High School PE- Lorie LeTellier (Dept. Chair)
Mrs. Lorie LeTellier was born and raised in Norton, MA. She holds both her B.S. degree in Movement of Sports Studies and M.Ed. degree in Health Promotion and Wellness from Springfield College. She has been teaching in the Springfield Public Schools System for 13 years now, but has been teaching at Renaissance for 6 years. She strongly believes, “physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, but it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity,” by John F. Kennedy. She is passionate and dedicated to helping students find a balance between a healthy diet and regular exercise.
Middle School Art- Samantha Lough
Samantha Lough recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from Springfield College, majoring in Art Education and Art Therapy. She is the new middle school art teacher for Renaissance and has student taught in the Springfield School district for six months. While at Springfield College, she worked with the faulty in the visual arts department in collaborating an alliance with the Springfield public schools. During her free time she enjoys reading, visiting museums, and web-surfing on Pinterest to come up with new and imaginative ways to create art. She found her love for art in middle school and progressed from drawing to painting, sculpture, and printmaking. Samantha currently lives in Agawam with her three year old son, Lucas, and believes that with hard work, determination, and perseverance you can do everything you set your mind to
High School Latin- Herb Holland (Dept. Chair)
Herb Holland, born in California in 1972, traveled the world (even spitting off the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa as a child) before permanently settling in New England at age 15. Mr. Holland, who is married and has five wonderful children, received his BA from Albertus Magnus College, where he double-majored in Latin and physical sciences, in 1996 and his MAT in Latin and Classical Humanities from UMass Amherst in 1998. After teaching in upstate New York for almost a decade, Mr. Holland joined the Renaissance faculty in 2007. The 2012-2013 school year will be his sixth at the school.
Middle School Drama- Joni Sullivan (Dept. Chair)
ESOL- Jennifer Markey
Jennifer Markey joins Springfield Renaissance School this year to work with students in varying stages of English language leaning. Born and raised in Springfield, MA, Jenn earned her B.A. from Trinity College in Hartford, CT and her M.A. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She has taught ESL at the University of Wisconsin, Univerisity of Maryland, Springfield Technical Community College, and most recently at White Street School in Springfield. Jenn’s passions include gardening, cooking, and experiencing and participating in the fabulous richness and diversity of her Springfield community. She shares this last passion with her husband Patrick and their three teenage children. Jenn is thrilled to be joining a school community whose design principals highlight the value of diversity and inclusion, service and compassion, and the having of wonderful ideas.
Librarian- Teresa Pfeifer
Ms. Pfeifer holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Simmons College, Boston; as well as a Master of Fine Arts degree in Writing from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. She is active in the library community as a book reviewer and readers’ guide writer, and she has served as a judge for the Massachusetts Center for the Book. A past recipient of a Massachusetts Artist Grant, her poetry has appeared in journals such as The Massachusetts Review, Verse, and Crazy Horse. A Springfield native, Ms. Pfeifer enjoys hiking in the woods, and walking with her dog, Morris.
Middle School PE, Health- Melissa Lewis
My name is Melissa Lewis and I am currently the middle school PE teacher and middle school and high school Health teacher. I grew up in Milan, New York and moved to Massachusetts to attend Springfield College where I earned my bachelors degree in Movement and Sports Studies. While at Springfield College I played on the Racquetball and Field Hockey teams along with participating in intramural softball, racquetball, floor hockey and ultimate frisbee. I am the Varsity girls soccer coach and middle school girls basketball coach at Renassiance and I also have an 8th grade crew. In my free time I love being outdoors hiking, biking, fishing, camping, playing sports and playing with my dog Maggie! I also play the drums, piano and I am a hardcore Yankee Fan. : ) I'm very excited to have my first year teaching be at Renassiance and I look forward to many more years to come!
Middle School Spanish- Marilyn Sanchez
Marilyn Sanchez is currently the high school Spanish teacher at the Renaissance School. She was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico and the age of 10 came to Springfield, MA. She received a high school diploma from Springfield Central High School in 1995. Sra. Sanchez received a BA in Spanish from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA in 2000 and a MA in Education with a concentration in Curriculum Planning and Instruction from the University of Phoenix in 2005. Sra. Sanchez has been teaching for 12 years going on 13. She worked for 2 years as a Spanish teacher at Kiley Middle School, 4 years at Mary M. Walsh Elementary School as a Science teacher for grades K-2 and a Spanish teacher for grades 3-5. Sra. Sanchez decided to change her field of teaching and became one of the ELL teachers at Boland Elementary school for 3 years. She learned a great deal and made a lot of great friends at the elementary level but her heart wanted to go back to middle school which is and has always been her love and passion. Sra. Sanchez became the middle school Spanish teacher at the Renaissance School in 2009 and in 2011 she became the high school Spanish teacher. She loves the dynamic of the school and the communication between the staff and the staff/ students/family. She is the proud mother of 2, a girl that’s currently in 10th grade at Renaissance and a boy that is currently in 5rdgrade at Brightwood School. Sra. Sanchez has been married for 16 years and counting. She loves to dance, eat, read, walk, and to be with her family. She is an animal lover. Sra. Sanchez currently has a beautiful boxer name Precious, which is the love of her life, and a handsome cat name Sunny.
High School Spanish- Elizabeth Caretti-Ramirez
High School Drama- Bridget Camara
Bridget Camara grew up in Bridgewater, Massachusetts and earned a BA in History from UMass, Amherst in 2000. After working in Boston for two years, she moved to Western Massachusetts where she took courses at Westfield State College, obtained her teaching license, and joined the faculty of the High School of Commerce. She taught Drama at Commerce for seven years, sharing her extensive experience performing in and supporting high school, college, and local theatre company productions. This included her 1996-2001 tenure as a member of the Industrial Theater Company, which staged many productions in both Taunton and Cambridge, Massachusetts. At Commerce, she has directed productions ranging from musical theatre to Shakespeare to original student works, and she is thrilled at the opportunity to engage Renaissance students in similar pursuits. Ms. Camara lives in Springfield with her husband, Kevin, and two year old daughter, Chloe.