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Alum to head Mooreland Hill

By: Scott Whipple

BERLIN - Rod Brown remembers when Michael Dooman was a teacher at Mooreland Hill School. Brown, a former English teacher and assistant headmaster at Mooreland Hill, recalls sitting in on one of Dooman's Latin classes. "He taught Latin like it was a living language," Brown says and chuckles.

Dooman, a consummate classics scholar, is the new headmaster of the 76-year-old, private, independent country day school. He replaces Michael Waller, headmaster for the past four years.

In making the announcement, Gail Byeff, president of the school's board of trustees, said Dooman "has strengths in curriculum, enrichment, faculty professional development, student advising, athletics and community outreach."

Dooman, 43, grew up in New Britain on Lincoln Street, before moving to Monroe Street. His parents had emigrated from Iran to the city.

Why New Britain?
"The city has a large Assyrian population," he explains.
He graduated from ninth grade from Mooreland in 1978, and from Loomis Chaffee school in 1981. He received his B.A. degree in the classics and political science from Drew University in 1985 and an M.A. in history from Trinity College in 1994. He has also studied at the Klingenstein Center, Teachers College, Columbia University.

Mooreland Hill's new headmaster began his career in education as a teacher of Latin, English and history at St. Joseph's Preparatory School in Philadelphia. In 1986, he joined the faculty of Mooreland Hill as a teacher of Latin, English and history, and baseball coach. During his 14 years at Mooreland he was director of students, dean of students. and assistant headmaster. He returns to Mooreland from the Country School in Madison where he was director of the middle school and acting headmaster.

As a student at Mooreland, Dooman's mentor was Latin scholar and headmaster Oscar Steege.
"I'm eager to take on the traditions he established, " says Dooman, who believes Latin has relevance in today's world.

"Take the phrase 'carpe diem,'" he says. "Most people think it simply means, 'Seize the Day.' There are eight or nine different words in Latin for 'seize." Actually, carpe means 'to pluck,' or 'choose.' So, the phrase doesn't mean grab everything you can in the day, it's 'choose your day.'"

A member of the Classical Association of Connecticut, Dooman serves on the Professional Development Commission of the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools, and as a corporator of New Britain General Hospital and the Boys and Girls Club of New Britain.

Currently, he and his wife, Sheila, an educator at the Foote School in New Haven, and two sons, Colin and Jack, live in Madison. However, the Doomans plan to move to the New Britain area.

Mooreland Hill enrolls approximately 50 students, grades five through eight. Dooman would like to expand that number to 150 and, eventually, add a ninth grade. This could present a challenge for a school with a $17,000 tuition.

"I'm so happy Michael is back at Mooreland," Brown says, "and that he didn't turn us down. If anyone can bring the school back to its former prominence, he can."
Scott Whipple can be reached at or by calling (860)225-4601, Ext. 319.





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