New Faculty in 2017

Adrian Anantawan is Milton’s new music department chair. He earned his bachelor’s in music performance at the Curtis Institute of Music, a master’s in music performance at the Yale School of Music and a master’s in arts education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Adrian taught most recently at the Conservatory Lab Charter School in Boston, where he was the co-director of music programs and a resident artist. A world-class violinist, he has studied with Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman and Anne-Sophie Mutter, and he has performed at the White House, the opening ceremonies of the Athens and Vancouver Olympic Games, and the United Nations. Adrian will live in Forbes House.

Steven Bachelor, a new member of Milton’s history department, earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his master’s degree and Ph.D. from Yale University. For the past four years, he chaired the humanities department at Franklin Academy, and for the past three years, he served as an adjunct professor of Latina/o and Latin America and Caribbean Studies at the University of Connecticut. Steven has also taught at Fairfield University, Colgate University and Roosevelt University.

Tasheana Dukuly, who earned her master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania while teaching English at Milton as a teaching fellow, joins the full-time faculty. Tasheana will teach English, work in the Community Engagement program, and support student multicultural programming in the Upper School. Tasheana earned degrees in both English and African American Studies at Bates College, and before joining the Milton faculty, she served as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Lowell and taught, coached, and lived in a dormitory at the Middlesex School. Tasheana will live in Hathaway House.

Weston Elkins joins the performing arts department as a speech and debate coach. Weston earned his bachelor’s degree in political science at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio and his master’s in higher education from University of Pennsylvania. Weston has taught speech and coached debate and speech in Texas and New Jersey, spending the last four years at Tompkins High School in Katy, Texas.

Gabrielle Hunt joins Milton as a teaching fellow in the University of Pennsylvania Resident Masters in Teaching program. Gabrielle earned her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at Northeastern University, where for four years she worked as an instructor for Northeastern’s chapter of the Science Club for Girls. Gabrielle also interned at Pfizer, the Harvard School of Public Health and Selecta Biosciences while studying at Northeastern.

John Lee joins the Milton faculty as a counselor. John earned his bachelor’s in psychology at Allegheny College with a minor in Women’s Studies. John then earned his master’s of social work at Simmons College. Here in the Boston area, he has served as a social worker at the South End Community Center and as a clinician at McLean Hospital. For the last six years, John has lived in Tennessee, running a private practice, directing the Collegedale Church CounseIing Center in Collegedale, and serving as an adjunct professor and counselor at the School of Social Work at the Southern Adventist University.

Martin McDermott is a new member of the visual arts department. Martin earned his bachelor’s degree in art history and studio art from Emory University, his master’s in teaching from Colorado College and his master’s in fine arts in ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design, where he also taught. For the last year, Martin was artist-in-residence and an instructor at Mudflat Studios in Somerville, and he also taught art for six years at high schools in Georgia and Alabama. His work has been exhibited at numerous galleries in the New England area. In addition to teaching in the visual arts department, Martin will help to coach the ultimate Frisbee team.

Scott Nobles, a new member of the visual arts department, earned his bachelor’s of fine arts at Rochester Institute of Technology. A partner at Stomping Ground Photo, Scott spent the last ten years teaching photography as an adjunct professor at colleges in the New York City area, including New York University and the Fashion Institute of Technology. He is the recipient of numerous photography awards, and has exhibited his work around New England. In addition to teaching photography in the visual arts department, Scott will help to coach the swimming and diving team.

Emily Pries joins Milton as a computer science teacher. Emily earned her bachelor’s degree in computer science and mathematics from Columbia University, where she also served as a teaching assistant in multiple computer science classes. Most recently, Emily was chief technology officer at Merisaka Learning in New York City. In the New York area, she also worked as high school robotics coordinator, taught math and served in the AmeriCorps. An experienced environmental science instructor, Emily will also work in the Outdoor Program.

Damon Pryor joins the health center staff as a counseling intern. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Rochester Institute of Technology and his master’s from Boston College. Damon is currently pursuing his doctorate in clinical psychology at William James College in Newton. While completing his graduate work, Damon has interned at the Mass College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, served as group leader at Child Therapy in Boston and was a therapist at the Whole Living Center in Cambridge.

Ilan Rodriguez joins Milton as the director of student multicultural programming. A graduate of the Rivers School, Ilan earned his bachelor’s degree in social work from Syracuse University and his master’s in social work from Boston College. Ilan taught in Chelsea for four years and worked at Camp Harbor View in Boston for five years. There, he developed an internship program for high school students. Most recently, Ilan served as the assistant director of graduate support and high school placement at the Nativity Preparatory School in Jamaica Plain.

Annie Schneider, who joins the math department, earned her bachelor’s in education and mathematics at Assumption College, where she founded the mathematics club. Annie taught math for two summers at Choate Rosemary Hall, and for the last four years she taught at the Williston Northampton School. There, she served as the girls’ volleyball coach and lived in a dormitory. In addition to teaching math, Annie will coach volleyball.

Xiaolu Shi joins the modern languages department to teach Chinese. Xiaolu earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Xi’an International Studies University, a master’s in English from Beijing Foreign Studies University and a master’s in American Studies from Brown University. Most recently, Xiaolu taught Chinese and Spanish in Stoughton, Massachusetts. In addition to teaching Chinese, Xiaolu will work with the Asian Society.

Kristine Sydney, a new member of the English department, earned her bachelor’s degree in English and film/video and her master’s degree in English from Middlebury College. She comes to Milton from the Wheeler School in Providence, where she taught all levels of upper school English and served as the school’s unity and diversity coordinator. Prior to that, she taught English at Cushing Academy, where she also was a dorm head, and spent a year teaching at the Philippine Embassy School in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. She is a regular contributor to rappler.com, an English Philippine-based social news network.

Sabrina Zaldaña joins the modern languages department as a French teaching fellow in the University of Pennsylvania Resident Masters in Teaching program. Sabrina earned her bachelor’s degree in French and chemistry from Williams College. She has served as a summer fellow at the Yale School of Medicine, worked as a teaching assistant at Collège-Lycée Saint Stanislas in Nantes, France, and coordinated service projects in the Dominican Republic.

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