St. Johnsbury Academy announced the addition of six new faculty members to start the 2014-2015 school year.
Headmaster Tom Lovett said, "While small in number due to our low faculty turnover rate, these new faculty bring a diversity of expertise and interests that will further strengthen our excellent teaching staff. I am excited about the diversity of their backgrounds -- some very familiar with the Academy as former faculty or alums, and some brand new to our community -- as well as the close bond they have formed with each other. Already they have shown the supportiveness, dedication, innovation, optimism, and service that defines great teachers. All of us, especially our students, are lucky to have them on board."
James Baker joins SJA's science department from Admiral Farragut Academy in St. Petersburg, Fla., where he taught a number of engineering classes, Conceptual Physics and Robotics Design. Prior to Admiral Farragut, he was the CTE director at InTech Collegiate High School, a STEM charter school in Utah. He has been trained in the use of machining and welding technology including the use of manual lathes and mills and TIG stainless steel welding at Idaho State University. He holds a BS in Engineering and Technology Education from Utah State University.
Meagan Boucher joins the math department. She taught last year at Oyster River High School in Durham, N.H. while completing master's level courses at the University of New Hampshire. She graduated from UNH with a major in Secondary Math Education and a minor in Coaching. Megan was a five-year member of UNH's cross-country and track and field teams.
Olivia Griffiths joins the Academy as a long-term substitute English teacher. Olivia's career to date has been in publishing and media. She has also worked as a private tutor and spent last summer at Emma Willard Writer's Retreat as a writing teacher and resident proctor. She received a BA in English Literature and Cinema and Media Studies from Wellesley College.
Sonia Joliffe returns to the Academy's English department after teaching grades 5 and 6 at Good Shepherd Catholic School for five years. Sonia holds a BA in English Literature with a minor in French from DePauw University. She also pursued post-baccalaureate studies in education at California State University. She previously worked as an adjunct professor of English composition at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, W.Va. and as an English and French teacher at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, Calif.
Kimberly Keach graduated from SJA in 2001. She joins the Special Services department. Kimberly was most recently an education instructor and assistant conditioning coach at Waterville Valley Academy. She graduated with a BS in Adventure Education from Plymouth State University.
Peter Mantius joins the social studies department. He taught most recently at the Besant Hill School in Ojai, Calif., where he also served as a head dorm proctor and coached varsity tennis. Peter earned a MA in Education, Curriculum and Instruction from Boise State University in Boise, Idaho and a BA in Political Science from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.