Volume 31



Checking in with new positions

Compiled by Ethan Lachman ’21

Matthew Cutler, Middle School Dean:

“Although I miss the day-to-day camaraderie of the history office, I am loving my new role as academic dean. It is taking me some time to adjust to a more flexible schedule, but I am really enjoying getting to know the 8th graders in a more holistic manner. This is something you do not always have time to do when you are teaching four or five sections. Plus, I get to work with Karen Fukushima every day, which is awesome.”
Kyong Pak, History Department Head:

Kyong Pak, History Department Head:
“This is my first year as chair of the history department, and so far it has been a great learning experience. In some ways, [I am] responsible for the MS history program/curriculum, your colleagues, communication between the department and outside parties (ex deans, admin, alumni) so it’s definitely given me a better perspective. Before, I was focused on my own classes more.
I have the incredible support from my colleagues and my former department chair, Matt Cutler, whom I still go to for advice.
I love my department, were like a family, so in a way it’s not that hard to represent them, advocate for them, and work with them in a new capacity.”
Alex Ras, Science Department Head:

“The school year is moving along fine. My new position as Science Department Chair is a lot of work, but I am looking forward to moving into the holiday season. Hopefully I am succeeding in being like a duck: serene and peaceful on the outside, but paddling furiously under the water.”
Robert Ruiz, Physical Education Department Head:

“This year is off to a great start. It is assessment week. Something I have brought back. The students are all running, jumping and throwing as far as they can. [It has been] busy but good busy.”

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