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Courtney Anastasia-Murphy

Learning Specialist
B.A. Bowdoin College
M.S. Simmons College
Certificate of Advanced Studies, MGH Institute of Health Professions
camurphy@gus.org
GUS ext:
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Courtney Anastasia-Murphy

Learning Specialist
B.A. Bowdoin College
M.S. Simmons College
Certificate of Advanced Studies, MGH Institute of Health Professions
camurphy@gus.org
GUS ext:
Courtney Anastasia-Murphy joined the Upper School as a Learning Specialist. Courtney is a graduate of Northfield Mount Hermon School, holds a BA from Bowdoin College, an MS from Simmons College in special education, and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in language and literacy from the MGH Institute of Health Professions. She previously served on the faculty of Landmark School and was an adjunct professor at Southern New Hampshire University. Her background as a reading specialist and teacher of students with learning differences will be an asset to all GUS students and faculty. She will also be involved in the GUS library.
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Cheryl Arsenault

Receptionist
carsenault@gus.org
GUS ext:100
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Cheryl Arsenault

Receptionist
carsenault@gus.org
GUS ext:100
Cheryl grew up in Exeter, New Hampshire, and attended the University of New Hampshire, studying psychology and sociology. She then worked in a pharmacy in Stratham. After a few years there, she married and raised four children in a home she and her husband built in Newmarket. She moved to York, Maine, and worked at York Middle School for ten years as a permanent substitute teacher for grades 5-8. In 2008, she moved to Salem, Massachusetts, to be with her new husband. While working at a bead store in town, she met and became good friends with Amy Billings (kindergarten teacher at GUS). Shortly after Amy joined the school, she encouraged Cheryl to apply for the receptionist position. Cheryl has been at GUS since 2010 and loving it! Almost two years ago, she and her husband bought a home in Eliot, Maine, to be closer to their seven grown children and twelve grandchildren. Her hobbies include gardening, oil painting, and raising chickens.
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Sarah Bailes

Upper School Music Teacher
B.M. Westminster Choir College
M.M., New England Conservatory
sbailes@gus.org
GUS ext:155
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Sarah Bailes

Upper School Music Teacher
B.M. Westminster Choir College
M.M., New England Conservatory
sbailes@gus.org
GUS ext:155
Sarah earned her undergraduate degree in voice performance from world renowned Westminster Choir College in 2005. She received her master's degree in vocal pedagogy from New England Conservatory of Music. At Westminster, Sarah studied voice with Metropolitan Opera singer Margaret Cusack. Sarah was the recipient of the Dean's Award for Voice as well as the second place winner of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition. Along with performing both a junior and senior recital, Sarah also played the Dew Fairy in Westminster Opera Theatre's production of Hansel and Gretel. Sarah had the honor of performing Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the world famous Symphonic Choir and the New York Philharmonic under conductor Lorin Mazel at both Avery Fischer Hall and Carnegie Hall. At New England Conservatory, Sarah was chosen to be the teaching apprentice for the entire Voice Department. She taught both undergraduate and graduate students voice lessons. Sarah also performed a master's recital entirely in Spanish. Before coming to Glen Urquhart, Sarah served on the voice faculty at Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and as the chair of the Voice Department at Newton Music Academy in Needham, Massachusetts. When Sarah is not teaching at Glen Urquhart, she teaches voice to a small group of private students at her home studio in West Roxbury. Her students have enjoyed great success, on the stage in Broadway's Matilda and School of Rock and in various roles in film, television, and commercials.
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Annie Barton

Trip Coordinator and Wild Boar Classic Golf Tournament Coordinator
B.A., University of Vermont
M.S., Boston University
abarton@gus.org
GUS ext:277
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Annie Barton

Trip Coordinator and Wild Boar Classic Golf Tournament Coordinator
B.A., University of Vermont
M.S., Boston University
abarton@gus.org
GUS ext:277
Annie is a native of Manchester, Massachusetts. She graduated from Groton School. She studied political science and environmental studies at the University of Vermont, where she also played lacrosse. Her career began in the field of development. Annie served as director of development at the Peabody Essex Museum and as capital development officer at Phillips Academy, in Andover, before starting a consulting company for nonprofits with her husband. In 2002, a friend of Annie's who had children at GUS told her the school was looking for a lacrosse coach. Annie is the 8th grade trip coordinator, planning all the details for the 8th grade trip to New York City and the service week trips to the Dominican Republic and Washington, DC. Annie lives in Hamilton and spends her free time walking her dogs, reading, sailing, and playing golf.
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Jeffrey Bartsch

Grade 8 HumanitiesTeacher
B.A., Trinity College
M.Ed., Tufts University
jbartsch@gus.org
GUS ext:220
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Jeffrey Bartsch

Grade 8 HumanitiesTeacher
B.A., Trinity College
M.Ed., Tufts University
jbartsch@gus.org
GUS ext:220
Schools should be environments that engage children, encouraging their abundant energy. Classrooms should spark their active participation in examining themselves, the community around them, and the wider world. I try to spark this involvement by establishing an environment of exploration, buoyed by time for reflection, an atmosphere of mutual trust, and a sense of joyful humor. Glen Urquhart is such a community.
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Amy Billings

Kindergarten Teacher
B.S. Springfield College
abillings@gus.org
GUS ext:247
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Amy Billings

Kindergarten Teacher
B.S. Springfield College
abillings@gus.org
GUS ext:247
Amy grew up in North Attleboro, Massachusetts, and graduated with honors from North Attleboro High School. She attended Springfield College on an athletic/academic scholarship and earned a BA in English with a focus on elementary education. While completing her coursework, she subbed in local elementary schools and began a before and after school arts program at Kensington Avenue Elementary in Springfield, MA. Amy graduated from Springfield College in 2006 and continued to teach a fifth grade accelerated science class at Kensington Avenue. In the summer of 2008, Amy joined the Glen Urquhart community and taught art classes in the summer camp program. She was then offered the kindergarten extended day and aftercare positions. The following year, she began her co-teaching partnership with Sandra Thoms in the kindergarten room. Amy now also teaches kindergarten art and coaches upper school cross country, fitness, and track and field. When Amy is not teaching our kindergarteners, she is active and busy playing music and soccer, surfing, and spending time with her friends, family, and dog George.
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Katie Blynn

Grade 5 + 6 Language Arts Teacher
B.A., University of Maine
kblynn@gus.org
GUS ext:260
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Katie Blynn

Grade 5 + 6 Language Arts Teacher
B.A., University of Maine
kblynn@gus.org
GUS ext:260
Katie grew up on the border of Maine and New Hampshire in the heart of the mountains. She attended Fryeburg Academy and began working with students as a teenager, becoming a substitute teacher as soon as she graduated from high school. Despite her passion for teaching, she initially pursued a degree in broadcast journalism at Emerson College. During her freshman year, she worked for the nonprofit organization Americorps, in a sector called Jumpstart, where she spent 300 hours with preschool-aged children in East Boston. Though she loved her studies in communications, it was there in Boston that she was reminded of her passion for working with kids. She transferred to the University of Maine to pursue a degree in elementary education. There, she was a member of the Kappa Delta Pi education society and the secretary of the Student Education Association of Maine. She was also proud to be chosen by department heads to be the historian for All Maine Women, an honors society comprised of 12 women who were distinguished leaders, scholars, and outstanding female role models. Katie graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maine with a degree in elementary education and a focus in English. She was named the Outstanding Graduate of the College of Education and Human Development. Katie spent a summer at the Maine State Aquarium as an aquarium educator and was able to explore her passion for marine life and discover a fascination with lobsters. Katie’s first teaching position was in Bath, Maine, as a long-term substitute in 5th grade. That same year, she was also assigned to a 2nd grade classroom, and she finished out the year as a 6th grade math teacher. In 2011, Katie became a 5th and 6th grade language arts and social studies teacher in Freedom, New Hampshire. She remained there for four years, growing as an educator and enjoying her wonderful students. She also served as the yearbook coordinator, Google Apps for Education administrator, and 6th grade graduation coordinator. In 2015, Katie discovered an opportunity to teach at Glen Urquhart and thought it was too good to be true. Much to her delight, she was hired to teach language arts in 6th grade, assist with the 8th grade musical, and be support staff for Google Apps for Education. This year Katie will now extend her expertise to the 5th grade team as the language arts teacher.
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Karianna Brace

Grade 6 + 8 Science Teacher
B.A. Smith College
M.A. Loyola College
kbrace@gus.org
GUS ext:260
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Karianna Brace

Grade 6 + 8 Science Teacher
B.A. Smith College
M.A. Loyola College
kbrace@gus.org
GUS ext:260
Karianna Brace has been a teacher for more than 20 years and joined GUS to teach Upper School science. Karianna graduated from Friends School of Baltimore and holds a BA in biology from Smith College and an Master's in Education from Loyola College. She previously taught at North Shore Montessori School, River Valley Charter School, Echo Hill Outdoor School, and Full Circle School who shares a child-centered and place-based curriculum with GUS. In addition, she has biked across the US and worked on organic farms in Maine and Denmark.
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Bre-Anne Brandt

School Counselor
B.A., Bowdoin College
M.Ed., Boston University
bbrandt@gus.org
GUS ext:254
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Bre-Anne Brandt

School Counselor
B.A., Bowdoin College
M.Ed., Boston University
bbrandt@gus.org
GUS ext:254
Bre graduated from Bowdoin College with a major in Spanish and a minor in psychology. She spent a semester of her junior year in Madrid. She was so enamored with the idea of improving the proficiency of her second language that she continued to travel upon graduating and lived abroad again in Quillota, Chile, where she taught English to Chilean children at a summer camp just north of the capital, Santiago. Bre continued to use her Spanish, albeit in a vastly different environment, when she worked as a 401(k) enrollment specialist at John Hancock in Bethesda, Maryland. In that role, she educated company employees in the best practices for utilizing the organization's retirement plan, speaking in either English or Spanish, depending on the needs of the audience. All too quickly, however, Bre realized that her heart was in the classroom with children rather than the corporative environment. She began teaching Spanish at The Governor's Academy in 2006 to freshmen and sophomores. She also helped coach cross country and winter track. In her final two years, she was the freshmen dean and the director of student activities. During summers Bre worked for Exploration, a summer academic program based around experiential learning as the dean of students. For the past three years, Bre worked as an admissions officer while she attended Boston University's School of Education to attain her master's in education, with a specialization in community counseling. Bre became the sixth and seventh grade Spanish teacher at Glen Urquhart in 2016 and is now the School Counselor. She also consults with the director of counseling at The Governor's Academy one day a week. Bre grew up in Londonderry, New Hampshire. She was an avid runner at Bowdoin College, with a successful career in varsity cross country, winter track, and spring track, all of which she pursued with equal fervor. She has run both the Boston and the Chicago marathons and hopes to keep running a consistent part of her life. Bre lives with her husband, Jamie, at The Governor's Academy in Byfield, MA, where he has been a teacher of physics and environmental science since 2012.
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Elliott Buck

Grade 2 Teacher
B.A., Franklin College
B.S., Wheelock College
M.Ed., Lesley University
ebuck@gus.org
GUS ext:263
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Elliott Buck

Grade 2 Teacher
B.A., Franklin College
B.S., Wheelock College
M.Ed., Lesley University
ebuck@gus.org
GUS ext:263
Elliott is a native of Beverly, and she graduated from Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Connecticut. Elliott studied languages and art history in Switzerland and received a BA in early childhood education from Wheelock College in Boston. She spent five years teaching third grade at Fessenden School in West Newton. Elliott taught first grade at Derby Academy, in Hingham, while earning her master’s degree in education from Lesley University. She spent 14 years teaching kindergarten, pre-k, and second grade at Tower School in Marblehead. Elliott brings her passion for yoga and mindfulness into the second grade classroom. She lives in Hamilton and spends her free time collecting rocks at the beach, gardening, playing golf, skiing, and hiking.
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Lindsay Calef

Administrative Coordinator
B.S., University of New England
lcalef@gus.org
GUS ext:200
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Lindsay Calef

Administrative Coordinator
B.S., University of New England
lcalef@gus.org
GUS ext:200
Lindsay graduated from the University of New England with a BS in applied exercise science. While attending UNE, she played lacrosse all four years and was captain her senior year. She also volunteered at the Marine Rehabilitation Center, working with injured seals. Since graduating, Lindsay has worked for Lahey Health as a clinical exercise physiologist in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and weight management and surgical weight loss programs. Lindsay worked at the GUS summer camp as well as Spirit Sports Camp, coaching many sports. Lindsay also gained extensive experience in gardening and event planning working at Corliss Bros Garden Center and Timothy S. Hopkins catering. Lindsay '99 was thrilled to return to GUS in 2015 as the event and aesthetics coordinator and was recently promote to administrative coordinator. She enjoys spending her free time traveling and enjoying all the North Shore has to offer.
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Ann-Marie Ciaraldi

Dance Teacher
Gordon College
aciaraldi@gus.org
GUS ext:x119
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Ann-Marie Ciaraldi

Dance Teacher
Gordon College
aciaraldi@gus.org
GUS ext:x119
Ann-Marie Ciaraldi, a Beverly resident and graduate of Gordon College, joined GUS this year as our new dance teacher with more than twenty years of studio and performance experience. She will be at GUS three days a week, working with Pre-K to grade 8 students. 
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Patty Clark

Music Teacher
B.A., University of Montana
M.Mus. Perf., Arizona State University
M.M.Ed., Gordon College
pclark@gus.org
GUS ext:226
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Patty Clark

Music Teacher
B.A., University of Montana
M.Mus. Perf., Arizona State University
M.M.Ed., Gordon College
pclark@gus.org
GUS ext:226
Patricia Clark's music education began with her family singing around the campfire at at Camp” (Dad was the director) and studying piano as a young child. Years later, she graduated with high honors from the University of Montana with a BA in music and German, and she completed a master of music in piano performance degree at Arizona State University. During her studies, she also spent a spring term studying Viennese culture and music in Vienna, Austria, and a summer term studying Norwegian culture and music at the International Summer School at the University of Oslo. In addition, she earned certification from the Choristers Guild Institute in Louisville, Kentucky, and most recently, in 2016, she completed a master of music education degree from Gordon College. Having received honors both as a piano soloist and as a piano accompanist, Patricia performed as a soloist and competition winner with the University of Montana Chamber Orchestra, the Arizona State University Symphony, and the Scottsdale Symphony Orchestra. In addition, she received the Arizona State University Margo Smith Piano Accompanying Award, and she performed in the 1986 Tchaikovsky Competition as a piano accompanist for Boston soprano, Kim Weisheit. An early childhood music educator for eighteen years, Patricia established the first Kindermusik program on Boston's North Shore. In addition, she trained music educators across the United States and Canada with Kindermusik International. A pianist at heart, she also maintained an independent piano studio during this time. Also an accomplished organist, Patricia performs weekly as organist, pianist, and choral director in her capacity as director of music ministries for the First Church in Swampscott, a position she has held for thirty years. Additional musical activities include occasional piano and organ performances and singing with Cantemus, a chamber chorus out of Hamilton. In her spare time, Patricia enjoys cooking, reading, painting the house, kayaking, and hiking and hanging out with her husband, Bernie, Rascal (their husky), and Kona (their Alaskan malamute).
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Maggie Clark

Grade 2 Teacher
B.S., University of Vermont
mclark@gus.org
GUS ext:280
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Maggie Clark

Grade 2 Teacher
B.S., University of Vermont
mclark@gus.org
GUS ext:280
Maggie Clark has always known she wanted to work with children. Beginning in high school, she created a “work study” program in which students could spend time at the local elementary school to gain classroom experience. Subsequently, she served as a volunteer tutor for the Big Sister program. Maggie was committed to community service and spent four summers participating in Group Workcamp, traveling across the country to assist communities in need. Maggie is a 2004 graduate of the University of Vermont, majoring in early childhood education and communications. She spent her junior year abroad in Sweden, studying at the Stockholm Institute of Education. During her summers, she was a lead camp counselor, working at a program for at-risk youth. Maggie's first endeavor after graduation was teaching at a preschool created by the largest social service organization in Vermont, the Howard Center. While touring the facility on the first day, Maggie learned that the children did not have access to a playground. She spearheaded multiple fundraising efforts within the community, and today there is a beautiful recreation space serving the families of the Pine Forest Child Care Center. Maggie returned to her home state of Massachusetts, where she taught kindergarten and third grade at Derby Academy in Hingham. At Derby, she wrote and directed a lower school play that is performed each year. She also created and led academic summer courses for students of various ages. Maggie relocated to Cape Ann, where she began working in the kindergarten classrooms at Brookwood School. An interest in arts integration led her to a summer internship in the Peabody Essex Museum's Education Department. She currently teaches second grade at Glen Urquhart School, where she also leads after school programs in STEAM and participates in the summer GAIN@GUS program.
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Sydney Clarke

Grade 7 English Teacher
B.A., Trinity College
M.S., Wheelock College
sclarke@gus.org
GUS ext:232
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Sydney Clarke

Grade 7 English Teacher
B.A., Trinity College
M.S., Wheelock College
sclarke@gus.org
GUS ext:232
Sydney graduated from Trinity College with a BA in history. In addition to her major, she enjoyed French and English writing classes. Sydney loved playing varsity field hockey and lacrosse for four years, captaining the lacrosse team her senior year and earning All-American honors and The Trinity Hartford Scholar/Athlete award. Sydney later earned her M.Ed. at Wheelock College. She came to GUS immediately after and taught fifth grade for nine years. She also coached GUS girls' lax. After taking a break to start a family, Sydney returned in 2010 to teach 7th grade English. Though she found surviving middle school to be a challenge as a student herself, Sydney finds that 7th grade has become her favorite age to teach. Her teaching is inspired by the GUS mission, her colleagues, and her work with Lucy Calkins, Rachel Simmons, Harvard Project Zero, and her students. Outside of GUS, Sydney coaches town girls' lacrosse. She tries to balance the players' experience with competition, teamwork, sportsmanship, and fun. Fun facts: Sydney was number 2 in college sports…and she currently has two kids, two dogs, has lived in two towns on the North Shore, and has been hired by GUS two different times. She loves family weekends at home, reading, jogging, singing loudly to music, hiking with dogs, and dinners with friends. A letter writer herself, Sydney still gets a thrill when a “snail mail” letter (on paper, with a stamp) arrives at her door. What could be better?
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Dave Colpitts

Van Driver
dcolpitts@gus.org
GUS ext:
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Emilie Cushing

Grade 7 Science 7 Teacher
B.S. Purdue University
M.S. Antioch New England Graduate School
ecushing@gus.org
GUS ext:278
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Emilie Cushing

Grade 7 Science 7 Teacher
B.S. Purdue University
M.S. Antioch New England Graduate School
ecushing@gus.org
GUS ext:278
Emilie grew up in Indiana, and that is where her love of science began. Raised by parents who let her play freely outside, she spent hours developing a fascination and passion for living things. Emilie comes from a family of teachers-her maternal grandmother taught in a one room schoolhouse in Iowa in the 1930s, and continued to teach throughout most of her life. Her mother was a preschool teacher for 25 years; her father, a professor of foods and nutrition who won several teaching awards; and both her sister and brother teach at the college level. The educational and professional roads that landed Emilie at GUS were at once joyful and challenging, and ultimately led her to work that truly lets her explore her passions. After graduating from Purdue University with a BS in wildlife science, she completed two environmental advocacy internships in Washington, DC-one at the Sierra Club and the other at the National Wildlife Federation. Determining from these experiences that city life and politics were not for her, she moved to Keene, NH, where she discovered teaching. Living and teaching on Stonewall Farm, a working dairy farm, Emilie taught agricultural and environmental programs to children ages 4-14. Emilie went on to earn a master's in environmental education at Antioch University New England. She taught at both the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH, and Ipswich River Wildlife Refuge in Topsfield, MA. Emilie first encountered GUS in graduate school, while she was working on a plant communities project on GUS's nature trail. Little did she know that a year later she would be back, only this time as a 6th and 8th grade science teacher. To this day, the nature trail at GUS continues to be one of her favorite woodlands. After eight years at GUS, Emilie left to be home with her two daughters. She came back in 2013 as GUS's 7th grade science teacher. She continues to be grateful that every day she gets to do what she loves-share her excitement and awe about the world around her with young people. Emilie enjoys vegetarian cooking, practicing yoga, and being outside as much as possible.
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Martha Delay

Director of Advancement
B.A., Holy Cross
mdelay@gus.org
GUS ext:117
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Martha Delay

Director of Advancement
B.A., Holy Cross
mdelay@gus.org
GUS ext:117
Martha Delay joined the GUS community in 2015 as director of advancement. She is a veteran fundraiser, having worked for over 20 years in the field in a variety of roles at Boston College, The Governor's Academy, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Martha is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and received her degree in English literature, with a concentration in women's studies. She is a former competitive swimmer and twice qualified for US Nationals as a teenager. After college, Martha was a VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) volunteer on a Lakota Sioux reservation in South Dakota. When there is time, Martha enjoys any excuse to swim in pools, lakes, ponds, and the open ocean. She loves spending time with her family on the water, on the beach, and in the woods in Maine and Nantucket.
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Christy Doxsee

Grade 1 Teacher
B.A., Bates College
M.Ed., Harvard Graduate School of Education
cdoxsee@gus.org
GUS ext:267
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Christy Doxsee

Grade 1 Teacher
B.A., Bates College
M.Ed., Harvard Graduate School of Education
cdoxsee@gus.org
GUS ext:267
Christy graduated magna cum laude from Bates College with a major in psychology and a secondary concentration in Spanish. She spent the first semester of her junior year at the School for International Training (SIT) in Quito, Ecuador. While there, she coordinated an educational program to introduce recycling to the children in a remote seaside village. Christy received high honors for her senior thesis, Art Integration in the Elementary Grades, and was invited to present her work at an educational conference at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Christy got her master's in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, with a concentration in language and literacy. While at Harvard, she did her on-site training at the elementary level as both a classroom teacher and literacy specialist. She began her teaching career at Shady Hill School, in Cambridge, MA, where she worked for nine years as a classroom teacher in kindergarten and 1st and 2nd grades. While co-teaching at Shady Hill, she also served as a directing teacher through Shady Hill's teacher training course. Christy and her co-teacher developed “The Friendship Project,” based on both the Reggio Emilia approach and the Project Approach, which they presented to the Shady Hill faculty. Christy left Shady Hill to teach kindergarten at Glen Urquhart, which she did for two years before leaving to be with her children full time. During her time away from the classroom she remained connected to GUS by tutoring students in reading and writing, helping in admission, and writing articles for the admission newsletter. She returned to the classroom to teach first grade at GUS in 2016. A former high school and college varsity track member, she continues to enjoy running and doing hot yoga during her free time.
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Christopher Doyle

Grade 3 Teacher
B.A., Drew University
M.S.Ed., Bank Street College of Education
cdoyle@gus.org
GUS ext:261
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Christopher Doyle

Grade 3 Teacher
B.A., Drew University
M.S.Ed., Bank Street College of Education
cdoyle@gus.org
GUS ext:261
After graduating from Drew University in 2008, with a BA in history and American studies, Christopher moved to Washington, DC, to work for the American Institutes for Research in the Education and Human Development Division. There, he worked on several projects for the US Department of Education, visiting elementary schools across the United States. While observing in these diverse K-3 classrooms, Christopher became inspired to teach. He received his M.S.Ed. from Bank Street College of Education in New York City, with a concentration in general and special education. Shortly after, he helped start a progressive charter school in Newark, NJ, with faculty from Bank Street College, teaching 3rd grade and developing curriculum for grades 3-5. Moving closer to family in New York City, he taught 4th grade at the Brooklyn New School, PS 146K, in Carroll Gardens. Christopher moved to Massachusetts in 2014 and started teaching 3rd grade at Glen Urquhart the same year. He also coaches 7th and 8th grade boys' lacrosse with Mr. Emerson. Christopher is an avid fisherman and enjoys fishing on the North Shore. He also enjoys skiing, hiking, cooking, and building computers from spare parts.
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Laura Doyle

Grade 4 Teacher
B.A., The George Washington University
M.S.Ed., Bank Street College of Education
ldoyle@gus.org
GUS ext:246
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Laura Doyle

Grade 4 Teacher
B.A., The George Washington University
M.S.Ed., Bank Street College of Education
ldoyle@gus.org
GUS ext:246
Laura Doyle is a 2002 cum laude graduate of The George Washington University, in Washington, DC, where she received her BA in sociology and French language and literature. Laura stayed in DC after earning her undergraduate degree and worked at a research not-for-profit organization, American Institutes for Research (AIR), for several years. As a research associate at AIR, Laura worked on projects for the US Department of Education, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Ohio Department of Education, to name a few. She traveled across the United States, conducting district-, state-, and school-level visits as a monitor and an evaluator for various educational projects. Laura then moved to New York City to attend Bank Street College of Education, where she received her MS in education with a concentration in childhood general education and teaching literacy. She began her teaching career in 2009 in charter schools, most notably at the all-boys Excellence Boys Charter School of Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, NY, part of the successful Uncommon Schools charter network. She was fortunate to work with incredibly dedicated teachers, striving together to close the achievement gap and build the positive futures of young men of color. In 2013, Laura made a change and began working in an independent school, taking a position at The Chapin School, an all-girls school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. While at Chapin, Laura was selected as one of the teachers to pioneer their co-teaching model for first grade; she truly loves being a co-teacher and is thrilled that she can again work so closely with another teacher in the fourth grade at GUS. Laura, along with her husband and two young children, moved from New York to Massachusetts in 2015. She currently lives in Beverly and has been working at Glen Urquhart School since 2016.
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Christine Draper

Grade 6 + 7 Social Studies Teacher
B.S. Gordon College
M.Ed., Lesley College
Ed.D., Umass Lowell
cdraper@gus.org
GUS ext:273
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Jessica Duryea

Grade 1 Teacher
B.A., Bates College
M.S.Ed., Lesley University
jduryea@gus.org
GUS ext:262
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Jessica Duryea

Grade 1 Teacher
B.A., Bates College
M.S.Ed., Lesley University
jduryea@gus.org
GUS ext:262
Jess graduated from Bates College with a major in sociology and a minor in religious studies. She played lacrosse at Bates for 2 years. She also studied abroad in Vienna, Austria, for a semester, where she enjoyed traveling to and exploring many different countries. After college, Jess attended Lesley University and graduated with a master's in elementary education. While attending Lesley, Jess worked as an intern at Buckingham Brown and Nichols School in Cambridge. During her time at BB&N, Jess worked in kindergarten and 2nd grade classrooms. Jess also worked as a 2nd grade assistant at the Park School, in Brookline, for one year. Jess grew up in Andover and worked as a camp counselor at summer camps at the Pike School for many years. Jess attended the Brooks School in North Andover for high school, where she played varsity soccer, ice hockey, and lacrosse.
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Bruce Emerson

Athletic Director
B.S., University of Massachusetts
bemerson@gus.org
GUS ext:118
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Bruce Emerson

Athletic Director
B.S., University of Massachusetts
bemerson@gus.org
GUS ext:118
After graduating from Rockport High School in 1979, Bruce majored in physical education at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst. Bruce did his student teaching at Amherst-Pelham Middle School, where he also coached the freshman basketball team and led a student leadership group. He was also a Big Buddy to elementary school students at local elementary schools. While at UMass, Bruce played three years of varsity baseball; in his senior year, he captained the team and was named to the Division 1 All New England team. He was also awarded the prestigious Dennis DellaPiana Memorial Award, which is given annually to the player who best demonstrates determination, courage, and sportsmanship. He was awarded the Westman Scholarship in his senior year. After graduating from UMass in 1983, Bruce began teaching physical education in his hometown of Rockport. He taught K-5 physical education and was a mentor to at-risk middle school students. He also coached at the middle and high schools. He was the varsity baseball coach, leading the Vikings to their first ever appearance in a state tournament in 1987. For his efforts, he was named the Cape Ann League Coach of the Year. He coached the varsity cross country team, freshmen basketball team, and 8th grade basketball team and started and ran an intramural floor hockey league for 4th and 5th graders. Since 1992, Bruce has been the athletic director and a physical education teacher at Glen Urquhart. He also teaches 6th grade Life Skills, runs before school care, and is a morning homeroom teacher. When he began, GUS only had soccer and lacrosse teams for sports. Bruce added a 6th grade program and cross country, basketball, fitness, and track and field sports options. He also created the Cereal Bowl, Fruit Cup, and Boar Cup competitions as fixtures during the school year. Bruce also leads the upper school retreat at the beginning of the school year. Outside of school, Bruce remains very active in Rockport. He is a volunteer coach for the varsity baseball team, assisting one of his former players. He has run the local youth basketball program; coached at all levels of soccer, basketball, and baseball for youth and high school teams; and worked at several sports camps and coaching clinics. Bruce has two sons, Cory '04 and Michael '06, who graduated from GUS.
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Julie Finn

Assistant to Head of School
jfinn@gus.org
GUS ext:111
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Julie Finn

Assistant to Head of School
jfinn@gus.org
GUS ext:111
Julie Finn is the assistant to the head of school. She spent the last ten years with Dessange Group North America as assistant to the CEO, marketing assistant, and receptionist. She was with Fidelity Investments for sixteen years prior to that, and she began her administrative career with Bain & Company. A native of Illinois and graduate of Parkland College, Julie and her husband raised two sons in Ipswich. She enjoys the outdoors, landscaping her yard, walking Crane Beach, and snowshoeing in the Willowdale State Forest.
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Gretchen Forsyth

Assistant Head of School
A.B., Bowdoin College
M.A., Teachers College, Columbia University
M.S.W., Boston College School of Social Work
gforsyth@gus.org
GUS ext:127
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Gretchen Forsyth

Assistant Head of School
A.B., Bowdoin College
M.A., Teachers College, Columbia University
M.S.W., Boston College School of Social Work
gforsyth@gus.org
GUS ext:127
Gretchen Forsyth was excited to come home to the North Shore to join the GUS community in 2010. After spending two years as director of student life at the Rocky Hill School, in Rhode Island, Gretchen became the first director of upper school at GUS and is currently the Assistant Head of School. Gretchen's unique background in education administration make her a great fit for Glen Urquhart. Inspired by wonderful educators in her own life, Gretchen always knew she wanted to be a teacher. As a student at Bowdoin College, she turned an independent study on gender issues in the classroom into an original research project. Her project, Conversations with Girls: an Opportunity for Self-Validation, was chosen for presentation at the American Sociological Association's annual meeting in 1999. During postgraduate work at Boston College, she studied how to support boys. A strong understanding of young people and their development has been, and continues to be, essential to her work. In 2008, Gretchen graduated from Boston College School of Social Work, and she is currently a licensed social worker (LCSW). Her understanding of young people on a macro and clinical level informs her work every day. Gretchen began her teaching career at her alma mater, The Governor's Academy, where she taught history; coached field hockey, basketball, and lacrosse; interviewed for admissions; and worked in the dean's office. American Studies was her favorite class to teach, allowing her to share her interest in the Civil War and the American Dream with her students. Working with juniors on research papers, Gretchen gained insight into high school writing and helping students understand the importance of evaluating sources and self-expression. As a coach, Gretchen led the field hockey team to their first New England title in 2002. She also co-coached the lacrosse team that won the ISL in 2002. (The school won their first title in 1995, when Gretchen and her twin sister, Molly, were on the team.) Gretchen also won two Lakes Region titles as the co-coach of the Kimball Union Academy lacrosse team in 2005 and 2006.
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Mary Ellen Frechette

Director of Finance
B.S. Bentley University
mfrechette@gus.org
GUS ext:116
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Mary Ellen Frechette

Director of Finance
B.S. Bentley University
mfrechette@gus.org
GUS ext:116
Prior to joining Kimball Union Academy, Gretchen earned an MA from the Klingenstein Private School Leadership program at Teacher's College, Columbia University. Gretchen's thesis was on character education in private schools. She feels strongly that school can be academically rigorous while also supporting the social and emotional lives of students. Here at GUS, Gretchen works to find balance for students between academics and play so that they grow into confident and comfortable young people prepared for whatever challenges they might face. What Gretchen loves most about GUS is watching children thrive and develop in an environment where it is safe to take risks and where dedicated teachers motivate students to be their best selves. Gretchen lives in Manchester with her husband Kirk and two daughters, Charlotte and Libby '25. The family enjoys beach days and playing golf. They also have a rescue dog named Bama. Important to note, Gretchen's twin also lives in Manchester and the two still look identical.
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Kristie Gonzalez

Director of Admission
B.A., Middlebury College
kgonzalez@gus.org
GUS ext:115
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Kristie Gonzalez

Director of Admission
B.A., Middlebury College
kgonzalez@gus.org
GUS ext:115
Kristie Gonzalez arrives at Glen Urquhart School with extensive experience in teaching, admission, development, and constituent relations. Personally committed to theme teaching, hands-on-learning, place-based education, and creating a community that values each student’s individuality, Kristie is thrilled to be a part of the GUS community. Prior to joining GUS, she served as the Director of Annual Giving at Nashoba Brooks School, Director of Admission at Sant Bani School, and Director of Constituent Relations and Annual Fund Director at Tilton School. Previously, Kristie also spent two years as a third-grade teacher at nearby Brookwood School after beginning her teaching career in Colorado. Kristie started her career in the Middlebury College admission and development offices. Kristie is a graduate of the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, PA, and holds a B.A. from Middlebury College. Kristie lives in Wenham with her husband Eric, her two sons Andrew and Liam (’24), her dog Mattie, and her hermit crab Cornelius.
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Nancy Hartmann

Director of Auxiliary Programs
B.S., University of Missouri-Columbia
M.A., American International College
nhartmann@gus.org
GUS ext:131
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Nancy Hartmann

Director of Auxiliary Programs
B.S., University of Missouri-Columbia
M.A., American International College
nhartmann@gus.org
GUS ext:131
Nancy began at GUS in 2016, after nine years at Brooks School as director of their very successful summer day camp. Prior to Brooks, Nancy was associate director of the Hale Reservation for two years and was a senior staff member for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts for fourteen years. Nancy has been a leader of the American Camping Association - New England and a board member of the Massachusetts Camping Association. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri.
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Emily Hobkirk

Grade K-5 Spanish Teacher
B.A.,. Wellesley College
ehobkirk@gus.org
GUS ext:249
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Emily Hobkirk

Grade K-5 Spanish Teacher
B.A.,. Wellesley College
ehobkirk@gus.org
GUS ext:249
Emily Hobkirk joined the GUS faculty in the summer of 2016 as the Spanish teacher for grades K-5. In 2010, she graduated with honors from Wellesley College with a BA in Latin American studies and elementary education. That fall, she began working as a first grade teacher in a Boston public turnaround school. Subsequently, she worked for Newton Public Schools as a first and second grade teacher. Emily spends her summers at Running Brook Day Camp in Waltham, MA, where she is a lead counselor. Emily began studying Spanish in seventh grade and became fluent by the time she graduated high school. In college, she studied Spanish and Latin American literature and culture. In the summer of 2008, she had the special opportunity to travel to Central America with an international educational nonprofit called Global Learning. As a leader for that organization, she helped train local and foreign volunteers in student-centered educational practices and then co-taught student-centered lessons in several Nicaraguan public schools. That experience helped inspire her to explore Spanish language education, and she is truly excited to have the opportunity at GUS to inspire her students to learn Spanish and love it! This year "Señorita Emilia" will also be one of the GUS 5th grade homeroom teachers.
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Kitty Hunt

School Nurse
B.A., Boston University
B.S., Boston University
M.S.N, Salem State University
kmhunt@gus.org
GUS ext:176
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Kitty Hunt

School Nurse
B.A., Boston University
B.S., Boston University
M.S.N, Salem State University
kmhunt@gus.org
GUS ext:176
Kitty took an indirect path to her current position as school nurse, but common threads through her career have been children and families, public health, and health care. Kitty received undergraduate degrees from Boston University in communications and biology and worked for a time as a science writer before raising three sons with her husband in Gloucester. Returning to work, she directed a North Shore-based division of the Massachusetts Tobacco Control Program, developing local regulations and community education programs. Helping new mothers and families with babies began as a volunteer role in 1992. She became a board-certified lactation consultant in 1998 and worked in hospitals and in private practice with new families. After a stint working in the development office of Wellspring House, in Gloucester, Kitty went back to school in 2008 and got her RN and eventually her MSN. Kitty continued to work in the public health arena, spending time as a maternal/child health research nurse and an early intervention nurse in Salem and Lynn. Before coming to GUS, she ran a state-funded home visiting program for at-risk pregnant and new mothers in Lynn. She continues to pursue her passion for new families and babies, but finds she is enjoying patients who talk as well! Kitty especially values conversations with families on how best to support the health and well-being of GUS students. Kitty lives with an ever-changing number of family members in Gloucester and enjoys playing music, home projects, and traveling to see far-flung loved ones. She has been at GUS since December 2015.
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Lara Jardullo

After Care Director
ljardullo@gus.org
GUS ext:x140
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Thomas Kotwicki

Director of Buildings & Grounds
tkotwicki@gus.org
GUS ext:128
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David Liebmann

Head of School
B.A., Middlebury College
M.A., Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury
dliebmann@gus.org
GUS ext:130
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David Liebmann

Head of School
B.A., Middlebury College
M.A., Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury
dliebmann@gus.org
GUS ext:130
David Liebmann has been a teacher and administrator in independent schools for twenty-five years. He began his career as a teacher and admissions coordinator at Chewonki's Maine Coast Semester (Wiscasset, ME), taught English at The Westminster Schools (Atlanta, GA), and oversaw the boarding program and later auxiliary programs at Shady Side Academy (Pittsburgh, PA). He was named founding head of Greenwich Village High School (NYC) before moving to the Fay School (Southborough, MA). He joined GUS as Head of School in 2016. David's academic interests include 20th century American literature, especially Faulkner and American nature poets; the writings of 19th century naturalists, including John James Audubon; environmental studies and ornithology; and writing by and about doctors and medicine. He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, and the Klingenstein Center at Columbia University. His own writing has appeared in print and online publications including Pittsburgh Quarterly, Independent School, Birding, Independent Teacher, Teachers of Color.com, and elsewhere.
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Jennifer Mallette

Grade 5 Science + Math Lab Teacher
B.A., Middlebury College
M.Ed., Lesley University
jmallette@gus.org
GUS ext:300
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Jennifer Mallette

Grade 5 Science + Math Lab Teacher
B.A., Middlebury College
M.Ed., Lesley University
jmallette@gus.org
GUS ext:300
Jen Mallette has spent 11 years teaching at GUS teaches 5th grade science. Jen attended Phillips Academy, Andover, and matriculated to Middlebury College, where she double majored in biology and environmental studies. She holds a master’s degree in elementary education from Lesley University. Jen is also a GUS alum. She began teaching at Madison Country Day School in Wisconsin before working at Brookwood and Tower School. Jen is excited to bring her love of science to Lower School.
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Katie McCarthy

Grade 5 Math and Social Studies Teacher
B.A., Endicott College
M.Ed., Endicott College
kmccarthy@gus.org
GUS ext:235
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Katie McCarthy

Grade 5 Math and Social Studies Teacher
B.A., Endicott College
M.Ed., Endicott College
kmccarthy@gus.org
GUS ext:235
Katie graduated from Endicott College in 2015, with a major in elementary education. She completed her student teaching at Glen Urquhart School in the fall of 2014 in the 5th grade. She went on to earn her M.Ed. in moderate disabilities. During this time, she worked as a teacher in a 4th and 5th grade academic skills classroom. She graduated magna cum laude in the spring of 2016. Katie joined Glen Urquhart in 2016 as a 5th grade teacher. Previously, she also spent two summers teaching math for GAIN@GUS. Katie is a passionate equestrian and spends her free time teaching riding lessons and coaching at horse shows.
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Pamela McCoy

LS Academic Support and Director, GAIN @ GUS
B.S., American International College
pmccoy@gus.org
GUS ext:270
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Pamela McCoy

LS Academic Support and Director, GAIN @ GUS
B.S., American International College
pmccoy@gus.org
GUS ext:270
Pamela grew up in West Peabody, MA, and attended public school. While in elementary school, she volunteered in the self-contained, special needs class. It was there that she decided she wanted to be a teacher. For high school, she attended Our Lady of Nazareth Academy, an all-girls school in Wakefield. Pamela attended American International College in Springfield, MA, where she double-majored in education and special education. She was very involved in student government and an active member of several clubs and organizations. After college, Pamela worked in several schools before settling in Lawrence, MA. For eight years, she worked as a special education teacher in a variety of settings and a special education meeting chair, testing and running IEP meetings. Pamela left the Lawrence school system to be closer to home after her second child was born. She spent two years as a resource room teacher in Hamilton-Wenham and five years as a skills teacher at Brookwood. Then, Pamela and her family moved to Melbourne, Florida, where she became a literacy specialist. She was given the opportunity to travel and was trained in the most current reading research, teaching methods, and assessments. Upon returning to MA, Pamela began tutoring GUS students, which led to her current position as the upper school academic support coordinator.
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Joanna Murphy Scott

Director of Marketing + Communications
B.S., Endicott College
M.S., Northeastern University
jmscott@gus.org
GUS ext:134
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Joanna Murphy Scott

Director of Marketing + Communications
B.S., Endicott College
M.S., Northeastern University
jmscott@gus.org
GUS ext:134
Joanna Murphy Scott brings experience in marketing communications, event execution, and photo production to GUS. Joanna has worked for more than 25 years in creative direction including roles at Copyright Clearance Center, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and AGA Marketing and Design in New York. She holds a Master of Science degree in Corporate and Organizational Communication from Northeastern University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Endicott College. Dedicated to community partnership, Joanna served on the Beverly Education Foundation board, numerous district strategic planning committees, and actively raises funds on behalf of K-8 STEAM and environmental education initiatives. A native of Beverly, Joanna brought her husband, photographer Glenn, to New England where they are raising their sons Jackson and Ethan on its ski slopes, golf courses, and beaches.
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Ray Novack

Band Teacher
B.A., Umass Lowell
M.A., Salem State University
rnovack@gus.org
GUS ext:244
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Ray Novack

Band Teacher
B.A., Umass Lowell
M.A., Salem State University
rnovack@gus.org
GUS ext:244
Ray received his BA in music education from UMass Lowell and his master's in school administration from Salem State College. He was employed by the Beverly Public Schools for thirty-five years and was the director of instrumental ensembles at Beverly High School from 1986. Ray's groups received recognition at numerous festivals in Massachusetts, including MICCA, NESBA, and MAJE events. His ensembles also traveled out of state and received silver and gold ratings at international festivals. Destinations included New York, Florida, Chicago, Virginia, Maryland, Toronto, Quebec, and Montreal. Since retiring from the Beverly Public Schools in 2012, Ray has been the director of the Endicott College Jazz Rock Ensemble, and band director for the Glen Urquhart School. Ray has served as a board member for the International Association For Jazz Education in Massachusetts (now MAJE). He has been an adjudicator for the MAJE Junior High Festivals and for the Heritage Music Festivals in Boston. Ray has also been a guest conductor for the Western District Jazz Ensemble and the Eastern District Junior High Jazz Band. In 2001, Mr. Novack received the Outstanding Educator Award from Salem State Alumni Association, and the Bnai Brith Association of Beverly named him “Man of the Year” for his community contributions and his dedication to the music education of Beverly students. In addition, the Beverly Rotary Club recognized Ray as their 2007 Distinguished Citizen recipient for “Service Above Self” and commitment to the community. Along with teaching, Ray performs on keyboards in Horizon and the Horns, his seven-piece general business band. Since the formation of the group in 1973, Ray has performed at over 1700 functions, clubs, and corporate events.
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Polly Pfau

Preschool Teacher
B.A. University of Massachusetts, Amherst
M.A., Lesley University
ppfau@gus.org
GUS ext:
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Polly Pfau

Preschool Teacher
B.A. University of Massachusetts, Amherst
M.A., Lesley University
ppfau@gus.org
GUS ext:
Polly Pfau brings a lifelong love of nature and the outdoors with her to Glen Urquhart School. She began her career in environmental education as the Assistant Curator at Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and then as a herpetologist/educator for Rainforest Reptile Shows. While leading these programs, she decided to become a classroom teacher to better form relationships with students. Polly received her Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from Lesley University with a yearlong associate teacher internship at Belmont Day School. She taught Kindergarten at The Advent School in Boston for 7 years where she became inspired by designing emergent curriculum and project work. In 2013, Polly relocated to the North Shore to explore her interest in place-based education. Using the outdoors as an extension of the classroom, she worked for 3 years as the Lead Transitional Kindergarten Teacher at Parker River Community Preschool in Rowley. On a journey of meditation and mindfulness in her own life, Polly also regularly incorporates mindfulness into daily routines in the classroom. In her free time, Polly enjoys yoga, walking in the woods, kayaking, and reading.
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Emily Rabinowitz-Buchanan

Preschool Director
B.A., Vassar College
M.A., Columbia University
ebuchanan@gus.org
GUS ext:170
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Emily Rabinowitz-Buchanan

Preschool Director
B.A., Vassar College
M.A., Columbia University
ebuchanan@gus.org
GUS ext:170
GUS is pleased to welcome Emily Rabinowitz-Buchanan as the Director of Preschool. Her considerable expertise in early education and thoughtful work with families and students over the past year in GUS admission efforts will combine as we extend our K-8 curriculum to our new pre-K program. Emily loves working with children and adults to think critically and creatively, to discover passions and share them with a community, and to grow by nurturing strengths and embracing challenges. 

Emily was the founding teacher-director and later executive director of Red Hook Playgroup, a progressive preschool in Brooklyn, NY. Red Hook Playgroup started with a handful of children and when Emily left for New England, it enrolled over sixty students annually. Prior to her work at Red Hook Playgroup, Emily taught preschool at the Washington Market School in NYC for three years. Emily received her BA in urban studies and childhood education from Vassar College, where she worked in numerous elementary classrooms in local public schools, as well as in classrooms at Vassar's Wimpfheimer Nursery School. Emily received her MA in developmental psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University and, in recent years, pursued continuing studies in educational leadership at Bank Street College of Education.
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Beth Riley

Director of Technology
B.S., Boston University
M.Ed, Northeastern University
Ed.M., Harvard Graduate School of Education
briley@gus.org
GUS ext:125
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Beth Riley

Director of Technology
B.S., Boston University
M.Ed, Northeastern University
Ed.M., Harvard Graduate School of Education
briley@gus.org
GUS ext:125
Beth has been a technology educator for children and adults for over 30 years. She received a master’s degree in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a focus on technology in education for K–12. She graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with a degree in psychology and special education and received her first master’s degree in education in Curriculum Design for Reading and Learning Disabilities from Northeastern University. Beth has taught in special education and reading programs in Newton and Roxbury public schools and was a middle school special needs coordinator in Randolph, MA. Researching great learning resources that can inspire and motivate struggling students is a passion for Beth. Intrigued by opportunities at Wang Laboratories Education Center that could potentially enrich teaching and learning, Beth worked for Wang in education, marketing, and product management for emerging telecommunications technologies, including the “new” electronic messaging (email), voice mail, and personal computers. She also worked with Boston Technology and other local high-tech companies as a communications consultant. New capabilities in educational technology drew Beth back into the K–12 field. The Harvard graduate program provided valuable opportunities for her to work directly with computer-based education developers like Tom Snyder Productions, CAST, Scholastic Reading, and the Lexia Reading program. She also connected to the MIT Media Center through the work of Seymour Papert, who inspired STEM integrated learning. After graduating, Beth worked for World Education in Boston as the website coordinator for the New England states and Virgin Islands. She was a technology teacher for Hamilton-Wenham public schools before coming to Glen Urquhart as the first technology teacher and coordinator in 1999. As technology director for GUS, Beth oversees the continued growth of our technology facilities and strives to put the most powerful educational capabilities into the hands of faculty and students. Thoughtful consideration of the right tools to inspire joyful teaching and great learning continue to motivate her work. Beth lives in Newbury and enjoys organic gardening. When time permits, she travels to visit the extended clan in Ireland and has dual US and Irish citizenship.
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Cori Russo

Grade 6-8 Latin Teacher
B.F.A., Emerson College
M.A., Tufts University
crusso@gus.org
GUS ext:266
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Cori Russo

Grade 6-8 Latin Teacher
B.F.A., Emerson College
M.A., Tufts University
crusso@gus.org
GUS ext:266
Cori graduated magna cum laude from Emerson College with a BA in writing, literature, and publishing. After a few years in the private sector, he returned to school in 2010 to earn a master of arts degree in classics (Greek and Latin) at Tufts University, where he was awarded a fellowship and received a grant for summer study in Italy. He was a teaching assistant for several classes, including Latin, Roman History, and Mythology. Cori also tutored students in Greek and Latin at the invitation of the Classics Department. His master's project-a digital edition of a Renaissance Latin book-was praised as a model for future research in digital humanities. After graduating from Tufts, Cori became a Latin teacher at Lynn Classical High School. During his four years at LCHS, enrollment in the Latin program doubled and a second teacher was hired to meet student demand for Latin classes. He also became the cross country coach and yearbook advisor. In 2015, Cori was named Latin Teacher of the Year by the Classical Association of Massachusetts. He has presented by invitation at professional development opportunities hosted by Tufts University, the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association, the Paideia Institute, and the Classics Department of the University of Massachusetts Boston. Cori has also hosted a Latin immersion workshop at the annual meeting of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Cori joined Glen Urquhart as the upper school Latin teacher in 2016. In his free time, Cori organizes Latin conversation and reading groups in the Boston area, explores local trails, and spends time with friends and family.
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Dawn Southworth

Art Teacher
B.F.A., MA College of Art
dsouthworth@gus.org
GUS ext:265
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Dawn Southworth

Art Teacher
B.F.A., MA College of Art
dsouthworth@gus.org
GUS ext:265
Dawn Southworth, art teacher for grades 2-8 and curator of the GUS galleries, is recognized for her mixed media works and installations. She is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where she focused on textiles and sculpture. Her passion for fabric and fibers has evolved into a sophisticated and innovative approach to construction. She has been awarded artist fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council in both painting and drawing and is a recipient of a NEA/NEFA Fellowship in sculpture. She also received an Artist Resource Trust (A.R.T.) fellowship and is a three-time recipient of the Blanche E. Coleman Award. She is represented in museums and public and private collections, including the Addison Gallery of American Art, the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, the United States Embassy in Morocco, Fidelity, Wellington Management, and the Boston Public Library. A zealous collector, Southworth has the extraordinary ability to coalesce a vast array of materials and processes. Laden with symbols and metaphor, her use of found objects, drawing, and painting is emotionally charged and conceptually stimulating. Her work is represented by Arden Gallery, Rice Polak Gallery, Reynolds Fine Art, Graficus Gallery, and Susan Maasch Fine Art. Dawn is a former visiting faculty member at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, and she previously owned Clark Gallery in Lincoln, MA. You can see more information about Dawn and her work at www.dawnsouthworth.com.
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Margaurita Spear

Pre-K, K, 1 Art Teacher and After Care Staff
Montserrat College of Art
mspear@gus.org
GUS ext:x251
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Margaurita Spear

Pre-K, K, 1 Art Teacher and After Care Staff
Montserrat College of Art
mspear@gus.org
GUS ext:x251
Margaurita Spear, a Beverly resident and Montserrat College of Art graduate, joined GUS this year as our Pre-K, kindergarten, and grade 1 art teacher and After Care staff member. She has taught art at several area schools through the years and did her teaching observations at GUS in 2009. 
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Sandy Thoms

Kindergarten Teacher
B.S., Wheelock College
M.S.Ed., Antioch College
sthoms@gus.org
GUS ext:269
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Sandy Thoms

Kindergarten Teacher
B.S., Wheelock College
M.S.Ed., Antioch College
sthoms@gus.org
GUS ext:269
Sandra graduated from Wheelock College and Antioch College (when it actually had a campus) with a bachelor's and master's degree in education. She has taught in a variety of educational settings, from providing children in an urban housing project with enrichment opportunities, to teaching learning-disabled children in a rural setting, to being the superintendent of a religious education program. She holds three educational certifications in early childhood and elementary education, art education, and administration. She has also been a tutor and has operated a preschool in her home. Sandra has taught creative movement and Laban-inspired movement. She practiced ballet and modern dance before an injury sidelined her. In 1999, Sandra started a collaboration between a school in Nevis, West Indies, and Glen Urquhart. In 2013, she started art programs in several public schools in Nevis after the GUS community sponsored the principal of one of the Nevis schools to visit Glen Urquhart. The principal was impressed with the GUS art program and wanted an art curriculum for the public schools in Nevis. Sandra and Catherine Cobb, former art teacher at GUS, held month-long classes and workshops for students and teachers in Nevis, culminating in an art exhibition attended by the premier of the island. Currently, Sandra is working on a distance learning piece that would allow GUS students and teachers to interact with students and teachers in Nevis around art and other areas of study. Sandra has attended and continues to attend courses offered by the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Subjects have included “The Arts and Passion-Driven Learning,” “Making Thinking Visible,” and “Promoting Cultures of Thinking.” She is implementing this instruction by working to facilitate student-driven project learning in the kindergarten. Sandra has been married for 42 years and lives in Gloucester with her husband Bill. She has a son who is an engineer and lives in California with his wife and two children. Her daughter is also a kindergarten teacher and lives in Florida with her husband and 2 children. Both her daughter and son went to GUS for grades K-8. She selected GUS for her daughter and followed her here.
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Cara Tomassino

Grade 6 + 7 Spanish Teacher
B.A. St. Anselm College
M.A. Middlebury College
ctommasino@gus.org
GUS ext:
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Cara Tomassino

Grade 6 + 7 Spanish Teacher
B.A. St. Anselm College
M.A. Middlebury College
ctommasino@gus.org
GUS ext:
Cara Tommasino teaches Upper School Spanish. Cara graduated from Bishop Fenwick High School, Saint Anselm College, and holds an MA from Middlebury College. She has lived in Madrid and Salamanca, Spain and was chair of the World Languages Department at Bishop Brady High School in New Hampshire, including leading student trips to Latin America. Cara has taught at the college level as well, and she is excited to bring her love of Spanish to GUS.
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Maureen Twombly

Mathematics Coordinator
B.A., Northeastern University
mtwombly@gus.org
GUS ext:124
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Maureen Twombly

Mathematics Coordinator
B.A., Northeastern University
mtwombly@gus.org
GUS ext:124
Maureen Twombly is the seventh grade math teacher and the mathematics department coordinator. She was first introduced to the Glen Urquhart School as a mathematics tutor after the birth of her first daughter. She was instantly impressed with the school's math program and approach to teaching. Since joining the faculty, she has taught in the second, third, fifth, and seventh grade. This experience has enabled her to have a firsthand understanding of the GUS math program's scope and sequence. Maureen is happiest when she is in the classroom sharing her passion for mathematics with her students. She believes that helping her students develop a growth math mindset is more valuable than teaching them any procedure or equation. As the mathematics coordinator, she also has the opportunity to work with the math faculty at every grade level to plan lessons and offer student support. When Maureen is not at school, she enjoys cheering on her children in their various activities, running, and baking.
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Tamara Villalva Garcia

Grade 8 Spanish Teacher
B.A. La Salle University of Madrid
tvillalva@gus.org
GUS ext:
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Tamara Villalva Garcia

Grade 8 Spanish Teacher
B.A. La Salle University of Madrid
tvillalva@gus.org
GUS ext:
Tamara Villalva Garcia is a native Spaniard who speaks four languages and will be teaching Spanish to grade 8 students. She holds a BA in foreign language teaching from La Salle University of Madrid and did graduate coursework in computer engineering, IT technologies, and multicultural education at Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia. Her interest in teaching and travel led her to work at the Baton Rouge (Louisiana) International School and Jefferson Parish Public Schools as well as teaching in Houston,Texas. She is excited to share her love of Spanish language and culture with the GUS community.
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Julie Wyman

Grade 6 + 8 Math Teacher
B.A., Umass Boston
Ed.M., Harvard Graduate School of Education
jwyman@gus.org
GUS ext:233
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Julie Wyman

Grade 6 + 8 Math Teacher
B.A., Umass Boston
Ed.M., Harvard Graduate School of Education
jwyman@gus.org
GUS ext:233
Julie is the second youngest of 10 siblings. The entire family drove around in a red and white VW bus similar to the lunch bag she carries to GUS every day. After high school, Julie attended the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA, where she studied flute and piano. After two joyful years at Longy, she spent 6 months working in a discotheque in San Juan, Puerto Rico, contemplating what to do next. Always an eager student of math, Julie returned to school to study mathematics and computer science. Before and after graduating from UMass Boston, Julie worked at a number of start-up companies, developing software in a variety of fields, including database design, printer controllers, and speech recognition. Eventually, a random experience tutoring a neighbor sparked an interest in math education. Julie returned to school and earned a master's in education at Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). HGSE has a program for mathematicians and scientists who are interested in leaving their lucrative careers for a career in teaching called Midcareer Math and Science. It was a perfect fit. From HGSE, Julie went on to work at CAST, an organization founded by one of her professors at HGSE. At CAST, Julie learned about Universal Design for Learning and how to use neuroscience to understand learning. Armed with this knowledge on how to reach every student, Julie left CAST and began teaching in 2003. Julie joined GUS to teach math in 2011. In addition to teaching math in grades 6 and 8, Julie has led clubs in birding, coding, and mountain biking. Her time in Puerto Rico led to a dozen return visits over the years and a love of the Spanish language. She has served as a chaperone on the grade 8 service week at NPH in the Dominican Republic, happy to practice her Spanish and learn about the culture of another Caribbean island. Outside of school, Julie enjoys swimming in the ocean and especially the quarry, running in the woods, and mountain biking. Other fun activities include gardening, traveling, reading, and arranging chunks of granite.
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Kelly Zaval

Grade 4 Teacher
B.A., Lesley University
kzaval@gus.org
GUS ext:248
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Kelly Zaval

Grade 4 Teacher
B.A., Lesley University
kzaval@gus.org
GUS ext:248
Kelly grew up on a small farm in southern Maine. Caring for animals at an early age imparted to her a strong sense of responsibility for and love of the outdoors. A lifelong learner, Kelly attended college throughout adulthood as she raised her three children, culminating in a BA from Lesley University with a specialization in elementary education. She continued at Lesley Graduate School of Education and earned her Massachusetts elementary teaching license. She also holds a Massachusetts early childhood license and worked for several years as an assistant and substitute teacher at nearby North Shore Nursery School. She was the director of church school at St. John's Episcopal Church in Beverly Farms for five years. Kelly joined Glen Urquhart in 2015 and admires the high priority the school community places on strong teacher-student relationships, family partnerships, and interdisciplinary curriculum. An avid hiker, boater, and runner, Kelly leads an after school girls' running group at GUS. In addition, she practices yoga and enjoys cooking, volunteering, reading, and spending time with her family.