Introducing New Faculty and Staff
Introducing New Faculty and Staff

We are pleased to introduce new faculty and staff to the Gilman Community:

Upper School

Will Bartz '99, math teacher and head varsity basketball coach, returns to his alma mater after thirteen years at Indian Creek School in Crownsville, Md., where he served as a teacher, director of academic support, and head varsity basketball coach. Bartz recently completed a three-year term as faculty representative on Indian Creek's board of trustees. He led his Indian Creek team to six consecutive winning seasons and three MIAA "C" Conference championships. Bartz is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College.

Clare Brennan, French and Spanish teacher, begins her tenure at Gilman after four years at Notre Dame Preparatory School. While at NDP, Brennan helped lead the speech and debate programs and and a range of campus sustainability initiatives. Prior to her time at NDP, she taught language courses at Johns Hopkins, where she was a Gilman Fellow, and at The University of Virginia. Brennan earned her BA in French from Penn State and completed her MA in French Literature from UVA.

After over a decade in Gilman's Middle School social studies department, Owen Daly takes a new role as director of Upper School admissions. He will also teach a section of US history. Daly earned his AB in Politics from Princeton, where he was a two-time All-American in lacrosse and a member of Princeton's 2001 national championship team. He is a Baltimore native and graduate of McDonogh School.

Jay Gnanadoss, mathematics chair, comes to us from Blair Academy in NJ, where he taught math and served as makerspace coordinator. Prior to Blair, Gnanadoss was an instructor at Woodberry Forest School for nearly 30 years, coaching soccer and squash and serving as director of community service. In recent years, he has spent his summers teaching math and supervising a dorm at Phillips Academy Summer Session in Andover, Mass. Gnanadoss holds advanced degrees in Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Pittsburgh.

Sarah Lloyd, Callard and UPenn Fellow, is a recent graduate of Kenyon College, where she double majored in history and art history and was awarded the Charles and Elizabeth Battle Scholarship for achieving the highest GPA of any art history major at Kenyon. A two-time NCAA All-American and Academic All-American swimmer, Lloyd helped Kenyon win the 2015 NCAA Division III Swimming Championship. A graduate of Peddie School and native of New Jersey, she will teach history and coach swimming and water polo.

Ben Naka-Hasebe Kingsley joins us as the newest Tickner Fellow after three years on the faculty at the University of Miami, where he was a James A. Michener Fellow and taught English and creative writing. Ben is an accomplished poet, and his work has appeared in a range of publications, including Prairie Schooner and The American Journal of Poetry. He recently completed a residency at the VONA Artists of Color Workshop and has served as co-director of The United Minorities Council. Ben earned his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Miami and an MA in English from The University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Dean's Scholar.

Sarah Ross, director of college counseling, comes to Gilman from Kent School in Kent, Conn., where she served as Assistant Head of School for Enrollment and, prior to that role, was the Director of College Counseling. Beginning as a French teacher and holding various positions related to counseling, admissions, community relations, and multicultural affairs, Ross has worked in a variety of settings before Kent, including the Harvard Institute for International Development, Stanford University, and Trinity School in Menlo Park, Ca. A Boston native, Ross holds a BA in French Language and Civilization from Middlebury College and an MA in Counseling from Lesley College. She is a graduate of Noble and Greenough School.

Middle School

Alicia Allen, Spanish and French teacher, is a recent cum laude graduate of Boston University, where she majored in Spanish and Linguistics and completed a minor in French. While at BU, Allen completed study abroad programs at both Universidad Autonoma in Madrid and Universite Stendhal in Grenoble, France. A native of Baltimore, she graduated from Friends School of Baltimore, where she was named a National Hispanic Scholar.

Kate Chronister joins the Middle School as the librarian after a year working in the Upper School Library. Previously she worked at the Baltimore County Public Library, where she worked on the programming and outreach team and was involved in Harry Potter, Star Wars and Noon Year's Eve programs. Chronister has also volunteered at the York County Heritage Trust and the Baltimore Museum of Art. She received her B.A. in Art History from Goucher College and her M.I.L.S. from the Pratt Institute.

Ethan Faust, Cooper and UPenn Fellow, is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Davidson College, where he majored in English. A leader in campus life at Davidson, he served as sports editor of The Davidsonian, sang in the college choir, and was voted by his peers as vice-chair of Davidson's Honor Council. Faust taught English and served as a dorm parent and tennis coach at the Northfield Mount Hermon Summer Session. A native of Boston and graduate of Roxbury Latin School, Faust will teach language arts and coach a range of MS sports.

Mark Lemon comes us to from Holabird Middle School in Baltimore County, where he taught american history and world cultures. Prior to his tenure at Holabird, Lemon spent four years as head baseball coach at Wilmington Friends School. While there he was named the Delaware Independent Scholastic Conference Coach of the Year in 2010. He earned his BA in history from UMBC, where he captained the Retrievers' baseball team.

David Menard, elementary school director of Bridges at Gilman and science teacher, joins Gilman after two years as director of placement & graduate support at Waterside School, a PK-5 independent school in Stamford, Conn. that serves students from Stamford's most economically challenged communities. Prior to Waterside, Menard taught science and coached football and lacrosse at Fairfield Country Day. He earned his BS in Biology from Trinity College and was a REACH Prep Scholar at Avon Old Farms, a boys' boarding school in Avon, Conn.

Lower School

Kate Guyton, 1st grade homeroom teacher, has taught English and coached field hockey and lacrosse at a range of independent schools, including National Cathedral School, Sidwell Friends, Bryn Mawr School and Buckingham, Browne, and Nichols in Mass. She earned her MEd. from Harvard University and is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Maryland, where she won the Walter T. Shirley Scholarship for Excellence in English Language and Literature. A native of Baltimore, Guyton is a graduate of Bryn Mawr.

Jibri McLean '13, Foreman Fellow, returns to Gilman upon his graduation from Kenyon College, where he was president of the Kokosingers A Capella group, a starting receiver on the football team, and a member of the theater troupe. He recently played a lead role in Kenyon's production of A Free Man of Color. McLean will provide support for a range of Lower School programs and also coach football and track.

Becky Stevens, 3rd grade homeroom teacher, is an experienced educator who joins the faculty after tenures at area schools including Baltimore Southwest Charter School, where she taught 3rd and 4th grade, and St. Casimir Catholic School, where she served as a K-8 art teacher. Stevens holds a MAT from the College of Notre Dame and a BS in Architecture from Catholic University. She was a member of Catholic's varsity field hockey team.

Caroline Way, 2nd grade homeroom teacher, comes to us from Greens Farms Academy in Westport, Conn., where she taught Pre-K and Kindergarten. A magna cum laude graduate of Bucknell University, Way is working on an MS in Teacher Leadership from Quinnipiac University. She is an experienced dancer and has taught a range of styles, including tap, ballet, and jazz.

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