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Meet Winsor's New Faculty and Staff for 2017-2018
Meet Winsor's New Faculty and Staff for 2017-2018

Rachel Bricklin joins the Winsor science department as a biology and environmental science teacher. She will also be involved with the science research and internship programs. Prior to Winsor, Ms. Bricklin studied dogs at the University of Michigan, where she earned a B.S. in Anthropology-Zoology; bats at Eastern Michigan University, where she earned a M.S. in Ecology and Organismal Biology; and birds at Fordham University, where she received a Ph.D. in Biology, with focuses on Ecology and Conservation Biology. Ms. Bricklin is very excited to embark on new teaching and research adventures with the Winsor community!

Gabriella Gangi joins Winsor as a Spanish teacher in the Upper School. Prior to Winsor she worked as an adjunct professor in several colleges in New England and at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Ms. Gangi has also instructed abroad, teaching students in foreign languages at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy and also middle school and high school students in Italian and Spanish at The American Overseas School of Rome. She started her teaching career as a foreign fellow at Mount Holyoke College. Gabriella has been an educator for two decades. Ms. Gangi is an alumna of The Università degli Studi di Napoli L'Orientale located in Naples, Italy, where she earned her Masters in Foreign Languages and Literature.

Zach Haney returns to the Winsor community as a short-term leave replacement in the mathematics department after having also spent the end of 2016-17 in a similar position at Winsor. Prior his arrival at Winsor, Mr. Haney spent the previous two years studying in the Applied Mathematics program at Northeastern, focusing on discrete geometry, optimization, and statistics. Mr. Haney has taught in various educational settings, from teaching Math and ESL in China or Argentina, to progressive, small independent schools in the Boston area. Mr. Haney attended Wheaton College as an undergraduate where he studied mathematics and foreign languages.

Mary Kathryn Menck joins Winsor as the new advancement associate. A graduate of Brandeis University with a B.A. in History and Tufts University with a M.A. in History and Museum Studies, Ms. Menck has spent the last two years working in the museum field and in human resources.

Emily Moran joins the mathematics department after teaching at The Woodward School for Girls in Quincy. Prior to Woodward, Ms. Moran taught middle school math at The Presbyterian School in Houston and Green Street Friends School in Philadelphia. She developed her love of all things math while earning her B.A. at Haverford College. Ms. Moran has been teaching math for 12 years and is looking forward to working with Class II and Class IV at Winsor.

Molly Perkins joins Winsor as Director of Annual Giving. Prior to Winsor, Molly worked in annual giving at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and previously worked at the Harvard College Fund. Originally from California, Molly earned her B.A. in anthropology from Yale and her M.A. in Russian, Eastern European, and Central Asian Studies from Harvard.

Veronica Plata joins the Winsor math faculty to teach AP statistics, advanced pre-calculus and algebra II. She will also co-advise the Panel and advise Class V students.

This is Ms. Plata's 12th year teaching. She has previously taught all over the world in Texas, Dubai, Brazil and Peru. She has a B.S. in Mathematics from Texas Woman's University and a Masters of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Mathematics Education from University of Phoenix.

Andres Puigbo is thrilled to join the Winsor community as the technical theatre teacher. During his 20 years of experience in the technical theatre field, he has worked in all aspects of technical production within the performing arts and has overseen more than 175 productions. After 13 years of living in Miami and New York, he has now returned to Boston, the place where he first began his career as a theatre teacher at Newton North High School. Most recently, he served as technical director at Brooklyn Friends School (Brooklyn, NY), Ransom Everglades School (Miami, FL) and the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (Miami, FL). Mr. Puigbo earned his B.A. in Technical Theatre from UMass Boston. He is married and lives with his family in Newton.

Karen Starr will join the Virginia Wing Library for the fall semester while library director Alice Stern is on sabbatical. Ms. Starr has spent the last 16 years as the Library Director at Thayer Academy, where she was on the freshmen advisory team and a faculty advisor to the Community Council. Karen holds a B.A. in English from Tufts University, a M.Ed. from Boston College and a M.L.S. from Simmons College. She has been involved with the Pan-Mass Challenge as a crew leader for many years, and serves on the Alumni Council at Tufts. Karen enjoys swimming in Walden Pond in the summer and skiing in Colorado in the winter when she gets a chance. She has three grown children and four grandchildren.

Nicole Uhre-Balk will teach Class II and Class V biology, assist with and teach various STEM classes, advise Class III students, and will be the Science department's educational technology facilitator. Ms. Uhre-Balk originally comes from one of the best kept US secrets, South Dakota, but her eight-year teaching career has followed I-90 from outside Seattle, WA to Rapid City, SD and now here to Boston. She has taught a variety of ages in a variety of science subjects, gardening programs, and even rock climbing at the local Brooklyn Boulders. Most recently, she comes to Winsor from the Cambridge School of Weston. Ms. Uhre-Balk has a B.A. in Biology and Environmental Studies from Bethel University and a M.S. in Curriculum Development from Black Hills State University.

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