WELCOME, NEW FACULTY AND STAFF
Several new faculty and staff members will bring their experiences and talent to the School as we start the 2011-12 academic year. Additionally, four current employees will be taking on new roles this year. We look forward to all of their contributions to MHS.
Mary Bazanchuk, Senior Assistant Director of Admission
Mary comes to MHS from Elms College, in Chicopee, Massachusetts, where she had been an Admissions Counselor since 2009. In that role, Mary was actively involved in student recruitment, participating in interviews and decisions on admissions, scholarship awards, and financial aid. She also directed the college’s Student Ambassador Program for Admissions. Mary holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from St. Michael’s College.
Gary P. Grosenbeck, Ceramics Teacher
Gary comes to MHS with experience as a potter and pottery instructor. Since 2002, he has been a production potter with Natural Elements Pottery in Cummington, Massachusetts, and he had previously owned his own studio. Gary earned an M.F.A. in Ceramics/Printmaking from the University of Minnesota and a B.F.A. in Ceramics/Painting from the State University of New York at Oswego. He also studied ceramics and art history at the Ealing College of Higher Education in London.
Grayson Palmer, Assistant Director of Admission
Grayson joins MHS as a 2011 graduate of Colby College, where she earned a B.A. in Sociology. At Colby, Grayson interned in the Admissions, Donor Relations, and Scheduling offices, was Senior Class President, and served in the Student Government Association. Additionally, she was a Colby Cares About Kids Mentor, mentoring at-risk elementary school students, and she studied abroad at Swarthmore College in Grenoble, France.
Jaime Peters, Electronic Communications Manager
Jaime comes to MHS from the world of politics, where she worked as a New Media Consultant, developing online communications and organizing strategies, including marketing, fundraising, and electronic communications. Previously, Jaime had been E-Communications Consultant with Make It Right, which is working to redevelop New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward, and she has also held positions with The White House Project and MoveOn.org. Jaime earned a B.A. in Political Science from Syracuse University.
Trish Shuart, Math Teacher
Trish joins MHS from Polk State College, in Winter Haven, Florida, where she had served since 2007 as Dean of Academic Affairs. Previously, she had been Associate Dean of Math & Science, Mathematics Academic Coordinator, and a Mathematics Professor at Polk State. Trish has also been serving as a Consultant and Developmental Mathematics Editor with the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education, in Marina, California. She holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Cornell University and an M.A. in Mathematics from Syracuse University.
Stefanie K. Whalen, Resident Teaching Assistant & Athletics Coach
Stefanie comes to MHS while working locally tutoring college, high school, and middle school students in science and mathematics. Stefanie also previously worked as a Mental Health Technician with Fletcher Allen Healthcare in Burlington, Vermont, while attending the University of Vermont’s Premedical Program. She also volunteered in the hospital’s Pediatric Unit. Stefanie earned a B.A. in Psychology from Hamilton College, where she was goaltender for the college’s women’s ice hockey team.
Nina Wojcik, Science Teacher
Nina joins the School from St. Joseph Central High School in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Previously, she had held IT programming and systems analyst positions with Berkshire Life Insurance Company, also in Pittsfield. Nina holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and earned a teaching certificate from Elms College.
Among those employees with new titles and responsibilities:
Alison Basdekis, Director of Horizons
Alison will oversee Horizons, the School’s experiential learning program, after most recently serving as the program’s Assistant Director. She joined MHS in 2009 as a Horizons Advisor and Athletics Coach, coming to the School from the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, in North Adams, Massachusetts, where she was Education Coordinator, and the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, also in North Adams, where she was the UNITY (United Neighboring Interdependent Trusted Youth) Program Associate. Alison holds a B.A. in Arts, History, and Studio Art from the University of Vermont.
Kim Boland ’94, Horizons Teacher, Coach & Class Advisor
Kim joins the MHS faculty after serving as Interim Director of Horizons for the 2010-11 school year. In her new role, Kim will continue serving as an athletics coach and will also advise sophomores. Previously, she worked eleven years in the School’s Admission Office, serving since 2003 as Director of Admission & Financial Aid. Kim holds a B.A. in Spanish and Public Relations from St. Michael’s College and an M.B.A. from the University of Massachusetts.
Fay Parker, Associate Director of Horizons
Fay moves to Horizons from the MHS Admission Office, where she had been Associate Director of Admission and Financial Aid. Fay joined the School in 2006, bringing deep administrative experience in independent schools, having worked both in admission and development offices. In her new role, she will work closely with Director of Horizons Alison Basdekis on initiatives involving the School’s signature program. Fay holds a B.A. in English from Bethany College.
Matthew R. Ward, Acting Athletic Director
Matt will direct the MHS Athletic Department after serving three years as a coach in the program. Matt joined MHS in 2008 as a JV basketball and JV softball coach and took on additional academic and athletics responsibilities in 2009, coaching varsity softball and volleyball and advising students in the Horizons program, the sophomore class, and the School’s Big/Little Sister Program. Matt holds a B.A. in Sociology from Union College and earned a Master of Sports Leadership from Northeastern University.