February 22, 2018


Chuck Chaney

Art Teacher

Chuck 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.

Sue Cogswell
Middle School Humanities Teacher






Irene Jackson
Middle School Humanities Teacher

Irene Jackson 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

Tore 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

Mike 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.

Ian Murphy
Upper School Math Teacher

Ian 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.

Liz Reimers
Physical Education and Extended Day Teacher

Liz 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 Thomas 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
Director of Student Services, Social Emotional Learning Curriculum Coordinator and Applied Sociology Teacher

Nina Tobin is currently in her ​18​th year of teaching. She received a B.A. in Art History, and Secondary Education from Regis College, and a Master’s degree in Special Education through Lesley University, where her thesis was in Social Skill Acquisition and Curriculum Development. 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 panels in 2014 and 2016. She is a former educator for the Boston Public Schools, and former Chairperson of the Westwood Chapter of SEPAC. She previously worked with MGH’s YouthCare/Aspire Program on curriculum development, and as a Site Director for their Summer Camp program. She is the author of an innovative brain-based social emotional learning curriculum, and has also delivered numerous presentations to parents and educators on differentiating instruction, promoting inclusion, as well as how to implement the fine arts, universal design, and multiple intelligences into all academic content areas. Outside of school, Mrs. Tobin spends her time with her illustrator husband, two sons, and baby daughter. She enjoys visiting museums, creating fiber art, painting, singing and playing accordion in a punk band, volunteering for Girls Rock Campaign Boston, and singing professionally with the New World Chorale. She also has ​three rotten cats named ​Yoda, ​Martin and Mingus.