Staff Directory

Taffy Bowes, M.A., M.A.R., LPC

Therapist

EMAIL:
Bowes@groveschool.org
PHONE:
203-245-2778 ext. 377

Taffy received a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, where she was inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit Honor Society. She did additional undergraduate work in psychology through Quinnipiac University’s Shoreline Adult Degree Program, and earned a Master of Arts in Education through the Goddard College Graduate Program, developing an independent program in educational theory and school reform. Taffy holds a Master of Arts in Religion from Yale University Divinity School where she focused on Liberation Theology, Ethics, and Pastoral Counseling, receiving honors in Family Counseling and New Testament Interpretation. While at YDS, she was a teaching assistant for Issues in Liberation Theology and for Feminist Theology from a Third World Perspective, as well as co-coordinator of the Women’s Center.

Taffy has worked with young people for over forty years. She taught fourth grade in Madison, worked with multipli-handicapped students through Project Learn, and was a Special Education tutor in New Haven high schools. She worked for Madison Youth and Family Services for twenty-seven years, first as Positive Youth Development Coordinator, then as Assistant Director for Prevention. There she facilitated, supervised and developed positive youth development programs and support group for Madison teenagers. The programs she ran included a Peer Counseling program, an interfaith interracial program that addressed hate language, a gay-straight alliance and a girls’ support group. Two of the programs developed collaboratively with students won regional and state awards. In addition, Taffy carried a counseling load, and co-wrote and co-taught a Violence Reduction curriculum in all Daniel Hand High School Junior Health classes. She was given a Youth Worker of the Year Award by the Connecticut Youth Services Association and was a Beacon Award Recipient. A founding board member of the Women and Family Life Center in Guilford, she has worked also with the Circle of Care for Families of Children with Cancer, developing and facilitating a training program for teen and adult hospital volunteers.

Taffy first encountered Grove many years ago when she and her daughter purchased a rabbit from one of the students. She had a good impression of the students then – and that has only grown over the years. She began working at the school in October and is truly grateful to be part of such a collaborative staff. Taffy considers it a gift to be able to work with Grove School students and their families. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and adolescents are her favorite population on the planet.

Taffy lives in Madison with her husband Jay, the founder of St. Martin de Porres Academy, a Nativity/Miguel School in New Haven. They have three adult children, three children-in-law, and five grandchildren, all of whom they love and with all of whom they delight in spending time. They are interested in issues of equity, equality, and justice and believe in the power of presence.

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