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Meet Winsor's New Faculty and Staff for 2018-2019
Meet Winsor's New Faculty and Staff for 2018-2019

Learn more about the faculty and staff joining the Winsor community this fall.

New Faculty and Staff 2018-2019

Jason Cox joins Winsor as a Technology Support Specialist.  Mr. Cox holds a B.S. in Mathematics, specializing in secondary education, from Virginia Tech, and has begun work toward an M.A. in Integrative-STEM education from Virginia Tech.  Prior to joining Winsor, Mr. Cox worked at the Dublin School in New Hampshire for 9 years where his responsibilities included IT, teaching, dorm parenting and coaching the school's FIRST Robotics team.  Most recently, Mr. Cox spent one year as the Makerspace Coordinator at the Vail Mountain School in Vail, CO.

Maren Kelsey joins Winsor as a Lower School English teacher. Before coming to Winsor, Ms. K taught at The Park School in Brookline, and studied literature and creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College. There, Ms. K volunteered at the early childhood development center, and upon graduation, taught at Bushwick United Headstart in Brooklyn, NY.

Liz McNeil joins Winsor in the business office as the new Controller. Prior to Winsor, Ms. McNeil worked in finance and accounting at Firestone Financial and earned her B.S. in accounting from Boston College.

Adam Newell joined the Winsor faculty as the Head Athletic Trainer and part time Physical Education Teacher.  Mr. Newell earned a Bachelors in Kinesiology at UMass Amherst and a Master's Degree in Athletic Training at Bridgewater State. While in graduate school, he was trained as an EMT and educated in clinical settings under athletic trainers at UMass Boston, Bridgewater State, Stoughton High School, and Bishop Stang High School.  Prior to Winsor, Mr. Newell spent two years as a full-time rehabilitation aide in an outpatient setting before taking a head athletic trainer position at Shawsheen Valley Technical High School. He is excited to bring his passion for fitness and injury prevention to the Physical Education program at Winsor.

Penny Pan Ouellette joins the Performing Arts department as a music faculty. She holds a B.M. and M.M. in Piano Performance from University of Southern California and a D.M.A in Historical Performance Practice from Claremont Graduate University. Ms. Ouellette served on the piano faculty at California State University, Los Angeles, before moving to Boston in 2016, where she has since taught at Yamaha Music School of Boston.

Sharon Jones Phinney is Winsor's new Head of the Lower School. Ms. Jones Phinney comes to us from Shady Hill School in Cambridge, where she served as key administrator and English and humanities teacher since 1991. During her long tenure at Shady Hill, she served as head of the middle school, coordinated diversity and outreach, and managed the summer day camp. In the classroom, she has taught 9th-grade English, 8th-grade humanities, and Central Subject. She has also developed curriculum and mentored teachers and students. After earning her B.A. from Middlebury College, Ms. Jones Phinney jumped right into teaching at Boston Latin School and went on to teach and direct social services at Roxbury Latin. Always learning, she went on to earn her Ed.M. from Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. In the wider sphere of independent schools, she has participated actively and in a variety of ways with peers from across the country in annual programs of NAIS, especially at the People of Color Conference and Summer Diversity Institute. 

Jonathan Sit will teach Lower School Science at Winsor. Mr. Sit earned a B.S. in Biology from Brown University and took a year off after graduating. In his year off, he worked in Maine leading backpacking and biking trips and then did a three-month trip around Europe before returning to Brown for his Masters in Teaching. Mr. Sit most recently taught at Central Falls High School in Rhode Island and Phillips Academy where he taught 9th grade biology.

Alea Stokes joins the Virginia Wing Library as a pre-professional librarian. Ms. Stokes graduated with a B.A. in History from the University of Rhode Island and is currently pursuing her master's in Library Science at Simmons University. She is looking forward to working with the Winsor students and faculty. Along with her love of books, Ms. Stokes also enjoys visiting museums and going on road trips.

Mia Rosenblatt Tinkjian will teach Lower School Visual Arts. Ms. Tinkjian has created and exhibited her photography, ceramics, and mixed media artwork nationally and internationally. She earned her M.F.A in Studio Art just around the corner from Winsor at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She has worked with artists in a variety of settings, including Parsons School of Design in New York City, an art gallery in Maine, and a juvenile detention center in Boston. Most recently, Ms. Tinkjian, who is also an attorney, was the Director of Legal Services at Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in Boston.

Sonja Vitow joins Winsor's World Language Department as an Upper School Spanish teacher after teaching at Meridian Academy in Jamaica Plain for five years. At Meridian, Ms. Vitow taught French, Spanish, and Creative Writing, and advised the 8th grade. Originally from outside Philadelphia, she earned her B.A. in French Language and Literature with minors in Spanish and German from The George Washington University, and her M.F.A in Creative Writing from Emerson College. Ms. Vitow is currently working on a novel, and in her spare time, she edits The Knicknackery, a small on-line literary journal.