1. Peter Lau – Head of Senior School
After serving as a history teacher and Dean of Students at The Wheeler School in Providence, Rhode Island, and teaching history at the Lincoln School in Rhode Island, as well as the Rhode Island School of Design, where he taught a course called “Freedom Dreams: A History of African-American Thought from the Slave Trade to the Present,” and Rutgers University, where among other courses, he taught “History of the Civil Rights Movement 1900-1980,” Peter Lau has come through the ranks to assume the position of Head of Senior School. Peter, a graduate of the University School in Hunting Valley, Ohio, earned his B.A. in History from the University of Virginia and an M.A. in History from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He completed his Ph.D. in History at Rutgers in New Jersey. Peter’s extensive list of published articles and papers reflect his deep and abiding passion for American history, particularly the African-American struggle for freedom and civil rights. With 20 years as an educator, 13 of these in independent schools, Peter is excited to bring his experiences to bear in serving the Sewickley Academy community.
2. Caroline Miller – Senior School English
A published author of poetry as well as scholarly papers, Caroline Miller arrives from the Harvard- Westlake School in Studio City, California, where she has taught English and founded and coached the school’s “spoken-word” team. A magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University with a B.A. in English Literature, Caroline went on to earn her Ph.D. in English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan, where she taught literature and freshman composition. In addition to teaching, Caroline brings to Sewickley Academy her experience as an editorial assistant at Random House in New York. In 2015, she was recognized for her outstanding teaching as the recipient of the Harvard-Westlake Senior Teaching Award. While pursuing her doctorate, she was also the recipient of a number of departmental and graduate school fellowships at the University of Michigan.
3. Shane Mills – Senior School Mathematics
Shane Mills comes to us from the Freeport Area High School, where he taught AP calculus, College in High School calculus, and honors pre-calculus/trigonometry. A graduate of Grove City College with a B.S. in Mathematics, Shane also holds a M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from Saint Vincent College. He is a doctoral candidate at the University of Pittsburgh in STEM Education. Shane has received an Educational Testing Service Recognition of Excellence Award and was a nominee for Grove City’s Student Teacher of the Year. He has supported students outside the classroom in robotics and other math and science activities.
4. Hanna Mincemoyer – Senior School Mathematics
We are very pleased to welcome Hanna Mincemoyer to the Senior School Mathematics Department. Hanna comes to Sewickley Academy most recently from Seneca Valley School District, where she taught statistics, various levels of algebra, and trigonometry. She earned her B.S. in Secondary Education, specializing in mathematics from Penn State University, where she was enrolled in the Schreyer Honors College. She completed her student teaching with the North Allegheny School District and also worked with the highly competitive Teach for America program.
5. Lauren “L.K.” Sleat – Middle and Senior School Art
Lauren Sleat is delighted to be joining Sewickley Academy’s Art Department, where she will teach painting and drawing. Previously at the Westminster School in Atlanta, Georgia, L.K. has also taught at Dana Hall, Georgia College and State University, and at the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she earned her M.F.A. in Painting after completing the B.F.A. in Communication Design at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. A working artist, L.K. has had gallery shows across the United States, most recently at the Erin Cluley Gallery in Dallas, Texas, and “PODS” Solo show at Plan B Gallery in Washington, D.C. She is also a leader for the College Board’s AP Studio Art portfolio, supervising the portfolio evaluation teams each year.
6. Alison Trexel – Grades 1-3 Math Support
Alison Trexel joins our Lower School team to support mathematics instruction in Grades 1 through 3. Alison knows our community having served in a number of classrooms as a substitute in the Lower School. A graduate of Wooster School, an independent school in Connecticut, and Allegheny College, Alison brings to her work seven years of experience in a variety of educational settings, including as an early childhood teacher at Harbon Montessori School in Minnesota.
7. Sarah Wilson – Marion Hutchins Librarian
A graduate of the highly regarded University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences with an M.L.I.S., Sarah Wilson has worked in a number of school libraries in our region, including the Mt. Lebanon, Canon-McMillan, and North Allegheny School Districts. She was recognized as the Outstanding Student Librarian by the University of Pittsburgh. Sarah earned her B.A. magna cum laude in International Affairs and Development from The George Washington University, and spent time studying abroad in Thailand. The Lower School faculty will work with Sarah this year as she engages with them to provide the best possible library experience for our Lower School students.