St. Petersburg, FL (August 19, 2015) – Shorecrest Preparatory School kicked off the 2015-16 school year by welcoming 14 new additions to the faculty and staff. “We pride ourselves on recruiting and retaining the top teachers both locally and nationwide. This year’s new colleagues further strengthen our already impressive team here at Shorecrest,” said Shorecrest Headmaster Mike Murphy. “The expertise they bring in their subject areas combined with their passion for educating young people enhances all of our programs.”
Below are the 2015-16 New Hires at Shorecrest Preparatory School:
Daniel Asad will be teaching multiple sections of Ancient and Medieval Civilizations and AP World History this year in the Upper School. Daniel holds a Bachelor’s in Social Science from USF and a Master’s in History from American Public University. He has lived in many places around the world and speaks a number of languages. Daniel has taught in both North and South America, has taught middle schoolers as well as high school students, has taught in public and private schools, most recently at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan. Among many other things, he has also been a reader for the AP World History exams.
Bonni Carney joins Shorecrest as Associate Director of College Counseling. A native of St. Petersburg, Florida, Bonni attended Carson Newman University where she double majored in Psychology and Advertising/PR. She went on to earn her master’s degree in Education with a concentration in school counseling. Bonni comes to Shorecrest most recently from the University of Tampa where she served as the Assistant Director of Admissions, recruiting students from Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties. She brings experience in teaching, counseling, and mentorship and is eager to share her knowledge and enthusiasm with the Shorecrest community.
Jason Chin joins the Shorecrest community as a Technology Support Specialist. He comes to us from the Dalton School in New York City where he was a Technical Specialist who oversaw the implementation of that school’s one-to-one program among other responsibilities. He studied Management Information Systems at SUNY Stony Brook, holds multiple certifications from Apple, and has significant experience in tech support for businesses in the tri-state area.
Diego Duran-Medina arrives at Shorecrest having spent the last year in Estes Park, Colorado, at the Eagle Rock School, where he taught courses on citizenship. He has worked as a national consultant for the last three years through LeadServe Consulting, helping schools develop service-learning curricula and programming. From 2007-2012, he served as Director of Service-Learning at the Edmund Burke School in Washington, DC.
Diego earned a Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University, a Master of Arts from New York University and a Master’s of Education from the Klingenstein Center at Teachers College-Columbia University. He has presented at multiple NAIS conferences and recently contributed a chapter on service-learning to the book Engage!: Setting the Course for Independent Secondary Schools In the 21st Century. Diego is thrilled to be at Shorecrest, helping students live their passions through service and developing the service learning program.
Sandy Janack will be teaching Fifth Grade Social Studies in the Middle School. She comes to Shorecrest from Bay Vista Fundamental where she has taught for the past ten years. Sandy earned her Bachelor’s in English from the University of Michigan, her Master’s in Teaching from Seattle University, and also achieved her National Board Certification in 2008. She has also taught in New York and Washington State, as well as at Brookwood School, an independent school in Massachusetts.
Kate Merritt joined Shorecrest’s Advancement team in the spring of 2015 as Director of Annual Giving & Alumni. She served as the Parent Fund and Events Manager for nearly seven years at Cate School in Carpinteria, California. Kate holds a BA in Communications from Wake Forest University where she was also involved in film production, vocal music and theatre.
Richard Perrine will be teaching AP Computer Science, Introduction to Computer Science and Engineering, and Computer Programming. He will also take over direction of the Upper School Robotics program and club. Richard holds a Bachelor’s in Biology from the University of Kansas and a Masters of Secondary Science Education from Temple University. Richard has taught in Botswana, was Science and Computer Applications teacher at the Parish Episcopal School in Dallas, and most recently taught at the Northwest Academy in Portland, Oregon. He has also worked as a Research Assistant for the USDA’s Microbial Food Safety Research Unit and for UT’s Southwestern Medical Center’s Department of Molecular Biology and Oncology.
Brenda Rosas joins Shorecrest as a Junior Kindergarten Teacher Assistant. A native of Los Angeles, California, Brenda attended Eckerd College where she majored in Human Development with a minor in Psychology. As an undergraduate, Brenda completed an internship within the Experiential School of Tampa Bay in 2014. Brenda most recently spent a year teaching as an AmeriCorps at Academy Prep Center of St. Petersburg.
Marci Schneider joins the Shorecrest Advancement team as Campaign Director. In this role she will be coordinating and providing support to the Capital Campaign volunteer leadership. She was the Associate Director of Development at Berkeley Preparatory School for almost 10 years and has been a Director of Development for social services and healthcare organizations for the past 5 years. She holds the designation of Certified Fundraising Professional.
Will Thayer will lead the Upper School Math Department and will be teaching Pre-Calc Honors, AP Calculus AB, Algebra ll, and Multivariable Calculus. Will has several years of teaching experience at Cushing Academy in Massachusetts and, most recently, at Tower Hill School in Delaware. He holds a Bachelor’s of Mathematics from Connecticut College where he also spent a semester in New Zealand at the National Outdoor Leadership School. Will has also just completed his Master’s of School Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to his classroom experience, Will has both played and coached lacrosse and soccer.
Matt Thompson joins the Shorecrest Athletics program as the Assistant Athletic Director. A native of Boston, Matt is a graduate of Iona College in New Rochelle, NY where he was a member of the men’s lacrosse team. He went on to be the Assistant AD/Recreation & Intramurals at his alma mater and also served as the assistant coach/offensive coordinator for the women’s lacrosse team. He comes to Shorecrest most recently from Admiral Farragut Academy. In his five years as the Athletic Director at Admiral Farragut the athletics program saw significant advancements and accomplishments including several state champions, a team state champion in Girls Track – the first team state title since 2004 and first ever girls team title – a state championship appearance for football, the completion of a state-of-the-art 6 lane rubberized track, completion of a new field house, and in 2012, the introduction of lacrosse as a varsity sport. In 2015, under Matt’s leadership, AFA had the most student athletes sign letters of intent to compete at the collegiate level in the school’s history, including their first ever women’s basketball player. Matt has served on the FHSAA section 3 appeals board and in 2014 was selected to sit on the FHSAA Leadership Council as one of three representatives of FCIS schools.
Jessica Thorn comes to Shorecrest from Savannah Country Day School where she taught for the last eleven years. She holds a Bachelor’s in Mathematics from Wellesley College and earned her Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction with a Math Concentration at the University of Florida. At Shorecrest, she’ll be teaching Algebra ll Honors, AP Calculus BC, and Calculus Honors. Jessica coached varsity girls tennis at Savannah Country Day, earning recognition four times as the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association’s Coach of the Year for Region 3A. She also has experience with putting a yearbook together and has been an AP Calculus reader.
Ethan Updike will take over as the Upper School’s lead music teacher, as well as teach some Middle School instrumental music lessons. For Upper School, he’ll be teaching a section of Music Theory and will direct the Band, Jazz Band, and related music ensembles. Ethan is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and holds a Bachelor’s in Music and Master’s in Music Education from Oberlin Conservatory. Ethan specialized in trumpet performance at Oberlin, but, in fact, he can play most instruments and will be teaching instrumental music lessons to Middle and Upper School students over the course of the day.
Lisa Wylie has become an employee of Shorecrest after working with various areas of the school as a consultant over the past five years. Lisa has been working as a consultant with various non-profit organizations for the past ten years. Lisa is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and graduated with a Masters in Accounting from Stetson University. Lisa is the Director of Project Management/Technology for Business Operations and acts as Project Manager for system implementations and other projects.
For more information about the faculty and staff at Shorecrest Preparatory School, visit the Faculty page of www.shorecrest.org .
Founded in 1923, Shorecrest Preparatory School is a PK(3) through 12th grade independent school located in Tampa Bay. By offering its families choice, support, and balance, Shorecrest graduates empathetic, independent thinkers who succeed at the university level, pursue their passions, and lead purposeful lives. Learn more at www.shorecrest.org.