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Meet the Faculty & Staff at Tower

We're delighted that you're exploring Tower online. Our Faculty and Staff page is a new addition to our site, and is a work in progress–proudly featuring a small-but-growing selection of our faculty and staff members. Check back often to meet more of the creative, talented people who teach, inspire and coach our students each day.

We encourage you to learn more about Tower by attending our admission events, meeting our teachers and administrators, and speaking with Tower parents. To schedule a personal tour, please contact our Director of Admission.

Jessie Achterhof, B.A., Director of Development

After graduating from Trinity College, I moved to New York City, and worked in the Development Office at Collegiate School, an all-boys K-12 school on the Upper West Side. There, I combined my appreciation for independent school education...

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Jaclyne Ainlay, M.Ed., Spanish Teacher, Grades 6 & 8

I studied Psychology and Spanish at the College of the Holy Cross and earned my Masters in Education from Boston College. Although I had been studying Spanish since middle school, it was during my year of studying in León, Spain that I... 

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Ryan Buckley, M.A., Head of Upper School

My career in education began at my alma mater, Lawrence Academy, where I taught English and history; coached soccer, baseball, and hockey; and served as an advisor and as a dorm head. I earned my master's degree in...

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Deacon Chapin, M.Ed., Math Teacher, Grades 7 & 8

I first understood the power of exceptional teaching when I was a student at St. Paul's School. The faculty inspired me to push myself as a learner and expand my interests. While I didn't decide right then that I wanted to teach...

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Sarah Clark, M.Ed. First Grade Teacher

...I have been teaching for nearly 30 years; eighteen of which have been at Tower. I began teaching kindergarten at Tower, and transitioned to first grade in 2008. My favorite part about teaching at Tower is...

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Annie Delaney, M.Ed., Director of Learning Skills

My teaching career began 15 years ago at Groves Academy, in Minneapolis. I moved to Boston a few years later to accept a teaching position at Carroll School in Lincoln, MA. Groves Academy and Carroll School are...

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Elena Arthur, B.S. School Nurse

I am delighted to be the nurse at Tower. I get to know every student, and love to watch their growth, both socially and physically. In addition to taking care of the occasional bumps and boo boos, I teach health to fifth and...

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Liz Buchan, Head of the Lower School

I am a proud graduate of Wellesley College, where I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Economics. While at Wellesley, I became a member of AmeriCorps–a program that engages adults in public service work...

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Tim Delehaunty, M.A., Head of School

I grew up in central Massachusetts and attended Worcester Academy, where I currently serve on the Board of Visitors. I then went to College of the Holy Cross. After a year in the Navy ROTC program—during which I experienced claustrophobia...

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Mary Dailey, Director of Secondary School Placement and Director of Enrollment

While working as a journalist, I was fortunate to meet the founder of the Logan School in Denver, Colorado. Before long, I accepted a position in their Development office. I knew then that working in an educational setting...

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Deborah Eames, M.Ed., Science Teacher, Grades 2-6

Following my graduation from Williams College, I moved Boston to work at the The New England Aquarium’s fantastic Harbor Discoveries summer program. My experiences there quickly confirmed what seemed obvious to so many in my life: science was a passion, but teaching science was...

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Chris Field, B.S., Physical Education Teacher

In 2004, I joined Tower as a Physical Education Teacher. I bring an active and enthusiastic approach to my curriculum with a focus on team-building, goal-setting, and the pursuit of each student’s best effort...
 

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Sara Field, M. Ed., First Grade Teacher

...Upon completing my undergraduate degree in Childhood Education at SUNY Cortland, I promptly moved to Marblehead. I earned a Master of Education degree from Salem State University in Elementary Education, and I'm currently interested in understanding more about how the human brain...

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Stephanie Fitzgerald, M.F.A.. Visual Arts Teacher

When I was young, traveling to art museums and drawing in the galleries opened up a new window into the world and brought the joy and excitement of endless creative possibilities. I wish to bring that kind of inspiration to my studio each day and let my students explore a...

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Lydia Gilman, B.S., Pre-Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

Teaching in the Pre-K is my dream job! Each day I can't wait to get to school to see my students and watch them explore, learn, and grow. One of the exciting parts about teaching Pre-K is being my students' first connection to Tower...

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Kelley Howells, M.Ed., Third Grade Teacher

Growing up as the oldest child of two teachers, I was always interested in becoming a teacher myself. I earned my degree in Early Childhood Development, graduating cum laude from Tufts University, and went on to earn a Master's degree in Education from Lesley University...

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Lorrelle Hrul, B.S., Controller

I graduated from Bentley University with a B.S. degree in Finance. I have many years of experience in financial analysis, budgeting, accounting, fund accounting and benefit management. I am results-driven and thrive on simplifying the complex, while...

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Audrey Johnson, B.A. Kindergarten Teacher

I am thankful to be in a school with smaller class sizes and an ability to really know each child. It is a joy for me to encourage students as they grow in confidence and develop important character traits. Teaching kindergarten...

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Reagan Kenwell, M.Ed. Director of Admission

One of my favorite parts of teaching was being able to articulate the strength of our program, and share my enthusiasm for early childhood with potential Tower families. I am fortunate that it is now my job, as the Director of Admission, to show...

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Colleen Guertin Parenteau, M.S., Fifth Grade Teacher

I enjoy infusing academic skills and content knowledge into these investigations and challenging students to push beyond what they thought they could achieve. These moments of group problem-solving often bring deep reflection and pride...

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Caitlin Lang, M.F.A., Visual Arts Teacher

I earned my Masters degree in teaching from Tufts University in affiliation with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. My undergraduate degree, from the University of Massachusetts Boston, has a focus in Art History... 

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Michael Marroquin, M.Ed., Fifth Grade Teacher

I'm excited to continue my journey and share with my colleagues and students, the value and honoring experience of using social justice and diversity in the classroom to prepare our children for a world in which they can be empowered to make a change...

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Matthew Murphy, B.A., Technology Teacher, Grades 3-8

Matt's bio is on the way. Please check back soon!

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Andrea McEachern, J.D., Math Teacher, Grades 6 & 7

I graduated from Suffolk University Law School in 1993, and practiced general litigation and real estate law for two decades. I made the career change to education in order to be part of a community that inspired young minds...

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Sig Orne, '80, History Teacher, Grades 7 & 8

I teach a subject that I'm especially passionate about—7th and 8th history. My family and I are members of Glover's Marblehead Regiment, a group of living historians and custodians of the role of Marblehead in the Revolutionary War...

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Erica Osattin, M.Ed. Fourth Grade Teacher

My love of learning and teaching arose from my own experiences growing up in Providence, RI where I attended Moses Brown School. After high school, I enrolled at American University in Washington, D.C., and earned my B.A. in Art History... 

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Rachel Perrella, M.Ed. Second Grade Teacher

I graduated from Wellesley College with a B.A. in Psychology and Music. Although I took several education courses as an undergrad, it wasn’t until my graduate work in the apprentice programs at Shady Hill School and Lesley...

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Ayala Pignato, B.S., Physical Education Teacher

Growing up, I attended Greenwich Academy in Connecticut, where I enjoyed singing in an a cappella group, acting and playing field hockey and lacrosse. Years later, I coached lacrosse at the high school varsity level for... 

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Joanna Price, M.Ed. Music Teacher

My classroom is an active place! On any given day, students could be playing a circle game, creating their own dance moves to a song, determining the best instrumentation for creating a song with Samba rhythms, recording/filming and editing a music video, or playing Around the World to learn their concert lyrics...

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Susie Schneider, First Grade Teacher

Most of our teaching is hands-on and structured around several months-long projects, which works great for young minds and active bodies that have the capacity to take in so much. We are also continuously...

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Frederick Shepard, M.M.E., Director of the Arts

I always wanted to be a teacher. In high school, I authored two senior projects: providing instruction on soprano recorder to children who otherwise would not have received music education and instruction in an advanced section of Latin...

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Dean Sidell, MBA, Associate Head of School, CFO

I began working at Tower 19 years ago,. In that time, I've had the opportunity to oversee the creation of Tower's Facilities Master Plan, as well as to manage the construction projects that have expanded or improved our physical campus... 

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Jenn Suhr, B.A. Pre-Kindergarten Teacher and Science Teacher, Grade 1

One of my favorite teaching tools is the Guided Discovery Box, which I use to introduce all new materials to my class. The look of curiosity and excitement in the children’s eyes is priceless every time I use it. Their sense of wonder...

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Webb Thompson, B.S., Sixth Grade History and English Teacher, Athletic Director

I joined Tower in 2001, and in the years since then, I have taught math, history, English, P.E. and a variety of arts block classes. I currently teach sixth grade history and English. In addition to teaching, I am the Athletic Director and...

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Melissa Upton, B.A. Classics, Librarian

My very first job, nearly 25 years ago, was as a library page at the Lynn Public Library. Perhaps inspired by my early experience in the library, I attended Wheaton College and earned my B.A. in Classics, with a minor in Art History... 

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Karen Van Adzin, M.S. Education, 7th Grade English Teacher

Having grown up with a father who was an English professor, I knew early on that spending my days as a teacher talking about reading and writing was very appealing! As a graduate of Northfield-Mt. Hermon School, I also experienced...  

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Anna Walcutt, M.Ed., Spanish Teacher, grades 2-5, & 7

After graduating from Tufts University, I served as a National Teaching Fellow at the non-profit, Citizen Schools, and enrolled in a Master's program at Lesley University. After this two-year teaching fellowship, I moved to Spain to...

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Russ Wells, M.S., Science & Health Teacher

I have been part of the mentoring group Big Brothers & Big Sister of Massachusetts Bay for many years, and have seen a once fifth grade boy become a fine young man – now 22 years old...

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Julie Walsh, M.Ed. Kindergarten Teacher

After graduating from Endicott, I taught at Glen Urquhart for a year, when an opportunity opened up at Tower. The moment I walked into Tower, fourteen years ago, I knew that I had found a special place...

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Adam Zois, M.F.A., Woodworking Teacher

I earned my Master of Fine Arts in Furniture Design at Rhode Island School of Design, and remain an active alumnus of RISD as a visiting critic for Cabinet Design courses. Additionally, I have been teaching guitar building since...

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