New Faculty & Staff: 2013-2014
Please join us in welcoming new members of the faculty and staff to Laurel for the 2013-2014 school year.
Bernadette Beroud – Upper School World Languages
With a strong background in foreign language pedagogy and French arts, Bernadette comes to Laurel from Oberlin College. She has taught at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, Lake Erie College, the University of Georgia and Duke University, as well as in middle and high school programs in the French and British educational systems. Bernadette’s undergraduate and master’s degrees were earned in Lyon, France; she did doctoral work at the University of Georgia. In 2010, she was nominated for a Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at CWRU.
Lyz Bly – Upper School History
Lyz received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art history, from Kent State University and The Ohio State University respectively, and her Ph.D. in American history from Case Western Reserve University. Among numerous honors, awards and grants, Lyz, too, was nominated for a Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at CWRU, in 2011 and 2009. In addition to her work as an instructor at local colleges, she has given presentations on women, feminism, and the arts and has been a contributing arts writer and critic at publications in Oakland and Los Angeles, CA, and Cleveland.
Regina Campbell-Malone – Director of STEAM Initiatives
Dr. Campbell-Malone majored in biological sciences at the University of Buffalo, where she earned her B.S. as a Distinguished Honors Scholar. She received her Ph.D. in biological oceanography from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology through the MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program. Regina has designed and taught courses in Comparative Biology (Brown University) and in Marine Biology at Wellesley College, Codman Academy Charter High School (Dorchester, MA) and the Children's School of Science (Woods Hole, MA) as well as science lessons for students at the Winsor School (a girls' school in Boston), and Mullen Hall Elementary in Falmouth, MA. She has conducted scientific research at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, as well as at NASA, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Her work has been published in the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine and the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. In addition to being an educator and researcher, her past role as a public radio science contributor for Planet Harmony & Living on Earth taught her the importance of communicating science to all audiences.
Mary Josephine Gallagher – Pre-Primary
Mary completed her student teaching at the Old Trail School in Bath, OH, where she also substituted and coordinated activities in its After School Program. She earned her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from the University of Akron.
Taylor Kaar – Upper School Science
Taylor’s undergraduate degree in Aerospace Engineering is from Case Western Reserve University, where he was a President’s Scholarship Recipient. He received his master’s in educational technology from Baldwin Wallace University. Most recently, Taylor was a math and health long-term substitute and tenth grade chemistry teaching candidate at Padua Franciscan High School in Parma, OH.
Caroline Lewis – Middle School World Languages
A native French speaker and former member of the French National Artistic Figure Skating Team, Caroline studied in Chambery, Grenoble and Lyon, France, and was an audiologist/optician in Geneva, Switzerland, prior to moving to the United States. She has tutored students ages 5 to 25 in French at the Revelation Arts Academy in Solon, OH, and most recently was a middle school substitute teacher at Hawken School.
Adrienne Miller – Admissions Associate
Adrienne has worked as a suite coordinator/supervisor at Wrigley Field in Chicago and as an admissions/enrollment representative at Chancellor University in Cleveland. She received her bachelor’s degree in social work from Bowling Green State University and her master’s in elementary education from National-Louis University in Chicago.
Sarah Modzelewski – Information Resources
As a science and math teacher at St. Hilary School in Fairlawn, OH, Sarah implemented differentiated instruction with a flipped classroom, developed curriculum and created educational experiences using technology. She earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Akron. She joins the Information Resources department as the Academic Technology Specialist.
Cheryl Noviski – Business Office Accounting Manager
A Certified Public Accountant, Cheryl has worked in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Previous employers include The Sherwin-Williams Co., Price Waterhouse, North American Montessori Teacher’s Association, Hershey Montessori School and the United Way of Lake County. Cheryl received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Kent State University.
Kenneth Schopf – Middle School Science
Kenneth brings to Laurel his experience teaching middle school science at The Winsor School in Boston and The Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore. After graduating from Colgate University with a degree in geology, he earned his master’s in paleontology from Harvard University, where he also was a doctoral candidate. He has designed curriculum for the National Science Foundation and has been published in several scientific and education publications.
Miriah Seckel – Auxiliary Programming Assistant
A former nanny and personal assistant for families in southern California, Alabama and Ohio, Miriah has organized and implemented recreational activities to promote the physical, mental and social development of the children in her care.
Leslie K. Segal – Middle School Dean, Seventh and Eighth Grades
Leslie graduated from Laurel in 1995 and received her bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Dartmouth College. She taught English at Belmont Hill School for boys in Belmont, MA, before earning her master’s degree in American civilization from Brown University. While at Brown, she also worked in the Office of Student Life managing resident counselors and led undergraduate wellness programming initiatives. After a stint back in Hanover, NH, as a speechwriter and researcher in the Office of the President at Dartmouth College, Leslie returned to the world of independent schools teaching history and humanities at Milton Academy in Milton, MA, the Nueva School in Hillsborough, CA, and Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC.
Elisa Waugh – Middle and Upper School Dance
Elisa earned her bachelor’s degree in religion and dance from Wesleyan University. She spent a semester in a joint study-abroad program at Hebrew University and the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. She has worked with children as a teaching assistant at Oddfellows Playhouse and as a group leader at Dream Big Day Camp.