Trey Blair joins FWCD with six years of teaching at the Kentucky Country Day School in Louisville, where he served as lead teacher, professional development coordinator for faculty and as varsity and JV baseball coach. He holds a BA in Political Science with a minor in Anthropology from Kenyon College and an MA in Educational Leadership from Saint Mary’s College of California, where he was an Honors graduate. In 2011, Trey participated in the Klingenstein Summer Institute through Teachers College at Columbia University. He will serve as assistant head of Lower School, replacing Mitchell Alexandre.
Hester Burdman brings 10 years of teaching math at both the middle and upper levels. She will serve as the new sixth-grade mathematics teacher, replacing Dan Jones. Hester spent the past six years at Trinity Valley School and, prior to that, spent four years at the Portledge School in Locust Valley, New York. She holds a BS in Economic Analysis and a BA in Mathematics from the State University of New York at Binghamton in Binghamton, as well as an MS in Secondary Education with a concentration in Mathematics from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. She is Schools Attuned Certified and attended the Klingenstein Summer Institute in 2006 at Columbia University.
The new Upper School art/art history teacher is Lauren Cunningham, replacing Tom Delaney. She holds a BA in Studio Art from Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina, as a cum laude graduate, where she was also a Phi Beta Kappa inductee. She also received an MFA in Sculpture from The University of Georgia in Athens. Lauren has participated in several exhibitions, mostly in the southern states and in New York, Philadelphia and Colorado. She was the recipient of several scholarships and served as a graduate teaching assistant at The University of Georgia. Although most of Lauren’s experience is at the museum and gallery level, she taught at the AP level in the Upper School as a long-term substitute at The Walker School in Marietta, Georgia, and at The Westminster Schools in Atlanta.
Rudi Flores returns to Breakthrough in the permanent role of Middle School coordinator. He taught in the Breakthrough summer program from 2005-10 during which time his peers chose him to receive the Jessica Slade Award for congeniality, teamwork and respect. Rudi served as a corps member and team leader for City Year (a member of AmeriCorps national service network) in San Antonio, Texas, where he completed 4,400 hours of service at S.J. Davis Middle School working with sixth-grade math classes. He holds a BA in Electronic Media with a minor in Spanish from The University of Texas at El Paso.
Returning to his alma mater, Jordan Hampton ’01 joins the Mathematics Department as an Upper School math teacher, filling one of two vacancies left by retiring Upper School teachers Steve Hoover and Dan Foust. Jordan has four-and-a-half years of experience teaching geometry and algebra in the Joshua ISD. He received a BS in Exercise Sport and Science with a minor in Mathematics from Texas Tech University. Jordan left JISD for a coaching opportunity at St. Mary’s Hall in fall 2012 and previously served part-time at FWCD as varsity defensive back coach.
Jonathan Hinton joins the Performing Arts Department as Middle School band director. He comes to us from Northwest ISD where he served as head band director at Medlin Middle School. He has also taught in the Waxahachie, Keller, Midlothian and Grand Prairie ISDs. Jon currently serves as principal trombone in the Irving Symphony; utility trombone in the Plano Symphony; and as a substitute and extra player for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Wind Symphony and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. He has held lead, second and principal trombone positions on the Irving and Shreveport symphonies and Dallas Original Jazz orchestras. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Theory/Composition from the University of Texas at Arlington and an MM in Trombone Performance from Southern Methodist University.
Daniel Lancaster has taught at both the high school and college levels. He replaces Eric Boberg as Upper School English teacher. Since 2008, he has served as department chair and lead content teacher at R.L. Paschal High School, teaching at the AP level. He served as a teaching fellow at the University of North Texas and English instructor at Tarrant County College. He received a BA and MA both in English Literature from the University of North Texas and a Post-MA in Educational Leadership from Tarleton State University.
State certified and holding a BS in Applied Learning and Development, Elementary Education, from the University of Texas at Austin, Amanda Malone joins the Lower School faculty with nine years teaching experience. She most recently served as third-grade teacher at Ridglea Hills Elementary School. She fills the second-grade teacher vacancy as a result of Kay Robinson’s retirement. Amanda’s husband, Bond, is a 1998 graduate of FWCD.
Breakthrough welcomes Nicole Masole in her new role as Breakthrough program director. Nicole received a BA in Plan II Honors and Government from the University of Texas at Austin and a Masters in Secondary Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Nicole previously served as a team leader in our Breakthrough program and as a campus recruiter for the national office in Austin. Previous summer experiences have included the position of summer analyst for Goldman Sachs in New York and as a corps member adviser for Teach for America. She most recently served as a seventh-grade mathematics teacher at Westview Middle School in St. Louis, giving her two years of classroom experience.
As the parent of a Lower and Middle School student, Lynn McBroom is already a part of the FWCD family. She served as the permanent kindergarten assistant substitute last year when we lost Virginia Tate, and will now serve as permanent kindergarten assistant to Mallory Alexander. Lynn holds a BA in Education from the University of Texas at Austin and is certified to teach secondary English and mathematics. She has eight years of classroom experience as an algebra teacher in Houston and Dallas area ISDs.
Ravi Pillalamarri comes to FWCD as an Upper School math teacher with 16 years teaching experience in the Maryland public schools. He fills one of the two vacancies left by retiring Upper School teachers Steve Hoover and Dan Foust. His subjects range from pre-algebra to Calculus AB and discrete mathematics. Ravi received a BA in Mathematics Education from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. He is currently a master’s candidate and is expected to receive an MEd in Educational Leadership in 2014. He has run in-service trainings on Smart Notebook, Google Sketchup and other technologies.
Jasmine Quezada is the newest member of the Breakthrough team serving as the College Bound coordinator. She received a BS in Communication Studies with a Minor in Leadership Psychology and an MEd in Counseling-Student Affairs from Texas Christian University. She served as a college adviser through Advise TX College Advising Corp and Haltom High School. She is a member of the Texas Counseling Association and TCU Higher Education Leadership Organization. Jasmine received recognition awards from TCU and Haltom High School for her dedication, commitment and service.
With 28 years of classroom experience, Sherri Reed returns to her Texas roots and takes the place of Perri Carr as an Upper School science teacher. Sherri has spent the last 22 years teaching in Hawaii—three years in Honolulu at Hawaii School for Girls and the last 18 years in Makawao, Maui, at Seabury Hall, where she was the recipient of two large Toyota Tapestry grants. Sherri has taught chemistry; regular, Honors and AP biology; AP environmental science; science and film; and physical and general life science. She received a BS in Biological Studies as a cum laude graduate from Tarleton State University. Sherri has co-authored several articles, made presentations at several National Science Teachers Association Conferences and has participated in a National Geographic Teacher-Student Field Expedition.
Sarah Akhtar Smith ’91 was the senior class president of her FWCD class. She is the parent of a third-grader and kindergartener and will serve in the role of kindergarten associate in the classroom with Caroline Corpening Lamsens ’99 for the next two years. Sarah has taken the place of Mallory Alexander who has become a kindergarten teacher to fill the void left by Stacey Cherry Hardwick who has joined the admission team. Sarah’s husband, John Holt Smith ’87, is also an alumnus. Sarah studied a semester abroad in Paris, France, through Hollins College before receiving a BA in International Studies from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She also holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas School of Law. She received her Texas teaching certificate in June 2013.
Nina Sport joins the Department of Modern and Classical Languages as the new Middle School French/Spanish teacher replacing Nicholas Cheadle. She holds a BA in French and Spanish from the University of Texas at Arlington. Nina was the recipient of two memorial scholarships, was named on the Dean’s List in 2012 and 2013 and was a nominee for the Outstanding Student Leader award. This year, she was selected as the Department of Modern Languages Outstanding Senior in both French and Spanish and brings experience as a freelance translator for Global Metaphrase LLC.
With the retirement of Suzanne Lewis, Andrew Thomas fills the Upper School history teacher vacancy with a 10-year background in the classroom. Although his teaching career began in Arlington, Virginia, Andrew came to Texas in 2005 and most recently served as department chair of social studies since 2009 in the Fort Worth ISD, where he has been teaching AP U.S. history, AP U.S. government and politics, AP macroeconomics and U.S. history. He has served on the Discipline Committee and was a National Honor Society and Cum Laude adviser. Andrew holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Detroit and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He also holds a Principal Certification from Texas Wesleyan University.
Pamela Thomas joins the Lower School as the new third-/fourth-grade music teacher as a result of the retirement of Marsha Ghormley Rapfogel ’71. She brings more than 40 years of teaching experience at all levels and a strong background in Orff instrumentation, having served in the Birdville, Crowley, Fort Worth and Cleburne ISDs. Pamela has taught at private schools as well, most recently with Country Day School of Arlington and St. Maria Goretti, also in Arlington. She has conducted workshops at the National Conference of Texas, Bass Performance Hall and Cleburne ISD. Pamela earned a BS in Music Education from North Texas State University and an MEd from Texas Christian University.