Ms. Mooney, an alumna of the Taft School ('96), graduated with distinction from Boston University ('00), where she earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. After graduation, she taught mathematics at Savio Preparatory High School in East Boston. After moving on from there, she studied painting at Western Connecticut State University, and earned an MFA ('06). She taught art and calculus at South Kent School in Connecticut. She started teaching at Miss Porter's in the fall of 2008, and soon after, worked on a master’s degree in mathematics for teaching from Harvard University Extension School ('15). While studying at Harvard, she implemented Harkness-style teaching in her geometry courses and wrote her master’s thesis on the endeavor. Since completing that program, she has been progressing through a PhD program in educational psychology and educational technology at Michigan State University. To this end, Eileen synthesizes these seemingly disparate disciplines in her instruction. She is most interested in bridging the gap between the arts, the sciences, and the humanities, as she allows her background in philosophy and art to inform her instruction in mathematics.
Ms. Mooney lives on campus with her two children and teaches mathematics. She has served as the math department chair and an InterMission dean. She is currently the 10th grade class dean. She has also served as the chair of the professional development committee, has coached several sports across her tenure in education, and is an advisor.