Preparing Boys for Life

Meet the Faculty

Mark Fifer

Mark Fifer Upper School History

B.A. Dickinson College, M.S.Ed University of Pennsylvania


Why I Teach

The vitality, spirit and unpredictability of students

Favorite Book

From Beirut to Jerusalem

Fun Fact

Pitched in an all-star game at Fenway Park

Jeremy Hart

Jeremy Hart Upper School History

B.A. James Madison University; M.S.Ed Johns Hopkins University


Why I Teach

The opportunity to help students find a specific topic, a certain subject, a club or a sport that they can be truly excited about and fully invest themselves in learning and perfecting.

Favorite Books

Every book (currently published) in The Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) and entire The Lord of The Rings series

Fun Fact

Before starting work in the education field, I spent time working for a high ranking politician at the Scottish Parliament and, separately, as an investigator for the Washington, D.C. Public Defenders Office.

Tim Lengel '07

Tim Lengel Upper School History

B.A. Williams College


Why I Teach

The chance to help my students learn more about themselves

Favorite Book

The American Political Tradition And the Men Who Made It by Richard Hofstadter

Fun Fact

I took a two-week home building course in Maine this past summer and harbor dreams of building a cabin someday.

Kevin Tryon

Kevin Tryon Upper School History

B.A. Franklin and Marshall College, M.A. University of Chicago


Why I Teach

To prepare young minds for a future that will be different than the past

Favorite Books

The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci by Jonathan Spence and Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges

Fun Fact

I successfully hitchhiked to high school every morning for four years - with one to two exceptions.

Bridget Gurtler

Mark Fifer Upper School History

B.A. Wellesley College; M.A. University of Massachusetts-Amherst; Ph.D. Rutgers University; Postdoctoral Fellowships in History and Public Policy at Princeton University and the History of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University

Why I Teach

I teach because I want students to have the historical knowledge and tools to make sense of their lives and the world around them. Whether by learning about the changing political landscape of America, developments in medicine and public health, how cultural norms about race, gender, love, family, childhood, or the body have evolved, or the complex relationships between modern sport and society I hope students leave my classroom with new ways to ask questions, a deep appreciation of the past, and a sense of hope and agency in their own ability to shape the future.

Favorite Book

Too many to list but a few are: This Republic of Suffering: Death and Dying in the Civil War by Drew Gilpin Faust, Pain: A Political History by Keith Wailoo, Fatal Mis-Conception: The Struggle to Control World Population by Matthew Connelly, Examining Tuskegee by Susan Reverby, and Why Sex Changed by Joanne Meyerowitz.

Brendon Jobs

Brendon Jobs Upper School History

B.A. Columbia University; M.S.Ed. University of Pennsylvania; James Madison Fellowship, Georgetown University

Why I Teach

As a means to promote social awareness, connectedness, and agency.

Inquiry drives thinking and intellectual interaction in my classroom. Historical education is now about the process of learning to think like a historian (Wineburg, 2001). I want students to “do” history. What are the right questions to ask? What is the most valid and appropriate information needed to address that question? In order for students to be fully affected by their history education, they must take an active role in creating that knowledge (Vygotsky).

Favorite Books

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Invisible Man by Richard Wright, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Fun Fact

I know some of the most obscure music lyrics and gain a lot of energy from quiet spaces. I’m a first generation American from Trinidad and Tobago.

Brendon Jobs is also The Haverford School's Director of Diversity and Inclusion. Read more about his work >

Brian Long

Brian Long Upper School History

 

B.S. Villanova University

Why I Teach

A love for guiding and working with students as they embark on their own educational journeys while fulfilling my own intellectual curiosities

Favorite Book

The Count of Monte Cristo

Fun Fact

My fastest 5k was run with one shoe.

 

Hannah B. Turlish

Hannah B Turlish Upper School History

B.A. University of North Carolina, MAT Boston University

Why I Teach

It’s the direction my passion for social justice happened to take. In a parallel universe I’m part of the Innocence Project or Doctors Without Borders...and wishing I could work with eager and optimistic young people all of the time.

Favorite Book

It's a tie between 1984 and The House of Mirth.

Fun Fact

I am running to be the next 7th Ward Commissioner for Haverford Township.