We are delighted to welcome new members to the Belmont Hill faculty.
Ms. Bradley joins Belmont Hill as a one-year teaching fellow for the 2022-2023 school year. In this role, she will teach four sections of art, oversee the School’s Art Club, and support other afternoon programming. A 2020 graduate of the Pratt Institute with a BFA in painting, Ms. Bradley comes to Belmont Hill from New York, where she worked as a studio assistant to the artist Justine Hill, assisting with the production and commission of the artist’s work. She also has experience in ceramics, drawing, and painting and has taught in various summer school programs, including at Belmont Hill’s Summer School.
We welcome Mrs. Folan back to Belmont Hill where she will be working in the Office of Academic Support. She and her husband, Peter Folan ’93, spent many years as dorm parents in the Underwood House, where she built great relationships with the boarding students. She has spent many years in elementary schools as a teacher and a reading specialist, most notably at the Jackson School in Newton. Mrs. Folan also taught in the Belmont Public Schools as a substitute and was heavily involved leading PTO activities. She earned an undergraduate degree in elementary education and a Master’s in education with a focus on reading from Boston College. She is currently completing an advanced certification from MGH Institute of Health in Language and Literacy.
Mr. Fulham comes to Belmont Hill as a one-year teaching fellow for the 2022-2023 school year. In this role, he will teach both in the English and Science departments and will coach and work in our Theater department. A 2018 graduate of Middlebury College with a BA in environmental studies with a minor in English and American literature, Mr. Fulham was a member of the varsity football team and a founding member of Middlebury’s sketch comedy group. He also participated in 12 plays at Middlebury and wrote and directed an original play as part of his senior thesis.
Dixon T. Hargrove
Mr. Hargrove has joined our Mathematics department to teach four sections of math and to coach two seasons. He was previously at Salisbury School, where he taught precalculus, honors precalculus, AP statistics, and economics and strived to foster a love of mathematics and critical thinking and build resilience in problem-solving. At Salisbury, he served as the head coach of JV lacrosse and assistant coach of both varsity soccer and third hockey; worked as a resident dorm parent and faculty advisor; and supervised student activities on campus. Prior to Salisbury School, Mr. Hargrove worked at Bain & Company, where he led a team of Williams College alumni and recruited coordinators to help teach students about the consulting field. He holds an MBA from Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and a BA in economics from Williams College. In 2017, he served as a Belmont Hill varsity lacrosse volunteer assistant coach.
Mr. Ojeni arrives at Belmont Hill as a member of our Modern Language department where he will teach Spanish. Mr. Ojeni will also work with students in our Theater department and coach either tennis or squash. As part of our Residential Life Team, he will reside on campus. Mr. Ojeni comes to the School from Stanford University, where he was a resident director, led English as an Additional Language (EAL), and ran programs on computer literacy and Spanish for the workplace through Stanford’s Stepping Stones to Success Program. He is a Fulbright Scholar and holds an MS in education from UPenn. Mr. Ojeni also is a voice actor, with a diploma in acting from Central de Cine y Metrópolis in Madrid, Spain. He also received a Master of Arts in teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language from the Universidad de Alcala (also in Madrid) and a BA in Spanish and Hispanic studies and theater with a minor in English from Lehigh University.
Donavan Payne ’18
Graduating in May of 2022 with a BA in sociology with a minor in African studies from Tufts University, Mr. Payne returns to Belmont Hill as a one-year teaching fellow for the 2022-2023 school year. His primary responsibilities will be to teach up to two sections of English and to coach and work in our Theater department. At Tufts, he was co-captain of the Tufts cheerleading team and has served as an alumni mentor for Belmont Hill’s Multicultural Alumni Partnership Mentoring program. His teaching experience includes designing and teaching a course in the Experimental College at Tufts to a class of fellow undergraduate students and as a teaching assistant at Phillips Andover Summer Session, where he co-taught an English course for rising 7th and 9th graders.
Jamie H. Phinney
Belmont Hill welcomes Mrs. Phinney as an associate director of College Counseling. She has extensive independent school experience spanning two decades, which includes serving as associate director of college counseling at Phillips Academy, Andover and as an assistant director of college counseling at Salisbury School. She is a graduate of Deerfield, Harvard University, and Harvard School of Education and has also taught neuroscience. Mrs. Phinney is an Olympian and won a bronze medal in women’s ice hockey in 2006. She was a member of the U.S. Women’s National Ice Hockey team for nearly a decade, and has been head coach of a number of independent school varsity programs in various sports as well as serving as an assistant ice hockey coach at Harvard University. Mrs. Phinney knows our school culture well as the spouse of faculty member Brian Phinney.
Mr. Speer comes to Belmont Hill via the Cranbrook School in suburban Detroit. At Belmont Hill, he will teach four sections of math and will serve as the head coach of our varsity tennis team. At Cranbrook, Mr. Speer taught the full range of math levels, including algebra 1, precalculus, honors precalculus, and AP calculus AB, and designed and taught an inaugural offering of “Advanced Topics: Analysis,” an accelerated course covering both honors-level precalculus and AP calculus AB in one academic year. In addition, he served on the admission committee, was an academic advisor, assistant head of the Math Club, and won the 2020 Edyth May Sliffe Award for Distinguished Mathematics Teaching from the Mathematical Association of America. He also coached tennis. Prior to that, he was a math teacher at Deerfield Academy and a math teaching fellow at Phillips Academy Andover. He holds an MS for Teachers in Mathematics from the University of New Hampshire and a BA in mathematics and music from Williams College.
We welcome Ms. Wallace to the Belmont Hill faculty, where she will teach four sections of English along with coaching and co-curricular duties. She joins the School from the Community Charter School of Cambridge where she taught 11th and 12th grade English and was responsible for redesigning the AP English Language curriculum to provide increased rigor. While at Community Charter, Ms. Wallace also served as a new staff mentor, working with new teachers in developing relationships with students and navigating the beginning of their teaching careers. Prior to that, she held positions at the Charles Sposato Graduate School of Education, where she served as a summer practicum instructional coach, and at the Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice, where she taught 12th grade English. She holds an EdM from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and an AB Honors in history and literature with a secondary in the classics from Harvard College.
Mrs. White joins Belmont Hill School as director of Health Services after serving in a similar role at Shady Hill School since 2015, where she was responsible for first aid and medical management for 543 students ages pre-K to grade 8. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, she was an administrative member of the Health and Safety team responding to all aspects of the pandemic, including the creation and implementation of comprehensive testing plans and protocols and thoughtful and transparent communication with families and community members. Prior to her role at Shady Hill, she worked as an RN at Tufts Medical Center, where she cared for patients in a pediatric intensive care unit. She received an Associates Degree in Nursing from Bunker Hill Community College and holds a BA in nursing from UMass Boston and a BA in sociology from Wheaton College.