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Jenny Hunt

Featured Faculty

WHO: Nyika Buccello

ROLE AT PURNELL: Director of Advising, Senior Class Dean, Assistant Dean of Students, Math Instructor, and Custis Dorm Parent.

FAVORITE PART ABOUT WORKING AT PURNELL: I love all the traditions especially my team! I love both the disciplinary system and the advisory aspects of the school. Each student is treated as an individual and their experiences are taking into account either through successes or challenges. My most favorite thing is Project Exploration. I like the opportunity of exploring new things. Through Project Ex, I have traveled to New Orleans, Mexico, Spain, Morocco, and Ecuador. I have studied photojournalism, the Spanish culture, art series, developing film, history of Louisiana, ecosystems, cooking, women in media and soon putting on a musical production. Both the teachers and students become a learning team. You are no longer are the expert and it's awesome that students get to see you like that.

OUTSIDE HOBBIES/INTERESTS: I continue my love of traveling and learning during the summers as much as I can & all things Disney.

YOU MAY NOT KNOW THAT: I have taken NYC public school students on cross-country adventures where we hiked the Grand Tetons, saw Ole' Faithful, Mount Rushmore, and the Grand Canyon. We also enjoyed nature and saw bears, a snake, and buffalo. We spent time on an Indian reservation and experienced a sweat lodge. We did community service along the way as well: building bridges, working at Girls Inc., and the Yellowstone National Park.

I have worked with Rustic Pathways as well. I lived in New Orleans for a summer while leading groups of high school juniors and seniors. We helped build and refurbish houses that were lost in hurricane Katrina with Habitat for Humanity and worked on saving the wetlands while experiencing the culture of the city.

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Kaila Aberasturi

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Donna Andeskie

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Rosemary Annetta

Rosemary Annetta

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M.S. The Pennsylvania State University
Jeff Beedy

Jeff Beedy

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Ed.D. Harvard University
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Karyn Beedy

Karyn Beedy

Faculty, ESL Teacher, Music Teacher
ELL/ESL Certification
Humanities, Creative Arts
Victoria Browne

Victoria Browne

Director of Student Life
BSc University of Massachusetts
PGCE Oxford Brooks University
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Nyika Buccello

Nyika Buccello

Assistant Dean of Students, Director of Advising, Senior Class Dean, Math Teacher, Dorm Parent, Custis I
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Ed.M. Seton Hall University
Student Services, STEM, Residential Life

Catherine Cunningham

Admissions Representative
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M.Ed Teachers College, Columbia University
M.A. Teachers College, Columbia University
Kate Davis

Kate Davis

Associate Director of Admissions
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Megan Du Vall

Megan Du Vall

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M.S. Oklahoma State University
Debbie Duckworth

Debbie Duckworth

Bookkeeper
Business Office
Bryanna Durant

Bryanna Durant

STEM Teacher - Chemistry, Mathematics
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STEM
Jessica Eckert

Jessica Eckert

Associate Head of School
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M.Ed. University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Student Services, Administration
Josh Eckert

Josh Eckert

Graphic Arts Teacher
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M.Ed. Temple University
Creative Arts
Kevin Eckert

Kevin Eckert

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Humanities, Learning and Enrichment Center
Anne Glass

Anne Glass

Academic Dean
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Rusty Hackman

Rusty Hackman

Buildings and Grounds
Jenny Hunt

Jenny Hunt

Student Life Assistant
A.B. Smith College
M.A. Mills College
Student Services

Olivia Hunt

Admissions Representative
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M.S. Pratt Institute
Eve Kahn

Eve Kahn

School Driver
Student Services
Jodi Klue

Jodi Klue

Learning Specialist, Dorm Parent, Gould I
B.A. Ithaca College
M.A. University of Auckland
M.Ed., Arcadia University
Learning and Enrichment Center, Residential Life
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