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.
Nina Alberg is currently in her 12th year of teaching. She received a B.A. in Art History and Education from Regis College, and a Masters in Special Education through Lesley University. Ms. Alberg has been a member of the Museum of Fine Arts Education Advisory Board since 2009, and the Chairperson of the Westwood Chapter of SEPAC since Fall of 2010. She has worked with MGH's YouthCare Program since 2007, most recently serving as Site Director for the Westwood Summer Camp. Outside of school, Ms. Alberg spends her time with her family, visiting museums, painting, illustration, and singing professionally with the New World Chorale. She enjoys teaching Art, Music, Theater and Social Pragmatics at Tremont School, and is excited to work with such an incredible team of educators and parents.
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.
Katie Hawkins is an experienced physical education teacher who brings a pioneering spirit to the wellness curriculum at the Tremont School. In addition to teaching physical education at Tremont and at The Tobin School in Natick, she also runs the LEAP afterschool program in Lincoln. Katie has been an Outward Bound instructor and has led adventure-based trips for Beaver Country Day School in Chestnut Hill. When she is not teaching, Katie can be found kayaking, hiking, fishing, and spending time outdoors. She is excited to be teaching students at Tremont through exercise and team-building.
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.
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.
Prior to joining Tremont School, Joe taught history, English and drama at the Waldorf High Schools of Massachusetts Bay and Saratoga Springs, Mother Caroline Academy in Dorchester, and a regional public school on Cape Cod. A native of West Virginia, Joseph received his bachelor's degree in History, English and Foreign Languages at the state university there. While in West Virginia, he nursed a life-long love of music and theater, directing church choirs through high school and college and performing in children's and community theater. Joseph moved to New England to attend graduate school, and he received an M.A. in History from Harvard University and an M.A.T. in History Education from Boston University. Joseph spent a year in Paris, France as a Fulbright Scholar. His interests include mask-making, puppetry, fiber arts, and camping. He is the lead humanities teacher for 7/8.
Simone Aguilera Romig moved to the United States from Brazil while still in High School. Simone's love for languages led her to dedicate years to children's knowledge of Portuguese and Spanish. Simone received her BA in Liberal Arts with a minor in Spanish from the University of North Carolina. She has developed and implemented an afterschool Portuguese language and culture program for elementary students. Simone has taught Spanish part-time at Old Rochester Regional High School in Mattapoisett, MA. She is excited to continue developing the Spanish curriculum for Tremont School. Simone is the mother of four children and is currently enrolled in Harvard's Master of Liberal Arts program with a concentration in foreign language, literature and culture.
Lyssa Steponaitis completed her Masters Degree in Middle School Math Education with Boston Teacher Residency (BTR) and UMass Boston, where she spent time in 8th, 6th and 5th grade classrooms of Boston Public Schools. Following BTR, Lyssa spent four years at an Expeditionary Learning Middle School where she had students digging in dirt to find creatures that help with decomposition, creating and analyzing surveys about the school, and making models of watersheds to demonstrate the path of pollution. Lyssa is originally from Nova Scotia. She moved to Massachusetts partway through working on her Math degree and participated in City Year in Boston, a community service organization. She continued on to various non-profit organizations, including among others, Peace at Home, focused on ending Domestic Violence, and Fenway Community Health, where she ran an LGBT Helpline and Peer Listening Line. Lyssa completed her Bachelors Degree, Summa Cum Laude at Boston University while working at a medical malpractice insurance company in the Underwriting Department. Between all of this, she has spent time as a science camp counselor, an Outward Bound instructor, and a knitting teacher.
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 several Boston area choral groups. She also enjoys gardening, reading, the Red Sox, and volunteering as a band parent.