Art | Maker | Project Studio Teacher & College Counselor
Chuck Chaney is originally from Honolulu, Hawaii – he has taught middle, high and college students for over two decades. He received his BA in photography and built a multifaceted photographic career working with many fortune 500 companies as a photographer, manager and consultant. Chuck, truly always an artist first, then returned to academia to earn his MFA from Tufts University in Studio Art, producing and exhibiting work internationally. In graduate school he discovered that his voice was in creating communication and engagement which lead him to form a non-profit artist residency in Alaska. He has also lived in California, Connecticut, Italy, New York and Scotland. Before joining Tremont School he was a director of college admissions, often feeling called to return to middle and high school education where he began his teaching career began. Chuck now calls Massachusetts home along with his two children, wife, two dogs and six chickens. Outside of the classroom he spends most of his time enjoying family and creating tasteful concoctions in the kitchen.
Middle School Humanities Teacher
Sue Cogswell grew up in Connecticut, moved to Massachusetts to go to Stonehill College, and never went back! She received her bachelor’s in Psychology, with a minor in Education. Sue spent the next few years working in the mental health field. There was a small stint in California but Massachusetts was her home. After she returned from California, Sue got a Master’s in Special Education at Wheelock College. She spent the next 12 years teaching in Boston at a full inclusion middle school. Embracing change, Sue found herself at a small school in Lexington. When she is not teaching, Sue likes cooking, baking (yes they are different), hiking, biking and spending time with her friends and family (including the fluffy ones).
Middle School Humanities Teacher
Irene Jackson has been teaching for almost thirty years. Her first teaching job was a volunteer position teaching United States history at an alternative high school in Providence, Rhode Island. She has a bachelor’s degree in American Civilization from Brown University and a master’s degree in English from the University of Maine. She has taught academic enrichment classes for gifted students, has tutored English Language Learners, and has taught high school social studies. Before coming to Tremont School, she taught grades 4-8 at Stillwater Montessori School in Old Town, Maine for nine years. She also taught courses in writing at the University of Maine, a commitment she has continued in Massachusetts at Middlesex Community College. She enjoys writing poetry and plays, reading aloud to her students and family, cooking, walking, and gardening. She lives in Littleton with her husband, Bob, a physicist; her daughter, Sylvia, a gourmet chef and designer of duct tape accessories; and her dog, Selma, a hound.
High School Humanities Teacher
Tore Kapstad, a graduate of Middlebury College and Teachers College/Columbia University, has taught in New York City and Boston, MA. He is a National Board Certified Teacher in Social Studies-History for Adolescence and Young Adulthood. He has taught at the middle and high school levels, teaching courses in Humanities, World History, US History, Geography, Civics and Government, Economics, and a number of elective courses. When not in the classroom or counting the number of years, months, weeks, days, hours, minutes, seconds, and nanoseconds until the next soccer World Cup, Tore enjoys sports, music, reading, chess, and spending time with his family and friends.
Mike MacGillivray has been working in education for ten years. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music, and spent some time working in the music industry. After moving back to the Boston area, Mike spent a summer working at a day camp, and realized that education was where he belonged. He has worked for summer camps, after school programs, and a middle school. Mike recently completed his Master of Education from Lesley University, and is excited to bring his music background and love of teaching to the Tremont School. Mike plays guitar and sings, and enjoys both making and listening to music. In his free time, he also loves to read, cook, and watch movies. He loves to travel, and has been all over the country as well as overseas. Mike has served as advisor for afterschool cooking and can often be found playing chess with students in the classroom at recess.
High School Math Teacher
Ian Murphy’s primary passion is teaching and helping people through deep reflection and developing self-awareness. He graduated from The Citadel in 1998 with a degree in English and has been teaching for several years, most recently in the Weston Public Schools. Along the way he has written for a travel magazine, run a martial arts dojo, trained dogs, and coached youth sports. His favorite subjects to teach are math and science, with particular passion for geometry, geology, and space. His hobbies include coaching, weight lifting, swimming, writing, and enjoying all things Star Wars. His current writing projects include fiction books for publication. Ian earned a Masters degree in education from Cambridge College in 2006.
Inés was born and raised in Madrid, Spain. In 2002 she earned a degree in journalism from the School of Information Sciences at the Complutense University of Madrid. She went on to experience different roles in radio and magazines, and worked at the regional TV network (Telemadrid). In 2003, after she got married, Inés started to study at a school called “Colegio Bérriz,” where she earned a Master’s in Pedagogical Aptitude with a major in Language and Literature. In 2007 she earned a Master’s in Early Childhood at the C.S.E.U. La Salle of Madrid, after which she continued her studies in Primary Education at the University Cardenal Cisneros in Alcalá de Henares.
In August of 2016, Inés moved to Cambridge, with his husband and their three kids. Since her arrival she has been volunteering at the Cambridge Public schools, auditing some university classes, and working as a Spanish teacher in individual classes and after school programs. Inés loves painting. Her grandpa, Dátile, was a graphic humorist, and she learned to draw sitting on his lap. Music, animals, trekking and climbing make her days more sunny but most of all she loves kids. For her there is not a better way to spend time… with them she can practice all her hobbies at anytime!
Physical Education and After School Programs Coordinator
Daniel Selsky earned his BA from Florida International University in Miami, FL. He doubled majored in Political Science and International Relations. After graduation Daniel began his coaching career at Doral Academy Charter, in Miami, FL. He spent 4 years at Doral serving as the Head Coach of boys and girls cross country and track and field. He also served 3 years as a social studies instructor at Doral for both high school and middle school students. Daniel has also coached at the collegiate ranks as well, at FIU, Sarah Lawrence, and Hunter College. He holds a United States Track and Field Certification Level 1 and 2 in Endurance. Prior to arriving at Tremont, Daniel spent 3 years working in college athletic administration while at Hunter College, mainly working with the Assistant AD of budget and finance and the Associate AD of compliance. He also spent time completing internships at Fordham University Athletics and with the New York Knicks at their practice facility. Daniel recently moved to Concord, MA with his fiancee, Alyse, who works at Concord Academy. He looks forward to exploring all the great trail systems in the Concord area for running.
Middle School Math and Science Teacher
Rod Thomas earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Colgate University. He also minored in Art and toured constantly with the school’s original a cappella group: The Colgate Thirteen. Dedicated to the “Renaissance Man” ideal, Rod has pursued careers in the visual arts, music, and teaching. He studied illustration at the Art Institute of Boston and worked as a freelance illustrator for 15 years. During this time he taught illustration at Montserrat College of Art and the New England School of Art and Design. Wanting to work with younger students, Rod earned a Masters in Education from Salem University. He has taught for four years at the British International School of Boston where he was a Science specialist for grades k-3 and an “artist for hire” school wide. All the while, he was singing and playing harmonica professionally with his musical trio: Outrageous Fortune. In his free time, Rod likes building things with his younger son Ian, creating art with his older son Kieran, and dancing with his wife Sandra.
High School STEM Teacher