Welcome New Faculty and Staff!

Gilman is excited to welcome an talented group of new faculty and staff to Gilman starting in the 2021-2022 school year. Read on to learn more.

Pre-K through 12 Support

Christina Kim: Christina fills a new position this year as Director of Wellness and Support. She has two master's degrees from Columbia University: a Master of Education in Organization & Leadership from the Teacher’s College and a Master of Science in Social Work from the School of Social Work. Additionally, Christina has a third Master's Degree in Education from Bank Street College of Education in coordination with the School of Social Work from Columbia University. Her undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Science, is from New York University Steinhart School of Education. Last year, Christina worked at The Park School of Baltimore as a school counselor and prior to that position spent time on the west coast as Director of Student Life at The Willows Community School in Culver City, California. Christina’s sons, Calen and Joshua, will join our fifth grade this school year.

Joe Valentine-White ’07: Joe joins Gilman as the Assistant Director of Community, Inclusion, and Equity. Recently, he was Assistant Principal at Brooke High School in Boston. Prior to that position, he worked at KIPP Nashville Collegiate High School as Dean of Students, MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas as an English teacher. Joe began his career in education as a Teach For America Corps Member at Polytechnic High School in Fort Worth, Texas. In addition to being a Gilman alumnus, Class of 2007, Joe received his Bachelor of Arts in English from Kenyon College and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Michigan. 
 

Teaching Fellows

Devina Bhalla, Upper School Cooper Fellow: As one of our new Penn Fellows this year, Devina joins us after graduating from Tufts University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Sociology. While at Tufts, she worked at the Worcester Business Journal and Tufts University Daily Newspaper. Devina’s passion for writing drove her to publish her own manuscript, Shelves of Art and the People Between. She will teach tenth grade English and coach water polo and swimming. 

Tamara Palms, Lower School Callard Fellow: Tamara is joining us as the inaugural Lower School Penn Fellow. She will work with Katie Thomas in fifth grade and coach indoor track and junior varsity baseball. Tamara graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial and Labor Relations. She has previous work experience with Cornell Upward Bound as an Operations Associate and as a Cornell Votes Fellow.

Alexis Trott, Lower School Foreman Fellow: Alexis was one of our facilitators in the Middle School during the 2020-2021 school year. She is a graduate of the University of Albany, State University of New York with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Psychology. While in college, she enjoyed her experiences working at the Boys and Girls Club in Schenectady, New York as a Site Assistant. Alexis is currently working on a master's degree in Professional Studies at Towson University with a graduation date of December 2021. In addition to teaching Lower School physical education, Alexis will coach Middle and Upper School track.  

Samuel Cheney, Tickner Writing Fellow: Sam will serve as Gilman’s Tickner Writing Fellow for the next two years. He received a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins University and attended Pomona College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Media Studies. His curriculum vitae lists multiple awards and honors for his writing with two recent distinctions as the Pushcart Prize winner in 2019 and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Work-Study Scholar. Sam’s most recent publications include And Are We Yet Alive and I’ll Wave from Wherever I Am in The American Journal of Poetry, July 2019.

 

Lower School Faculty

Callie Colgan: Callie is transitioning to our pre-kindergarten program as a homeroom teacher after being a classroom facilitator in the Lower School during the 2020-2021 school year. Before coming to Gilman, Callie opened and was the lead preschool teacher at The Highlandtown Preschool. Prior to that, she had a variety of early elementary teaching experience in Baltimore at Irvine Nature Center and Friends of Patterson Park. She is a graduate of Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and is currently working toward earning a Master of Arts in Teaching at Towson University. Her son, Otto, will be a new Greyhound in second grade this fall. 

Laura Couch: Laura will teach part-time music in the Lower School. She is a graduate of Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia with a Master of Music in Voice Performance. Prior to that she attended Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts where she earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. Laura has previous experience working as a music and theater teacher for Harmonia School of Music & Art in Vienna, Virginia and as a cantor at the Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church in Rockville, Maryland. Currently, Laura performs in local and national operas as a mezzo-soprano.

Linda Fussell: As the new Head of Lower School, Linda joins us after having most recently been the Head of Lower School at the Dwight School Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Prior to that role she was the Associate Director of Preschool and Kindergarten at the Dwight School in New York City, where she also spent time as an early elementary teacher. Linda has additional experience working internationally in Zimbabwe, Switzerland, and Guatemala. She is a graduate of Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Multinational Business and a Master of Science in Early Childhood Education.

LJ Shapiro ’16: As a Gilman graduate of the class of 2016 and after spending last school year working in the Lower School as a facilitator, LJ returns this fall as a fourth grade homeroom teacher. Additionally, he has been involved in education as a senior staff member at Camp Skylemar in Naples, Maine, a junior board member at KIPP Ujima School Baltimore, and served as a Diller Fellow participating in youth international leadership programs. LJ is a graduate of Bucknell University where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Education.  

Ella Snow: As the newest member of the Design & Woodworking program at Gilman, Ella will teach woodshop to boys in grades K-5. Ella brings multiple experiences to her teaching across a variety of fabrication materials, such as wood, metal, and recyclables. In addition, she is an accomplished sculptor herself using the sculpture methods listed above as well as multiple casting methods. She is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) where she received a Master of Fine Arts at the Rinehart School of Sculpture. From East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture.  

 

Middle School Faculty

Selma Berrehouma: Joining the Modern Language Department, Selma will teach French and coach water polo and swimming. She is a graduate of Institut National d’Education Physique et Sportive in Kassar Said, Tunisia where she received a Bachelor of Science. Additionally, she earned a Diplôme D’Etudes Approfondies (Diploma of Advanced Study) at Faculté des Sciences et du Sport in Strasbourg, France. She most recently worked at The New School of Northern Virginia with prior experiences at Georgetown Day School and the Edmund Burke School teaching middle and high school French.

Laura Braly: Laura joins the Middle School Science Department this year after teaching at Dulaney High School in Baltimore County. She taught Biology, Health, Earth Science, Earth Systems Science, Astronomy, and Physics while engaging the community by supporting equity and inclusion efforts through the Genders and Sexuality Alliance and student theatrical productions. Laura is a graduate of Towson University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology Education.

Megan Brenner: Megan will teach seventh grade Life Science in the Middle School and coach three seasons of sixth grade athletics. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Rowan University. Megan previously worked as an Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) Fellow at the National Institute on Drug Abuse biomedical research program and as an undergraduate research assistant at Rowan University. In both positions, she was studying the brain as it pertains to learning and addiction. 

Christopher Childers: Chris will teach Latin and coach squash and tennis. He has previous teaching experience at St. Andrew’s School in Delaware and in the Writing Seminars program at Johns Hopkins University. Both of these experiences lead him to his most recent position as a curriculum designer and publisher at The Paideia Institute. He is also the editor and translator of the Penguin Book of Greek and Latin Lyric Verse, forthcoming from Penguin Classics probably around the end of 2022. Chris received a Bachelor of Arts in Classics from the University of Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a Master in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins University. 

Alex Foertsch ’13: After spending the 2020-2021 school year as a facilitator in the Science Department, Alex will join the Middle School to teach sixth grade math and eighth grade science. In addition to being a Gilman graduate of the class of 2013, he received a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Towson University. He has coaching experience as a basketball coach at Hereford High School as well as coaching long snappers in football. In addition to teaching, Alex will coach football and basketball in the Middle School. 

Nikki Garcia: Nikki comes to Gilman after attending The Johns Hopkins University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in French. Her experiences as a Youth Education Specialist with CASA de Maryland, a teaching fellow with Practice Makes Perfect, and a Principal’s Intern at Liberty Elementary School drove her interest in teaching. She will teach Spanish and coach three seasons in the sixth grade athletic program. 

Nick Johnson ’15: A member of Gilman’s Class of 2015, Nick will teach Spanish, coach swimming, and coach in the sixth grade athletic program. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Global Literary Theory from Davidson College and a Masters of Philosophy in Comparative Literature from Trinity College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland. He has worked as an editorial intern for Bellevue Literary Press and as a reader for The Paris Review in New York City, and was Editor-in-Chief of the Davidson literary magazine, Hobart Park. Nick returns to Gilman from his role as a facilitator in the Middle School Language Arts department during the 2020-2021 school year. 

Eileen Kim: After teaching for a number of years at The Albany Academy for Girls and The Albany Academies as a librarian, Latin teacher, and a reading and library skills instructor, Eileen joins the Social Studies department to teach sixth grade Geography. Her doctorate degree (PhD) in Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto was preceded by a Master of Arts degree in Medieval Studies from the same university and a Master of Arts degree from the University of York in Late Medieval Studies. Her Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature was conferred by Smith College. In addition to teaching, Eileen will also coach soccer and coach in the sixth grade athletic program. 

Josh Maxwell: Josh will teach sixth grade Language Arts and coach intramural sports. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Arts in English Specializing Media Studies and a minor in General Business. His past experiences entail teaching sixth and seventh grade English at the William Hall Academy and as a tutor at VIPKID, a program for ESL students. 

Mark Welch: Having worked recently at Mercer Museum and Library at the Bucks County Historical Society as a digitization intern and library and archivist assistant, Mark will join the Middle School as the assistant librarian in The Walter Lord Library. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History, a Minor in Photography from Loyola University Maryland, and a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree from The Catholic University of America. 

 

Upper School Faculty

Eric Coles: Eric will teach tenth and eleventh grade English and coach freshmen/sophomore soccer and indoor track. With a Bachelor of Arts in Writing and English Literature from Loyola College in Maryland, Eric joins us most recently from Mercy High School where he taught Upper School English and was a member of the Academic Diversity Leadership Team. Prior to that teaching position, he taught in the Anne Arundel County Public Schools and at The Field School in Washington, D.C. 

Christine DiMenna: Christine will teach Physics and an Engineering senior elective and coach junior varsity/varsity water polo and swimming. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Physics with minors in Music and Mathematics from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Science Education in Physics from Johns Hopkins University. Most recently, she taught Physics at Notre Dame Preparatory School (NDPS) and a dual enrollment college-level Physics course for two years with NDPS and Notre Dame University.  

Suzanne Finnerty: Suzanne will teach tenth grade history, Making Modern Europe, Art History, and coach freshmen/sophomore soccer and lacrosse in the Upper School. She is a graduate of Hamilton College with a Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Art History and Government. In Baltimore, she was selected for Teach for America and taught secondary social studies at Digital Harbor High School in Baltimore. She just completed her Masters of Science in Education with a focus in Policy Leadership at The Johns Hopkins University School of Education. 

Shar Hampton: Shar will teach tenth grade history, Making Modern Europe, a senior elective, African American History, and coach track. She has worked at the Asheville School in Asheville, North Carolina teaching European Studies, being a dorm parent, and serving as the Assistant to the Dean of Students and Residential Life. Most recently, she was an Auxiliary-Administrative Assistant at the Greene Towne Montessori School. Shar holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Spelman College in Atlanta. 

Erin Haney: Erin will teach Latin I, Latin II, and coach in the Upper School intramural program. In addition, she will be involved in the Greyhound TV network that telecasts games. After completing a Bachelor in Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies from Pennsylvania State University-Schreyer Honors College University Park, Erin completed a Masters of Arts in Teaching in Latin with a teaching certification from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Michigan. She completed her student teaching in Dearborn, Michigan where she taught Latin I and Latin II. In support of her classical studies, she has traveled extensively to Israel, Italy, and Greece. 

Tony Incontrera: With a Bachelor of Arts in History from Salisbury University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Towson University, Tony will teach the ninth grade World Cultures class. After spending the 2021 season as an assistant coach on the varsity lacrosse team, he has spent time this summer working with players as the newly appointed varsity head lacrosse coach. Prior to coming to Gilman, he taught at Marriotts Ridge High School in Marriottsville, Maryland and Murray Hill Middle School in Laurel, Maryland. Tony has two sons, Connor and Henry, who will join our Lower School in pre-kindergarten and first grade, respectively. 

Tony Lott: Tony joins the Enrollment Team as Associate Director of Secondary School Admissions. In addition, he will teach one mathematics class in the Upper School and coach Middle School football. Tony recently completed his Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. He also participated in UCLA’s Anderson School of Management for three years as an assistant. Prior to that, he attended Northeastern University’s D'Amore-McKim School of Business and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Marketing. He was also a member of the football team which he captained his senior year. His previous work experience includes teaching at St. Peters School in Philadelphia, McDonogh School, and in the Baltimore County Public School System. 

Steve Ruark ’96: A Gilman alumnus with the class of 1996, Steve has spent most of his career as a photographer for local organizations such as The Baltimore Sun and The Associated Press. Last year, he taught photography in the Upper School while continuing with his independent photography work with local and national news outlets. Steve received a Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University with a photojournalism major and a geography minor. He will continue to teach photography part-time in Upper School. 

Camila Ines Vásquez: Camila will teach pre-calculus, calculus, and assist with the debate team. While completing a Master of Science in Mathematics from the University of Washington, Camila was a teaching assistant for Calculus and Algebra courses. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Mills College in Oakland, California and during that time she worked as a high school speech and debate coach at Palo Alto High School in California. Additionally, she spent time as a summer camp counselor at the Mountain Camp Woodside in Portola, California. 

Evan Waters: Evan will teach Latin and Greek in the Upper School and coach tennis. He taught Latin and Greek at Tandem Friends School in Charlottesville, Virginia before teaching at the college level at George Mason University and Catholic University of America. He received a Bachelor of Arts in History and Classics from the University of Pittsburgh and then pursued a Master of Arts in Classics at Florida State University. Evan is completing his PhD in Classics at the University of Virginia. 

 

Athletics

Amy Nichols: Amy is the new Administrative Assistant in the Athletics Department. She has educational experience as a fourth grade teacher at Our Lady Queen of Peace Elementary School in Baltimore and working as the Assistant to Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Residential Life at Garrison Forest School. She most recently was the Store Manager/Assistant to Floral Design Team at Simply Beautiful Flowers and Gifts. This past year she became acquainted with Gilman as she assisted the College Counseling Office with Advanced Placement testing and administration. Amy has a Bachelor of Science in Development and Community Engagement from Temple University and a Master of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from Loyola College. 


 

Bridges

Sydney Michener: Sydney joins the Bridges at Gilman team as the High School Program, Associate Director. (Her primary office location is at the “B-Loft,” the Bridges after-school space at Belvedere Square.) She worked most recently for the Howard County Public School System in the Black Student Achievement Program (BSAP) at Centennial and River Hill High Schools. In this role, she worked with black students and their families as the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Liaison and the Black Student Union Sponsor. She has additional experience as a Workshop Facilitator and Program Staff Member at Maryland Leadership Workshops. This program provides mentors for middle and schools to develop leadership skills. Sydney has a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Community Engagement from Temple University College of Education in Philadelphia.


 

Buildings & Grounds / Security

Seth Sabine: Seth joins the Buildings & Grounds team as Chief Building Engineer from his most recent position as the Eastern Regional Technical Manager & Chief Engineer at Hines Interests LP/Morgan Stanley in Houston, Texas. His responsibilities there included maintaining company assets and infrastructure. Previous to this position, he held similar roles at several Maryland facilities, such as Assistant Chief Engineer at SNB Partners LP/Sheraton Baltimore North in Towson. Seth has a Bachelor of Arts in History & Political Science from Randolph-Macon College. 

Brittany Spencer: Brittany joined us midyear as the front desk Receptionist at the main entrance to Carey Hall. She worked as a Chiropractic Assistant at Maryland HealthCare Clinics and White Marsh Health and Wellness where she assisted doctors in the treatment of patients and managed office logistics. She currently holds a Chiropractic Assistant License through the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Brittany is also a sibling of Damon Spencer, one of our veteran Security Officers.   

 

Marketing & Communications

Lauren Rauseo: Lauren is joining our Marketing & Communications team as the Communications Manager. She is the owner of and designer at LBK Designs and supported us in this capacity as a freelance contractor for the last four years. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication with a Business/Marketing Certificate from Towson University and a Masters of Arts in Publication Design from the University of Baltimore. 
 

School Store

Ashley Webber: Ashley is returning to her career roots to serve as the Manager of the Gilman School Store. She joins us from The St. Paul’s Schools, where she had managed the school store since 1999. Before moving to St. Paul’s, Ashley gained experience as the Assistant Manager of our store. She attended Towson State University and has a degree in Business from Essex Community College.  

Karen Schuster: Karen also returns to the Gilman School Store and will work as Assistant Manager, a position she held from 2005-2013. Karen left Gilman to become the manager of the bookstore at Garrison Forest School and has since managed stores at St. Paul’s School for Girls and The Park School. Karen, who is also a past parent at Gilman, has a B.A. in Political Science from Emory University and a J.D. from Mercer University’s Walker F. George School of Law.