Leading Lives of Passion and Purpose
|In a school where students are encouraged to take risks in small classes with dedicated teachers, learning flourishes. At The Derryfield School, all kinds of learners grow to expect more from themselves, their teachers, and their lives. They graduate ready to succeed at the finest colleges and universities. Most important, they become the finest kind of citizens: curious, confident, and committed to lives of passionate engagement.|
Want to learn more? Consider taking our campus tour so you can see for yourself what it feels like to be a part of the Derryfield community, or visit our social media mashup to know what's happening at Derryfield now. We also invite you to meet faculty, staff and students at our Open Houses in November, January, and May. In the interim, please don't hesitate to contact me or another member of our admission staff if you would like additional information.
Director of Admission
Director of Enrollment and Global Programs
Susan has been happily employed by The Derryfield School since 2005. During this time, she has been able to pursue her passions for service and travel by creating service learning and global education programs for the School. Susan has also spent time teaching history and advising upper school students.
Currently, in her role as Director of Enrollment and Global Programs, Susan is involved with marketing, communications, admission, summer programs, international trips & exchanges, and international students. Whether it's taking a group of students to China, arranging an exchange for a South African student, interviewing a prospective student, or tweeting about Derryfield, Susan is thrilled to be part of the Derryfield community, interacting daily with dedicated faculty and hard working students.
Susan has two grown sons, Adam and Jesse, who attended Derryfield from sixth-twelfth grade (and are both supporting themselves!), and a wonderful teenage daughter, Talia. Outside of school, she spends time with her family, volunteers in the community, and finds ways to enjoy the indoor and outdoor pleasures of New England.
The Derryfield School
A Derryfield alumna of the class of 1987, Kathleen happily rejoined her alma mater in 1996. Since that time, she has been involved in both the Advancement and Admission worlds at Derryfield in a variety of capacities, including Director of the Annual Fund and Director of Admission. In 2005, Kathleen took a breather and stepped into an Associate Admission role, which left time for everything else, including serving as a ninth and tenth grade advisor, running the tour guide program, and helping to initiate Derryfield's social media presence.
In the summer of 2013, Kathleen stepped back into role of Director of Admission with a new exciting team! Her goals include combining a passion for social media with her institutional memory to tell the world about Derryfield. She claims that the best thing about being employed at her alma mater is the privilege of working alongside inspiring colleagues, who were once her admired and influential teachers.
Mother to Miles '17 and 5th grader Parker, Kathleen spends her spare time living the life of a domestic diva: cooking, baking, watching the kids play sports, and obsessing over the bluebirds in the backyard. Bucket list accomplishments include three marathons, the Mount Washington Road Race, and skydiving. What's next?
Assistant Director of Admission
Colby joined the Admission team at Derryfield in the summer of 2013. He is incredibly grateful to have been welcomed in by such wonderful colleagues, students and their families. A graduate of Tabor Academy, it has always been a goal of Colby’s to return to independent schools and help guide students to successes in college and beyond. His work as a teacher at Tabor’s Summer Program and five years of experience at Netop Summer Camp led him to Derryfield.
As Assistant Director of Admission, Colby interviews and recruits prospective students and serves on the admission committee. He also runs the tour guide program, co-runs the international program, is a member of the Strategic Enrollment Committee, a ninth and tenth grade advisor and will work with pitchers for the varsity baseball program in the spring.
Colby is a recent graduate of the University of Vermont where he received his BA in Theatre and English. Outside of Derryfield, he enjoys being able to pursue his second career in the professional acting worlds of Boston and NH. He is also a huge Boston sports fan, a hockey player and skier and loves being close enough to home to spend a lot of time with his parents, Dick and Susan and his younger brother, Nate.
Director of Financial Aid / Admission Associate
Admission Office Coordinator
Claire joined Derryfield in 2007, coming from a background that includes college admission office work, restaurant management, property and casualty insurance, and most recently twelve years at American Cancer Society working in administration, special event management and community organization. She remains an active volunteer with Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, especially the Derryfield team.
You'll find her responding to all inquiries about The Derryfield School, greeting visitors, facilitating student day visits, and coordinating department events (the ice cream socials being her favorite). She has a strong affinity for the Creative Arts department as a quilter, jewelry designer, and former member of various vocal groups. Her most amazing DS experience came in March of 2012, chaperoning the Habitat for Humanity trip to West Virginia for twenty-three students.
Claire and her husband, Craig, live nearby and when not at home tending their gardens and working on home improvement projects, are on the road. Their favorite destinations are Illinois and Wisconsin--to see their two children and four grandchildren--and the Maine coast.