New Faculty and Staff

WMS is thrilled to welcome a talented group of new faculty and staff this fall. Read on for more information on the new faces on campus!

Sarah Catlin: Director of Financial Aid; Associate Director of Admission
Sarah joins The White Mountain School team after a five years in Ohio, managing the admissions program for an all girls day school. For a Vermont native and boarding school graduate, returning to WMS brings the best of locations with the best of environments together for her. Thrilled with the close-knit community and many opportunities for students to expand their knowledge of their community and themselves, Sarah is excited to share the WMS story with prospective families. A graduate from Bucknell University, she completed her Masters at La Salle University in 2007. Sarah lives in Hill House with her wife Jennifer Willis (Director of the Learning Center). Sarah manages the financial aid program at WMS.

Julie Cote: Director of Health Services
Julie joins WMS with over 20 years of nursing experience in hospitals, acute rehabilitation, camp nursing and medical consulting practice. She is a graduate of St. Lawrence and has a master’s degree in nursing from Excelsior College. She moved to the area from Pittsburgh (PA, not NH) with her two teenage children, Isaiah ’16 and Abigail ’16,  and black lab.

Lily Friedling: Visual Arts
Lily moved to WMS from a position at the Tapestry Charter School in Buffalo, NY. She graduated from Bates College where she studied psychology and visual art and earned a master’s degree in art education at Teachers College Columbia University.  She has also taught wearable arts and drawing in the Putney School summer program. As an art teacher, Lily loves helping students to find their own voice as artists and to realize they can communicate their own unique ideas through their artwork. She is very excited to work with the students here at WMS. In addition to being an educator, Lily is a visual artist specializing in ceramics and painting. She also enjoys crocheting, yoga, soccer and taking in the beauty of the natural world.  Her husband, Dove, is working towards a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, and is also excited to explore the natural beauty of the White Mountains.

Ayaka Okawa: Associate Director of Admission
Ayaka recently graduated cum laude from Bowdoin College with a B.A. in Psychology and Education Studies. She co-captained the Bowdoin Sailing Team her senior year after sailing in the co-ed and the women’s divisions for six seasons. Ayaka is experienced in residential life as a first-year dorm prefect at Choate Rosemary Hall, where she was also a Gold Key tour guide. She is excited to be working in the Admission Office at The White Mountain School because she loves meeting bright, passionate students. Ayaka lives next to the health center and is excited to serve as a dorm parent at Solar and an assistant instructor of yoga and lacrosse.

Carole Ryder: Health Services
Carole came to WMS after working as a residential nurse at the Ferry Beach Ecology School in Saco, Maine and as a nurse at Camp Walden in Denmark, Maine. She received her nursing degree from the University of Southern Maine and an English degree from Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont way back in the seventies. She is the mother of Ryder White, a post-graduate at WMS, and of Ansley White of the United States Marine Corp. She lives in the annex with her dog, Gage. It has been a few years, but she hopes to get back on skis this winter.

Jennifer Willis: Director of the Learning Center
Jen joins the School from Cincinnati, Ohio, where she is a Doctoral candidate and an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati’s School of Education and Counseling. She earned her Master’s degree in clinical counseling psychology from La Salle University and her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Davidson College.

The focus of Jen’s work with students is on “strengths promotion.” 
She writes, “My interest in strengths-based education was sparked during my clinical work with students in Philadelphia, and the importance of emphasizing strengths is a theme that has emerged across my work with high school, college, and graduate students. Research demonstrates an intrinsic motivation for strengths use, and I believe deeply in the link between authenticity and motivation. I am passionate about working with students to identify and develop their strengths in the classroom and beyond.”

On behalf of all the faculty, staff, students, and alumnae/i, welcome to The White Mountain School!

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