Staff & Board of Trustees

Administration

Don Grace

Head of School

Don Grace has headed a rich variety of independent schools over a period of 30 years--each of which has sought innovative ways to help children find their element (Sir Ken Robinson’s term for the intersection of what you’re passionate about and what you’re good at). A lifelong learner about education, schools, children, and families, Don holds a B.A. in American history from Harvard College, an M.A.T. in secondary social studies from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a C.A.S. in school administration from Fairfield University. In addition, Don took graduate courses at Wheelock College oriented toward working with parents. He completed SEED diversity training as head of Park School of Buffalo (PreK-12) and, as head of Touchstone Community School (PreK-8), he collaborated with the Brazelton Touchpoints Center to create a pilot program to train parents and educators to engage in deeper listening. Don plays improvisational clarinet and enjoys school leadership as a jazz experience—he is in his element as head of Thacher. Don’s wife, Catherine O’Neill Grace, an author, is an associate editor of the Wellesley College alumni magazine.

Michelle Seyller

Assistant Head of School

Michelle has worked at Thacher Montessori School since 2004. She holds an AMI Primary diploma from the Montessori Training Center Northeast (MTCNE), an AMS Primary diploma from Northeast Montessori Institute (NMI), a B.A. in Psychology from Northeastern University and an Ed.M. from Endicott College. She taught in Thacher’s Children’s House Program for over a decade prior to moving full time into administration. Michelle is the daughter of a longtime Montessori educator and is passionate about Montessori Education. She and her husband, Chris, are the proud parents two Thacher alumni

Peter Brown

Business Manager

Lisa Crist

Development Coordinator

Lisa has a background in marketing, educational publishing, and non-profit development. She holds an MBA in Marketing from Boston University and BS in Literature from Earlham College. She has over 20 years of experience in both the public and private sectors, including positions with the Los Angeles Times, Harvard Business School Publishing, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and Inly School. Lisa lives with her husband, daughters, and small cadre of pets in Sharon.

Andrea Dietrich

Director of Information Technology & Social Media

Since graduating from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Andrea has worked in computer software and IT support. She joined our community prior to her daughter Carmen's Thacher graduation in 2009. Andrea enjoys riding her bike to work as well as windsurfing, crew, yoga and skiing.

Deba Palma

Director of Admissions

Deba joined Thacher in 2000. She holds AMI and AMS diplomas at the Children's House and Lower Elementary levels, respectively, and a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Goddard College in Vermont.

Deba has 28 years of administrative and teaching experience in Montessori schools. Prior to her Montessori work, Deba owned and trained horses, was a legislative assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., and a partner in a political consulting firm in Texas. She currently breeds, trains and sells AKC Labrador Retrievers. Deba’s daughter attended Montessori schools from Toddler through graduation.

Mary Saunders

Office Manager

Mary has over four years of experience working with children and in for-profit administrative positions, including eight years at Pinewood Lodge Campground (Plymouth). Most recently, she has been a nanny/caretaker for three families in the area. Mary has a B.A. in psychology from Emmanuel College.

Debra Smith

Director of Communications and Marketing

With over 20 years in the field of Montessori education—as a teacher, administrator, fundraiser, and parent—Debra has experienced and viewed the Montessori approach from a variety of perspectives. She enjoys sharing the essence of this work in ways that allow children and families to find their own connections. Debra holds an AMI Elementary diploma from the Washington Montessori Institute, a B.A. in English from Wheaton College (MA), and an Ed.M. in Language and Literacy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is interested in the power and possibility that exist in the written word, and she writes poetry and guided meditations for children.

Vicky Varnum

Assistant Business Manager

Vicky grew up in Colombia, South America. She studied Psychology in Colombia, and in 2011 finished her double major degrees in Business and Psychology at Curry College in Milton. Vicky misses teaching Spanish at Thacher but loves working in the business office and being a part of the Thacher community. She has 3 children and loves biking, hiking, camping and exploring new places with her family. She also enjoys swimming, writing, photography, and making scrapbooks to preserve memories.

Toddler Guides

Clarissa Robyn

Toddler Lead Guide

Clarissa has 14 years of teaching and administrative experience, including 11 years of experience in Montessori programs. Most recently, she was the lead primary guide at Copper Beech Montessori School and the founder of Pond View Montessori School in her home. Clarissa holds a B.A. in dance from Point Park University (Pittsburgh) and an AMS primary certification from NEMTEC (Newton).

Kathy Hall

Toddler Assistant

Kathy Hall joined Thacher in Spring 2013 as a substitute. She has over 20 years of corporate experience.

Kasia Savill

Toddler Assistant

Kasia graduated from University of Massachusetts in 2007 with a Bachelors degree in Sociology. She has been with Thacher since 2007. In her spare time time she enjoys gardening, decorating, boating and outdoor activities. Kasia loves to spend as much time as possible with her family.

Children's House Guides

Angela Sicuranza

Chidren's House A Lead Guide

Angela has seven years of experience in preschool teaching, child care, and administration. Most recently, she was the assistant director of Bright Horizons in Allston. Angela holds a B.A. in sociology with a minor in psychology from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She has an AMI primary guide certification from Montessori Training Center Northeast and a Master of Early Childhood Education diploma with a concentration in Montessori education.

Donna Ryan

Children's House A Assistant

This is Donna's tenth year as children's house assistant. Prior to her employment at Thacher she worked many years in the food service industry. Donna attended Saint Joseph's College in Maine and received a B.A in history. She enjoys cooking, working out and bicycling in her free time.

Heather Berger

Children's House B Lead Guide

Heather graduated from Bridgewater State with her B.A. in English, and soon after took a position as an Assistant in a Montessori classroom. After assisting for two years, she moved to Maryland where she completed her AMI Primary training at the Washington Montessori Institute and received her M.Ed. through Loyola University. In her spare time, Heather enjoys being outside, reading, and practicing yoga. Heather lives in Norfolk with her husband, son, and border collie.

Melissa Robinson

Children's House B Assistant

Melissa came to Thacher in 2003. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education as well as OCCS certification. Melissa enjoys spending time with her family and friends, but most of all, loves spending time with her young sons.

Carla Moore

Children's House C Lead Guide

Carla has a B.A. in Developmental Psychology from New York University and a dual Masters in mental health counseling and school counseling from Lesley University. She holds an AMS Primary diploma from Northeast Montessori Institute and an AMI Primary diploma from the Montessori Training Center Northeast. Carla has taught in several Montessori schools, one of which was in India where she spent three years developing a Montessori classroom in an international school. Carla returned to Thacher in 2005. She loves bicycling, knitting, and cooking and baking vegan food.

Brittany Reppucci

Children's House C Assistant

Brittany has been working with children for over 8 years and obtained her CDA from Ashworth College. She also has experience in early education. Brittany loves outdoor activities - in particular going to the beach, hiking and horseback riding. She also enjoys spending time with her family and close friends.

Michele Burgess

Children's House D Lead Guide

Michele holds a B.A. in Fine Art & Anthropology from Montclair State University and a Post Baccalaureate Diploma from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. She has her Primary AMI Certification from the Montessori Training center of New England. Her interests include visiting museums & galleries, hiking, running and camping.

Margaret Ward

Children's House D Assistant

Margaret (Meg) Ward was born and raised in Arlington, VA and graduated in the spring of 2016 from the University of Mary Washington. She moved up to Massachusetts during the following summer and started at Thacher in August. Meg has experience in both general and special education programs in Washington D.C., Virginia, and San Francisco. She has always loved working in education and plans to head back to graduate school for her masters in education in the fall of 2017. Meg enjoys the outdoors, baking, music, volunteering, and spending time with family and friends.

Lower Elementary Guides

Paula Osbun

Lower Elementary A Lead Guide

Paula has been a Montessori Directress for over 20 years. She received her AMS diploma and MEd from Xavier University in Ohio and recently received her AMI elementary diploma from the Montessori Institute of San Diego. In her free time Paula enjoys films, books and art of all kinds. She's new to Massachusetts and excited to be a part of Thacher Montessori.

Rosemary Connor

Lower Elementary A Assistant

Rosemary began her career at Thacher in 1984. She has worked as an Elementary Assistant, in the After Care Program, and as a yoga instructor to Children's House students. She attended the University of Massachusetts and Quincy College. Rosemary was trained in children's yoga by Shakta Kaur Khalsa who was a Montessori teacher for over thirty years. She has three daughters, one son, and ten grandchildren with whom she loves to spend time. Rosemary enjoys exercising, cooking, yoga, photography and independent films.

Jill DesRoches

Lower Elementary B Lead Guide

Jill completed her Montessori training for ages 6 – 12 from the Toronto Montessori Institute. She holds an Elementary Education Degree and Masters of Education Degree. Her interests include traveling, gardening, reading and spending time with family and friends, especially her two young nieces.

Bridget McConville

Lower Elementary B Assistant

Bridget graduated from Curry College in 2017 with a B.A. in School Aged Education. While attending Curry College she was introduced to Thacher Montessori school as a student teacher. She likes to spend her free time around animals, family and friends.

Stephen Gay

Lower Elementary C Lead Guide

Stephen was born and raised in Liberia, West Africa. He has been an elementary teacher most of his professional life. Stephen graduated from UMass, Amherst in 1985 with a certification in Early Childhood Education, K – 3. He discovered Montessori in 1999 teaching at the Children’s House level in Springfield, Massachusetts where he wrote the school song. After moving to Chicago for five years he completed his Lower Elementary Montessori Certificate. Stephen’s special interests include nature studies, gardening, international studies, music and drama.

Kristin Drozek

Lower Elementary C Assistant

Kristin has a Bachelor's Degree from Stonehill College and her AMS certification at the Children's House level. She enjoys painting, baking and spending every moment with her sons, family and friends.

Upper Elementary Guides

Asha Park-Carter

Upper Elementary A Lead Guide

Asha hails from Lawrence, KS and came to Massachusetts to attend Smith College, where she majored in the Study of Women and Gender and minored in Education. She has a Masters in Education from University of Massachusetts Boston through the Boston Teacher Residency program. She taught preschool in special education and inclusion settings in public school for several years before discovering Montessori education. She earned her AMI Primary and Elementary diplomas from Montessori Northwest. She enjoys rock climbing, hiking, walks with her dog, museums, and reading books over coffee.

Sophia Gregoriadis

Upper Elementary A Assistant

Sophia is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelors in Music. She worked as an elementary assistant as well as a primary music teacher. She is currently obtaining a business degree. Sophia enjoys singing, dancing, baking, the beach, and spending time with her husband and two children.

Amy Smith

Upper Elementary B Lead Guide

Amy has been with Thacher since 2008. She received her BA in Psycho-biology from Wellesley College in 1994. After graduation Amy moved about the country finally settling in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Upon her return to the Boston area Amy began her Montessori training and graduated with an AMI Elementary level diploma from the Montessori Training Center of New England in Hartford CT. Amy spends her free time with her three elementary-aged children playing dominos and baking.

Rachael Lyon Thomas

Upper Elementary B Assistant

Rachael holds a B.F.A. in Art Education from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her past experience includes working with at risk teens, teaching K-3 art, and extensive customer service training through Northeastern University. Rachael is currently in the process of applying to Montessori training sites and aspires to be a lead guide in the near future. Her interests include gardening, hiking, and camping as well as jewelry making and ceramics.

Adolescent Program Guides

Adam Percy

Adolescent Program Co-Lead Guide

Adam graduated from Vermont's Saint Michael's College in 2007, with a B.A. in Political Science. After college, Adam spent 2007-2009 as an Americorps volunteer, working with City Year Boston and Playworks Boston. Adam came to Thacher in 2009, teaching Humanities in the AP. He completed his NAMTA Adolescent Training in the Summer of 2010. Adam spends his summers as an activity head at summer camp. In his free time he enjoys playing soccer, cooking, and going for walks through the Arnold Arboretum. He currently lives in Roslindale.

Carolyn “Griff” Griffiths

Adolescent Program Co-Lead Guide

Carolyn "Griff" Griffiths holds a B.A. in politics from Bates College and an M.A. in adventure education from Prescott College. She has also completed the NAMTA/AMI Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies. She has over five years of experience in outdoor/wilderness education with middle and high school students.

Specialists

Renay Bane

Art Specialist

Renay has six years of Montessori classroom experience, starting in an elementary classroom at Bay Farm Montessori and then as a Children's House lead guide at The Inly School. Renay did Montessori training at the Northeast Montessori Institute, and she holds a B.A. in fine arts from Bridgewater State University. When not painting and sculpting, Renay can be found on outdoor adventures with her family and her dog Briggs.

Sally Fitzgerald

Math and Science Specialist

Sally received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of New Hampshire, attended graduate courses in education at New York University and San Francisco State, and has a Massachusetts teaching certificate. She is starting her ninth year at Thacher. Prior to coming to Thacher Sally worked at Sacred Heart High School, Dana Hall, and Eliot Montessori. She likes to garden, hike, run, camp, and read.

Victor McSurely

Music Specialist

Victor left a full-time position as a musician with Boston's Blue Man Group to teach at Thacher. During that time Victor also facilitated the Guitar Circle New England. He was an active participant in Robert Fripp's Guitar Craft school where he received much of his music training (he is the only authorized instructor of this work in New England). He studied Voice privately with Berklee College of Music professor Charlie Sorrento and studied Rhythm with well known Jazz drummer Bob Moses. He is certified by Musik Garten to teach music to young children and has been trained in the Montessori Music Curriculum as assembled by Anna Maria Maccheroni. He is an enthusiast of analog recording, taiko drumming and enjoys improvisational guitar work in various ensembles.

Mario Santiago

Spanish Specialist

Mario Santiago has 15 years of experience teaching Spanish in the greater
Boston area. He studied Cultural Anthropology and Spanish Studies at University of Massachusetts,
Boston. Mario also studied guitar at Berklee College of Music, and has been
performing with his trio "Radio Mambo" since the late 90s in California and
Massachusetts. Mario also enjoys playing soccer, reading and singing on
weekends with his family.

Todd Sullivan

Physical Education Specialist

Todd is a graduate of Springfield College where he studied Physical Education and Sports Journalism. Among many other hobbies, Todd loves basketball and music collecting. He is also an active participant in his community.

Support Staff

Samantha Campanella

Aftercare Assistant

Sam grew up in an in-home childcare program run by her Mother. She graduated from Blue Hills Regional Vocational Technical High School. Sam earned her Assistant Preschool Teacher Certificate and worked for several years with preschoolers and kindergartners. She is pursuing her college education in education through online classes.

Anne-Marie Dubeau

Elementary/AP Aftercare Coordinator

Anne-Marie has a Bachelors Degree in Art Education from University of Massachusetts. She has tutored children from elementary school through college for over 20 years as well as adults preparing for the GED. Anne-Marie enjoys reading and healthy baking. She also loves to travel, talk long walks, star-gaze and share her love of nature with her son and daughter.

Steve Genchauskas

Facilities Manager

Steve graduated from New England Labors Academy and was an executive chef in California for 10 years. After returning to New England he worked for Bickfords Family restaurants for 24 years. Steve lives on the Cape with his large family on a small farm. He enjoys shell fishing and handyman repair work.

William Kelly

Cleaning Coordinator

Bill retired after 37 years with UPS. He lives with his family in Randolph MA and has 6 grandchildren (aka Papa Boo). Bill is an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan.

Kelley Lynch

Academic Support Services

Kelley is starting her first year at Thacher working as the Academic Support Specialist. Prior to Thacher, Kelley worked in a variety of elementary schools throughout the greater Boston area. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree with a focus in English and Elementary Education from Merrimack College, acquired a Masters in Education in Curriculum and Teacher from Fitchburg State College, and completed a professional licensure program for Moderate Special Needs through Simmons College. Kelley has a Massachusetts teaching license in Elementary and Moderate Special Needs Education. Kelley's interests along side teaching include music, dance, theater, cooking and traveling. She is a true animal lover and is committed to being a loving auntie to her 2 nieces and nephew.

Sharyn Malnati

Aftercare Receptionist

Sharyn has a business and science degree from Bridgewater State University. She loves art and started her career as a cartographer and drafter. Sharyn worked as a receptionist/office manager for over 12 years, and maintained an active volunteering ethic for the past 18 years. She volunteered at her local library, was a Girl Scout leader, a religious school teacher, and volunteered in many capacities at her local schools and parent's groups. She is a vice president at her Temple and an active member of her town's public school music boosters group. When not volunteering, she enjoys spending time with her family.

Margo Miller

Aftercare Assistant

Margo Miller is a passionate educator who has taught music in the Medfield Public Schools and in her home state of New Hampshire. She loves working with children and has also worked at the Cambridge Montessori School in the Primary and Elementary classrooms. She enjoys nature, hiking, cooking, arts and crafts, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Marshelle Mitchell

Toddler/CH Aftercare Coordinator

Marshelle has 25 years of experience in family services and the corporate world. Most recently, she has served as a dental assistant for Quincy Adam Dental Associates (Quincy, MA) and a dental assistant intern a Upham’s Corner Community Health Center (Boston). Marshelle has a dental assisting certificate from the Boston Career Institute. Over the last four years, Marshelle has also been a valued substitute at Thacher in the classroom and in the after care program.

Carolynn Moore

Nurse

Carolynn grew up in Braintree, MA and still currently resides there with her husband, Mark, and three children, Audrey, Jaclynn and Ryan. She is Registered Nurse who graduated from the Brockton Hospital School of Nursing and holds a degree in Early Childhood Education. Carolynn worked with the pediatric population for over 25 years. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and is an avid Patriots fan.

Arielys Morales

Admissions Assistant

Arielys has over five years of work experience in the Boston area, primarily in service to youth and families. Most recently, she was a Youth Specialist for the Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD), supervising 100 youth participants in a program to guide them through their early work experiences. Arielys holds a B.A. in psychology from Northeastern University.

Chelsea Perry

Aftercare Assistant

Chelsea graduated from Walpole High School and is professional trained as a classical ballet dancer. She joined Thacher as Victor McSurely's intern in 2016 and is now working in afercare.

Kim Storch

Librarian

Kim has a Bachelor’s degree in English from Bridgewater State University. She also has her Associate’s degree in early education. She owned a pre-school/daycare for 15 years. Kim sold that to pursue her passion… books! She opened a book store called Ugly Dog Books. Her passion continues here at Thacher. When not reading Kim is writing or painting. She writes a monthly column “Book Marked” in the Attleboro, Sun Chronicle newspaper. Kim has also self-published a book, in memory of her dad, “Footprints in the Snow". She is in the process of getting a work of fiction published. At home she lives with her husband and two boys Konrad and Koby. She also has 2 dogs, Thoreau and Kallie.

Estuardo Sandoval

Facilities Assistant

Estuardo has a strong background in facilities and maintenance work. He is originally from Guatemala and is studying theology at the Pastoral Center in Braintree to become a minister. He lives in Randolph with his family.

Katherine Tardiff

Aftercare & Library Assistant

Kate graduated from Williams College Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in psychology and political science last June, following her graduation in 2013 from Thayer Academy as their valedictorian. Kate attended Thacher CH through AP, graduating in 2009. Kate has several years of work experience in a variety of settings: as a research assistant in the Williams College Political Science Department, at Thacher's drama camp, in a martial arts academy for children, and as a Sunday School teacher.

Board of Trustees

Joanne Baggerly

Member of the Board

Joanne has over thirty years of experience as a health services administrator. Most recently, she served as the senior manager for population health and wellness/health programs for Tufts Health Plan. She is an experienced clinician with strengths in clinical rehabilitation, education, and managed care settings. Joanne holds a B.S. in nursing and also an M.S. in rehabilitation and neuroscience nursing from the Boston University School of Nursing as well as a PhD in nursing from the University of Rhode Island. Joanne’s interests include walking, Reiki, health coaching, and reading. She has closely observed the benefits of a Thacher education for students and families for 13 years.

Marie Cora

Member of the Board

Marie Cora joined Thacher’s board after her daughter, Edie Alguero, graduated from the Adolescent Program in June 2017, heading to the Boston Arts Academy. Marie’s son, Paolo Alguero, is a Thacher alumnus. He graduated from The Newman School and will attend Cornell University in the fall. Marie earned both a B.A. and M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Marie has taught English as a second language in many locations, including Spain and Ecuador, and was Director of Language and Literacy Programs for the Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University for eight years. For the past 13 years Marie has worked as an Independent Adult Basic Education Consultant for Hotspur Partners in Boston, MA.

Caren Demello

Member of the Board

Deirdre Eschauzier

Member of the Board

Deirdre has served in a variety of volunteer leadership roles at Thacher, including president of the Thacher Parents Association (TPA) in 2013-14 and co-chair of outstanding Thacher auctions in 2014 and 2015. In 2015-16, Deirdre will be serving as the volunteer assistant to director of admissions Deba Palma, coordinating our efforts to enlist other parents in promoting the school through open houses, other events, and word of mouth. Deirdre has a B.A. in international relations/studio art from Connecticut College and an M.A. in critical and creative thinking/higher education administration from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She has seven years of administrative experience in student services at the college and university level. Most recently, she has served as the regional sales director for Mary Kay Cosmetics. Deirdre and her husband, Chase, have three children at Thacher: Sidra (an AP student) and Leo and Lucky (upper elementary students).

Judy Farley McFatter

Co-Chair

Judy joined the Thacher Board of Trustees in 2013. She has served as chair of the board’s governance committee. Judy received her undergraduate degree in nursing from Curry College and a Master of Science in nursing and care of children from The University of Pennsylvania and attended Georgetown University for bioethics. She loves being a nurse and has worked at Boston Children’s Hospital for over 30 years in various positions including clinical nurse specialist in neuroscience, director of nursing, and now human rights officer. She is an active member of Boston Children’s Hospital ethics advisory committee. Judy lives in Canton with her husband Russ and their children James, Marc and Kyle. James is a freshman at Wheaton College and a proud Thacher graduate (class of 2010), having attended Thacher from LEB through AP. Marc is a junior at The Newman School in Boston, and he is also a proud Thacher graduate (class of 2012), having attended Thacher from CH through AP. Kyle is in his ninth year at Thacher and is an enthusiastic student in our Adolescent Program. Judy enjoys spending time with her “guys”, and together they love to play board games, vacation on Cape Cod, ski, and take long walks with their dog Kronos.

Thom Greenlaw

Member of the Board

Thom holds a B.A. in organizational behavior from Lesley University (MA) and an M.A. in higher education administration from Boston College (MA). He has served over twenty years in varying senior roles in independent schools, including finance and development. As the chief operating officer of Ethel Walker School, Thom raised over $20 million in two years. Prior to his service at EWS he served as assistant head for operations/ CFO at the Buckingham Browne & Nichols School and business manager at the Dana Hall School. Thom served for four years as chair of the board of trustees at Summit Montessori School in Framingham, MA and as a board member of the National Business Officers Association (NBOA). Thom is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences. He recently authored the day school sustainability model for the National Business Officers Association, which serves 1000 member schools.

Paul Hutchinson

Co-Chair

Paul joined the Thacher Board of Trustees in 2016. He has been a member of the finance committee since 2015, has recently become the chair of the buildings and grounds committee, and has also volunteered at the school in several ways over the prior years. Paul received his Electrical Engineering BS Degree from Northeastern University, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2004. He is currently the general manager of a large electrical distribution company and has 25 years of experience in business management. Paul lives in Milton with his wife Gail and his daughter Julia. Julia is a 2017 Thacher graduate. Paul enjoys vacationing with his family, and is an avid skier and golfer.

Joe Pereira

Member of the Board

Joseph Pereira is a proud parent of a Thacher alumnus; an award-winning journalist who worked for more than two decades at The Wall Street Journal; an educator; and a firm believer in the Montessori system of harnessing a child's innate talents and interests.

Susan Swift

Member of the Board

Susan Swift joined Thacher’s board in February 2017. Susan earned a BA at Hawthorne College and did graduate work at Bank Street College and the University of Massachusetts. She holds a Primary Certification from the American Montessori Society and she has been a Montessori educator for over 40 years. Susan taught at a variety of independent Montessori schools as a Children’s House teacher before heading a preschool/kindergarten Montessori program in the Holliston Public schools. Later, she served as Head of School at Julie Billiart’s Children’s House in Woburn and at the Montessori School of Northampton for 22 years before retiring in June of 2017. Susan is a founding member of Montessori Schools of Massachusetts; she has also given workshops and has worked as a Montessori consultant. She has visited Thacher many times over the years and loves the opportunity to be of support to another Montessori school.

Joy Tardiff

Member of the Board

Joy ended a 13-year tenure as a Thacher staff member on June 30, 2015 serving as assistant head for the last four years and providing invaluable service to the school in buildings and grounds, marketing and enrollment, personnel, staff searches, health and safety, operations, and leadership transition. Joy has a B.S. in biology from Yale College (CT) and an M.D. from the Northwestern University Medical School (IL). Prior to working at Thacher, Joy was a practicing pediatrician for five years. Joy and her husband, Richard, are parents of two Thacher alumni: (’09), a graduate Williams College (MA) and Dan (’12), a sophmore at Brown University.

Carl Treichel

Member of the Board

The board welcomed Carl Treichel as a new trustee in June 2017. Carl’s daughter, Neve, recently graduated from Thacher's Adolescent Program and is a freshman at Thayer Academy. Carl’s son, Miles, has completed his freshman year, taking all Honors courses at Thayer; he is also is a Thacher alumnus. Carl studied Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has worked at MEDITECH in Westwood, MA for over 30 years. He currently works as Senior Manager Development for Emerging Technologies, and is also a member of the MEDITECH Security Board, working on corporate security and risk mitigation.

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