Preparing Boys for Life.

Meet the Faculty

Sara Adkins

Sara Adkins Upper School Languages

B.A. Randolph-Macon College, M.A. University of Massachusetts, Amherst


Why I Teach

Although my first teaching job was at St. Joseph’s Prep in Philadelphia, another all boys school, I grew up with three brothers so I feel as though I have been ‘teaching’ boys my whole life.

In the Field

At St. Joseph’s Prep I helped create a hybrid course of honors Latin II and Greek I, two languages in one class period every day. It was like holding the reins of a pack of thoroughbreds and just letting them race between the two languages.

Fun Fact

For four summers during college and graduate school, I worked as a federal employee for either the IRS or the Department of Transportation. I never once contributed to taxes being raised, long lines at the airport or a government shutdown.

Favorite Book

I loved The Eyre Affair and entire rest of the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde.

Gary Kan

Gary Kan Upper School Languages

B.S. Bates College, M.A. Middlebury College


Why I Teach

Education is irreplaceable; it cannot be replaced by ultrafast processing computers, nor nanometer technologies. Educating future leaders might be one of the most important and meaningful career one can pursue. Also, there are June, July and August.

Favorite Place

Okinawa, Kyoto

Favorite Exercise

Backpacking, trekking, hostel hopping, climbing, abseiling, camping, cooking, fishing, meeting locals, learning languages, seeing the world.

Favorite Inspirational Quote

If thou knowest only what it is to conquer, and knowest not what it is like to be defeated, woe unto thee; it will fare ill with thee. Find fault with thyself rather than with others. -Tokugawa Ieyasu

Susana Lambour Smotkin

Susana Lambour Smotkin Upper School Languages

B.S. Del Valle University Guatemala

Why I Teach

Our world is more connected than ever, yet increasingly divided. I teach to ignite students' interest in being global citizens who are empathetic toward all people.

In the Field

I have taught in four different countries with toddlers, elementary school students, high schoolers, and adults. 

Memorable Teaching Moment

Sharing a few days with a group of Haverford boys in Tampa during the People of Color Conference. I was amazed by how discussing diversity and being in a safe place surrounded by a sense of belonging changed the way they saw each other and themselves.

Favorite Inspirational Quote

Leadership is about empathy. It is about having the ability to relate to and connect with people for the purpose of inspiring and empowering their lives. -Oprah Winfrey

 

Andrew Poolman

Andrew Poolman Upper School Languages

B.A. Haverford College, M.A. Middlebury College


Favorite Course

Cine del mundo hispano (Film from the Spanish-speaking world)

Favorite TV Show

Monty Python's Flying Circus.

Favorite Exercise

When I find the time, I enjoy playing soccer, squash, golf and running for exercise.

Favorite Inspirational Quote

No basta con cambiar al mundo ni ello es necesario, con cambiar la perspectiva que del mundo tiene el hombre es suficiente.

Ben White

Ben White Upper School Languages

B.A. Latin American Studies Gettysburg College, M.Ed The Ohio State University
 

Why I Teach

Teaching challenges me everyday and constantly asks that I reinvent myself. This allows me to help connect students to new ideas and expose them to different products and perspectives that broaden their world view. 

Favorite Books

Ender's Game, Lord of the Rings, Hiero's Journey, Aura

Favorite Inspirational Quote

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. - Mark Twain

Andrew Fenton

Andrew Fenton Upper School Languages

B.A. Carleton College, Ph.D University of Pennsylvania


Favorite Course

That’s like asking a parent who their favorite child is, but I love my Latin IV classes, in which the students start digging deeply into some amazing Latin poetry. (Of course, they also take on the personas of Roman gladiators and fight to the death in front of the middle school. That’s pretty great too.)

Why Latin?

What I love about Latin is the opportunity to dive headfirst into the world of the Romans. In some ways, they were a whole lot like us- but in fundamental ways I find them weird, fascinating, hilarious and completely alien to the modern American mind.

Why Haverford?

I get to work with smart, passionate colleagues and teach a diverse bunch of boys who are alternately brilliant, hilarious, driven and silly.

Hobbies

I love food and cooking and am usually pretty psyched to discuss those topics: my current obsession is making charcuterie (cured meats, salami and so on.)

Brooke Kenna

Brooke Kenna Upper School Languages

B.A. Penn State University, M.A. Saint Joseph’s University


Favorite Course

I love them all, but Spanish I is near and dear to my heart. I love watching students who are new to the language fall in love with it like I did.

Fun Fact

I used to work in professional sports, and when I started, I almost broke Pat Burrell’s kneecap (by accident) with a 6 foot long toothbrush dressed as the Tooth Fairy while interning at the Reading Fightin’ Phils minor league baseball team.

Favorite Book

The Great Gatsby, Kitchen Confidential, and Game of Shadows

Favorite Exercise

I work out definitely (partially) because I want to stay healthy but more so that I can eat good food. I covet Anthony Bourdain’s job, so if I go missing, I’ve probably hit the lottery and am traveling the world, feeding my face. With a personal trainer, perhaps.

Javier Lluch

Javier Lluch Upper School Languages

B.A. Universitat de València, M.A. University of Georgia


Why I Teach

I firmly believe that ignorance and misinformation, intentional or otherwise, are the root of all evil. What other profession gives you the opportunity to incite minds to seek knowledge?

Memorable Teaching Moment

Watching Haverford guys play soccer with local kids in El Lagartillo, Nicaragua.

Favorite Book

Cien Años de Soledad, by Gabriel García Márquez

Favorite Quote

Como no estás experimentado en las cosas del mundo, todas las cosas que tienen algo de dificultad te parecen imposibles. - Don Quijote to Sancho Panza

Katie Schroeder

B.A. Roanoke College, M.S. Georgetown University

Why I Teach 

When I began college I wanted to study international law, but in my second year I had a Spanish professor who inspired me.  She was the kind of educator whose passion was completely contagious. After taking her course I realized that I wanted to spark that same love for learning in others. For me, there is nothing more rewarding than helping someone find their passion.

Fun Fact 

I swam in the Amazon River in Ecuador and went scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.  Two of the greatest experiences of my life! 

Favorite Books

El amor en los tiempos de cólera by Gabriel García Márquez and The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri 

Favorite Quote

It is a wonderful truth that the things we want most in life – a sense of purpose, happiness and hope – are most easily attained by giving them to others. - Isabel Allende