Dean of Lower School & D-Group
A life-long resident of Massachusetts, Laurie graduated from Gordon College with Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and English, and a Bachelor of Arts in History in 2003. She currently holds a Massachusetts Teaching License in K-6 and has taught everything from Preschool through 7th grade in the city and the suburbs. Laurie joined Clark School as a Group 4 teacher and Dean of Students in 2007.
She loves to travel, and particularly enjoys visiting historical sites. As a teacher, she focuses on Reading and Literature in her classroom, with particular attention paid to reading fluency. Laurie also enjoys marrying the study of History with Literature, bringing historical names, dates and figures alive for her students. In her spare time, Laurie enjoys losing her voice while wholeheartedly cheering for all of the Boston sports teams (yes – even when they’re losing!).
After student teaching, substitute teaching, working with kids through Scouting, and spending his summers at Pingree Day Camp as a counselor, John Cotti made the natural progression to the classroom. John received his Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts (with a minor in English) from Salem State University and has been teaching at The Clark School for over a decade with experience in both the Lower School and High School as a member of the Learning Center staff and also teaching Spanish. When not in the classroom, John can be found singing and playing guitar with his band, The Zacklys. John also enjoys writing about himself in the third person.
Under Jeff’s leadership, Clark School has embraced the educational opportunities presented by new technology. Jeff has also drawn upon his own experiences and challenges as a dyslexic student in developing the Clark School’s policies on educational equality.
In addition to his duties as headmaster, Jeff also sits on the advisory board to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Salem State University, where he is leading initiatives by the College to develop improvements to the services it provides to students with spectrum-based learning disabilities.
Having taught English for a number of years at both secondary and undergraduate programs, and having subsequently worked as an educational technologist and an independent tutor in the Bay Area, I now work as Clark School’s Technology Integrator/Educator. In this position, I work with teachers, students, administrators, staff and parents to integrate academic technology as a tool for student assistance and enrichment, and additionally teach classes in Digital Citizenship, Vlogging, and other technology areas. On evenings and weekends, I run cothinkers, an online tutoring service dedicated to connecting students with great teachers in subjects such as literature, writing, study skills, and college essay prep.
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He moved to the USA in 2009 to pursue a career in Outdoor Education, and spent 18 months working at the Hulbert Outdoor Center in Vermont.
In late 2010 he made the transition from outdoorsman to Ckark's C-Blue classroom teacher. It took a little time for the full transformation, and Mike still yearns to be outdoors as often as possible. Mike has a limited attention span, and as a result is happy teaching a wide and varied curriculum; he loves to find ways to make learning fun and interactive.
Tony Garvin received his BS in Business Administration from Skidmore College and his MS in Physics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. For ten years following school, Tony worked as a civilian researcher for the Pentagon, with most of that time devoted to research focused on the Strategic Defense Initiative (the “Star Wars” program). He subsequently spent twenty years as an institutional portfolio manager, managing investments for university endowments, corporate pension plans and state retirement offices.
Tony recently re-joined the Clark community, several years after his daughter graduated from Clark. He teaches Physics, Calculus and Pre-Calculus.
Teaching is a rewarding experience. I teach so I can learn about the world and all of those infinite possibilities that brand new minds bring to me each and every day. I graduated from Boston University receiving a BS in Human Movement (5-12). Years later, I earned a M.Ed. in the area of Science Education, from Northeastern University. I have over 18 years of teaching experience, having taught in Florida, Massachusetts, and Maine. When I am not in school, I enjoy spending time with my family, coaching basketball and spending time near the ocean.
Nicole (Soriano) Gulino began studying theatre and performing professionally at a very young age. She graduated Cum Laude with a BFA in Musical Theatre and a minor in Dance from the prestigious Point Park University's Conservatory of Performing Arts. Upon graduation, Nicole immediately signed with an agency in NYC and moved to the big city. After spending her years performing off-Broadway and on the national tour of NYC's longest running children's show, as well as traveling for regional theatre jobs around the country, Nicole accepted the position of Director of Dance and Movement at Boston Children's Theatre and relocated to the greater Boston area. Shortly after, she began teaching Drama at Clark School, and is now absolutely thrilled to be Clark's full time Drama, Music & Movement teacher.
Law has 10 years of experience in the non-profit world, working with Boards and creating a sense of community within organizations. She is a fine art photographer who exhibits with several arts organizations throughout New England.
Dan Hall received his BA in History and Masters in Education from the University of Massachusetts, graduating with high honors from the Commonwealth Honors College. His thesis, pertaining to love and loyalty in Samurai culture, was archived at the library and is occasionally used by researchers. Dan is also an expert in the Histories of Germany, China, 19th Century America and Criminal History, especially pertaining to pirates and bandits in the modern era.
In addition to teaching high school, Dan also works as a test prep tutor, where he was recently nominated for tutor of the year, at a local newspaper. He is excited to be a member of the Clark School team, and can be found exploring overlooked corners of New England, writing up historically based articles for websites and publications.
Alison returns to the Clark Community as the school's Registrar. In addition to her many years of administrative, graphic design, and video production experience, Ms. Landoni is the mother of Clark Alumnus, Ben Wickey ('14) and a former Clark art teacher. Alison is an artist member of the National Association of Women Artists, the Rockport Art Association & Museum, Newburyport Art Association and performs with the Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe. Her art studio is located in Pigeon Cove, Rockport. Alison holds a BFA from Montserrat College of Art and is a graduate candidate in Lesley University's Master's program for Mental Health Counseling with a focus in Expressive Art Therapy.
Originally from Vermont, Nick graduated from the University of Vermont in 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in English. He then spent a year as the coordinator of a tutoring and homework help program in Winooski, Vermont. At Clark, Nick teaches English to all grades of the high school and also coaches the lower school cross country team. This year, he started a creative writing club open to students from both the lower and high school.
Outside of Clark, Nick works as a test prep tutor to prepare students to take the SAT and ACT. For fun, he loves to make sushi, hike the green mountains, and write short stories.
Michelle holds a Bachelors degree in Education and is only a few classes away from her Masters degree in Special Education. Michelle She has taught from Infants up to 6th grade since 2009. Prior to Clark school Michelle worked in the city as a behavior specialist, particularly with children on the Autism spectrum since 2012.She still works with a home client on the weekends.She started working at Clark in 2015 as a one on one aide. She loves working with students and has dreamed of being a teacher her whole life.
When Michelle is not teaching at school she is teaching at home to her two young daughters. Michelle enjoys spending time with her family, shopping online and getting lost in a good book. She also loves chocolate and could not live without it!
Denise graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology, and additional coursework in psychology, sociology, and business development. In order to finance her education, she worked full-time for seven years in health care and real estate while taking courses at night, before she was able to attend college full-time. During college Denise was a substitute teacher, research intern, EKG Technician, and medical assistant at the Franklin Park Children’s Zoo. When her children were small, she co-taught a child development course at Wheelock College, Art at Notre Dame Children’s Class, and was a substitute teacher for a variety of classes at The Clark School. In addition, Denise established two small businesses (a cooperative art gallery, a baking business), and was business manager for a start-up medical device company. During the summer months, Denise tackles some major project in her 150 year old house that she has absolutely no business undertaking – hence the three-summer-old upstairs bathroom renovation.
Christine graduated from Suffolk University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology. She joined Clark School in 2016 assisting students after school. Christine's experience includes working as a kindergarten assistant in the Salem Public Schools, legal assistant, yoga instructor, and dog walker. She loves learning new things and especially enjoys working with children and animals. She lives in Salem, MA, with her family and their dog Misha.
Kirsten graduated from Lesley University in 2014 with her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. She currently holds her Initial License in both Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education both with the SEI endorsement. Kirsten taught grades three and four in Newburyport as an Instructional Assistant from 2010-2015. Since then Kirsten has worked as a long term substitute in Lowell, Haverhill, and Reading School. In the Fall of 2016 Kirsten joined Clark School as the Learning Center teacher for D – Group.
Kalynn graduated Saint Joseph’s College of Maine with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education. She has been interested in being a teacher since high school, where she had the opportunity to assist in a Kindergarten classroom. She started working at the Clark School in 2008 as the pre-school teacher for two years. In 2010, she started working in the learning center department. She works with both the High School and Lower School students.
Betsy graduated from Salem University with a BS in Early Childhood Education. She worked as a lead teacher in nursery schools and as a Kindergarten Aide in Marblehead while her children were young. Following that, she was the Assistant Manager of Stowaway Sweets in Marblehead for 4 years. In 2002, Betsy moved to Maine where she worked as a parent liaison in the Admissions Office at New Horizons for Young Women - an outdoor therapeutic program for at-risk girls. Wanting to be nearer to her family, Betsy moved back to the North Shore in 2008 and joined the Clark School family as the office manager.
Rebecca graduated from Lesley University with a Master's in Elementary Education in 2011 with a MA teacher certification and has worked in Clark's academic after school since 2013. She is passionate about the environment and teaching children about nature. Rebecca works part time at MA Audubon as a field teacher and administrative assistant. When not teaching, her children and new grandson enjoy the benefits of her love of gardening and herbalism.
Anthony carries a Bachelor’s Degree in History along with a Minor in Communications from Southern New Hampshire University. A member of the Clark School family since the Fall of 2011, Anthony can be found in the Clark high school teaching Psychology and Sociology. He has been advising the Clark high school Student Council since 2013. In addition, Anthony has become the lead for the Senior Internship Program and the keeper of all high school student's Community Service hours. Anthony enjoys the outdoors and runs the Clark high school Ski Club!
Dan got hooked on education while instructing for Outward Bound, where he has been facilitating remote wilderness expeditions for 20 years. Previously he earned a B.A. from Bates College with a major in geology, where he fell in love with field based science. While on expedition with Outward Bound he found himself occasionally teaching impromptu glaciology courses - from atop or even inside glaciers while teaching crevasse rescue. He also couldn’t help but explain the rock underfoot, the 440 million year old seafloor beds rippling across New England’s peaks. Although he continues to facilitate wilderness trips during his summers, Dan noticed that vast numbers of student were actually kept indoors, and so he ventured inside to teach science. In 2003 Dan earned his Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He has since taught in a variety of progressive settings, in both public and private schools, from kindergarten through high school. Dan firmly believes in breaking down the supposed divide between science and our everyday lives. He hopes to make biology accessible and relevant, maybe even fascinating, and he definitely believes in getting our hands dirty exploring the subject. On a good day he can be found either biking, paddling, or simply exploring outside with his own kids.