Science & Math Magnet Resource Teacher- Jessica Engebretson
Born in Germany and raised in the land of Garrison Keillor, Ms. Engebretson earned her Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, Wisconsin and her Masters of Science in Ecological Teaching and Learning at Lesley College in Cambridge, MA. When not geeking out over biological functions with seventh graders, she loves to spend time with her partner Matt, their beautiful little daughter, Lilah, and her trusty canine companion, Rudy. The outdoors has always been a key component to Ms. Engebretson’s life and she enjoys communing with nature while mountain biking, hiking, skiing and snowshoeing. She can also be found creating something in the kitchen, working on endless projects at her craft table, or knitting while listening to music. She is excited to share the classroom with students where she is an equal partner in learning something new each day.
Expeditionary Learning Lead Teacher- Lindsay Slabich
Lindsay Slabich is a founding teacher at the Springfield Renaissance School. She received her BA in American Studies from Wesleyan University. She received her Masters of Arts in Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has taught in the Springfield Public Schools since 2003, first at the High School of Commerce and then at Renaissance. She taught social studies for four years at Renaissance and is now the school’s Expeditionary Learning Resource Teacher. Lindsay loves being with her family, the outdoors, yoga, cooking, and all of the Renaissance students and faculty!
Math Instructional Leadership Specialist- Katrina Danby
English Instructional Leadership Specialist- Meg Magrath-Smith
Meagan Magrath-Smith has been teaching at the Renaissance School since its second year. She taught 10th grade U.S. History 1 and was the Department Chair for Social Studies before becoming the ELA - ILS in 2017. 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 12th 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.