Classroom Teachers

Ms. Becca Mason (K1) has been teaching since 2001. She earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science from The George Washington University and her master’s degree from Lesley University in Early Childhood Education. She is also an Adjunct Professor with Lesley University’s School of Education and enjoys helping her students attain their M.Ed. She has been with Conservatory Lab since 2009 and has taught in the K-1 and K-2 classrooms. Outside of school, Becca spends her time playing board games, watching films, going to concerts, cooking, going out for Karaoke, and solving sudoku puzzles.  She is very happy to be celebrating her 4th year with Conservatory Lab and feels grateful for all of the incredible moments in teaching and learning she has experienced with this amazing group of students and families.

Courtney Wallack, K1 Assistant Teacher, is delighted to begin her first year at the Conservatory Lab School as a K1 Teacher Assistant. She received her Master’s in Teaching Elementary Education from Northeastern University in 2012, and is currently pursuing an additional license in Special Education also from Northeastern. Courtney is eager to share in the excitement of her students’ abundant new discoveries and experiences in their K1 year. When not in school, Courtney loves to travel to places both near and far, spend time with family and friends, and, in the winter, curl up with a big cup of hot chocolate in front of the fireplace.

Charline Herisse, K1 Assistant, earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Florida Atlantic University. She has enjoyed working with children with special needs while in Massachusetts and plan on developing effective relationships with the Conservatory Lab community. Charline enjoys traveling, playing outdoors, and spending time with friends and family. She has an imaginative seven year old daughter who she hugs and kisses everyday!

Amelia (Ami) Landay, K1 Assistant, grew up in Washington, DC where she experienced the experiential education model firsthand as a middle school student at a school very similar to Conservatory Lab. She recently completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Vermont, where she received her B.S. in middle school education, concentrating in language arts and social studies. During college, Ami also discovered her passion for the outdoors, and is coming to Conservatory Lab after two seasons working for Outward Bound on Thompson Island in Boston harbor. In her free time, Ami is an avid soccer player and loves to hike. She also loves to read and hear live music, and is currently teaching herself how to play the ukulele. Ami is excited to move to Boston and even more excited to become a member of the Conservatory Lab community. She thanks everyone for the warm welcome!

This is K2 teacher Ms. Mary Randolph’s fourth year at the Conservatory Lab School, and her fifth year as a classroom teacher. She earned her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education at Lesley University in 2009. Before that she worked with many different age groups in both public and private institutions, and she also worked as a nanny for many years. In the end, she found her place in pre-kindergarten. The creativity, the sense of wonder, and the energy that exists at this age is so captivating to Mary. The mission at the Conservatory Lab- that music is a means for social change- as well as our Expeditionary Learning, have enabled her to strengthen her practice in remarkable ways.  Nurturing the children as they blossom into deep thinkers and talented performers has been an incredible experience for Mary. She sees such a sense of accomplishment and pride that has an impact not only on their creative selves, but in their relationships and academics. When Mary is not teaching, she is often spending time with my family in Maine, lost in a great book, or trying to cook without over-seasoning anything.

Jillian Watts, K2 assistant, is in her first year as full-time staff at Conservatory Lab.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Childhood Studies, with a music minor in piano from Plymouth State University in NH.  She is currently working on her master’s degree in Integrated Arts, and is a certified elementary teacher in both MA and NH.  She has taught abroad for four years in international schools in Turkey and South Korea, both as a general music teacher and as a lead classroom teacher.  In her free time, she enjoys salsa dancing around Boston and abroad, as well as singing and playing piano.

Katie Biro (K2), has been teaching at Conservatory Lab Charter School for three full years. She began as a student teacher then moved on to becoming a first grade teacher assistant. Katie is currently a lead teacher in K2. Katie has a passion for teaching children social/emotional and literacy skills. Her classroom is filled with active involvement and learning through music and movement. Outside of school Katie loves to be active. She takes a variety of dance, yoga, and Pilates classes. Katie also loves spending time with her family in central Massachusetts. You will likely find Katie listening to music or curled up with a Cecelia Ahern book (her favorite author).

Tessie Snow, K2 assistant, is new to the Conservatory Lab this year but comes with teaching experience and a music background. She began with a teaching internship in fourth and first grade classrooms at the Learning Project Elementary School in Boston.  She later went on to receive a master’s degree in Elementary Education at Lesley University, during which she worked in both first and third grade classrooms at the Brookwood School in Manchester, MA. Tessie also plays the piano, trumpet, and sings. In college, Tessie minored in music performance and sang a capella.  She is currently a founding member and the music director of an a capella group called MassAppeal. Tessie also loves to be active outside by doing things like running, hiking, or skiing. Some of her favorite books include Ms. Rumphius, The Empty Pot, and the Harry Potter series.

Jovanne Buckmire, first grade, received her BA from Wheelock College in Human Development, and has been teaching elementary school for eight years. Her favorite part of teaching first grade is watching young learners grow as scholars, musicians, and friends. When she is not in the classroom she enjoys spending time with family and friends, especially at the beach!

Alex Musliner, 1st grade assistant, is excited to get started and work with Jovanne Buckmire. Alex recently graduated from Lesley University with her Masters in Elementary Education and Creative Arts in Learning. She spent last year as a Teacher Assistant in a third grade classroom in Cambridge and is looking forward to working with first graders this year. Outside of the classroom Alex loves loves art, traveling whenever possible (especially to warm places) and spending time with family, friends and pets!

Ms. Jenna Gampel received her undergraduate degree from Northeastern University, and her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Literacy from Lesley in 2010. This is Jenna’s fourth year at Conservatory Lab, and she has enjoyed the benefits of honing her craft in the 2nd grade. Jenna enjoys bringing her musical theater and dance experience to the classroom. She has been excited to implement expeditionary learning, seeing the deep learning and quality work students are able to produce. In her free time, Jenna enjoys visiting her family, walking her dog Bentley and snowboarding.

Tim Larney, 2nd grade, received his undergraduate degree in American Studies from Saint Michael’s College. After spending 8 years working in financial services, he returned to school and received his Master’s Degree in Elementary Education in December of 2012. This is Mr. Larney’s first year at Conservatory Lab and he is excited to be working with second grade students in an expeditionary learning school. When not in the classroom Mr. Larney enjoys spending his time outdoors, reading, and relaxing with his family.  Mr. Larney lives in Boston with his wife and son.

Alexandra Klove  is teaching third grade at the Conservatory Lab this year. She attended Boston University and Simmons College and received a BA in psychology and education and Masters of Art in teaching elementary education. After learning as a student teacher in second grade in 2012, Alex is eager to begin her second year as a lead teacher. She believes synthesizing learning through authentic activities builds positive members of society. In her spare time, Alex enjoys dancing, practicing yoga, singing, cooking, reading, walking outdoors and spending quality time with family and friends!

Ashley Jaundoo, fourth grade teacher,  is an active member of the Educational Fraternity, Delta Kappa Epsilon; as she has dedicated her life’s work to educating and molding the minds of young people. After receiving her B.A in Early Childhood Education from Spelman College in 2010, Ashley worked with several Atlanta Public School teachers on curriculum construction, as well as worked with the TWD Conglomerate Inc, and their partnered non-profit organization, National CARES Mentoring Movement. Ashley managed several projects while at the NCMM, and continues to do work that ultimately improves the “whole person.” In 2010, Ashley moved back to Boston, MA, where she became the Lower School Special Projects Coordinator, and 5th and 6th grade teacher at Boston Collegiate Charter School in Dorchester, MA. She received her M.Ed. in Elementary Education from Boston College Lynch School of Education, as a Donovan Urban Teaching Scholar in 2013. While pursuing her master’s degree, she simultaneously co-taught a 1st grade class at the Dennis C. Haley Pilot School in Roslindale, MA. Mrs. Jaundoo was able to apply her beliefs around curriculum construction and student growth during this time. Mrs. Jaundoo and her husband recently welcomed a new baby girl to their family, and she is excited to balance life as teacher and now a mother. She is Trinidadian-American and enjoys warm climate, but has an appreciation for all our seasons. She enjoys listening to music, reading cookbooks, and watching any genre of movies. Mrs. Jaundoo has worked for many years with the Efficacy Institute Inc, and infuses her teaching with core concepts around effort based learning regardless of where she is teaching. Through all of her experiences she has been able to maximize her skills around curriculum planning and program execution, and continues to deliver time and time again.

Ms. Rachel Cates is a fifth grade teacher and has been teaching at Conservatory Lab since 2009. She has lived in Boston since 2003 and prior to that she grew up in a small town about an hour south of Boston. Rachel received a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Boston University and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Framingham State College. Rachel has always had a passion to work with children and she loves being a part of Conservatory Lab! Although it’s been awhile since she’s taken lessons, Rachel can play the piano and loves to sing. When not at school, Rachel enjoys spending time with friends and family. She also loves engaging herself with new books for pleasure as well as books that will enhance her teaching career.

Ivy Delaney has been teaching for 19 years.  This will be her fifth year at Conservatory Lab.  Ivy has taught grades one to five, Reading Recovery, Special Education and English Language Learners.  As a volunteer in Kiribati, South Pacific, Ivy worked with teachers to lift the quality and delivery of their English language instruction.  When she returned to the United States, Ivy moved to Manchester, England where she taught English as a Second/Foreign Language to adult learners.  Ivy is a graduate of Bank Street College of Education.  She received her Reading Recovery training at New York University.  When not in the classroom, Ivy enjoys spending time with her family, taking yoga classes, reading and watching movies.  (with a big tub of popcorn!)

Michael Gentile is excited to be joining the Conservatory Lab team as the Middle School ELA teacher. He previously taught seventh grade English at Boston Preparatory Charter Public School in Hyde Park as well as second grade at Success Academy Harlem #1 in New York City. Michael earned his Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Kentucky and is an avid UK Basketball fan (Go Cats!).  When he’s not teaching, Michael enjoys reading, traveling, and listening to live music of all types.

Catie Dwyer-Huppert is excited to be the new Middle School Science teacher. She has worked as a science teacher and cross-country coach for the past 11 years, most recently at University Park Campus School in Worcester, MA and is passionate about fostering children’s connection to nature. She is teaching herself to play the guitar and loves to read novels, go on long runs and sing, hike, cook, and play ping-pong with family and friends.

Joyce Ting, Middle School Humanties, has two degrees in Vocal Performance from Wheaton College (IL) and Boston University, respectively.  She performed with Boston Lyric Opera and Opera Boston, as well as other concert venues, before transitioning into classroom teaching with a Masters in Education for Middle School Humanities from Lesley University.  Since then, Joyce has taught in Taiwan, Northeastern University, and Beaver Country Day School.  She is delighted to be able to utilize her extensive background in music, as well as the humanities, to bring learning to life at the Conservatory Lab.  Outside of school, Joyce enjoys traveling, cooking, dancing, running, capoeira, and of course, making music.