Faculty & Staff Updates
Find information about new employees and changes in roles for the 2022-23 school year here.
Maggie Baker, Third Grade Homeroom
Maggie Baker joins our third grade team this fall, coming to us from Chicago. Most recently, Maggie was the Assistant Head of School at Greenfields Academy, where she supported students from Kindergarten through fifth grade in inquiry-based projects and learning. Prior to Greenfields Academy, Maggie spent time in Chicago public schools, working on different content areas in Grades 1-6. Maggie holds a B.A. in Anthropology and an ME.d. in Elementary Education, both from DePaul University. Welcome, Maggie!
Harley Bosco, Fifth Grade Homeroom
We are excited to welcome a very familiar person in the Lower School, Harley Bosco, to our fifth grade team! Most recently, Harley has been a tremendous support as a substitute teacher, working with almost every grade level and the library, and on the extended day staff. Prior to working at Park, Harley worked as a docent at the American Visionary Arts Museum. Harley holds a B.A. in Visual Arts and Creative Writing, with a concentration in French, from Oberlin College, and earned a 99 hour Childcare Certification from the Community College of Baltimore County.
Megan “Meg” Brown, Second Grade Homeroom
After having supported almost every grade level in our Lower School, Megan “Meg” Brown is joining the second grade team this fall. Prior to supporting our Lower School as a substitute teacher, Meg was a Special Educator for Reisterstown Elementary School and Assistant Coordinator of the Infant and Toddler Program at Beth El Preschool. Meg holds a B.S. in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s in Special Education, both from Towson University.
Michelle (McCloskey) Shirah ’05, Fourth Grade Homeroom
Michelle (McCloskey) Shirah, Class of 2005, joins our fourth grade team this fall. Most recently, Michelle taught first grade at Krieger Schechter Day School, focusing on creating interactive and differentiated lessons for her students. Michelle also taught at the elementary school level at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School for several years. Michelle is excited about rejoining the Park community, writing in her letter of interest: “I have often thought of returning to Park, my home away from home.” Michelle holds a B.A. in Studio Art with a minor in Family Studies from James Madison University, and a Master’s in Early Childhood Education from Towson University.
Kaylee Kisselburgh, Middle School Social Studies
Kaylee Kisselburgh joins our Middle School Social Studies department this fall. Most recently, Kaylee has been teaching seventh grade Social Studies at East Irondequoit Middle School in Rochester, N.Y. Kaylee holds a B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of Rochester, where she wrote a senior honors thesis about Indian Resistance to British Imperialism through the use of British technologies and innovations during the 19th and 20th centuries. She also holds an M.S. in Teaching and Curriculum Social Studies 7-12 from the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education.
John Cruz, Upper School Modern Language
John Cruz joins the Upper School modern language department as a Spanish teacher this fall. Most recently, John was a Visiting Instructor of Spanish at University of Findlay, and, prior to this role, was an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Community College of Denver. John’s previous roles include Editor at Escuela de Escritura in Chile and Assistant Director for Study Abroad at The Ohio State University. John holds a B.S. in Marketing from Universidad Central de Colombia, an M.A. in Spanish from St. John’s University, and a Ph.D. in Spanish and Portuguese from The Ohio State University.
Allison Ewing, Upper School Dean of Students
Allison Ewing has already joined us (as of July 1) as Upper School Dean of Students. Most recently, Allison was Assistant Principal of Grades 9 and 10 at the Washington International School (WIS). Prior to working at WIS, she was Upper School Social Studies Department Chair and Co-Director of Equity, Inclusion, and Justice at Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland. Allison earned her B.A. in History and Spanish at the University of Michigan and her Master’s of Education in Secondary Education at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College.
Charlie Junkins, Upper School Theater
Charlie Junkins joins us this fall as our Upper School theater teacher. He recently completed his M.Ed. in Human Development and Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education. While in Cambridge, Charlie was involved in The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), designing curriculum for middle and high school students to help develop social-emotional and theatrical skills and knowledge. Charlie actually spent time in Baltimore, working for The Choice Program with AmeriCorps, mentoring and advocating for youth in the Department of Juvenile Services. Charlie holds a B.A. in Theater and a B.A. in Global Studies from University of Southern California.
Lubna Najar, Upper School English
The Upper School English department welcomes Lubna Najar this fall. Lubna is currently teaching Upper School English at Sidwell Friends in D.C., where she has taught every high school grade level. At Sidwell, Lubna also serves as the faculty advisor to Quarterly, the literary magazine, and South Asian Students Association. Prior to Sidwell, Lubna taught English at Randallstown High School. Lubna holds a B.A. with Honors in English Language and Literature from Brown University, an M.A. in English Literature from University of Chicago, and a NYS Certification in English Education from University at Buffalo, The State University of New York.
Kyle Tribble, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fellow
We are excited to announce that Kyle Tribble, Class of 2013, has agreed to take on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fellow role this fall. Kyle was most recently the Assistant Director of Outreach in the Financial Aid department at Johns Hopkins, where he provided direct outreach for students and families receiving financial aid. Kyle expressed a great deal of interest and excitement for the position, writing in his letter of interest: “I’d like to extend my efforts to an institution where a desire for diversity and collaboration are at the forefront of its ideals — not just an afterthought. I know Park is just the place and that my time there will be spent bettering the lives of young people whose shoes I walked in not too long ago.” Kyle holds a B.A. in English from Oberlin College.
Changes in Role
Gina Braden assumes the role of Middle School Theater and Theater Chair.
Lower School Assistant Principal Matt Doyle assumes the role of Lower School Principal.
Second grade teacher Katrina Holmberg assumes the role of Lower School Assistant Principal
After serving as Interim Dean of Students for the Upper School last year, Elliott Huntsman returns to the Upper School science department.
Middle School social studies teacher Shrijana Puri assumes the role of Middle School Dean of Students
In addition to teaching fifth grade, Jen Rosen is now the Director of the Middle Grades Partner (MGP) program.
In addition to teaching Middle School Language Arts, Nicole Scott is now the Director of Park Summer Camps.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fellow Akira Townes assumes the role of Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.