New Teacher Institute
Jennifer RundlesAssociate Director of Upper School, Darlington School, GA
Jennifer Rundles has worn many different hats during her time at Darlington School and Saint Mary’s School over the past 17 years. She taught Chemistry and Physics and continues to teach Chemistry, was the Association Dean of Teaching and Learning, Interim Dean of Students, Associate Dean of Students at Saint Mary’s, and now the Associate Director of Upper School at Darlington School. Jennifer graduated from Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, MS with a B.S. in Chemistry. The first few years after graduation, she worked for a pharmaceutical service company, Ingenix, and for Coca Cola Enterprise in Atlanta, GA. After recognizing education was her passion she started working on her M.A.T. in Secondary Education with the University of Phoenix. Working on her master’s degree lead her to pursue her career as an educator where she started working with Saint Mary’s in 2003. During her time at Saint Mary’s Jennifer was also a part of the residential program. She has served as a dorm faculty, A-Team leader, and as a Dorm Head. This is Jennifer’s 10th year teaching new teachers with TABS New Teacher Academy.
Jeremy LacasseAssistant Headmaster, History Teacher, Skiing and Crew Coach, Taft School CT
Jeremy has an extensive background in the boarding school environment, having been a student, teacher and administrator. After graduating from the Berkshire School Jeremy went to Bowdoin College, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a minor in Economics. He received his Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Columbia University’s Klingenstein Center at Teacher’s College. Jeremy is currently the Assistant Headmaster at Taft School and the Executive Director of the Gardner Carney Leadership Institute. Previously, he was the Acting Assistant Head of School for Strategic Initiatives at Cheshire Academy, the Dean of the Leadership Lab at the Gardner Carney Leadership Institute at Fountain Valley School. Prior to his position at Cheshire Academy, Jeremy was the Head of School at Kents Hill School, the Head of Senior School at Shady Side Academy, and the Dean of Students at Fountain Valley School. Jeremy taught various classes in History including World Cultures, Social Theory and Global Impact, European, U.S., and Ancient and Medieval History at Cheshire Academy, Kents Hill School, Shady Side Academy, Berkshire School and Fountain Valley School. He has been or is an advisor, dorm head, alpine skiing coach, crew coach and outdoor instructor. Jeremy has also been a speaker at numerous conferences of the National Association of Independent Schools and the Association of Boarding Schools.