2017 Dean of Students Symposium
Tom Booker
Dean of Students
Cannon School

Tom Booker has served as dean of students at Cannon School for nine years.  He considers himself to be a biology nerd, movie buff, coffee lover, and podcast junkie.  He is humbled to be part of a dynamic team at Cannon.
Sheri Burkeen
Director of Professional Development

Sheri holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Memphis and a master’s degree in educational psychology from the University of Alabama. Over the past 20 years, she has served in both public and private institutions and both co-ed and single-sex schools, teaching at the early childhood, lower, and middle school levels. Sheri has experience as a classroom teacher and technology coordinator with Woodland Presbyterian School and Lausanne Collegiate School, both in Memphis. She most recently served as the curriculum development coordinator with St. Mary’s Episcopal School for Girls, also in Memphis.
Maria Madden
Middle School Dean of Student Life for Girls
The Lovett School

Maria graduated from Furman University in 2002 with a B.A. in Spanish. Maria is a product of independent schools, attending St. Joseph’s Catholic School then The Walker School, both in Marietta, GA. She started her teaching career as a 5th grade assistant teacher at The Walker School and has been teaching middle school Spanish since 2007 at The Lovett School. Maria has coached varsity cross-country and track and currently coaches middle school track. While at Lovett, Maria has earned both her Masters and Ed.S. degrees in educational leadership, both from Kennesaw State University. Maria has been dean of students since 2012. She has worked with several student life initiatives since becoming dean, such as student council, student interest clubs and has developed a new initiative, PRIDES.
Joseph Moody
Middle School Dean of Student Life for Boys
The Lovett School

Joseph has been in education since graduating from Presbyterian College in 1994. Joseph taught and coached in public high schools in Georgia for 16 years before coming to The Lovett School in 2010 as middle school science teacher. After three years, Joseph transitioned to the role of middle school dean of student life for the boys. In this role, Joseph has been able to focus on improving student programs such as 8th grade leadership and service days, and mentoring. Outside of his dean role, Joseph has coached football, wrestling, and track at Lovett. Joseph is also a Gurian Institute nationally certified trainer for single-gender teaching strategies. He has an M.S. in psychology and is working towards a Ph.D. in educational psychology.
Sue Ramsey
Dean of Students
Cannon School

Sue Ramsey has served as dean of students at Cannon School for three years.  She is also an English teacher, proud mom of three amazing girls, and fun-loving workoutaholic.  Fun and mischief are her mutant powers.
Chris Tate
Dean of Middle School
Porter-Gaud School

Chris Tate is the dean of middle school and head junior varsity football coach at Porter-Gaud School in Charleston, SC. Chris holds a B.A. in sports administration from the University of South Carolina and an M.A. in educational leadership from George Washington University. His innovative approach to co-curricular and student life programs, such as Life 101, a weekly character development curriculum that focuses on life skills and student wellness, sets him apart as an educational leader. Chris also created a non-profit, Bicycles for Humanity-Charleston, with middle school students. B4H collects used and unwanted bicycles and ships them to Africa where they provide life-changing transportation to water, food, healthcare, and education for those living in the most impoverished regions.
Matt Telepman
Dean of Students
Gulliver Academy

Matt Telepman just finished his 20th year at Gulliver, including the last nine as dean of students. He spent his first 11 years as a P.E. teacher and a coach of several middle school and high school sports. Matt is joined at Gulliver by his wife Cristina, an 8th grade science teacher. His daughter Gabi, a Gulliver lifer, just completed her freshman year at the University of Richmond, and his son Jakob will be a junior at Gulliver Prep next year.
Michael Thompson
Michael Thompson, Ph.D.

Dr. Michael Thompson is a consultant, author, and psychologist specializing in children and families. He is the supervising psychologist for The Belmont Hill School and has worked in more than 700 schools across the U.S. as well as in schools in Central America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Dr. Thompson is the author or co-author of several books, including the New York Times bestseller, Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys, as well as Best Friends/Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children, and The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Achieve Success in School and in Life. His newest book, Homesick and Happy: How Time Away From Parents Can Help a Child Grow, was published in 2012. A dedicated speaker and traveler, he has appeared on The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, ABC 20/20, CBS 60 Minutes, The Early Show, and Good Morning America. In 2006, Dr. Thompson also wrote, narrated, and hosted a two-hour PBS documentary entitled Raising Cain.
Joe Trojan
Dean of Students
Cannon School

Joe Trojan has served as dean of students at Cannon School for three years.  He is a long time coach, technophile, long-suffering Cleveland fan, and is able to bend the space-time continuum to do twice the productive work of a normal mortal.
Michelle Zelaya
Dean of Students
Cannon School

Michelle Zelaya has served as dean of students and director of diversity at Cannon School for two years.  She considers herself to be a crossfit jedi, boy-mom, one-part hot-mess, and one-part superhero.  She is fluent in Spanish known worldwide for her infectious laugh.