Steve grew up north of Boston and attended Reading Memorial High School. After receiving his B.A. in English from Middlebury College he went on to attend the college’s Bread Loaf School of English for his M.A., later working at both the school and at the famed Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. After many years as an English and history teacher, he was awarded a Klingenstein Fellowship to attend Columbia University’s Teacher’s College, where he earned his Ed.M. in Organizational Leadership. He became the Upper School Principal at Rutgers Preparatory School and then served as the Head of School at Falmouth Academy on Cape Cod. Steve has presented at the NAIS national convention and served on numerous school accreditation committees. He brings to Jackson School his love of working with students, teachers, and parents to support a community that educates hearts as well as minds, and awareness of the changing landscape of education and the world and the need for schools to be responsive to change, loyal devotion to Boston’s sports teams, and an inexplicable affinity for moose. He has two grown stepchildren on the West Coast who attended independent schools, and he and his wife Karen are happy to be back in the area.
A graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, Stephanie found her passion for the Montessori method of education. Accredited by the N.E. Montessori Teachers Education Center, she became a teacher at Walnut Park in 2000. Stephanie is excited to move into her new role as 2019 Head of Walnut Park Montessori, a 2017 and 2018 winner of the Boston Parents Paper’s Readers’ Choice awards for Best Montessori Preschool. She loves the welcoming, diverse community at JWP and believes that the Montessori culture fosters and nurtures curiosity, discovery, empathy, and genuine kindness. Imbued with these values and the charism of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, Montessori children, she says, will change the world. Having formed close relationships with teachers and parents as a Walnut Park teacher and parent herself, Stephanie looks to her new role as an opportunity to further advance collaboration among Walnut Park Montessori and Jackson Elementary teachers, staff, and parents.