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Welcome to the Wolf Pack Podcast

Your Host: Evan Campbell, Senior Enrollment Manager

Rectory School's Admissions Office presents "Welcome to the Wolf Pack," a new podcast designed to introduce you to the people of Rectory. Your host is Senior Enrollment Manager, Evan Campbell. During each episode, Evan will interview different members of the Rectory School community. Discussions include educational philosophy, school culture, and fun bits and pieces about Rectory's Wolf Pack Members.

 


 

Episode 26: Donna Dubinsky, Director of Technology

In our season finale episode of Welcome to the Wolf Pack, we sit down with Director of Technology, Donna Dubinsky. Click play to learn how Donna is able to support our teachers with their use of technology in the classroom, how she champions appropriate use of technology for our students, and what it was like for Donna to get back into the classroom as a teacher this past year!

Episode 25: Dawson Woodard, Spanish Teacher, Dorm Parent, Coach

Evan Campbell interviews Dawson Woodard.

In episode 25 of Welcome to the Wolf Pack, we sit down with Spanish teacher, dorm parent, and multi-season coach, Dawson Woodard. Tune in to find out why Dawson can't choose a favorite between his three roles, how he ended up living in Argentina for 10 years, and what it was like for Dawson to teach his own daughter!

Episode 24: Alysia LaBonte-Campbell, English Team Leader

Evan Campbell interviews Alysia LaBonte-Campbell, English department lead.

In episode 24 we sit down with English team leader, Alysia LaBonte-Campbell. Stick around to learn why being in the classroom is the best part of Alysia's day, why her time at Pomfret helped shape her into the educator she is today, and why Alysia would choose to vacation in Australia!

Episode 23: Kuan Shen, Math Teacher, Dorm Parent, Coach

In episode 23 of Welcome to the Wolf Pack, we catch up with math teacher, dorm parent, and coach, Kuan Shen. Take a few minutes to find out why Kuan loves working at a Junior Boarding School, how he balanced teaching both online and in-person classes this past year, and which food Kuan could eat for the rest of his life!

Episode 22: Patty Shattuck, Learning Specialist

Evan Campbell interviews Learning Specialist, Patty Shattuck.

In Episode 22 of Welcome to the Wolf Pack, we catch up with learning specialist, Patty Shattuck. Tune in to find out how Patty balances being a champion for her students while still holding them accountable, how she got her start at Rectory, and which superpower Patty would want!

Episode 21: Catherine Bastow, Science Teacher, Travel Coordinator, MELP Coordinator

Evan Campbell interviews Catherine Bastow

In Episode 21 of Welcome to the Wolfpack, we sit down with science teacher, MELP coordinator, and travel coordinator, Catherine Bastow. Click play to find out what attracted Catherine to Rectory, what it was like to organize both travel and experiential learning during a pandemic, and what career Catherine thought she would have when she was a kid!

Episode 20: Freddy Nagle, Director of Development

In episode 20 of the Welcome to the Wolf Pack Podcast, we sit down with Director of Development, Freddy Nagle. Stick around to learn what role a Development Office plays in a school, how Freddy got his start at Rectory, and who would be Freddy's dream dinner date!

Episode 19: Chef Dave DeHay

In episode 19 of Welcome to the Wolf Pack, we chat with Chef Manager, Dave Dehay. Stay tuned to find out what it's like to prepare food for hundreds of people every day, how Dave is able to create relationships with teachers and students alike, and why it's beneficial to befriend the dining hall staff!

Episode 18: Kara Burke, World Languages Team Leader

Evan Campbell and Kara Burke standing in front of the net while holding tennis rackets on Rectory's tennis courts.

In episode 18 of Welcome to the Wolf Pack, we sit down with World Languages Team Leader, Kara Burke. Tune in to hear about the differences between teaching in a junior school and secondary school, which teacher's impact led to Kara wanting to be a teacher, and which other foreign language Kara would want to learn!

Episode 17: Jamie Haines, History Department Team Leader

In episode 17 of Welcome to the Wolf Pack, we sit down with history team leader, Jamie Haines. Click play to learn why Jamie loves teaching the 6th grade, the biggest differences between teaching in a public and private school, and which historical events Jamie would love to go back to witness!

Episode 16: Sara DiIorio, ESW Teacher & Learning Specialist

Evan Campbell interviews Sara DiIorio, ESW Teacher and Learning Specialist.

In episode 16 of Welcome to the Wolf Pack, we sit down with ESW teacher and learning specialist, Sara DiIorio. Stick around to find out what it's like to balance being a learning specialist and classroom teacher, how team teaching can benefit both the teachers and the students, and which animal Sara would like to have as a pet!

 

Episode 15: Jane Hale, Current and Alumni Parent

In Episode 15 of Welcome to the Wolf Pack, we catch up with past and present parent, Jane Hale. Listen in to find out what it's like to have both her sons and a daughter attend Rectory, which teachers meant the most to her children, and whether she would give up desserts or appetizers for the rest of her life!

 

Episode 14: Max Richards, Director of Secondary School Placement

Evan Campbell interviews Max Richards, Director of Secondary School Placement

In episode 14 of Welcome to the Wolf Pack, we touch base with the Director of Secondary School Placement, head squash coach, and dorm parent in South Hamilton Dormitory, Max Richards. Listen in to find out what it was like to become a father and transition to a new role during a pandemic, what it means to guide students to their 'right fit' school, and which historical event Max would go back to witness!

 

Episode 13: Jennifer Morton, Director of Nursing

Evan Campbell interviews Jennifer Morton, Director of Nursing.

In episode 13 of Welcome to the Wolf Pack, we chat with Director of Nursing, Jennifer Morton. Stick around to find out what it was like to take over her role during a global pandemic, why she decided to make healthcare her career, and the first thing Jenn would do if she won the lottery!

 

Episode 12: Mary Tiebout, Director of Hettinger Library

Evan Campbell interviews Mary Tiebout, Director of Hettinger Library

In episode 12 of Welcome to the Wolf Pack, we catch up with Director of the Hettinger Library, Mary Tiebout. Tune in to find out how Mary got her start at Rectory, how young adult literature has evolved over the past 20 years, and which career Mary thought she'd have when she was younger!

Episode 11: Judy Blakelock, Art Teacher, Dorm Parent, Soccer Coach

Evan Campbell interviews art teacher Judy Blakelock

In episode 11 of Welcome to the Wolf Pack, we sit down with visual arts teacher, dorm parent, and soccer coach Judy Blakelock. Click play to find out why Judy loves being a dorm parent, when she realized she wanted to make art her career, and which TV show she would like to live in!

Episode 10: Tyler M. '21 Rectory 9th-Grader

Evan Campbell interviews Tyler M. '21

In episode 10 of Welcome to the Wolf Pack, we have our first student interview with ninth-grade student, dorm proctor, and student ambassador, Tyler M. '21 Stay tuned to find out what it was like for Tyler to transition from public school to living in a dorm on a boarding school, which older student helped him with that transition, and whether Mr. Roy or Mr. Anderson would win in a game of one-on-one!

Episode 9: Quadry Anderson '09, Substitute Teacher, Dorm Parent, Coach

Evan Campbell interviews Quadry Anderson '09

In episode 9 of Welcome to the Wolf Pack, we sit down with substitute teacher, dorm parent, coach, and Class of 2009 graduate, Quadry Anderson. Click below to find out what it was like for Quadry to start calling his former teachers by their first names, his favorite memory as a student, and which song Quadry would listen to for the rest of his life!

Episode 8: Maria Carpenter, Director of Elementary

Evan Campbell interviews Maria Carpenter, Director of Elementary.

In episode 8 of Welcome to the Wolf Pack, we sit down with Director of the Elementary School, and champion for the youngest students on campus, Maria Carpenter. Tune in to find out what Maria looks forward to each morning, her favorite memory from her 23 years of working at Rectory, and which one of Santa's reindeer is her favorite!

Episode 7: Justin Bendall, Director of Residential Life

Evan Campbell interviews Justin Bendall, Rectory's Director of Residential Life and School Counseling.

In episode 7 of Welcome to the Wolf Pack, we sit down with Director of Residential Life and Student Counseling, and champion for our students' social and emotional well-being, Justin Bendall. Click play to find out how Justin balances overseeing two departments, what it's like to design a boarding program for middle school students, and what it would take for Justin, a lifelong New York Yankees fan, to root for the Red Sox!

Episode 6: Donna Bessette, Director of Related Arts

In Episode 6 of Welcome to the Wolf Pack, we sit down with Rectory's Director of Related Arts, and fan-favorite, Donna Bessette. Tune in to find out why Donna loves working with both beginner and experienced musicians, how she developed her passion for music, and what Donna's theme song would be!

Episode 5: Dena Cocozza O'Hara, Teacher, Department Chair, Day Camp Director

Evan Campbell interviews Dena Cocozza O'Hara for the Welcome to the Wolf Pack podcast.

In episode 5 of Welcome to the Wolf Pack, we sit down with jack-of-all-trades, and master of all, Dena Cocozza O'Hara. Click below to find out how Dena is able to balance being both a teacher and administrator, how important it is for her to create a safe space in her classroom, and what Dena would do if she were to win the lottery!

Episode 4: Glenn Ames, Assistant Head & Director of the Middle School

Glenn Ames and Evan Campbell in easy chairs in front of a fireplace in Rectory's Head's Lounge.

In episode four of Welcome to the Wolf Pack, we sit down with Director of the Middle School, Assistant Head of School, and one of my personal mentors, Glenn Ames. Listen in to hear why the transition from classroom teacher to administrator was difficult for Glenn, what it was like for him to watch his son graduate from Rectory, and how long Glenn thinks it could take him to solve a Rubik's cube!

Episode 3: Rebecca Pagitt-Mungai, Director of Learning Services

Evan Campbell interviewing Becca Pagitt-Mungai, Director of Learning Services for Rectory's Welcome to the Wolf Pack podcast.

In episode three of Welcome to the Wolf Pack we go in depth with Director of Learning Services Becca Pagitt-Mungai to find out why Becca sees learning services as more than just academic support, why Becca loves working at the school her daughter attends, and which member of the Royal Family Becca gave flowers to as a child!

Episode 2: Rob Roy, Teacher, Coach, Dorm Parent

Evan Campbell interviewing Rob Roy in the admissions conference room.

In this episode of Welcome to the Wolf Pack we catch up with science teacher and varsity basketball and baseball coach Rob Roy. Listen in to hear which of his roles here is Rob's favorite, Rob's thoughts on sports specialization, and when he knew he would marry his wife Courtney.

Episode 1: Fred Williams, Head of School

Evan Campbell interviewing Head of School Fred Williams for the "Welcome to the Wolf Pack" podcast.

Join Senior Enrollment Manager Evan Campbell as he sits down with Head of School Fred Williams in the first episode of the Welcome to the Wolf Pack podcast. We'll hear what a day in the life of a Head of School looks like, which teacher from Fred's past impacted him the most, and which question made Fred plead the fifth.

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