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.

Faculty

Lawrence Leff

French Teacher
Davidson Dorm Head

Bio

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

Bio
Mr. Penley, a Bethel almost-native, loves living in this beautiful corner of the world. A teacher in the History and World Languages departments, who also works in the Dean of Students Office, he is excited to have opportunities to work with students in a wide variety of settings. He loves to travel and tries to use every chance he gets to see new places, experience new cultures, and learn a little more about the world in which we live. He has traveled to China many times, both for personal study of language and teaching pedagogy and as an exploration leader with students. Mr. Penley also 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 theater production. He has lived in a dormitory for more than 20 years straight, having first lived in a dorm at age 14.