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WONDER. CURIOSITY. JOYFUL LEARNING.

Mere words cannot express

The Common School teachers put learning into action with words that jump off the page and become memorable experiences. Teachers get down on their knees to help students construct model bridges in math, act out stories at reading time, and get messy mixing paint or kneading dough during science.

It is through our teachers’ creative spirit and unwavering dedication to each individual child that our students learn the joys of discovery.

Faculty & Staff

Did you know that young children today have 30 percent fewer face-to-face interactions than the previous generation? The Common School mission works against this trend. Our small size allows faculty members and staff to fully know each child—their individual strengths, dreams, and challenges.

“Teachers at The Common School combine decades of experience and unfettered passion with a unified commitment to their mission of progressive education. This level of unity and sense of purpose, direction, and community is one I have not witnessed at other schools.”

These words, by a newcomer to the school, touch on what is special about our faculty and our community. Teachers and staff genuinely respect each other and are eager to collaborate. In this atmosphere, teachers feel encouraged to continuously evaluate their curricula, be creative, and try new things. And by example, students learn to work together in noncompetitive groups to achieve new successes. Here, you’ll find a school abuzz with the enthusiasm of children happily engaged with their teachers in active learning.

Faculty

GREEN NURSERY
Marcy Sala, Head Teacher – on leave
Becky Salacup, Head Teacher
Linda Castronovo, Associate Teacher

BLUE NURSERY
Jean Meister, Head Teacher
Venuta Carulli, Associate Teacher

PRIMARY I
Jenny Coy, Head Teacher
Kristin Kane, Associate Teacher

PRIMARY II
Cathy Wolf, Co-Teacher
Michelle Parrish, Co-Teacher

ELEMENTARY I
Holly Baumgardner, Co-Teacher
David Cantler, Co-Teacher

ELEMENTARY II
Linda Donnelly, Co-Teacher
Chad Odwazny, Co-Teacher

SPECIALISTS
Kyle F. Bissell, Physical Education
Karen Blum, PhD, Consulting Psychologist
Juan Carlos Carpio, Spanish
K.C. Conlan, Music
Jessica Plaut, Learning Support Specialist
Liz Scheffey, Learning Support Specialist
Robin Kassis, Learning Support Specialist
JennyKate Marble, Library Teacher
Susan Chase, Assistant Librarian

Administrative Staff

Christine Lindeman, Head of School
clindeman@commonschool.org

Gary Powsner, Business Manager
businessoffice@commonschool.org

Nicole Walsh, Director of Education
nicole@commonschool.org

Deb Hanley, Office Manager, After School Director
mainoffice@commonschool.org

Dana Kadish, Director of Admissions and Family Relations
outreach@commonschool.org

Evelyn Bloom, Accounts Manager
evelyn@commonschool.org

Pamela Barnes, Director of Advancement
pamela@commonschool.org

Beth Moonstone, Summerfun Director
beth@commonschool.org