MA/MBA Student Profiles

MA/MBA 2020

Meg Johnson
has taught history since 2014 at Lakeside School, a co-ed 5-12 day school in Seattle, WA. In addition to teaching U.S. history, world history and an interdisciplinary elective on elections, she has served as the student government coordinator, coached the crew team and served on the admissions committee. Before Lakeside, Meg was a Woods Teaching Fellow at the Lawrenceville School where she earned a master’s degree in education through the Penn Independent School Teaching Residency. Additionally, she enjoys the outdoors and has led several wilderness trips for NOLS. Meg will be completing the MBA portion of the MA/MBA dual-degree program during 2019.

MA/MBA 2019

Robby Griffin taught middle school history and coached cross country, basketball and baseball from 2011-2017 at The Peck School, a K-8 co-ed day school in Morristown, New Jersey. Additionally, he served as chair of the history department for two years and has been the director of scheduling for four years. Prior to Peck, he worked at Shore Country Day School as a fourth grade teaching assistant, Bellesini Academy as an after-school teacher and as a homeschool tutor traveling on a yacht. Robby received his bachelor's degree in social studies from Harvard College. On the side and for school activities, Robby does extensive work with technology including building websites and teaching coding.

Geoff Silver taught English at the Loomis Chaffee School, a co-ed 9-12 boarding and day school in Windsor, CT before beginning the Klingenstein program. Geoff began his teaching career at the Saint James School in Hagerstown, MD and has also coached varsity football and tennis, served on numerous committees (such as one that developed a new Writing Studio at Loomis) and worked in admissions. An alumnus of the Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, MA, Geoff graduated from Duke University summa cum laude in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and has completed graduate coursework towards a Master of Liberal Arts at Stanford University.

Tom Wethington served as associate dean of students and director of residential life, taught mathematics and coached basketball and baseball since 2012 at The Masters School, a co-ed day and boarding school in Dobbs Ferry, NY. Tom graduated from Bucknell University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a minor in philosophy. After a brief stint in the financial sector, he decided to change paths and pursue a career in education. Tom received his Master of Arts in Mathematics Education from Teachers College in May of 2012. In addition to his work at The Masters School, Tom has been a faculty member and conference facilitator for the NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference.

MA/MBA 2018

Emily Carton has taught and served as academic dean since 2013 at Olney Friends School, a co-ed boarding 9-12 in Barnesville, Ohio. Before that, she worked for a Philadelphia-based venture capital firm that operates two charter schools. Emily graduated with honors from Haverford College, where she studied ethics and the formation of intentional ethical communities. Emily was able to further explore these interests at Olney, where she conceived and implemented a self-paced, mastery-based curriculum that places greater responsibility in the hands of students.  

Michael Hardiman has taught IB language and literature since 2012 in the upper school at Windermere Preparatory School, a co-ed day and boarding K-12 in Windermere, Florida.  He has also taught English at Nativity Preparatory School in New Bedford, Massachusetts and worked for two years as a consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton. Michael is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and an alumnus of Holderness School.

Michael Schub taught IB Literature and Language & Literature between 2012 and 2014 at Gyeonggi Academy of Foreign Languages, a coed boarding school 10-12 in Uiwang, South Korea. Following that experience, he wrote assessments for an Ed Tech startup and tutored ESL students in New York and worked in communications in Washington, D.C. Michael graduated Brown University with a double concentration in English and International Relations. 

Zifan Yang has taught math and English through K&B Schools (aka Kaplan China) since 2013 at #7 Yucai Middle School (public school for grades 7-9), #7 High School Gaoxin Campus (public school for grades 10-12), and Chengdu Foreign Languages School (K-12 private boarding school) all in Chengdu, the Southwest Chinese city renowned for being home to the pandas. Educated as an engineer and economist during undergrad, he also taught magnet school classes on Saturdays for half of his college years.

MA/MBA 2017

Daniel (Dan) Dixon taught from 2010-2012 at St. John Vianney Catholic School, a co-ed, day, PK-8 school in Goodyear, Arizona. In 2012, he entered the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), where he is currently in formation to become a Catholic priest. He has taught GED courses to men and women on probation in St. Paul, Minnesota and English language learners at St. Rita’s Immigration Center in the Bronx. Dan completed the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) program in 2012, where he earned his master’s degree in education from the University of Notre Dame. Dan is currently enrolled in Columbia Business School in the MBA portion of the dual-degree program. 

Edward (Ted) Ogden 
taught English and American studies from 2007-2015 at Landon School, an all-boys 3-12 day school in Bethesda, Maryland. From 2000-2006, he taught English and history and served as sixth-grade dean at his alma mater, Brunswick School, an all-boys day school in Greenwich, Connecticut. Ted earned his B.A. from Middlebury College in 1999 and A.M. from The University of Chicago in 2007. He is also studying at the Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English. 

Jeannie Rumsey graduated from the two-summers master's program in 2015 while teaching mathematics at The Madeira School, an all-girls boarding and day school in McLean, VA. After graduation, she relocated to New York City and is  pursing the MBA portion of her dual degree at Columbia Business School.  She also taught math and coached cross country and squash for four years at Pomfret School, a co-ed boarding and day school in Pomfret, CT. Jeannie graduated with a B.S. in mathematics and economics from Haverford College and completed a master’s of mathematics for educators at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. 

Naheema Walji completed her MBA at INSEAD in France and returned to the Klingenstein cohort in the spring of 2017. Since 2012 she has been a member of the senior management team at Newton Prep, a co-ed prep day school for children aged 3-13 founded by her father in London, England. As a volunteer, Naheema taught grade 12 students in Calgary, Alberta, Canada for two years in a weekly program focused on faith, intellectual curiosity, humility, fortitude and a passion for discovery and learning. Naheema holds undergraduate and master’s degrees in law and by profession is an international finance lawyer. Since 2005 Naheema has worked in private practice in London, Bangkok and Calgary and has several years experience in mentoring.

MA/MBA 2016

Colin McWilliams completed his MBA at Columbia Business School in December as part of the MA/MBA dual degree program.  He rejoined the Klingenstein cohort in the spring. He taught all levels of Spanish for three years at The Linsly School, a co-ed day/boarding school in Wheeling, West Virginia. Outside of the classroom, Colin was an assistant in the admissions office and coached basketball and soccer. Born and raised in Hagerstown, Maryland, Colin attended St. James School before going on to receive his B.A. in Spanish along with a concentration in pre-medicine from Davidson College in 2011. 

Alexander (Xander) Subashi completed his MBA at Columbia Business School in December as part of the MA/MBA dual degree program.  He rejoined the Klingenstein cohort in the spring. He spent five years at Episcopal High School, a co-ed day school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he helped to create its center for service learning and was the director of service learning for two years. He has also served as a college counselor, taught Latin and coached varsity soccer. Xander was a lifer at The Miami Valley School in Dayton, Ohio, and graduated from Haverford College in 2009.

Nathaniel (Nate) Whitman completed his MBA at Columbia Business School in December as part of the MA/MBA dual degree program. He rejoined the Klingenstein cohort in the spring. He has taught for eleven years, most recently for four years at Sandy Spring Friends School, a co-ed day and boarding school in Sandy Spring, Maryland. There, he served as the mathematics department head, junior class dean and director of outdoor education. He was also a varsity soccer assistant coach, varsity rock climbing coach and softball head coach. Nate earned his B.A. from the University of Richmond and his M.A. from St. John’s College.

Alexander (Alex) Zarganis 
completed his MBA at Columbia Business School in December as part of the MA/MBA dual degree program. He rejoined the Klingenstein cohort in the spring. He graduated from UC Davis in 2001 (economics) and he has spent the majority of the past decade living and working as an educational consultant in Poland. In his free time, Alex works as an NCAA football referee. 


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