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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


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.


Marissa Clark
Coordinator of Reggio Emilia Inspired Programs
Tufts University, M.A.T.
College of the Holy Cross, B.A.

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



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.


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

Tahlya Paynter
Texas State University, 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.

Second Grade – Charles

Rebecca Wickham
Allegheny College, 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 Charles

Dan Berman
Lesley University, M.Ed.
George Washington University, B.A.

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

Fourth Grade Brimmer

Julie Lockman
Bank Street College of Education, M.S.
Rochester Institute of Technology, B.F.A.

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

Fifth Grade

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

Yoga and Meditation Teacher

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

Learning Services

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

Andrea Lordan, Small Group Math and Literacy Instructor
Lesley University, M.Ed.
Dartmouth College, A.B.

Gretchen Vice, Math Specialist
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


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


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

Physical Education

Paul Rupprecht
University of Maine, M.Ed., B.S.

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


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.


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

Dani Urencio
Universidad de Monterrey, 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.

Assistant to the Head of School

Anne Kiely
Boston College, Lynch School of Education, M.A.
Dickinson 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

Natalie Brubaker
Lesley University, M.S.
Emory University, B.S.

Assistant to Director of Afterschool

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

“This is a very special place to work. The level of teaching and the opportunities to grow as a teacher are extraordinary.”

— Advent teacher