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Head's E-letter Vol XIII issue XI

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Dear Parents,

I wanted to send along news from Suffield as we prepare for the 2013-2014 academic year. We are looking forward to seeing everyone on campus in just a few weeks.

Our enrollment will again be around 410, and students will come to Suffield from 18 states and 28 countries. We will also be joined by seven new faculty members (five teachers and two admissions officers), and brief profiles of our new colleagues are listed below.

As I mentioned in my last E-Letter, this year's school theme will center on the concept of identity. Our goal is to use a variety of vehicles to examine the factors and elements that shape a self-image. In addition to campus programs, we have several guest speakers scheduled to help us explore this theme. Walter Littlemoon, the author of our community text ("They Called Me Uncivilized"), will join us on September 30. Other speakers will include John Morello, Ted Williams, Sohaib and Arshe Sultan, Carl Wilkens, Franky Carillo, Karith Foster, and Jean Clervil. We will also have chapel presentations from faculty members and Suffield alums.

I am very pleased to write that construction of our new science facilities is moving along well. The building is gorgeous, and the ten new classroom-labs will provide ideal space for science study. This $6.3 million project was the second major step (after Hoffman College Counseling Center) in executing Suffield's 2011 Campus Master Plan. The third step is nearly complete as well—the creation of a perimeter road on the northern portion of campus. You can track progress of both of these construction projects on the school's webcam (

The new road will help prepare the way for a major expansion and renovation of Brewster Hall, which houses Suffield's dining facilities and student union. This is another important and ambitious project for our school, especially given the central role our community lunch plays in Suffield's culture. We are closely focused on this effort and I will communicate more news about our plans during the upcoming academic year.

The most up-to-date materials for registration week and beyond are on the Suffield website ( As we look to registration, we would like for all students (new and returning) to bring their laptop computers so we can ensure we have appropriate documentation for each machine. Jason Healy (Director of Technology) will email another reminder about this prior to registration.

We are excited to see everyone in a few weeks, and to formally welcome our new students and parents to the Suffield Academy community.


Charlie Cahn

Emily Conklin ’09 joins our Science Department and will teach Biology. Emily is a 2013 graduate of Wheaton College, where she double majored in Biology and French and minored in Psychology. In addition to her teaching, Emily will help with field hockey and girls’ tennis, and will be a dorm associate in Academy House. She will live in a Kulle House apartment.

Andrew DesBois joins our Science Department and will teach Chemistry. Andrew is a 2013 graduate of Middlebury College, where he majored in Biochemistry and minored in Economics and met his premedical requirements. Andrew is an alum of Belmont Hill School, where he served as varsity soccer captain. Andrew will coach track or cross country and help with stage crew, be a dorm associate in Roe Dormitory, and live in the faculty apartment building.

Andrew Dranginis is a new member of our English Department. For the past five years Andrew has taught English in Asia (in Singapore and Seoul). He is a graduate of Harvard University and Hotchkiss School, and he served as a teaching intern at Hotchkiss during the 2007-2008 academic year. Andrew has extensive experience with water polo, swimming, cycling, and rowing. He will coach girls’ and boys’ water polo and be a dorm parent in Fuller Hall.

Chelsea Kane ’09 joins our Performing Arts Department as a music teacher. Chelsea graduated from Providence College in 2013, and she helped with several music programs at schools in Burrillville and North Smithfield, Rhode Island during her years as an undergraduate student. Chelsea has also worked at the New England Music Camp and with the Junior Providence Singers. In addition to her teaching, Chelsea will help coordinate music specials. She will serve as a dorm associate in Academy House and live in a William Fuller House apartment.

Mandi Repoli joins our English Department. She taught at Stoneleigh-Burnham School during the 2012-2013 academic year, and she previously worked as an intern and student teacher at Windsor High School. Mandi earned her Bachelor’s in English and Master’s in Secondary Education at Quinnipiac University, and she is also a graduate of East Catholic High School in Manchester, Connecticut. She will coach volleyball and girls’ basketball and be a dorm parent in Kotchen Dormitory.

Steve Root ’06 is a new Assistant Director of Admissions. Steve is a 2010 graduate of University of Miami, where he majored in Psychology and minored in Communication Studies. For the past three years he has been in the United States Peace Corps in Kyrgyzstan, working on several projects including education about HIV/AIDS, Nutrition, Fitness, and Life Skills. He also worked for several years at the Summer Academy at Suffield. Steve will coach track or cross country and serve as a dorm parent in Spencer Hall.

Amy Samenuk ’09 is a new Assistant Director of Admissions. Amy is a 2013 graduate of John Carroll University, where she earned a Bachelor’s in Communications. Amy was heavily involved in campus life at John Carroll, serving as a board member of Chi Omega and a member of the field hockey team. She has interned at IMG and The Madison Square Garden Company, focusing on marketing, advertising, and ticket sales. She has also been involved in political activities in Ohio and Washington D.C. Amy will help coach girls’ lacrosse and will be a dorm associate in Rockwell Hall and Montgomery Street House. She will live in the faculty apartment building.

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