Meet the Coaches
Our coaches are committed to teaching and serving as role models for our athletes. Our coaches breakdown into 4/5 training groups, each of which will be led by a master coach and supported by 1 head coach and 2-3 assistant coaches.
- Master Coaches are professional coaches with 10+ years of coaching and advanced diplomas/certifications. Due to their professional commitments at universities and clubs, master coaches typically spend 1-3 weeks with us.
- Head Coaches spend the entire summer at BSA. They have at least one summer of Berky experience or have other extensive coaching experience. They are committed to honing their craft and maintain continuity on the field and traditions off of it.
- Assistant Coaches play college soccer and co-lead a cabin of 8-10 girls with another counselor. These rising coaches develop their coaching ability during our week-long orientation and throughout the summer.
- Most of our 2019 soccer staff are shown below. Many of these coaches will return in 2021. We will update coaching bios in early 2021 as we confirm new and returning coaches.
Katie served as our Soccer Director and Resident Master Coach during summer 2018. Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Katie played collegiately as a Midfielder for 4 years at Eastern Kentucky University. After graduation, she served as an Assistant Coach at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, before becoming an integral part of the coaching team for the Excel program in Nova Scotia at both a Regional and Provincial Level.
Lori’s highly successful professional and international career spanned 13 years. She attended the University of Virginia, where she was a standout player winning Conference Player of the Year 2 years running, joining Mia Hamm as the only player to receive that distinction. Lori was drafted 4th overall by the San Diego Spirit of the Women’s United Soccer Association. Lori made 31 appearances for the US Women’s National Team, which included representing her country at the 2011 World Cup and the 2012 Olympic Games. Currently, Lori serves as Strength & Conditioning Coach for the NWSL’s Washington Spirit and coaches at the US Soccer Fantasy Camps. 2019 was Lori’s second summer as a Master Coach.
Torree is in her third year as an assistant coach for the men’s and women’s programs at Holy Names University. Prior to Holy Names, she was an assistant coach at Bethany College. Torree played collegiate soccer for two years at Bakersfield College as a central defender, where she was a captain and First Team All-Conference player both years. She finished out her career playing for Brigham Young University (BYU) Hawaii where she played center midfielder and helped take her team to the NCAA tournament. She received her B.S. in Exercise and Sports Science. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Athletic Administration and Coaching. Torree has a USSF “D” coaching license. 2019 was Torree’s sixth summer at the Berkshire Soccer Academy.
Chelsea was a high-impact player at the club level in Canada, and was also a member of both the Ontario Provincial, and Canadian National programs for 4 years. From 2007 to 2009, she played for the University of Louisville (NCAA Division 1) on a full scholarship, and from 2009 to 2011, she played for Niagara University (NCAA Division 1), again on a full scholarship, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in French. After graduation, Chelsea played semi-professionally in both Canada (W-League) and in England (FA Women’s Premier League). In 2012, after retiring from playing, she began coaching club soccer (Oakville Soccer Club). She currently holds a C License through the Canadian Soccer Association, and a National F License through the United States Soccer Federation.
Jeb is currently both the Assistant Director of the FC Boston Scorpions and the Assistant Coach of the Women’s program at Framingham State University. While coaching soccer is Jeb’s primary passion, he also holds a PH.D, and is an Associate Professor at Salem University. Jeb currently has both his NSCAA Advanced Regional and USSF D coaching licenses. 2019 was his fourth summer at BSA.
Jeff returned for his 6th Summer at BSA in 2019. Jeff is the Associate Head Coach for the MIT women’s soccer team. In his six years with the Engineers, the team has won four NEWMAC regular season titles, as well as NEWMAC Tournament Championships in 2017 and 2018 and has reached the NCAA tournament four times. In 2017, the United Soccer Coaches Association named MIT’s coaches New England Coaching Staff of the Year for Division III Women’s Soccer. Jeff served as Head Coach of Team USA Women’s Soccer for the European Maccabi Games, which were held July 28-August 7, 2019 in Budapest, Hungary. Jeff holds his USSF D license and NSCAA National and Advanced National diplomas.
Molly played four years of Division I collegiate soccer at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Molly captained her team during her Junior and Senior years and was a three-time First Team All-Conference player. She was also invited to train at the Canadian National Training Center, Most recently, she played for the Victoria Highlanders W-league team. 2019 was Molly’s third summer at BSA.
Katie played soccer and ran track at the University of Indianapolis, where she was a 3-year captain and followed up with 2 seasons playing for F.C. Pride’s WPSL team. Katie previously served as the Director of Operations for Women’s Soccer at Samford University and as an ECNL coach at Birmingham United Soccer Association. Katie, who has a Masters in Early Childhood/Elementary Education, currently teaches at Kansas City International Academy and coaches for Global FC which provides underserved youth in the Kansas City area with quality soccer opportunities. 2019 was Katie’s 5th at BSA and her second as a Master Coach.
From Madrid, Spain, Vicky returned to BSA in 2018 for her fourth year and her first as a Master Coach after serving for two years as a Head Coach. Vicky graduated from Southern Connecticut University with a Major in exercise science, earning All-New England Honoree and All-Northeast-10 Conference selection in her two seasons with the Owls.
Arshia “AJ” Jain
2019 was AJ’s fourth summer at BSA and her second as a Head Coach. She has played professionally in Qatar and on her university team in the United Kingdom. She has also coached high school and club soccer in Switzerland. AJ’s passion for the game of soccer is infectious.
Maggie graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University in May 2018 with a BA in Elementary Education. She played college soccer and lacrosse. 2019 was Maggie’s fourth summer at BSA and her second as a Head Coach.
Kate, a 2018 graduate of Cambridge University (England) returned in 2019 for her third summer at BSA and her first as a Head Coach. At Cambridge, she played on her university soccer team. She also has extensive refereeing experience. Kate is currently studying for her Master’s at the University of Liverpool.
Isa, who hails from Sao Paulo, Brazil, joined BSA for the first time as an Assistant Soccer Coach in 2018, after graduating from Hannibal-Lagrange University in Missouri with a degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Science. She spent two seasons as a student Assistant Coach at Hannibal-Lagrange. 2019 was Isa’s second summer at BSA and her first as a Head Coach.
Hannah graduated from Dickinson College in 2018, where she played 4 years of Varsity Soccer. Originally from Needham, MA, Hannah currently works at the New Hampton School in New Hampton, New Hampshire where she teaches French and is the Varsity Soccer Coach. 2019 was Hannah’s second year at BSA and her first as a Head Coach.
Bryony “Bobs” Fox
Bobs returned to BSA in 2019 for her second summer as an assistant coach. She is currently studying at Manchester Metropolitan University in England and playing for her school’s team. Bobs was excited to be surrounded once again by the “amazingly bright and hearty Berky spirit that consumes the camp and everyone in it.”
2019 was Gabby’s 2nd year as a Berky Assistant Coach. Gabby attends the City College of New York where she is studying English and Journalism. Gabby plays Varsity Soccer and earned a spot on the Women’s DIII Soccer ECAC First Team.
Coming all the way from Durham, England, Alisha joined our team in 2019 as an Assistant Coach. Alisha has extensive experience coaching youth teams. She has an FA level 1 certificate. Alisha spent 3 years playing semi-professionally for Newcastle United Women’s team, before spending her first season at Hartlepool Women’s team this past season.
Skyler, a Sophomore at Coker College in South Carolina, completed her first season of women’s soccer in 2018. Skyler is a multi sport athlete with a keen interest in Cross Country. Skyler was a three year captain of her High School Varsity soccer team. 2019 was her first summer at BSA
Lauren returned to BSA in 2019 for her first year as an Assistant Coach after spending two years as a camper. Lauren currently attends the University of Hartford as and Engineering student and is an active member of her schools’ club soccer team.
Kate graduated in 2019 from Lincoln Memorial University (TN). She started for the Lady Railsplitters in 2016 and 2017, but missed the 2018 season due to injury. She also participated as a sprinter on the Track & Field team and served as Assistant Varsity Soccer Coach for the J. Frank White Academy, a private school located on the Lincoln Memorial Campus. 2019 was Kate’s first summer at BSA.
Mel is as an Assistant Coach for the women’s soccer team at Waldorf University (Iowa), Originally from Makakilo, Hawaii, Mel played 49 games over three seasons at Waldorf (2013-2015) scoring eight goals and assisting on seven others. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Organizational Leadership. 2019 was Mel’s first at BSA.
Caryn MacKenzie (aka: C-Mac)
C-Mac is the Director of Athletics at The Stanley Clark School. She is also the longtime Head girls’ soccer coach at John Adams High School in South Bend, Indiana. C-Mac has coached soccer at the youth, high school, and collegiate levels. Most notably, she was the Head women’s soccer coach at Saint Mary’s College for 4 seasons. She is also the current Head coach of the U-17 Fire Girls’ premier team with the Jr. Irish club, where she has coached for the past 5 years. C-Mac holds her National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Advanced National Diploma in coaching. 2018 was C-Mac’s 5th summer as a Master Coach.
Gary is the head women’s coach at St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn, NY. He began playing at a young age in Buckinghamshire, England and continued through his collegiate years at Aylesbury United FC and Buckinghamshire Chilterns University. Gary began coaching in England and eventually traveled to the US to join Ashley’s Soccer Camp and Soccer Domain Academy where he coached various travel teams, academies and camps. He is currently the Athletic Director at Nord Anglia International School of New York. Gary holds an Advanced National Diploma, a National Diploma and a Goalkeeping Level One Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and holds a United States Soccer Federation “F” Coaching License. He was a Master Coach in 2018.
Gabriella is in her third year as the Assistant Coach for the Women’s program at her alma mater, Texas Southern University, and also coaches for the Total Football club in Houston, Texas. Gabriella played 4 years at TSU. Her team’s made the Conference Tournament in all 4 years, and was twice named SWAC Player of the week and her team’s Offensive MVP. Gabriella has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. 2018 was her second year as a master coach.
Sean Kelly spent 2017 and 2018 at BSA as one of our Master Coaches. Sean is currently the Director of Developmental programming for Viking FC and the head coach of Tenafly High School’s girls soccer team. Sean currently holds an NSCAA level 1 Diploma.
Jennifer is Mexican-American soccer player who debuted for Mexico in 2003 and represented her country in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Jennifer previously won a Mountain West Conference championship while attending the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she was an All-MWC First-Team selection.
Patrick Greene has been the Girls Director of Coaching at the Manhattan Soccer Club (MSC) since 2000. He also created the Youth Academy at MSC with former BSA director Liza Wittenberg. Patrick holds a plethora of coaching certificates including a NSCAA Director of Coaching diploma, NSCAA Premier Diploma, USSF/USYSA National Youth License, and USSF C License which is working on updating to a B license this fall. He is on the NPL Advisory Committee and has coached the Trinity Girls Varsity squad.
Sean is currently the Technical Director at Northbay Elite Futbol Club and former Head Soccer Coach at Holy Names University. From 2011 – 2014, Sean served as head women’s soccer coach at Bethany College KS and was voted the 2013 KCAC Women’s Coach of the Year. Sean has also been the head girls’ soccer coach at Maranatha High School and coached club soccer with the Crescenta Valley Soccer Club. Sean played collegiately at The Master’s College, winning a national title in 2001. Sean holds an NSCAA National Diploma and a USSF “C” License in coaching as well as a Master’s degree in Coaching & Athletic Administration from Concordia University. Sean coached at BSA from 2015 to 2017.
Rachel, a student of the University of Edinburgh in the UK, has spent her last three summers at BSA. She is currently studying towards her bachelors in Applied Sport Science, and playing soccer for the university team.
Alex, a junior at Cornell College in Iowa, is captain of the soccer team and started and played in every game of her career. Growing up in the small town of Denver, IA, she was the captain of her high school soccer team, earning All-State and All-tournament team honors. Alex helped lead her high school team to the state tournament for the first time in school history. She was also the captain of her club soccer team, FC Midwest. Alex also coaches for various local club teams in her area.
Terryn is an assistant coach for Santa Ana College. She has also coached at Bakersfield College and at the youth level with South Valley Thunder U12 Girls Soccer Club. She played her first college soccer at Bakersfield College, where she led her team and her conference in goals. She went on to play for BYU-Hawaii where she was named All-Conference three years, was captain for two, and was selected as a PAC West Fantastic 15 Player. She graduated with her B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science and plans on getting her masters in the same field. Terryn has a USSF “D” coaching license. 2018 was Terryn’s fifth summer at BSA.
Hannah plays at the highest level in Northern Ireland, for the Sion Swifts Ladies. She coached at BSA in 2016 and 2017.
Cassandra is a Sophomore at Wofford College in South Carolina. A Three-year letterman at Dorman High School, Cassandra helped team to a State Quarterfinal finish in 2015 as Team Captain.
Sarah is the Division Head Coach for Eastern NY Girls North ODP and works with clubs from the AYSO to Premier level. She spent more than ten years coaching at the collegiate level during which time she worked as a head or assistant coach at each of the three NCAA divisions. She has also worked with the World of Football Summer School in both Austria and Brazil and has taken the Eastern New York state team to the Agropoli Cup in Italy. She received her undergraduate degree from Smith College and her Master’s degree in Sports Management from the University of Denver. She holds the USSF Youth License, NSCAA Advanced National & Advanced National Goalkeeping Diplomas, and has been certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the NSCA since 2001. Sarah worked at BSA in 2014 and 2015.
Becca graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management. While at OWU, she was a two-year captain, three-time All-Conference player, and Team MVP. She was also named to the North Coast Athletic Conference All-Decade Team. In 2015, Becca was an assistant coach for the Rhodes College Women’s Soccer team in Memphis, TN. Before Rhodes, she was a graduate assistant coach for two years at Smith College, where she earned her master’s degree in Exercise and Sports Studies. In addition to collegiate experience, Becca has spent time at the club level coaching U-11 through U-15 age groups. Recently, Becca was selected to be a part of the NSCAA 30 Under 30 program. Becca coached at BSA from 2013 to 2016. She is currently in her third year as an Assistant Coach at Ohio Wesleyan.
Evan completed his undergraduate degree at Franklin Pierce College in 2006, while studying Elementary Education. He also has two Master’s degrees, one in Athletic Administration and an MBA, all of which he completed while coaching men’s soccer at Springfield College. Evan has coached numerous youth soccer club teams in Connecticut and Massachusetts. He is currently the Director of Athletics and an Enrichment Teacher at Boston Preparatory Charter Public School in Boston, MA. Evan holds his NSCAA Advanced National coaching license, and he coached at BSA from 2014 to 2016.
Dena is from Raleigh, North Carolina. Dena coached Division I women’s soccer at NC State University. Her playing career included being a 4-years as a starter at the University of Florida and a stint in a semi-pro league. Most recently, Dena received her Masters degree at NC State in Leadership and Non-Profit Management. Dena coached at BSA in 2012, 2015, and 2017.
Aileen has been the Head Women’s Soccer Coach at Alfred University since March 2013. She’s served as an assistant coach at Brandeis University, Rensselaer Polytechnic and Elmira College. Aileen was a four-year starter at Division I Rider University, serving as team captain her senior year and twice earning NCAA scholar-athlete honors. She holds a USSF ‘B’ license and NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.
Kevon is the Head Women’s soccer coach at American International College in Springfield, MA. He has helped guide them to a 52-23-7 record over the past four years; with three NCAA tournament appearances and a trip to the national semifinals in 2013. He has over fourteen years of coaching experience at the club, collegiate, and state levels. He has a USSF B license and NSCAA Advanced National Diploma. He played Division II soccer at AIC and graduated with a B.A. in Marketing. Kevon played professionally on the Springfield Legends in the PSAL and the Massachusetts Twisters of the AISL. He was also a member of the Trinidad and Tobago U-17 and U-20 National Teams.
Maria is a 3-time NCAA National Champion at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise and Sport Science. After winning the 2012 NCAA National Championship, Maria played professionally in Italy for Napoli Carpisa-Yamamay Calcio Femminile.
Diane was the head coach of the George Mason University women’s soccer team from 2003 – 2014. Before that, she coached at Georgetown University and UNC Greensboro. Diane played at the University of Dayton in Ohio where she studied psychology, and then earned a masters in kinesiology from Louisiana State University. Diane holds a United States Soccer Federation “A” license, and an NSCAA Premiere Badge.
Sarah is the Head Women’s Coach at Appalachian State in Boone, NC. She has many years of coaching experience at the club, collegiate and national levels. She is a United States Soccer Federation “B” licensed coach. She played Division I soccer at George Mason University, graduating with a B.A. in psychology.
Martha played soccer and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In 2015, she was named to the All-American Second Team and was named the Conference USA Freshman of the Year. She added an NSCAA All-Central Region First Team selection and was tabbed as a member of the All-NCCSIA First Team.
Nicole was a 4-year starter for the Springfield College Pride women’s soccer team. In 2015, her junior season, she served as a tri-captain under Coach John Gibson, starting all 21 games and scoring 10 goals. The National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) honored Nicole with their 2015 All-American Athlete Award. Nicole helped lead Springfield College to 3-straight NEWMAC Conference Championships.
Allie played four years of varsity soccer at Smith College, where she is majored in economics and minored in exercise and sport sciences. As a freshman at Smith, she led her team in goals scored and total points. She has since transitioned to the center back position and her team made it to the conference quarterfinals in 2015 while allowing one goal or less in 12 of their 18 games. She is originally from Ludlow, MA where she played for Cathedral High School and helped lead the team to a Western Mass Division I Championship game. She captained her high school team for two years and was named an All-League and All-Western Mass player her junior and senior year.
Charlotte played soccer at East Carolina University, where she graduated from the Honors College with a major in sports management. Named team captain and an all-state selection during her junior and senior years of high school, Charlotte also received all-region and all-conference recognition each season and was the team’s top scorer during each campaign. She possesses a United States Soccer Federation `E’ Coaching License and is currently pursuing her D license. She has traveled to Nicaragua to coach teams as well as coaching in her hometown of Wilmington, NC and in Greenville, NC.
Sarah graduated from SUNY Oneonta in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology. She played four years of collegiate soccer and was captain her senior year. She began her career as a center back and ended it as a striker. Sarah was named to the Mayor’s Cup All-Tournament team and the SUNYAC All-Academic Team for her senior season.
Rachel is currently the assistant women’s soccer coach at Marietta College in Ohio. She graduated from Wilmington College with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management, where she was a four-time all-conference defender. In each of her final three seasons there, she earned All-Ohio honors. Rachel has coached youth soccer for many years and has done internships with Fast Twitch Performance Enhancement & with Cross-Fit. She is currently pursuing her coaching career and hopes to be a college head coach one day. 2015 was her first summer at BSA.
Georgia played four years at Gettysburg College. She helped lead her 2015 team to a 12-3-3 record, losing in the Semis at Conferences. In Spring 2015, Georgia studied abroad in Cape Town, South Africa, where she was involved in an extensive research program on Grassroots Soccer, which helps children learn about HIV awareness and other life skills through soccer.
Jessica graduated from Wesleyan University in CT, majoring in History and Hispanic Literatures and Cultures. A two-time All-County player at Monument Mountain Regional, Jessica captained her high school team in her senior year and was also a starter and captain for Blackwatch FC NY and Westenhook United. She helped in the business startup process for The Fieldhouse, Canaan, NY, and has been involved in program development, coaching, and training there ever since.
A graduate of Geneseo State University, Alexa holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Mathematics. Originally from Mineola, NY she attended school in Geneseo and played four years of college soccer as a Geneseo Knight—her first two years as a center back and the last two as an attacking center mid. She was the captain during her senior season and trained with the Croatian national team during the UEFA Euro Cup Qualifiers.
Rachel majored in Psychology at Yale. She was captain of her high school soccer team and was awarded Alabama Player of the Year and MVP her junior year. In her freshman year at Yale, she was awarded the Rookie of the Week award, played every minute of seven Ivy League games in goal where she was third in the Ivy League in save percentage (.814) and saves per game (4.07), and received the Captain’s Cup award, given She’s played for Alabama FC in the WPSL, been named to the All-South team, and was Goalkeeper of the Year for her region.
Hannah is an Assistant Varsity Coach at her Alma Mater D. C. Everest High School, where she earned All-Conference honors and the WIAA Scholar Athlete Award. In 2014, she graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences and Bio-medical Physics. At USF, she played 4 years of Division I soccer as a goalkeeper and spent her free time coaching youth soccer players.
Erica played Division I soccer at Drexel University for 2 years, before finishing her education and college soccer career at the University of Northern Florida. She holds a Master’s degree in Sport Psychology from Georgia Southern University, where she also works as a Graduate Assistant Coach for the Women’s Soccer Team. She also has her USSF “C” license, and NSCAA Level III Goalkeeper Diploma.
Originally from Houston, Kate began her career at St. Edwards University but graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Sport Management in May 2011. She played midfield for the Longhorns, and went on to play for the Boston Breakers in 2012.
Emmy is a senior at Northern Michigan University where she is a Biology major. She earned the GLIAC Women’s Soccer “Athlete of the Week” in 2010. Originally from St. Michael, Minnesota Emmy holds her National “E” Coaching License. An avid runner, she will complete her first marathon in June.
Kiva is an Assistant Soccer Coach at Louisiana Tech University where she played her college soccer. She earned numerous accolades there including Academic All-WAC honors, was named first-team all-Louisiana in 2009 and 2010.
Meghan played Division II college soccer at Mississippi College, where she studied Sport Management. Meghan coached local youth club teams while she was at school and hopes one day to become an Athletic Director.
At Middlebury College, Ivy played for the women’s soccer team and studied Economics. She grew up in Virginia, where she played on the regional ODP team.
Sarah is the head women’s soccer coach at Averett University. She previously coached at Shattuck St. Mary’s in Faribault, MN and Stony Brook University. She graduated from the University of Florida in 2012. At UF, she played four years of Division I soccer. While in Florida, she served as the Assistant Director at the UF soccer camps and was the head coach of a U-15 girls club team in Gainesville. She spent four summers coaching at BSA, first as an Assistant Coach, then as a Head Coach, and spent two summers as a Master Coach.
Ashley was the Assistant Coach at Park University in Missouri. Previously, she served as the assistant coach at Emporia State University, where she earned her Master’s degree. She attended and played for Park University during her undergrad career. Ashley spent some time coaching youth soccer after college, and then was recruited to play for Kansas City’s new semi-professional team, The Kansas City Shock, where she started at forward in their first season. Ashley also played professionally in Greece for Glyfada Women’s Futbol Club. After returning to the states, she worked for the NSCAA before starting graduate school.
Laura graduated from Western Carolina University in 2014. She started 18 games as a senior. Majoring in Health and Physical Education, she is originally from Robbinsville, NJ where she played for the Princeton Soccer Club, and helped lead Robbinsville HS to a New Jersey State Championship. She was named NSCAA HS All-Region and Trentonian Soccer Player of the Year in 2009. Laura is now a teacher and coach in Asheville, North Carolina.
Jackie played collegiate soccer at Boston College, where she played center mid for the Eagles for 4 years.
Laura Hernandez Uribe
Laura is the assistant women’s soccer coach at Rose-Hulman in Indiana. Currently, she is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Coaching from Indiana State University. She played her college soccer career at the University of the Pacific, a Division I school in California.
2018 was Phoebe’s first year at BSA. She resides in Solihull, England, where she studies at the University of Nottingham. She was part of both the Aston Villa and English youth development squads. Phoebe helped with BSA’s Goalkeeper track in 2018.
Kayla is a currently studying for a Masters in Athletic Counseling at Springfield University. Kayla was a four-year starter at MCLA leading the team as a captain in her senior year. 2018 was her first year at BSA.
Estafania is from Alcala de Henares, Spain, and spent her first summer at BSA in 2018. Having played collegiately in Spain for 4 years, and on a Semi-Professional level, Estafania has spent the last 5 years focusing more on growing as a coach and helped develop a female academy in her home town.