Anna O’Donnell is a artist and a teacher. She graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2006 and studied at the Glasgow School of Art in Glasgow, Scotland. In 2014 she received a Master of Art and Teaching degree from Rhode Island School of Art and Design. Anna has taught visual art to students at the Kindergarten level up to 12th grade, from Romania and the West Indies to Rhode Island, Boston and the Southern Berkshires. She has a passion for having a part in student transformation through art and design education and an interest in STEAM teaching methods believing that STEAM and the fine arts education models combined are a powerful system for reaching children. The Visual Arts program at Richmond Consolidated School will inspire learners to communicate enduring ideas, through education in art and design, and to explore and question the world and themselves.
Joy Mullen teaches music at Richmond Consolidated school. She conducts the Concert Band, Jazz Band, Beginners band and the choruses. She teaches instrumental lessons to students in grades 4-8. She is a Level III certified Orff-Schulwerk instructor and uses this approach primarily in teaching students in grades PreK-3. Students in grade 3 learn to play the recorder and play "Recorder Karate" at the end of each school year.
In addition to music, Mrs. Mullen enjoys sports, especially basketball. She also spends time gardening. She is married to Roger Mullen and has two adult children.
Physical Education: Katie Bovard
Ronna Zigmand is a native of Great Barrington but spent 26 years teaching in international schools in Morocco, Taiwan, Dominican Republic, China, Egypt and India. Ronna and her husband Karl raised their two children overseas, who then returned to the US for College. Ronna graduated from the University of Connecticut where she ran track and held the high jump recored of 6'1/4" for 10 years. Internationally Ronna taught Physical Education for 20 years and then worked as a Library Media Specialist for 5 years. Most recently she worked in Pittsfield at Herberg Middle School teaching Digital Media and Technology. Ronna will be the K-8 Technology Teacher at Richmond Consolidated School this year.
Katie Bovard is our physical education teacher. This is her first year teaching at Richmond, but she was lucky enough to be a student here first. She studied Physical Education and health education at Castleton University in Castleton, VT. She was also a member of the Ski Team and Cross Country Team.
Katie loves the outdoors and enjoys many activities including mountain biking, kayaking and skiing. Katie is excited to be moving back to the Berkshires with her husband Nate and cat named Bug.
Mrs. Kristin Smith is the school librarian and enjoys class visits every Friday from grades Pre-K through Fifth. Sixth through Eighth grade visit the library individually or with their classroom teachers.
For all her students, Mrs. Smith encourages a life long love of reading. She helps students find books and materials for classroom assignments. Since 2004, Mrs. Smith has enjoyed watching students’ reading tastes develop and expand.
Mrs. Smith lives in Richmond with her husband and two daughters.