New Faculty in 2019

Lu Adami joins the visual arts department as a teaching fellow in the University of Pennsylvania Resident Masters in Teaching program. Lu graduated from Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in visual arts and spent the summer of 2018 as an intern at the Taft School, where they taught two classes, one in video production and one in studio art. Lu has experience as a gallery assistant and served on Brown’s Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan Committee.

Shirin Adhami joins the visual arts department as a faculty member and director of the Nesto Gallery. Shirin received her bachelor’s degree from Amherst College, where she majored in fine arts and religion, and did her thesis work in art history and Islamic art. She did her postgraduate/baccalaureate work at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and received her master of fine arts from the Rhode Island School of Design. Shirin has worked as a photographer for Netflix/Errol Morris and a photography instructor at Brown, the University of Massachusetts, RISD, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and as an art teacher at MET Charter High School. Her artwork has appeared in exhibitions across the United States and Europe.

Stephanie Ault ’86 will be an intern in the Health and Counseling Center. Stephanie has a master’s degree in professional counseling with a trauma studies certificate from Lesley University. Stephanie received her bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College, her J.D. from Boston College Law School and an M.Ed. from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. She has clinical experience working in the Lesley University Counseling Center; as a volunteer group therapy assistant at Newton Central High School; as a classroom aide in Newton Public Schools’ Springboard program; and as a horsemanship coordinator and instructor at the BINA Farm Center, providing therapeutic and recreational lessons for children with and without disabilities.

Bárbara Benítez-Meléndez returns to the Upper School modern languages department. Bárbara has been at Milton since 2016, most recently teaching Spanish at the Middle School. Bárbara earned her bachelor’s degree from Interamerican University in San Juan and her master’s degree from Middlebury College. She received certification as a computer technician from A1 Business and Technical College in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Prior to coming to Milton, Bárbara taught Spanish and English at Corporacíon Servicios Educativos de Yabucoa and Spanish at the Juan B. Huyke School in Puerto Rico. Bárbara will also advise the Latinx Association.

Scott Caron joins the performing arts department as a sabbatical replacement. Scott received his bachelor of fine arts in music theatre degree from the University of Hartford, and comes to Milton from the Shrewsbury High School speech and debate team, where he has worked as an assistant coach since 2008. Scott works as a teaching artist in the Boston Children’s Theatre, was as the interpretive events coach for the speech and debate team at the Bronx High School of Science, and was a founding board member and production designer at the Regatta Players in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. His speech and debate teams have been recognized nationally by the Catholic Forensics League and the National Speech and Debate Association, as well as by the Massachusetts Speech and Debate League. Scott is an actor who has performed in Rent, Jesus Christ Superstore, Les Miserables, Company and Oliver! among others.

Tito Carvalho will join the science department. Tito received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from Arizona State University, and a candidate of philosophy degree, as well as his PhD., in sociology and science studies from the University of California, San Diego. Tito’s doctoral dissertation was entitled, “A Naturalist in the Land of the Masters and the Slaves: The Question of Race and the Ethos of Science from the U.S. to Brazil and Back, 1930–1980.” Tito has held fellowships at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, UCSD’s science studies program and sociology department, and a clinical bioethics fellowship at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.

Marisela Funes joins the modern languages department as a Spanish teacher. Marisela has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Illinois, Urbana, a master’s in linguistics and Spanish from St. Louis University, and a Ph.D. in Spanish and Latin American literature from the University of Illinois, Urbana. Marisela comes to Milton from Brewster Academy, where she was the language chair. She has also taught at the University of Maine at Farmington, the University of Maine at Orono, Colby College, and the University of Illinois, Urbana.

Perin Gokce will be a part-time teacher in the history and social sciences department. Perin received her bachelor’s degree in business from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey, her master’s degree in international relations from Boston University, and is working toward her Ph.D. in political science from Boston College. Perin has worked at BC as an instructor and Clark University as an adjunct professor. She previously worked as an English instructor at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara. Perin’s graduate research was on the intersection of politics and religion in the Middle East.

Gabrielle Hunt, who earned her master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania while at Milton as a teaching fellow, joins the science department as a full-time chemistry teacher. Gabrielle received her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Northeastern University. She has previously worked as an instructor in Northeastern’s chapter of the Science Club for Girls and on the bioprocess research and development team at Pfizer. At Northeastern, Gabrielle completed co-ops at the Harvard School of Public Health and Selecta Biosciences. She will live in Millet House.

Josh Jordan ’11,
a member of our Lower School staff and Upper School athletics department, will begin teaching affective education this year in the Upper School. Josh will continue his work with the Lower School in addition to his expanded role in the Upper School. He received his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Salve Regina University, and has previously worked at Milton in several capacities, including in the Middle School’s After School Program, as a coach in the Upper School and as a teacher in the Lower School. Josh has led affinity spaces and cultural initiatives in the Lower School. He will live in Wolcott House.

Katharine Millet ’00 joins the faculty of the history and social sciences department. Katharine received her bachelor’s degree in history and art history from Columbia University and her M.Ed. from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Katharine comes to Milton from St. Mark’s School, where she was recently the chair of the history and social sciences department and director of St. Mark’s Saturdays. Since 2010, she has been a history teacher, coach, dorm parent and advisor at St. Mark’s. Previously, she was a teaching assistant at Buckingham Browne & Nichols School. Katharine has also worked as gallery manager for education and member services at the Copley Society of Art, and as the manager of patron programs at the Peabody Essex Museum, and she served on the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Arts Education Advisory Council.

Chelsey O’Donnell will serve as a counselor in the Health and Counseling Center as a sabbatical replacement. Chelsey is a licensed mental health counselor with experience in counseling, emergency intervention and case management. Chelsey earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the College of the Holy Cross, her graduate certificate in health administration from Regis College, and her master’s degree in mental health counseling from Boston College. She comes to Milton from the McLean-Franciscan Children’s program, through which she has served as a site manager clinician at the Mildred Avenue K–8 School in Boston; a clinician/case manager at the Community Based Acute Treatment Program; and a mental health specialist clinical coordinator and clinician at the Child/Adolescent Inpatient Program. Previously, she has held clinical and paraprofessional roles at BayCove BEST Urgent Care Center, Bryant University’s counseling services; and Dever Elementary School in Boston.

Arantxa Perales joins the modern languages department as a Spanish teacher. Originally from Spain, Arantxa received her bachelor’s degree from the Escuela Superior de Marketing y Administración in Barcelona, a bachelor’s degree in philology-Spanish language and literature from the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia; and a master of arts in teaching (MAT) from the Universidad Internacional de La Rioja in La Rioja, Spain. Arantxa comes to Milton from Kimball Union Academy, where she is a Spanish teacher, and the Rassias language immersion program at Dartmouth College. She has also worked as a private Spanish tutor and as a Spanish teacher at the International House London.

Brian Simoneau will be a faculty member in the English department. Brian received his bachelor’s degree in English from Amherst College, his master of fine arts in creative writing (poetry) from the University of Oregon, and his master’s degree in English and American literature from Boston University. A poet whose work has appeared in dozens of publications and anthologies, Brian has previously worked on the admission committee at Amherst College, a college counseling associate at Saint Joseph Preparatory High School in Boston, and a resident advisor at the Woodside Priory School in Portola Valley, California. Brian has taught English at St. Sebastian’s School, Crystal Springs Uplands School in Hillsborough, California, and the Kent School, among others.

Tomas Unger ’08 joins the English department as a faculty member. Tomas received his bachelor’s degree in English from Yale University, and his master of fine arts in poetry from Boston University. Tomas was a Robert Pinsky global fellow at BU, and received the John Hubbard Curtis Prize for Excellence in English, as well as the J. Edward Meeker Prize for Poetry at Yale. Tomas comes to Milton from the international law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, where he has worked as a communication specialist. He previously worked as a writer on pro bono and social responsibility at the firm of White & Case LLP, and as an editorial assistant in political science and philosophy at the publishing company W.W. Norton & Company. Tomas has also worked as a tutor with Varsity Tutors and Aristotle Circle.