Our Teachers

MSON teachers are grounded in independent school education and share a commitment to excellence, small class sizes, and personal relationships. They are experts in their fields; many have taught at the college level. They are invited to develop MSON courses through a selective process. MSON teachers prepare their courses throughout the spring and summer with support from the MSON Dean of Instruction and attend a multi-day training at Stanford University.


Meet Our Teachers

Farha Abubaker

Courses: Arabic I & II
School: Hopkins School

George Flatau
Course: The Science and Ethics of Sports Performance: Genetics, Biochemistry, and Sociology
School: University School of Nashville
Stephanie Hogan

Course: Positive Psychology
School: Waynflete

John Gray
Course: Linear Algebra and Vector Calculus
School: Indian Springs School
Ellen Johnson

Course: Making Ethical Medical Choices in a Diverse World & Environmental Bioethics
School: Wilmington Friends

Carrie Lopez

Course: CSI: MSON
School: Trinity Prep

Julien H. Meyer

Course: Advanced Economics I (Fall) and Advanced Economics II
School: Severn School

Grace Pei

Course: Chinese Seminar
School: St. Andrew’s Episcopal School

Jocelyn Rodgers

Courses: Intro to Organic Chemistry & Advanced Topics in Chemistry
School: Maret

David Seward

Course: Etymology of Scientific Terms
School: Winchester Thurston

Ben Taylor
Course: Modern Physics: Einstein’s Relativity and the Evolution of the Quantum Model
School: Hopkins School
Rene van Lingen
Courses: Multivariable Calculus
School: Stanford Online High School
Steve Young

Course: Data Structures and Design Patterns
School: The Derryfield School

John Aden

Course: Diversity in a Global Comparative Perspective
School: Chadwick School

John French
Course: Turbulent Times: History of the First Amendment and Dissent During American Wars
School: Prairie School
Diane Hotten-Somers
Course: Establishing Equality: The History of Feminisms and Gender and Ensuring Equity: Gender, Feminism, and Media in 21st Century American Culture
School: The Derryfield School
Dan Jacobs

Course: Think Global, Debate Local
School: Roeper

Joyce Lazier

Courses: Making Ethical Medical Choices in a Diverse World & Philosophy in Pop Culture
School: Canterbury

Katie Malanson

Courses: Cancer
School: Canterbury School

Jay Noland

Course: A Mathematical Approach to Social Justice
School: Mounds Park

Valerie Prado
Course: German I
School: St. Andrew’s Episcopal School
Linda Rodriguez

Course: A Nation Divided: The Literature of Civil Rights in the Modern US
School: St. Andrew’s Episcopal School

Sidra Smith
Course: Tenements to Townhouses: Stories of Urban New York
School: Severn School
Briana Titus

Course: Ancient Greek I
School: Casady

Audrey Yeager

Course: Genetics and Genomics
School: Manlius Pebble

Jason Zencka
Course: Watching the Watchmen: The Role of Detective Narratives in a Carceral Culture
School: Manlius Pebble Hill School

Carrie Lopez


Dan Jacobs

Think Global, Debate Local

Julien Meyer

MSON Microeconomics

Julien Meyer

Advanced Math through Finance

In Their Words

Our teachers describe their courses.

Jocelyn Rodgers

Introduction to Organic Chemistry

Jocelyn Rodgers

Advanced Topics in Chemistry

I’m grateful to have had class with students from around the country to help better see why people view diversity the way they do and a teacher to help guide us through.
- MSON Student