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George School Welcomes New Faculty and Staff

(Photo by Bruce Weller)

George School faculty and staff are brilliant, capable, committed, and engaging. Over 60 percent of faculty members have advanced degrees and almost 20 percent have been at George School for twenty years or more.

Here are some of the newest faculty members:

Ricardo Apostol is the new Latin teacher, dorm resident, and coach. Ricardo recently was an assistant professor of classics at Case Western Reserve University, teaching dozens of classes in Latin, Greek, history, literature, mythology, art, and civilization. He also taught at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens and has four seasons of excavation experience in Greece and Rome, including as supervisor of the study abroad program on Greek art and archaeology. Ricardo earned his BA and MA in Greek and Latin from Florida State University and his PhD in classical studies from the University of Michigan.

Martha Holland is a new faculty member of our Religions Department. Martha served as the paternity leave substitute for Michael LoStracco during spring term. Recently she served as the assistant head of school for academic affairs at Abington Friends School. Prior to that, she worked as the head of upper school at the Potomac School in McLean, Virginia, and in the same position at Greenhills School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Martha earned a BA from Mt. Holyoke College, a master’s degree in English from the University of Virginia, and a master’s degree in education from Harvard University.

Marcus Ingram is a new faculty member of our Religions Department. Most recently, Marcus has been working as an associate dean of admissions and director of diversity engagement at Wake Forest University. Previously, he taught theology and worked in institutional advancement at the University of the Free State in South Africa. He will also serve as the director of inclusion. Marcus has a BA in analytical finance and an MA of divinity from Wake Forest University, and a PhD in higher education from the University of Virginia.

Brendan Mahon is a new faculty member of our History Department. He has taught at Hunterdon Central Regional High School, which has allowed him to teach a wide spectrum of courses, including AP US History, Global Studies, World Geography, Freshmen Humanities, and Comparative World Studies. Brendan is an experienced coach for soccer, softball, lacrosse, and basketball, and as a former student at Westtown, also brings his shared commitment to Quaker values and practices. Brendan has a BA in history and an MA in social studies education from Rutgers University.

David Nolan is the new music teacher. David was the music teacher at Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Philadelphia, while also leading the Acapella Concert Choir at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fairview and directing summer youth camps at Linfield National Golf Club. He has previously worked as a music director and instructor and has performed with Chorale Arts Society of Philadelphia and the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir. David has a BS in music and psychology from Ursinus College, and an MM in choral conducting from Butler University.

Scott Seraydarian ’90 is the new teacher of Film Production and Advanced Film Production. Scott recently served as the sabbatical substitute for Film Production during Scott Hoskins’ leave. He is the owner and director of Lunch Productions, Inc., where he works with many well-known, long-standing partners on their film production projects. Scott has a BFA in film from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

Sara Shreve-Price is a new faculty member of the History Department. Previously, Sara worked as an English and history teacher at the Casady School in Oklahoma City. She also taught a variety of history and writing courses at the University of Iowa. She is excited about jumping in to all facets of life at George School, including residential life and coaching junior varsity volleyball. Sara has a BA in American studies from Mills College, a MA in historic preservation planning from Cornell University, and a PhD in American studies from the University of Iowa.

New staff members for the 2017–2018 school year include:

Rohan Arjun ’05 is the director of admission. Rohan worked at St. Mark’s School in Massachusetts, where he was associate director of admission and financial aid, and where he served previously as interim director of equity and community affairs. He also has experience with the boarding environment at St. Mark’s. Rohan is a graduate of Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania and has prior professional experience at Temple and at Taft School.

Kali Brink is the administrative assistant to the head of school and the associate head of school. She most recently worked as a legislative assistant to Pennsylvania State Representative Brian Sims and worked in his Philadelphia office. Previously, she served as executive assistant to the CEO of ESF and before that was executive assistant to the head of school and assistant clerk to the board of trustees at the Rivers School in Weston, Massachusetts. Kali has a BA from the University of Scranton and a JD from Roger Williams University School of Law.

Claire Criniti is the associate director of college counseling. Claire worked at Hobart and William Smith Colleges (HWS), where she has served in a variety of capacities, most recently as an associate director of admission (and reader of George School applications to HWS). While at HWS, Claire has coordinated and managed merit scholarship applications, led case studies programs at high schools, and served as a liaison to faculty and athletics departments. Claire graduated from William Smith College with a BA in sociology.

Renee Mayo ’93 is the leadership gifts officer for planned giving and will manage fundraising programs for foundations and the business community, including the EITC and OSTC programs. Previously, Renee worked in public Broadcasting at WETA in Washington, DC where she was a membership representative, an associate major gift officer, and the manager of foundations and government development. Renee received a BA from Barnard College and a JD from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University.

Jordan Pascucci is the director of enrollment management and strategic initiatives. Most recently Jordan served as director of institutional research and co-director of college counseling at Baldwin School. Prior to that, she worked in the Office of Admission at the University of Pennsylvania, first as assistant director of on-campus programs, then as a regional director of admission, and finally as associate dean for recruitment and yield. Jordan has a BA in political science from Temple University and American Studies and a MA degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Alicia Plaag is the director of advancement services. She is the primary steward for advancement data responsible for gift processing, acknowledgements, and data integrity and security. She will be a resource for data analysis and reporting. Alicia most recently worked with the Diocese of Trenton as a development associate and then as the associate director of educational advancement. In this role, Alicia managed the development systems and data for thirty-seven separate Catholic schools in the diocese. She received her BA from Elon University.

Holly Sparks is a new systems analyst/programmer in Information Technology Services. Holly worked for CheckPoint HR, which processes payroll and benefits for companies and for Molina Healthcare, a web portal for Medicaid claims. Previously she worked for AllianceBernstein focused on data warehouse and website projects. Holly has a BS from Drexel University.

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