New Faculty and Staff, 2022-23

Burroughs welcomed 20 new faculty and staff members for the 2022-23 school year! Pictured above are (standing, from left) Nathan Fraley, Elisa Essner, Steven Collier, Darryl Calkins, Matt Buha, Erin Knadler, Lauren Stuart, and Marty Rodgers, and (seated, from left) Zelijka Heldt, Zari Muhammad, Katarina Fernandez, Griffin Kennard, Megan Reeves, and Alex Baer.

Alex Baer joins the Burroughs Counseling & Wellness, and will work with students in grades 7 and 9. She will also work with students in Academic Support. Alex has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Purdue University and a master's degree in social work from UMSL. Most recently, she worked as the school counselor at Incarnate Word Academy.

Darryl Calkins joins Burroughs as the school's new director of college counseling. Calkins, a graduate of Pepperdine and Yale, most recently served as co-director of college counseling at The Out-of-Door Academy in Sarasota. Previously, he ran the college counseling office at Wildwood School in Los Angeles and worked in admissions at several universities, including Northeastern, Hawaii Pacific, Washington University in St. Louis, Pepperdine, and Loyola University Chicago.

Steven Collier joins the Burroughs History Department and will teach Social Studies 7 and U.S. History. He earned a bachelor's degree in English at Miami University, a master's degree in English at Indiana University, and a law degree at Indiana University. He most recently taught upper-school English at MICDS after nearly a decade of teaching history and English at Sewickley Academy.

Elisa Essner '07 returns to Burroughs as our new communications manager. A graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism, she most recently worked for a local boutique marketing agency.

Katarina Fernandez joins the Burroughs English Department as one of our two-year Penn Fellows. She will teach English 7 and English II. She earned a bachelor's degree in literary arts at Brown University in 2022. 

Nathan Fraley joins the Burroughs faculty as a member of the Math Department. He earned a bachelor's degree in middle school mathematics education and a master's degree in educational administration, both from Southwest Baptist University. He previously taught 8th-grade math in the Ritenour School District. He also coaches boys soccer.

Courtney Gable '96 returns to Burroughs as the new assistant director of admission. She earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Wake Forest University. She previously worked in pharmaceutical sales and as an investment banking recruiter, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Forsyth School.

Zeljka Heldt joins the Burroughs faculty as a member of the Modern Languages Department. She studied at the University of Zagreb, Croatia, where she earned bachelor's degrees in Phonetics and German Language and Literature, and master's degrees in Public Speaking/Rhetoric in Education and German Language and Literature in Education. Most recently, she taught at the Cologne and Düsseldorf public schools in western Germany. She will teach German III and IV.

Griffin Kennard '16 joins the Burroughs faculty as a fellow in the History Department, after working as a long-term substitute teacher in the department last spring. He earned a bachelor's degree in public policy studies from Duke University in 2020. He worked previously as a staff intern at the Washington, D.C., office of Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA). He will teach Social Studies 8.

Zari Muhammad joins the Burroughs History Department as one of our two-year Penn Fellows. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis (2022), where she was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Research Fellow. She also interned at the National Civil Rights Museum. She will teach Social Studies 8 and African-American Studies.

Megan Reeves joins the Burroughs Math Department as one of our two-year Penn Fellows. She graduated from the University of Delaware in 2022. She will teach Precalculus and Geometry, and will also coach girls field hockey.

Lauren Stuart joins the Burroughs Advancement Department as our new director of the annual fund. A graduate of the University of Florida, she previously worked in fundraising for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, Washington University in St. Louis, and Siteman Cancer Center. 

*Burroughs Teaching Fellows are recent college graduates or young professionals who are interested in beginning careers in independent school education. They join the JBS faculty full-time for a two-year program that includes on-campus housing, mentoring, and professional development. This year, Burroughs also became a member of the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education's Independent School Teaching Residency Program (ISTR), which is comprised of some of the most prestigious boarding and day schools in the country.