I love and appreciate the flexibility to design my own curriculum and the supportive, exciting community. It is truly awesome to witness the pride and confidence our students display when they graduate from CRS in the eighth grade.
Julie joined Charles River School in 2006, and has been teaching French since 1992. At CRS, she enjoys sharing her passion for the language, culture, and cuisine of the Francophone world with her elementary and middle school students. Prior to CRS, Julie taught at Kimball Union Academy, a secondary school in New Hampshire, where she chaired the world languages department and coached field hockey. She began her teaching career at the Wyndcroft School in Pennsylvania and was eager to return to a middle school classroom when she joined the middle school team at CRS. Julie earned her bachelor’s degree from Bates College, spending a year abroad studying at the Université de Strasbourg, and her master’s degree from the École française at Middlebury College.
A day-in-the-life of CRS for me is building and fostering relationships with students. Without meaningful and positive relationships, I believe that our time together in the classroom wouldn’t be as productive. One of the parts of my job that brings me joy is being an advisor to seventh and eighth graders. Over the course of two years, I get to help students navigate what can be a challenging time in their life.
Kent joined CRS in 1998, as a middle school Spanish teacher and Grades 7 & 8 advisor, and has also coached soccer and lacrosse. Prior to joining CRS, Kent taught at the Robert Louis Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, California, and at Blair Academy in Blairstown, New Jersey. He enjoys promoting a positive student learning experience, sparking student enthusiasm for learning Spanish, and providing a strong language foundation for future language study. Kent earned his bachelor’s degree in Spanish with a minor in Italian, and his master’s in secondary education from the University of New Hampshire. He also spent a year at the Universidad de Granada in southern Spain, and three summers studying Spanish literature at the Universidad de Salamanca.
Rosa Elena combines her love of language and music and brings high energy to her teaching. Over the course of her career, she has taught at many schools and programs, including Joyful Music, Mystic Valley Music Together, Music Together Belmont, River of Song, Music and Movement of Newton, and in the Cambridge and Somerville public school systems. She has used the Canta y Baila Conmigo curriculum for many years and also has extensive experience as a voice instructor, dance and movement teacher, and program director. Rosa Elena is a talented opera singer with a long list of solo recitals, performances, and musical productions to her name.