Head of School, Interim
We are delighted that Linda R. Echt is our Interim Head of School as of August 1, 2017. Linda stands out for her wonderful record of accomplishment and deep understanding of the mission of Tremont School.
Prior to coming to Tremont, Linda spent the last ten years leading the Atrium School, where she nearly doubled enrollment and raised close to four million dollars over multiple annual fund and capital campaigns. She previously spent fifteen years as the founding Executive Director at Kesher School in Cambridge, where she garnered a national reputation for creating a new approach to Jewish education, developing innovative curricula and approaches to teacher education.
Linda received her Master of Arts in Education from Lesley University, and her undergraduate degree from Michigan State. She was also a participant in the Mandel Teacher Education Institute at Brandeis University, and an Educational Consultant through Hebrew College in Newton.
Linda shared, “After two very different and very wonderful opportunities to develop and grow communities as a Head of School, I look forward with great excitement to join a school with the energy and vision of Tremont. The beautiful vision of the school, the diverse students, and the incredible faculty and staff all combine to make a lasting difference in education, and in the lives of our students.” Linda is a resident of Watertown where she lives with her wife, Jill, son, Noah (16) and daughter, Eva (6).
Dean of students
Maile 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.
Assistant Head of School, Admissions
Amanda 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.
Business, Communications and Marketing Director
A graduate of the University of New Hampshire (B.S. Business Administration), Seth Tower 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 37 years. A licensed soccer coach, he also founded and runs a premier level soccer club based in metro west that has grown to over 300 players.
Jill Walker 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.