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
ESL/Latin

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

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

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

Debi Bender
B.F.A., Temple University
Pottery

Julia J. Booth
B.A., Hamilton College
Humanities

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

Esteban Cabrera-Duran
B.A., Swarthmore College
English

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

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

Marc Cibelli
B.A., Skidmore College
History

Jessica Cole
B.S., University of Delaware
Science

Timothy Corey
M.S., Thomas College
Science

Sara DeMarsilis
B.S., The George Washington University
Science

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

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

Yuna Hur*
B.S., Brown University
Mathematics

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

Sam Maher
B.A., Bates College
History

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
Psychology

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

Zachary Shemms
B.S., Southern Connecticut State University
Art

Amber Stango
M.A., University of Hartford
English

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

Stephen VanHoesen
B.S., Hobart College
Science

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

Parker Washburn*
B.A., Harvard University
Science

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

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

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 Jack

“My favorite class was Physical Science with Mr. Blaustein. He brought science to life in his classroom by planning excellent experiments that gave us great hands-on learning experiences. I wish I could have taken all of his classes – he was awesome!”