Meet Our New Faculty and Staff

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  • 1. Vicki Bassett – Special Events Coordinator

    Victoria “Vicki” is delighted to be joining the Advancement team in support of our many events and overall advancement efforts. She comes to us with experience in event planning through her work at Chateau Elan Winery and Resort in Georgia and the Purdue University Research Foundation. Vicki also worked for a group of senior executives at Caterpillar Inc., managing schedules and providing administrative support. More recently, she has organized logistics and planning for the Materials Research Society and their semi-annual conference for over 6,000 attendees. Vicki, who earned her B.S. in Hospitality and Tourism Management, looks forward to being back in an educational setting where she can put her skills to work on behalf of students and their teachers through her work in the Advancement Office.
  • 2. Anna Barry – Senior School English

    Anna joins the Senior School English Department from the Young Writers Institute at the University of Pittsburgh, where she has served as the lead high school teacher, providing training for high school teachers as well as teaching creative writing to students in Grades 9 through 12. She began her career with the AmeriCorps program, teaching Middle School English and language arts at Urban Pathways Charter School. Later she went on to serve as a visiting writing teacher at a pair of elementary schools through the University of South Carolina’s “Split P” Program while earning her M.F.A. in Creative Non-Fiction Writing and teaching undergraduates in the University’s English Department. Anna earned her B.A. in Creative Non-Fiction and English Literature at the University of Pittsburgh. A reader for the A.P. English Language exam, Anna is excited to be joining the Academy this August.
  • 3. Ryan Baxter – Director of Support Services

    Ryan arrives at Sewickley Academy with a wealth of leadership and support service experience. He has worked as an instructional coach, helping teachers maximize their effectiveness in working with their students, particularly in the use of technology in the classroom. He also served as the founding assistant principal at a brand new small high school in Brooklyn, New York, supporting faculty and students in teaching and learning and in developing dynamic and hands-on ways for students to engage in their learning, including project-based learning. Ryan brings to his work a wonderfully creative background, including work as an independent film producer of a film that was screened at Sundance!  Ryan has a B.A. in Film Production and Screenwriting from The New School (New York City), an M.A. in teaching English Language Learners from Fordham (NYC), and an M.S. in Educational Administration and Supervision from The College of Saint Rose (Albany, NY). He is excited to be taking on the leadership of our Department of Support Services where he looks forward to engaging with students and teachers alike to promote the best practices in teaching and learning.
  • 4. Dr. Barrett Gough – Senior School History

    Barrett is pleased to be joining the Senior School History Department after his tenure at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy in Los Angeles, California, where he taught social studies and journalism, including A.P. U.S. Government & Politics. He is also a reader for the A.P. exams in U.S. Government & Politics, as well as U.S. History. Barrett began his career teaching in both the Rhetoric and American Studies Departments at the University of Iowa, where he earned his Ph.D. in American Studies. Subsequent teaching experience included time teaching both English and humanities. Comfortable across disciplines, Barrett earned his B.A., Cum Laude, in English and History at the University of Kentucky, and his M.A. at the University of Alabama in American Studies.
  • 5. Dr. Christine Herring – Early Childhood Teacher

    Christine comes to us from Falk Laboratory School where she worked as a Grade 1 and Grade 2 teacher and also served as a mentor and coach for teachers new to Falk and student teachers doing their clinical practice. Christine earned her B.A. in Social Science; her M.A. in Teaching; and her Ph.D. in Language, Literacy, and Culture from the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to her work as a classroom teacher, Christine has also served as an educational consultant, including here at Sewickley Academy. She has been a leader in equity and inclusion work at Falk, where she took on the role of coordinator for their ongoing equity and inclusion efforts.
  • 6. Eric Konopka – Network Administrator

    A seasoned network engineer, Eric brings 18 years of experience to his position as our new Network Administrator. He has worked for a number of organizations, providing infrastructure, training, and help desk support in a variety of settings. One of his most recent roles was with RLA Learning and Conference Center in Cranberry, where he worked to support both conference and classroom needs. He is described by his references as “a great guy who went above and beyond his official responsibilities to make sure their needs were met. He was also described as “working hard, spending a lot of time sharing his knowledge with his co-workers and a lot of time patiently working with people until a task was completed successfully.” A graduate of Penn State University, Erie, Eric has a B.S. in Management and Information Systems.
  • 7. Alicia Latte – Grade 4 Teacher

    We are pleased to welcome nationally recognized expert on the teaching of writing in elementary schools Alicia Latte to Sewickley Academy’s Grade 4. Alicia brings 18 years of experience with both public and independent schools. She began her career at Montclair Kimberly Academy, a school very much like ours, teaching Grade 2. Later she worked at a number of public schools in New York City, working in conjunction with the faculty of Bank Street College (a nationally recognized teachers’ college) in implementing programs to better support the engagement and learning of all students. She also collaborated on a reading and writing project with Teachers College, Columbia University before beginning her work as a consultant to schools across the country. Alicia has a B.A. in English from the University of Texas, Austin, and her M.Ed. from Teachers College, Columbia University.
  • 8. Kait Long – Assistant Director of College Guidance

    Kaitlin “Kait” comes to us from Oakland Catholic High School, where she served as the director of college counseling. Her prior experience includes working as a college counselor at Shady Side Academy, serving as an internship coordinator at Boston University, and working with the Career Center at Boston College as a graduate assistant. Kait began her career as an English teacher right here in Sewickley with the Quaker Valley School District. Having studied English at the University of Pittsburgh and earned her B.S. in Secondary Education at Slippery Rock University, Summa Cum Laude, Kait also earned an M.A. in Higher Education Administration at Boston College. She comes to us with nine years of experience and is excited to be working with the Director of College Guidance Andrea Satariano, whom she knows well through their professional associations. They will make a dynamic duo!
  • 9. Andrew McMillen – Director of Admission

    Andrew arrived in July to take the helm of the Admission Office. He comes to us from his position as associate director of undergraduate admissions at Allegheny College, where he successfully worked with his team to achieve all their enrollment goals. Previously, Andrew was the associate director of Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper MBA Online-Hybrid where he supported faculty in their transition from on-ground to on-line teaching. He began his career at CMU as an assistant director of admission. Andrew earned his B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and his M.Ed. in Higher Education Management from the University of Pittsburgh. Andrew is a native of western Pennsylvania and knows the landscape well, which will be an asset as he leads the work of our Admission Office.
  • 10. Carrie Miller – Executive Director of Summerbridge Pittsburgh

    Carrie joins Sewickley Academy as the Executive Director of our Summerbridge program. She comes to us having been the principal at Propel Homestead, a position to which she was promoted from assistant principal. She began her career at Propel Schools as a teacher. Having engaged in all aspects of the operations of a K – 8 school, Carrie has the perfect blend of teaching and administrative experience she needs to ensure the ongoing success of Summerbridge. Carrie earned her B.A. in General Studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and her M.A.T. in Elementary Education from the University of Pittsburgh. In addition, she has her M.S. in Education Administration from Duquesne University.
  • 11. Gina Ricci – Grade 8 Mathematics

    Arriving at Sewickley Academy with 20 years of teaching experience at a variety of middle schools in Florida, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, Gina is excited to be joining the Middle School to teach Grade 8 math. She earned her B.S. in Education at Duquesne University and began her career at Pressley Ridge as a special education teacher. More recently, Gina taught math in Grades 7 through 9 at Saint Thomas Moore School in Bethel Park. She advised her school’s MathCounts teams and worked as an instructor with Carnegie Mellon’s C-Mites program. These broad experiences have prepared her well to challenge the most talented math students as well as provide support for those who find the subject more challenging.
  • 12. Amy Wilson – Early Childhood

    Amy is pleased to be joining the Early Childhood Team, teaching in our newly added section of Kindergarten. Some members of our community may know Amy from her time as Carrie Lanza’s maternity leave replacement last winter, as well as her service as a substitute teacher in a number of other Lower School classrooms last year. Amy began her career at a charter school in Massachusetts, teaching math and science. She later taught Grade 4 and also spent a year teaching English language learners in middle school. Amy earned her B.A., Cum Laude, in History and Performing Arts from American University in Washington, D.C.
  • 13. Sarah Zeglowitsch – Assistant to the Head of Lower School

    Sarah was born and raised in the Pittsburgh area. She attended Thiel College and received a B.A. in Communication. She comes to the Academy with over 13 years of experience working in higher education as an admissions representative. Sarah has worked with incoming high school students, as well as adult learners. She enjoys working with students and supporting them as they take the steps to reach their full potential. Sarah is excited to join the SA community in a support role and have the opportunity to work with our Lower School students and their families.

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