6th Grade- Elizabeth Footit
8th Grade- Teisha Thomas
Springfield has always been my home. I have attended and graduated from The High School of Science and Technology, Springfield Technical Community College, and Westfield University. I have always wanted to work with children and play an active role in the improvement of their lives. Teaching gives me such a luxury with the benefits of my work reaching far beyond my classroom. Before being hired to teach 7th grade English Language Arts at Renaissance, I taught English Language Arts, Reading, and Read 180 for grades six through eight at New Leadership Charter School for four years. Here at Renaissance I have had opportunities for individualizing my curriculum and making more community connections. I have also had the opportunity to meet colleagues who are like minded and who care about the success of our students and who are committed to making a difference in our community. I am a mother of a super smart, charismatic, athletic nine year old boy. Occasionally, he makes guest appearances in the halls. He is definitely a chip off the old block. Between my responsibilities at Renaissance and commitment to my son (who plays every sport available for his age bracket), my days and nights are full. When time permits I also create and perform spoken word pieces, play paintball, exercise with Zumba, maintain a modeling internship, and reign as the Scramble and Words with Friends champion. If our expectations (and our support) are high, students will rise to meet their challenges. Here’s to a great year!!!
10th Grade- Marjorie Osherow
7th Grade- Emily Lepine
9th Grade- Katie Barsevich
Ms. Katie Barsevich is thrilled to be the 9th grade English teacher at The Springfield Renaissance School and a Crew leader for the class of 2017! Ms. Barsevich first came to Renaissance as a student teacher in the spring of 2013 to work with 8th grade English teacher Ms. Cote while completing her Bachelor’s degree at Springfield College in English and Secondary Education with studies in Social Justice. In addition to teaching Early Start at Renaissance this past summer, she had the wonderful opportunity to be trained by Erin Gruwell and the Freedom Writers at their institute in Long Beach, California. Ms. Barsevich is originally from the southwestern part of Connecticut, but she is proud to call Springfield her home now. She lived and studied abroad in Ireland in the fall of 2011 and loves to travel. Ms. Barsevich is also a fanatic reader and looks forward to founding and advising a book club at Renaissance.
11th Grade- Jamilla Jones
12th Grade- Lise Krieger
I grew up in Weston, CT, playing in the woods, swimming in rivers, and riding my bike. Many years and many colleges later my love of learning and going to school inspired me to become a teacher.
I moved to MA in the summer of 2006, after 19 years of teaching high school English in Norwalk, CT. I started working at Renaissance in 2007 and it’s been a wonderful journey. I love this school and everything it stands for, the students I’ve met along the way, and the staff I share my days with.
My (other) passions are the martial arts, biking, swimming in rivers and hiking in woods, exploring new places, writing and reading, , and horseback riding. I share my home with my partner, Jo, two dogs, Addie and Scout, and three cats. Horses Dudley, MaeMae, Monkey, Belle, and Nickers live in the barn out back.