Meet New Faculty for 2022-2023 School Year
Great teachers make great schools. We would not "Be Gilman" without the men and women who teach, advise, coach, mentor, cajole, comfort, and celebrate our boys.
Elise Altschuler, Fifth-Grade Homeroom Teacher
A graduate of Kenyon College where she received a bachelor of arts in psychology, Elise most recently worked at The Park School of Baltimore as the Lower School literacy department chair and fourth and fifth grade homeroom teacher. Outside of the classroom, she was the Middle School tennis coach and faculty sponsor of the Lower School running club. Prior to her time at Park, she refined her teaching skills by working as a first and third grade associate teacher at Greenwich Academy in Greenwich, Connecticut. In addition to her degree from Kenyon, Elise earned a master of education from Bank Street College of Education and has a childhood education certificate from the State of New York. Elise enjoys camping, backpacking, and listening to bluegrass music.
Diane Baird, Resource and Early Childhood Teacher (Part-time)
Diane has been a familiar face in the Lower School for the past few years as a short- and long-term substitute teacher. Starting this school year, she is excited to take on the role of resource and early childhood teacher. Diane taught early elementary school at Good Shepherd School and St. David's Day School. She has previous experience as the director of the after school programs at School of the Cathedral and Gilman. She is a graduate of Towson University with a bachelor of science in psychology and holds a Maryland State Department of Education certification in early childhood education.
Maya Belin, Math
Maya joins us as a full-time teacher this year after teaching math in grades 3-5 last year. She earned a bachelor of arts in early elementary education with a minor in mathematics and received a master of education in athletic program leadership and administration from Goucher College. While there, she played varsity field hockey and competed in varsity indoor track and field and varsity outdoor track and field. Additionally, Maya was a graduate assistant with the field hockey program and founded her own field hockey camp.
Nicholas Corasaniti, Part-Time Music
Nicholas has spent the last eleven years of his career abroad, mostly in Asia, teaching, writing, and developing the Kodály Method for use in a Mandarin context. He also previously worked at the Tianjin Juilliard School, serving as the inaugural director of pre-college admission. Nicholas received a bachelor of music education from Shepherd University and a master of literature in Chinese philology from Fudan University, in Shanghai. He is currently studying for a master of music education at Boston University with completion expected in June 2023. Nicholas also enjoys photography and is working on several books.
Alli Jordan, Third-Grade Homeroom Teacher
With a bachelor of science in elementary education from the University of Tampa and a master of education with a STEM focus from the University of Maryland, Alli joins our third grade team. She worked most recently at Hiseville Elementary School in Kentucky as the math interventionist, and third and fourth grade educator. Before then, she worked at Linthicum Elementary School as a third and fifth grade educator and Lanier Elementary School in Tampa, Florida as a fifth grade teacher. In addition to her master's degree, Alli holds a Kentucky professional educators certification in elementary education in primary-grade 5 and ESL certification in grades k-12. She also holds a Maryland advanced educators certificate in elementary education for grades 1-6 and ESOL for grades k-12. In her free time, Alli loves traveling with her husband, especially to Disney, and playing with their two dogs. She also enjoys going to the gym and cheering on Baltimore sports teams! Go O's!
Eve Purpura, Math Resource Specialist
Eve is a graduate of Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor of arts in communications and publications and is currently studying in the master of educational leadership program at York College of Pennsylvania with an anticipated graduation this spring. She joins our community as the Lower School math specialist. She is very familiar with Gilman as she worked as site director for Middle Grades Partnership with Donell Thompson for the past six years. Most recently, she worked as a mathematics specialist and interventionist for Baltimore City Public Schools at Southwest Charter School. On the weekend, Ms. Purpura enjoys a cup of coffee while completing a crossword puzzle, or teaching her son how to play chess. She really looks forward to spending time in nature, on the water, and exploring new places with her friends and family which includes her two pups, Kermit and Reuben.
Ashley Yuen, First-Grade Homeroom Teacher
After teaching first grade for four years at St. Stephen School, Ashley is joining our first grade team. She holds a bachelor of science in early childhood education from Winthrop University and a master of education in teaching from the University of South Carolina. Her past experiences include teaching for VIPKID as an online ESL English teacher for grades pre-k–6 and first and second grade at the Chinese Culture and Education Center at China-Hebei Province Schools. Additionally, Ashley taught for five years in the Richland School District as a kindergarten teacher. She started her career working in the technology department at Winthrop University as a lab technician and assistant to the director of information. In addition to teaching, Ashley makes candles. She owns a candle company, which is inspired by education, and part of the proceeds go towards teacher grants. Ashley loves the beach, music, and playing with her rabbit, Nilla. She and her husband, Matt, are expecting their first child in October.
Jessica Nelson, Modern Language Department Coordinator
When Kip Digges went on sabbatical in January 2022, we were fortunate to lure Jessica back to Gilman as a long-term Spanish substitute. She taught at Gilman for ten years before she decided to change professions and become a financial consultant, ultimately opening her own business. Jessica holds a master of arts in teaching with a concentration in school administration from Notre Dame of Maryland University and a bachelor of arts from The University of Maryland Baltimore County with a major in linguistics and Spanish.
Reid Rando, Language Arts
Reid returns to Gilman this year after spending time in the Middle School as a long-term substitute last spring. He is a graduate of Doane University where he earned his bachelor of arts in history and played football, earning two-time all-conference honors, and was team captain his junior and senior years. His passion for football continued as he coached football at MMU and Doane University before moving to Baltimore. His desire to teach at Gilman began when he started coaching the varsity football and varsity indoor and outdoor track teams. In addition to his degree, he holds multiple certifications in coaching football and physical fitness.
Jaakirah Reid, Mathematics
Staying with us after completing her two-year Penn Fellowship, which earned her a master of education from the University of Pennsylvania, Jaakirah will continue with her teaching, coaching, and advising activities in the Middle School. She got her start in education by co-creating and acting as the program director at Young Scholars Charter School in Philadelphia and as a tutor at Waterville Junior High School. While at Colby College, where she graduated with a bachelor of science in educational studies and government and mathematics, Jaakirah was involved in the student government and worked as the director of operations for the varsity women's softball team.
Karina Baptista, Modern Language
While completing her doctor of philosophy in Spanish with a special focus on the literature and culture of Latin America at The University of Virginia (UVA), Karina was a graduate teaching assistant in Spanish and designed a curriculum for summer abroad trips for undergraduates. Before receiving her doctorate, Karina earned a master of arts in Spanish from Yale University, a master of arts in Hispanic studies from the University of Kentucky, and a bachelor of arts in Spanish from Saint Mary's College of California. Outside of her studies, she was a language support specialist at the School of Continuing Education at UVA and continues to be a translator. She speaks Spanish and Italian, and she has reading knowledge of French and Latin. In her free time, she likes to crochet and go hiking.
Adam Braverman, Mathematics
Adam first became interested in working with children at Kingswood Camp for Boys where he spent many years as a counselor and then became a co-director of CITs. Most recently, he taught seventh grade mathematics at Friends School of Baltimore. Prior to teaching at Friends, he taught Upper School mathematics and was residential faculty at Oxford Academy in Connecticut. He graduated from Tulane University with a bachelor of science in mathematics with minors in economics and classics.
Charles Gamper '06, Long-term Substitute in History Department
While veteran teacher Bill Gamper is hiking Mount Kilimanjaro, Charles, his nephew, will assume his teaching responsibilities. Charles, a Jefferson Scholar at the University of Virginia, graduated with a bachelor of arts with high distinction in political and social thought. Several years after college, he clerked or interned at several government agencies before receiving his juris doctor degree from the University of Virginia. With time spent working at Venable LLP and the U.S. Attorney's Office, Charles is excited to return to his alma mater to teach this fall.
William "Rusty" Kahl, Science Department
After starting his teaching career as an intern at Parkville Middle School and Eastern Vocational Technical High School, Rusty was the science department chair at Notre Dame Preparatory School where he taught a range of classes from AP physics to ecology and evolution. His interest in teaching science stemmed from his time as a project manager at ARCADIS U.S. in Millersville Maryland, a geologist for the Maryland Department of Environment, and a staff geologist for the URS Corp. Rusty is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College with a bachelor of arts in geosciences and a master in science in geosystems from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He holds a Maryland Department of Education education certificate in earth/space science and endorsements in physics and biology. Rusty runs and plays ultimate frisbee in his spare time and sometimes plays co-op online games with his son.
William Marbury '93, Mathematics
Will returns to his alma mater after extensive teaching experiences, most recently at The Friends School of Baltimore as an Upper School mathematics teacher, tenth grade assistant dean, baseball program coordinator, and varsity baseball coach. Prior to his time at Friends, Will taught mathematics and coached baseball at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School after serving as a school and community resource volunteer in the Peace Corps South Africa. Will started teaching and coaching at Sandy Springs Friends School. He has multiple experiences teaching and living overseas, including in Guatemala, Brazil, South Korea, South Africa, and Spain. Will studied mathematics and Spanish language and literature at Oberlin College before receiving his bachelor of arts in Spanish language and literature from The University of Maryland College Park. He earned a master of science degree in mathematics education from Towson University.
Colin Regan, Classics
A recent graduate of Oberlin College where he studied primarily Latin language and literature and anthropology with a minor in history, Colin studied abroad with the Apolline Project in Mirabella Eclano, Italy, completing an archaeological field study. At Oberlin, he played lacrosse for four years and made the NCAC academic honor roll in 2021 and 2022. During the summers he was an assistant coach at Burning River Lacrosse in Ohio and coached for the CT Chiefs Hockey program in Connecticut.
Michael Stamberg, Library Assistant
Michael received his bachelor of multidisciplinary studies with a concentration in philosophy and cultural anthropology from SUNY Stony Brook University and a master's degree in library and information science from CUNY Queens College. He worked previously at the New York Public Library on 53rd Street in Manhattan as a senior young adult librarian. Previous to that position, he was the young adult librarian at Bellmore Memorial Library in Bellemore, New York, and Queens Public Library in Far Rockaway, New York. Michael enjoys playing the drums and is an avid gardener. He is an accomplished long-distance runner having completed the ING NYC marathon in 2010 and 2021 and the Beast of Burden ultramarathon (50 miles!).
Nicole Yoder, English and Academic Support
Before joining us at Gilman, Nicole worked most recently as the Upper School learning specialist at Roland Park Country School. Previous to that experience, she was the senior academic coach and an adjunct professor at the Community College of Baltimore. Additionally, Nicole worked at Holy Angels Catholic School in Baltimore as an English teacher and Holabird STEM School as a reading and intervention instructor for sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. Nicole holds a master of arts in teaching from Towson University and a bachelor of arts in English from Mary Washington College. Nicole enjoys coaching both her daughters in basketball and soccer and is an avid sports fan. She is also excited to join Gilman's coaching staff this year helping out with basketball – a sport she loves to play, watch, and coach.
Aysia Brenner, Middle School Foreman Fellow, Social Studies
Aysia graduated with Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Beta Theta honors distinction from Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. In addition to majoring in history with a minor in art history, Aysia worked as an assistant for the first-year dorm and French House and also interned at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts during college. Most recently, Aysia worked as the English language teaching assistant with The Teaching Assistant Program in France.
Samuel Denious, Upper School Callard Penn Fellow, Modern Language
Sam joins us after most recently working as a program director at Harlem Lacrosse and Leadership in Harlem, New York. Additionally, he has spent several summers at Camp Pasquaney as a counselor in Hebron, New Hampshire. Sam is a graduate of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine where he majored in Hispanic studies and environmental studies. While in Maine, he spent a semester abroad at Universidad Complutense de Madrid and was a four-year player on the varsity lacrosse team.
William Jackson, Middle School Cooper Penn Fellow, Language Arts
William attended Anne Arundel Community College for several years after graduating from Arundel High School. Transferring from there, he earned a bachelor of arts in government and politics at The University of Maryland in College Park. He comes to us from The Severn School in Severna Park, Maryland where he was a sixth grade English and geography teacher. William was also the head coach for Severn's junior varsity football team.
Aaron Slutkin, '17, Callard Fellow, English
Aaron returns to Gilman after attending Duke University where he earned honors distinction in the bachelor of arts program. His major was in history and political science with a minor in Russian language and culture. During his junior year, he studied abroad at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, and then spent the spring semester as the communications director for the Franken for Iowa campaign. This past year he worked for the Hudson Institute Political Studies, the program where he was a fellow last summer, as a teaching assistant.