By Natasha Dalziel and Annie Fisher –
This year, Winsor welcomes several new faculty and staff members into the community, all with unique skills and diverse backgrounds. Among these new additions are Laura Duncan, Annie Murray, and Maia Monteagudo.
Laura Duncan, the new director of the Virginia Wing Library, comes to Winsor from BB&N, where she worked in the upper school library for eight years. She describes her reception into the Winsor community as “warm and welcoming” and is “delighted about people’s enthusiasm for the library.” Ms. Duncan hopes to foster a sense of acceptance and community in the library space. She emphasizes that it is a place where students can relax and pursue creative interests saying, “libraries should be places of exploration, wonder, and community.” Ms. Duncan is always available to talk to students about their day, suggest a good book, help with research, or gush over pictures of pets!
Annie Murray joins the Winsor community from Baltimore, where she has been teaching for the past five years. With 19 years of teaching experience under her belt, she begins a new chapter here at Winsor as an Upper School math teacher for AP AB and BC Calculus, as well as Advanced Precalculus. She hopes to help her students develop an “appreciation for the beauty and wonder of mathematics” and to recognize the presence of math in the world around them. When she’s not teaching or helping out in the Math Lab, Ms. Murray enjoys needlework, crocheting, and exploring the history of Boston!
A graduate of the class of 2006, Maia Monteagudo returns to Winsor, specifically the Wellness Department, in what she describes as “a homecoming.” Ms. M, an avid crafter, specializes in expressive art therapy, which she hopes will provide “playfulness and fun” to balance out the rigor of students’ academic load. In addition to her position in the wellness department, Ms. M advises the Upper School affinity group for Latinx students, SOMOS, which she helped create during her time as a student. She also runs the Lower School club “Tea Time with Ms. M.” Her goal this year is to increase awareness both of mental health and the support systems that Winsor has to offer, especially among faculty and staff. Overall, she hopes to be a voice for students and to help the community take actionable steps toward positive change.
Winsor is incredibly fortunate to be welcoming so many talented and vibrant faculty and staff members into the community this year. We look forward to getting to know them better and seeing all their wonderful contributions to our school!