Lawrenceville Welcomes New Faculty

Lawrenceville is pleased to welcome nine new faculty members, who will begin their tenure with the School this year.
Tonita Balcom, Counseling. Ph.D. in Psychology, Long Island University; B.A., double major in Psychology and Law and Justice, The College of New Jersey. A part-time Lawrenceville counselor since 2018, Balcom is joining the School full-time this fall. Before coming to Lawrenceville, Balcom worked at Gen Psych PC, where she was program director for DBT, with a special focus on children and adolescent mental health. Balcom also has experience with women’s mental health issues and working with those who have trans identities and experiences.
Liz Buckles, English Department. M.L.S., Wesleyan University; B.A., double major in Religion and English, cum laude, Kenyon College. Buckles has long and deep experience working and teaching at boarding schools, including stints at Loomis Chaffee and The Hill School, where she taught Religion and Philosophy and served as assistant dean of students. Most recently, Buckles worked at Hotchkiss, where she taught English, worked as a faculty mentor in the Penn fellows program, served as a dorm parent, and coached girls soccer.
Danny Concepcion ‘02, Science Department. Ph.D. in Genetics and Developmental Biology, Columbia University; M.A. in Science Education, Pace University; B.A. in Biochemistry, Columbia University. A member of the Lawrenceville class of 2002 and recipient of the Max Maxwell Award, Concepcion comes to Lawrenceville from Bronx Theater High School, where he taught Biology and Chemistry, co-chaired the School Leadership Team, and managed and directed a range of theatrical productions, from fashion shows to musicals.
Nuri Friedlander, Religion and Philosophy Department. ABD in the Study of Religion, with a focus on Islamic Studies, Harvard University; M.S.W., Simmons College; M.A. in Arabic Language and Literature, American University in Cairo; B.A. in English and Comparative Literature, American University in Cairo. Friedlander comes to Lawrenceville most recently from Phillips Exeter Academy, where he taught a range of courses in the Religion Department, including classes on Islam, Religion and Popular Culture, Existentialism, and Bioethics. Friedlander has also worked as a social worker and, during his time at Harvard, taught Arabic and served as the Islamic Society Chaplain.
Josh Frechette, Admissions Department. M.A. in English, Breadloaf School of English, Middlebury College; B.A. in American Studies, Williams College. A former two-sport athlete at Williams, Frechette has considerable experience in independent schools on both coasts. Frechette has worked as an English teacher, lacrosse and football coach, and administrator, including serving as the director of athletics at Marin Academy, where he was also coach of the boys’ lacrosse team, twice taking his team to the section championships.
Marisa Hedges, History Department. M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, Boston College; B.A., double major in History and Secondary Education, Providence College. After teaching part-time in the History Department for the past two years, Hedges joins Lawrenceville full-time as the department’s new chair. A former Big East Academic All-Star in track and field and the founder of Providence College’s Middle Eastern Student Association, Hedges has been a teacher and leader at various institutions, including The Peddie School and the non-profit educational organization, “Facing History and Ourselves.”
Chloe Kalna, Visual Arts Department. B.F.A in Communications Design and Illustration from Pratt Institute. Equally at ease in the classroom, in the art studio, or in the dance studio, Kalna has worked at Wyoming Seminary and at The Darrow School, where she wore many hats. In addition to teaching visual arts, Kalna served as the assistant director of communications, a house parent, and the yearbook advisor. She also taught yoga and helped to create the school’s dance program, offering instruction in ballet, jazz, contemporary, and modern dance.
Joselle Lamoutte, Language Department. J.D., Tulane University School of Law. A.B. in Comparative Literature, Princeton University. A graduate of the Teacher Prep Program at Princeton University, where she focused on Spanish language instruction, Lamoutte is joining Lawrenceville as a part-time Spanish teacher this year. Before turning to teaching, Lamoutte has worked as a lawyer and translator, mostly recently working as a linguist for the FBI.
Nicki Selan, Science Department. M.S. in Physics, with a concentration in Computational Astrophysics, Miami University of Ohio; B.S. in Engineering Physics, West Virginia Wesleyan College. Selan has taught Physics at the high school and college levels for the past fifteen years, most recently at Moravian Academy, where she also served as the chair of the Science Department. In addition to her teaching and chair duties, Selan also founded and coached Moravian’s Science Olympiad and Robotics teams.
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