Several additional new faculty members will arrive on The Hilltop this summer including Victoria Pipas '14, English Department Teaching Fellow, Tae Kim, History and Economics Teacher, and Billy Ayotte, Director of Innovation and Design.
English Department Teaching Fellow Our 2014 valedictorian Victoria Pipas will return to The Hilltop next fall as a Teaching Fellow in the English Department. She will teach, observe, and learn from our great teachers, coach, and work in a dorm. Having graduated Summa Cum Laude from Middlebury College in June 2018, Tori is currently finishing a MSt in English at the University of Oxford. Her work experience already includes teaching at St Paul’s summer school, an internship at the New England Review, and serving as a leader for the Upper Valley Trails Alliance – all with teenagers. Tori has also taught Nordic skiing, rowed crew, and ran cross country at Middlebury. We are delighted to welcome her back to The Hilltop in her new role.
History and Economics
Tae Kim and his family will move from South Korea to The Hilltop this summer. He will teach AP Economics, Global Economics, and History. Tae has a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MBA from Morehead State University, having grown up in Virginia. Tae has been working in the Bugil Academy Global Leadership Program and has taught in Cheonan, South Korea for ten years. He has also taught AP Psychology, AP Art History, and several other subjects. Before Bugil, Tae taught at Korea Science Academy in Busan, South Korea and has experience with college advising and international student recruitment.
Director of Innovation and Design
Billy Ayotte will join us from Gould Academy, where he has been the Maker in Residence in their IDEAS program. He loves to make things and most recently had his class make a pair of alpine skis each – real ones that they can use. He’s also made a 3-D printer and many other interesting objects. His current Head of School says, “Billy is the real deal. With a straightforward, matter of fact approach, he is an excellent teacher, coach, faculty member, leader, fun lover, and risk taker”. Mr. Ayotte will be our Director of Design and will move to The Hilltop with his wife (a woodworker) in the summer.
Founded in 1813, Kimball Union Academy is one of the oldest private boarding high schools in New Hampshire and the country. KUA blends the best of the New England boarding tradition with an innovative, modern educational program for a diverse group of day and boarding students from across the country and around the world. Located in Meriden, New Hampshire in the heart of the Upper Valley, Kimball Union is minutes from Dartmouth College and has direct access to Boston and New York.