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.
Middle School Humanities Teacher
Sue Cogswell grew up in Connecticut, moved to Massachusetts to go to Stonehill College, and never went back! She received her bachelor’s in Psychology, with a minor in Education. Sue spent the next few years working in the mental health field. There was a small stint in California but Massachusetts was her home. After she returned from California, Sue got a Master’s in Special Education at Wheelock College. She spent the next 12 years teaching in Boston at a full inclusion middle school. Embracing change, Sue found herself at a small school in Lexington. When she is not teaching, Sue likes cooking, baking (yes they are different), hiking, biking and spending time with her friends and family (including the fluffy ones).
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.
High 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.
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.
High 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.
Physical Education and After School Programs Coordinator
Daniel Selsky earned his BA from Florida International University in Miami, FL. He doubled majored in Political Science and International Relations. After graduation Daniel began his coaching career at Doral Academy Charter, in Miami, FL. He spent 4 years at Doral serving as the Head Coach of boys and girls cross country and track and field. He also served 3 years as a social studies instructor at Doral for both high school and middle school students. Daniel has also coached at the collegiate ranks as well, at FIU, Sarah Lawrence, and Hunter College. He holds a United States Track and Field Certification Level 1 and 2 in Endurance. Prior to arriving at Tremont, Daniel spent 3 years working in college athletic administration while at Hunter College, mainly working with the Assistant AD of budget and finance and the Associate AD of compliance. He also spent time completing internships at Fordham University Athletics and with the New York Knicks at their practice facility. Daniel recently moved to Concord, MA with his fiancee, Alyse, who works at Concord Academy. He looks forward to exploring all the great trail systems in the Concord area for running.
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.
Director of Student Services, Social Emotional Learning Curriculum Coordinator and Applied Sociology Teacher
Nina Tobin is currently in her 18th 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.
Jorge “Dr.J.” Yacubowicz
High School STEM Teacher
Dr. J. joined the Tremont School to share his passion for science and technology. A native of Uruguay, after obtaining his doctorate in Chemical Engineering from the Technion (IIT), he joined a company specializing in advanced separation processes as an application engineer. This position enabled him to be in contact with a full spectrum of industrial sectors around the world increasing his scientific and technological knowledge. Jorge eventually moved to the US invited by a local Massachusetts company. After moving to another company, he became vice-president of technology and chief technology officer for seven years before realizing that what he really wanted to do was teaching science and technology to eager young minds. Jorge completed a Master of Education at Boston University while teaching full-time in a fellowship program at a Cambridge Public School. He enjoys meeting and talking with friends, swimming, good books and movies and cooking savory dishes.