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Faculty and Administration

The Advent School is committed to creating supportive classroom environments for our students. Each grade-level has two Co-Teachers in each classroom, enabling small-group work throughout the day. In Specials subjects, classes work in small groups as well, keeping our overall student to faculty ratio at or below 8:1.

Faculty

Early Childhood Center

ECC-Brimmer

Karen First
Wheelock College, M.A..
Indiana University, B.A.

Elinor Albin
University of New Hampshire, M.A.
Keene State College, B.A. & B.S.

ECC-Charles

Ashley Bauer
University of Colorado Denver, M.A.
Smith College, B.A.

Eve Conti
Boston College, Lynch School of Education, B.A.

Kindergarten

K-Brimmer

Amber Lowe
Summer Programs Coordinator
Queen’s University, M.Ed.
McGill University, B.Ed.

Polly Pfau
Lesley University, M.Ed.
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, B.A.

K-Charles

Denise Bogosian
Wheelock College, M.S.
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, B.A.

Kate Hulbert
University of Colorado Denver, M.A.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges, B.A.

First Grade

First Grade – Brimmer

Bridget O’Connor Parker
Boston College, M.Ed.
Union College, B.A.

Melissa Shungu
Tufts University, M.A.
Oberlin College, B.A.

First Grade – Charles

Ann Natalizia
Tufts University, M.Ed.
Rhode Island College, B.S.

Rebecca Myers
Hunter College, M.S.
Westfield State College, B.S.

Second Grade

Second Grade – Brimmer

Kate Morton
Bank Street College of Education, M.S.
Hampshire College, B.A.

Erina Donnelly
Erikson Institute, M.S.
Bryn Mawr College, B.A.

Haley Cook
Lesley University, M.Ed.
University of Mary Washington, B.A.

Second Grade – Charles

Katie Geise
Lesley University, M.Ed.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges, B.A.

Catherine Monrad
Colby College, B.A.

Third Grade

Third Grade Brimmer

Marc Rudolph
Bank Street College, M.S.Ed.
Haverford College, B.A.

Kate Milazzo
Bank Street College, M.S.
The Catholic University of America, B.A., B.S.

Third Grade Charles

Hannah Winer
Lesley University, M.Ed.
Hamilton College, B.A.

Erika Roderick
Boston University, B.A.

Fourth Grade

Fourth Grade Brimmer

Bethany Stoll
Simmons College, M.A.
Boston University, B.A.

David Raabe
Lesley University, M.Ed.
Boston University, B.F.A.

Fourth Grade Charles

Andrea Lordan
Lesley University, M.Ed.
Dartmouth College, A.B.

Badshavellie Naicker
University of Toronto, M.A.
London Guildhall University, B.S.

Fifth Grade

Fifth Grade Brimmer

Molly McGuinness
Harvard Graduate School of Education, M.Ed.
Trinity College, B.S.

Edie Stuart
Lesley University, M.Ed.
Dartmouth College, B.A.

Fifth Grade Charles

Mike Marroquin
Lesley University, M.Ed.
University of Connecticut, B.S.

Alexandra Zodhiates
Brown University, B.A.

Sixth Grade

Amanda Golden
Service Learning Coordinator
Tufts University, M.A.
Bates College, B.A.

Zachary Wilson
American International College, M.Ed.
Bates College, B.A.

Conor Wilson
University of Southern Maine, M.S.Ed., B.A.

Yoga and Meditation Teacher

Michelle Bissanti
Lesley University, M.Ed.
Albion College, B.A.

Learning Services

Claire Price, Director of Learning Services & Literacy Instructional Coordinator
University of Vermont, B.A.

Gretchen Vice, Math Instructional Coordinator
Bank Street College, M.S.
Emory University, B.A
Oxford College, A.A.

Rebecca Platt Psy,D., School Psychologist
Ferkauf School of Psychology of Univ. of Yeshiva, M.S, Dr. of Psychology
University of Michigan, B.A

Art

Saskia Van Vactor
Lesley University, M.Ed.
Kansas State University, B.F.A.

Nancy Popper
Bard College, B.A.
Mass College of Art, M.S.A.E.

Music

Rebecca Fiarman
Simmons College, M.S.
University of Hartford, Hartt School of Music, B.M.
New York University, Kodaly Method Training, Three-Year Certificate

Adriana Ausch-Simmel
Longy School of Music, M.M.
Longy School of Music, M.M and Dalcroze Certificate and License

Library

Kelly McMaster
Simmons College, M.L.S.
Boston University, B.S.

Physical Education

James O’Toole
Connecticut College, B.A.

Meagan Ramos
University of Maine, M.Ed., B.S.

Science

Claudine Kavanagh
Tufts University, M.S.
Portland State University, M.S.
Reed College, B.A.

Tooey Rogers
Lesley University, M.Ed.
University of New Hampshire, M.S.
Harvard University, B.A.

Spanish

Maria Acuna
University of Massachusetts, Boston, M.Ed.
Universidad Nacional Abierta, Venezuela, B.A.

Dani Urencio
Universidad de Monterrey, B.A.

Administration

Head of School

Nicole A. DuFauchard
Queens University of Charlotte, M.A.
Pennsylvania State University, B.A.

Assistant Head of School

Sarah Mulrooney
Harvard Divinity School, M.T.S.
Smith College, B.A.

Assistant to the Head of School

Nora Goddard
Boston College, Lynch School of Education, M.A.
Hamilton College, B.A.

Director of Finance and Operations

Jeff Morgan
University of Maine, B.S.

Assistant to Director of Finance and Operations

Robin Wilson
Katherine Gibbs, Executive Secretarial Program

Director of Admission

Bailey Thaxton Payne
Brown University, M.A.T.
Wesleyan University, B.A.

Admission Associate & Administrative Coordinator

Doug Surgenor
Lewis and Clark College, B.A.

Director of Development

Jaye Smith
Simmons College, B.A.

Assistant Director of Annual Fund

Stephanie Ellington
Denison University, B.A.

Director of Afterschool

Diana Lebeaux
New York University, M.A.
Bates College, B.A.

Assistant to Director of Afterschool

Sarah Rossi
University of Montana, M.F.A.
University of Arizona, B.F.A.

“At the Advent School, kids are valued as students but also as individuals. The teachers take the time to get to know us – and our differences are just part of what makes our school stronger. During my 7 years here, I’ve always felt encouraged to explore my interests (definitely Math and Science) and have received support in more challenging subjects. Advent also gives students a voice. Students speak up and participate; we are encouraged to be honest and say what we think and even if someone disagrees with an idea, they respect their peers’ opinion. The Advent community has given me an opportunity to make true friends who support me and respect who I am. The teachers have always made learning fun but have also motivated me to work on the things I didn’t want to try and wasn’t as good at – this has opened my mind to subjects and ideas I would never have known about otherwise. I’ve really enjoyed my Advent experience and will take all I’ve learned - academic and personally – with me to my next school. ~Connor Bertsch Advent School Sixth Grader ”

— Advent Sixth Grade