Our Team

Resident Director:

John Harris

John has recently joined the team at A Better Chance of New Canaan as the new Resident Director. He looks forward to continuing the fine efforts of his predecessors – John and Laura Walsh; creating a safe and supportive environment, while also sharing his own relatable personal and professional experiences. In his role as Resident Director, John serves as the house scholars’ guardian during their time in the program; providing the necessary guidance, counsel and discipline to ensure the smooth running of the household. A native of Old Greenwich, CT, John has two college-aged daughters and is a paraprofessional within the New Canaan School District.

Resident Tutors:

Hannah Liu

Originally from New Jersey, Hannah graduated from Brown University in 2016 with degrees in Classics and Religious Studies. Hannah is currently in her second year as the Upper School Latin teacher at New Canaan Country School. She is so excited to be part of the ABC house this year!

Jessica Stargardter

Jessica recently graduated from the University of Connecticut with her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. During college, she had the opportunity to teach abroad in both Cape Town, South Africa and London, England. She currently teaches at Cos Cob Elementary School in Greenwich, Connecticut. She’s excited to be a part of the ABC House team.

Cook: Beth Jones

Beth starts her eighth year as cook for the ABC House. She provides nutritious and delicious meals (on a tight budget no less) to the boys and our resident staff. Beth loves to garden and has served
on the town’s Board of Selectman for the past two years.

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