Geoffrey Fenelus, in his own words, lives to “help people with their people-problems.” An experienced educator, he has served as a teacher, an athletic coach, a school principal, an executive director of a public charter school network, and a financial and insurance advisor to schools and organizations.
Hailing from Flatbush, Brooklyn, Geoffrey arrived at Hyde’s Woodstock campus by way of the New Heights AAU basketball program. He quickly established himself as a respected student leader in the classroom, on the athletic field, and across campus. He went on to Wheaton College (MA), playing varsity basketball and graduating with a B.A. in economics. Geoff then earned a master’s degree in special education and teaching at Long Island University and has served as an adjunct professor at the innovative Relay Graduate School of Education.
After stints in politics and banking, Geoff wanted to pay forward the educational opportunities he had experienced. His journey found him teaching students and leading colleagues in a range of schools, including Hyde-Woodstock and Hyde-Bronx. However, throughout this time, his heart stayed in urban school settings in New York and Indianapolis. Recently, Geoff became an insurance advisor for NFP consulting with schools and organizations optimizing their operations and systems for the benefit of their constituents. True to his personal mission in life, he helps people help people.
Geoff and his wife Ava – they met while both were faculty members at Hyde-Bronx – live in Indianapolis with their three children.
Dr. Shannon Curry is a licensed clinical psychologist serving as Director of the Curry Psychology Group, a practice she founded in Newport Beach, CA, out of a commitment to bring high-quality psychological services to any and all individuals, couples, and families seeking personal help. In her effort to improve the effectiveness and accessibility of therapeutic interventions, Dr. Curry has also developed a unique specialization in animal assisted therapy.
After beginning her Hyde education on the Bath campus, Shannon joined a group of pioneering students who transferred to Woodstock in order to ensure dynamic leadership on our new campus in Connecticut. She was followed there by her sister, Erin, and she graduated with Honors in 1998.
She continued her education at Georgetown, UC-Irvine, and Pepperdine, where she received her PhD in clinical psychology, conducting her dissertation research on trauma interventions for international communities affected by poverty and warfare.
In addition to leading her thriving practice, Shannon has been consistently engaged with Hyde. Whether speaking to the community at a Fall Family Weekend or contributing her professional expertise to a Hyde consulting project with a publicly funded boarding school for foster children, she is all about helping individuals or groups.
Nelson Arnstein, the first Hyde alumnus to pursue a career in medicine, is a physician who serves as the Director of Nuclear Medicine at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles. Hailing from New York City, Nelson arrived at Hyde in the summer of 1967. During his four years at Hyde (1967-71), Nelson exhibited a level of courage in the classroom, on the diving board, on the cross-country course, and around campus that inspired all who attended Hyde during those early years. After Hyde, Nelson went on to Pomona College, graduating magna cum laude in Zoology. He continued with medical school at Mt. Sinai Hospital and has since received fellowships and teaching commissions at Georgetown, University of Southern California, University of Michigan, and Johns Hopkins University. While Nelson’s contributions to medicine, by themselves, are worthy of Hyde’s highest honor, he also embodies Hyde’s qualities in his “leisure” activities. Some of these include:
• RUNNING: He has completed several marathons (Always in his Hyde cross-country singlet!) as well as an Ironman 70.3 triathlon;
• MARITIME HISTORIAN: (Go ahead, try to stump him on anything to do with the Titanic!);
• ASTRONOMY: In May of 1994, he came to campus to teach Hyde students about an annular solar eclipse, going so far as to outfit the entire community with safe viewing glasses for the occasion;
• PHOTOGRAPHY: As an example of his professional creativity, over a several year period, he photographed the entire Maine coast from Kittery to Calais, creating images that contributed to a single work stretching from one wall of the Hyde-Bath Field House all the way to the other. As one of his classmates said, “Nelson Arnstein personifies unique potential.”