The Webb Schools is proud to introduce the new faculty members joining us this year. They come from diverse educational and professional backgrounds and we look forward to their new roles within out community as teachers, advisors and coaches.
Drew Calvert joins the humanities department this year. He earned his bachelor’s in English literature from Bucknell University, master’s degree in East Asian studies from Stanford University and a M.F.A. in fiction from Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Calvert grew up in Singapore and has lived abroad and traveled extensively, including a year as a Fulbright Scholar in the Philippines. He has taught writing and literature in a variety of institutions, including China University of Geosciences in Beijing, The University of Iowa, and Azusa Pacific University. In addition to his love of all things literary, he is also a soccer enthusiast.
Carissa DeRanek joins our math and computer science department this year. DeRanek earned her bachelor of science in mathematical and computational biology from Harvey Mudd College in June 2019. She is a true scholar-student. In her time at Harvey Mudd, she helped to create a software package that finds genomic islands, conducted independent research in tropical ecology and conservation at the Intillacta Reserve in Ecuador, and analyzed biogeochemical data from GO-SHIP Southern Ocean Data at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography in La Jolla, CA, among many other projects.
Nika Haleftiras joins us in the science department after completing her bachelor of science this spring in biology at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA. She has a range of institutional and field study experience in science, including working to identify and catalogue marine mammals at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA and serving as a conservation technology consultant at the San Diego Zoo in San Diego, CA. She’s volunteered as an excavator at Project 23, an ongoing paleontological dig at the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, CA. A talented athlete, Haleftiras played basketball at Caltech—serving as the team captain for three years. With her wealth of experience and amazing energy and enthusiasm, Haleftiras joins us as a teacher, coach, and resident.
Eric Hansen joins the humanities team this year. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is coming to us from King’s Academy in Madaba, Jordan, where he has served as the English department chair and loved being involved in the boarding community. Hansen is a master teacher, with eighteen years of classroom experience including a long history working in distinguished independent schools, including The Blake School in Hopkins, Minnesota and St. Paul’s School for Boys in Brooklandville, Maryland. Additionally, his essays and poetry have appeared in numerous publications. Hansen has coached wrestling and soccer, and is looking forward to getting involved in those and other activities in the Webb community.
Michael Hoe ’04 joins Webb this year as our director of studies. Hoe has a bachelor of science in neuroscience from Brown University and a master’s degree in education from Harvard University—but we all agree that his most prestigious degree is from high school, the Webb School of California. Hoe has spent the last 11 years of his career at Noble and Greenough School near Boston, MA, where he wore many hats—full-time science teacher, coach and advisor, leader of the biology core team, assistant director of residential life, and most recently as the director of academic support, where he oversaw a team of specialists and collaborated across departments and with students and families to support student learning. Michael lives on campus with his wife and young daughter.
Viviana Nicolosi joins the world languages team. Mrs. Nicolosi has a bachelor’s degree in French and Spanish from Marquette University and a master’s degree in French literature from New York University. Her extensive and varied teaching experience in both French and Spanish includes Saint James School in Saint James, MD, Danville Community High School in Danville, IN, and most recently the Indiana Connections Academy, an online high school. Mrs. Nicolosi loves the outdoors, is looking forward to coaching soccer, and has a passion for strength training. She loves to travel with students and is excited to lead some language immersion trips abroad.
Joseph Vincent joins our world languages team this year. Vincent has a bachelor’s degree in Chinese literature from Reed College and a master’s degree in Chinese literature from National Taiwan University. He is fluent in both Chinese and Spanish, and has a strong command of French as well. Vincent’s focus as an educator has been on experiential learning, as an instructor at Middlebury College’s residential Monterrey Bay Language Academy and as an instructor and program director for the travel education firm Where There Be Dragons. He loves the outdoors, including hiking and camping, and is a cross country runner.