June 22, 2018
New Appointments

I am saddened to announce that Emmanuel Essiedu will not be returning to Thornton-Donovan in the fall. You couldn’t ask for a better or kinder person, qualities that all great teachers need to possess. I’m confident Mr. Essiedu benefited greatly from his experiences here and will be more prepared for his next professional challenge.

Joining the Thornton-Donovan faculty core is Dr. James van Sandwyk. He has his B.S. and M.S. in Zoology from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. He also holds the highest degree in the same field from the same University. Dr. van Sandwyk specialized in Molecular Biology and Virology. As an educator and scientist, he has had 10 years of global experience in academic, educational, scientific and corporate sectors. He will feel perfectly at home teaching bio, virology, chem, and, of course, zoology. For T-D and for its student body, it will be nice to have another doctor in the house.

Losing the services of Andrew Chapin are words I don’t care to write. You couldn’t ask for a better or more competent English teacher than Andrew. Rumor has it that he’ll be teaching in a charter school, a short walk away from his new digs, in Long Island City. Little did I know eight years ago when Andrew first came to the Circle how much of his quality time he would spend at Thornton-Donovan. Thanks.

Joining the T-D English Department is David G. Montgomery. He holds a B.A. in English with an emphasis on writing from Hartwick College and has two master’s degrees – one in teaching from Sacred Heart and the other in English from Trinity College. He has had extensive experience teaching middle and upper school English. He, his wife and two sons, are very excited about their impending move to New York. Thornton-Donovan is equally so and is anxious to welcome one and all.