Faculty and staff transitions

New to the team

Carly Allard
Health and wellness

Carly arrives with a wealth of experience in health education, with a speciality in sexuality and relationship education. Most recently, she was at Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, leading workshops on communication for parents and caregivers, and facilitating peer education programs. She holds a B.A. from Connecticut College and a Master of Public Health degree from Boston University.

Carolyn Buonanno-Chase
Middle School academic support

Carolyn comes to Gordon after nineteen years teaching world history and Latin in Moses Brown’s middle school. Before that, she taught fifth to eighth grade in the Brookline, MA public school system. In recent years, she has focused on supporting students with a wide range of learning needs and styles. She earned her B.A. from Brown University and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Simmons College.

Emilia Carrillo
Spanish

Emilia brings to Gordon a rich background in Spanish and a clear vision of how technology can connect students’ classroom experience to the rest of the globe. She has taught in Belgium, Jordan, Ukraine, Uganda and the Czech Republic, earning a B.S. in industrial engineering in Colombia and a Master of Education degree in Barcelona. Most recently, she was the Head of World Languages for Pamoja Education,  a UK-based International Baccalaureate education platform.

Andrea Del Sesto
Lower School literacy specialist

Andrea joins Gordon with over twenty years of experience as a learning specialist. In private practice and at the Hamilton School at Wheeler, Andrea has helped students of all ages understand who they are as learners, how they learn best, and what to do when their learning is interrupted. Andrea has a B.A. in Elementary Education and a Master of Education in Special Education, and her doctoral research is on specialized literacy learning for students with language-based learning differences.

Rebecca Garfield
Fifth and sixth grade humanities

Until this summer, Rebecca has been the Dean of Fifth and Sixth Grades at the Hackley School in Tarrytown, NY. In that role, and in her work as a Spanish instructor, advisor, coach and community service coordinator, she developed a variety of curricula related to the social and emotional needs of young adolescents. Fluent in Spanish, she earned a master’s degree in International Relations in Spain, and a Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language in Chile

Noni Thomas López
Head of School

Noni started at Gordon in July, coming from Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York City, where she was Assistant Head of School for Teaching and Learning. She earned a B.A. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, an M.A. in Education Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University, and an Ed.D in Educational and Organizational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Ana Weiner
Spanish

Ana Weiner comes to Gordon after teaching fifth grade at Moses Brown for eighteen years, where she was also the co-chair of the lower school diversity committee. She established a student-led human rights celebration and introduced non-violence training in collaboration with the Institute for the Study and Practice of Non-Violence. Before teaching at Moses Brown, Ana taught ESL at Varieur Elementary School in Pawtucket. She earned her B.S. in Education from the University of South Florida.

Familiar faces in new places

The school’s administrative leadership has shifted some of their responsibilities. Maryanne Pieri will be Early Childhood
Director as well as Lower School Director, and Lynn Bowman will transition from Middle School Director to Assistant Head.

A number of faculty and staff have stepped up to join the
administrative team, as well. Eighth grade humanities teacher Gabe Burnstein will be the new Middle School Director and health and wellness teacher Veronica Jutras will be Gordon’s new Admission Director. Gordon Fund Director Paola Martinez will take on the responsibilities of Gordon’s Development Director on an interim basis..

Kim Mongeon will serve as Assistant to the Assistant Head, while continuing her work as Middle School Asssistant.

In the music department, Bridget Baird will lead the work with Gordon’s youngest students, serving Nursery to third grade, and Susan Hodgin will take charge of fourth to eighth grade.

A similar shift will happen in science, with Jacqui Ketner
leading Early Childhood and Lower School science and Kathy Eller teaching fifth and sixth grade.

Librarian Frances Martindale is expanding her work, teaching library to Nursery through fifth grade.

In Early Childhood, Nick Terry will move from the Preschool classroom to become the new Young Kindergarten teacher, and
Heather Motta will serve as an assistant teacher in Preschool this year.

Caroline Walsh will take on a leadership role this year as Middle School academic support coordinator.

Tom Cicatiello is now Gordon’s Chief Financial Officer, and Carmen Garcia is Controller, changes in title that reflect how their roles have grown since they began at Gordon.