Middlebury: New Faculty and Staff Join Westover

Westover School has hired several new faculty and staff members that will start at the new school year. Kelsey Prakken (left), Tasheana Dukuly, Heather Capitanio and Marcie Bruder will take over various positions including history teacher, new dean, director of residential life and dorm parent.

MIDDLEBURY — Westover School will welcome several new faculty and staff members to its academic and residential life programs at the start the of the new school year.

Kelsey Prakken joins the faculty as a history teacher and soccer coach. She earned her M.A.T. in secondary social studies from John Hopkins University and her B.A. in history and anthropology from Franklin & Marshall College. She has worked in several schools in the Boston area, including Boston Collegiate Charter and Austin Preparatory School.

Most recently Ms. Prakken took time off from teaching in the classroom to explore the world of higher education and has gained experience on the business and technology side of education through the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program and as academic coordinator for the Babson College Summer Study program.

Tasheana Dukuly has been named Westover’s new dean of students. She earned her M.S. in education from the University of Pennsylvania and wrote her thesis on school citizenship and the paradox of promoting leadership and individuality in a collaborative setting. She graduated with honors from Bates College with a degree in English and African American studies.

She most recently was class dean, Office of Multiculturalism/Community Engagement Coordinator, an English teacher and a member of the dorm faculty at Milton Academy. 

Previously she worked at Middlesex School in Concord, Mass. and was an AmeriCorps volunteer/youth organizer at a teen center in her hometown of Lowell, Mass.

Heather Capitanio has been appointed Director of Residential Life. She earned her B.A. in history from Western New England University and her M.A. in historical archaeology at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. 

For the past 14 years, she has worked as a house director at the Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Mass. She has spent her summers in Boston as the assistant resident director for the Boston Ballet Summer Dance Program. She is working towards an M.A. in social work from Boston University.

Marcie Bruder has joined the staff as a dorm parent and as a volleyball and softball coach. 

She graduated with a B.A. in international studies from Western New England University and earned her M.E.D. in sport management from the Van Loan School at Endicott College.

Over the past 14 years she has worked as a house faculty member at Dana Hall School, American International School in Salzburg, Austria and most recently High Mowing Waldorf School in New Hampshire.

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