Summer Faculty

Faculty members at Taft are selected on the basis of their excellence in teaching, their commitment to young people, and their desire to instill enthusiasm for learning. The Summer School faculty is chosen primarily from Taft’s regular school-year faculty as well as from other independent and public schools.

Learn more about applying for a faculty position at Taft’s Summer School

Teaching Fellows

Each summer, Taft selects several outstanding college seniors and recent graduates who are interested in a career in education to assist the faculty. Fellows work in the classroom with a senior teacher, live in the dormitories, assist in the afternoon sports, and serve as advisors to Summer School students. They are an essential part of the Summer experience, and Summer School students often form lasting friendships with these young adults.

Learn more about applying for a fellowship

2019 Summer School Faculty

* Current or former Taft School faculty
** Taft graduate

Lucia Adami
B.A., Brown University
Video Production

Kathryn L. Albee
M.A., Tulane University; University of Maine

Kristin Antonucci
M.S., University of Florida; James Madison University
Director of Student Services

Thomas W. Antonucci*
M.A.T., University of New Hampshire

Nicolas Bell*
B.A., Brown University
Dean of Students

Debi Bender
B.F.A., Temple University

Julia J. Booth
B.A., Hamilton College

Kerry Bracco*
M.A., University of Pennsylvania; Dartmouth
Writer's Lab

Esteban Cabrera-Duran
B.A., Swarthmore College

Timothy Cary*
M.A., University of Connecticut; Fairfield University

Will Christoffersen
B.A., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Marc Cibelli
B.A., Skidmore College

Jessica Cole
B.S., University of Delaware

Timothy Corey
M.S., Thomas College

Sara DeMarsilis
B.S., The George Washington University

Amy Feda**
B.A., Hobert and William Smith Colleges

Theresa Hardcastle
M.A., Middlebury College; Kenyon College
Intern Coordinator

Yuna Hur*
B.S., Brown University

Catherine G. MacKenzie
B.A., St. Lawrence University

Sam Maher
B.A., Bates College

Katie McLaughlin**
B.A., Colby College
Director of Athletics

Landon Morin
B.A., Hamilton College
Director of Student Activities

Tess O'Brien
B.S., University of Vermont
Foreign Languages

Charissa Padgett
M.A., University of Connecticut; Loyola University

Donald Padgett*
M.S.T., Rutgers; University of New Hampshire

Zachary Shemms
B.S., Southern Connecticut State University

Amber Stango
M.A., University of Hartford

Khalid Tellis*
B.A., Middlebury College
English/Dorm Head

Stephen VanHoesen
B.S., Hobart College

Maria Serena Viale
M.A., Middlebury College; SUNY Binghamton

Parker Washburn*
B.A., Harvard University

Yee-Fun Yin*
M.F.A., Hartford Art School, University of Hartford; Yale

Benjamin Zucker**
B.S., John Hopkins University

2019 Summer Teaching Fellows

** Taft graduate

Allison E. Baal
Cornell University

Zac Ball
Hamilton College

Riley Brennan
Savannah College of Art and Design

Emily Ciancimino
Gettysburg College

Emily Drakeley**
Boston College

Tait Helgaas
Princeton University

Kelly Lucas
Trinity College

Olivia Ogden
Trinity College

Felicity Petruzzi**
Villanova University

Ryan Smith
Stonehill College

Jason Starita
The George Washington University

Meet Toffy

"Although I enjoyed all my classes, my favorite was “Introduction to Organic Farming”. Farming has been a subject I have been interested in the last two years, and when I saw the course I knew I had to do it. We got to go through the whole farming process firsthand - weeding, preparing beds, fertilization, planting, and harvesting. At the end of the course, we were able to eat the fruits of our labor. Witnessing the culmination of five weeks of work come to fruition was the most rewarding part. Also, watering the plants was so relaxing and serene, a perfect end to a long day."