I am excited to join and contribute to the Charles River School community and its caring, passionate energy! It is a privilege to be part of an institution that not only honors the pursuit of academic excellence but also recognizes creativity, experiential learning, and collaboration as core to the learning process.
Emily Reith’s love and understanding of the Pre-K through eighth grade model was born from her own childhood experience attending Shady Hill School. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and a Masters degree from Columbia University. Emily’s professional experiences have been wide-ranging; she has worked in both the academic and business sectors. Her broad working experiences have provided a unique blend of transferable skills and have readied her to lead programming that thoughtfully engages Charles River School’s mission and expands our students’ opportunities while creating even more places of belonging for children at CRS.
CRS is a very special place in my heart and my goal going forward is to foster the same environment I experienced and to make these kids feel at home.
Claire McDonald joined Charles River School in 2021 as an Extended Day Teacher. Previously, she attended Pace University and is working towards her teaching license certification from Mass Bay College. Before working at CRS, Claire worked at the Goddard School and the Brooklyn Arbor Elementary School. Claire has attended the Charles River Creative Program since she was 8 years old and has worked as a dance counselor for three years since then. Her favorite part about spending time in EDP is creating long-lasting relationships with the kids and their families.
“I love seeing the kids at CRS thrive in their environment. Supporting the students in all endeavors is an absolute joy, and seeing how much they love EDP is such a privilege.”
Bear is a hardworking teacher who strives to encourage creativity, empathy, responsibility, and joy in all their students. They graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a Bachelor’s in Illustration. While applying their degree to EDP’s art club, they formulate lessons and projects aimed to encourage their students’ creativity and self-expression. They currently reside with their partner and five pet rats in Allston, Mass.