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Meet the New Faculty: Part 1
With summer winding down and the start of another academic year just around the corner, we are keen to introduce you to a few of the new faces that will be sporting the Baldwin blue come September. Stay tuned for more faculty and staff bios to come.
Elizabeth Becker, Lower School Director
Elizabeth Becker comes to Baldwin from Girard College, where she worked for the past 18 years as a teacher, math specialist, and, most recently, as Lower School Dean. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Master’s of Arts in Elementary Education. She has also earned certificates in elementary education, mathematics for seventh through twelfth grades, and certification for being a principal. Elizabeth currently resides in Wyncote, PA.
Gretchen Boger, Teacher of History (Upper School)
Gretchen Boger, a former history professor, loves working with students. After earning her B.A. from Yale University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University, Gretchen taught at Princeton and later at Colorado College. In these capacities, Gretchen taught American history courses and worked with undergraduates through the Princeton Writing Program. Gretchen lives in Bryn Mawr with her family.
Jennifer Cutler, Teacher of History (Upper School)
Jennifer Cutler is a Lower Merion native with an impressive and diverse set of teaching experiences. Jennifer began her teaching career in the D.C. suburbs at McLean High School, where she taught History and French. She then moved to New York City to teach middle and high school students who performed on Broadway in “Billy Elliot, the Musical.” Before moving to Pennsylvania to start work at Baldwin, Jennifer taught history in the Upper School of The Chapin School, a private all-girls school on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Jennifer currently resides in Philadelphia.
Jessica Dal Canton, Teacher of Drama
Jessica Dal Canton brings professional acting and directing experience to her new position at Baldwin. Not only has she acted and directed in cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Cyprus, and Prague, but she has also gained teaching experience as a guest lecturer at Philadelphia-area universities. Jessica earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Degree from the University of North Texas, where she studied acting, directing, dance and history, and Villanova University, where she earned a Master’s degree in Dramaturgy/Acting. Jessica currently resides in Passyunk Square, her favorite part of Philadelphia.
Naté Hall, Assistant College Counselor & Diversity Coordinator
Naté Hall knows college admissions. She has worked in admissions at The University of Michigan and was recently an Associate Director of Admissions at Bryn Mawr College. Naté attended the University of Michigan for her undergraduate and graduate education, first double majoring in Communication Studies and Spanish and later earning a Master’s of Arts in Higher Education. Upon moving to the area, Naté worked for a community-based organization in Philadelphia doing college access work. She continues to call Philadelphia home.
Dona Irwin, Math Specialist
Dona Irwin has worked at a number of private schools in New York City, teaching elementary students a wide range of subjects including math, reading, social studies, and language arts. She has also worked as a learning specialist at the Chapin School in New York. Dona completed her undergraduate education at Marymount University, where she earned a B.A. in Special Education. She later earned a Masters of Education in general education from Harvard University and a dual-Master’s degree in Learning Disabilities and Remedial Reading from Columbia Teacher’s College. Dona lives in Bryn Mawr with her family.
Fred Kountz, Teacher of History (Upper School)
Fred Kountz comes to Baldwin from Austin, Texas, where he taught ninth and eleventh grade history and political philosophy at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. In addition to his teaching position, Fred was a student advisor and coached boy’s lacrosse at St. Andrew’s. Fred holds a B.A. in History, with a minor in English, from the City University of New York. He has also earned a Master’s of Arts in History from CUNY. Fred lives in Bryn Mawr.
Lisa Lopéz-Carickhoff, Director of Libraries and Information Services
Lisa Lopéz-Carickhoff discovered a passion for library science while serving as a trustee of a Delaware County public library. She earned a M.S. in Library and Information Science from Drexel University and has since been a librarian in the West Chester Area School District, Henderson High School, and Fern Hill Elementary School. In addition to her Master’s degree, Lisa also holds a B.A. in comparative literature from Haverford College. She lives with her family in Pocopson Township.
Erin Timm, Teacher of English (Middle School) & Coordinator of the Writing Lab
Erin Timm taught for four years at the Marvelwood School in Kent, Connecticut before joining Baldwin’s English department and the Writing Lab. She taught all grade levels at the Marvelwood School and helped coach the school’s softball and ski teams. She is a graduate of Trinity College, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in English. She is currently completing her Masters of Arts in English at Middlebury College's Bread Loaf School of English. Erin looks forward to moving to Swarthmore in the next few weeks.


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