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Faculty Spotlight

List of 18 news stories.

  • Drew Keim

    What is your role at Tower Hill? Director of Upper School Bands and Grades 4-8 Brass and Percussion
     
    How long have you been at Tower Hill? This is my second year.
     
    Briefly describe your own education. Mount Pleasant High School, University of Delaware (Bachelor of Arts - Music Education) and Wilmington University (Master's of School Leadership).
     
    Why do you do what you do? I teach because I was blessed with several teachers who made a profoundly positive impact on my life. If I can make even a fraction of the impact my teachers had on me, I'd consider my career a success.  
      
    What are you passionate about at work? I'm passionate about music, because it is woven into every fabric of the human experience. It's not even about training students to be great musicians someday — that's a great by-product, no doubt — but, there are things about being in a music program that can not be replicated in any other activity. 
     
    What do you enjoy doing outside of work? Spending time with my wife and children, training with my triathlon team, adjudicating bands and traveling to new and exciting places. 
     
    What are you reading? Ron Chernow's Hamilton... or the newest TIME magazine.
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  • Amy Bickhart

    What is your role at Tower Hill?
    I serve two roles at Tower Hill: Associate Director of Lower School Admission and Assistant Head of Lower School.

    How long have you been at Tower Hill?
    This is my 16th year at Tower Hill. I joined the faculty in September of 2001. 
     
    Briefly describe your own education.
    I received a cachelor's degree from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) in 1982 and followed up my degree with a paralegal certificate from the Denver Paralegal Institute. After some time I made the decision to go Wilmington University, where I obtained a master's in education in May 2001.
     
    Why do you do what you do? What are you passionate about at work?
    I feel so lucky to be able to introduce families to Tower Hill. It's important for me to be able to share with families the many extraordinary opportunities that are available to every child that walks through our doors. Even though I've been at THS for some time, I still am in awe after each tour having had the chance to see the energy within the classrooms, the passion of the faculty and friendliness of the community. Tower Hill truly delivers a top-notch education and more! 

    What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
    Reading, cooking, spending time with my family at home, summer days by the pool or on the beach.
     
    What are you reading? 
    I just finished Last Days of Night by Graham Moore and am now beginning Trevor Noah: Born A Crime.
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  • Ida Leader

    What is your role at Tower Hill, and how long have you worked here?
    ​Spanish teacher​. ​This is my eleventh year at Tower Hill.​
     
    Describe your own education.
    ​I graduated from Princeton University in 1990. Since then I have taught Spanish at the middle and high school levels for 15 years. I also spent seven years working at Swarthmore College, first as Assistant Dean of Admissions and then as Academic Support Coordinator. In this role I ran programs to teach time management and study skills to college students. 
     
    Why do you do what you do? What are you passionate about at work?
    ​I love language, I love travel, and I love learning about other cultures.​ I hope that my passion in these areas inspires the students to explore the world and be curious to meet many people. I want my students to be proud of their language and culture, as well as accepting and celebratory of others.
     
    What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
    ​Outside of school I ​enjoy spending time with my children — Jesse, who is 20, and Alex, who is 15. I love cooking and baking, belong to a Spanish book club and enjoy spending time with friends.
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  • Arturo Bagley

    What is your role at Tower Hill?
    I teach United States History in the Upper School.

    How long have you been at THS?
    This is my eleventh year.
     
    Briefly describe your own education.
    My undergraduate degree in history was completed at Emory University, my master’s degree in history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and my juris doctorate at the Yale Law School.
     
    Why do you do what you do? What are you passionate about at work?
    Both of my parents taught, and I enjoy getting to know my students and watching them challenge themselves. Teaching U.S. history is fascinating because it allows us to think about who we are as Americans; if you pay attention closely enough you will notice that the political debates we have today are variations of arguments that have been repeated in generation after generation.
     
    What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
    I'm something of a film buff—my favorite films are To Kill a Mockingbird and It's a Wonderful Life. I also like to visit historic sites. Over winter break I went to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York, to see the exhibit Day of Infamy: 24 Hours that Changed History, which is about FDR's activities during the aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
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  • Chris Sanna

    What is your role at Tower Hill?
    I am a history teacher. I teach 9th Grade World History and 6th Grade World History (Eastern Hemisphere). I am also the head varsity boys' basketball coach and assistant varsity football coach. This year will be my first as an assistant middle school baseball coach.
     
    Why do you do what you do? What are you passionate about at work?
    I became a teacher and coach because I am passionate about working with kids and making a difference in the lives of our youth. History has always interested me because I am fascinated by the lessons one can learn from the past and the role it plays in today’s world. Athletics have always been a huge part of my life, as I love to compete. Athletics can teach people many great life lessons, which I hope to pass on to my players.
     
    How long have you been at Tower Hill?
    This is my third year at Tower Hill.
     
    Briefly describe your own education.
    I attended high school at Archmere Academy and graduated in 2009 from Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, where I obtained my bachelor’s degree in history and a minor in education. I obtained my master’s degree in educational leadership from Wilmington University in 2015.
     
    What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
    I love spending time with my family: my wife Lisle, son Bray (2.5 years old) and daughter Munro Grace (1 year old). I also enjoy playing and watching sports, reading, watching movies and working outside. 
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  • Meghan Donlon

    What is your role at Tower Hill?
    I currently teach computers in K, 1, 3 and 7. I love working across two divisions, especially with the various grade levels. On any given day, I might be teaching the Kindergarten students how to click and drag using their mouse, helping an US student with a printing question or talking to MS students about coding. I collaborate with the teachers on classroom projects, and often partner with them to run quick tech sessions in order to share fun websites or ideas with other faculty members.

    How long have you been at Tower Hill?
    This is my eighth year at Tower Hill. I began teaching Kindergarten here in 2009. After teaching Kindergarten for 3 years, I then moved into my technology role. This is my 5th year in this position. 
     
    Briefly describe your own education.
    My undergrad degree is from the University of Delaware in Early Childhood Education. I went back to school and earned my Masters in Applied Technology Education from Wilmington University in 2010.
     
    Why do you do what you do? What are you passionate about at work?
    I honestly love working with the students and the teachers here at Tower Hill. I am lucky because I am moving through all the different grade levels on a daily basis so my day stays interesting and fun. I love finding a new website and sharing it with the teachers. It is especially rewarding because the faculty here is extremely grateful for the help and ideas. The timeliness of this question is actually quite ironic because I often go home and tell my family about my day and share funny antidotes with them. Recently my son said to me, "Mom, I can tell you really love your job. The entertainment level those students provide to you on a daily basis seems to make you extremely happy!"
     
    What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
    I love spending time with my family and friends. I am 1 of 6 children and we are all extremely close. I am grateful for the holidays and summer because this is when we are all together. I love to exercise and make sure I carve out time every day to workout. I also enjoy baking and my specialty is homemade chocolate chip cookies. I often joke that 60 minutes of exercise balances out at least 4 cookies! 
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  • Megan O'Neill

    What is your role at Tower Hill?
    I am the head athletic trainer. I cover athletic contests and practices from 7th to 12th Grade. Athletic trainers are responsible for the prevention, recognition and assessment of athletic injuries.
     
    How long have you been at Tower Hill?
    I started in 2010, so this is my seventh year.
     
    Briefly describe your own education.
    I graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in athletic training. I went back to UD for a master’s in Sports Medicine.
     
    Why do you do what you do? 
    I enjoy athletic training very much. I like being able to work with kids in such a vibrant environment. There might be some healthcare settings where patients are unmotivated and the days can seem long or monotonous, but I don't have that here. The kids are unique and fun, and they make the job seem less like work. I would say that I am passionate about teaching the students to take care of their bodies, from their heads to their toes!
     
    What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
    Outside of work, I enjoy refinishing furniture, gardening and animals. I coach swimming during the summer and play volleyball. I also love family time with my husband and two daughters.
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  • Jason Toy

    What is your role at Tower Hill?
    I am an Upper School History teacher (Government and Politics, Modern European History and U.S. History).
     
    How long have you been at Tower Hill?
    This is my third year.
     
    Briefly describe your own education.
    I earned my bachelor's degree in history from Salisbury University with a minor in social science. I earned my master's degree in history from Washington College. I also have 18 graduate credits in educational administration.
     
    Why do you do what you do? What are you passionate about at work?
    I think it is important to understand your country and the surrounding world so when you are gone, it is better than when you got here. I hope studying history and political science facilitates this same goal for future generations to pass along. I am passionate about students embracing political and historical content and applying that content and skills to their everyday lives, thoughts and experiences. It is rewarding to see students develop their own passion for the disciplines that I teach. 
     
    What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
    I like to read and spend time with my family.
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  • Grace DeSeta

    What is your role at Tower Hill?
    I work in communications and marketing on behalf of all students, faculty and staff, showcasing the wonderful things we do well here.

    How long have you been at Tower Hill?
    This is my 3rd year.

    Briefly describe your own education.
    Growing up in Wilmington, I attended independent schools and graduated from Archmere Academy. I received a B.A. in Interactive Multimedia Design and Communications and M.A. in Elementary Education from Wilmington University. 
     
    Why do you do what you do? What are you passionate about at work?
    I love being creative. Becoming a designer seemed like the best way for me to exercise my creativity on a daily basis. I love the challenge of working with the various software programs and continually learning. While I enjoyed a brief stint in the classroom as a teacher, I like being on the other side of things now — capturing the passion our students and teachers have for learning and then sharing it with the Tower Hill community for all to see. 
     
    What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
    I would consider myself an adventurer. I love to try new things, travel and be outdoors (that’s where I feel the most inspired). I am an avid reader and photographer, and on any given night I enjoy a good movie at home with my husband, two children and four dogs.  
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  • Harry Neilson, Ph.D.

    Which subject do you teach?
    All Latin classes at THS: Latin 7th Grade through the advanced electives.
     
    How long have you been at Tower Hill? 6 years
     
    Briefly describe your own education: 
    B.A. Classics, U. of Colorado, Boulder. M.A. Italian, CAL, Berkeley. M.A. Latin and Greek, San Francisco State U. Ph.D. Classics, Florida State University. My doctorate specialized in Roman Archaeology. For eight summers I excavated Roman villas and an Etruscan hilltop settlement. Above all, I am an Italophile, and my love for Italy fuels my academic interests. In my dissertation I investigated ancient navigation and was able to combine two of my key interests: Italy and sailing. I am particularly interested in the intersection of ancient Roman technology and religion, which was a significant element in Roman navigational technology. I am more familiar with Rome than any other city in the world, and I enjoy sharing my knowledge and passion for the city with Tower Hill students. I look forward to our next trip during Spring Break of 2018.
     
    Why do you do what you do? What are you passionate about at work?
    I love being around children and young adults. Their energy and enthusiasm make me feel young! One of my career goals is to keep classical antiquity alive for future generations. Many elements of our lives have their origins in Greek and Roman culture, and I like to help my students understand the continuities and differences between the ancient and modern worlds. I am also passionate about words and etymology. In fact, my Latin 2 class is investigating not only the Latin origins of English but even the etymology of Latin itself.
     
    What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
    I like hiking and sailing. I am an avid reader of just about every genre, although I enjoy history the most. For the last few summers I have been studying the rock art of the American Southwest. I am able to use my classical archaeological background to compare the symbols that appear both in New World and classical art.
     
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  • Amy Cuddy, Ph.D.

    What is your role at Tower Hill, and how long have you been with the school? 
    ​I have had the pleasure of serving the students, families and faculty of Tower Hill as the school's psychologist for 18 years, and I have taken on a new role this year as our first director of wellness.  
     
    Briefly describe your own education.
    ​I earned my bachelor's degree in psychology from Franklin & Marshall College (go Dips!) and my doctorate in Clinical Developmental Child Psychology ​from Bryn Mawr College (go Owls!). My clinical internship was spent at The Child Guidance Center of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphi​a, and my​ thesis examined the impact of singl​e-sex vs. coeducational learning environments on the development of self-esteem in girls​. At present, my interests have shifted to explore the role of neuropsychology and mindfulness on student growth and emotional management. I am currently engaged in a training program to become a certified instructor in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Teens.  
     
    Why do you do what you do? What are you passionate about at work?
    ​I have been honored to be a part of the Tower Hill family long enough to have seen several classes of students make their entire way through our school. My passion comes from developing these long-term relationships with our students and their families, as we work collaboratively to grow solid citizens of the world.
     
    What do you enjoy doing outside of school?
    ​My time outside of school is spent laughing, cooking, eating and gathering with family and friends. I love words and could spend days-on-end reading.​ I enjoy traveling to new places to learn more about an area and to meet new people, and, whenever time permits, I journey to my favorite city in the world — Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania! (Go Steelers!) 
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  • Andrew Scibilia

    What subject/grade(s) do you teach?
    I teach English 9 (one section), English 10 (two sections), and three English electives, "Philosophers, Explorers, and Mad Captains: Literature of the Sea," "Grit Lit: The Working Class World in American Literature," and "Labyrinths: Magic Realism and Fantasy in World Literature."
     
    How long have you been at Tower Hill?
    This is my fourth year at Tower Hill.
     
    Briefly describe your own education.
    I attended a private school much like Tower Hill School, Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I have a B.A. in American History from Brown University, and I have an M.A. in English from Villanova University, where I did my thesis work on magic realism in American literature.
     
    Why do you do what you do? What are you passionate about at work?
    I am inspired by my work to be the best teacher possible. I want my students to be strong writers and readers. I want them to think critically and creatively. I want them to be confident speakers. I want them to develop their own voice. I want them to have empathy for others. And I am regularly humbled and inspired by my colleagues — intelligent, committed, and kind teachers and leaders who are not just experts in their fields, but good people. I love the Tower Hill community and feel blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of it — to discuss literature, to mentor young people, and to share my passions with willing listeners.

    What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
    I enjoy spending time with my wife, Bettina, and my five-month-old daughter, Josephine. I also enjoy playing guitar and watching sports, especially ice hockey.
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  • Jennifer Meeker


    What is your role at Tower Hill, and how long have you been with the school? 
    I am the associate director of college counseling, and this is my second year at Tower Hill.

    Briefly describe your own education.
    I received a B.A. in English from Tufts University and an Ed.M. from Harvard University.

    Why do you do what you do? What are you passionate about at work?
    I started as an English teacher, and I spent many years teaching English, creative writing, and journalism, mostly to sophomores and juniors. For about three years I taught the entire junior class (at a private school in D.C.) and part of my job was teaching the college essay and, over the summer, writing recommendations for all of the juniors. I found the idea of finding a college "match" for students compelling, and I also found the admissions process interesting (I had worked in undergraduate admissions while in college, too). When my husband decided to attend graduate school full-time, I found a job in the college's admissions office. From there, the transition to becoming a college counselor and working with high school students seemed logical. I love learning about different colleges, visiting campuses, and helping students find a place where they can thrive. 

    What do you enjoy doing outside of school?
    I enjoy spending time with my family (I have three teenage daughters, all of whom still like spending time together and with their parents!). We love to travel as a family, but we also love hanging out with our local friends and our pets (a dog and two cats). My main hobbies are cooking (although I feel like I have less time for it than I used to), reading and writing (I started a writers group in my town as a way to connect with other writers and to motivate myself and others to keep writing).
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  • Julie Smith

    What subject/grade(s) do you teach? 
    I teach 3rd Grade and all that implies: I have the role of the "extended parent." :)
     
    How long have you been at Tower Hill?
    I'm honoring my 10th contract.
     
    Briefly describe your own education: 
    I'm a former lawyer, having practiced criminal defense and family law in New Hampshire for six years. I then embarked on another career as a social worker in the Chicago area, working with children in juvenile detention as well as with adopted children who struggled with the loss of their birth families. I finally determined that working with children all day long would be a good choice for me, so I pursued a Master’s in Teaching.
     
    Why do you do what you do? What are you passionate about at work?
    I am passionate about seeing children succeed, in whatever way, shape or form that takes. Period. End of story.

    What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
    I'm a simple person; I enjoy being at home with my family, backpacking on extended trips with them, and any kind of travel (especially if it's by train!) We also seem to have this "sick" history of running multiple half marathons per year together (have mercy, I know). 
     
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  • Ellen Dolmetsch

    What subject/grade(s) do you teach? Library: Tower Tots through 4th Grade in Lower School and 5th and 6th Grade in the Middle School. Nine grades!

    How long have you been at Tower Hill? This is my 25th year.

    Briefly describe your own education. I attended Wroxton College in England, and graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Delaware. I received my M.S. in library and information science from Drexel University.

    Why do you do what you do? Watching kids discover the joy of reading and seeing that expand is a fantastic experience, every time. I love working with the kids and my fabulous colleagues, hosting author, illustrator and storyteller visits, and planning related workshops.

    What do you enjoy doing outside of work? Reading (no surprise), nature, travel, family and friend time, and many types of fiber arts, particularly traditional rug hooking. I am currently taking a national teacher training course, have studied with many artists, and am passionate about rug hooking as an art form, not just a "craft."
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  • Paul Mulvena

    What subject/grade(s) do you teach? I taught fifth- and sixth-grade math for seven years. This year, I will be teaching sixth- and seventh-grade math, including Pre-Algebra and Foundations of Algebra and Geometry.
     
    How long have you been at Tower Hill? 8 years
     
    Why do you do what you do? What are you passionate about at school? I love teaching, coaching and helping others. I am most passionate seeing my students learn and discover something new. It is amazing to see my students grow and develop into mature, thoughtful and competent individuals. Tower Hill School is remarkable; I am thankful and fortunate to be around amazing colleagues and students who encourage me to become better both as a teacher and person.
     
    I feel as if this quote may best describe why I teach: "The purpose of life is to find your gift, the meaning of life is to give it away." —Pablo Picasso
     
    Describe your own education: I attended Wilmington University, earning a bachelor's degree in middle level education with a major concentration in mathematics and a minor in English. In 2014 I earned a master's of education in school leadership, and I received the Audrey K. Doberstein President's Award for Leadership. In addition to teaching, I have managed the Hockessin Athletic Club's summer camp programs for the past 10 years.
     
    What do you enjoy doing outside of work? Some of my hobbies include playing sports (recently basketball, baseball and flag football), coaching, exercising, cooking and working with technology.
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  • Liz Brown (née Bielinski), Ph.D.


    What subject do you teach? 10th Grade Chemistry/Accelerated Chemistry and 11-12th Grade Advanced Chemistry.
     
    How long have you been at Tower Hill? 1 year.

    Briefly describe your own education: 
    College: B.A. in Chemistry from Bryn Mawr College
    Grad: Master's and Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Yale University
    In graduate school I worked on developing transition metal catalysts for energy-related and alternative energy-related processes. Specifically I worked on the use of methanol and formic acid as fuel sources and for production of hydrogen gas.

    Why do you do what you do? What are you passionate about at work?
    I love to share my love for science with others. The reason I'm a scientist and a teacher is that I had an amazing high school chemistry teacher. She made the subject accessible and relatable to everyday life. She taught me that chemistry is not an esoteric academic pursuit — it's life. When I teach, I get to share that same knowledge everyday.
     
    My biggest passion as a teacher is helping students to realize that they can do hard things. Chemistry tends to get a bad rap as being too difficult and complicated, but when it's taught with reference to everyday life, it comes alive. I truly believe that everyone has the capacity to be a good science student so long as they are given the tools to learn in the manner that is best for them. I never get bored trying new techniques, finding new labs or discovering a new way to explain something.

    What do you enjoy doing outside of work? I have had the same hobbies my whole life. I used to swim competitively and still love to swim, especially in the summer when I can get outside. I also love to sing and am working on getting back into singing by finding a local choral group to work with.
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