The White Mountain School Welcomes New Faculty

WMS is proud to welcome three new teachers to our dedicated and passionate faculty!
Renee Blacken is our new science teacher, covering such diverse disciplines as Chemistry, Physics, AP Environmental Science, Religion & the Environment. She will be helping with our Farm and Forest program this year and doing dorm duty in Carter. Before WMS, she lived in North Carolina, where she worked as a farmer and a baker while earning her Master’s degree in Renewable Energy Technology. She lives with her 20 month old son Walter and her partner, Alan, who spends his free time working on our WMS farm. Renee is a graduate of The Putney School, majored in Chemistry and Religion at Bates College and received her Master’s degree from Appalachian State University.

Jim Norton brings his English expertise to campus, teaching AP English, American Literature, and Introduction to World Literature. Jim will take on our community service program in the winter and coach Boy’s Lacrosse in the spring. He lives and works in Upper Burroughs with his dogs, Maggie and Zoe. Before WMS, he taught at Newton South High School in Newton, MA. He attended Choate Rosemary Hall as a high school student, is a graduate of Oberlin College, and received his MTS from Harvard Divinity School.

Megan Killigrew, Teaching Fellow, is our last addition to campus. Megan teaches American Literature, coaches Mountain Biking, and will also coach Cycling in the spring. She does duty in Solar. Before arriving at WMS, she attended Stratton Mountain School and graduated from Dartmouth College, where she was the captain of the varsity women’s Nordic Ski team and member of an improv theater group. Megan plans to move that theatrical tradition to WMS with a new improv club here on campus.

Renee, Jim, and Megan have already given so much to our campus in the weeks that they’ve been here. They’ve guided students through the first few weeks of classes and through the North Country region during Orientation. They’ve mentored students in the dorm and in the field. We are so pleased to welcome them to our WMS community and we know that their drive, energy, and openness will help to shape our community, both this year and in the years to come.

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