Faculty & Staff


Kathleen Boucher-Lavigne
Middle School Math and Science Teacher

Kathleen head shotKathleen Boucher enthusiastically returns to the Tremont faculty after spending the past two years teaching and coaching in the North East Kingdom. The DC native graduated with honors from Amherst College with an undergraduate degree in Sociology. She began her teaching career at Smith College, earning two Masters Degrees in Exercise & Sport Studies and Teaching. In addition to Tremont, Kathleen has taught in both a special education capacity in public school settings as well as in a general education capacity. She loves finding ways to connect with students in order to meet them where they are at and then help them recognize their own potential. In her free time she enjoys traveling up and down the East Coast visiting family and friends, coaching field hockey and lacrosse, being in the water as much as possible, trying new foods, and relaxing with loved ones.

Chuck Chaney
Art Teacher

Chuck-Chaney-170x170Chuck Chaney was raised in Honolulu, HI where he attended one of the first project based middle and secondary schools. He received his BA majoring in professional photography from Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA focusing on Color Technology and Industrial Scientific Photography.  Chuck built a multifaceted photography career working with many fortune 500 companies both as a photographer, manager and consultant. He continues this work today focused on life’s most meaningful moments and celebrations. He earned a MFA from Tufts University in Medford, MA in Studio Art, specializing in interdisciplinary art. At Tufts he discovered that his work was about creating communication and engagement which lead him to form a 501(c) 3 non-profit summer artist residency in Alaska before living in Europe for two years producing and exhibiting art on five continents.  Most recently he worked in collage art admissions but felt his calling to return to middle and secondary education. Chuck has taught and mentored middle, secondary and college students for over a decade, and believes there should be more places like Tremont, educating students, socially, emotionally and academically equally.  He calls Massachusetts home where he spends too much time in the kitchen and garden developing new dishes and concoctions for every season and taste. Chuck is the loving father of Charlotte and husband of Amy; they share their home with two dogs Hope and Mercy.

Irene Jackson
Middle School Humanities Teacher

ireneIrene has been teaching for almost thirty years.  Her first teaching job was a volunteer position teaching United States history at an alternative high school in Providence, Rhode Island.  She has a bachelor’s degree in American Civilization from Brown University and a master’s degree in English from the University of Maine.  She has taught academic enrichment classes for gifted students, has tutored English Language Learners, and has taught high school social studies.  Before coming to Tremont School, she taught grades 4-8 at Stillwater Montessori School in Old Town, Maine for nine years.  She also taught courses in writing at the University of Maine, a commitment she has continued in Massachusetts at Middlesex Community College.  She enjoys writing poetry and plays, reading aloud to her students and family, cooking, walking, and gardening.  She lives in Littleton with her husband, Bob, a physicist; her daughter, Sylvia, a gourmet chef and designer of duct tape accessories; and her dog, Selma, a hound.

Tore Kapstad
Upper School Humanities Teacher

toreTore Kapstad, a graduate of Middlebury College and Teachers College/Columbia University, has taught in New York City and Boston, MA. He is a National Board Certified Teacher in Social Studies-History for Adolescence and Young Adulthood. He has taught at the middle and high school levels, teaching courses in Humanities, World History, US History, Geography, Civics and Government, Economics, and a number of elective courses. When not in the classroom or counting the number of years, months, weeks, days, hours, minutes, seconds, and nanoseconds until the next soccer World Cup, Tore enjoys sports, music, reading, chess, and spending time with his family and friends.

Mike MacGillivray
Music Teacher and Collaborative Problem Solving Coordinator

mikeMike MacGillivray has been working in education for ten years. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music, and spent some time working in the music industry.  After moving back to the Boston area, Mike spent a summer working at a day camp, and realized that education was where he belonged.  He has worked for summer camps, after school programs, and a middle school.  Mike recently completed his Master of Education from Lesley University, and is excited to bring his music background and love of teaching to the Tremont School.  Mike plays guitar and sings, and enjoys both making and listening to music.  In his free time, he also loves to read, cook, and watch movies.  He loves to travel, and has been all over the country as well as overseas.  Mike has served as advisor for afterschool cooking and can often be found playing chess with students in the classroom at recess.

Maile Munson
Dean of students

Munson_Maile_170x212Maile Munson is trained and licensed as both a Clinical Social Worker and a School Adjustment Counselor. After majoring in psychology at Hartwick College, she earned her Masters degree in Social Work at Simmons College. Over the years, she has practiced in a number of school settings. With three young children at home, she founded and operated a state licensed preschool program. Last year she discovered Tremont and found it to be the best, a place where everyone works with heart and soul to guide each student to reach his/her full potential. During her free time, Maile enjoys running, gardening, practicing yoga, and being with her friends and family.

Ian Murphy
Upper School Math Teacher

ianIan Murphy’s primary passion is teaching and helping people through deep reflection and developing self-awareness. He graduated from The Citadel in 1998 with a degree in English and has been teaching for several years, most recently in the Weston Public Schools. Along the way he has written for a travel magazine, run a martial arts dojo, trained dogs, and coached youth sports. His favorite subjects to teach are math and science, with particular passion for geometry, geology, and space. His hobbies include coaching, weight lifting, swimming, writing, and enjoying all things Star Wars. His current writing projects include fiction books for publication.  Ian earned a Masters degree in education from Cambridge College in 2006.

Amanda Packard
Assistant Head of School, Admissions

Amanda-170x197Amanda Packard grew up in New York City where she graduated as an English major from Barnard College. She went on to earn her Masters of Arts in Teaching at Sacred Heart University where she wrote her thesis on students who are double identified as learning disabled and gifted. She also had the opportunity to testify in front of Connecticut’s congress subcommittee on funding for students double identified. Amanda is working on an Ed.D degree at Northeastern University with a concentration in Curriculum, Teaching, Learning and Leadership; her dissertation focuses on emotional intelligence and student-teacher relationships.

Amanda has worked in a variety of positions in private and public schools, including admissions, advancement, professional development, and teaching. She has taught horseback riding and worked for the ASPCA in New York City.  She has two stepsons and lives on Cape Cod with her husband, Ben. When not at work, you will find her walking her dog Zeus on the beach or reading adolescent literature.

Liz Reimers
Physical Education and Extended Day Teacher

Liz-Reimers-170x313Liz Reimers is very excited to be joining the Tremont School as the Physical Education teacher and Extended Day Teacher ! She graduated from Wheaton College with a B.A in Anthropology and Masters in Education from Lesley University. Liz has over 10 years experience working with campers during the summers on Cape Cod and in Maine. Additionally, for the past five years Liz has been teaching at private and public schools around Boston. While teaching, Liz continued her passion for Physical Education by coaching at the middle school and high school levels. As a life long athlete, Liz is excited to combine her passion for teaching and love of athletics into the PE and after school positions. In her free time  Liz loves sailing, working out, cooking,traveling and spending time with her friends and family.

Rod Thomas
Middle School Math and Science Teacher

Rod_ThomasRod earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Colgate University.  He also minored in Art and toured constantly with the school’s original a cappella group: The Colgate Thirteen.  Dedicated to the “Renaissance Man” ideal, Rod has pursued careers in the visual arts, music, and teaching.  He studied illustration at the Art Institute of Boston and worked as a freelance illustrator for 15 years. During this time he taught illustration at Montserrat College of Art and the New England School of Art and Design.  Wanting to work with younger students, Rod earned a Masters in Education from Salem University. He has taught for four years at the British International School of Boston where he was a Science specialist for grades k-3 and an “artist for hire” school wide.  All the while, he was singing and playing harmonica professionally with his musical trio: Outrageous Fortune. In his free time, Rod likes building things with his younger son Ian, creating art with his older son Kieran, and dancing with his wife Sandra.

Nina Tobin
Community Skills Teacher and Collaborative Problem Solving Coordinator

ninaNina Tobin is currently in her 15th year of teaching. She received a B.A. in Art History, Theology and Education from Regis College, and a Master’s degree in Special Education through Lesley University. Nina has been a member of the Museum of Fine Arts Educator Advisory Board since 2008, serving as a speaker for the Autism Museum Accessibility panel in 2014. She is a former educator for the Boston Public Schools, and former Chairperson of the Westwood Chapter of SEPAC. She has worked with MGH’s YouthCare/Aspire Program since 2007, most recently serving as a contributor developing Brain-Based Social Pragmatics curriculum, and as a Site Director for their Summer Camp program. She has also delivered numerous presentations to parents and educators on using the fine arts, universal design, and multiple intelligences in all academic content areas. Outside of school, Ms. Tobin spends her time with her sons, visiting museums, painting, illustrating, and singing professionally with the New World Chorale for the Boston Ballet. She enjoys teaching Art, Music, Theater, as well as Social Pragmatics and Applied Sociology at the Tremont School.

Seth Tower
Business, Communications and Marketing Director

2015-09-18 09.48.04-DSC00046 A graduate of the University of New Hampshire (B.S. Business Administration), Seth has an extensive background in sales and marketing and has run several businesses, including his family’s printing company which employed over 150 people. Most recently Seth has owned a graphic design marketing communications firm specializing in brand development and package design. Seth enjoys skiing, sailing, photography and golf.  He is certified member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America and has coached skiers of all abilities at Wildcat Mountain in Northern NH for 34 years. A licensed soccer coach, he also founded and runs a premier level soccer club based in metro west that has grown to over 285 players.

Jill Walker
Campus Coordinator

Jill is a parent co-founder of the Tremont School. She holds degrees in psychology from Colgate University and library information science Simmons College. Her background work as behavior specialist and mental health counselor as well as children’s and young adult reference librarian is a valuable addition to the mission of our progressive-inclusive school. She enjoys running, reading, and photography.


Bill Wilmot
Upper School STEM Teacher

Bill Wilmot received his BA majoring in Liberal Arts, from St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD, with a focus on philosophy and the history of science and math.  He earned an Ed.M in School Leadership, specializing in School Development from Harvard Graduate School of Education.  He taught math, science, and music in grades 5-9 in a variety of charter and district schools.  Much to his surprise, he instantly loved the process of guiding middle school students through the tumultuous waters of adolescence.  He has also worked as a consultant for charter and pilot schools, including developing a middle school program for Seacoast Charter School, an arts-integrated, K-8 charter school.  He then served as the Head of School at Seacoast for four years, working to nurture students in their exploration, support teachers in their innovations, and build a learning community for everyone.

Bill is also a violinist.  Inspired by his own experience as a musician and awkward occasionally bumpy road as a student, he is fascinated by how people engage with the world and learn.  Bill is also the father of August and Calder and the husband of Elizabeth.