Trinity Hall Welcomes New Faculty and Staff

By Elizabeth Farrington, Features Editor

At the start of the 2022-23 school year, Trinity Hall welcomed nine new faculty and staff members into its community, including Robert Bagley (Athletic Director), Lauren Brancato (Arts teacher), Kayla Devosa (STEM teacher), Emily Gallagher (Athletics Administrative Coordinator), Megan McAllister (Administrative Assistant), Casey McChesney (Registrar), Charles Russell (STEM teacher), and Trinity Hall graduate, Alexis Salerno ‘18 (Professional Intern, Admissions Team). 

Photo courtesy of Chloe Toole

The new leaders of Trinity Hall Athletics are very excited to join the community this year. With a background as an athletic director at Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart in Houston, Texas, Mr. Bagley is eager to continue his career at Trinity Hall.

“I am so happy to be here. My past two months here have been great with both the athletes and adults. My first question for an athlete is always, What do you need, and how can I make that work?

Ms. Gallagher is also thrilled to begin her year. “I am excited to be a part of the Trinity Hall community this year! I am looking forward to providing students with great athletic experiences,” she said.

Photo courtesy of Chloe Toole

Along with two new additions to the Monarch Athletics team, Trinity Hall also invited new STEM teachers to its community as well. Ms. Kayla Devosa recently graduated from The College of New Jersey where she received her B.S. in Technology and Engineering Education,  and she is excited to see students expand their creative minds in STEM.

“I’m so excited to see projects come to life in engineering!” she said. 

Mr. Charles Russell is currently teaching both AP Environmental Science and physics as he came aboard the STEM team over the summer.  Russell was the STEM program coordinator as well as an honors chemistry, physics, and environmental science teacher for twelve years at Mater Dei Prep prior to its closure last spring.  Russell has undergone a diverse career path as a health inspector, assurance specialist, civil litigator, and sports coach in addition to his passion for teaching.  He is excited to begin a new chapter at Trinity Hall.

The Trinity Hall arts department embraced the musical expertise of Ms. Lauren Brancato last spring as a substitute for honors music classes and AP Music Theory; however, she joined the faculty full-time this year to teach both music and dance.  Brancato is experienced in various facets of musical entertainment, ranging from theatre and classical styles to rock and pop.

Photo courtesy of Chloe Toole

Ms. Casey McChesney was also welcomed as the new registrar this fall. Ms. McChesney served as the registrar of the Rumson Country Day School for almost a decade before joining Trinity Hall. She is overjoyed to join the community of the school that her daughter, Charlotte McChesney ‘21, attended.

“It is an honor to join my own daughter’s alma mater this year and to be a part of a team of outstanding educators with the shared mission of empowering and educating young women. Getting to know the intelligent, kind, and talented students, teachers, and parents is incredibly rewarding and satisfying. Go Monarchs!”

Newly working at the front desk and greeting students with a smile is Mrs. Meghan McAllister.  Formerly involved in creating advertisement campaigns for large companies such as Johnson & Johnson and Disney Channel, Mrs. McAllister now joins Trinity Hall as a school administrative assistant.

Photo courtesy of Chloe Toole

“I have followed Trinity Hall since it opened.  It was exciting that girls in the area had the option of an all girls school for the first time,” said McAllister.  “When I heard about the job opening at the school I was happy to get the opportunity to join this great community.  I love working at Trinity Hall!  Everyone has been so welcoming and supportive.”

Another addition to the administrative team is Ms. Alexis Salerno, a member of the Trinity Hall Class of 2018.  A recent graduate of Franklin & Marshall College in 2022 with a degree in government and women’s gender studies, Ms. Salerno is currently completing a professional internship in the admissions department at her alma mater.

“I was thrilled to return back to Trinity Hall and give back to the community that has provided me with so many opportunities,” said Salerno.  “I am looking forward to the rest of the year, particularly as we are in the midst of our admissions season. It has been a great experience learning about the admissions process so far!”

We are happy to welcome all of our new staff members to what will surely be an exciting year here at Trinity Hall!

Pictured below: Ms. Devosa (left), Mr. Russell (top right), and Mrs. McAllister (bottom right)

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