New Faces

The School welcomes 10 new faculty members to Millville for the 2018-19 academic year

This incoming group of educators have more than six advanced degrees among them and bring expertise across disciplines to the School’s classrooms, labs, and art and dance studios. Familiar faces also move to different roles within the community as the School prepares for its 163rd session.
Libby Barlow
Director of Institutional Research
Barlow joins the School as director of institutional research. Barlow holds a doctorate in education and served as the assistant vice president for institutional research and assessment at Syracuse University. Prior to that role, Barlow worked as an associate dean and faculty member in religious studies at Northfield Mount Hermon.
Harrison Soebroto
Soebroto makes his way to Millville from Northfield Mount Hermon where he taught humanities and served as crew coach. Soebroto, a graduate of Columbia University, holds a Master of Education in human development and psychology from Harvard University School of Education. He joins the School’s Humanities faculty and will assume coaching duties with both the cross country and rowing programs.
Alexis Waller
Humanities (Spring Term)
Waller will serve as a Spring Term sabbatical replacement in humanities. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Harvard Divinity School, with a focus on social justice, equity and inclusion.
Leigh Kaulbach
Fine Arts
Kaulbach returns to the School as a teacher in Fine Arts with a focus in visual arts. She holds an MFA in Visual Art from the University of Kansas, where she also worked as an instructor of drawing.
Virginia Invernizzi
Invernizzi joins the Languages Department as a teacher of Spanish. Invernizzi has experience in a boarding school setting having previously taught Spanish at Deerfield Academy. She spends her summers as a fellow with Project Zero, a research center focused on education at Harvard University and holds a Ph.D. in Latin American literature from the University of Virginia.
Katherine Hambleton
Hambleton will become a teacher of biology. Her previous experience includes teaching in the Science Department at the Hyde School in Bath, Maine, where she also coached varsity lacrosse and served as a head of house. She has a B.S. in Biopsychology from Tufts University.
Xin Yi Chan
Chan holds a B.S. in Molecular Genetics and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Rochester. Prior to arriving in Millville Chan worked as a research fellow at John Hopkins University where she studied vascular engineering and adult pancreatic stem cells.
Myra Singletary
College Advising
Singletary joins the College Advising office as an associate director of college advising. She brings experience in multicultural recruitment to the role. She arrives at the School following work building inclusive community at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pa., as director of multicultural admissions.
Kate Lydon
Director of Dance
Lydon joins the School as the new director of dance. In her previous post, she served as the artistic director of American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company, where she trained a select group of dancers from around the world. Lydon also danced professionally for American Ballet Theatre and San Francisco Ballet. As director of dance, Lydon will also serve as director of the audition-based St. Paul’s School Ballet Company.
Thomas Gregston
Associate Dean of Students
Following two years as a Penn Boarding School Teaching Residency (BSTR) program fellow in the Science Department, Gregston will become an associate dean in the Dean of Students Office this year. Gregston, a New Hampshire native, received his Master’s of Science in Education from the University of Pennsylvania this spring.  
Three faculty members assume new responsibilities as department heads following the completion of five-year terms held by Maj. Kevin Brooks (humanities), Davies Cabot (science), and Laura Hrasky (math):
Melissa Poole becomes head of the Humanities Department and will continue her role as Academic Technologist. Poole brings experience from across the educational spectrum to the job, having served as a college counselor, academic dean, dean of students, humanities teacher, and a director of 21st Century Learning at other schools.
Julie Cepiel, teacher of biology, transitions to the head of the Science Department this fall. As a member of the science faculty, she has served on several committees that have helped shape students’ academic experiences. As a Penner Fellow during the 2016-17 school year, Cepiel conducted research on developing grit and growth mindsets among students.
Parker Chase becomes interim head of the Math Department this fall. Since arriving in Millville in 1996, Chase has taught all levels of math. He returns to the department following five years working with students and parents in the College Advising office.
In other transitions, Matt Soule ’77 and Jill Blackmer move to associate faculty, and Davies Cabot (science), Relinde de Greef (humanities), Toby Brewster (humanities), and Laura Hrasky (mathematics) are on sabbatical.
The School welcomes five new Penn Boarding School Teaching Residency (BSTR) fellows this fall. Lauren Foster (mathematics), Josue Pontaza (languages), Ashira Anderson (science), Gabe Avis (art), and Drew Davis (humanities) will join second-year fellows Pankti Dalal (mathematics), James Washington (humanities), and James Whalen (languages) in working with students and faculty.
This spring, Caroline Crandall (mathematics), Annie Kelly (languages), Jane Mittelman (science), Rashaad Phillips (humanities), and Thomas Gregston (science) received their Master’s of Science in Education degree from the University of Pennsylvania following two years of mentorship and teaching in Millville.
Candy Dale has been an invaluable member of the SPS community for more than 27 years. Since joining the Humanities Department in 1991, Dale has had several roles at SPS including director of residential life, academic dean, and vice rector for faculty. Throughout her changing roles, she has always managed to make her way back to the classroom. After so many years as a devoted faculty member, Dale retired at the end of the 2017-18 school year. She is spending the summer at her cottage on Long Island, Maine, before traveling to Northern California where she will spend time with her children and grandchildren, and begin to search for a home in the Tahoe area. Professionally, Dale hopes to spend her time engaging in volunteer work in schools, libraries and nonprofit organizations. (Credit: Melissa Perkins)