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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.


Early Childhood Center


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

Jessica Melfa
Lesley University, M.Ed.
UMASS Amherst, B.A.


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

Marya Outterson
West Virginia University, M.A.
Loyola University of Chicago, M.S.W.
Northwestern University, B.A.



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

Paula Gobiel
Salem State University, B.A.


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

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

Sarah Carpenter James
Lesley University, M.Ed. anticipated
UMASS Amherst, B.A.

Second Grade

Second Grade – Brimmer

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

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

Second Grade – Charles

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

Caitlin Bennet
University of Cambridge, M.Ed.
University of Cambridge, PGCE
University of Leicester, 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

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

Erik Wormwood
Providence College, B.A.

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.

Devon DeWolf
University of Rhode Island, B.A.

Sixth Grade

Sixth Grade Brimmer

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

Michelle Tarkulich
Boston University, Ed.M.
Skidmore College, B.S.

Sixth Grade Charles

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

Molly Doyle
Marymount University, M.Ed.
Kenyon 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

Yoga and Meditation Teacher

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


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.


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


Physical Education

James O’Toole
Connecticut College, B.A.

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


Judean Patten-Clark
Antioch New England Graduate School, M.Ed.
Barnard College of Columbia University, B.A.

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


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

Vicky de la Garza
UMASS Boston, M.A.
Universidad de las Americas, M.Ed.
Universidad Labastida, B.A.


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.

Next Schools and Community Relations Coordinator

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.

Administrative and Database Coordinator

Doug Surgenor
Lewis and Clark College, B.A.

Director of Communication

Abigail Grenon
Lesley University of Art and Design, B.F.A.

Special Events Manager and Volunteer Coordinator

Stephanie Ellington
Denison University, B.A.

Director of After-School Education

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

Assistant Director of After-School Education Summer Program Coordinator

Evan Roman
Naropa University, B.F.A.

“What is absolutely unique [about the Advent School] is the judgment, creativity, and developmental attention with which its rich multi-cultural program has been constructed. If any school will underscore and illuminate the opportunity and challenge with which multi-cultural education can be considered, this fine, small, humane scholarly little school can do it for us all.”

— citation from the U.S. Department of Education