Gill St. Bernard’s is happy to introduce six new members to the faculty and staff for this school year. Please join the school in welcoming them to our community!
Monique Brown (Not Pictured) – Monique Brown will serve as Gill’s new Middle School Spanish teacher. Monique brings to Gill six years of Spanish teaching experience at the elementary and middle school levels, most recently teaching three years in the Franklin Borough School District. She has a BA from Siena College and completed additional coursework to earn a Teaching Certificate with Spanish Specialization. In addition to a teaching background, Monique spent time in her career as a social worker for youth and families in crisis.
Emily Caspersen (Not Pictured) – Emily Caspersen will be joining the GSB community as a Middle School history teacher. Emily holds degrees from Harvard College, Brown University, and Drew University. She previously taught at Peddie School, and she served as a writing mentor at Drew University’s Summer Writing Institute this past summer.
“I am thrilled to be spending my days with eighth graders thinking about U.S. History and current events. Gill is a warm, welcoming community, full of great educators who care deeply about students. I am thankful to be part of the GSB community!”
Edward “Ned” Lincoln – Edward “Ned” Lincoln enthusiastically joins Gill this year as the Home Winds Farm Manager, which includes caring for all the animals and livestock, maintaining the farm equipment, and managing the overall infrastructure. Ned earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Union College, and he has related professional experience as the Director of Operations at Court Street Grocers Group, Brooklyn, NY, and the Walnut Hill Farm Manager in Lebanon.
Matthew Marino – Matthew Marino is teaching English in the Upper School this school year, and he brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to his classrooms. He received his doctorate and master’s degrees from Seton Hall University and has previously taught at multiple local independent schools, as well as a Business Writing Instructor at his alma mater for the past decade.
“‘How does what we study apply to our lives?' I always have sought to help students answer that question, and I truly look forward to witnessing my GSB classes discover their answers through the study of fiction and non-fiction. I hope that my students not only see me as their teacher, but also see me as their mentor, their guide, and their facilitator on the path to gaining different kinds of knowledge."
Evangelina Pena – Evangelina Pena joined the Middle School staff as a Science teacher, a subject about which she is extremely passionate! She received her Bachelor of Science from Rutgers University and her master’s degree from Montclair State University. Pena is a member of the National Science Teacher Association and holds an educator certification from National Geographic. She previously taught at Hoboken Charter School
“What drew me to GSB is its community’s passion to provide students with a nurturing and rigorous education. I am excited to introduce science concepts with real world applications that are present in our flourishing campus, to enhance the understanding and appreciation of the natural world. I very much look forward to growing with this community and contributing to GSB’s continued success.”
Christina Temnycky – Also joining the Middle School team is Christina Temnycky, a science and mathematics teacher. She received her bachelors and masters from Fairleigh Dickinson University and previously worked at Lacordaire Academy in Upper Montclair. While at her previous school, Christina taught math, served in various clubs, and was also the Assistant Director of Technology. Along with her teaching responsibilities, she will also serve as the Head JV Volleyball Coach in the Upper School!
"I am incredibly happy to join the GSB family. I believe that creating a welcoming space for learning is important because with the right motivation and confidence, all students can succeed. At GSB 'Balance Matters' and in that spirit, I am excited to also be coaching the Upper School volleyball team, a sport I have loved since my own middle school years."