Head of School, The Common School
For more than forty years The Common School has been a hallmark of progressive education in the Pioneer Valley. You will find classrooms that are rich with active learning, critical thinking, hands-on projects and academic rigor that goes far beyond facts and figures. More important, you will see children who happily skip into their classrooms every day, ready to take on new challenges.
Common School children enjoy the benefits of sharing over 140 acres of adjacent protected farm and conservation land. Our children are able to experience the joys and wonders of learning about the environment in our very own extended back yard. We work together with the educators at Hitchcock Center and farmers at Bramble Hill to study the environment and sustainability.
At The Common School you will find a community of happy children, passionate faculty, involved parents and dedicated staff. We work together to make the school community a warm, inclusive and welcoming place by following the school’s guiding principles – be kind, be safe, be fair. It was this community that first drew me in and I am confident that you will feel the same sense of welcome as you explore the school.
As you delve into our website, you will learn more about what makes The Common School the unique, dynamic, creative and caring place it is. I encourage you to read more about our philosophy, our curriculum, our after school and summer programs, the people, and the many special moments and rituals that have made an indelible mark on members of the school community. It is no wonder that our alumni come back year after year to visit!
I invite you to visit the school to see us in action, to observe in classrooms and to ask your own questions. Come discover for yourself what a remarkable and lively place The Common School is.