Meet Ross’s New Faculty and Staff Members

BeFunky Collage The start of the 2017–2018 academic year has brought a number of new faces to campus. Ross News is pleased to present the most recent additions to our school community:


Caitlin Greenwood (Assistant Director of Admissions) joined the Ross School Admissions Team in the summer of 2017. Caitlin, an Ohio native, is a graduate of Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio. She went on to attend Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, where she earned her BA in German language and literature with a minor in English literature. She spent time in Germany prior to and during college, studying at Schule Schloss Salem and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Caitlin is a Fulbright scholar, having received an English Teaching Assistantship in Kiel, Germany, where she worked for the 2015–2016 school year. Caitlin enjoys cycling, cooking, reading, and traveling.


Joseph Kugelmass (Upper School English Teacher) is a writer and teacher originally from Mendocino, California. He attended Stanford University as an undergraduate and received his PhD from University of California, Irvine, in 2012. His writing has appeared or been cited in The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, and on and He currently writes for Joseph taught at Phillips Academy Andover and Hopkins School before coming to Ross. Joe lives with his wife, Christianne McGinn, and is currently writing his first novel. In addition to literature, he enjoys karaoke, poker, and chess.

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Joseph Lener (Lower School Science Teacher) is a former associate teacher from Greens Farm Academy in Westport, Connecticut. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Connecticut, majoring in marine sciences, and is currently pursuing a master's degree in environmental education from Southern Connecticut State University. With extensive experience in sea turtle conservation, Joseph has taught a wide variety of age groups about our oceans and Long Island Sound. He has held educator positions at the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk as well as the Sound to Sea Environmental Education Program in North Carolina. Joseph is excited to be teaching at Ross, with its prime location between two important bodies of water, and he looks forward to integrating his knowledge of the oceans at the Lower School.


Carolyn Lyons (Assistant Director of Admissions) joins the Admissions Office from the University of Utah, where she worked as an international admissions counselor. She started her career in admissions at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, recruiting domestic students as assistant director of undergraduate recruitment. While at Westminster, she received her master’s degree in international community leadership with a focus in college access for refugees. Carolyn also taught English for two years in Seoul, South Korea. She enjoys cooking, yoga, hiking, playing board games, and spending time with friends. Carolyn is excited to join the Ross School community.


Amy McDougal (ESOL Instructor) has been teaching English language learners since 2008, when she was an after-school English tutor. She graduated in 2015 from Stony Brook University with a master’s degree in TESOL (teaching speakers of other languages). Since then, she has taught in an international academic atmosphere full time. Amy’s interests and hobbies include dance and theater. Last year, she participated in a community theater group with which she performed in libraries across Long Island. In her spare time, Amy takes hoop dance classes.

Paul Murray (Upper School Mandarin Teacher) is a former linguists development specialist with the United States Peace Corps and co-leader of an international language school in China. He received his Mandarin teaching certificate while studying in China. His educational interests involve interactive and engaging classwork, advanced memorization techniques, and the development of effective language learning environments. Mr. Murray received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from West Virginia University. His mission is to teach learners to think using a language they've never used before, empowering them to describe their worlds in the broadest way possible.

Carolyn Viens (Assistant Director of University Counseling) was a founding partner and private college counselor for several years with Enrollment Edge International. Carolyn also has 21 years of experience in global sales and marketing for IBM, working in the United States, Europe, and Asia. In addition to her work in college counseling, Carolyn is the National Programs Officer for Caring For Cambodia, a non-profit charity running 21 schools with more than 6,700 students in kindergarten through 12th grade in Siem Reap, Cambodia.


Runze (Michelle) Yang (Upper School Mandarin Teacher) received two master’s degrees in teaching Chinese as a second language from Beijing Language and Culture University and Brandeis University, respectively. She has had several years of experience teaching Chinese in different language programs, such as Harvard-Beijing Academy, CET Academic Programs, and the Confucius Institutes in the United States and China. Michelle’s mission is to enhance mutual understanding through language teaching.

We also welcome to campus Lower School Art Teacher Brianna Ashe, Tennis Professional Luca Cerin, Spanish Teacher Nilder Giraldo, Assistant Early Childhood Teacher AIjah Jones-King, School Nurse Christine Murphy, and Assistant Director of University Counseling Carolyn Viens. Join us in warmly welcoming these new faculty and staff members to Ross School!