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Donovan Center for Learning


Empowering students to become active and independent learners in pursuit of their greatest academic success.

Every student passes through the doors of the Donovan Center for Learning (DCL) at some point during their Canterbury education. The DCL offers tailored support at all academic levels and affords every student the opportunity to develop the strengths, strategies, and skills needed to become self-reliant and confident learners on our hilltop and beyond.

The DCL is an academic hub, centralizing faculty, advisors, resources, technology, and study spaces that are easily accessible to students throughout the school day. Whether during drop-in hours or by appointment, the DCL serves as a place where students seek help with general homework questions, address academic concerns or challenges, and access any of the following student-centered services:

  • Academic Counseling
  • Writing Lab
  • Math Lab 
  • SAT/ACT Preparation
  • Group or Peer Tutoring 
  • Individualized Subject-Specific Tutoring
    (upon Director’s evaluation)
  • Organizational Skills
  • Executive Function Skill Development:
    Study Skills, Time Management, Self-Advocacy, and Test-Taking Methods

Alison Bailey, Director of the Donovan Center for Learning, is joined by Academic Counselors and faculty tutors in the Writing and Math Labs to support the needs of all Canterbury students. 

We welcome inquiries from prospective families who would like to discuss their student’s academic goals or who have general questions about the DCL. Please contact Alison Bailey at or 860.210.3912 for additional information.


Meet the Donovan Center for Learning Faculty

Alison Bailey
Alison Bailey

Director of The Donovan Center for Learning

As Director of The Donovan Center for Learning, Ms. Bailey collaborates with the Academic Counselors to oversee the progress of all students. Ms. Bailey also works to coordinate accommodations for students who need them.

Todd Mathewson

Todd Mathewson
Director of Studies

Mr. Mathewson coordinates academic schedules and oversees the academic progress of all students. He is available to meet with students who have questions or concerns any time during the academic day.

Teagan Mockus
Assistant Director of Academic Counseling

As the Assistant Director of Academic Counseling, Ms. Mockus works with students to build their schedules, guide them with any problems that arise academically, and assist them as they come into the Donovan Center for Learning. 

Sean Milano
Zoe Gibbons

Writing Lab Instructor

As a Writing Lab instructor in the Donovan Center for Learning, Dr. Gibbons works with students at all stages of the writing process, including prewriting/brainstorming, rough drafts, editing, and feedback. She also assists students with their college essays and helps prepare them for standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT. Students can make appointments or drop in to see Dr. Gibbons.

Sean Milano
Sean Milano

Math Lab Instructor

As a Math Lab Instructor in the Donovan Center for Learning, Mr. Milano specializes in math Standardized Test Preparation. With his students, Mr. Milano establishes individualized and attainable goals, emphasizing study skills and test-taking strategies. Students strengthen their mathematical understanding by reviewing major topics covered in each standardized test. Mr. Milano also focuses on student efficiency with preparation and test-taking. Students can make appointments or drop in to see Mr. Milano.

Cam Roffe

Cam Roffe
Math Lab Instructor

Mr. Roffe ’12, a graduate of Canterbury himself, is a Math Lab Instructor and teaches in the Math Department. In the Donovan Center, Mr. Roffe is available to answer all math questions.  Whether it is working through a homework problem or reviewing for an upcoming test, students can schedule an appointment or drop in any time for extra help from Mr. Roffe.