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Meet Springs’ New Faculty and Staff

Indian Springs is delighted to welcome an exceptional group of new faculty, administrators, and staff to the Springs community for the 2017-2018 school year.
Get to know our five new faculty and administrators, two new staff members, three faculty and staff in new roles, and two staff hired mid-year:
New Faculty/Administrators
  • Dr. Dan Clinkman comes to Springs from Hilton Head Preparatory School to teach AP European History, economics, and ethics. A graduate of American University, where he received a B.A. in International Studies in 2006, he earned an M.Sc. in Enlightenment Studies (2008) and a Ph.D. in History (2013) from the University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom). In 2013, Clinkman also helped curate the Magna Carta Project, an exhibition marking the 800th anniversary of the granting of the Magna Carta, at the British Library. In 2016-17, he also served as a member of the Teacher Advisory Board of the Declaration Resources Project, a compilation of online educational resources about the Declaration of Independence, at Harvard University.

  • Loren Gary ’76 returns to his alma mater to serve as Springs’ new Director of Advancement. Gary graduated from Dartmouth College in 1980 with an A.B. in Medieval & Renaissance Studies, and earned an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School in 1986. From 1997 to 2005, he was as an editor at Harvard Business School Publishing. He then joined Harvard Kennedy School as Associate Director of the Center for Public Leadership. From 2012 to 2017, he was a Resident Scholar at Lowell House (Harvard College). Most recently, he has served as Associate Director of Major Gifts for Harvard Divinity School, where he reconnected other graduates to the school. At Springs this fall, Gary will also draw on his editorial background to teach a course in journalism.

  • Dore-Jean Heverly, who taught part-time at Indian Springs in 2016-2017, joins us full-time this year to teach mathematics and chemistry. Born and raised in Hawaii, Heverly holds a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Southern California (1987), a B.S. in Meteorology from Texas A&M University (1989), and an M.A. in Mathematics from California State University, Fullerton (1993). She worked as a Weather Officer in the U.S. Air Force before beginning her teaching career, which has featured teaching math to students ages middle school to adults in private school and community college settings. She and her husband have co-owned a number of physical therapy businesses through the years. Their two daughters attend Wellesley College.

  • Janae Peters, MSW, takes on the roles of Dean of Student Development & Community Life, and Director of Summer Programs. Peters comes to us from Northfield Mount Hermon, where she served as Director of Advising while also teaching English and social entrepreneurship and heading a dorm for seven years. Peters earned her B.A. in English with highest honors from Kenyon College (2010) and her M.S.W. from Smith College (2015). As a licensed clinician, she has worked in crisis and emergency services relief and outpatient behavioral health and family support. An award-winning teacher, she will teach a senior English elective next spring:  “Outlaws, Outcasts, and Castaways.”

  • Lauren Wainwright ’88 returns to Springs to serve as our new Director of Strategy & Special Projects. She is a 1993 alumna of Wesleyan University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Classics. After earning a J.D. from Boston College Law School in 1999, she clerked for Chief Judge Carolyn King in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She then worked as a corporate lawyer until 2011, at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York and London, and as Vice President & Associate General Counsel for Goldman Sachs. She decided to pursue her love of theater by attending Yale School of Drama, where she earned her M.F.A. in 2014. In recent years, she has served as executive director for several Manhattan theater companies, including Tectonic Theater Project, while also returning to Yale to teach employment discrimination law. She will teach classes in American Government and in Constitutional Law & Civil Rights at Springs. 
New Staff
  • Justin Wheeler has joined us as Grounds Supervisor, and Wesley Carter as Grounds Technician, as Indian Springs brings groundskeeping back in-house this fall. Wheeler graduated from the University of North Texas in 2012 with a B.A. in Radio, Television, and Film. While a student, he worked as a landscaper for University of North Texas Grounds. From 2013 to 2017, he worked as an irrigation technician for the University of Texas at Austin Landscape Services branch. He completed the City of Austin’s Grow Green course in 2015 and is now pursuing a degree in Turfgrass Management through Penn State. Carter attended Samford University, where he received an athletic scholarship to play football. He earned his B.S. in Sport Administration in 2016. As a student, he worked for Samford’s Athletics Facilities Management and Event Operations, Before coming to Springs, he served as crew manager for Landscape Workshop, LLC, in Irondale.
New Roles
  • Dr. Tanya Hyatt will serve as Dean of Academics for the 2017-2018 school year. She has taught at Springs since 2010 and is currently also serving as chair of the Science Department. Hyatt holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Alabama and a Ph.D. in Nutrition Science from UAB. She is a published scientist and a member of Springs’ Academic Committee.

  • Springs’ Assistant Director of Admission, Christine Copeland, will take on an additional role this year by teaching a course in psychology next spring. Copeland earned her B.A. in Psychology from Huntingdon College in 1987 and an M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Auburn University in 1990. She worked in higher education as an admission counselor, advisor, and associate director of admission before joining Springs’ Admission Office in 2005.

  • In addition to continuing to teach chemistry, Christina Tetzlaff will serve as Assistant Athletic Director. In this role, she will oversee Springs' Spirit Club, gate receipts, and concessions and assist with all Indian Springs School sports, with special interest in our women’s teams and female athletes. Tetzlaff earned her B.S. in Chemistry in 2001 and her M.S. in Education in 2003, both from the University of Dayton. Now in her 17th year of coaching a variety of sports, including volleyball, club volleyball, softball, track and field, and bowling, she has been a member of Springs’ faculty since 2008. She will also serve this year as a dorm parent for Goodrich Hall.  
Mid-Year Hires
  • Peter Moss joined us mid-year in 2016-2017 as Advancement Associate. He is a 2014 graduate of the University of Alabama, where he earned a B.A. in Communication and Information Sciences. Prior to coming to Springs, Moss worked as Digital Media & Marketing Specialist at Lawson State Community College, Marketing Coordinator at ERA Real Estate, and Social Media Coordinator for Skyy Boxing. As part of Springs’ Advancement team, Moss will help to support and promote the Indian Springs School Annual Fund and alumni and parent relations.

  • Velch Denny joined Springs’ Facilities team last spring. Denny, who managed an apartment complex in Pelham before coming to Springs, has run his own construction business for the past two decades and has worked with the school on freelance construction and maintenance projects for more than 10 years. Denny will continue to help with carpentry, roofing, plumbing, drywall, and other facilities projects.
 Welcome, all!

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