Head of School Message

Putnam Science Academy has a unique history dating back to 1928 and has morphed from a women’s-only Catholic school into a co-educational international boarding school.

As the times have changed, so has our school. Not coincidentally then, Putnam Science Academy has won countless awards for educational and athletic competitions, each time establishing a new standard of excellence.

We are all so very proud of all of the hard work and dedication all of our students bring to the school. The skills they are building and developing as part of this Putnam Science Academy family will be carried with each of them once their time in this community is finished and they move on to the next chapters of their lives.

Developing students who are not only educationally solid but also unique, compassionate, and inspiring individuals is our goal here at Putnam Science Academy.

I encourage you to come to campus, see our students in action – on the field and courts and in the classroom – and experience what makes us such an unique place.


Sarah Healey, Head of School.

history of psa

The school first founded on our site was in 1928, by the Daughters of the Holy Spirit. Over the course of time it morphed into a Catholic High School in the 1950’s and then in 2002 it was taken over and converted into an international boys boarding school, for the purpose of improving intercultural dialogue and the opportunity of accessing the best universities within America and worldwide. Students came from a variety of countries worldwide and from a large number of states within America.

The school changed hands over the summer of 2015, in order to provide an injection of capital investment. A number of renovation projects are ongoing, along with the business of providing high quality prep school education for a small group of students. Hand in hand with the renovation of residential, classroom and sporting facilities, the school will be expanding its pool of students from a wider group. The mission and core values remain the constant theme of the school. 

As educators, we value Personal Development – we are dedicated to the personal development of our students. From the dorm to academic life, we strive to honor the uniqueness of each individual and embrace diverse backgrounds. We prepare students for lives in a multicultural society by developing a strong, inclusive community during their day, after school and on the weekends. Service – we promote the active engagement of our students in the local and global community so that they become contributing members of society. Academics – we provide our students with a challenging, well-rounded education that includes the arts, humanities, mathematics, the sciences and technology that will prepare them for college.

mission statement

Putnam Science Academy strives to develop young adults, locally and from around the world, who are committed to academic excellence and are engaged citizens.

Our goal is to provide a challenging educational program to prepare all students for acceptance into the top universities in the United States and across the world.

Employee Directory

Dr. Ding


Sarah HEaley

Head of School

Tom Espinosa

Athletic Director
Prep Basketball Head Coach

cindy belanger

Administrative Assistant

Leah Belanger

Director of Health Services

Julia Fan

Director of Finance

david fan

Associate Director of Finance

Kenneth Chauvin

School Psychologist

Alissa Lynch

Assist. Head of Schools for Student Services

Heather Stewart

Assoc. Director of Admissions
Dean of Marketing

Vasiliki Brodeur

Associate Director of Admissions

Ibo Rivera

ESports Coach

Joshua Scraba

Science of Fitness Teacher
Asso. Head Coach - Men’s Prep

Dana Valentine

NCAA Compliance Officer
Asst. Coach - Men's Prep Basketball

Kelly Moulin

Guidance Counselor

Bao Tran

Admissions Assistant

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Nicholas Schmidt

Humanities Teacher
Residential Advisor
Head Coach - Men's Varsity

Bria Holmes

Head Coach - Women's Basketball

TaNajia Smith

Science Teacher
Asst. Head Coach - Women's Basketball

Javin Hammond

Director of Dance

Ryan Dunnigan

Math & Business Teacher Head Men’s Soccer Coach

Gabriela megas


Frank Taylor

Spanish Teacher
Asst. Coach Men's Soccer

Atobra Ampedu

Nutrition & Government Asst. Coach - Men's Soccer

Jo Fuller

Assistant Head of School for Academics

Candice Hernandez

Science Teacher

Stephen Nalbandian

Sports Information Director
Social Sciences Teacher

Aaron Jones

Computer Science Teacher
ESports Coach

Mark Duethorn


Jinning Dong

Mathematics/Mandarin Teacher

Nichole Phelps

English Language Arts

Sarah Stoll

Art Teacher

Bob Hetu

Director of Alumni & Development
Head Baseball Coach

Jane Zhang

Language Arts Teacher
Residential Life Advisor

James Weagle

IT Director

jenelee seymour

Director of Kitchen Services

Marisol Barreto

Cafeteria Assistant

jerry harden


Kaitlyn Bowen


Putnam Science Academy seeks qualified candidates to teach, motivate, mentor and guide our students. You must have the heart, knowledge, skills, and ability to enhance the student experience on our campus. We employ creative, resourceful, confident, and open minded individuals. 

As a co-educational private boarding and day school we seek candidates who have a genuine appreciation of being a part of a diverse population who enjoy educating young adults.


Admissions Officer for Chinese Recruitment/Residential Assistant

Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach/Residential Assistant/Teacher

Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach/Residential Assistant/Teacher

Assistant Baseball Coach/Residential Assistant


Putnam Science Academy does not discriminate against any person who is a member of any class protected by the Constitution or the laws of either the United States of the State of Connecticut. Inquiries regarding compliance may be directed to the President or Headmaster.