Mrs. Debra Alibozek, aka (to everyone) Mrs. A., is one of our Kindergarten teachers. She graduated with a BS in Education from Skidmore College in May of 1990 and earned her MASPED from Lesley College in 1993. She received her Reading Recovery Certificate in 2007. Mrs. A. has been working at Richmond School since 1990, teaching 5th grade for 6 years, 2nd grade for 9 years, 1st grade for 3 years, Reading Recovery for 4 years, 5th/6th grade for 1 yr, kindergarten for 2 yrs. She has a son, Austin, a senior at Worcester Poly Tech (WPI) in Worcester, MA who came through Richmond School. She loves teaching and enjoys running, biking, working out, and golf.
Mrs. Jones has been teaching in education for the past eighteen years. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts in May of 2010 with a Bachelor’s of Art Degree and a teacher’s licensure to teach elementary education, grades 1-6, in Massachusetts. In June of 2012 she was proud to complete her Master’s in Elementary Education from American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts. She brings enthusiasm for learning into the classroom. The reading and writing curriculum are a strong focus of her instruction, yet she values the scaffolding of all the arts within all curriculum areas. Her classroom environment encourages one of family where children can feel safe, happy and secure to express their creative genius.
Mrs. Jones grew up and attended schools in Pittsfield where she still enjoys a wonderful life with her husband Greg, son Bobby, and her loyal dog, Lola. She enjoys spending time with family and friends. Reading, hiking, skiing and summering in Vermont are among her many personal pleasures.
Tricia Harrington is very excited to be teaching here at Richmond School. She grew up in rural Minnesota where she spent her childhood running through cornfields, weeding the vegetable garden, gathering eggs and taking care of her families’ many animals. After high school she went off to Ambassador University in Big Sandy, Texas, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Management Information Systems. While in Texas she met her future husband and decided that Massachusetts was the place for them.
Two children and six years later she returned to the classroom, as a student again, to obtain her Elementary Teaching Certification at MCLA. She knew that being in the classroom was where she was meant to be. She continued on with her education with Cambridge College. In the summer of 2009, she received her Master’s Degree in Mathematics Education. Here at Richmond Consolidated School she has taught 5th and 6th grade, 4th grade and is currently teaching 2nd grade.
Glance inside Beth Smith’s classroom and you’ll know it’s the home of a bookworm. Hundreds of books spill from the bins in her classroom library while others sit in piles near her desk waiting to be added. One of Mrs. Smith’s hobbies is scouring independent bookstores near and far for just the right books to satisfy and delight her curious third grade readers. In fact, it’s not uncommon to find her dragging heavy bags through airports filled with new books for her students.
Mrs. Smith received her B.A. in English from Gettysburg College and a M.A. in Reading from MCLA. She has taught at Richmond School for 10 years, mostly in third grade. Prior to teaching, she was a writer and publicist in Boston and Miami.
When her nose isn’t stuck in a book, Mrs. Smith can be found enjoying the culture and beauty of the Berkshires with her friends and family.
Grades 4th & 5th ELA:
Cameron is very excited to be teaching at Richmond Consolidated School. The oldest of five children, he grew up in Pittsfield where he attended local public schools and graduated from Lenox Memorial High School. He went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude from MCLA, earning a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (English and Psychology).
Since all students have their own different learning style, Cameron designs and implements lessons using a Universal Design for Learning approach, so that all students are able to learn and access the curriculum. His philosophy on education is to take a classroom full of students and turn it into a community of learners, using Responsive Classroom techniques to create a safe and welcoming learning environment.
Grades 4th & 5th Mater:
Mrs. Callahan joined Richmond Consolidated School in 2009. She teaches 5th grade, and LOVES IT!. Mrs. Callahan comes to Richmond after spending numerous years raising her two teenagers, Molly and Christian. She attended Russell Sage College in Troy, New York where she was a Sage Circle Honor Society member. She loves to read in her spare time and loves to help children learn the craft of writing, and create a strong appreciation for reading.
Fifth grade is a turning point in education, where the child moves from very concrete concepts to the introduction of more abstract thoughts and ideas. Fifth grade is super fun! We learn very specific skills of writing an essay, opinion piece, compare and contrast, and persuasive writing. In math, we take on fractions, and learn how to add, subtract, multiply and divide them. We also start in-depth geometry and algebraic thinking. Mrs. Callahan has spent her spare time learning how to teach number sense properly to children of all ages. She loves math and loves logical puzzles and games.
On a fun note, Mrs. Callahan loves to share silly stories about her children and their adventures, as well as tell you about the life and times of Teddy, Stella, and Lucy, her three dogs……they are very goofy!