Our classroom is guided by 4 core values:
Our school will serve a total of 15-18 students (in grades 4-6) from communities in the northern suburbs of Boston. With 2 teachers, this one-room schoolhouse model prioritizes: *A meaningful relationship with each student and his/her family defined by frequent communication and collaboration. *Individualized instruction, especially in reading and math, through small, flexible groupings *A strong sense of community
Experience with: Reading and Writing Workshop, Wilson Phonics, Words Their Way, Multisensory Grammar
Experience with: DBQ Project, Facing History in Ourselves
Experience with: Eureka math, ST Math, Fishtank Education
Experience with: My PBL Works, 5E, Mystery Science, Rock by Rock, FOSS
Shara graduated from The College of the Holy Cross with a BA in English and History. After graduating, she moved to Houston, TX, to start her teaching career with Teach For America. While in Houston, she earned a Master’s of Education from The University of St. Thomas (TX). Shara went on to teach middle school English and reading for seven years. She left the classroom to work as the founding Dean of Instruction at Spark Academy, a turnaround school in Lawrence - where she developed curriculum and coached teachers for five years. She joined SchoolHouse for the 2020-21 school year and led a full school replacement pod of 5th graders in Brookline. Shara believes learning should be challenging, engaging and fun!
Stacy has taught English and ESL in grades 5-8 for over ten years. She has served as an assistant principal in a large traditional public school district and has also founded a high performing public middle school in Rhode Island. She holds certification in teaching English, grades 5-12 and ESL, grades 5-12. She is an adjunct professor at the Sposato Graduate School of Education, where she teaches pre-service teachers in English and Humanities Instructional Methods. She holds an M.Ed. in Teaching and Curriculum from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, a Master’s in Library Science from Queens College and B.A. in English from Tufts University.
As educators, our guiding philosophy is, first and foremost, that all students can and want to achieve at the highest levels, and that it is our job to ensure that they are able to meet their academic potential. We understand the need for differentiation and individualization in the wake of a disrupted school year. We value individual and group relationships that are born out of shared experiences. We seek to foster the social-emotional learning and connection that may have been absent for students this past year. We see and appreciate each student for the unique qualities that make them who they are as students and young people.
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I loved seeing the kids so happy and in school again - they came home with smiles on their faces and excited to talk about their day!
~ Suzie H.
Just seeing our kids excited to go to school together, settle down to their new routines and work, be reenergized, stimulated and thereby more in tune/peace with themselves and the world around them.
~ Tina S.
It was my son's first day of Kindergarten and it was great that he got to go into school, rather than sit in front of a computer for remote learning. It is a day I am sure we will all always remember.
~ Brian V.
We have been thrilled to have Mr. Nick. The children are really embracing the opportunity to have this amazing one on one time and thriving in the new learning environment.
~ Colleen C.