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.
Technology & Engineering Magnet Resource Teacher- Dale Kasal
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- Denise Cote
Ms. Denise Cote is proud to be the English ILS at The Springfield Renaissance School as well as Crew leader for the Class of 2021. Ms. Cote came to Renaissance in 2008 and has taught in the Springfield Public Schools since 2005. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her Master’s Degree from Western New England University where she was the recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Student award in her program. In addition, Ms. Cote is a Freedom Writer Teacher, trained by Erin Gruwell and the Freedom Writers at their Institute in California. Outside of the classroom, Ms. Cote supports extracurricular activities at Renaissance. First, she is the founder of and advisor to the Phoenix Archives yearbook. In addition, in 2012, Ms. Cote began an international travel program at Renaissance when she, along with two faculty chaperones, and 24 high school students traveled to England and Paris over Spring Break. That trip was followed by a trip to Greece in Spring 2013. A third European trip is scheduled for two weeks in the summer of 2015.