New World Language, English teachers to join upper school faculty

Two new World Language teachers and one English teacher will join the Upper School next year.

Amandine Nelaton will replace French teacher Geoff Bird, who is retiring, while Bradford Holmes will take over Latin teacher Paul Chenier’s position.

Nelaton comes from The Athenian School in Danville, California and Holmes is from St. Margaret’s Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano.

“In the classes they taught, we saw that they were very knowledgeable about the subjects, and that they could transfer that knowledge to the students in a student-centered way,” World Language Department Head Margot Riemer said. “They were very enthusiastic, very dynamic and very able to involve the students in their lessons. Also, both are well prepared and pay attention to detail, qualities that are near and dear to my heart.”

Chenier will transfer from the World Language department to become an English teacher, replacing Adam Howard ’93 who will become an upper school dean. Maura Roosevelt, who is currently teaching at New York University, will replace English teacher Ariana Kelly, who is leaving after getting a book deal for her book of essays, “The Phantom Phone Booth.”

“Two amazing additions of extremely thoughtful, dedicated, intelligent and kind people, one a proven all-star teacher here from whom we will learn a lot, a great privilege to welcome him into the department and the other with great potential beginning her secondary school teaching career,” English department head Larry Weber said.

For each position, the applicants taught classes, while a teacher observed.