Faculty and Staff

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Marc Allen Room 3 Teacher / STEM Specialist

Marc Allen

Room 3 Teacher / STEM Specialist

After 30 years as an engineer and a Montessori parent, Marc left the high-tech world and became a Montessori Guide.  Since 2013, Marc has been an assistant teacher and has developed STEM education at Walnut Park,  implementing a curriculum in electricity, climate change, construction, and more.  Marc’s avocations include spending time with family and friends, two Labradoodles, skiing, dancing, boogie boarding, traveling, obstacle course racing, building, reading, and music.

room3@jwpschools.org

Kathleen Berube, CSJ Latin Teacher

Kathleen Berube, CSJ

Latin Teacher

Sister Kathy is driven by the excitement her students experience while they learn and discover new things. One of her favorite aspects of teaching is working with and learning from new teachers.

kberube@jacksonschool.org

Alison Brooks Grade 5 Teacher

Alison Brooks

Grade 5 Teacher

Alison strives to instill a thirst for knowledge in her students each and every day. When not inspiring her fifth-grade students to “think outside of the box,” Alison enjoys discovering new literature and history.

abrooks@jacksonschool.org

Alexandra Corbett Grade 4 Teacher

Alexandra Corbett

Grade 4 Teacher

Alexandra is devoted to fostering students’ “Aha” moments, those instances when minds light up and students become more passionate about their work. When Alexandra is not working with students, she spends her time diving into novels, going to the beach, and searching for new dinner recipes.

acorbett@jacksonschool.org

Carolann Costello Room 5 Lead Teacher

Carolann Costello

Room 5 Lead Teacher

Carolann’s three adult children are all alumni of Walnut Park Montessori and Jackson. She is beginning her 18th year at WPMS and feels so fortunate to be working in such a caring community with dedicated faculty and supportive families. Carolann is certified in MACAR (Montessori Applied to Children at Risk) and Musikgarten (early childhood music education). Her passions include music, nature, and yoga.

room5@jwpschools.org

Pauline Curley, CSJ Walnut Park Learning Specialist

Pauline Curley, CSJ

Walnut Park Learning Specialist

Sister Pauline is a Sister of St. Joseph of Boston (CSJ) and the Walnut Park Learning Specialist. She loves teaching the children reading and creative writing. She loves being able to open the door to her classroom and look out over the playground and watch the children laugh and have fun.

office@walnutparkmontessori.org

Fang Ding Room 2 Teacher / Mandarin

Fang Ding

Room 2 Teacher / Mandarin

Fang Ding has been with JWP for three years. She appreciates how Montessori develops concentration and independence in children, and she enjoys serving as a helper/translator for Chinese families on campus. She loves JWP because of the lovely children, staff, and families here.

room2@jwpschools.org

Stephen Duffy Head of School, Jackson School

Stephen Duffy

Head of School, Jackson School

Steve arrives at Jackson School for the 2019-20 school year, assuming responsibilities for both Jackson and the JWP Collaborative.  He has spent over 30 years as an independent school teacher and administrator, and still experiences enormous satisfaction when a student or a class makes a connection with a good book.  When he’s not at school, Steve enjoys spending time in northern New England—hiking, skiing, canoeing—or seeing a good play at the ART.

sduffy@jwpschools.org

Sandi Dunn Director of Admission and Enrollment Management

Sandi Dunn

Director of Admission and Enrollment Management

Sandi is thrilled to have joined the renowned Jackson Walnut Park School in the Fall of 2019. In addition to her role as Director of Admissions in three PreK-8 independent schools in Massachusetts and Wisconsin, Sandi has taught Music, Theater, PreK, Kindergarten, and Middle School Social Studies, Language Arts, and French. She has also combined her teaching and programming skills into large scale productions and programs, after school, and summer camps. Sandi finds joy in building community while connecting with current and new families. She is dedicated to helping them realize the benefits of a transformative JWP education for their children. Sandi values her time with her husband, daughters, son-in-law, and three precious granddaughters who live in Chicago.

sdunn@jwpschools.org

Lauren Faber Literacy Specialist

Lauren Faber

Literacy Specialist

Lauren is passionate about reading, especially the Harry Potter series, because of the way it transforms reluctant readers into avid ones. She loves having conversations with students when they start reading Harry Potter and sharing in their excitement.

lfaber@jwpschools.org

Elizabeth Ferrera Spanish Teacher

Elizabeth Ferrera

Spanish Teacher

When she is not traveling and learning about new cultures, Elizabeth encourages her students to challenge the world they live in, teaching them to be creative and critical thinkers. Elizabeth is committed to having an impact on her student’s lives that inspires them to change the world.

eferrera@jwpschools.org

Tracey Fiasconaro Kids' Corner Coordinator

Tracey Fiasconaro

Kids' Corner Coordinator

Tracey began working at Walnut Park Montessori in 1998 when she created and directed the After-School program known as Kids’ Corner. Inspired by Montessori philosophy, as well as the children and colleagues she worked with, she completed her Montessori training in 2002.

tfiasconaro@jwpschools.org

Maureen Fico Room 1 Lead Teacher

Maureen Fico

Room 1 Lead Teacher

Maureen joined Walnut Park in 2007. She enjoys the camaraderie, collaboration, and spirit of the JWP community. She believes Walnut Park is an amazing environment for children to begin their journey and develop a lifelong love for learning. Away from school, she loves to golf, bike, attend sporting events, and spend time with her family.

room1@jwpschools.org

Nicole Girouard Activities Director

Nicole Girouard

Activities Director

Nicole loves working with children and has a genuine way of nurturing and leading them by example. She is passionate about fostering their love for themselves, others, and nature. Nicole is grateful to be a part of the Jackson Walnut Park Community.

activities@jwpschools.org

Julia Hardy Room 2 Lead Teacher

Julia Hardy

Room 2 Lead Teacher

Julia grew up in Mexico City. After working for the United Nations and realizing the need for peace in the world, she decided to become a teacher. In 2003,  after witnessing the wonderful education that her children were receiving, she began teaching at Walnut Park Montessori. She loves the peace curriculum and the commitment of the whole school community to caring for our planet, animals, and human beings.

room2@jwpschools.org

Meg Hildreth Toddler Teacher

Meg Hildreth

Toddler Teacher

Meg has been familiar with Montessori philosophy and pedagogy for many years, as two of her own children attended Montessori school. She enjoys reading, gardening, and traveling. One highlight of her travels was riding a camel in the desert of Northern Africa.

toddlers@jwpschools.org

Lauren Hillberg Physical Education and Health

Lauren Hillberg

Physical Education and Health

What Lauren loves most about teaching is seeing how excited students are to come to class, learn new skills, and try new activities. As a physical education teacher, she is grateful for the opportunity to indulge her lifelong passions for sports and activity every day.

lhillberg@jwpschools.org

Dona Jayasundara Room 3 Lead Teacher

Dona Jayasundara

Room 3 Lead Teacher

Dona was born and raised in Sri Lanka and speaks the native language, Sinhalese.  Her love of the Montessori philosophy led her to become a Montessorian. She has been teaching at Walnut Park for 15 years. She is passionate about working with young children and helping them reach their full potential.

room3@jwpschools.org

Yoon Hee Kang Room 2 Lead

Yoon Hee Kang

Room 2 Lead

Yoon Hee joined Walnut Park in 2010 after 25 years of teaching and directing early childhood programs in South Korea. She brings a wonderful spirit to the classroom and loves working with all the children, especially our Year One students. She lives in Weston with her daughter and husband. She also loves to Karaoke!

room2@jwpschools.org

Diane Kelly Grade 2 Teacher

Diane Kelly

Grade 2 Teacher

Diane admires the progress each student makes over the course of a year and loves that she can be apart of their progression. When she is not in class, Diane enjoys spending time with her family, friends, reading, music, and dancing.

dkelly@jwpschools.org

Sunhee Kim Room 4 Teacher

Sunhee Kim

Room 4 Teacher

Sunhee was born in South Korea and moved to America after she married. She has been teaching at Walnut Park Montessori School since 2005 and loves being part of its community. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys reading, gardening, taking walks, and spending time with her friends and family.

room4@jwpschools.org

Nick Linder Music Specialist

Nick Linder

Music Specialist

Nick is an educator, musician, and performer with more than a decade of teaching experience. Nick has devoted himself to working with aspiring young musicians, helping them foster their creativity and passion for music. Since joining the Jackson Walnut Park faculty in 2015, he has served as general music teacher, chorus director, as well as coordinator for our artist-in-residence program.

nlinder@jwpschools.org

Kristin Lorch Toddler Lead Teacher

Kristin Lorch

Toddler Lead Teacher

With 27 years of experience in Montessori, Kristin began working in Montessori environments in high school, as a substitute in her my mother’s school. After receiving her Infant/Toddler certification, she began leading toddler classrooms as both a teacher and division/curriculum leader.

toddlers@jwpschools.org

Stephanie Marcucci Head of School, Walnut Park

Stephanie Marcucci

Head of School, Walnut Park

As soon as she walked into a Montessori classroom and observed children working, Stephanie knew that this was what she wanted to do. She began working at Walnut Park Montessori in 2000. Stephanie loves the welcoming, diverse community at JWP and believes that Montessori children will change the world. Stephanie has played the dual role of teacher and parent while all three of her children have attended Walnut Park, and she is now the head of school there.

smarcucci@jwpschools.org

Amy Martins Administrative Assistant, WP

Amy Martins

Administrative Assistant, WP

Amy has been at Walnut Park Montessori since 2008. Her son Leo attends Walnut Park in a Primary classroom. She has enjoyed getting to know so many wonderful families and loves helping new families get settled into our community. Amy also enjoys helping with some of our great events.

office@walnutparkmontessori.org

 

 

Rosalind McGrail Walnut Park Art Specialist

Rosalind McGrail

Walnut Park Art Specialist

Rosalind McGrail, an accomplished artist, and educator have served as the Art Specialist at Walnut Park since 1996. She served as a classroom assistant from 2000-2008. Rosalind’s gift for inspiring students and connecting art with classroom learning enriches children’s understanding of the vital human purpose of art. Rosalind strives to incorporate cultural and historical perspectives into the art curriculum while engaging students in hands-on experiences that give them a sense of accomplishment and achievement.

office@walnutparkmontessori.org

Rosemary Mikalski, CSJ Kids' Corner Assistant

Rosemary Mikalski, CSJ

Kids' Corner Assistant

Sister Rosemary was present when the doors opened at Walnut Park in 1966. She has worked here for most of the school’s 50-year history. She has been the lead teacher in Room 1 and currently assists during lunch in Kids’ Corner. The children and families who have been through the school have become a part of her extended family. It brings Sister Rosemary so much joy to see the children each day.
Vicki Ni Mandarin Chinese

Vicki Ni

Mandarin Chinese

Vicki enjoys gardening and believes that teaching is very similar: “Teaching children is like planting seeds in the ground. You water and care for them, make sure they stay healthy and encourage them to grow in the best way possible. As they learn and grow, they become wonderful.”

vni@jwpschools.org

Neal O’Brien Kids' Corner Director

Neal O’Brien

Kids' Corner Director

Neal started working for JWP in 2001 as an assistant at Kids’ Corner and currently holds the position of Program Director.  His son attended Walnut Park and later graduated from Jackson School. Neal enjoys spending time with family and loves to ski!

nealobrien@jwpschools.org

Megan Polli School Counselor

Megan Polli

School Counselor

Megan cares about children’s well-being, and how it affects their experience at school.  She views each child as an individual and provides coping skills and a nurturing presence when social, emotional, and academic concerns arise.

mpolli@jwpschools.org

Fred Pote Head Custodian

Fred Pote

Head Custodian

After 45 years in the telephone industry at AT&T, Fred joined the JWP community in 2014. Passionate about his family, politics, and sports, Fred especially loves soccer. He has over 30 years playing, coaching and refereeing the “beautiful game.” Fred finds the JWP community an extremely friendly environment, where the parents, teachers, and kids are always smiling.

fpote@jwpschools.org

Sierra Romer Associate Director of Admission & Advancement

Sierra Romer

Associate Director of Admission & Advancement

Prior to arriving at JWP, Sierra worked at Suffolk University in the Office of Title IX and the University of Mississippi’s Athletic Department. She has a passion for education and is currently enrolled in a Master’s Program at Suffolk, pursuing a degree in Higher Education Administration. When Sierra is not at school or work she enjoys traveling back to her hometown in Redwood City, California and exploring her new home on the East Coast.

sromer@jwpschools.org

Dolores Tocci Rufo Educational Specialist

Dolores Tocci Rufo

Educational Specialist

Dolores enjoys watching her students make progress and gain confidence. She especially loves hearing about the successes of her former students. Her other passions include being outdoors in her garden, snowshoeing, and hiking in the mountains of New England and Italy.

drufo@jwpschools.org

Nicola Sellitto Grade 3 Teacher

Nicola Sellitto

Grade 3 Teacher

Nicola’s favorite thing about education is that every day is different. There is always something new to learn, and there are always opportunities for everyone to succeed. Nicola counts teaching creative writing among her passions as a teacher.

nsellitto@jwpschools.org

Sandra Selvarajah Room 5 Lead Teacher

Sandra Selvarajah

Room 5 Lead Teacher

Sandra was born in the island of Sri Lanka, where she worked at the UN and UNICEF offices before arriving in Boston in 1988. Working in Montessori Schools, and at WP (where she has been since 2000), is one of the best things that has happened in her life. Sandra is also an associate member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston.

room5@jwpschools.org

Dorothy Simone Art Teacher

Dorothy Simone

Art Teacher

Dorothy is a representational, expressionist painter. In addition to teaching art at Jackson, she has taught at Danforth Museum, South Shore Art Center, and Fuller Craft Museum. In her work as an elementary art teacher, she seeks to guide students in developing their own styles, while also learning the basics.

dsimone@jwpschools.org

Eileen Sullivan Grade 1/2 Teacher

Eileen Sullivan

Grade 1/2 Teacher

When a child exhibits a spark of curiosity or desire to learn, Eileen gets to share in it, and that brings her great joy. She loves to be in nature with her two sons, Christopher and Matthew, and enjoys hiking, biking, taking her dog, Sammi,  for walks in the woods, and reading a good book in her backyard.

esullivan@jwpchools.org

Kristina Mann Grade 1 Teacher

Kristina Mann

Grade 1 Teacher

What Kristina enjoys most about teaching is seeing how each of her students grows academically and socially. Kristina is passionate about teaching and making a difference in each of her student’s lives.

kmann@jwpschools.org

Jaklin Ugras Room 4 Lead Teacher

Jaklin Ugras

Room 4 Lead Teacher

Jaklin loves the Montessori approach that gives children the freedom to express themselves in practical activities and develop as a whole person in physical, emotional and social aspects. Jaklin enjoys learning about different cultures and traditions. She can speak Turkish, French, Arabic, and Italian, and she recently received her MACAR (Montessori Applied to Children At Risk) certification.

room4@jwpschools.org

Andreina Vegas Technology/Steam Teacher

Andreina Vegas

Technology/Steam Teacher

Andreina loves her students’ energy and curiosity. She enjoys facilitating exciting learning activities, making personal connections, and watching children grow as individuals year after year. Andreina also loves spending time with her family, outdoor adventures, and traveling with her husband and five children.

avegas@jwpschools.org

Derek Waarich Grade 6 Teacher

Derek Waarich

Grade 6 Teacher

Derek loves working with students and watching them grow as learners. He takes great satisfaction in developing lessons that make his students think and explore the world around them. Passionate about learning, not just in the classroom, but also in his personal life, Derek enjoys trying new recipes in the kitchen, reading a variety of books, and exploring different types of technology.

dwaarich@jwpschools.org