CSW Global Summer Academy

Meet the Faculty

Chris Whittaker
A Colorado native, Chris Whittaker earned his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin. He has been teaching art at the Cambridge School of Weston for seven years. Before becoming a teacher, Chris worked as a commercial videographer in New York City. Over the years, he has worked at a number of schools and colleges, teaching a variety of courses. These include experimental video, narrative filmmaking, digital animation, and 3D printing. At CSW, Chris has also served as a dorm parent and coach. In his spare time, he enjoys watching films and going on walks.

Carmen Leahy
Carmen Leahy joined CSW’s English faculty in 2013, where she taught dozens of courses, all of which focused on teaching students to read attentively, write clearly, and think logically.  Carmen loves exploring literature with her students and helping them find their voice in writing.  Over the course of her 20 years in education, Carmen has taught students in high school and middle school in California and Massachusetts.  In 1999 Carmen began teaching at Brentwood School, a private day school in West LA, where she worked for 11 years.  Carmen taught upper school English classes and, in her later years, joined the Senior Seminar department where she taught ethics and philosophy.  In her last two years at Brentwood, Carmen served as the English Department Chair.  Before that, Carmen taught middle school English in East Los Angeles.  Carmen earned a Master in Education from Loyola Marymount University with a concentration in ESL teaching methods.

Po-Wei Weng (M.A., National Taiwan University; M.A. & Ph.D. (ABD), Ethnomusicology, Wesleyan University)
Po-Wei currently serves as Director of International Education and Global Engagement and Head of the Languages Department at the Cambridge School of Weston. Po-Wei has more than 20 years of experience in higher and K-12 education. Besides teaching a variety of courses, Po-Wei’s work includes International Recruitment Management, Education Abroad, International Student Advising, and Campus Internationalization. Prior to his shift to independent education, Po-Wei taught ethnomusicology and world music courses at several universities in the U.S. and Taiwan, including Central Connecticut State University, Mount Holyoke College, and Wesleyan University. Beyond teaching and international program administration, Po-Wei is also an ethnomusicologist with a number of publications and a frequent presenter of Peking opera (particularly percussion music) at many universities and organizations in North America.

Summer 2021 Program Details

Due to the on-going Pandemic and the recent surge cases of the Omicron variant, this year's Global Summer Academy will be held virtually only. We are planning to resume the on-campus program next summer.

Dates: July 11 to July 22, 2022
Enrollment: 32 Students
Ages: Grade 7 to 12
Tuition: $1,200

  • Oct. 15, 2021: Applications Open
  • March 21, 2022: Applications Due
  • April 1, 2022: Announce Admissions

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    Po-Wei Weng 

    Director of International Education and Global Engagement and Language Faculty
    Wesleyan University - Ph.D. (ABD)
    Wesleyan University - M.A.
    National Taiwan University - M.A.
    National Taichung Teachers College (Taiwan) - B.Ed.
    National Kuo-Kuang Academy of Arts - Diploma

The Cambridge School of Weston is a progressive high school for day and boarding students in grades 9–12 and PG. CSW's mission is to provide a progressive education that emphasizes deep learning, meaningful relationships, and a dynamic program that inspires students to discover who they are and what their contribution is to their school, their community and the world.