VOL.XIII ISSUE XLVII
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
As the summer unfolds I wanted to send along some news from Suffield. We are really looking forward to the 2017-2018 academic year.
Our Summer Academy has been a great success with students joining us from around the country and the world. Several Suffield faculty members and recent graduates have helped organize and lead the program. In the coming weeks various camps will be on campus.
As you know, extensive construction is ongoing as Brodie Hall nears completion and the renovation and expansion of Memorial Building is now underway. These major projects will finish our most recent campus master plan and further enhance our stunning campus. We are so grateful to the many parents, alumni, and friends who helped Suffield raise the necessary funds for these projects. You can track the construction progress of Brodie and Memorial on our webcams at web.suffieldacademy.org/webcam.
As we look to the fall we will again have an enrollment around 410 students. Nearly 1100 applicants interviewed for the 135 spaces filled. We will be joined by students from 23 states and 28 countries with 72 in the Class of 2021, 34 new sophomores, 15 new juniors, and 13 new students in our graduating class. Interestingly, 93 of our students are Suffield siblings or legacies. We have seven new faculty members and brief profiles of them are included below.
The most up-to-date materials related to the upcoming school year are on the Suffield website (suffieldacademy.org/studentforms). Please contact Kim Goodwin (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you need any help completing the various forms. Several additional pieces will be released in late August including the updated Student & Parent Handbook, academic schedules with textbook ordering information, and housing assignments for boarding students. You will also receive the summer issue of SUFFIELD magazine next month, focusing on several community events including the 2017 Commencement.
I want to thank everyone that helped us achieve our ambitious goals for the 2016-2017 Annual Fund. These resources supplement tuition and help make possible everything we do at Suffield. In addition to meeting our financial goals, the 84% parent and 41% alumni participation figures are symbolic of the wide support of the extended Suffield Academy community. Our sincere appreciation goes to all those who helped with this successful effort.
Next month I will share additional news about the upcoming school year. In the meantime, Hillary and I send best wishes from Suffield.
Brian Carroll is joining our Math Department. Since 2008 Brian has taught at Windsor Locks (CT) High school and for the past 20 years he has done individual and classroom instruction related to the SAT and ACT. Brian is a graduate of Penn State and earned his MBA at University of Texas. In addition to teaching math, Brian will live in Rockwell Hall with his wife and three children, and he will coach volleyball and basketball.
Matthew Fava will be Associate Director of College Counseling. Matthew earned his undergraduate degree at Connecticut College and a Master's in Curriculum and Instruction at Castleton University. He has worked at Vassar College, Holy Cross, Castleton University, and Connecticut College. He has extensive experience as a basketball coach and student mentor. In addition to his role in college counseling, Matthew will live on campus with his wife, be a dorm associate, and coach basketball and tennis.
Dr. Jim Fuller will be in our English Department. Jim taught in the Avon (CT) Public Schools for many years. From 2011 to 2014 he coordinated the Avon High School and Middle School English Departments, helping develop the curriculum and guide the faculty. Jim previously taught at the Academy for Young Writer's at St. Joseph College and at Charlotte Country Day school. He is a graduate of Hobart and William Smith (BA), University of Virginia (Master's in English Education), and University of Connecticut (Ph.D in Curriculum and Instruction). Jim's wife (Melinda) is in our Visual Arts Department and they live in Suffield.
Kareem Nulan will be Associate Director of College Counseling. Kareem is a graduate of Howard University and earned his MBA at University of Hartford. He worked in admissions at Trinity College and in college counseling at Gulliver Prep and MacDuffie School. He has also taught math and has done extensive work in social services. Kareem will live in Samii Dorm with his wife and son and will coach wrestling and tennis.
Adam Pistel '08 returned to Suffield this summer as Associate Director of Development. Adam is a graduate of George Washington University, where he captained the men's squash team. For the last four years he worked in financial trading sales and analytics at Bloomberg LP. He was also the head women's squash coach at Georgetown University. In addition to his work in development and alumni affairs, Adam will be a dorm associate and coach squash.
Jazzy Salehi '12 will be in our Languages Department as a Spanish teacher. Jazzy worked at Suffield last year in both the Academic Office and the Dean of Students Office. She had also worked for several years at our Summer Academy. Jazzy is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, where she is also currently pursuing her Master's in Education. She will be a dorm parent in Montgomery House and work with our yearbook staff.
Melina Lopez Touceda will join our Academic Support Program and teach Spanish. She has worked at Suffield High School since 2013 and coached field hockey at Suffield Academy. Melina has an extensive background in nutritional science. She is a graduate of University of Buenos Aires, where she earned both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees. Melina lives in Suffield with her husband and three children.