6th Grade- Nicole Ghaname
Nicole teaches 6th grade Social Studies and Crew at the Springfield Renaissance School. She studied International Affairs and Political Science at Northeastern University and holds a Master of Education degree from UMass Amherst. Nicole is now in her fifth year at Renaissance, where the students, faculty, and staff continue to inspire and push her to be a better teacher and person.
8th Grade- Jamie Pirog
Jamie teaches 8th grade Social Studies and Crew at the Springfield Renaissance School. She studied World History at Elms College and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in History Education at Westfield State University. Jamie is in her 4th year of teaching at the Springfield Renaissance School and her 11th year in the Springfield Public Schools. She leads the Zumba Club at Renaissance and spends her free time with her son.
10th Grade- Meg Magrath-Smith (Dept. Chair)
Meagan Magrath-Smith has been teaching at the Renaissance School since its second year (how did 9 years go by so fast!?). She teaches 10th grade U.S. History 1 and is the Department Chair for Social Studies. She has been a member of the Governing Board for three years. She also directs 1-2 plays each year as director of the Renaissance Players. She is a 9th grade crew leader. In her spare time, Meg reads lots of books, gardens, walks her coonhound Juno, and hangs out with her husband, Dave, and their baby boy, Finnegan. She lives in Holyoke, MA.
12th Grade- Molly Dill
7th Grade- Patrick Rodgers
9th Grade- Tim Sossa
Mr. Sossa is one of the new teachers here at Renaissance. Entering his second year of teaching, he is coming from Worcester, Massachusetts after completing his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Clark University. After having taught in Worcester for a year, he has found a new home out in Western Mass and at Renaissance teaching 9th grade World History. Born and raised in New York, he is Massachusetts at heart. While he may be a history geek, he enjoys film, basketball, football, kayaking and mountain biking.
11th Grade- Jonathan Galanis
Mr. Jonathan Galanis is in his ninth year as a Springfield teacher and currently teaches 7th grade Ancient Civilizations. He grew up in Walpole, MA and then moved to western Massachusetts to attend UMass, Amherst for undergraduate and graduate studies. Following a brief stint at Chestnut Accelerated Middle School as a practicum student, he taught for two years at the Elias Brookings School prior to joining the staff at Renaissance. In addition to teaching 7th grade and managing a crew of 8th graders, Mr. Galanis also runs the Bicycle Collective with Mr. Soycher, and is the master of planning the most physically draining intensive courses possible. Aside from teaching, Mr. Galanis enjoys spending time with his lovely wife and their dog at their South Hadley Falls home as well as cycling, running, swimming, lifting weights, listening to music, watching basketball, and reading.