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Emilie Arseneault, CSCS

French, Chemistry; Co-Athletic Director

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Emilie Arseneault, CSCS

French, Chemistry; Co-Athletic Director


Concordia University M.A. in English

Union College B.A. in French and English

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, National Strength and Conditioning Association

Emilie is a native French speaker from New-Brunswick, Canada. She attended boarding school in the U.S. for four-years as a student athlete playing soccer, hockey, softball and lacrosse. Emilie played NCAA division 1 hockey for Union College where she earned Rookie of the Year her first year. Her sophomore year she played for the ECAC All-Star Team against the U.S. Olympic team. After College, Emilie earned her Master's degree in English from Concordia University.

Emilie loved her time at boarding school so much that she decided to make a career of it. Emilie started her career in teaching Kents Hill School in Maine where she spent seven years as a French teacher and hockey coach. Emilie is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

In her spare time being, she enjoys being active, whether it is in the weight room, hiking, cycling. Emilie's hobbies include sneakers, fishing, and playing the bass.

At Marvelwood Since: 2022
Athletics/After-School Activity Assignment: Boy's Soccer, Girl's Basketball

Mitchell Beaudoin

IT Coordinator

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Olga Benete

Visual Arts Teacher

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Olga Benete

Visual Arts Teacher


University of Connecticut, B.A.

Chelyabinsk, Russia, B.A.

Olga fell in love with the Kent area in 2008 when she moved here, from Russia. She graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2014 and holds two Bachelors degrees in video production and general studies in teaching.

Olga loves the picturesque setting of Marvelwood, with its majestic views of hilltops, the Housatonic River Valley, farms, and all its surrounding nature. She finds this natural setting to be an inspiring backdrop that is sure to bring out the best of artistic expression by her students.

Prior to joining Marvelwood in 2023, Olga worked in documentary films directed by Emmy Award filmmaker Harvey Hubble V - Dislecksia: The Movie and One by One: The Teachings of Diana King. Olga discovered her passion for teaching when she joined Camp Dunnabeck in 2022 teaching photography and video production. Olga has held FAA remote pilot license since 2018. She will be teaching a class focusing on the rules and safety of flying drones, as well as classes in virtual/augmented reality, photography, and video editing.

Olga lives near Marvelwood with her husband Joseph and their two daughters Olivia and Ophelia. They have a family farm where they raise sheep, dairy cow heifers, and chickens. On Wednesdays they host community service activities where Marvelwood Students learn how to raise stock animals and do farm chores.

Olga enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, gardening, exploring new places, and being near the ocean whenever possible.

At Marvelwood Since: 2023
Athletics/After-School Activity Assignment: Art Portfolio, Girl's Tennis

Seth Bernstein

Controller

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William Bingham, Jr.

Director of College Counseling, English, Screenwriting, Songwriting

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William Bingham, Jr.

Director of College Counseling, English, Screenwriting, Songwriting


Williams College, B.A

A graduate of the Taft School and Williams College, Army veteran William “Bing” Bingham spent over twenty years working in the entertainment industry before turning to teaching in 2001. Along the way, he took up high adventure activities like flying hang gliders and ultralights, and even competed in the National Hang Gliding Championships as the New York/New Jersey champion. His career as a singer-songwriter spans decades and, along with Taft classmate and longtime friend Joe Knowlton, includes five recording contracts as the act, Joe and Bing, two of which are still active. His songs, Alaska Bloodline and Barnstormer, were top 100 hits. In their early years, Joe and Bing were managed by the man who brought the Beatles to America, legendary impresario Sid Bernstein. The pair continue to actively perform, write songs and record, and their history and current activities can be found on their website, joeandbing.com.

Bing is also an award-winning (Clio, Emmy) composer of hundreds of advertising jingles as well as scores to documentary films and television shows. While living and working in New York City, he dabbled in acting as well, performing in over seventy television commercials and playing Alex on ABC’s popular Kids Are People Too series for four years.

In the early 1990s, Bing began working with a literary agent to write and develop stories for television and film. That relationship continues today and has generated a number of successes. In 1997, Bing’s story about the Flying Tigers of WWII, Earth, Wings and Fire, was optioned by Tom Cruise and Paramount Pictures in a well-publicized deal. Three years and several stories later, Bing won the job of turning Senator John McCain’s memoir, Faith of My Fathers, into a screenplay. The film was eventually produced for A&E television in 2005 and nominated for five awards (Emmy, ASC). Bing has also written five, two-hour entertainment specials for A&E and a number of short stories. His tale, The Lesson, was published in the popular Chicken Soup for the Soul series in 2009. And recently another story, Sea of Dreams, which chronicles his transition from screenwriter to prep school teacher, won accolades in a popular online writing contest.

Bing serves as Director of College Counseling and teaches senior English and two electives: screenwriting and songwriting. After coaching boys varsity tennis for many years, he now assumes the assistant coaching role to leave time for his latest passion: golf. His free time is spent working on a number of creative projects, summering in the Adirondacks, and staying in touch with family, most especially his two beautiful daughters, Elizabeth and Katherine and their families.

At Marvelwood Since: 2001
Athletics/After-School Activity Assignment: Boy's Tennis

Kristy Bloom P'27

Learning Support

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Kristy Bloom P'27

Learning Support


Long Island University, B.A.

Fordham University, Teaching Certification

Kristy Bloom has taught across grade levels and the globe in both the realms of public and private education. For Kristy, being a teacher is a privilege that she has remained grateful for throughout her career. What inspires her most about teaching is redefining success and when her students can see for themselves how capable they are of reaching their goals.
Kristy is a compulsive writer in her free time and loves running in the woods. She lives in Kent with her husband Doug, their boys Griffin and Harper and their dog, Maple.

At Marvelwood Since: 2022
Athletics/After-School Activity Assignment: Cross Country, Girl's Tennis

Ben Brady

Learning Support

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Ben Brady

Learning Support


Providence College, B.A.

University of Saint Joseph's, M.A.

Ben is a proud, native resident of Kent. Ben joins the Marvelwood family after 4 years of working at the local elementary school. Ben holds a Bachelor’s degree in History and Psychology from Providence College. He graduated in 2019 from St. Joseph’s University with a Master’s in Teaching with a certification to teach History in grades 7-12.

Ben enjoys coaching for and playing on Kent recreation teams including soccer, basketball, and hockey, and spending time with friends or family around the table playing cards or any board game. His active life is complete with going on walks with his two dogs Lolly and Maizie.

At Marvelwood Since: 2023

Heather Brand

CPC Task Force Coordinator, Dean of Students, Bodkin Library Director

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Heather Brand

CPC Task Force Coordinator, Dean of Students, Bodkin Library Director


Heather joined the Marvelwood community as Bodkin Library Director in 2006. A longtime resident of Kent, she previously served as the Youth Services Librarian at the town library and was excited to transition to a young adult population. She took over the role as House Dean for Star Dorm in 2008 and continues to enjoy her role in the residential life aspect at Marvelwood.

Heather’s role at Marvelwood has evolved to include formally providing support and success in decision-making and accountability as the Dean of Students. Most recently, Heather became certified as an instructor in yoga and mindfulness and enjoys teaching these important skills to students as a complement to her philosophies of intentional and responsible community living. Heather continues to develop and integrate tenets of restorative justice into the Deans Office structure. Heather also serves as the COVID-19 Prevention and Compliance Task Force Coordinator.

After living a full and exciting 11 years in Star Dorm, Heather moved into a house on the edge of campus where she lives with her young son Becket, two cats, and flock of chickens. She is also the proud parent of two launched and thriving adult children - Kori and Tyler.

At Marvelwood Since: 2009
Athletics/After-School Activity Assignment:
Yoga

Gail Burger

Bookkeeper for Kildonan and Camp Dunnabeck

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Gail Burger

Bookkeeper for Kildonan and Camp Dunnabeck


Gail started working in the Business Office at Kildonan Services since 2011. She was also the Girls Dorm Head and helped out with the Equestrian Program for Camp Dunnabeck. Gail lives in Torrington with her husband David of 38 years, along with their cat Inky. Gail's favorite pastime is riding her horse RJ which she tries to do every chance she gets.

At Marvelwood Since: 2020

Julia Cash

Assistant to the Academic Dean, Registrar

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Julia Cash

Assistant to the Academic Dean, Registrar


Central Connecticut State University, BA in Anthropology

Julia graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a Bachelors in Anthropology with a minor in Community Engagement in 2023. She is a member of Lambda Alpha, the National Anthropology Honor Society. Julia's senior thesis project involved looking at the Affordable Housing crisis in rural America, focusing on Sharon, CT specifically.

Julia grew up in Sharon, CT and currently lives in Lakeville, CT. She is very tied to the community in Sharon, which grew even stronger while she managed Sharon Farm Market. Julia's mother worked at Sharon Center School as a paraprofessional in Special education, where Julia volunteered in her classroom for many years working with children with special needs and she has a long history of working in retail & customer service.

In her free time Julia enjoys spending time outside going for a hikes, walks, or to the beach. She loves to swim and read and research different topics. She spends time with her family as often as possible and plans on joining the Historical Society in Sharon, CT.

At Marvelwood Since: 2024

Peter Crocket

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Peter Crocket

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At Marvelwood Since: 2022

Jeff Curtiss

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