Your Thames Team

Committed to the success of each student

We invite you to meet the Thames staff and faculty members and get a sense of their experience, credentials, and teaching approach. Preparing students for the learning, social and emotional challenges of college or career is more than their job, it’s their calling.

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Donna Moss Ogle

Faculty and Advisor

Office Location: Thames Academy, 1st floor, Faculty Office
Phone: 860-701-5433
Email: ogle_d@mitchell.edu

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Role at Thames: Donna has been at Thames for seven years. She teaches communications courses and First Year Seminar. She also serves as an advisor.

Background: Donna has 36 years of public school teaching and seven years of experience at Thames Academy and Mitchell College where she is an adjunct faculty. She graduated from Southern Connecticut State College (SCSU) with dual certifications in both Special Education and regular education. All of her graduate work was also done at SCSU with a specialization in teaching students with behavioral disorders. Other than teaching, her great passion is musical theater. She is the faculty advisor for the Mitchell College Drama Society directs the College’s spring musical every year.

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Ron Samul

Faculty and Advisor

Office Location: Thames Academy, 1st floor, Faculty Office
Phone: 860-701-7782
Email: samul_r@mitchell.edu

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Role at Thames: Ron has been with the Thames Academy for seven years. He teaches Humanities with a focus on college writing. He is also an academic advisor. Ron’s teaching experience at Thames Academy and Mitchell College have ranged from pre-college summer course and workshops, to college writing and first year seminar courses. Some of his sections of college writing have included special interactive projects that include a midterm murder event and online social media presentations.

Background: Ron holds a B.A. in English from Eastern Connecticut State University and an M.F.A. in Professional and Creative Writing from Western Connecticut State University. His writing has appeared in Liturgical Credo, Outside In Magazine, SNReview, Inquiring News, Library Journal, and other online media. He is a graduate mentor working with students on thesis and graduate level prose through Western Connecticut State University. In the summer, he can be found working on the dive boat off of Block Island, reading on his front porch, or splashing around at the beach.

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Chris Scott

Associate Director for Student Engagement

Office Location: Thames Academy 1st floor, Faculty Office
Phone: 860-629-6038
Email: scott_c@mitchell.edu

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Role at Thames: Christopher is in charge of overseeing the student life component of Thames Academy. Christopher works with students on planning trips and events, making connections to resources in the community, planning workshops, and helping with any other issues students might face. Christopher also works with the Alternative Spring Break, First Year Experience, Student Activities, and Pre-Enrollment programs on campus.

Background: A Massachusetts native, Christopher has lived in Connecticut for the past decade. He attended the University of New Haven and joined Mitchell College in 2007 as a member of the residence life staff. In 2010, he joined Thames Academy and has enjoyed working here ever since. During his free time, Christopher enjoys the great outdoors, road trips, history and comics.

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Patricia Callis

Case manager and Advisor

Office Location: Thames Academy – Classroom A / 1st Floor
Phone: 860-701-5212
Email: callis_p@mitchell.edu

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Role at Thames: Case Manager and advisor at Thames Academy. She joined the Mitchell team as a case manager at Thames Academy in the Fall of 2014. In addition to providing case management to students she also teaches a social thinking class and sits on multiple committees around campus.

Background: Patty received her MA in counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA and began her career in Tennessee with young adults in the public school system working on social, emotional and behavioral issues. She resides in New London with her dog Ladybelle and can often be found walking on the beach or reading at Harkness Park.

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Elizabeth Emanuelson

Speech Pathologist and Advisor at Thames Academy

Office Location: Montauk Offices
Phone: 860-701-5044
Email: emanuelson_e@mitchell.edu

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Role at Thames:Liz graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.A. in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. She joined the Thames Academy team in the Fall of 2014.

Background: Liz teaches a Reading and Writing skills course and provides Speech and Language instruction. She is the career course coordinator for the program. In her free time, Liz enjoys being outdoors and exercising.

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