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Meet Our Faculty

Bryn Mawr is home to an extraordinary group of faculty members who care deeply about our girls, and want each student to be successful and happy here. Overall, they have an average of 19 years of teaching experience, and 67% hold advanced degrees. Find out more by reading the profiles below. For a full listing of our faculty and staff with contact details, please visit our Faculty/Staff Directory.

Renuka Gandhi, Lower School

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  • Bethany McAndrew, Upper School French

    "In grad school, I started to think about the most grassroots way to effect change in the world—and not just to react to conflicts, but to prevent them from arising. I recognized that it is through education. That was when I realized that I really am a teacher at heart."
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  • Lucy DeHaven, Lower School French

    "The people here are amazing – there is such a strong sense of community that I felt even from the time of my interview. Everyone is so warm, welcoming and supportive. And the students are just wonderful – so enthusiastic."
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Steve Amann, Upper School Science

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  • Bobbie Miyasaki, Lower School Science

    "The Lower School teaches values, which are basic to everything. It’s important for anyone to have intrinsic values, because that forms a framework for your life."
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  • Jason George, Upper School History & Academic Dean

    "We talk about bold voices, and I think the girls are really able to develop those, but they’re also able to be critical consumers of information, which is equally important."
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Todd Harrison Twining, Music

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  • Jessica Bolz, Upper School Math

    "Our girls love to be active and involved in the classroom, and they make teaching a lot of fun."
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  • Mary Daily Lacy, First Grade

    "I think the whole education is very exciting, and the girls really do bond with their classmates. They stay friends for life, and that’s not something that you get everywhere."
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  • Genie Arnot '93, Lower School Art

    "I love being able to see the girls in many different contexts, and to teach much more than art in the art class. They are bringing in their own stories, and when we do a project they are always connecting that to their work."
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Rebeccah Wish, Middle School Spanish

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  • Alyson Shirk, Director of Music

    "As an educator you have to always be evolving. You have to know what your students can handle and where your students want to go."
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  • Thanasi Letras, Assistant Director of Technology

    "A Bryn Mawr education teaches our students to look at the world in a different way. It shows them they can ask questions that maybe wouldn’t be asked otherwise – it gives them the courage to do that."
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  • Dave Alexander, Upper School Math

    "Many years down the road, my students may or may not remember all of the math that they learned at Bryn Mawr, but I hope that they will remember that they were listened to and respected."
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Vicky Miyamoto, Upper School Math

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  • Chris Miskiewicz, Little School

    "I think that children learn best when they have hands-on experience, so I try to give them that opportunity as much as possible. For example, I am very interested in astronomy, so that is something that I give the kids a chance to learn about."
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  • Georgia Summers '01, Upper School English

    "One of the privileges of teaching here is that I teach all of my classes around a Harkness table. Students and teachers sit down together, and ask and answer questions together. That is really important to me."
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  • Susan Orlando, Second Grade

    "A Bryn Mawr education really encompasses the whole child—mind, body, spirit—and all of these aspects are addressed each day. I think that is really special, because not every school does that."
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Kim Long Riley '79, Upper School History

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  • Anne Puckett, Lower School Music

    "I believe that all children are musical, and I think that having music as a core part of a curriculum is very important. I love the emphasis and value that the Lower School places on arts-based learning and integrated learning between different content areas."
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  • Denise Green, Little School

    "Working with the toddlers, there is so much growth that happens in a very short span of time. Some of the children come to us before they are walking or talking, and then by mid-year they are hitting those milestones."
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  • Emily Letras, Upper School Technology

    "I’m happy to come to work every day. I love seeing my students and being surrounded by this culture of learning."
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Erin Brooks, Pre-First

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  • Jennifer Arrogancia, Upper School Math

    “A Bryn Mawr education is about the entire girl. We care about the girls, and we will do whatever we can to help them grow into well-rounded young women.”
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  • Leslie Jansen, Upper School English

    "The unexpected can be what’s really interesting. When you over-plan you’re not giving them the freedom to expand, and to learn things yourself about the text by letting the students go off in different directions."
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  • Suzanne Pugh, Little School

    "I like being able to use my creativity and to foster an environment where kids are willing to take risks. They love to learn, and they learn from both success and failures."
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Frank Ecker, Upper School Math

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  • Jeannie Emala, Fourth Grade

    "I want each girl to feel that I respect her as a person. I ask all of my students to be kind and try hard, so that is what I try to do as well."
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  • Kate Brendler, Middle School Science

    "A big part of students' reaction to science has to do with the kinds of teachers they’ve had in the past. That was when I decided that I really wanted to be a teacher, and that the age I wanted to teach was middle school. I want to be that teacher that helps students love what they are learning."
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  • Sarah Feiss, Middle School English

    "I love that I know what I plan to do, but that the girls are so creative and imaginative at this age that they take me to new places. That’s part of what I love about middle school – I don’t think I’ve ever taught a class where we didn’t laugh."
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Kendra Richardson, Little School

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  • Lora Peters, Middle School Science

    "Growing in an all-girls environment, they learn to be more confident in themselves. I feel very strongly that there are benefits to girls finding their voices among girls, especially in middle school when they are trying to figure out who they are."
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  • Anne Eggleston Broadus '88, Lower School

    "I want the girls to feel like they can make mistakes and be goofy, but also learn to be respectful of their peers and their teachers."
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  • Emily Tankersley, Upper School Dance

    "I like the fact that, as a community, we have an appreciation for dance. In that capacity, my philosophy is about exposure to dance, without the expectation that we are creating a school of dancers."
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  • Matilde Taborda-Almaguer, Physical Education

    "What I strive for is to make students comfortable and to help them understand that it is OK not to be good at everything; they just have to be willing to work hard."
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Kristen Kennedy, Upper School Technology

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  • Alisha Caruso, Lower School Technology

    "I love that Lower Schoolers are excited about everything, no matter what I’m teaching. Seeing that sense of wonder and excitement is so much fun."
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  • Becky Morris '94, Middle School Assistant Director

    "When there was opening at Bryn Mawr for a Middle School science teacher, it felt like a natural fit. It was a really meaningful place for me as a student, and professionally it has been a place that has allowed me to grow a lot as an educator."
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  • Elaine Swyryn, Dean of Faculty & Upper School Math

    "I feel like I know where the kids are coming from, what they need and what I can do to support them. It’s when I feel best about my ability to effect change."
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  • Suzanne Stevens, Middle School Math

    "The girls are excited about math, and about learning in general. They’re fun and energetic, and it’s great being around them all day."
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Justine Khadduri, Middle School History

Located in Baltimore, Maryland, The Bryn Mawr School is a private all-girls kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school with a coed preschool for ages 2 months through 5 years. Bryn Mawr provides students with exceptional educational opportunities on a beautiful 26-acre campus within the city limits. Inquisitive girls, excellent teaching, strong student-teacher relationships and a clear mission sustain our vibrant school community where girls always come first.