peter dillon



Prior to joining the Shaker Mountain School Union, Peter has been the Superintendent of Schools for the Berkshire Hills Regional School District.

Peter served as Executive Director of Policy in the Office of Portfolio Planning at The New York City Department of Education helping to create and sustain more than 150 new schools. He was the Principal of The Heritage School in East Harlem, a collaboration between Teachers College, Columbia University and the New York City Schools. He taught in New York and in the Republic of the Marshall Islands as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

Peter has a Doctorate in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University where he also received an M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages. He holds an Ed.M. in International Education from Harvard University and an A.B. in History and Religion from Bowdoin College.

Peter lives with his wife Diane and three children in Great Barrington.


Monica Zanin




Prior to joining Richmond Consolidated School in 2012, Monica was Head of Guidance, Curriculum and Instruction at Reid Middle School in Pittsfield, Massachusetts where she had been since 1998.  She spent her beginning years in education teaching 6th grade English and math inclusion classes and then moved into guidance counseling.  She has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the School of Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Master's Degree in Education from American International College.  Monica who lives in Lee with her husband, Brian, and their two children, is an avid runner and lover of the outdoors.  She enjoys hiking, traveling and spending time with her family and friends.

Administrative  Assistant:

Natalie Gingras





After working  for over 15 years in the private sector as the office administrator for a real estate developer she found her true passion was to be around children.  She has been with Richmond School since 2010.  

Mrs. Gingras grew up in Pittsfield, graduated from Berkhsire Community College with a degree in Business Adminstration and resides there with her husband and two children.  She enjoys warm weather and the outdoors.  Her goal is to retire on the beach in St. Thomas, U.S, Virgin Islands.