CRS is pleased to welcome new faculty members this year including teachers in Grades 3, 5, and 6, and a school counselor. These additions will support CRS’s continued commitment to creating innovative curriculums a learning environment that challenges and engages students.
Lizz Albany, Grade 3 co-teacher, earned her bachelor’s degree from MIT in brain and cognitive science, her Master’s of Education in mind, brain, and education from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and completed the MIT/Wellesley College Scheller Teacher Education Program (STEP) for certification in elementary education. Prior to CRS, Lizz taught first-grade She also worked as a first-grade math and science teacher at BASIS North Central, a charter school in San Antonio, TX, and also served as a curriculum advisor for EXPLO at Wellesley. Lizz is a co-founder and consulting member of the Disruptive Equity Education Project (DEEP).
Kathleen Boucher-Lavigne, Grade 6 math and science teacher, joins CRS from the Tremont School, where she worked as the Middle School Math and Science Teacher. Her experience has focused on middle school and developing social-emotional environments, leveraging her training in Responsive Classroom and Collaborative Problem Solving. Kathleen earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Amherst College, where she graduated Cum Laude. She earned masters’ degrees from Smith College in teaching and elementary education, and in exercise and sport studies.
Elena Pereira, Grade 5 co-teacher, recently completed the Shady Hill Teacher Training Program and worked with early childhood and elementary students at schools such as The Family Cooperative, the Andrew Peabody School, and The Advent School. Elena has completed training on the Reggio Emilia approach to education, including a study tour in Italy. She will bring her passion for and experience with multicultural curricula, diversity and inclusion, and co-teaching to CRS. Elena received her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and child studies and her master’s degree in elementary education from Lesley University.
Dr. Kimberly O’Brien, PhD, LICSW, part-time School Counselor, is also an instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a research scientist at Boston Children’s Hospital and Education Development Center. Recently, she served as a part-time school counselor at the Groton School. Kim has 13 years of experience as a licensed clinician, and extensive teaching expertise in mental health and substance use. She has published over 30 research articles and has been funded by the National Institute of Health for research and training related to teen suicide. Kim earned her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, where she graduated cum laude, and her master’s degree and doctorate in clinical social work from Boston College.
Charles River School is a PreKindergarten through Grade 8 independent school that honors the pursuit of academic excellence and the joy of childhood. We nurture each child by igniting curiosity, encouraging creativity, and cultivating intellectual engagement. Our graduates know themselves, understand others, and shape the future of our diverse world with confidence and compassion.