The Gunnery Names Director of IDEAS Lab

MaryAnn Haverstock has joined The Gunnery faculty as Director of the IDEAS Lab. Haverstock brings to the school’s robust STEM curriculum, which is offered in a hands-on lab environment, more than two decades of engineering experience combined with her work in academia at the high school and college levels.
A Connecticut native, Haverstock received a bachelor’s in engineering from Trinity College, a master’s in environmental engineering from the University of New Haven, and an MBA in management and finance from the University of Connecticut. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in science education at Syracuse University, where she also served for the past year as the Senior Academic Learning Specialist in the Center for Learning and Student Success.

Haverstock began her career as an environmental engineer at EEW Management in Torrington and went on to become an environmental engineer and supervising environmental analyst at the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, working in the fields of nonpoint source pollution management, watershed management, lake management, and hazardous waste management. 

Through her commitment to lifelong learning, she has been able to translate her experience to education. She served as an adjunct instructor in environmental science and algebra at Northwestern Connecticut Community Technical College, where she was also an assistant coordinator and a master tutor in math, computer and environmental science skills in the Academic Skills Center. 

Beginning in 2013, Haverstock served for five years as Director of Sustainability at South Kent School, where she developed a STEM curriculum and designed and implemented an engineering program focused on watershed management and sustainable design. Since 1998, she has been an adjunct professor at the University of Hartford, where she designed a graduate-level course in civil engineering.

“We are extremely excited to have MaryAnn bring her vast expertise to an already strong program,” said Emily Gum, Assistant Head of School for Teaching and Learning. “Through her unique background, she will help Gunnery students approach our campus as a laboratory, applying math and science knowledge and skills to make an impact right here in Washington, Connecticut. I can’t wait to see what our students will be doing with this opportunity in the years to come.” 

In her new role at The Gunnery, Haverstock will teach Innovation, Design, Engineering, and Applied Scholarship (IDEAS) courses. She is also responsible for managing and developing the current program, which is based in a hands-on learning laboratory in the school’s science and math building and encourages innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration. The 2019-20 curriculum includes a full-year course in engineering along with term courses in robotics, water systems design, low-impact design, which encompasses tenets of both architecture and sustainability, as well as an introductory class, Innovation and Engineering, that engages students in designing and implementing engineering projects using the school’s 220-acre campus as a learning laboratory.

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Founded in 1850 by abolitionist, educator, and outdoorsman Frederick Gunn, The Gunnery is a coeducational college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12/post-graduate. Dedicated teacher-mentor-coaches challenge students to reach their full potential in a home-like setting where character and citizenship are valued as much as intellect and achievement. Individualized attention and high expectations help young learners develop not only the skills and confidence they will need in college, but also the moral compass and love of learning that will serve them well in life. The school attracts ambitious, academically curious students who will both shine as unique individuals and thrive as contributing members of a deeply connected community. By the time they graduate, Gunnery students have become well rounded, grounded young adults with a sharpened sense of who they are and who they want to become.