Favorite Quote: “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”
Favorite Quote: “Education is the training of the mind to think something that cannot be learned from textbooks.”
Prior to joining the Cushing faculty in the fall of 2000, Stirling spent four years working as a counselor to high school students at an educational not-for-profit in New York City, and three years teaching English as a Second Language in Ecuador. He received his B.A. in psychology from Wesleyan University and his MsEd in Second Language Education (TESOL Concentration) from the State University of New York at New Paltz. Mr. Ince is also a graduate of Dulwich College (London, England) and St. Mary’s College (Port-of-Spain, Trinidad). In addition to his teaching duties, he is the head coach for both varsity boys’ cross-country team and varsity track and field team. He is the dorm head of Johnson House.
Kevin has taught Mathematics for the past eight years in a public high school, private day school and for the last three years at The Taft School, a private boarding school. He has taught all levels of math through Calculus. In addition to math, Kevin also teaches AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics and courses in Personal Finance. He believes in a student-centered approach to teaching and uses inquiry methods to help students explore and comprehend complex concepts. Kevin attended Roger Williams University where he received a degree in Mathematics and Secondary Education, and has a Masters Degree from the University of New Haven. He has experience tutoring students in many math courses as well for the SAT and ACT.
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Bryan attended Fairfield University, where he received his B.A. in English. He completed his M.A in English from William Paterson University in 2006. In 2018, he earned a PhD in English from St. John’s University. For the past fifteen years, Bryan has taught number of English classes at the high school level including World Literature, British Literature, and American Literature, as well as providing SAT prep, college application help, and essay writing instruction for his students. He has also taught composition and literature at a number of colleges, including Michigan State University, Rutgers University and Pace University. As a graduate student he tutored students at the St. John’s University Institute for Writing Studies. In his last job, he remotely tutored students at Purdue University Global for writing in all subjects for approximately 1500 hours.
Sierra is a Penn Fellow at the Taft School, where she teaches English, coaches, and lives in the dorm as she works toward her Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. Before landing at Taft, Sierra was a 2018 graduate of Haverford College, where with a degree in English and minors in Education and Psychology. At Haverford, she served as a teaching fellow at Titagya Schools in Dalun, Ghana, and as a four-year member and captain of the varsity women’s basketball team. She also served with the school’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee as a liaison to the Office of Academic Resources, during which she brainstormed methods to improve students’ academic performance from teaching time management to reducing stress and anxiety. Her previous experience includes student-editor for publications such as The New York Literary Magazine as well as contributions to platforms such as the Newtown Literary Journal. Sierra currently volunteers as an editor at an online literary journal, the Awesome Sports Project, where she works with girls in the internship program to voice their own stories about identity and sports experiences.
Eric earned a PhD in history from the University of Minnesota in 2012 and has published multiple articles in professional historical journals. He has also been an official AP History grader for nine years and has extensive knowledge of all AP history curriculums. Eric’s has also taught several nonfiction writing classes and can help people with all stages of essay writing, from brainstorming to final edits. He also has five years of ACT/SAT experience and helped develop the ACT/SAT curriculums at two separate education centers in Southern California.
After spending many years in many educational roles, Eric has found that his favorite kind of teaching is working with engaged students one-on-one. He takes pride in his ability to connect with people, and to take complex ideas and explain them in ways students can understand.
Melissa graduated from Cornell University, where she majored in History with minors in German and Latin American studies. Melissa started her teaching and tutoring career in college, where she helped students strengthen their writing across the disciplines, logging over 1000 hours. After graduation, she moved to Tokyo, Japan, where she taught English as a second language to middle school students. Presently, Melissa is pursuing her master’s degree in social studies education at Brown University. Melissa is also a private tutor, helping students of all ages excel in history, writing, English and Spanish, as well as the college admissions process. As a tutor and mentor, she strives to build meaningful connections with her students, empower them, and help them realize their full potential inside and outside the classroom.
One of the nation’s leading interventionists, Dr. Dan Villiers has education, motivated, and inspired more than 700 families to pursue treatment for their children with acute anxiety, OCD and Trauma. In the spirit of entrepreneurism Dan has founded four anxiety treatment programs for school-aged children; most notably The Anxiety Institute in 2016, an intensive day program in Greenwich, CT, and Mountain Valley Treatment Center in 2010, the first non-hospital residential anxiety program in the United States. He has published articles, appeared on radio and TV, and given over 100 presentations in the US and in Europe on the nature, experience, and impact of Anxiety; and ways to address the epidemic individually and systematically.
Bridget holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and French from the University of Notre Dame, as well as a Master’s in Education and a Master’s in French and Francophone Studies. She has 14 years of teaching experience and has worked with students of all ages in a variety of settings. She is a certified 5-12 ELA teacher in the state of Massachusetts and has taught English and French to students at every level from 6th grade through senior year of college. Through volunteer and part-time positions, she has also worked with lower elementary students in and out of the classroom. Bridget’s professional experience has included writing individualized curricula and working one-on-one with students at an alternative school for struggling learners. She has also written lesson content and assessments for two educational software companies. Bridget has a strong understanding of child development and creatively adapts instruction to meet the individual needs of all students. Her passion is language and writing instruction, but she has a wide range of other interests, including history, art, and the natural world. Outside of the classroom, she has acted as a Brownie Girl Scout leader, children’s museum guide, Big Sister, club coordinator, trip chaperone, and 5-8th grade track and field head coach. She has also led middle and elementary school enrichment activities, including lockbox challenges, painting classes, video making, and standardized test prep. Bridget hopes to inspire all her students with a life-long love of learning.