Brian P. Easler
Head of School
Wilbraham & Monson Academy, MA
Brian Easler considers it an honor and a privilege to have served since 2014 as the Head of School for Wilbraham & Monson Academy, a remarkable boarding and day school for 430 girls and boys in grades 6-12, where he has been since 1998. For most of that time Brian served as the Dean of Students & Associate Head of School, a role he found exceptionally rewarding, and he has also enjoyed being a dorm parent for male and female students of various ages, teaching trimester ethics electives to seniors, occasionally doing a little coaching and leading student trips to remote locations like the southern Amazon basin. Brian is a graduate of the University of Maine with a degree in English and Philosophy and earned a Master of Education in Experiential Education from Springfield College and a Master of Arts in Independent School Leadership through the Klingenstein Center, Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to his work in education, Brian served in the United States Army, 101st Airborne Division, as a Sergeant, Airborne Ranger and Team Leader in the Long Range Reconnaissance and Surveillance Detachment. Brian enjoys leisure time with his wife and dogs at their cabin in Vermont, reading, hunting and hiking.
Deputy Headmaster and Dean of Students
Kings Academy, Jordan
For the past 11 years Julianne Puente has been part architect, part laborer and part builder of King’s Academy in Madaba, Jordan, a 7-12 coed boarding school modeled after Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts. Her role as Deputy Headmaster & Dean of Students afforded her the opportunity design, construct, and implement most of the programs, systems, policies and protocols that give shape to the current King’s Academy school culture. While her first years at King’s were focused primarily on student life, she now plays large roles in academic affairs, finance, curriculum design, development, alumni affairs, admissions, safety, operations, and the recruitment and evaluation of faculty. Julianne is also a faculty member in the Department of History, Religion and Society, where she currently teaches world religions.
Having attended the Hackley School in Tarrytown, New York for her secondary school education, Julianne returned to her alma mater to work as a teacher, administrator and coach for 14 years prior to joining King’s Academy. At Hackley, Julianne worked in admissions and college counseling, served as a class dean and as a history teacher, in which capacity she developed several new courses, including one on world religions.
A collegiate athlete and a passionate and dedicated coach, she was at the helm of the varsity girls’ soccer and softball teams that won numerous league and state championships during her tenures at both her schools. As an accomplished musician, she has provided guitar and drum accompaniments for various student and faculty performances throughout her career.
Julianne holds a Bachelor’s degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University, a Master’s degree in American studies from Columbia University, and a certificate in Negotiation and Leadership from Harvard University. She was recently appointed Albuquerque Academy’s next Head of School, a role she will assume in July 2020.