When the school year begins April 15, Green Fields Country Day School will welcome three new educators who have earned their doctorate degrees.
The hires are Cory S. Cotter, who has a PhD in history from the University of Virginia, Enrique Lasansky, with a PhD in orchestra conducting from the University of Arizona, and Angie Record with a PhD in communications from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne.
Founded in 1933, Green Fields is Arizona’s oldest independent day school and the only one in Southern Arizona offering a continuum of classes from kindergarten through 12th grade. This year the senior class includes six students who have attended Green Fields since third grade.
Cotter will teach history at Green Fields. Last year he taught at Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, a private college-prep boarding school. He’s also been an instructor at the University of Virginia and Florida State University. Cotter was a Fulbright Scholar in The Netherlands in 2008-2009. He also completed master’s degrees from the University of Cambridge and the University of Edinburgh. Language skills include Dutch, Spanish and Latin. Cotter has lived abroad for much of the past decade and has visited some 50 different countries across the globe. He enjoys mountain biking, golfing, reading and spending time with his Polish wife, Boguslawa (Bo), and their six-year-old daughter, Katarzyna (Kasia).
Lasansky will teach music at Green Fields. Founder and longtime music director of the Catalina Chamber Orchestra, he taught orchestra at Safford K-8 Magnet School since 2008 and at Pueblo Magnet High School in Tucson before that. He also taught both orchestra and choir at Catalina High Magnet School from 2001 to 2006. In addition to his UA doctorate, Lasansky holds a master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelor’s in music from Swarthmore College, both in Pennsylvania.
Record joins Green Fields as college counselor. She was a top student in high school and the first in her family to go to college – but struggled through her first year at the University of Florida because she did not have the study habits or discipline necessary for college. She went on to complete a master’s degree from the University of Arizona as well as her doctorate. Her experience includes teaching college courses and instructing students in test preparation. Knowing the need firsthand, she became an independent college coach.
“At Green Fields, student success begins with a high-quality well-educated compassionate faculty,” said Becky Cordier, Head of School. “We are pleased to welcome these talented educators to our school.”
The Green Fields curriculum includes core classes in English, social studies, science, math, the fine arts, Spanish and French, plus technology, publications and competitive sports. The historic Green Fields campus spans 22 acres in northwest Tucson, part of an alfalfa farm that became a boarding school for boys.
Today many activities are held outdoors. The eclectic grounds feature adobe-brick buildings from the 1930s and a geodesic art dome from the 1970s. Every high school student receives an Apple MacBook laptop. Lower school student tend gardens and chickens and sell their products at a monthly farmer’s market on campus.
For more information on Green Fields, call 297-2288 or visit www.greenfields.org.