Tara Jennings

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“Teaching science at the middle school level is energizing. My students are endlessly curious, and it encourages me to rethink my curriculum often based on their interests and how they experience science happening in the world around them.”

Tara taught science at a number of schools since 2001, and prior to coming to CRS served as the Science Department Chair at Dana Hall School. During her time at Dana Hall, Tara taught courses in physical and life sciences for students in grades 9-12, served as an advisor, and was a member of the Admissions Committee and the Senior Projects Committee. Tara also taught science at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Boston, The Pennington School in New Jersey, and The Winchendon School. Throughout her career in education, she has also been a coach, middle school advisor, dorm parent, and faculty mentor, and served on a number of faculty- and student-focused committees.

Elizabeth Clayton

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I love the amazing teachers. As a parent of two CRS graduates, I appreciate how well known and safe my children were at school. As a colleague, I feel lucky to work with such a dedicated and talented group of educators.

Elizabeth Clayton is in her ninth year of being the Associate Head of Charles River School.  She has been an educator for over twenty years with experience teaching math and science in middle and high school, and several years as a coach, advisor, and administrator. 

Before becoming the Associate Head at CRS, Elizabeth taught middle school math and science at the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter School in Franklin, Mass. for eight years. For several of those years she also served as the Middle School Coordinator and Academic Dean of Grades 5-8.  During her time in Franklin, Elizabeth was a key administrator, working closely with four different Heads of School. She also taught earth science and physical science at Worcester Academy in Worcester, MA and coached varsity soccer and middle school basketball. Early in her career, she worked as a Senior Field Supervisor at archeological field sites in Indiana and Kentucky.

Elizabeth earned her BA cum laude from Smith College with a major in geology and a minor in archaeology; she played varsity lacrosse there as well. Elizabeth pursued her master’s degree in Geological Sciences at Indiana University in Bloomington where she also served as an Associate Instructor and Lab Coordinator.

Sarah Clancy

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Recess might be my favorite time of day at Charles River School because it shows the value of community and the joy of childhood that CRS pursues. Watching kids from every grade play together, especially when the middle school students make time for the PreK/K students, warms my heart and reminds me that we all have so much to learn from each other at every age and stage of life.

Sarah Clancy joined Charles River School in 2020 as an all-school substitute and an associate teacher. She co-teaches seventh- and eighth-grade MultiArts classes, including directing the eighth-grade musical. Sarah is developing the Communication and Presentations class for grades 3-5 with a focus on the five communication styles as well as public speaking, performance, and interpersonal communication skills.

Prior to joining Charles River School, Sarah worked in theatre, television, commercials, and voiceover as an actor and director. Sarah directs for Open Fields, a local community theatre for children ages 7 to 18. She has served as the Associate Director for Brave Arts, a summer musical theatre program since 2012.

Sarah was selected for Elon University’s BFA Acting program, one of the top BFA programs in the country. She was also chosen as one of 25 students for the Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellows, a four-year program focused on leadership at the global, community, and personal levels. She graduated cum laude with a BFA in Acting and a minor in Communications.