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."

List of 7 items.

  • Adam Siler

    Adam grew up outside of Richmond, Virginia. He received a bachelors degree in philosophy at the University of Virginia, a masters degree in education from Stanford University, and a masters degree in positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Since 2007 he has worked at the Woodside Priory School in a variety of roles: as a Residential Faculty member in the boarding program, as a teacher of history and psychology, as Chair of the History Department, and most recently as Dean of Residential Life. Adam is fiercely optimistic about the future of the world and believes that wellbeing is a birthright. He lives on the Priory campus with his wife, Megan, and their twelve-pound Maltese dog, Sam Seaborn. 
  • Kaitlin Bonfiglio

    Kaitlin is a native Californian who attended Priory for middle and high school. She is thrilled to be back at the Priory, working with the boarding community! Kaitlin attended the University of Michigan for five years. There she received her Bachelor of English and her Master's degree in Education. Not only did she live in Ann Arbor for five years, but she also lived with a wonderful host family in Granada, Spain for half a year (and now has 5 adoptive sisters). She loves traveling, learning languages, working with young people, and poetry. In her spare time, she likes to play the following: piano, videogames, and pickup soccer.
  • Andrew Downey

    Andrew Downey was born and raised in Kingston, NY, located in the beautiful Hudson Valley Region.  In 2010, Andrew graduated from the University of Maine with a bachelors degree in secondary education (world history).  Andrew was also a member of the Black Bear football team, earning 3 All-Colonial Athletic Association selections and a contract with the National Football League. Andrew is passionate about artistic expression, sustainable agriculture, and is an outdoor enthusiast.
  • 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.
  • Kailen Song

    Born and raised in Los Angeles, Kailen picked up and moved by choice to New York to have a completely different experience in college. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in English Education from NYU, and relocated to Los Angeles shortly after graduating. She completed her Master’s Degree in Educational Technology at the California State University, Fullerton in the winter of 2014. After working in different industries, she knew she wanted to work with students again and found the wonderful campus and community of the Priory. In her spare time, Kailen loves to cook (and not follow the recipes), read, bike, sing to her heart’s content, and laugh.
  • Tess Tran

    Tess received her Bachelor's in English and French from New College of Florida before embarking on a three year adventure teaching in France, Spain, and Vietnam. Tess’ time abroad not only solidified her passion for education, but also encouraged her to continually deconstruct and rebuild her understanding of culture and human nature. Her solo travels taught her the true value of hospitality and understanding. Therefore, Tess is very excited to be part of the Residential Faculty team at Priory, where campus life is such a high priority, and where students are so well supported in all aspects of their lives.
  • Nikhil Wadhwani

    Nikhil Wadhwani grew up among the orange groves and almond farms of the California Central Valley. He is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the Masters of Science Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University. Nikhil has taught narrative workshops for doctors, nurses, and social workers in training at UCSF School of Medicine, to help healthcare professionals develop skills for listening and interpretation. Nikhil currently teaches 9th grade English at Woodside Priory and is a Residential Faculty member. He was a boarding student at The Athenian School during his early years as a high school student. He is a rock climber, a tea aficionado, writes Asian American fiction, and makes a mean masala chai.


Woodside Priory School