RCS New Principal: Beth Choquette
Beth Choquette, a 22 year veteran in education with 16 years as a building leader, comes to Richmond from the Northampton Public Schools where she was principal for 10 years. Prior to that she was a PreK-8 principal in Vermont as well as an elementary music teacher in Adams, Massachusetts.
Beth is currently one of 20 fellows in the Commonwealth selected for DESE’s Influence 100 program. She was a member of DESE’s Culturally Responsive Principals Leadership Academy and led the task force for Northampton Public Schools in creating a unified PreK-12 Code ofConduct, Character, and Support. Beth’s commitment to educational equity and excellence, where all children are successful regardless of their personal, social, or cultural contexts, is at the core of her practice.
Beth received her doctorate from Boston College in Educational Leadership. Her dissertation Leadership for Inclusive Practices, focused on students who have experienced trauma, refugee students, special education students, and opportunities to learn through the lens of a
multi-tiered system of support and social justice. She received her M.M. in music performance at Michigan State University and her B.A. in music education and music performance from the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York-Potsdam.
Beth currently lives in North Adams, Massachusetts with her husband Jamie and has two sons, Jacob and Jackson. In her free time, Beth enjoys teaching at MCLA and at Boston College. When not spending time being a principal or teaching, she spends time researching, gardening,
going to museums and historical homes, playing with her dogs, visiting Italy and traveling with her husband, and spending time with her family.
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I am a parent of 4 children at Richmond Consolidated School. We have been privileged to be a part of this school system for 8 years, and there is no school in the Berkshires that compares! Our family travels internationally, and has been exposed to the finest educational systems, and we have chosen to be at Richmond. The curriculum is diverse and differentiated, with a qualified support staff to meet the needs of all students. Our school teaches the whole child with a uniquely rich arts program and cross-curricular teaching. This is THE school in the Berkshires. — RCS parent
Richmond Consolidated School is positively exceptional: small classes, great teachers,rigorous academic programs that foster critical thinking as well as creative development, and a strong commitment to the arts and foreign languages. In fact, kids start Spanish in kindergarten. — RCS parent
We are so lucky to have found RCS. It is a hidden treasure in Berkshire County. Our two children entered this year as buds, now, blossoming. The food is excellent, local and fresh. The art is innovative and creative. The children have a sense of security and respect at RCS. It is a beautiful path for children, preparing them for another. We are above the moon over this school and all that it has to offer. — RCS parent
Richmond school is one of the best in the Berkshires. It's like having a private school education but without the cost. The principal in incredible and the sense of community is great. There is a strong focus on the arts and music that can't be found at any other local public school in the area. The food program is also one of the best often using locally grown or from their own garden produce. I strongly recommend Richmond to anyone looking for a great small school in the Berkshires. — RCS parent
My school is outstanding in every way: English, math, science, social studies, art, music, physical education/health, theater. This small school has a huge heart & offers a great education in a warm atmosphere. — RCS teacher
Richmond school is as good as any private institution one could send their children to. The teachers take great interest in their work and my kids love the school. My children have developed well there with caring faculty and great programs. I couldn't be happier. — RCS parent
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Guiding beliefs identify the core values of the Richmond Consolidated School
Every Child has the right and potential to learn.
In inspiring and nurturing children to care about and contribute to their world.
All children deserve to have high expectations set for them and the support to achieve them.
In commitment to professional growth for our faculty and staff.
Parents and community play a critical role in education.
All members of our school community need to feel safe.
It is important to have built-in systems that support, implement and evaluate innovations.
In respecting and fostering unique and diverse learning and teaching styles.
In a curriculum that is coordinated and consistent, flexible and challenging to meet the needs of every learner.
Mutual respect, honesty and responsibility are vital to a healthy learning environment.
It is the responsibility of the educational community to anticipate the changing needs in society and to evaluate and adopt the best educational practices.