B.A. Middlebury College
M.Ed. Harvard University
Kristin Ryan holds a Master’s in Education in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University and has been a part of the Dana Hall community since 2000. In her role as Dean of Students, Kristin leads the Student Affairs department at Dana Hall. Kristin has developed Dana Hall’s student leadership curriculum, which includes facilitating regular leadership workshops for 60 student leaders, and has presented on leadership education at a number of national conferences. As an on-campus faculty member, Kristin enjoys living alongside students and taking part in the various elements of boarding school life. “With training and support, I feel strongly that every girl has the ability to take on the challenges of high school with confidence and self-awareness. By focusing on each individual’s strengths and exposing participants to various leadership models, this program will leave each girl with a better understanding of herself, as well as her own aspirations for high school.”
Assistant Head of School
B.A. Cornell University
M.Ed. Harvard UniversityRob Mather has been at Dana Hall since 1992. He served for many years as Dana Hall’s Director of Studies and was a faculty member in the Social Studies Department
. Rob works closely with the Academic Dean and Department Heads’ Committee to help foster academic growth and curriculum development across the disciplines. In various roles during his tenure at the School, Rob has served as a teacher, coach, class advisor, and administrator. He lives on campus with his wife and two daughters. “Dana Hall is a special place, and I’m delighted we’re able to welcome participants from across the country to our beautiful campus. More importantly, though, I’m excited by the opportunity to engage them with the exceptional leadership curriculum the School has developed over the years.”
B.S. College of Engineering, Northeastern University
Sarah Jacobs is a Dana Hall Upper School science teacher. She teaches a freshman course in conceptual physics and a junior and senior course in algebra-based physics. In addition to being a classroom teacher, Sarah oversees students’ academic transition to Dana Hall as the Academic Class Dean for the 9th grade. In this role, she works closely with students as they acclimate to the culture and customs of Dana Hall.
"My favorite part of every year is the 9th grade class retreat,” says Jacobs. “Students are getting to know one another, while working on leadership challenges on a high ropes course. Like these 9th grade students, I am looking forward to working with the GSLP participants as they get to know their own strengths and challenge themselves to push beyond their comfort zone.” Sarah has also engaged in many diversity initiatives and professional development opportunities, including the Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE) Diversity Workshops, National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) People of Color Conference and Diversity Directions.
Sarah is the faculty advisor to Bridge (Dana's Gay-Straight Alliance). She has also served as the Educational Technology Facilitator for the Science Department, working with teachers and students to navigate the implementation of 21st-century skills in the classroom. Sarah has also coached a variety of sports at Dana Hall, including ice hockey, softball, field hockey, and personal fitness.
B.A. St. Lawrence University
M.S. Regis College (MA) Margie Bailey is the Shipley Center Program Coordinator at Dana Hall School. In addition to her duties in the Athletic Department, Margie is a faculty facilitator for 10th Grade Forum, co-leads the Peer Education Program, multi-season coach, and 8th Grade Advisor.
Before arriving at Dana Hall, Margie was a four-year Varsity Lacrosse starter at St. Lawrence University and was formerly the Assistant Lacrosse Coach at Regis College.
GUIDA MATTISON '98
Professional Mentor Coordinator
B.A. Union College
M.Ed. Boston College
Guida Mattison '98, worked at Dana Hall from 2003 -2014, and holds a Master's in Education Administration with a focus in secondary schools. Guida worked primarily in the area of Health and Wellness. In this role she developed health curriculum, organized programs and taught classes to grades 7-12. In addition, she has advised, coached and lived in the dormitories. Guida is a Dana Hall alumna, attending from seventh through 12th grade. "My time at Dana Hall has made me realize the benefits of single sex education and the environment it creates to support and encourage all girls. I am very excited to be a part of this program, which I feel is a great representation of all that the school stands for." Guida is currently a Middle School Health and Wellness teacher and Secondary School Placement Coordinator at Nashoba Brooks School in Concord, MA.