Meet Gilman’s New Faculty

In addition to welcoming new students in all divisions we are pleased to introduce new faculty:

Upper School

Nick Bach, history teacher and head varsity football coach: Mr. Bach most recently served in both capacities at Mountain View High School near Atlanta, where in 2017 he was named Coach of the Year for Region 6-7 and also honored as Gwinnett County Coach of the Year. A former assistant coach at Johns Hopkins and the University of Buffalo, Mr. Bach played collegiate football at SUNY-Buffalo, earning a B.S. in health and wellness. He also earned his M.A.T. from Otterbein University with teaching certification in both social studies and physical education.

Nancy Jeffryes, math teacher: Ms. Jeffryes joins the math department after serving as a long-term substitute last spring. She previously taught at New Era Academy. A cum laude graduate of UMBC with degrees in mathematics and philosophy, she served for five years as a cryptologic analyst in the U.S. Air Force. In her spare time, she enjoys teaching yoga and owns and operates Balance Yoga and Fitness in Ellicott City. 

Mary Ellen Leuver, history teacher: Ms. Leuver brings a wealth of academic and professional experience to Gilman. She is currently completing her Ph.D. in history from Yale University, where she also earned an M.A. in the history of science and medicine and a B.A. in history and English. While working on her doctorate, she has served as an instructor at American University in Beirut as well as the University of Maryland. She worked as a teacher on the high school level at Severn School in Annapolis.

Jake Scott, Callard Penn Fellow: Mr. Scott recently graduated from Harvard with a concentration in English and a minor in government. In addition to his studies, he was a political cartoonist for The Harvard Crimson and an attackman on the lacrosse team. The Philadelphia native recently served as an English teaching intern at Choate Rosemary Hall Summer Session. At Gilman he will teach English, support the varsity football staff, and coach varsity lacrosse and intramural basketball.

Middle School

Natalie Cheung, Cooper Penn Fellow: Ms. Cheung is a recent graduate of Middlebury College, where she majored in environmental studies and biology and minored in Spanish. She was named a College Scholar, Middlebury’s highest recognition for academic achievement. She will teach science and coach MS track, tennis, and fitness & aerobics. A sprinter on the Middlebury varsity track & field team, the Philadelphia native holds school records in both the 4x100m and 200m and was twice named to the All-NESCAC Academic Team.  

Leah Clement, science teacher: Ms. Clement comes to Gilman from Mount Hebron High School. Prior to that, she taught middle and high school science at the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women in Baltimore City. She has extensive experience writing curriculum and teaches for Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth during the summer. Ms. Clement is also an accomplished middle distance runner, as she was a 2011 NCAA All-American (800m). In addition to teaching life science and introductory physical science, she will coach cross country, yoga and track. She earned a B.S. in biochemistry with a minor in philosophy from Wellesley College.

Ben Woodward, French: Mr. Woodward taught French and coached cross country and track at Stemmers Run Middle School prior to his arrival at Gilman. He also teaches online French and mentors aspiring teachers with K12 Online Schools. A summa cum laude graduate of Shippensburg University with a degree in French, he has also studied abroad at the Paris-Sorbonne University and earned his master’s in special education from Goucher College. The former Marine was meritoriously promoted to Lance Corporal before receiving his honorable discharge from the Corps. 

Not new to Gilman but in new roles in the Middle School are:

Adam Herb, who will teach sixth and seventh grade math, after 10 years as a fourth grade teacher in the Lower School. Prior to Gilman, he worked for Baltimore County Public Schools. Mr. Herb earned his B.A. in Criminology and a Master’s degree in K-8 education and instructional design from the University of Maryland. In addition to his teaching duties, he will coach volleyball, wrestling and lacrosse. 

Amy Summers will take on the new role as the Middle School counselor. Ms. Summers joined Gilman in 2003 as a French teacher. For the past eight years she served as director of MS admissions. She is also involved in diversity and gender issues. She holds an M.A. in French from Middlebury College and a Master of Education in school counseling from Loyola University in Maryland. She earned her B.A. in French with a concentration in education from Allegheny College. 

Lower School

Paola Albergate, Prep-One: Ms. Albergate has spent the past eight years on the faculty at Bolton Hill Nursery School, serving as both associate director and lead teacher. She holds a BFA in printmaking from MICA, where she has been a teaching assistant in the Printmaking and Book Arts department. Actively involved in Baltimore’s growing maker movement, Ms. Albergate helps lead MAKE TRIBE, an organization dedicated to enriching Baltimore’s creative community by leading pop-up workshops throughout the city.

Melissa Da, Lower School librarian: Melissa served as library media specialist at The Mount Washington School for the past twelve years. Prior to her tenure at MWS, she served as a children’s services librarian at Enoch Pratt Free Library. A graduate of Wesleyan University, with degrees in Anthropology and Dance, she earned her Master’s of Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh. 

Allison Hoffman, kindergarten: Ms. Hoffman comes to Gilman from Roland Park Country School, where she has been a member of both the Kindergarten and after-school teams for the past three years. She earned her BS in Early Childhood Education from Towson University and is currently pursuing an M.A. in reading education from Towson University. No stranger to Gilman, she was a long-term sub in the Lower School during the spring of 2016. 

Becca Stolzenbach, science: Becca served as STEM Chair at Cornerstone Christian Academy in Bowie, MD, where she was named Teacher of the Year in 2018. She has contributed to a range of national STEM projects and professional development initiatives, including the National Geographic Flying Classroom Program and Google Apps for Educators. She holds a B.S. in elementary education from the University of Valley Forge. 

Michelle Turner, 4th grade: Ms. Turner joins Gilman after fifteen years on the faculty at Indian Creek School, where she served as a lower school homeroom teacher, team leader for grades 1-3, and as a member of the school’s equity and inclusion office. A cum laude graduate of Mount Holyoke College with degrees in both Education and Psychology, she also holds an M.Ed. in educational administration from Harvard University.

Not new to Gilman but serving in new roles in the Lower School are:

Armond Lawson, assistant head: After 12 years as Middle School counselor, Mr. Lawson moves to the Lower School. Prior to Gilman, he served as a counslor at the Landon School in Bethesda and The Blake School in Minneapolis, and was the director of the middle school at Crossroads School in St. Louis. He also worked in admissions at Crossroads, as well as at Pepperdine University, from which he earned a B.A. in international studies. Mr. Lawson holds an M.Ed. in counseling from University of Missouri St. Louis and a certificate of organizational physchology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Greg Calhoun, Foreman Fellow: Greg was an assistant coach on the varsity football staff last year. A graduate of the University of Alabama-Birmingham, where he majored in history and was a starting offensive lineman for the Blazer football team, Greg brings significant teaching experience to Gilman, including tenures in the Alabama public schools as both a technology instructor and special education teacher. Prior to becoming a teacher and coach, Greg was a professional football player, enjoying stints in a number of indoor pro leagues. He is a native of Birmingham, Alabama.