Eric Long joined the Tabor community as the Associate Director of Admission in 2007. In 2010, he was named the Director of Financial Aid. Eric is the head coach of the Girls’ Varsity Ice Hockey team. Entering his eleventh year, Eric has built upon the strong tradition of the Tabor hockey program, which is considered one of the premier programs in Division I. Prior to his time at Tabor, Eric had an accomplished career playing professional hockey, ending his playing career in Europe, before moving on to Kimball Union Academy as an admissions professional and Boys’ Varsity Ice Hockey coach. In his free time, Eric enjoys watching his children play their own sports, boating on Buzzards Bay, and living next to the Maker’s Lab where he can follow the progress and witness firsthand the handiwork of Tabor students’ creations.
Eric lives and works as a dorm parent in West House with his wife and four children.
Laura Burgess came to Tabor in 2016 from Emma Willard School, her own alma mater, where she served as Director of Recruitment. As a 6th generation boarding school graduate, Laura shares her love of all things boarding school with the next generation of Tabor students in her role as Director of Admissions Marketing. She earned her bachelor of arts in English from St. Lawrence and a master’s degree from Dartmouth College. Laura has previously held positions at Mercersburg Academy, Kimball Union Academy, and Cardigan Mountain School's summer program. Laura also shares her lifelong love of tennis and baking with our community, as a dorm parent in Spring Street and coach of JV girls tennis team. Laura is also an avid reader and racquet sports enthusiast!
Director, Center for International Students; Associate Director, International Recruitment
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.
Christian Garris 05
Associate Director of Admissions, Multicultural Outreach
Christian returned to Tabor in 2017 after graduating in 2005. After earning a degree in English and Music at Amherst College, Christian spent some years teaching middle school and enjoying the local music scene in nearby New Bedford. Christian reports, "I am absolutely ecstatic to be back home in the Tabor community." Christian is eager to meet our many perspective students and families and sharing his enthusiasm for Tabor while assisting them throughout the admission process. In addition to his duties in Admissions, he is a dorm parent in Lillard Hall. You will likely find him after school helping out the boys in football and basketball, his favorite Tabor sports!
Leslie was initially hired in 1986 as Director of Student Activities and served in that capacity from 1986-1996. She then assumed the role of Associate Director of the Tabor Academy Summer Program. After a year and half, she became part of the Admissions Staff as Office Manager and coordinator of the summer Orientation at Sea Program. She has two sons, both of whom have graduated from Tabor.
RJ Swift '08 rejoined the Tabor community as the Director of Student Activities and a History Teacher in 2016, he joined our Admissions team in 2018. RJ is the head coach of the Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse program as well and JV Hockey program. During his time at Lawrence Academy, RJ was named the 2015 ISL boys' lacrosse Assistant Coach of the Year. Upon graduating from Tabor, he studied at Providence College, receiving a BS in Health Policy Management and minoring in Political Science. Besides his coaching experience at Lawrence, RJ has also coached with the Top Gun fighting clams, Team Central, and the Groton youth lacrosse program.
Helene Sughrue has been teaching at Tabor since 1998, after having taught at the Bancroft School and at Friends Academy. She has a B.A. in government from Connecticut College and an M.A. in English from the University of New Hampshire. She teaches English, is an Admissions Associate, and is the faculty advisor to The Log, the school’s student newspaper. She lives in Foc’s’le, where she is a houseparent, with her family. Outside school, she enjoys reading what she has chosen rather than assigned and watching any sport the other members of her family are playing.
Wiley graduated from Tabor in 1968. He returned to teach Mechanical Drawing and Nautical Science from 1973-1984. After a break from teaching, he returned to Tabor in 1996 as an Associate Director of Admissions. He coaches crew in the spring. He and his wife, Michele, were house parents in Bushnell House for twenty years where they raised three children: Tica ‘05, Sam ‘16, and Brooke ‘14.
Stefanie Whitworth joined the Tabor community as the Associate Director of Admission in July 2017. Prior to Tabor, she spent six years as an associate director of college counseling at Wasatch Academy in Utah. Stefanie has a rich history in education, both in private schools and in higher education. She was director of admission at The Winston School in Dallas, TX, and served as an assistant director of admission at Flint Hill School in northern VA. At the university level, Stefanie has served at Appalachian State University as a senior associate director of admissions and got her start in education during a six-year tenure at her alma mater, UNC Chapel Hill, where she was a business/systems analyst and assistant director of admissions. Stefanie is passionate about education and enjoys helping students and families understand their educational options and find the right fit. Stefanie is a houseparent in Williams House where she lives with her husband, two children, and a big dog. Besides biking, hiking, and snowshoeing, Stefanie spends time watching her kids play sports, reading good books, and visiting museums.
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