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Farewell to an Administrator, Faculty, and Staff
Greg Waxberg

These members of the administration, faculty, and staff are leaving Pingry at the conclusion of the 2023-24 school year, and the School thanks them for their years of service:

Ethan Boll, Coordinator for the Drama and Music Departments, Theatrical Master Carpenter, and a substitute teacher, joined Pingry in 2022 as Master Carpenter.

Miles Boyd, Visual Arts Department Chair and a member of the Magistri, retires after 30 years; he served as Chair for his entire Pingry career. Mr. Boyd joined the Pingry community in 1994 after leading the arts department at schools in Atlanta and London. Pingry benefited from his perspectives and expertise as a working artist and as a teacher of Photography, Portfolio Development, Advanced Topics in Art, and Drawing/Painting.

Notably, Mr. Boyd was hired when then–Head of School John Hanly was looking to expand the arts program. So, Mr. Boyd is one of the people responsible for the existence and design of the Hostetter Arts Center that opened in 2003 to accommodate the evolving arts program, and he has been highly involved in many of the exhibits in the Hostetter Arts Center Gallery over the past two decades. He helped bring nationally and internationally renowned guest artists to campus to work with students. During the celebration of Pingry’s 150th anniversary in 2011-12, Mr. Boyd served on the inaugural Achievement in the Arts Award Committee and designed the physical award that continues to be presented annually to alumni artists. Beyond visual arts, he coached JV baseball earlier in his Pingry career.

Pingry has honored Mr. Boyd four times, with the Herbert F. Hahn Junior Faculty Award (2000), E. Murray Todd Faculty Chair (2004), Albert W. Booth Chair for Master Teachers (2014), and The Cyril and Beatrice Baldwin Pingry Family Citizen of the Year Award (2024).

Breanna Bundschuh, Lower School Nurse, leaves after two years.

Regina Hardatt, Assistant Lower School Director for Inclusive Teaching and Learning, leaves after three years.

Jill (Kehoe) Law ’04, Physics Teacher, spent 16 years at Pingry, starting as a Permanent Substitute, transitioning to Grade 6 science, and then physics. She has been an assistant coach for girls’ JV soccer, girls’ varsity basketball, and varsity softball—and she will continue coaching the softball team. Mrs. Law also planned several proms and taught a Spring Intensive called Money, Morality, and Message in Sports. In 2023, Mrs. Law was honored with the Greig Family Endowed Faculty Chair, which recognizes excellence in teaching and coaching.

Eddy Milfort, a member of the Lower School Facilities Team, has retired after more than 20 years of service. Earlier in his time at Pingry, he worked in the Lower School’s Kitchen.

Dr. Thu-Nga Morris, Assistant Head of School K–12 and Lower School Director, leaves Pingry after four years to become Director of Lower School at the William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia. She came to Pingry in 2020 as Lower School Director, was named Assistant Head of School for the Short Hills Campus in 2021, and moved into her most recent role in 2022. During her tenure on the Short Hills Campus, she guided K–Grade 5 students through the challenges of remote and hybrid learning, and her valuable contributions as both Lower School Director and as a member of the senior administrative team will have a long-lasting impact.

Karen Peake, Registrar, has left Pingry after 27 years. She worked in several roles in the Guidance and Upper School Offices.

David Rushforth, Upper School Math Teacher, leaves after six years. He was an assistant coach for boys’ and girls’ varsity and JV tennis, advised the Pingry Credit Union, and taught a Spring Intensive about cryptology.

David Sandorse, Groundskeeper, has retired after 27 years of service.

Jared Slaymaker, Lower School Music Coordinator and Music Teacher, leaves after three years.

Aye Thuzar, Upper School Math and Computer Science Teacher, leaves after 13 years to join the University of Oregon’s Computer Science Department. Among the highlights of Ms. Thuzar’s years at Pingry, she proposed and taught AP Computer Science Principles; redesigned the Programming Languages and Design course to make it more theoretical and comparable to a college course; and developed a curriculum for and taught Discrete Mathematics. From 2016–2023, she was the faculty advisor when Pingry competed in Lockheed Martin’s Code Quest competition. Outside of the classroom, Ms. Thuzar was an assistant coach for boys’ and girls’ varsity fencing. She received the James P. Whitlock, Jr. ’60 Faculty Development Award for Science, Mathematics, and Technology (2016) and the Senior Class Faculty Chair (2021). Most recently, Ms. Thuzar taught a Spring Intensive about Refugee Stories.

Dr. Gozde Unal, Upper School Math and Computer Science Teacher, leaves after one year. She taught AP Statistics, Advanced Topics in Computer Science, and AP Computer Science, and a Spring Intensive about Artificial Intelligence.

Dr. Zach Wakefield, Upper School History Teacher, leaves after five years to become Chair of the History Department at Virginia Episcopal School. He taught AP U.S. History and World History 9, advised the Politics Club, served on the ISP Committee, was Interim Dean of Student Life, coached the varsity wrestling team, and taught a Spring Intensive called “The Great Food Truck Experiment.”

Contact: Greg Waxberg ’96, Communications Writer, Editor of The Pingry Review