Ell Hobbs comes to Harley with a background in both visual art and early childhood education, and will be our Lower School Art & Mindfulness teacher. For the last few years Ell has been working as a lead teacher and freelance art instructor in Rochester. Hailing from Oklahoma, Ell was drawn to our fair city by the Photography program at RIT, and ultimately also earned a MST in Art Education from that fine institution.
Alek Suter will serve as our Middle School Counseling Intern, with the oversight of our own Sisi Chen. Both Alek and Sisi will be here about half-time, so we will again have roughly full-time coverage in the Middle. Alek is currently a Master’s student at the Warner School of Education at the U of R.
Gillian Barberich is joining our Horizons program as a Counselor and Director of Year-Round Programs. A Buffalonian, Gillian holds a BA and a Masters in School Counseling from Canisius, and served as a school counselor in the City of Hammond (Indiana) Schools for five years before returning to be closer to family.
Jean Oswald is teaching Hospice this fall as Sybil Prince ’00 is out on maternity leave (congrats to Sybil and Adam on the arrival of tiny Maeve!). Jean is an experienced nurse and a long-time volunteer at various comfort care homes in Rochester, where our Hospice students provide end-of-life care. At our new faculty orientation, Jean shared that she thinks of her work in Hospice as a calling—beautiful.
M Campbell ’00 joins their Harley classmate Sybil Prince ’00 in the Upper School as US Counselor (looks like the Class of 2000 is taking over!). As part of our expanded commitment to providing counseling services, M will join John Dolan in supporting our Upper School students. After Harley, M went on to Mt. Holyoke for a BA and then to Columbia, where they earned an MSSW, and is now moving back to Rochester from Brooklyn. Welcome home!
Sarah Murphy is our new Director of Auxiliary Programs. Sarah brings expertise as a STEAM education specialist and coordinator of interdisciplinary learning in the museum world; most recently, she served as the program director at the Buffalo Niagara YMCA. Sarah earned her undergraduate degree from Daemen College in Buffalo.
Sharon DuPan has replaced old friend Sherry Edgecombe (off to a happy retirement) as the School Receptionist. Sharon was a front desk receptionist at Faraci Lange for 19 years before moving to the “school side” at Rochester Academy Charter School. Outside of her work in schools, Sharon is a writer.
Tanya Farnung-Morrison joins the Upper School as a Spanish teacher. After earning her PhD in Spanish from SUNY Buffalo, Tanya went west, ultimately teaching at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada, where she also lived. Also fluent in French, Tanya is excited to be back in her hometown, having grown up in Irondequoit!