Mme. MacDonald is the French teacher for Grades 3 – 8. She has been teaching at RCS since 1981. She received her Bachelor’s degree in French in 1978 from the University of Massachusetts and her Master’s of Science in Education in 2001 from the University of New England in Maine.
She is originally from the Springfield, MA area, but has lived in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and St. Louis, Missouri. Previously, she has taught middle school English and 4th grade. Currently, she teaches at Morris School in Lenox as well as at Richmond School.
She has two children, a daughter who is about to become a reigstered dietitian and a son who is a freshman at Penn State. She also has two sweet dogs, both rescued from the Humane Society.
Mme. MacDonald is also the advisor for 5 – 8 extracurricular activities and the high school liaison for 8th graders and their families.
Carolyn Nejaime Jeffrey was born in Torrington, CT. She did her undergraduate work at Russell Sage College and her graduate work at the University of Chicago. She has taught Spanish and French for 48 years with some of those years overlapping with owning/working in her travel agency for 29 years and one year teaching English in a French lycee in Beirut, Lebanon. Mrs. Jeffrey also teaches English Language Learners when needed; she is ELL director for the Shaker Mountain district. She has traveled all over the globe, but still has a few places on her list. One of those places is Cuba since her father lived there for 11 years before coming to the US. She will take a small group to Cuba soon.
Mrs. Jeffrey is now in her eleventh year at Richmond and can honestly say that she enjoys all her classes 5th ,6th ,7th and 8th more each year. She recently spent 10 days on P.E.I. in Canada, hiking, biking and visiting Anne of Green Gables! This summer she will return to Paris for 10 days! Yeah!!
She is working on ESL proficiency. Mrs. Jeffrey passed the Mass. State Test for ESL certification! She already has a year of teaching all levels of English as a language in Lebanon and last year taught some ESL students here. She also volunteers with Literacy Network of the South Berkshires, Shakespeare & Co. and the Mahaiwe.
Keep an eye out for emails of homework and progress.
Art/Creative Arts Director:
B.A. Indiana University
Kelly Smedvig has been involved in Richmond Consolidated School’s exceptional Arts Program for many years. She brings her extensive background in visual arts, music, dance and theatre to the classroom. Her goal is to help children discover their creative selves through a widely varied curriculum. In addition to bringing local arts organizations like iS183, BTG, and Shakespeare and Co. to the school, she has been the chorus accompanist for several years, teaches private violin and piano and directs the Talent Show. She enjoys working extensively with her colleagues on common core connections in her visual arts curriculum. She lives in West Stockbridge with her 4 children.
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.
Mr. Sadlowski or "Mr. S" is the technology instructor for grades PreK-8. In Mr. Sadlowski's classroom you can find students excelling in digital learning, computer programming/coding, web designing, using 3D interactive presentations, internet safety, creating their own stories & books, activities from the imagination foundation, classroom related lessons and activities, and more. Mr. Sadlowski's goal is to encourage all students to promote a C.A.R.E.S. classroom where everyone is empowered and encouraged to express there ideas, creativity, and challenge themselves.
Physical Education: Sue Martin
Sue Martin is the Physical Education and Health teacher at Richmond Consolidated School. She has been a Physical Education teacher for twenty years at various schools. Sue holds a B.S. degree in Physical Education and Health from the University of Massachusetts. In 1983 Sue graduated from Smith College with a M.S. in Physical Education with a concentration in Exercise Science. Her classes teach the entire child: physically, mentally and emotionally. Students are encouraged to try new activities and take new risks knowing that everyone in the class will treat them with respect. Sue enjoys the variety of teaching all grades. Each child is unique and special in his or her own way. A simple smile during the day by a child makes her realize how great it is to be a teacher.
Sue lives in Pittsfield with her husband John. She has three adult boys and a daughter-in-law.
Sue enjoys skiing, swimming, hiking and spending time with her family.
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.