places like the Boston Children’s Museum and the Eric Carle Museum. However, there is one way in which Ms. Pitt is woefully unprepared for the Experimentory this summer: having grown up in Quebec – where Elementary school spans K-6 and High School covers grades 7-11 – she has technically never been a middle school student!

Jill Schaffer, Director

Jill SchafferMs. Schaffer was drawn to the field of computer science by a love of problem-solving, logical thinking, and knowing “how things work.” One of her main research interests is human-computer interaction (HCI). Ms. Schaffer came to The Experimentory after working in the “tech world” on the West Coast and in admissions at Cornell University. Ms. Schaffer loves helping her students realize their potential, as well as encouraging them to pursue engineering and other hi-tech fields. Ms. Schaffer has many creative outlets: playing the violin, programming computer software, solving puzzle games, and watching science fiction dramas–Firefly and Battlestar Galactica are among her favorites. The light of her life is her life is her daughter Julia, with her husband and cat a close second and third.

Christine O’Neil, Staff Nurse

Christine O'NeilMrs. O’Neil has been a staff nurse at Deerfield Academy since 2007 where, among other things, she manages the Travel Medicine Clinic.  She lives in Deerfield with her husband and 3 children.  In her spare time she enjoys running.

Caryn Gardner, Assistant Director of Nursing

Caryn GardnerMrs. Gardner is the Assistant Director of Nursing at Deerfield Academy where she has worked for 14 years. She lives in Deerfield with her husband, two children and two dogs. She can be found frequently walking her dogs around the fields and by the river. When not working at the school, she can be found attending sporting and other activities of her kids.