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.
Miss Padilla is our second grade teacher. This is her first year at RCS. She is thrilled to be a part of this amazing school community. Miss Padilla graduated from Salem State University with a BS in Elementary Education in 2015. She is passionate about teaching and dedicated to her students happiness and success. Her top priority is to build an environment where all students feel safe and supported.
Miss Padilla grew up in central Massachusetts. She moved to Pittsfield last summer. She enjoys walks in the woods, exploring the Berkshires, trying new recipes, and spending time with her friends and family.
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.
A native of Berkshire County, Mrs. Romano currently resides in Lenox Dale, MA with her husband Alan and Maltese dog named Bailey. This is her first year at Richmond Consolidated School and she is thrilled to join the school community. For the past 23 years she taught third grade at a private school in Stockbridge, MA.
Mrs. Romano is a passionate educator who enjoys identi$ing individual's learning styles and developing strategies to help her students meet their personal and academic goals. She refers to her classroom as a "No Panic Zone", and takes pride in creating an environment that encourages students to express themselves and take risks without fear of criticism or failure.
Her educational background includes a B.S. (Elementary Education) from Elmira College, a M.S in Education (Special Education) from The College of St. Rose, and an SEI Endorsement from the Reading Institute in Williamstown, MA.
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!