As a Clark School Senior, I discovered a love for teaching and helping others during my internship. Following graduation, I was given an opportunity to combine that with my other passion: technology. At Clark I work with the lower school, helping the students of kindergarten through eighth grade broaden their technological skill set, as well as helping them adjust to new and ever-changing spaces through the HTC Vive system.
When not working at Clark, I can be found co-hosting a podcast about the latest movie releases.
Assistant Head of School
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!
Taylor has a Master's Degree in Moderate Disabilities and also a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts. During her time at Endicott she had a variety of different teaching experiences all over the Northshore in multiple public school districts and private schools. Taylor excitedly joined the Clark School team in 2018 as the C-Group teacher. When Taylor is not teaching C-Group, she can be found baking, spending time with family, gardening, and relaxing at the beach on Plum Island.
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Middle and HS Spanish
I was born twice. It is possible! Furthermore, most of my life I have lived in two worlds. What is even more fascinating is the fact that I can withdraw from either world and see it form the outside. I can even withdraw from both worlds simultaneously! And if that is not miraculous enough, I can live in both worlds simultaneously. And that is what makes my life so different, so wonderful, and so worthwhile.
Because I was born twice, I have lived two lifetimes. In one life, a short life, home changed location frequently but the people in it were many and they never left. In the other life, a very long life, home has changed location only twice but the people who have been in it have been few and most of them have come and gone and have never left anything as much as an aroma of existence. I frequently visit my first life, my short life. I do so for two reasons. One, for fun, relaxation, remembrance, and introspection. The other, in order to provide my second life with perspective and thereby with more enjoyment and appreciation.
Jodi Cirone has a Bachelor's Degree in English and Economics form Boston College and a Masters in Business Administration from Northeastern University. She also has a preliminary certification in math K-12. Jodi worked in human resources before turning to full-time teaching. She taught in a variety of public school settings and worked as an adjunct professor at several local colleges and universities before coming to Clark School where she is finishing up her thirteenth school year. In addition to her various teaching responsibilities Jodi is the Director of Summer@Clark which is the summer program here at the school. Jodi loves both writing and math and lives for those moments when a student turns in a polished paper or grasps a difficult math concept. When Jodi is not in school she loves spending time with her four children (three Clark School alumni and one current Clark student) and spending time with friends.
Director of Operations
Amy Clark is the Director of Operations at Clark School. In her role, she interacts with all aspects of the School's business to ensure that everything runs smoothly behind the scenes. For more than 16 years, Amy has worked to help grow Clark from fewer than 50 students to now close to 150 by effectively managing employees, communications, and events that, together, continue to benefit Clark's students and families.
Since graduating from Castleton University with a degree in Business Administration, Amy has had a varied career, starting out in the business machine sales industry, moving over to government contracting, then internet consulting and start-ups before joining Clark in 2003. As a military child, she lived in Kathmandu and Stockholm, and traveled all over Asia and Europe with her family.
She lives with her husband, Jeff, and their two sons in Salisbury. She loves making her husband and boys laugh around the dinner table, keeping up on social media with family and friends in distant parts of the globe, binge-watching a variety of awesome shows on Netflix and Hulu, rooting for the Red Sox, getting together with good friends, and finding the humor in her day.
Head of School
Jeff Clark has served as Headmaster of Clark School for the past 12 years and is the founder of Clark High School. He was also one of the first students at Clark School during the school’s inception year in 1978. Under Jeff’s leadership, Clark School has embraced the educational opportunities presented by new technology.
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I am passionate about teaching and learning. 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 coding, 3D printing, virtual reality, Digital Citizenship, 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.
For as long as she can remember, Casey has always wanted to be a teacher. In high school, she found her calling; high school English classes. In order to make this happen, Casey received a Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2012. In 2014, she graduated from Northeastern University with a Master’s degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in English. For the last 5 years, Casey has taught both middle school and high school English, and hopes to continue teaching for many years to come.
Casey is passionate about literature, travel, and animals (she adopted a rescue cat in 2017). When Casey is not teaching, she can be found spending time with family and friends.
Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Lynchburg College and a Masters of Art in English and Teaching Writing from Rutgers University. She also holds MA preliminary licensure for grades 5-8, 9-12 in English. Prior to working at the Clark School, Jessica taught at the college level for 15 years and most recently worked as the Director of Academic Development at a small private school in Boston’s Back Bay. In this role, she managed the tutoring center and academic probation program, in addition to teaching full time for the English department. She also has extensive experience supporting ESOL learners and students with learning disabilities. Prior to teaching, she worked on a real-time news desk for Dow Jones where she edited the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and other business-related newswires. She joined Clark as part of the Operations team, bringing her background in project management and communications to the school. In her spare time, she can be found in her happy place – volunteering with therapy donkeys. Jessica shares her home with her husband, their four children, two rescue donkeys, one German cat, one slimy frog, and about 40,000 very busy bees.
Susan earned a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from Lesley University in 2001. After graduating, she received a position as the 2nd Grade teacher at Sacred Heart School in Lynn, MA where she taught for 10 years. Susan joined the Clark School Team in 2012 as an Academic After School Teacher and a Learning Center assistant. Besides spending time with her husband, son and their dog, Twilight, Susan enjoys reading, baking and spending time with family.
Director of Technology & Facilities
JC graduated from Salem State with a BA in Political Science and minor in Theatre Arts. Having worked the last 16 years in IT, JC brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to his role as the Facilities Manager. He is responsible for the general upkeep and maintenance of the school's two locations. When not at school you can find him watching the Red Sox.
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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.
Eric brings an exciting and robust background in education and museum exhibit design to his classroom. His path to becoming a teacher began in the museum design world where he developed, wrote, and designed award-winning history exhibits for the Smithsonian, Mount Vernon, and the National Park Service. He specializes in identifying important stories and finding the most creative ways to share them with diverse audiences. In his classes, he weaves technology, hands-on opportunities, and immersive settings into lessons as a way to engage and motivate young minds.
Nicole S. Gulino
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.
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.
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Nicky holds a bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from Lesley University. She started her teaching career in Prince George’s County, Maryland teaching First Grade and Kindergarten. After teaching for several years, she moved to Pennsylvania with her husband, Mike, where she was a manager in the family-owned restaurant business. After having their first son, Nicky and her family moved back to MA where the family business purchased a Bed and Breakfast in Rockport, MA in 2002. Nicky went back to full-time teaching as an aide in the EPIC program at GLEC in Methuen, MA. In 2014, she joined Clark School as a Learning Center Teacher in the Lower School. When Nicky isn’t teaching or running the Bed and Breakfast, she enjoys reading, hanging out with her family and friends, skiing, traveling, riding roller coasters, going to the beach and baking lots of desserts.
Michelle holds a Bachelors degree in Education and is only a few classes away from her Masters degree in Special Education. She has taught from Infants up to 6th grade since 2009. Prior to Clark school Michelle worked 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.
K-12 Physical Education and High School Learning Center
Odessa is a NASM certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach and has an extensive background in athletics and coaching youth sports. She teaches general fitness as well as yoga and various meditation techniques to both the Lower and High School. After serving five years as a K-5 teachers assistant, and three years in the Clark Lower and High School Academic Afterschool Program, Odessa has been assisting High School students to fulfill their academic obligations as a Directed Learning instructor our Learning Center.
Dawnn joined the Clark family in November, 2016. Her experience in accounting began when she went to work for a large copier sales company in Woburn Massachusetts just out of high school; it was there that she discovered her love of numbers and accounting. She was a full charge bookkeeper for 15 years before dedicating several years to raise her own family. Dawnn enjoys her time traveling, attending country music concerts, at the beach, camping, and spending time in the company of her family and friends.
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.
Director of Academic Support and HS Learning Center
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.
Betsy is also the "mom" of Riley, a Retriever mix. Riley, a certified therapy dog, greets our community every morning
Marketing & Admissions Associate
Melissa Graduated from the fast track MBA program at Quinnipiac University in 2016. Her undergrad was also completed at Quinnipiac, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing. She is grateful to have had four business marketing internships during her time as a student, one of them being at Clark School in the summer of 2012. Melissa accepted a job at Clark School after she graduated as Marketing Associate. She then added Admissions Associate to her title in 2018 and has used her background in Marketing in combination with admissions in order to maximize enrollment growth. In her free time Melissa enjoys dancing at Zumba classes, skiing, tennis and traveling.
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I have been working in a variety of educational settings for the past 25 years. I began my work in preschool and kindergarten after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wheelock College with a concentration in Early Childhood Education. While at Wheelock, I also assisted with children's drama classes at The Wheelock Family Theatre, and decided to further my education in working with children in theatre. I continued on to Emerson College where I received a Master of Arts degree with a focus in Theatre Education and spent many years incorporating the use of theatre in my classroom, and helping inspire teachers to use it as a complementary tool for enhancing the learning experiences for children when they are engaged in more traditional and core subjects. I began working part-time when my children were young, as a visiting drama teacher in various preschools, and I also taught theatre classes. Most of my work experience has been with children between the ages of preschool through fifth grade, although I did spend some time working with high school students in an SAT English preparatory program. For the past 5 years I have worked for the Beverly Public Schools assisting children in grades 1 -5 with a variety of social/emotional and academic needs. I am very excited to now be joining the Clark School where I will be a member of the Learning Center Staff, assisting children in both A and C groups. It is my hope that my kind patience and calm demeanor will compliment what is already a strong and supportive learning environment, and bring some comfort, guidance, and a smile to all students, but especially those students that might need some extra attention and assistance.
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.
Director of HS Student Affairs & HS Social Sciences
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!