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Meet the Residential Faculty

Residential Faculty members (or "RF's" for short) are the adults who watch over the boarding students after school, in the evenings, and on the weekends. They live on campus and all are teachers or coaches, so they know first-hand what students experience during the school day.  However, they only teach one or two classes at most so that they can focus the bulk of their energy and time on the boarding students when the school day ends.  In addition to the RF’s, the boarding students are joined on-campus by 17 faculty and staff members, their families, and four monks, all of whom call Priory "home."

Michelle Taffe

Michelle's introduction to boarding school came at the age of 16, when she studied French at the St. Paul's School Advanced Studies Program in Concord, N.H. This experience inspired her career in residential education, which spans more than 20 years and includes schools in New England and California.  Michelle has worked in schools in a variety of roles: as a French teacher, an admission officer, an associate dean of students, a dormitory head, and a track and field coach.

Mike Loftis

Mike was born in Nashville, TN, where he has lived most of his life.  In 2004, he graduated from Tennessee Tech University with a BS in Education.  After college, Mike taught English for the US Embassy in Thailand, and he has worked on the Priory campus for the last 8 summers at the Mountain Camp Woodside summer program and is currently the Assistant Director. Last year, he was an Assistant Basketball Coach for Donelson Christian Academy in Tennessee, and his team won the Tennessee State Championship.   In addition to being an RF, Mike coaches basketball and a number of other sports at the Priory.  In his freetime, he enjoys sports, reading, traveling, and spending time with friends.

Myles Somerville

Myles Somerville is from Middletown, RI and has lived on small islands off of New England his entire life. He attended Portsmouth Abbey high school, a Benedictine high school in Portsmouth, RI. In 2009, he graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Outdoor Pursuits and a minor in English. He also was a 3 time All South Eastern Conference lacrosse player for FSU. Besides being a Residential Faculty member, Myles is passionate about hiking, traveling, writing, and meeting good people in great places.