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John Pension (Upper Grades)

John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education from U. Mass, Amherst, a Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Ministry from Boston College, and a Master of Education degree in School Administration from Emmanuel College. John has over thirty years teaching experience and extensive experience in youth leadership development, supervision, service learning, and peer education.

What I enjoy most is watching young people interact with others and then, through thoughtful reflection, come to know who they really want to be.  Charlotte Mason philosophy and method provides an atmosphere conducive to this discovery. The personal relationships developed with the authors and characters in “living books” offer opportunities to experience life with its many challenges and blessings.  These interactions, with their underlying dynamics (thoughts, emotions, behaviors, values), plant seeds for a life of vice or virtue. As our young people engage with the stories and ideas, their interpersonal relationships and play take on the conduct of their favorite characters. As a result, their true self begins to take shape.

Nina Pension (Upper Grades)

Nina holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology and a Master of Arts degree in Biblical Studies from Providence College. She has taught Sacred Scripture to adults since 1977 and in 1993 co-founded Plumfield Learning Cooperative.

Since 2000, she has taught history, Scripture, Latin, music and art appreciation to middle school students. “My great passion,” she says, ”is to see students come alive to the power of historical narrative through living books which stir the heart and ignite the imagination.  As a Charlotte Mason teacher, my goal is to foster that unique human connection between the child and the historical figure (artist, composer) which makes learning both personal and engaging.  My greatest joy at Plumfield comes in witnessing those occasions in which the characters studied in class spill over into the children’s play time, as in:   “Let’s play Theseus at Minos’s castle.”

Mary Yetts (Primary Grades)

Mary holds an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from North Shore Community College.  She taught at Gordon Conwell Seminary Nursery School. Mrs. Yetts earned her certification in Nursing Assistance from North Shore Community College.  She is certified in the Wilson Reading Program.  Mrs. Yetts and her husband Neil have home schooled their three children utilizing the methodology of Charlotte Mason.

Christine Deloury (Middle Grades)

Kellie Tandilyan (Nature Study)

Kellie holds a Bachelors Degree in Biology from Salem State University, and a Masters Degree in Elementary Education from Antioch University.  She has home schooled her three children using Charlotte Mason philosophy and methods.

Jodi Fryling (Spanish)

Jodi Fryling moved from Connecticut to Massachusetts to attend Gordon College in 1987.  Her goal since third grade was to become a teacher, and after spending time in the Dominican Republic her freshman year, she discovered that Spanish was her true passion.  A summer in Bolivia and a semester in Central America gave her a desire to serve the Lord among other cultures, and to share His saving grace . . . wherever He may take her and her husband.  

Jodi and her husband have a passion for experiencing and understanding other cultures, which has taken them to urban Philadelphia PA, Amish Lancaster PA, Navajo Ganado AZ, inner-city Memphis TN, war-torn Afghanistan and the prosperous United Arab Emirates.  During this global journey, Brent and Jodi had the privilege of using the gifts of teaching and medicine that the Lord had given them to share His Love with the communities where they lived. They saw God work in miraculous ways in people’s lives, and were privileged to see first-hand how He is working all over the world.  Their 25-year journey together brought Brent and Jodi back to North Shore, Massachusetts in 2013, where they are enjoying raising their pre-teen sons (their own God-given miracles) and serving The Lord who has blessed them so.

Jodi continues to be astounded at how The Lord’s plans are so much better and more amazing than she could have ever dreamed or imagined.  For Jodi, teaching Spanish is a joy, and she looks forward to serving Him at Plumfield Academy for this next season of her and her family’s life.

Steve Kercher (Music)

Steve Kercher is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music.  Steve has been teaching guitar, bass, piano, voice and percussion to private music students since 1995. For years Steve has been involved with producing and promoting recordings and concert events from small, intimate coffee houses to large music events that have included GrammyAward® winning and/or platinum selling artists. He has been a guest lecturer on the subjects of Music Business, Music Production, Entertainment Marketing & Public Relations, and Career Development at the University of Massachusetts, Berklee College of Music, and The New England Institute of Art and communications where he also developed music industry courses.

Katie Clark (Acting)

Katie Clarke is a graduate of Endicott College where she earned her BA in English with a concentration in Theatre. She holds a Masters degree in Theater Education from Emerson College. Katie is a teaching artist in the Greater Boston area. She teaches Boston Children’s Theatre’s Introductory Acting Courses as well as Outreach Programs, Yoga, Creative Movement, Music and Dance with KidPowerment Yoga. She is also the Producing Manager and Director of Education for Stage 284 in Hamilton, MA.

Courtney Reid (Art)

Courtney holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art from Gordon College.  She has broadened her expertise by completing continuing education courses at Westmont College, Gordon College, and Montserrat College of Art.  Ms. Reid has taught Art in school and community settings since 1996.

Anne Bajema (Upper Group Writing Workshop and Younger Student Reading Specialist)

Anne holds a B.A. English, minor in Literacy Education from Gordon College, Wenham, MA, Elementary Teaching Credentials from Salem State University, and a Masters in Education – Reading Education from the University of NH.

Anne relishes the opportunity to teach in a Charlotte Mason environment, where narration gives young writers a strong voice, and where reading the great feast together gives us exciting and inspiring ideas to discuss.  

Authors as Teachers

As a Great Books school, our teachers include the authors we read.  Our mentors in the past have included: Aesop, Confucius, Plutarch, Marco Polo, Charles Dickens, Louisa May Alcott,  Mildred Taylor, Edith Nesbit, William Shakespeare, Emily Dickenson, Thomas More, Rachel Carson, Anna Botsford Comstock, Dorothy Canfield Fisher, and Abraham Lincoln.

Education is a conversation with Great Minds.