• Why families choose boarding school
• Becoming a student of your school’s culture and traditions
• Unpacking the responsibilities of “In Loco Parentis”
• Neuroscience and psychology of the teenage brain
• Mental health and wellness
• Boundaries and trust
• Building equitable and inclusive communities
• Professional goal-setting
• Organizational strategies
Hannah MariottiBeacon Coaching and Consulting, LLC
Hannah Mariotti, MA, is a veteran educator and has worked in mental health for over 20 years. She has held positions in schools, hospitals, health services, and private practice, and has worked in both traditional independent and therapeutic schools serving students from K-12. Her areas of expertise include: applied neuroscience, anxiety/depression, attachment and trauma, social/emotional learning, mindfulness, growth mindset, and cognitive behavioral techniques. She also teaches at two local colleges and volunteers with the Granite State Crisis Intervention Team.
Jackie O'RourkeEducational Consultant, Outermost Education Services MA
A veteran English teacher, dorm parent, field hockey and ice hockey coach, Jackie O’Rourke opened her consulting firm, Outermost Education Services, in 2018 after serving as the Dean of Residential Life and Leadership at Tilton School. A graduate of Cushing Academy, O’Rourke earned her BA and played ice hockey at Williams College, then added her MAT in Secondary Education from Boston University. After beginning her career at Berkshire School in Massachusetts as the Director of Student Activities, O’Rourke taught English for a semester at Boston Latin School before venturing overseas to teach English, coach soccer and serve as a dorm parent at King’s Academy in Madaba, Jordan. She later returned to Berkshire to teach, coach and advise. O’Rourke now lives and works on Cape Cod with her husband, Devon, and daughter, Finny.
James GreenwoodDean of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Western Reserve Academy OH
Dr. Greenwood brings with him a deep and rich history working in independent schools. Most recently, he served as the Dean of Equity and Inclusion at St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire. Born and raised in Cleveland, Dr. Greenwood graduated from Kenyon College with a BA in American Studies with a concentration in African and African American Studies. He currently serves on Kenyon’s alumni board. He holds a Master of Arts in teaching from Brown University and a Masters of Education from Columbia University. This spring he earned his Doctorate in Education from Boston College where his dissertation studied how teachers develop their culturally responsive practice.
Sloane MeyerCarney, Sandoe & Associates
A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, Sloane was inspired by her own educational experience to be a mentor for her own students and pursue a career in independent schools. After graduating with her Master’s degree in History, Sloane began teaching high school history in the Bay Area and served as a teacher, advisor, and Academic Dean for five years before joining Carney Sandoe & Associates in 2015. Currently serving as the Director for New Graduate Programs and Placement Associate for History and Social Studies, Sloane works closely with new and recent graduates to help prepare them for exciting careers in independent schools and begin building the networks needed to succeed in this close-knit community. As a former boarding school student, teacher, hiring contact, and Carney Sandoe candidate, Sloane takes pride in having experienced the independent school world from all angles and loves sharing her knowledge with both schools and job-seekers to help them find their perfect match.