As the 2019-20 school year commences, 14 new faculty and staff members join the Dana Hall community. The new additions bring diverse backgrounds and talents that will benefit all aspects of the School.
Kieran Fitness is a new member of the Upper School Math Department. Educated in the United Kingdom with an undergraduate degree in mathematics and a graduate degree in education, Fitness has been teaching math since 2010. He was the mathematics department head at Harrogate Ladies College (UK), and most recently, taught at Saint Joseph Preparatory High School. Fitness is an avid photographer and a competitive trampoliner.
Lindsey Galvao is the Student Affairs Associate and will be teaching U.S. History. She will also be one of the 9th Grade Class Deans. Galvao has taught history at Rivers School and Newton Country Day School, and she has experience working in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and at Facing History and Ourselves. Galvao earned her undergraduate degree in History from Northwestern University (IL) and her graduate degree in History from Brown University (RI).
Laura Gennarelli will be advising 6th grade and teaching 6th grade math and science. Gennarelli joins us from St. Agnes School in Arlington, where she has taught for seven years. Gennarelli holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education English and a master’s degree in Moderate Special Needs from Boston College. She has spent the past five summers as a “teaching housemaster” and dean at the UCLA Summer Institute for Gifted Students.
Mary Frances Hanover is joining the Upper School Science Department where she will teach AP Biology and Conceptual Physics. In addition, she will assume the role of the School’s Sustainability Coordinator. Hanover has 20 years of experience as a science teacher; she has held the department head position at both Providence Country Day School (RI) and Cushing Academy. At Cushing, where she taught most recently, she was the head of a girls’ dormitory and assisted with athletics and various school committees. Hanover has an undergraduate degree in Biology from Longwood College (VA) and a master’s degree in Biology from Old Dominion University (VA).
David Ng will be teaching math in the Middle School and Foundations of Computer Science in the Upper School. An experienced educator, Ng has taught math and computer science to students in kindergarten through 8th grade, and he has been a math and science curriculum specialist as well. Ng holds an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University (PA) and graduate degrees in Education from Boston University.
Melissa Palmer is joining the Upper School Math Department and will be the assistant varsity volleyball coach as well. After earning a degree in Chemistry from Bucknell University (PA), she gained valuable experience in the scientific industry before teaching math and science at Vermont Academy. A graduate of a school for girls in California, Palmer understands the impact that a girls’ school education can have.
Michael Hobart recently joined the Advancement Office as the new part-time Web Content Coordinator. He holds a similar part-time position at BC High, and recently ended his run as owner and president of Monument Print Co.
Taylor Houston ’12 will join the Advancement Office as the Assistant Director of Special Events/Parent Programs. She is a Dana Hall end-to-ender and was both a day and boarding student. Houston has stayed close to Dana Hall by volunteering at numerous events since her graduation. She interned in the Advancement Office one summer during college and considers Dana Hall her second home. Houston earned a BA from Ithaca College (NY).
Becky Kimball is the new Director of Athletics, Health and Wellness. She assumed her new role in early July and has been busy preparing for the upcoming year. Prior to Dana Hall, Kimball worked as the Butler Director of Sport Performance and Fitness and Assistant Professor of the Practice at Wellesley College.
Courtney Leahy is our new Associate Director of College Counseling. She began working at Dana Hall in early July and is excited to continue to get to know the community. Prior to Dana Hall, Leahy worked in the Undergraduate Admission Office at Babson College for 14 years, where she held multiple positions ranging from Senior Assistant Director to Associate Director of Communication. Leahy earned her undergraduate degree from Fairfield University (CT).
Deanna Saunders is joining our counseling staff in the Upper School. Saunders has her undergraduate degree in psychology from Brown University (RI) and her master’s degree in social work from Boston College. Saunders has worked with students in both middle and high school settings, including two years in Florida as a teacher in the Teach for America program and most recently as a clinician at Granite Academy in Braintree.
Residential House Faculty
Jennifer Binversie is the new house assistant in Johnston C. Most recently, she served as a dorm parent at Lexington Christian Academy and she was a residential assistant during her undergraduate studies at the University of Hartford (CT). Binversie is also an accomplished dance and Pilates instructor.
Erin Coughlin-Doherty is the new House Director for Johnston C. She comes to Dana Hall with a wealth of residential life experience and other administrative experience in higher education. As the Area Coordinator for the Office of Residential Life at Wellesley College, Coughlin-Doherty lived on campus and supervised more than 15 staff members across campus. She also worked in the Office of Admissions at Wellesley College and, most recently, was an academic advisor at Framingham State University. Coughlin-Doherty holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Saint Anselm College (NH) and a master’s degree in school counseling from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Elaine Kearney is the new house assistant in Johnston D. She is currently pursuing a double major in psychology and neuroscience at Regis College, where she has also served as a resident assistant.