Faculty and Staff Directory

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    Jason Locke
    Executive Director of College Counseling
    Alfred University - B.A.
    The University of Vermont - M.Ed.
    After more than two decades in higher education leadership positions, I joined Ransom Everglades School in the inaugural role of Executive Director for College Counseling where I am leading the transformation of the college counseling experience for RE students and families. Before joining the RE community, I served as Director of Undergraduate Admissions and then as Associate Vice Provost for Enrollment at Cornell University. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Alfred University, a Master of Education degree at the University of Vermont, and a Postgraduate Certificate from Peking University in Beijing, China. I am currently completing my Doctor of Education degree at the University of Pennsylvania. Over the years, I have enjoyed participating in the Ithaca Twilight 5K Run, Vinophile Society and Supper Club, and serving as a Friend of the SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). 
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    Patrick Tassoni Jr.
    Director of College Counseling
    Lawrence University - B.A.
    DePaul University - M.Ed.
    DePaul University - M.A.
    I have spent my professional life as an educator, and will always consider myself a teacher. One of the most meaningful experiences of my life was studying in India as a Fullbright-Hays Teacher-Scholar. I began my college journey as a student-athlete at BYU and transferred to Lawrence University, where I received my BA in Art and Anthropology; from there, I began teaching in Chicago. After receiving my master's degree in Counseling Psychology from DePaul University, I had the pleasure of developing the college counseling program at Northside College Preparatory High School and teaching in the Graduate School of Education at DePaul University. After 20 years at Northside, I joined the American School of Dubai College Counseling team, where I provided leadership for the college counseling office. I enjoy beach volleyball, kitesurfing and paddleboarding on both coasts of Florida.
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    Roger Caron
    Dean of the Senior Class, Coordinator of Student-Athlete College Recruitment, History & Social Scien
    Harvard University - A.B.
    North Adams State College - M.Ed.
    I enjoy my role at RE as senior class dean, faculty member, coordinator of college athletic recruitment and head football coach; each of these puts me in contact with a wide range of community members throughout the year. Before my arrival at RE in 2017, just in time for Hurricane Irma, I spent the previous 30 years coaching at Williams College and Pomona College. I earned my BA at Harvard and my MEd at North Adams State College (now Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts). I also spent a few years in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts.
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    Marty Elkins
    Associate Director of College Counseling
    Williams College - B.A.
    University of New Hampshire - M.A.T.
    Harvard University - C.A.S.
    I have spent my life in schools as a teacher, coach, dorm parent, Dean of Students, Head of School and Director of College Counseling, the last being my favorite role. I graduated from Williams College, earned an MAT from the University of New Hampshire and a CAS from the Harvard School of Education. I am committed to great schools, places which focus on their mission and values, and serving students and families. I retired from my last school, Ransom Everglades in 2018, to enjoy golfing, gardening and hiking, and have most recently volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate, Guardian Ad Litem for abused and neglected children in New Hampshire. I decided to return to work for Ransom Everglades because I am excited by the school’s vision to broaden its outreach and better support and guide students in finding their diverse and myriad opportunities beyond high school.
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    Kate Fetterman
    Associate Director of College Counseling
    Widener University - B.A.
    Wilmington University - M.Ed.
    I am excited to work at Ransom Everglades as an Associate Director of College Counseling. Prior to my arrival at RE, I worked at two different liberal arts institutions (Kenyon College and Wesley College) where I had the opportunity to interact with students and their families during the college application and admissions process. Moving to this side of the desk aligned with my BA in psychology from Widener University and my MEd in Elementary and Secondary School Counseling from Wilmington University. I am in the process of obtaining my EdD from Wilmington University with a focus on college choice. In my free time, I enjoy cheering for the Eagles and Chelsea FC, volunteering with field hockey clubs, traveling to new states and countries, and spending time outside with my partner.
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    Umehani Hassan
    Administrative Assistant for College Counseling
    Kinnaird College - BA
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    Francisco Herrera
    Associate Director of College Counseling
    Dartmouth College - B.A.
    University of Texas at Austin - M.A.
    I was born and raised in Miami and am excited to be back home with RE's college counseling team. I completed my bachelor's degree at Dartmouth College and my master's at the University of Texas at Austin, both in Latin American Studies. I've worked as an admission officer at Dartmouth and more recently at Brown University, where I also served as the liaison for undocumented, first-generation and low-income students. I also spent two years working as a college counselor in Denver, Colo., where I enjoyed cheering on the cross country team and ran the Colfax Urban 10-Miler and Half Marathon. Outside of work, I spend most of my time reading and exploring the city.
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    China Hutchins
    Associate Director of College Counseling
    Colorado State University - B.A.
    My work on the RE college counseling team brings together a wealth of my higher ed experiences from Denver to St. Louis; I appreciate the opportunity to share them in Miami! I've held several positions within college admissions and most recently bid goodbye to Washington University (WashU) in St. Louis. After completing my undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts and Ethnic Studies at Colorado State University, I began graduate studies at the University of Colorado, Denver. I am excited to engage with the diverse community in Miami and of course soak up lots of time on the beach, with my teenage daughter, Cai! We love to travel and try new foods.
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    Christina Iglesias
    College Counseling Writing Specialist
    University of Florida - B.A.
    Columbia University - M.A.
    Columbia University - Ph.D.
    I'm overjoyed to bring my experience as a writing instructor, independent college counselor and humanities teacher to Ransom Everglades in my hometown of Miami. Prior to my arrival at RE, I taught writing, composition and literature courses at Columbia University, where I earned a PhD in English and Comparative Literature. I also spent several years serving as a book editor, writing coach and independent college counselor, assisting students with college selection and essay development. Prior to my time at Columbia, I earned a BA in English with minors in Classics and Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Florida. I graduated from Lourdes Academy here in Miami, where I now live with my husband and two boys. In my free time, I enjoy playing the piano and growing orchids.
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    Claudia Jolivert
    Senior Associate Director of College Counseling
    Georgetown University - B.S.
    Columbia University - M.I.A.
    A member of the RE college counseling team since 2008, I am honored to support our students on their journey to college. Born in Bogotá, Colombia, I earned a BS from Georgetown University and an MS in economic and political development from Columbia University. My career in education started in admissions at Saint Andrew’s School in Boca Raton before I returned to Georgetown to work in undergraduate admissions. I served a five-year term on the board of trustees for the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools, and I was recently elected treasurer of the board of directors of the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling. I am a mother of three and the owner of two rescue dogs, and I enjoy chocolate, yoga and salsa dancing.
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    Brandon King
    Dean of the Junior Class, History & Social Sciences Teacher
    Swarthmore College - B.A.
    School of Oriental and African Studies University of London - M.A.
    University of Massachusetts - M.A.
    Chinese University of Hong Kong - Ph.D.
    I teach economics and world history and serve as a faculty college counselor, an assistant baseball coach, the Dean of the 11th Grade and an Assistant Director of Summer Programming. Before coming to Ransom Everglades, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. I earned my PhD in Chinese studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong after earning master’s degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies. When I’m not teaching, I enjoy hiking, cycling, traveling and researching philosophy from China’s Warring States Period.
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    Marlen Nuñez de Varela
    Science Teacher
    St. Thomas University - B.A.
    St. Thomas University - M.S.
    I am excited to serve as a faculty college counselor while also teaching biology and chemistry at Ransom Everglades School. Teaching has always been something that has inspired me, as it is truly the best way to make a difference in someone’s life. I hold a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from St. Thomas University, where I also earned my master’s degree in education with a specialization in reading. I previously worked as a private educational consultant, helping high school and college students in their pursuit of higher education. When I am not in the classroom, I am busy enjoying the outdoors with my family, trying out new recipes, crafting custom jewelry, or catching up on murder mystery shows.
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    Ann Parks
    Director of College Counseling Communication
    Nazareth College - B.S.
    State University of New York at Potsdam - M.S.T.
    Rivier University - M.B.A.
    After two decades in higher education, I joined Ransom Everglades in a new role of Director of
    College Counseling Communications with college counselor responsibilities. My career in higher education started as a college basketball coach for eight years before transitioning into my roles in admissions. Before joining the Ransom Everglades community, I served as Deputy Director of Undergraduate Admissions and then as Director of Enrollment Communications at Cornell University. I earned a Bachelor of Science from Nazareth College, a Master of Science in Teaching from SUNY Potsdam, and a Master of Business Administration from Rivier University. I am an avid sports fan, enjoy being outside, a pet lover and I serve on the board for the Nashua Youth Council.
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.