B.A., Dartmouth College; M.Ed., Lesley College
Work Phone: 860-945-7963
Year Appointed: 2013
After graduating from Loomis Chaffee in 1990, Gretchen studied at Dartmouth College, where she majored in history modified with economics. At Dartmouth she was a stand-out hockey player and remains the program's all-time leading scorer with 189 goals and 312 points. She was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year as a freshman, was a two-time Ivy League Player of the Year, serving as captain of the Dartmouth Big Green during the 1993-94 season. She played on several U.S. Women's National teams before earning a spot on the 1998 Olympic team. As a member of the Olympic team, alongside Taft alumna A.J. Mleczko í93, Gretchen won gold in Nagano, Japan, contributing a team-leading 8 points with 3 goals and 5 assists (she scored the first goal of the U.S. gold-medal game against Canada - the first goal ever in a women's Olympic ice hockey gold-medal game). After graduating from Dartmouth, she began her independent-school teaching and coaching career at the Brookwood School in Manchester, Mass. During this time she also earned her master's in Elementary Education from Lesley College. The following year, she taught history and algebra at the Pingree School in South Hamilton, Mass., and coached girls' varsity soccer, hockey, and lacrosse. After marrying her husband Steve, Gretchen moved to California, where she taught third grade for two years at the Madonna del Sasso School in Salinas, Calif., before beginning a family. She followed her boys into the Montessori method of education, working at Litchfield Montessori School for six years before finding her way back into high school education, joining the Taft faculty in 2013. In addition to being a committed school educator, Gretchen remains devoted to hockey. She is highly regarded for her most recent work coaching youth hockey in Watertown (in Taft rinks!), including coaching some current Taft faculty children. During the summer of 2016, she was a coach at the USA Hockey U15 Development Camp in St. Cloud, Minn., and an assistant coach at the U18 Festival in Lake Placid, NY, where she also served as a motivational speaker to the U18 and O18 groups. At Taft, Gretchen works in admissions, teaches math, lives in Centennial with her husband Steve and two sons, and is the head coach of girls ice hockey and girls JV soccer.