Leading the Way

They inspire us — to learn more, to do more, to be more.

Leadership is more than a title. Great leaders combine the vision to move things forward with the ability to inspire greatness in others. At Pomfret, we are re-imagining what a boarding school education can be, and this inspiring group is leading the way.


Tim Richards

HEAD OF SCHOOL

A self-described boarding school lifer, Tim Richards grew up at Phillips Andover and worked at St. George's for 23 years. He earned his BA from Connecticut College and his MA from Middlebury College. Tim and his wife Anne are parents of Max, Molly, and Lucy, and trusty lab Baloo.

Don Gibbs

ASSISTANT HEAD OF SCHOOL 

The son of a Griffin ('65), Don Gibbs joined the Pomfret faculty in 2001. Before taking the reins as associate head of school, Don was the dean of academics at Pomfret. He holds degrees from the University of California, Santa Cruz, the College of William & Mary, and Trinity College.

Gwyneth Connell

DIRECTOR OF THE GRAUER INSTITUTE

A veteran of independent school education, Gwyneth Connell has served as a leader and teacher at Blair Academy, Berkshire School, and Millbrook School. She holds a master's degree in private school leadership from Columbia University and a bachelor's degree in American studies from Amherst College.

Martha Horst

DEAN OF FACULTY

Martha Horst first came to Pomfret in 1997. Before becoming dean of faculty in 2020, she taught math and served as the learning and teaching coordinator. Martha has also taught at Oregon Episcopal School (OES), Northfield Mount Hermon (NMH), and Deerfield Academy. She and her husband, Art, have five children.

Tasia Hanmer

CO-DIRECTOR OF DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION

The daughter of two boarding school educators, Fantasia Hanmer grew up on the campus of Emma Willard School in Troy, NY. Tasia has taught at Stoneleigh Burnham School and Roxbury Prep Charter School. She holds a BA in Afro-American studies and English from Smith College. At Pomfret, Tasia lives on campus and teaches English.

Jillian Forgue

CO-DIRECTOR OF DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION

Before Pomfret, Jillian Forgue spent three years at The Hyde School (CT). She earned a BA in History and Hispanic Studies from Vassar College and a MA in Spanish from Middlebury College with a focus on teaching methodology. Jillian currently teaches Spanish. She lives on campus with her husband, Dean of Students Wes Jenkins.

Ed Griffin

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Ed Griffin brings over 20 years of administrative experience to Pomfret, most recently as the Controller and Business Manager of Choate Rosemary Hall. Ed and his wife Lauren have three children: Julia, a graduate of Choate Rosemary Hall, Kevin ’17, and Brandon ’19. They also have two dogs, Charlie and Porter.

Amy Graham

DIRECTOR OF ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT

Amy Graham comes to Pomfret from Midland School in California. She holds a BS in Marketing from the University of Connecticut and a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from California Polytechnic State University. She lives on campus with her husband Andy and their daughter Paige.

Will Mitchell

DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT

Before joining Pomfret, Will Mitchell ’84 was the Director of Advancement at St. Andrew’s School in Delaware. Prior to St. Andrew’s, Will spent ten years at St. Paul’s School in New Hampshire. He lives on campus with his wife, Kathy. Together, they have (not one) but two sets of twins.

Garry Dow

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

Garry Dow has worked in the field of marketing and communications with a special focus on the educational category for more than 15 years. He holds a BA in communications from Roger Williams University and an MA in education from the University of New Hampshire. He lives in Pomfret with his wife, Beth, and their two young children.

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