NYMA is proud to welcome the following new staff members to our faculty and administration for the 2017-18 school year!
Assistant Director of Admissions
Andrew Erickson loves military school. Having attended one for high school and junior college, he wants more students to have this enriching experience and learn all the great life skills that these unique institutions can provide. Mr. Erickson received his bachelor’s degree from Louisiana Tech University and has worked as a teacher, coach, photographer, resident faculty officer, marketer, and in admissions.
Mr. Erickson is joined on campus by his beautiful wife Jennifer and two wonderful children. They are all excited about moving to New York and exploring the Hudson Valley. In his free time, Andrew enjoys reading, kayaking, hiking, and computer programming.
Forrest Gordon teaches Math, Physics, and Computer Science courses at NYMA. He holds a master’s degree in Mathematics from Louisiana State University where he is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Geometric Topology Group. As an undergraduate he studied Mathematics, Chemistry, and French at Hope College in Holland, MI. Later as a graduate student he participated in research programs abroad at the Laboratoire Jean Leray in Nantes, France and at the Alfred Renyi Institute of Mathematics in Budapest, Hungary.
In addition to his university teaching experience, Mr. Gordon is also an experienced mentor and teacher of middle and high school students. He has taught courses on Cryptology as part of the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Program and has served as a weekly research mentor for high school science projects. Mr. Gordon has also served as a long-term mentor for underprivileged middle school students in Baton Rouge, LA. He is passionate about using his background to positively impact the lives of his students.
In his free time, Mr. Gordon enjoys running, hiking, cooking, reading, and playing music. He was a four-year member of the Track and Field team at Hope College and has competed on the Men’s Ultimate Frisbee team at Louisiana State University.
After holding multiple positions in the healthcare field, Elissa Larabee chose to return to school as a non-traditional student. She received her bachelor’s degree from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts in Biological Sciences and Chemistry. Over the course of her studies at Smith, Ms. Larabee took a keen interest in research and its applications in a multitude of areas, particularly in education. As an advisor, Ms. Larabee worked with incoming students interested in pursuing science, mathematics, or engineering degrees. She helped to guide them through social, academic, and networking obstacles during their freshman year.
After graduation, she taught classes in Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Psychology, and Sociology as well as many humanities electives at the Buxton School. Ms. Larabee firmly believes that education is a fundamental human right and is truly the way to a life led with conviction and meaning. She seeks to inspire compassion, courage, and stewardship in each student. Ms. Larabee aims to create an educational environment that promotes positive attitudes towards the acquisition of knowledge and encourages character development while maintaining a challenging curriculum.
Tom Roselli has been teaching Math in independent schools for twenty-five years. He has taught sixth-grade Math through AP Calculus as well as Statistics during that time. Mr. Roselli has also worked as an Academic Dean, Dean of Students, Math Department Chair, Houseparent, and wrestling coach.
He has two sons, Jon and Ray, who live in the Boston area where he taught for fifteen years. After spending two years in Chattanooga, TN, Mr. Roselli is pleased to be back teaching Math at a school like NYMA.
Director of Dining Facilities
Richard Thorn is a culinary professional with over 30 years of experience in all aspects of food service. He is an alumnus of Paul Smith’s College (A.A.S. Culinary Arts) and has served in the U.S. Navy’s Submarine Service (MS2-SS). After his time in the Navy, Mr. Thorn became a certified Dietary Manager and worked in contract food service. He was assigned to a variety of locations throughout the region including medical, corporate, recreational and educational facilities. Richard Thorn is returning to NYMA where he was Food Service Director from 2013-2015.