Carolyn Uhle, director of human resources, leaves Rowland Hall after 29 years. In addition to her most recent role, Carolyn also served as Lower School administrative assistant and accounts payable and payroll associate. As director of human resources, she was instrumental in building the school’s human resource practice, supporting faculty and staff, and ensuring that the school meets employment laws and regulations. Carolyn has brought to her work a genuine love of people, a deep care for the school, and a sense of humor. "I'm looking forward to being able to spend time with my family, follow my passions, and create new adventures,” she said. Read Carolyn’s retirement tribute.
Stuart McCandless (pictured top), fifth-grade teacher, is re-retiring after an encore year. Stuart first began teaching at Rowland Hall in 2001, retired for the 2020–2021 school year, and returned for 2021–2022. During these years, Stuart has impacted hundreds of fifth-grade students and their families and built strong classroom communities that foster deep and careful thinking, teamwork, and personal growth. He’s looking forward to spending more time with his wife, Peggy, in retirement, and we hope to have him back as a substitute from time to time.
Lori Miller, Lower School assistant principal, is retiring after 15 years of dedicated service to the beginning and lower schools. This year, she supported the new academic leadership team on the McCarthey Campus as Lower School assistant principal, but has spent most of her time at Rowland Hall as the director of learning services. Lori is a phenomenal resource, loved for her presence, humanity, and ardent encouragement for others. We are thrilled she'll have time for more travel, gardening, and being with her dear ones. She will be missed.
Andrea Beckman, Middle School administrative assistant, left Rowland Hall at the end of March, after nearly 14 years at the school, for an opportunity at Huntsman Cancer Institute. The heart and soul of the Middle School, Andrea worked tirelessly behind the scenes to support the entire division. She handled difficult situations with grace and professionalism and never said no to a colleague or friend in need. Her humor, kindness, and team spirit will be missed, and we look forward to seeing her at community events.
Beth Ott, 4PreK assistant teacher, leaves Rowland Hall after 13 years. Beth worked as an assistant teacher in both 4PreK and kindergarten, and was also the director of auxiliary programs for 10 years. Extraordinarily kind, patient, self-reflective, even-keeled, and curious, Beth is a cherished colleague, teacher, mentor, and friend, and she will be missed.
Dan Mitchell, middle and upper school ceramics teacher, leaves Rowland Hall after 12 years. Many students have repeatedly taken Dan’s classes, developing into skilled, masterful ceramicists, and many more have benefited from the welcoming, calming atmosphere of his classroom. We will miss Dan’s commitment to his craft and his ability to connect with students—not to mention his incredible T-shirt collection, music, storytelling, and love of cars.
Garrett Alberico, bus driver, resigned in September 2021 after 10 years with the school. He’ll be remembered for his years of hard work and his dedication to Rowland Hall and our families.
Linda Tatomer, Lower School assistant principal, left Rowland Hall in November 2021 after nearly 10 combined years at the school. In addition to this most recent role, Linda previously served as the Lower School specialty principal, the Lower School assistant principal, and a Middle School teacher. She had returned to Rowland Hall in the shared assistant principal role to support the transition to a new team of leaders in the beginning and lower schools.
I am very proud to have worked at Rowland Hall and with such outstanding colleagues.—Cheryl Birt, retiring McCarthey Campus library
Cheryl Birt, McCarthey Campus librarian, retires after eight years at Rowland Hall. Her dedication, organization, and welcoming smile will be missed. “I am very proud to have worked at Rowland Hall and with such outstanding colleagues,” she said.
Emina Alibegović, Upper School mathematics teacher, leaves after six years at Rowland Hall. As Math Department chair, Emina led the redesign of the math curriculum, incorporating an integrated sequence and expanded curricular pathways for students of all abilities and interests. Committed to student and peer success, she has served as an advisor, led professional development work, initiated Friday hikes with students, and was in the vanguard when the school pivoted to distance learning in 2020. We’ll miss her energy, expertise, and commitment.
Trina Empey, student accounts manager, left Rowland Hall in December 2021 to relocate out of state, though she continued to support the school into March. Over the last six years, Trina developed strong relationships with families, streamlined the school’s billing and collection processes, and significantly reduced receivables. She always kept the needs of students and families at the center of her work, and brought a lot of laughter to the office.
Lyndsay Strange, Rowmark Ski Academy FIS coach, leaves Rowland Hall after six years to move to Washington State, where she will pursue new opportunities and adventures. Lyndsay has held multiple roles with Rowmark, bringing infectious positive energy, deep knowledge of all aspects of Alpine ski coaching, and an unwavering passion to find the next bottomless powder turn. She always kept it fun while pushing athletes to reach their potential and will be missed.
Chelsea Vasquez, eighth-grade English teacher, leaves Rowland Hall for new adventures after six years at the school. During her time here, Chelsea taught seventh- and eighth-grade English, and she will be remembered as a kind, caring, funny, humble, smart, and passionate teacher and a champion of all students—connecting with them, advocating for them, and inspiring them. She will be greatly missed.
Carly Biedul, Lower School science teacher, leaves Rowland Hall after five years. Carly joined the Lower School team as a long-term substitute in 2017, and has gotten elementary students fired up about science ever since. A dynamic and knowledgeable educator, Carly will be remembered for her humor, warmth, and energy. We wish her well as she finds her next grand adventure.
Kate Ferguson, Steiner Library assistant, leaves Rowland Hall after five years. Kate has been an integral part of the library, welcoming students and sparking joy for books and stories, and she brought warmth, deep knowledge, and a terrific sense of humor to her work. Though we will miss Kate as a full-time staff member, she will continue to be part of the community as a substitute teacher next year.
Niure Damico, advancement services manager, leaves for a new opportunity after nearly five years at the school. In addition to her support of the Advancement Department, Niure was an Upper School advisor and, prior to this year, worked as the Upper School administrative professional. We wish her the best of luck.
Matthew Collins, third-grade teacher, leaves Rowland Hall for a new opportunity after four years at the school. During his time here, Matthew has held many roles: fourth-grade teacher, third-grade teacher, ombudsperson, Strategic Plan Implementation Committee member, instructional coach, and Lower School representative on the Strategic Priority Task Force. A skilled and thoughtful educator, Matthew is admired by all who know him. He will be sincerely missed.
Jacade Narcisse, bus driver, left Rowland Hall in December 2021 after a combined four years at the school. Those lucky enough to cross paths with Jacade know of his genuine kindness, extended to everyone he meets, and hard work and dedication to Rowland Hall and our families.
Nevah Stevenson, director of major gifts, left Rowland Hall in April after nearly three years at the school to become executive director of the Catholic Foundation of Utah. Nevah’s positivity and professionalism were an asset to the Advancement Department, where she worked to raise funds for the new Steiner Campus. She will be missed.
Foreste Peterson, Rowmark head women's FIS coach and head conditioning coach, leaves the school after two years to become assistant coach for the US Ski Team women's Development Team. Foreste led the Rowmark women's FIS team and conditioning program with tremendous expertise and enthusiasm. She is a tireless professional who—thanks to her experiences as a World Cup athlete, NCAA athlete, and Rowmark coach—will bring a lot to the table at the next level.
Marcus Riley, Lower School associate teacher, has completed his year with the Lower School. Marcus was just who was needed during another wacky COVID year—he rolled up his sleeves, figuratively and literally, to support every teacher, grade level, and student in the division, meeting many a curveball with flexibility, humor, and a can-do attitude. While he won’t be the associate teacher next year, since this was a one-year position, we’re glad he’s agreed to be a substitute teacher and are confident we’ll see a lot of him in this capacity.
Danielle Thomas, McCarthey Campus emotional support counselor, leaves Rowland Hall after one year to relocate with her family. Danielle jumped into our beginning and lower school communities with both feet—and her head and heart too. She quickly became a safe adult for many of our students and an invaluable member of the student support team. Danielle’s humor, warmth, and unflappable approach have meant so much to so many on the McCarthey Campus this year. She will be missed.
Chelsea Zussman, assistant nurse on the McCarthey Campus, leaves after one year at Rowland Hall. Chelsea quickly became an integral part of the team, working with students, families, and employees with grace, humor, and care during a very demanding year. Chelsea is returning to full-time parenthood but promises she will return to fill in when needed in the future. Thank you, Chelsea!
Sonya Cotton, Beginning School and Lower School logistics manager, leaves Rowland Hall after nearly a year to relocate with her family. Sonya temporarily stepped in mid-year to manage various essential components of the school day, all with good cheer, attention to detail, and a collaborative approach. We’ll miss you!
Josh Scheuerman leaves Rowland Hall after teaching the Middle School mixed media art class this past semester to return to his full-time job as a muralist. Schedule permitting, he may return to work with students as a visiting artist in the future.
Brina Serassio, dance ensemble teacher, leaves Rowland Hall after one year. During her time at the school, Brina inspired beginning dancers and helped to lay the foundation both for a strong dance program and the lifelong love of dance and artistic expression amongst middle schoolers. Schedule permitting, Brina may return throughout the next school year as a visiting artist, to help with Winter Sports, and to judge dance auditions.