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St. George's Welcomes New Faculty for 2021-22


New Faculty 2021

Seventeen new faces joined the faculty on the Hilltop ahead of the 2021-22 school year.

Scott Brown returns this year full-time, working in the Advancement Office while also coaching varsity boys' squash and varsity girls tennis, advising, and serving as a dorm parent in Astor. A graduate of Connecticut College, Brown served as captain of the men’s squash team, musical director of the coed a cappella group, and student coach of the men’s tennis team.

Victoria Cheng comes to SG having completed a master's degree in civil and environmental engineering working on energy and sustainability. Cheng also served as program director for the Berkeley Graduate Women’s Project. They will teach math, live in Old School, and help with drama productions and swimming.

Meg Coffin comes to St. George's most recently from Trinity Episcopal School in New Orleans, where she served as an English teacher, department chair and coach. Coffin is a graduate of Middlebury’s Breadloaf Program and Bates College, where she was captain of three sports and two-time All-American in soccer and basketball. She will teach humanities, serve as head coach of the girls' soccer team and assistant coach of varsity basketball, act as an advisor, and be part of the dorm team in Astor.  

Charlie Congleton comes to the Hilltop from Eaglebrook School, where he was a teacher, coach, advisor and dorm parent. In previous roles, he served as the assistant men's lacrosse coach and recruiting coordinator at Wesleyan University and, before that,  general manager at Connecticut Cardinals Lacrosse Club, a volunteer assistant coach with Harvard's men's lacrosse, and operations manager and coach at Revolution Lacrosse. A graduate of Wesleyan, he was a two-time All-American goalie for the school’s lacrosse team and was elected captain as a senior. Congleton will teach math and will serve as head coach of varsity boys' lacrosse and as a dorm parent in Wheeler.

Noah Denzer joins the Music Department as ensemble director. Denzer earned his master's in music composition, summa cum laude from the University of Rhode Island, and most recently served as a graduate teaching assistant in the music department there. He’s also a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter with an extensive catalog of recordings.

Binjo Emmanuel joined St. George's midway through last year. He is a graduate of Hobart College, where he was awarded the William C. Stiles '43 Memorial Award for Leadership, Character and Determination and the Deans Citizenship Award. Emmanuel will be spending much of his time at the University of Rhode Island completing a master's degree in education. He lives in Diman and will serve as a dorm parent in Wheeler.

Olivia Healy joins us as assistant athletic director. Healy is a graduate of the University of Richmond and University of New Hampshire, where she earned her master's degree and played Division I women’s basketball and earned all-conference honors for two years. At SG, she’ll also coach basketball and volleyball, and serve as a dorm parent in Auch.

Cara Hyson comes from a distinguished career at the Lawrenceville School, where she served as history and interdisciplinary teacher and co-chair of the capstone program. Hyson earned her bachelor's from Yale University in Russian language and literature and her MAT in history from Bard College. She will serve as chair of the Humanities Department, direct the Writing Center, and serve on the evening duty team.

Chris Hyson comes from a distinguished career at the Lawrenceville School, where he taught English, served as head of house, level director, course leader, and varsity coach of cross country and basketball. Hyson earned a bachelor's from Hamilton College and a MAT, with a focus on the theories of teaching writing, from Rhode Island College. He will teach humanities, coach cross country and basketball, and serve as a dorm parent in Arden.

Kaitlin Lawrence worked part time and mostly virtually last year, but is joining St. George's full time and in person. Lawrence earned a bachelor's from the University of Florida and, for the past decade, has been a performer and educator based in New York City and touring the country. She's performed in Broadway National Tours, including "42nd Street," "California Dreaming," and "Mamma Mia." She's also a certified yoga and meditation instructor. Lawrence will lead the Theater and Dance department, direct the fall play and winter musical, and support the evening duty team.

Samuel Piller joined SG last January and now returns full time to teach in the Humanities Department. He graduated from Connecticut College, where he won the Henrietta O. Rodgers 2020 Academy of American Poets Prize, co-captained the squash team, and helped lead the college’s improv comedy club. Piller will also coach squash and lacrosse and serve as a dorm parent in Diman.

Samantha Ruess comes from Eaglebrook School where she taught, coached, advised, and served as a dorm parent. Ruess earned her bachelor's degree in English from Plymouth State University and her MALS from Wesleyan University. She will be serving as a dorm parent in Buell.

Robert Spezzano comes to St. George's most recently from Leman Manhattan School, where he served as head of the upper school. He earned his bachelor's from Brown University and his master's in education from Harvard University. After 30-plus years in education – including international schools and boarding schools in the United States and Europe – Spezzano returned this summer to the Ocean State. He will teach four sections of math.  

Daniel Taradash earned his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in health and sport studies and then worked as a researcher and exhibit developer at the New Mexico Holocaust Museum for four years. He will teach three sections of American Studies this year, coach hockey and track, and serve as a dorm parent in Eccles.

Kim Tiberi comes from Tilton School where she taught and coached. Tiberi was previously the assistant coach for the inaugural Suffolk University women's hockey team and also played professionally in the National Women's Hockey League for the Connecticut Whale. She earned her bachelor's from Norwich University, where she played on the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III national championship team. At St. George's, Tiberi will teach biology, coach soccer and hockey, and serve as a dorm parent in Old School.

Clayton Vaughters most recently served as the tennis and student services manager for National Junior Tennis and Learning Newport: TeamFAME. A native of Aiken, South Carolina, Vaughters majored in chemistry at the University of Virginia. At SG, he will teach math, coach soccer and tennis, and serve as a dorm parent in Diman.

Angela Volpicelli comes to us from the Vistamar School in El Segundo, California, where she served as chair of the World Language Department. Volpicelli earned her master's in Spanish language and literature at the University of Wisconsin and has spent 17 of her 22 years in education on the West Coast. She will teach Spanish, oversee the Lance yearbook, and serve as a dorm parent in Twenty House.