Six Members of the Kent Place Community Retiring

Six members of the campus community are retiring. We’re sad to see them go but thank them for their significant contributions to the KPS experience and wish them health and happiness in everything they do.

Elisabeth “Tizzie” Benthien P ’10
Arrived at Kent Place: 1977
Tizzie received a bachelor’s degree in education with an emphasis on K–12 health and physical education from Montclair State University. After earning her master’s in coaching and sports administration, also from Montclair State, Tizzie joined the Kent Place community as the varsity gymnastics coach, then began her full-time tenure as a health and physical education teacher in the Middle School. Tizzie has gone on to wear many hats: teaching health and physical education in the Upper School, serving as Athletic Director for nine years, and for two decades teaching physical education in the Primary School. There she launched the Feelin’ Good Mileage Club and the Morning of Fun and Games, both now integral programs. Throughout her time at Kent Place, she coached various sports, such as volleyball, track and field, and lacrosse. 

Carol Gordon
Arrived at Kent Place: 2002
Carol received her bachelor’s degree in history from DePauw University and a master’s in English from the University of Illinois. In 2002, after working in marketing, she fulfilled her dream of teaching English when she came to Kent Place School. She taught English 9 at Kent Place School for 19 years and served as an Upper School Dean and as an advisor to the Junior State of America Club.

Richard “Rick” Morey
Arrived at Kent Place: 2004
Rick, who received his bachelor’s degree in history and government from Colby College and holds a master’s degree in history from University of Delaware, is retiring after more than 50 years of teaching, the past 17 of which he spent at Kent Place. Rick taught US history, world history, and American government, politics, and law in the Upper School and coached the Mock Trial Team. He was also a chaperone for the New York City Bridges Runs. 

Sharon Rich
Arrived at Kent Place: 2007
Sharon was awarded a nursing degree from Middlesex County College and continued her education at Caldwell College. She has been a nurse for more than 30 years, working in schools and in medical and surgical settings. At KPS, Sharon was a member of the Employee Health and Wellness Committee and Crisis Intervention Team and assisted the Student Support Team.

Debbie Wilson
Arrived at Kent Place: 2010
Debbie received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Centenary College and joined the Kent Place community as the transportation coordinator. She scheduled all athletic and field trips and even sat behind the wheel to drive a bus when necessary. 

Edith “Edee” Zabriskie P ’04
Arrived at Kent Place: 1982
Edee earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Black Hills State College and holds a master’s in education with a concentration in early reading skills and early childhood development from Seton Hall University. She was a member of the Kent Place faculty for 39 years, teaching Kindergarten, first grade, and third grade. When not in the classroom, Edee took part in many community activities, among them Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity (SEED) seminars and Kaleidoscopes.
Kent Place School is an all-girls K through 12 independent college preparatory day school with a coeducational Preschool, located in Summit, NJ.