Head of School Welcome

It is my honor and pleasure to welcome you to the 2023-24 school year! I am extremely proud to serve as the Head of School of this amazing learning community and to continue to support the students and staff of Putnam Science Academy.

I would like to welcome all of our new and returning families, whether you are joining us from another school or from around the world. We are excited to share with you all that PSA has to offer and believe you will soon feel as we do, that Putnam Science Academy is a special place.

I look forward to an amazing school year and to continue our collaboration of providing our students with an effective and engaging educational experience.

Michael Hackenson

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. Tie Q. Ding


Michael Hackenson

Head of School

Tom Espinosa

Athletic Director
Prep Basketball Head Coach

cindy belanger

Administrative Assistant

Leah Belanger

Director of Health Services

Julia FanG


david fan

Director of Finance

Ken Chauvin

Sports Psychologist

Heather Stewart

Asst. Director of Admissions
Director of Marketing

Vaso Brodeur

Asst. Director of Admissions Asst. Director of Marketing

Kevin Donovan

Administrative Assistant
Asst. Coach - Men's Basketball

Kurt Lunzmann

Residential Advisor
Head Coach - Elite Soccer

Jo Fuller

Dean of Academics

Lauren veatch

Guidance Counselor

Josh Scraba

Asst. Coach Men's Prep
Science of Fitness Teacher

Nick Schmidt

Asst. Coach – Men’s Prep

NCAA Compliance Officer

Tom Loynd

Director of Basketball Operations

Greg Canzater

Head Coach - Women's WBB
Residential Advisor

Andres Lemoine

Head Coach - Varsity MBB
Residential Advisor

Alex Noel

Director of Dance

Ryan Dunnigan

Math & Business Teacher Head Men’s Soccer Coach

Gabriela megas


Frank Taylor

Spanish Teacher
Asst. Coach Men's Soccer


Sarah Stoll

Art Teacher

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

Bob Hetu

Director of Alumni & Development
Head Baseball Coach

Jim Weagle

IT Director

Dion Sherman

Residential Life Advisor
Asst. Baseball Coach

Lynn Nenada

Humanities Teacher
Residential Life Advisor

Ellen Lopresti

Director of Dining Services

Heidi Dehenaut

Cafeteria Services

Jennifer Franks

Cafeteria Services

Michael Levesque

Cafeteria Assistant

Kate Bowen


Pete Franks


Addison Dana

Director of Maintenance

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 Manager – Korean Market

Admissions Manager – Vietnam Market

Admissions Manager – Chinese Market

Computer Science Teacher – Asst. Coach Esports

Mathematics Teacher – Full Time

Science Teacher – Full Time

Full/Part Time School Nurse

Business Development Manager

Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach – Residential Advisor

Guidance Counselor


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.