Residential Life

A small boarding school like Gould offers benefits that you will not find anywhere else. In addition to small class sizes and individual attention, we offer students a real sense of community. Residential Life makes up a key part of a Gould student’s experience away from home.

Our residential life provides a day to day experience within this community, teaching you the values of trust, responsibility, kindness, honesty, respect, and tolerance. Students and faculty share the dorms with a faculty resident and at least one selected peer proctor on each floor. Dorm rooms are where students study and relax, while common areas provide social gathering spaces to share pizza and watch a game, a debate, or a movie.


Lawrence Leff

French Teacher
Davidson Dorm Head


Born and raised in Montereau, France, Madame Leff is a teacher in the World Languages Department. She has been at Gould for 11 years sharing her passion and love for French language and culture in teaching beginner and intermediate levels of French. For the past 10 years, she has been Head of Davidson Dormitory where she lives with her husband, Adam, and their dog, Wexy. Outside of the classroom, most of Madame’s time is spent in the dormitory where she acts as a great resource for support and encouragement for the students living in her dorm. Madame Leff has two children, Alexandra ’15 and Schuyler ’17 who share in her family’s passion for all things French.

Colin Penley

History Teacher
World Languages Teacher
Associate Dean of Students.
Holden Hall Dorm Head

B.A. Middlebury College
Fall Drama Director


Mr. Penley, a teacher in the History and World Languages departments, has traveled to China to study Chinese language and language pedagogy extensively. He runs Holden Hall, one of the two boys dormitories on campus. In addition to his work as a teacher, dorm parent, and advisor, he helps direct the fall play. During the winter he runs the Rugrats Instruction, Learn to Ski & Ride, and Maine Adaptive programs. He has lived in a dormitory since age 14, making this his 17th straight year living in a dorm setting. An avid world traveler, Mr. Penley enjoys sharing his experiences with students both in the classroom and around the world.