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Welcome New Faculty

New Faculty during orientation.
Welcome New Faculty

Ashley Amoabeng

Ashley Amoabeng graduated from Wellesley College with a B.A. in Psychology and East Asian Language & Culture with a focus in Korean in 2021. She also studied abroad pursuing a Psychology degree under the UIC Program at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. During her time at Wellesley, Ashley participated in College Government and was elected Director of On-Campus Affairs. Her summers were spent completing research with Wellesley-Harvard Medical Biochemistry Program and as a Teacher’s Aide at Enfield Child Development Center.

Ashley joins the Porter’s team as the Equity and Community Life Program Assistant where she works closely with both the OEI and OSL departments. She lives in Lathrop as a dorm affiliate and loves to spend her free time either taking care of her plants, listening to music, or enjoying brunch.

Ernie Beaulieu

Ernie Beaulieu earned his B.A. in History from Rhode Island College (RIC).  He has been teaching history for twenty-seven years: first at St. Stephen’s School in Florida and the past twenty years at the Chase Collegiate school in CT, where he was History Department Chair and Director of the Upper School. Ernie also spent several summers at UVA in their Summer on the Lawn Program for International Studies. He has taught a variety of history courses and grade levels throughout his career. At each school, Ernie sponsored community service programs, served as a  Student Council Advisor and sponsored student trips to Washington, DC. He is excited to join Miss Porter’s history department this fall and will coach basketball and golf. 

In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, volleyball, hiking, and gardening with his wife Corky. 

Jamiah Bennett

Jamiah Bennett graduated from the University of Connecticut (UConn) in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology. While at UConn, she was a resident assistant and group fitness instructor for three years. She also interned at Columbia University’s Double Discovery Center and the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. Outside of her college experiences, Jamiah has been a freelance writer for Hearst Media and a member of the Curvy Girls Scoliosis Support Group where she served as the founder of the Connecticut chapter, a mentor, as well as the founder and coordinator of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee. 

In her free time, Jamiah enjoys baking, listening to music, and playing games such as Uno and Jenga. 

Jamiah comes to Porter’s as a teaching fellow with the University of Pennsylvania where she is a candidate for a master’s in education. Jamiah teaches English, coaches, and lives on campus.

Kelly Block

Kelly Block graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.A. in Classics with a focus in Latin. She went on to get her M.A.T. in Secondary Latin Education from Boston College’s School of Education. At Miss Porter’s, she will teach Latin and help coach the cross country and track and field teams. Previously, she has taught Latin and coached cross country and track at high schools in Massachusetts and Illinois. She was an active member of the adult boards for the Illinois Junior Classical League and the Chicago region of the Illinois Certamen League. 

In her free time, Kelly enjoys running and working out, playing tennis, going out to eat, cooking, and reading. She lives on campus with her fiance and their dog, Finley.

Katherine Brown Boeve

Katherine Boeve earned her B.A. from Wesleyan University, where she studied French and Italian literature, and played Ultimate Frisbee. She studied abroad in Grenoble, France and worked in a linguistics research laboratory at the École Normale Supérieure in Lyon, France. After receiving her Ph.D. from Princeton University in French literature with a specialization in medieval studies, she taught at several colleges and universities. Having grown up as a faculty child at Kent School and then the Lawrenceville School, Dr. Boeve is eager to return to the dynamic and interactive community that is specific to boarding school life. She and her family are also delighted to be returning to central Connecticut. 

In her spare time, Dr. Boeve enjoys running, watching movies, doing puzzles, and spending time with her family. She lives on campus with her husband Tom and daughter Vivian.

Maria Escribano

Maria earned an undergraduate degree in business and economics from the Charter Oak State University in Connecticut and a Master of Management from TESYS, at the ESCP Business School in Madrid. Her early professional career took her to London, Lisbon, Madrid and Barcelona, as both a manager and an entrepreneur. 

When she commissioned a video, Maria fell in love with the audiovisual arts and earned theater, film, and screenwriting degrees in Cinematografía y Artes Audiovisuales, Escuela Universitaria de Artes (TAI) Madrid and a Master Escritura de Guiones, Fundación Viridiana, Universidad de Alcalá de Henares.

Upon returning to the U.S. Maria taught high schoolers screenwriting and film at the Learning Corridor in Hartford for eight years. Earning her Theater Arts/Film  and World Language Teaching Certifications and a MALS at Wesleyan University, Maria has also taught theater and Spanish in schools in New London and New Canaan. 

Born in Switzerland and educated in three countries on two continents Maria innately understands the importance of global citizenship. She is excited to join the faculty at Miss Porter’s School where she will share her experiential knowledge and expertise with her students and help guide their limitless potential!

Maria enjoys swimming, biking, hiking, and spending time with her family and her beloved rescue cat, Aurora (who meets her at the door when she comes home!).

Nida Kazmi

Nida Kazmi earned her bachelor’s degrees in History and Political Science from the University of Connecticut (UConn).  During her undergraduate years, she studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland, where she attended Trinity College, focusing on Irish history and politics. Upon completion of her degrees, she returned to Bulkeley High School in Hartford to work part-time with juniors and seniors in an advisory position. It was this work with high school students that inspired her to enter the education field. Ms. Kazmi returned to UConn to complete her masters in Instruction and Curriculum and earned her teaching certification. She started her academic career as the 6th grade social studies teacher at Classical Magnet School in Hartford, and continued there as the 9th grade teacher for the next three years. After leaving Classical, she joined the Connecticut International Baccalaureate Academy in East Hartford where she taught 9th, 11th, and 12th grade classes, focusing on U.S. and World History. She is excited to join the Miss Porter’s history department.

Jen Lin 

A certified teacher of world language and a native speaker of Mandarin, Jen Lin graduated from Post University with a Master degree in Education. Jen started her career teaching at Glastonbury High School as the initiator of the school’s Chinese program.  During her fifteen years of teaching at GHS, she had provided key support for standard-based curriculum development and the exchange program with a partner school in China.  She was also credited with beginning the UConn Early College Experience program and AP offerings in Chinese at GHS.  As a new member of the school, she will continue to collaborate with colleagues to develop instructions that aim toward language proficiency to support students with 21st century learning.

In her free time, Jen enjoys walking, listening to music, reading, playing ping pong and spending time with friends and family.

Cindy Moeller 

Cindy Moeller is a native of Miami and earned her B.A. in English Literature from Florida Atlantic University. After moving to New England, she completed her Secondary Education Certificate from Central Connecticut State University (CCSU).  While at CCSU, she spent a semester abroad in Salamanca, Spain, and completed course work at the Colegio de España.  She began her career in Windsor, CT at Windsor High School where, over the course of her 13-year tenure, she taught grades 9 -12 including Honors World Literature, Honors American Literature, Senior English, and Communications. After taking some time away from teaching to focus on her young children, Ms. Moeller returned to teaching at Farmington High School (FHS), where she was immersed in cutting edge pedagogical practices that focused on student centered instruction. During her four years at FHS, she taught Freshman English, Communications, Children’s Literature, and British Literature.  She is excited to join the faculty at Porter’s and looks forward to spending time in the classroom.

Ms. Moeller is an avid reader and plant enthusiast; she lives off campus with her family, two Siamese cats, and beloved dog Chloe.

Taylor Moreau

Taylor earned her B.A. from Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) in 2015, majoring in Communication and minoring in Business Marketing. While there, she studied abroad in Australia, New Zealand and Africa. In 2019 she graduated from University of Connecticut with her Masters degree in Sport Management. Taylor has coached lacrosse at both Glastonbury and Tolland High Schools. She has been a coach for Nor’easter Lacrosse club in CT for over seven years and has served as their administrative assistant for the past three. Taylor joined the MPS community in Spring 2021 when she was brought on as the Head Lacrosse Coach and also served as the Cottage House Director. This year she is excited to be one of the assistants to MPS Athletic Director, the JV Field Hockey Coach, the Head Varsity Lacrosse Coach and be a Dorm Affiliate. 

Taylor lives on campus with her partner, Glenn, and their best boy, Goose, a Golden Retriever. In her spare time, Taylor enjoys; the beach, skiing, hiking and staying active.

Jennifer Pelletier

Jennifer Pelletier earned her B.A. from Connecticut College with a History major and French minor and her M.Ed. in Social Studies Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has most recently been involved in curriculum development projects for Connecticut Public Broadcasting and Super 7 Girls, an after-school program for girls in Chicago. Before that, she taught U.S. History, World History, and a variety of electives at both public and independent schools, most recently at the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, CT. 

Ms. Pelletier will split her time teaching between the History department and the Teaching and Learning Center, and will be assisting with field hockey and lacrosse. She lives off campus with her family and good dog, Linus.