Niles explains why this season, in particular, his teammates are playing with urgency and hustle.
Along with all of the new faculty and staff who joined Pingry this fall, more than a dozen members of the community have moved into new positions or taken on additional roles:
Director of Athletics and Community Wellness
Ms. Abbott is building on her leadership of the Community Well-Being Collaborative. She will advance the student well-being strategic initiative by helping to better align community wellness in the areas of physical education, athletics, and health, K-12, as well as focusing on leadership development and student and parent programming.
Associate Director of Operations and Health Teacher
After serving as the Assistant Director of Athletics and Athletic Trainer for seven years, Ms. Carannante has transitioned to teaching Middle and Upper School health (and continuing with Foundations of Sports Medicine), in addition to becoming Associate Director of Operations.
Dr. Reid Cottingham
Director of Teaching and Learning, K-12
Along with teaching Upper School English, Dr. Cottingham's responsibilities include implementing faculty evaluation and performance models using current research and best practices in teaching and learning; coordinating and enhancing academic programming across the School's three divisions, appropriately reflecting developmental levels; and supporting faculty by actively mentoring and sponsoring them in their professional growth and contributions to Pingry.
Dr. Delvin Dinkins
Assistant Head of School, K-12
Along with teaching Upper School English, Dr. Dinkins will help to ensure mission consistency, strategic alignment, and overall effectiveness across the School program, fostering progress, collaboration, and coordination to enable projects to move forward. He will partner closely with Board committees, Task Forces, and other key leadership structures.
David Fahey '99
Director of Operations, Safety, and Strategic Initiatives
Mr. Fahey expands his duties to include supervision of the nursing staff on both campuses.
Upper School History Teacher and Admission Counselor
In addition to continuing to teach Upper School history, Mr. Horesta joins the Admission Office to help with outreach and enrollment.
Dr. Alyssa Johns
Assistant Lower School Director of Social and Emotional Wellness
Previously the Lower School Counselor, Dr. Johns has joined the Lower School's leadership team and is part of the decision-making process for schedules, school policies, and more.
Tim Lear '92 P '25, '27, '30
Dean of College Counseling and Director of Student Support Services
Mr. Lear expands his responsibilities to include supervision of the School counselors and learning support. He will help to coordinate the student well-being strategic initiative.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Heather Smith, Lower School K-2 Science Teacher, assumes the role of Lower School Assistant Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Bria Barnes, Middle School English Teacher, assumes the role of Middle School Assistant Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Alexa López, Upper School Spanish Teacher, assumes the role of Upper School Assistant Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
In addition . . .
Jamie Nanfara returns to her role as Lower School Literacy Specialist after filling in last year to teach Grade 2.
Heather Steinman '93 moves from teaching Kindergarten to Grade 1.
Rebecca Sullivan, Upper School Visual Arts Teacher, has also taken on the role of Director of Experiential Education.
Graham Touhey, Chemistry Teacher, assumes the role of Upper School Dean of Student Life.
Homa Watts moves from teaching Grade 1 to Grade 2.
Contact: Greg Waxberg '96, Communications Writer, Editor of The Pingry Review