Mr. Ozzie Parente
A graduate of the Hopkins School, Ozzie earned a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology and biochemistry from Wesleyan University. Ozzie was a four-year letter winner and captain of the varsity soccer team in college. During both his junior and senior years, he earned Academic All-NESCAC honors as well as Second Team Academic All-American honors. He also served as a physics teaching assistant in college. Prior to coming to Taft in 2009, Ozzie worked on two separate research projects at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. At Yale, he participated in a research project to investigate the biomarkers of dietary calcium insufficiency in inner city infants. At Massachusetts General Hospital, he worked with a team to investigate the diagnostic capability of various antibodies present in blood samples from patients who were suffering from several types of kidney disease. Ozzie has served as the dean of students at Taft Summer School, where he also has taught chemistry and algebra. In May 2014, Ozzie completed a master's degree in science education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Currently, Ozzie serves as the Dean of the Upper Middle Class and teaches chemistry. He is the boys' varsity soccer coach and has coached basketball, softball, and track and field at Taft. Ozzie currently does dormitory duty in ISP Dormitory and lives on campus with this wife, Lisa, and their daughter Penny.