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Meet the New Faculty & Staff

In case you haven’t seen them on campus, we are delighted to re-introduce you to the newest teachers and staff members to join our St. Albans community:

Last year, St. Albans joined the University of Pennsylvania’s Independent School Teaching Residency Program, which brings aspiring teachers of exceptional promise to our campus for two years while they pursue a master’s in education from UPenn’s Graduate School of Education. We’re pleased to announce two UPenn fellows will join our Upper School this fall. 

Will BrownWill Brown, who graduated this spring from Princeton, where he majored in history and was named to Phi Beta Kappa, will work with faculty mentor John Campbell ’85 and teach history and coach soccer. Will served as a teaching assistant and soccer and basketball coach last summer at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass.
Kevin RuanoKevin Ruano, who received a B.A. in comparative literature and society from Columbia University in 2018, will be working with Jim Ehrenhaft ’83 to teach religion and English, coach cross-country, and help advise the GSA. Kevin spent this last year teaching English language arts at the Red Cloud School in Pine Ridge, S.D.
 
Thomas Harrison ’11St. Albans alumnus Thomas Harrison ’11 returns to campus as a Form A math and homeroom teacher. Since receiving his B.A. in history from Yale University, Tom has taught middle school math and coached cross-country and track at the Robert Louis Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, Calif. He also substituted and taught at St. Albans, spending a year in the B Form co-teaching with Julie Haas and Erl Houston and filling in for Mark Wilkerson when he was on sabbatical. A member of Yale’s varsity cross-country and track teams and a 2010 Gatorade and Washington Post Runner of the Year, Tom will also coach cross-country and track.
 
Billy MatthewsA Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation employee since 2002, Billy Matthews joined St. Albans earlier this year as senior facilities maintenance technician. A skilled craftsman with his workshop in the basement of the Lane-Johnston Building, Billy has long been a familiar face on our campus. He has custom built furniture for classrooms and offices, hung paintings for the annual art show, served as school locksmith, and demonstrated an ability to fix most anything our students use — from desks to musical instruments to oversized chess pieces. With an insider’s knowledge of every tower and tunnel in Washington National Cathedral, he has also served as tour guide to countless St. Albans boys exploring the depths and heights of the Cathedral for the first time. 
 
Honor MurphyHonor Murphy joined the Development Office this summer as assistant director of Annual Giving. Honor received her B.A. in English, with a minor in educational studies, from Macalester College, where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and received the Livingston-Patnode Prize for Outstanding English Major. She previously worked as a development support specialist for College Possible, a fundraising specialist for Macalester College, and a marketing intern for Lerner Publishing Group and Gray Wolf Press.
 
Adrienne PaulIncoming Form I math teacher Adrienne Paul received her B.A. from the University of Chicago, an M.A. from Columbia University’s Teachers College, where she was inducted into the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education, and an M.Ed. from George Mason University. Adrienne has taught at the Greenwich Country Day School in Connecticut since 1999. There she has served as a fifth-grade homeroom teacher, sixth-grade language arts and character education teacher, and most recently sixth- and seventh-grade math teacher. During summers, she teaches rising fourth and fifth graders from local public schools at Link Summer Enrichment Program in Greenwich, where she developed the math curriculum and designed lessons to increase retention of skills across grades.
 
Maya RibaultSt. Albans’ 39th writer in residence, Maya Ribault, has published poetry in The New Yorker, Cloudbank, North American Review, Speak, and TSR (The Southampton Review) Online. Hôtel de la Providence, her chapbook (a slim, paperback collection of poems) was published this spring by Finishing Line Press. Maya received her B.S. in languages from Georgetown University and her M.F.A. in poetry from Bennington College’s Writing Seminars. As a book production editor for the American Public Health Association in Washington, D.C., she has produced 18 books, including Physical Activity and Public Health: A Practitioner’s Guide and Racism: Science and Tools for the Public Health Professional. She previously taught French at Georgetown Visitation School and Blessed Sacrament School and English at Washington International School.
 
Jessica SeidmanIncoming classics teacher Jessica Seidman received her B.A. from Brown University, where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in classical languages and literatures from the University of Chicago, where she wrote her dissertation on “Loci Memoriae: Place and Memory in Latin Literature.” She comes to St. Albans from Wellesley College, where she was a visiting lecturer in classical studies. She previously taught at Reed College, the University of Chicago, the Tatnall School in Wilmington, Del., and the Center for Talented Youth at St. Mary’s College. Jessica’s publications include “Dido’s Tears,” published in the festschrift Quasi Labor Intus: Ambiguity in the Latin Language, “A Poetic Caesar in Lucan’s Pharsalia,” in The Classical Journal, and “An American in Tomis,” about her travels to the locale (now Constanța, Romania) where Ovid was once exiled.
 
Christine SiegelChristine Siegel, R.N., will join us as school nurse. For the past five years, Christine has worked at the National Institute of Health’s Clinical Center Hospital, providing clinical care to adult patients enrolled in neuro-oncology clinical trials. She previously worked as an adult acute care nurse practitioner at George Washington University Hospital, a clinical research nurse at NIH, and a surgical intensive care unit nurse at Johns Hopkins University Hospital. Christine received her B.S. in nursing from Johns Hopkins University and completed the acute care nurse practitioner master’s program at Georgetown University. Her article “Nursing Management of Major Glioma Symptoms” appeared in Seminars in Oncology Nursing.
 
Brendan SnowBrendan Snow, who spent part of his high school years at St. Albans as a member of the Class of 2001, returned to campus last spring as a substitute Form I math teacher. This fall, he will serve full-time as a Form II teacher, moving up a grade with his students. Brendan has owned two tutoring companies, Flagship Education, which he started in D.C. and expanded to six states, including New York, Florida, and California, and Swift Learning, where he and his team tutor local high school and college students in mathematics, science, the humanities, and standardized testing. A graduate of Georgetown University, where he double-majored in English and economics, Brendan previously coordinated on-campus residential life for Duke University’s Talent Identification Program. There he was responsible for hundreds of students, trained staff, and planned daily academic, cultural, and social activities, including a college fair.
 
Erin SummersErin Summers has been named assistant head of school for finance and operations. A certified public accountant and project management professional, Erin has twenty years’ experience working in higher education administration, local government, and public accounting. She comes to St. Albans from George Washington University, where she was assistant vice president for Continuous Improvement and Business Advisory Services, an internal management consulting group that she helped design. At GW, Erin also served as chief of staff to the executive vice president and chief financial officer, and she managed the university’s Business Management and Analysis Group. Previously she worked for Fairfax County Government as managing director of the Business Support Group and chief of financial operations, among other responsibilities. She began her career as a consultant and auditor at Arthur Andersen. Erin received her bachelor of science in business administration and her master of professional accountancy from the University of South Dakota and her master of public administration from George Mason University.
 
Sam UlasevichSam Ulasevich will be joining us as our maintenance engineer, specializing in both electrical and locksmith work. Sam began working on the Close in 2006 in the Cathedral gift shop. He then worked briefly at Beauvoir before joining the PECF’s Electrical Department, where he learned the electrical trade and a variety of other skills. He looks forward to bringing to campus his knowledge of building automation, energy efficiency and green energy, and the implementation of new technologies in existing systems.
 
Bharti VuralC Form homeroom teacher Bharti Vural has taught first through fourth grade at several New York schools, including the Horace Mann School, Grace Church School, the Ethical Culture Fieldston School and, most recently, the Bank Street School for Children. As a lead homeroom teacher, Bharti has taught reading, writing, math, science, geography, social studies, social justice, ethics, and technology. She has mentored fellow teachers, designed curricula to provide a comprehensive scope and sequence of skills and strategies while supporting individual children’s learning needs, and co-led race-based affinity groups. Bharti received her B.A. from Smith College, where she majored in education and child study, and her M.A. in literacy education from New York University.

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Located in Washington D.C.,  St. Albans School is a private, all boys day and boarding school. For more than a century, St. Albans has offered a distinctive educational experience for young men in grades 4 through 12. While our students reach exceptional academic goals and exhibit first-rate athletic and artistic achievements, as an Episcopal school we place equal emphasis upon moral and spiritual education.