Faculty & Staff Directory

Administration

Infant & Toddler Faculty

Children’s House Faculty

Lower Elementary Faculty

Upper Elementary & Middle School

Arts & Enrichment

Administration

Paul Horovitz, B.A., J.D. (2014)
Head of School
Lake Forest College, History/English
Boston University School of Law,  J.D.
  Extension 18
Jed  Dickman, M.B.ADickman_Jed74
Director of Finance
Syracuse University, Economics/Management
Endicott College Graduate School, Business Administration
  Extension 11
Peter Dickman, B.A.Dickman_Peter75 
Director of Facilities
Franklin Pierce College , Environmental Science /Anthropology
Licensed Construction Supervisor
  Extension 26
Rachel McAlpine, M.Ed. (1995)
Director of Admission; Co-Director Montessori Institute – New England
Salem State University,  Early Childhood Education
Salem State University Graduate School, Educational Leadership
Center for Montessori Education-New York,  Infant/Toddler Certification
  Extension 19
Nichole Schrafft,  M.Ed. (1994)IMG_6815 (1)
Director of Communications
Lynchburg College, English
Cambridge College Graduate School, Montessori Education
National Center for Montessori Education – New England, Early Childhood Certification
Seacoast Center, Elementary  I Certification
  Extension 29
Elizabeth Stone, M.Ed. (1998)  Stone_Elizabeth255Director of the Infant/Toddler Program; Co-Director Montessori Institute – New England
Franklin and Marshall College, Child Psychology
Cambridge College Graduate School, Education
Center for Montessori Education-New York, Infant/Toddler Certification
  Extension 40
Elisa Pitkin, M.Ed. (1997)  
Director of Education; Instructor Montessori Institute – New England
Gordon College, Early Childhood Education
Gordon College Graduate School, Montessori Education
National Center for Montessori Education-NE,  Early Childhood Certification
St. Nicholas Montessori Center- London, Elementary I & II Certification
  Extension 34
Lisa Robbins, B.A. (2014)Robbins_Lisa230
Administrative Assistant to the Director of Finance
Gordon College, Political Science
  Extension 28
Stephanie Duncan, B.A. (2014)04
Administrative Assistant
Gordon College, Theology
  Extension 10
Sarah Goodale-O’Brien, M.A. (2004)32
Curriculum Consultant
UMASS Dartmouth, Psychology & Elementary Education
Boston College, Educational Psychology 
Seacoast Center, Elementary I Certification

Infant & Toddler Faculty

Jane Alvord, B.A. (1995)
Head Teacher, Toddler House 2
St. Thomas University, Early Childhood Education
National Center for Montessori Education-New England, Infant/Toddler Certification
  Extension 31
Judy Andonian, AA (2014)Andonian_Judy8
Teacher, Infant
Chandler School for Women, Administration
  Extension 31
Paula Chapman, A.S. (2003)
Teacher, Infant
St. Aldate’s College – Bournemouth & Poole College
National Center for Montessori Education-New England, Infant/Toddler Certification
  Extension 31
Kimberly Crossnophoto
Teacher, Infant & Toddler House             Extension 31
Cheryl Corneau, A.S. (1991)Corneau_Cheryl56
Head Teacher, Toddler House 3
North Shore Community College, Early Childhood Education
National Center for Montessori Education-New England – Infant/Toddler Certification
  Extension 31
Adrienne Frautten, B.S. (2003)  nophoto
Head Teacher, Toddler House 2
University of Connecticut, Early Childhood Education
National Center for Montessori Education – New England – Infant/Toddler Certification; Early Childhood Certification
  Extension 31
Christine McDonough (1998)
Head Teacher, Toddler House 1
University of Southern Maine, Liberal Arts
North Shore Community College, Early Childhood Education
Salem State University, Psychology
National Center for Montessori Education-New England, Infant/Toddler Certification
 Extension 31
Kerrie Spinney, B.S. (1991)
Head Teacher, Infant
North Shore Community College, Infant/Toddler Education
Framingham State College, Early Childhood Education
National Center for Montessori Education-New England, Infant/Toddler Certification    
  Extension 31
Hiromi Sudachi, M.Ed. (2008)
Head Teacher, Toddler House 4
Tokyo Kasei University, English
Newcastle University, Linguistics
Boston College Graduate School, Early Childhood
National Center for Montessori Education-New England, Infant/Toddler Certification
 Extension 31

Children’s House Faculty

Caroline Curley, B.S. (1993)
Head Teacher, Children’s House 4 Extended Montessori
Salem State University, Business Education
Northeast Montessori Institute, Early Childhood Certification
 Extension 39
Lindsey Estes, A.A. (2012)Estes_Lindsey89
Children’s House 4 Extended Montessori
North Shore Community College, Early Childhood Education
 Extension 39
Holly Greene-Alto, A.A. (1999)
Head Teacher, Children’s House 3
Wheelock Colleg, Early Childhood Education
National Center for Montessori Education-New England, Early Childhood Certification
  Extension 38
Kristen Jamison, A.S. (2015)nophoto
Teacher, Children’s House Extended Montessori
North Shore Community College, Elementary Education           Salem State University, Education
Montessori Institute-New England, Candidate for the Early Childhood Credential
  Extension  39

Katie Lewis, M.Ed. (2015)Katie Lewis
Teacher, Children’s House 3
Hartwick College, Sociology
Northeastern University, Education
Montessori Institute-New England, Early Childhood Certification
  Extension 38

Sandra Lee, Ph.D. (2000)sandra
Head Teacher, Children’s House 1
World Language Director
Montessori Institute-New England, Instructor
Soochow University, Taiwan, Chinese Literature
Southern Illinois University, M.Ed., Ph.D., Early Childhood Education
 Extension 17

Zulima Martin-Garcia, M.Ed. (2012)
Head Teacher, Children’s House 2
University of Salamanca, Law Degree
Salem State University,  English as a Second Language
National Center for Montessori Education – New England, Early Childhood Certification
Gordon College Graduate School, Montessori Education
 Extension 13

Meryn Majewski, M.Ed. (2016)nophoto
Teacher, Children’s House 5
Bridgewater State University, Special Education & Communication Disorders
Gordon College Graduate School, Early Childhood Education
Montessori Institute-New England, Candidate for Early Childhood Credential
Extension 13 

Genevieve McHugh, B.S. (2003)
Teacher, Children’s House 2
Salem State University, Sociology
Northeast Montessori Institute, Montessori Assistant Training
Montessori Institute-New England, Early Childhood Certification
 Extension 13 
Candice Milan, M.Ed. (2016)nophoto
Teacher, Children’s House 6
Salem State University, Theatre
Salem State University Graduate School, Early Childhood Education
Montessori Institute-New England, Candidate for Early Childhood Credential
 Extension 16
joakleyJamie Oakley, M.Ed. (2002)
Head Teacher, Children’s House 6
Montessori Institute-New England, Instructor
Endicott College, Psychology & Early Childhood Education
National Center for Montessori Education-New England, Early Childhood Certification
Gordon College Graduate School, Montessori Education
 Extension 16
Meg Portnof, B.A. (2001)
Head Teacher, Children’s House 5
State University of New York, Cortland, Sociology
Montessori Teacher Preparation of Washington, Pre-Primary Certificate
Montessori Institute of America, Early Childhood Certification
 Extension 15
Emily Caress-Wheelwright, B.A. (2014)Wheelwright_Emily273
Teacher, Children’s House 1
Rhodes College , Anthropology, Sociology
Montessori Institute-New England, Early Childhood Certification
 Extension 17

Lower Elementary Faculty

Andrew Carlson-Lier, B.A. (2010)
Teacher, Lower Elementary 2
Gordon College, Social Work
Seacoast Center, Elementary I Montessori Certification
 Extension 33
Heather Carnevale, M.Ed. (2009)nophoto
Head Teacher, Lower Elementary 1
Endicott College, Athletic Training
Endicott College Graduate School, Montessori Education               Northeast Montessori Institute, Early Childhood Certification Seacoast Center,  Elementary I Certification 
 Extension 24
Alana Catalfamo, M.Ed. (2011) Catalfamo_Alana
Teacher, Lower Elementary 1
Nova Southeastern, Elementary Education
Nova Southeastern Graduate School, Curriculum & Technology
Seacoast Center, Elementary I Certification
 Extension 24
Cynthia Perreault, M.Ed. (2004)
Perreault_Cynthia216Head Teacher, Lower Elementary 2
Gordon College, Recreation & Leisure Studies; Business Administration
Gordon College Graduate School, Montessori Education
National Center for Montessori Education – New England, Early Childhood Certification
Seacoast Center, Candidate for Elementary I Certification
  Extension 33
Beth Sieminski, M.Ed. (1997)Sieminski_Beth246
Head Teacher, Lower Elementary 3
St. Leo University, Management and Marketing
Salem State University, Early Childhood Education
Salem State University Graduate School, Reading 
National Center for Montessori Education-NE, Early Childhood Studies
Seacoast Center, Elementary I Certification
 Extension 22

Upper Elementary & Middle School

Brian Fackrell, M.S.A. (2016)nophoto
Head Teacher, Upper Elementary 2
Simpson University, Liberal Arts
National University Graduate School, School Administration
American College of Education, EdD Candidate, Leadership
Houston Montessori Center, Secondary I & II Certification          Extension 46
Karen Goodno-McGuire, MA (2014)Goodno-McGuire_Karen106
Head Teacher, Middle School
Hofstra University – Fine Arts
Salem State University Graduate School – History & English
 Extension 35
Samantha Kalman, M.Ed. (2008)
Teacher, Upper Elementary
University of New Hampshire, English
Merrimack College, Teacher Certification
Lesley College Graduate School, Curriculum Design
 Extension 46
Diana Norma Shafer, M.A., Ed.M.  (2016)
Head Teacher, Upper Elementary 1
University of Connecticut,  French & Human Rights 
University of Connecticut Graduate School, French Language & Literature                                                                              Harvard Graduate School of Education, Arts in Education   Montessori Training Center – Northeast, Elementary I & II Certification 
  Extension 45 
Tracy Wood, M.Ed. (2003)04
Head Teacher, Middle School
University of Rochester – English and Philosophy
Cambridge College Graduate School – Education
  Extension 35 

Arts & Enrichment

Jay Daly, B.M. (2008)IMG_5149
Instrumental Music Teacher
B.M., Music Education: University of New Hampshire
Dan Lord, M.A.T., C.A.G.S. (2004)
Art Teacher
Director of Extended Day
Tufts University, Child Development
Tufts University Graduate School, Child Development/Art Education
Salem State University, Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies, Leadership
 Extension 27
Kimberly Lord, M.Ed. (2004)
Physical Education Teacher
Endicott College, Interior Architecture
Salem State University Graduate School, Elementary Education
Montessori Institute- New England, Infant/Toddler Certification
  Extension 37
Katie Oberlander, M.A. (2011)
Director of Performing Arts
Eastman School of Music – Vocal Performance
American University – Arts Management
Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education certificate – Theatre
 Extension 16
Victor Young, M.Ed. (2007)Young_Victor279                                                        Science Teacher (Grades 3 through 8)
Wentworth College – Mechanical Design
Harvard University School of Education – Arts in Education
University of Massachusetts Fine Arts – Sculpture and Media
 Extension 46

Music Instruction

Elaine Rombola Aveni, Piano  

Elaine Rombola Aveni, a native of Los Angeles transplanted to the Boston area, is a pianist and teacher who works with students of all ages and levels of experience; her approach to lessons is sensitive to the individual needs and abilities of each student while working to pass on the rich tradition of piano repertoire and technique. She has both bachelor and master of music degrees in piano performance (Oberlin and New England Conservatories) and has been teaching piano for almost 20 years. From 2005-2016 she was Program Director for Stephen Drury’s Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice at NEC. She continues to perform solo and chamber music, as part of RAHA Duo with violist Amelia Hollander Ames, as well as with large ensembles around Boston such as the Callithumpian Consort and Sound Icon, with recent performances at the ICA and at NEC.

Tai Cheri, Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano & Voice Instruction  tai_cheri@yahoo.com 

Tai Cheri, a native of Santa Cruz, California, began playing music at the age of three when her father introduced her to the keyboards.  Two years later she picked up the violin and has been in love with it ever since. Tai began writing music at the age of seven and has played professionally since she was eleven.  Tai has played with the Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony, the Shoreline Jazz Band under Gary Frederick, and the Soquel High Jazz Band under the direction of Jim Stewart.  In 2005, Tai was awarded a full scholarship from Berklee College of Music’s World Scholarship Tour.  Tai has graced the stage with many performers such as Eguie Castrillo, Jethro Desilva, Oscar Castro Neves, Prince Lawsha, Paul Cantos, Mark Woods, and Burt Bacharach.  She has played at notable clubs and venues in the Boston area as well as the San Jose Jazz Festival, Santa Clara’s Mission City Café, and The Kuumbwa Jazz club in Santa Cruz, California.  In May 2009, Tai graduated from the Berklee College of Music.  She is currently promoting her debut album, “Whisper of Tomorrow.”

Andrew Jones, Drums/Percussion & Pop Rock Combo Instruction 

Andrew Jones is an active professional drummer and 2004 graduate of the Berklee College of Music with degrees in both Music Education and Drum Set Performance.  His professional experience includes: teaching private lessons for over 13 years, adjudicating the Connecticut regional jazz auditions, having a transcription published in a drum magazine, holding a Massachusetts K-12 teaching license as a music specialist.  He has performed in: Symphony Hall, Boston, MA, Fenway Park, Boston, MA (opening for Aerosmith & J. Geils Band);  The Blue Note, NYC; House of Blues, New Orleans, LA;  House of Blues, Boston, MA;  The Hatch Shell, Boston, MA;  Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, NYC;  countless clubs, theatres, and concert halls across the northeast.  He has performed with:  Charles Neville (of the Neville Brothers), Esperanza Spalding, Ronnie Spector, La La Brooks, The Click Five, The Boston Horns, Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents, and many others.

Suzanne Tarasuk Kenney, Piano Instruction 

Suzanne Tarasuk Kenney, Mezzo-Soprano, received her BM and MM in Voice Performance with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA. Piano study, which began at the age of five, was continued though her college career and beyond. Upon graduation she was elected to Pi Kappa Lambda Honorary Music Society.  Ms. Kenney has been a recitalist and church soloist at many north shore locations. She provides concert visits for elders in nursing homes. For over twenty-three years she sang for MUSE (Music Serving Elders in Nursing Homes) performing in the greater Boston area. As a member of the Boston Children’s Opera Company she played several roles in schools in the New England area. Ms. Kenney has been an independent music studio teacher of voice and piano for nearly forty years. She has also taught at the Clarke School and Waring School as a piano teacher. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, National Piano Teachers’ Guild, and North Shore Piano Teachers’ Guild.

 Ellen Levine, Violin Instruction 

Ellen Levine is a Suzuki violin instructor who holds a Bachelor of Music from the New England Conservatory in Violin Performance.  She holds eight Certificates of Pedagogical Training from the Suzuki Association of the Americas, and has been teaching the Suzuki method for 25 years.  In addition to freelance work, Ellen is a violinist with the Symphony by the Sea (25 years).  She serves as an adjudicator for the Massachusetts Music Educators Association Northeastern District Orchestra (15 years), adjudicator for the American String Teachers Association Certificate Program, and is the Director of the Annual Massachusetts Suzuki Festival, Boston (5 years).

 Katie Oberlander, Voice Instruction  

Katie Oberlander, Soprano, has a Bachelor’s degree in Voice Performance from the prestigious Eastman School Music where she studied with one of the nation’s premier oratorio soloists, Seth McCoy.  She also holds a Master’s degree from American University in Arts Management. Katie has authored and directed numerous plays and musicals in professional theatres, including Imagination Stage in Bethesda, MD, Seacoast Repertory Theatre in Portsmouth, NH and Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, Maine.  Her plays “Applause for Plautus” and “Kitchen Catastrophes” are published by Eldridge Publishing.  An experienced music and drama teacher, Katie has taught at many schools in the Washington DC and New England area and has been a frequent visiting artist at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Dennis Shafer, Woodwinds including Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute, Oboe  

Dennis Shafer has enjoyed a career dedicated equally to performance and teaching artistry. As a performer he is based both in Boston and New York City. In Boston he directs the Chagall Performance Art Collaborative, which hosts salons in venues such as the OUTPOST 186 and 263 Gallery in Cambridge. As a saxophone soloist, Dennis has performed concertos in Boston’s Jordan Hall, NYC’s Merkin Hall at Lincoln Center, and he has performed solo tours around the world in Paris, Bangkok, Hawaii, Budapest, Scotland, and many other cities/countries. Dennis has a passion and dedication to teaching and has had students win many state and city contests, and his students have performed in Harvard Square, Wellesley Free Library in Wellesley, MA, and Carnegie Hall in New York City. Dennis loves organizing performances and playing with his students. He also encourages his students to perform with one another and his students inevitably have musical and artistic pursuits that exceed their responsibilities in band class/school. Dennis has studied with many fine teachers of woodwind instruments, including saxophonists Kenneth Radnofsky (Boston), Jean-Michel Goury (Paris), and  Vincent Gnojek (Kansas University); woodwind player/Soundpainter Etienne Rolin (Bordeaux), saxophonist/Soundpainter Walter Thompson (Sweden), and clarinetist Marianne Gythfeldt (Brooklyn College).

Peter Tentindo, Guitar, Piano, Electric & Acoustic Bass Instruction 

Peter is an accomplished guitarist, performing in bands all over the greater Boston area. Peter earned his B.A. degree in Music/Media Communications from Salem State University. He has enjoyed teaching guitar, beginner piano, and “Rock Schools” (band) at the Music Connection in Danvers for several years.

Skills Center

Kate Dickman, Tutor

Kate Dickman has her BA from Gordon College and her Montessori Teaching Credentials for Elementary I and II.  She has 14 years of classroom teaching experience, as well as being a homeschool teacher for the past two years.  Kate works with students in a one-on-one environment to ensure growth in areas of relative weakness in reading, writing, and math.  She meets with teachers, school leaders, and educational professionals to align goals and to make sure that students are making consistent progress.

Ann Andrew, Tutor

Ann Andrew has her B.S. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is an Orton-Gillingham Associate. She has been tutoring for several years as well as is the co-chair of the Special Education Parent Advisory Committee in Rockport, MA and co-chairs Decoding Dyslexia where she travels to school districts to bring awareness to school groups and other interested parties.  Ann has been an educational advocate and meets with teachers, educational professionals to align goals and works to make sure that students are making consistent progress in the Orton-Gillingham program.

For more information about the Skills Center, contact Elisa Pitkin at