French Teacher, Grades K-3rd
7th Grade Homeroom
Math Teacher 6th-8th, Science Teacher 7th
Steve graduated from Middlebury College, in Middlebury, Vermont. There, he completed a double major in Biology and French, spent his junior year in Paris, where he played on a French basketball team. After college, Steve began his teaching career at Milford Academy in Connecticut. In 1981, after spending two years teaching French at George School, Steve came to BFS to teach math, science and P.E. During his tenure at BFS, Steve has taught grades K through 8, in one capacity or another. Steve was instrumental in the founding of several signature programs at BFS that are still in operation today. He contributed to the creation of an “elective” program in the Upper School, which allows students to choose an alternative course of study that is outside the realm of our standard curriculum. With another colleague, Steve co-designed a course called Developmental Workshop, which is a “mindfulness” program that was created long before the concept of “mindfulness” became popular. He also played a pivotal role in the development of the Joint Environmental Mission (JEM) program, our international environmental and cultural exchange program. Through this program, Steve has traveled with students to Ecuador five times and to Russia six times. Currently, Steve teaches 6th, 7th and 8th grade math, 7th grade life science, mindfulness, and he is the 7th grade homeroom teacher. Outside of school, Steve enjoys exercising, fishing, shelling, and pretty much anything that has to do with nature. Steve is married and has two adult children, who are BFS alumni.
Administrative Assistant to the Head of School
Director of Admissions
After School Director
Her first day as the After School Program Director in September 2009, was the same day Melissa’s daughter, Lucy, started kindergarten at BFS. She and Lucy have grown since that day. Lucy graduated from BFS in 2017 and is now a student at Blair Academy.
Melissa is Director of Admissions, helping new families discover and join the BFS community. Her day ends with the after school program, playing, creating and having fun with the many children who attend. The day may be long, yet having the opportunity to get to know each student at BFS makes her life so much richer. She is happy to be part of this very special community.
Director of Advancement
5th Grade Teacher
Middle School Division Director
Music, Religion Teacher
Rich graduated from Temple University with a Bachelors Degree in Music Education, with a concentration in Classical/Jazz Voice. He’s enjoyed musical performance for over 25 years, performing in international tours with various artists. He currently performs locally and internationally with the City Rhythm Orchestra, playing a varied repertoire of 1920’s Jazz to Modern Pop. Among his many accomplishments, Rich has composed several original compositions in movies and commercials. After teaching privately for 15 years, Rich joined BFS in 2012 as our K-8 music teacher. He has experience using various educational programs such as Orff-Shulwerk, Kodaly, Dalcroze, and Gordon, as well as being skilled in instruments such as guitar, piano, drums, violin and voice.
Frank earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. He has worked as a graphic designer and video editor in the distant past, a career, which led to supporting Macintosh computers, Chromebooks, and the occasional PC. For the last twenty-five years, he has served as a Network Administrator and Master of Troubleshooting. Frank is a general “Mr. Fixit” at BFS. Recently, he repaired a troublesome HP printer by baking its motherboard for ten minutes at 350° in the BFS kitchen. It’s been working ever since. Outside of school, he pursues interests in music, photography, art, movies, cooking, and watching far too much TV. Frank is known to create overly elaborate Halloween costumes that are the hit of the party.
Social Studies Teacher, 6th - 8th Grades
Laura grew up in Solebury Township and comes from a long line of educators. She graduated from Bard College with a B.A. in Anthropology and Human Rights, and studied public health in China, India and South Africa with the International Honors Program. She also has an MA in Sustainable Development from SIT Graduate Institute and an M.Ed in Secondary Social Studies Education from Temple University. Before joining BFS in 2018, Laura worked for environmental non-profits, taught English as Foreign Language, and led educational cultural exchange trips for high school students with the Experiment in International Living. Her father attended BFS in the 1960s!
Shop Teacher, Mindfulness/Wellness Teacher
Specials Division Director