Head Coach: Rhonan Mokriski
Rhonan began his teaching career at Salisbury School in 1996, when he was hired as a history teacher. Six years later he was appointed chair of the History Department. In 2013, he became the School's dean of faculty.
Rhonan’s love of history began when he was a student himself at Salisbury School, and was taught and inspired by veteran teachers who still teach history at Salisbury today. Rhonan graduated from Salisbury School in 1990, moving on to Boston College and then graduate school at Southern Connecticut State University, where he received his Master’s Degree in history.
While in graduate school, Rhonan took his first course on the history of China. That experience had a far-reaching impact on both his teaching career and his outlook on the world in general. “As difficult as it is to believe, after spending my entire educational career exploring the history of the world, it took me until grade 18 before I was truly exposed to the history of China. Sadly, this is still not unusual today for American students to be ignorant of the world’s most populous nation and fastest growing economies.”
Studying Asia is now Rhonan’s passion. He has traveled extensively in Asia, including visits to Korea, Thailand, Japan and Tibet. He considers his visits to China akin to getting another advanced degree. “Whenever I travel, I try to find something new. In a nation of well over 1.2 billion, this is not difficult, but I tailor my itinerary to take me to areas that are both well-known and off the beaten path. I have stood in the center of the Forbidden Palace in Beijing, hiked Tiger Leaping Gorge, and was awed by the spiritual beauty of Tibet. Every time I turn a corner in China, I learn something that challenges my way of thinking in new and exciting ways.”
One thing Rhonan loves about his position at Salisbury is that it allows him to follow his passion while also sharing it with his students. He believes it is crucial that he instill in the students a critical empathy as they view events around the world. He initiated a semi-annual school trip to Bhutan, as well as a trip to China. Rhonan is co-advisor of International Students – a role in which he takes particular pleasure and pride – which allows him to both mentor students, and serve as liaison to parents all over the world.
Rhonan’s passion for teaching expands beyond just the Salisbury School classroom. Each summer he serves as a Master Teacher at the New England New Teachers Seminar, an intensive workshop that prepares inexperienced teachers for their roles in the teaching profession. He also works on the CAIS Commission for Professional Development.
He also enjoys coaching one of New England’s legendary thirds soccer programs.
Rhonan and his wife Diane are the proud parents of twin daughters, Rachel and Megan. They enjoy their time together traveling, hiking and watching Yankee baseball.
Jade Colling | profile
Jade grew up in Cambridge, New York. She earned a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Education and went on to complete her M.S. at SUNY Albany in Educational Psychology with a focus in School Psychology.
Prior to Salisbury, Jade worked at Hoosac School as Director of OASIS, a program designed to support students with special needs, as well as an instructor of Psychology. Her work with students in an academic setting inspired her to return to graduate school at Keene State College where she earned a post master’s certification in School Counseling. As a certified School Counselor, she is trained in helping students in the areas of academic achievement, personal/social development, and college/career development.
Jade moved to Salisbury in 2016 with her husband Kurt Colling and in the fall of 2017, she joined Salisbury’s professional community as a member of the college advising team. In addition to her role in the College Office, Jade serves as an instructor of Cognitive Neuroscience. Jade is looking forward to helping and encouraging students to fulfill their potential as they navigate through high school and plan for their future.