Mrs. MacDonald is a Springfield, MA native who has resided in the Berkshires now for over 35 years. She attended and received her MS from the University of New England in Maine. She has been a teacher in many capacities at Richmond School for 38 years. Currently, she is teaching at the Kindergarten level and for the 20-21 school year, she will be moving to Preschool with Mrs. A.
She loves RCS and the amazing students and staff. Over her many years working at the school, she has been involved in many extracurricular activities, including work as the school play director and dance coordinator for middle school - each of those for over twenty years. She has two terrific children, a son and daughter, and is a very proud grandmother of two and a half children - Anna, Danny, and ?. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and especially loves her canoeing adventures with Tammy.
Anna O’Donnell is a artist and a teacher. She graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2006 and studied at the Glasgow School of Art in Glasgow, Scotland. In 2014 she received a Master of Art and Teaching degree from Rhode Island School of Art and Design.
Anna has taught visual art to students at the Kindergarten level up to 12th grade, from Romania and the West Indies to Rhode Island, Boston and the Southern Berkshires. She has a passion for having a part in student transformation through art and design education and an interest in STEAM teaching methods believing that STEAM and the fine arts education models combined are a powerful system for reaching children.
The Visual Arts program at Richmond Consolidated School will inspire learners to communicate enduring ideas, through education in art and design, and to explore and question the world and themselves.
Joy Mullen teaches music at Richmond Consolidated school. She conducts the Concert Band, Jazz Band, Beginners band and the choruses. She teaches instrumental lessons to students in grades 4-8. She is a Level III certified Orff-Schulwerk instructor and uses this approach primarily in teaching students in grades PreK-3. Students in grade 3 learn to play the recorder and play "Recorder Karate" at the end of each school year.
In addition to music, Mrs. Mullen enjoys sports, especially basketball. She also spends time gardening. She is married to Roger Mullen and has two adult children.
Ronna Zigmand is a native of Great Barrington but spent 26 years teaching in international schools in Morocco, Taiwan, Dominican Republic, China, Egypt and India. Ronna and her husband Karl raised their two children overseas, who then returned to the US for College
Ronna graduated from the University of Connecticut where she ran track and held the high jump recored of 6'1/4" for 10 years. Internationally Ronna taught Physical Education for 20 years and then worked as a Library Media Specialist for 5 years. Most recently she worked in Pittsfield at Herberg Middle School teaching Digital Media and Technology.
Outside of school Ronna enjoys reading, hiking, jogging, traveling and spending time with family.
Katie Bovard is our physical education teacher. This is her first year teaching at Richmond, but she was lucky enough to be a student here first. She studied Physical Education and health education at Castleton University in Castleton, VT. She was also a member of the Ski Team and Cross Country Team.
Katie loves the outdoors and enjoys many activities including mountain biking, kayaking and skiing. Katie is excited to be moving back to the Berkshires with her husband Nate and cat named Bug.
Julia Sabourin joined Richmond Consolidated School in 2016. Julia received her bachelor's degree in political science from Boston College and later went on to receive her MEd, also from Boston College, in elementary curriculum and instruction. During her career as a teacher she has taught 4th, 5th and 7th grade. Julia also has written, received and led state and federal grants targeting middle school students. During her work with the 21st Century federal grant program, Julia became a service learning trainer through the KIDS Consortium program. Today Julia is working as a response to intervention teacher for the upper grades as well as the 7th and 8th grade social studies teacher.
Julia loves spending time outdoors and traveling with her family. One of her daughters attends RCS as an early elementary student and her youngest daughter will join the school in a few years. Julia says that as both a parent and educator she is regularly impressed with how the RCS staff puts every child first and always looks out for their best interests.
7 & 8 Social Studies, RTI
Mrs. Kristin Smith is the school librarian and enjoys class visits every Friday from grades Pre-K through Forth. Fifth through Eighth grade visit the library individually or with their classroom teachers.
For all her students, Mrs. Smith encourages a life long love of reading. She helps students find books and materials for classroom assignments. Since 2004, Mrs. Smith has enjoyed watching students’ reading tastes develop and expand.
Mrs. Smith lives in Richmond with her husband and two daughters.