6th Grade- Jessica Murphy
Jessica teaches sixth grade social studies and currently has an 8th grade crew. She has a bachelors degree in History and education from West-field State University. Additionally, she earned a masters degree in educational psychology from American International College. Born and raised in New Jersey, she came to Springfield in 2007 to pursue her education. She enjoys spending time with her children, swimming, photography, and watching movies.
8th Grade- Jamie Pirog
Jamie teaches 8th grade Social Studies and currently has a 7th grade 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 West field State University. Jamie is in her 6th year of teaching at the Springfield Renaissance School and her 12th year in the Springfield Public Schools. She leads the Color Therapy Club and girls on the run club at Renaissance and spends her free time with her son.
10th Grade U.S. History - Alison Beattie
12th Grade- Molly Dill
7th Grade- Patrick Rodgers
9th Grade- Tim Sossa
Mr. Sossa is in his 6th year at Renaissance and currently has a 10th grade crew. He completed and received his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Clark University. After having taught in Worcester for a year, he 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. He runs the art club at Renaissance and loves it. 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 11th grade History. 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.