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We model life-long learning: 95% of Tabor faculty and staff participated in Professional Development in the last three years!

Tabor's Faculty & Staff Directory

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    Bethany Daniels
    Dept: Administrative Staff
    Title: Executive Assistant
    Education: University of Massachusetts Dartmouth - B.S.
    Fairhaven High School
    University of MA at Dartmouth
    Bio
     
    Bethany joined the Tabor staff in 2014 and is currently the Executive Assistant to the Head of School. She graduated from the University of MA with a B.S. in Marketing and worked previously within that capacity for TripAdvisor, Reebok, Smarterkids.com, and IDG. She lives locally with her husband and two children and enjoys spending time with her family, seaside summers, and being outdoors.
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    Kyle Dasilva
    Dept: Administrative Staff, Student Life
    Title: Receptionist
    Education: Plymouth-Carver High School
    Bio
     
    Kyle began working at Tabor in 1986, answering an ad for part time employment as a receptionist. After a couple of years the position expanded significantly as reception took over the attendance record keeping. Over the years, she’s seen many changes including part or all of three headmaster’s tenures. She feels privileged to work in such a lovely setting and to meet so many interesting people. When she first came to Tabor, raising a young family, Kyle was happy simply to have a job with flexible hours. All these years later, both children grown and gone, she considers it a blessing to still be part of the Tabor family.
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    Richard DaSilva
    Dept: International Students, History
    Title: History Teacher/Assoc. Dir. of Int'l Center
    Education: Univ. of Massachusetts - Dartmouth - B.A.
    Tabor Academy
    Bio
     
    Rick DaSilva ’89 returned to Tabor in 1999, after a decade of college and teaching. He holds a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts and teaches history. In 2015, Rick became the Associate Director of the Center for International Students and enjoys working with and supporting the international student experience. Rick also works with Steve Downes, running the Summer Service Program, an annual opportunity for Tabor students to travel abroad and volunteer their time on a number of different projects. The groups have been to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Bali. Rick has recently worked to gain Tabor’s entrance into a Global Citizenship Network. Headed by the Rysensteen Gymnasium in Copenhagen Denmark, Tabor joins 11 other schools around the world in initiatives that foster a greater understanding of Global issues. A houseparent in Lillard, he coaches lacrosse and sits on the Diversity Committee. Rick enjoys traveling, especially as a representative of Tabor, and iPhone photography.
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    Allen Denham
    Dept: Facilities
    Title: Carpenter
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    Gerald Dineen
    Dept: Mathematics & Computer Science
    Title: Math Teacher
    Education: Middlebury College - B.A.
    Bio
     
    Gerry Dineen came to Tabor in 1999 after teaching at Vermont Academy and the Brooks School. A 1989 graduate of Middlebury College, he teaches math and coaches boys’ varsity hockey and varsity baseball. Gerry lives on campus with his family and is a dorm parent.
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    Ellen Dion
    Dept: Finance and Accounting
    Title: Accounts Payable
    Education: Colby College - B.A.
    Bio
     
    Ellen came to Tabor in April 2016 to work in Accounts Payable. For much of her career, Ellen has worked for non-profit organizations. Prior to coming to Tabor, Ellen worked at the Cape Symphony and Conservatory and at the Ocean Explorium in New Bedford. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Colby College. Her husband, David, graduated from Tabor in 1977 and is thrilled that she is now working for his treasured alma mater. Ellen has three grown children who come and go regularly and resides in Marion with her husband.
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    Steve Dixon
    Dept: Facilities
    Title: Electrician
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    Stephen Downes
    Dept: Admissions, International Students, Modern & Classical Languages
    Title: Director, Center for International Students; Associate Director, International Recruitment
    Education: Harvard University - A.B.
    Johns Hopkins University - M.A.
    Wesleyan University - C.A.S.
    Bio
     
    Steve Downes joined the Tabor faculty in 1985, he studied history as an undergraduate at Harvard and international Studies as a graduate student at Johns Hopkins. He teaches Chinese language and has taught modern world history. In addition to teaching, he works with Tabor’s International Students, and coaches boys squash in the winter. Steve accompanies Tabor service programs in Southeast Asia in the summer, and helps with summer and winter school exchange programs and international admissions work.
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    Amy Duffell
    Dept: Advancement
    Title: Director of Planned Giving
    Education: Middlebury College - B.A.
    Boston University - Ed.M.
    Bio
     
    Amy joined the Advancement team at Tabor in November 2014, after spending nearly seven years as Associate Dean for Development at the University of Rhode Island’s College of the Environment and Life Sciences. While at URI, Amy led the College’s fundraising efforts working with annual fund, major gift and planned giving donors. Amy graduated from Middlebury College in 2000 with a BA in French and received her EdM from Boston University in 2006. She began her career in development at Boston University and worked at the Boston Museum of Science before joining URI. Originally from Lexington, MA, Amy lives in Portsmouth, RI, with her family.
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    Roxanne Dunlop
    Dept: Finance and Accounting, Administration
    Title: Controller
    Education: Southeastern Massachusetts University - B.S.
    Bio
     
    Roxanne Dunlop was hired by Tabor Academy in September 2000 to implement a new office position in the Baxter Health Center and to help coordinate the Annual Health Fair. During the 2004-2005 Academic Year, she went on hiatus to take care of an ailing parent, yet returned the following academic year to manage the Tabor Shop. In addition to managing the Tabor Shop, she began working part-time in the Business Office in 2010. Roxanne’s prior work experience includes positions as a Senior Account, Accounts Receivable Manager and Cost Accountant for Borg-Warner Corporation. Roxanne resides in Marion with her husband and three daughters; and has served on various boards and committees in Marion over the years.
     
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    Jennifer Dunn
    Dept: Advancement
    Title: Advancement Communications Coordinator
    Education: Boston College - B.A.
    Bio
     
    Jen joined Tabor’s Advancement team in October 2015. Graduating from Boston College in 1992, she began her career in a small boutique advertising agency. She then moved on to marketing and product development for Lancôme Cosmetics in New York City until moving to Marion in 2004.  She lives with her husband Donovan and three children, Ted ‘20, Andrew ‘22, and James.

Tabor Faculty...

 
  • Have an unabashed enthusiasm, creativity and passion for and thorough knowledge of their subject.
  • Are empathetic and charismatic leaders who know, care for, challenge, and support the students with whom they work.
  • Are facilitators and directors. They must know how to challenge students to problem solve and make personal discoveries.  
  • Are excellent teachers who know how to step aside, allowing the student to stumble, struggle, and learn to resolve.
  • Model the high standards of professionalism they expect their students to develop: organization, rigor, clarity, promptness, effectiveness, respect, and kindness.
  • Maintain a perspective that allows teachers to take their work and their students seriously without taking themselves too seriously.
These characteristics of excellence in teaching are what our faculty strive for each day at Tabor. 

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