History & Social Sciences Department

The History & Social Science Department is where Humanity comes alive at Cheshire Academy. This is the place where we answer the deep questions about what the world is like, how it got to be this way, and how it might be different if we made it better. We start with what we know and, critically, what we THINK we know, and build to a larger understanding of the ways in which we’re all connected.

“Preparing students means empowering them to find their voice in relation to the pressing issues of today. When students can place themselves and their lives in the context of history, that’s the moment they’ve become global citizens.”

— History and Social Sciences Chair Jennifer Dillon

Mike LaSpina

History Teacher; Varsity Football Coach

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Jason Mis

History Teacher; Varsity Boys' Soccer Coach

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Matthew Fonts

History Teacher; Boys' Fourths Basketball Head Coach; Junior Varsity Baseball Head Coach

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Jim McCarthy

History Teacher; Boys' Varsity Basketball Head Coach

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Margaret Leeming

History Teacher

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Jennifer Dillon

History Chair; Sustainability Coordinator

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Gail Mauthe

School Counselor

203-439-7469 email: Gail Mauthe PROFILE

Molly Purcell

History Teacher; Athletic Liaison; Girls' Varsity Lacrosse Head Coach; Girls' Varsity Basketball Coach; Varsity Field Hockey Coach

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James Rogers

History Teacher

203-439-7495 email: James Rogers PROFILE

Robert Chip Boyd

Senior Master; English Teacher; IB TOK Instructor; Boys' Varsity Tennis Head Coach; Boys' JV Tennis Head Coach

203-439-7411 email: Robert Chip Boyd PROFILE