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Daniel Leach

Class of 2018

Junior Daniel Leach has been a Knox day student since his freshman year. Daniel is involved in many clubs and activities in the school community, including the Knox Beekeeping Society and the Sign Language Club. Daniel also serves as a Knox Ambassador, providing campus tours for prospective students. Daniel has been a member of Knox Crew since ninth grade, and is now rowing on the Varsity Team!

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Isabella Benrubi

Class of 2018

Junior Isabella Benrubi joined Knox as a day student in 9th grade, and is known around campus for the beautiful music she makes with her violin, an instrument she has been enamored with since kindergarten. Bella is an accomplished NYSSMA All-State participant, and last winter, she was invited to play at Carnegie Hall where she performed the Bruch Violin Concerto. Bella will grace the stage at this grand theater once again in the Spring of 2017.

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Kyle Persaud

Class of 2018

Junior Kyle Persaud has been at Knox since seventh grade and is committed to issues of social justice and making the world a better place. He is the Vice President of the National Honor Society, founding member of the Knox School Civil Rights Alliance, an active member of our UNICEF club, and a Knox Ambassador. Kyle is also a member of Knox Crew and an accomplished Equestrian on our school team.

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Jing Jing Lai

Jingjing Lai

ESL & World Languages Teacher

Jingjing hails from Fujian, China and has been a member of the Knox faculty since 2014. Originally hired to teach various levels of ESL, Jingjing’s ability to bring native Chinese to our community allowed us to add Chinese I and Chinese II to our course offerings. Ms. Lai earned her Bachelor’s degree in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language from Shanghai University. During her studies, her love for travel inspired her to complete a one-year exchange program at the University of Wyoming. It was at this time that Jingjing chose to pursue her graduate degree in the United States at Penn State University. From there, she served as an adjunct instructor teaching Advanced Grammar in the Intensive English Communication Program at Penn State.

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Kaj Christianson

STEM & Engineering Teacher

Kaj began his tenure at Knox in 2013 as both a teacher and a camp counselor. Kaj originally taught Mathematics, Physics, and Earth and Space Science; however his professional and personal passions for engineering and robotics, along with the support of the Knox administration team, prompted him to conceptualize and execute a newly evolving STEM program at Knox. Within this program, students gain experience in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics through hands-on activities that work to solve common problems. Kaj and his students fully transformed one of the technology classrooms into a robotics and “makerspace” lab where students can explore concepts in 3D printing, astronomy, engineering, physics, and more. Using PBI (project-based instruction), this program has built fully-functioning cardboard boats that were launched and sailed right off the shores of our campus and even mentored students to run the first FLL (First Lego League) Robotics Club, which competes in local tournaments against teams from other schools, both private and public. And did we mention that his students built a working 3-D printer?

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Majestic Mapp

Mathematics & Economics Instructor
Assistant Basketball Coach

Majestic Mapp was born and raised in Harlem, NY, and attended private school at St. Raymond’s High School for Boys in the Bronx, where his talent for basketball became evident. Majestic was committed to the game throughout his high school years and received a full academic and athletic scholarship to the University of Virginia, where he played on their Division1 basketball team. His promising athletic career was cut short due to a torn ACL in his right knee. After several operations, Majestic turned his focus towards his studies, and graduated from UVA with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology in 2004.

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Miles Chamley-Watson '08

Olympic Foil Fencer

Miles Chamley-Watson, Class of 2008, is a two-time Olympian foil fencer, competing with Team USA in London in 2012 and Rio in 2016. He was a Bronze Medal Winner with Team USA in Rio, where he placed nineteenth overall. A multi-sport athlete, Miles also played varsity soccer and basketball with the Knox Falcons while in high school. He attended Pennsylvania State University with a full scholarship for fencing and completed a degree in Sports Management.

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Millie Chan '87

Designer & Manufacturer

Millie’s love for drawing and three-dimensional design led her to a major in Industrial Design at Philadelphia College of the Arts upon her graduation from Knox in 1987. After working briefly in Los Angeles as a free-lance designer, she returned home to Hong Kong in 1991 and took a position with a company that specialized in seasonal decorations.

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Chris Strompolos '89

Film Maker & Producer

Chris Strompolos was born in Arlington Heights Illinois and grew up in Biloxi, Mississippi. On the Mississippi Gulf Coast from 1982 - 1989 while remaking "Raiders of the Lost Ark" in the summers, Chris developed a passion for acting, music and producing.

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A Home Beside The Shore

We have a home beside the shore
A peaceful place for which we’ll yearn
A quiet place to which we’ll turn
In days to come, when time has passed,
But this is not goodbye, for
We have a home beside the shore.