The Gunnery, a private school in Washington, recently welcomed new and returning students during the first week of September, just in time for the official start of the new school year.

New teaching faculty includes, in the Center for Academic Studies, Andrea Nicholason, who grew up in Pomfret, recently graduated from Trinity College with a B.S. in psychology, played college soccer for four years and ice hockey for one year, worked at the Fay School’s international summer program as a dorm part and as a part time assistant coach for Pomfret’s girls’ varsity hockey team and studied abroad in Cape Town, South Africa.

In mathematics, Austin Arkin, who grew up in Florida and graduated with a B.S. in applied mathematics from Florida State University, practiced swimming, racquetball and rock climbing at college, has been teaching swimming for five years, including most recently at Concord Academy’s summer camp, has been a rock climbing coach and backpacking guide, tutored in math and chemistry, and spent a half year living in Guatemala.

He will oversee the Outdoor Club, coach co-ed skiing and teach pre-calculus and algebra II.

In world languages, Cassandra Ruscz, who graduated from Taft before matriculating at graduating with a B.A. in Spanish and psychology from Tufts University, taught math and English for six summers for the Taft School academic enrichment program, taught and tutored English in Madrid, Spain.

She will coach softball and recreational skiing and snowboarding and teach Spanish III.

Teresita Magaňa, who attended the Latin American School of Medicine in Havana, Cuba, and graduated from St. John’s College with a major in biology and a minor in general studies, comes to the Gunneryfrom Hunter Montessori School, where she taught Spanish, math, and science to elementary and middle schoolers.

Magaňa, who played volleyball in high school and practiced karate in medical school, will teach Spanish I, Spanish II, and Spanish II honors.

In addition to reading medical books for pleasure, during the summer Magaňa works on her family’s organic citrus farm in Belize, driving trucks, tractors, and bobcats, and is also able to practice medicine there.

Teaching Fellow Robert Harbison, a recent graduate of Wesleyan University, having majored in government and minored in economics, will teach public speaking and co-teach economics, as well as coach X-term and ice hockey.

A Taft graduate, he taught government, politics, and U.S. History at Taft Summer School, where he also coached strength and conditioning.

Joining the library and the George and Paula Krimsky Archive, Misa Giroux holds a B.A. in English specializing in American/Comparative Literature from Western Connecticut State University.

She also has a master’s in Appalachian studies with a concentration in music from Appalachian State University, where she taught a course in Appalachian studies in the graduate school.

Jamie Goldsmith, who joins the admissions department, holds a B.A. in philosophy with a minor in sports and exercise studies from St. Lawrence University, where she played on their ECAC championship ice hockey team.

She was a coach and director of Women’s Hockey Operations with the women’s three-time championship club team, the Northern Cyclones in New Hampshire.

She will coach the girls’ hockey team.

Jennifer Clement, who grew up in Brookfield, will work in marketing and commnications.

She graduated with a BA in in journalism from the University of Connecticut. Having worked at several local newspapers, Clement has been a corporate communications specialist at Saint Mary’s Hospital for 13 years.

She previously covered The Gunnery for The Litchfield County Times when the school was celebrating its sesquicentennial.