Faculty and Staff
Bill Wilmot received his BA majoring in Liberal Arts, from St. John's College in Annapolis, MD, with a focus on philosophy and the history of science and math. He earned an Ed.M in School Leadership, specializing in School Development from Harvard Graduate School of Education. He taught math, science, and music in grades 5-9 in a variety of charter and district schools. Much to his surprise, he instantly loved the process of guiding middle school students through the tumultuous waters of adolescence. He has also worked as a consultant for charter and pilot schools, including developing a middle school program for Seacoast Charter School, an arts-integrated, K-8 charter school. He then served as the Head of School at Seacoast for four years, working to nurture students in their exploration, support teachers in their innovations, and build a learning community for everyone.
Bill is also a violinist. Inspired by his own experience as a musician and awkward occasionally bumpy road as a student, he is fascinated by how people engage with the world and learn. Bill is also the father of August and Calder and the husband of Elizabeth.
Kathy Trogolo's experience in education spans both the public and private sectors, with focus on instructional technology integration, professional development, and general administration. Prior to working at Tremont, Kathy was the Director of Admission and Marketing at The Sage School in Foxboro, MA, a school for academically advanced PreK-8 students. She has also been the Director of Technology and a curriculum specialist in public school districts. Kathy holds a master's degree in Educational Technology Leadership from The George Washington University and a bachelor's degree in History from Cornell University. She is an active advisor in the arts community at Cornell and has served as an executive officer and advisor to several non-profit organizations. Kathy's affiliations outside of school include Destination Imagination, Massachusetts Association for Gifted Education (MAGE), and the New World Chorale. She also enjoys gardening, reading, soccer, the Red Sox, and volunteering as a band parent.
Nina Alberg is currently in her 14th year of teaching. She received a B.A. in Art History, Theology and Education from Regis College, and a Master's degree in Special Education through Lesley University. Nina has been a member of the Museum of Fine Arts Educator Advisory Board since 2008, serving as a speaker for the Autism Museum Accessibility panel in 2014. She is a former educator for the Boston Public Schools, and former Chairperson of the Westwood Chapter of SEPAC. She has worked with MGH's YouthCare/Aspire Program since 2007, most recently serving as a contributor developing Brain-Based Social Pragmatics curriculum, and as a Site Director for their Summer Camp program. She has also delivered numerous presentations to parents and educators on using the fine arts, universal design, and multiple intelligences in all academic content areas. Outside of school, Ms. Alberg spends her time with her sons, visiting museums, painting, illustrating, and singing professionally with the New World Chorale for the Boston Ballet. She enjoys teaching Art, Music, Theater, as well as Social Pragmatics and Applied Sociology at the Tremont School.
Jac has a bachelor's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a master's degree in education from Fitchburg State University. After working as a product development engineer for a few years Jac made the switch from industry to teaching. She has taught in a variety of settings including at a homeschool resource center in Worcester, MA, in American Samoa and most recently at a public school in Southbridge, MA before coming to the Tremont School. Besides for her love electronics, Jac is passionate about laser cutters and maker spaces. She enjoys sharing her excitement about technology and engineering with students and teachers alike! In her free time Jac enjoys rock climbing, working with animals and spending time at a farm in Connecticut.
Andrea has a bachelor of science in childhood studies and K-8 teacher certification. She formerly worked in an arts charter school teaching fine art with middle school students and launched an in-school dance program involving 220 students in grades K-8. She has worked with preschoolers through age 16 in camp settings leading overnight canoeing/hiking/camping excursions with teens. What you will find evident in her teaching is her care in knowing each student, upon which she bases her interactions and instruction. She believes in taking the time and the creative avenue that learning and its many aspects might require. Andrea sells and shows her oil paintings on the NH Seacoast and runs a special event floral business with her comrade, Linda. She studies flamenco, modern dance, ballet and performs across New England. She is involved with education projects in Nicaragua and the Gambia, and volunteers for the Big Brother Big Sister program.
Irene 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.
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.
Jenna Larson received her B.A. and M.A. from Boston College. She has seven years of experience providing students with differentiated education and is in her second year teaching at Tremont School. Prior to working at Tremont, Jenna taught at the Learning Project, a private school in downtown Boston, and Boston Partners in Education, a tutoring-based program for inner-city kids. Jenna also received a B.A. in Deaf Studies from Boston College, is fluent in ASL and is an active member of the Deaf Community. Jenna has traveled extensively and uses her experiences with different cultures and peoples as an opportunity to broaden horizons and share perspectives with students.
Anne is an ecological educator with over ten years of education and experience in the fields of environmental science and democratic education. She began her undergraduate degree at Goddard College, focusing on early childhood education with a specialization in Waldorf and democratic educational philosophies. She finished her undergraduate degree with the Audubon Expedition Institute (A.E.I.) at Lesley University. For two years she traveled on a bus with A.E.I. living in the field, backpacking through the wilderness, and learning from people working in many different areas of the environmental field. She graduated in 2005 with a B.S. in environmental studies and a deep respect for the transformative potential of experiential education. In 2005 she founded a democratic free school in Worcester, MA called the Stone Soup Learning Cooperative and Raven Freedom School. She served as the director of the school from 2006 until its close in 2010. In 2011 she completed a Masters in Ecological Teaching and Learning at Lesley University. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in education, also at Lesley, that she expects to complete in 2016. She has also worked as an adjunct professor at Worcester State University and as a non-profit coordinator at The Pleasant Street Neighborhood Network Center and The Greater Worcester Land Trust. In her free time, Anne loves to garden, read, and cook. Anne is the advisor of the popular Outdoor Survival afterschool program at Tremont.
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.
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.
Isabel is originally from Caracas, Venezuela. She earned her BA in Elementary Education from Universidad Catolica Andres Bello in 2008 and taught English for 4 years in a private school. She moved to Boston in 2010 to start her MA in Corporate and Organizational Communications in Northeastern University. After graduating in 2012, Isabel and her husband moved to Maryland, where she managed a parent learning program for a non-profit focused on ADHD. She is very excited to join Tremont School and give students the opportunity to discover and learn Spanish. Isabel likes to run, do yoga and bake desserts in her free time. She would love to live by the beach.
Danielle's career has traversed positions in project management, business development, marketing, and strategic planning within non-profit organizations, for-profit corporations, and start up companies. With an undergraduate degree in environmental science from the University of Michigan and an MBA from MIT's Sloan School of Management, Danielle brings a diverse set of skills to her task of raising awareness of the Tremont School. Danielle has written award-winning papers on corporate community relations, launched her own retail gallery, and acted as an advisor to numerous start-up organizations. She maintains a deep commitment to sustainability, corporate community relations, education reform, and mission-driven organizations. With two school-age children of her own, Danielle is thrilled to be part of the Tremont School's effort to re-design education.
Isaac earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Brandeis University in 2014, where he also studied Anthropology and Business. He is already well-known to Tremont students and families, however, because he has been a teaching assistant in Tremont classrooms for the past two years. Isaac was inspired to pursue a career in teaching by several years of work in early childhood development and at summer camps. As a musician, Isaac enjoys a wide range of musical styles and is very passionate about non-western music cultures, including Southeast Asian and West African music practices. He recently directed a 40-piece undergraduate orchestra and has performed in several jazz and wind ensembles, as well as musical pits. A native of Maine, Isaac was instilled with a love of the outdoors from an early age and enjoys outdoor recreation such as mountain biking, rock climbing, camping, and hiking.
Jill is a parent co-founder of the Tremont School. She holds degrees in psychology from Colgate University and library information science Simmons College. Her background work as behavior specialist and mental health counselor as well as children's and young adult reference librarian is a valuable addition to the mission of our progressive-inclusive school. She enjoys running, reading, and photography.