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 the Technology Director/Teacher at RCS. She 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
Mrs. Zigmand graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in Fitness Management and received a MS in Physical Education from Deacon University in Australia. Internationally Mrs. Zigmand taught Physical Education for 20 years and then received a Library Media/Technology Certification from Indiana State University and worked as a Library Media Specialist for 5 years. After moving back to the US, Mrs. Zigmand received her Technology certification and worked in Pittsfield at Herberg Middle School teaching Digital Media and Technology. Most recently, Mrs. Zigmand and became an ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Certified Educator.
Outside of school Ronna enjoys reading, hiking, jogging, traveling and spending time with family.
Haley Korte is our Physical Education teacher. She graduated from Westfield State University in 2018. Her degree is in Movement Science with a concentration in Physical Education. Previously, she taught at Michael E. Smith Middle School in South Hadley, grades 5th-8th. Haley has lived in the Berkshires her entire life. She went to Berkshire Hills Regional School district. While at Berkshires Hill she played a variety of different sports including soccer, basketball, track and rugby. She loves to be active and wants others to fall in love with being active as well. She believes that it is super important for children to find a lifelong activity and that starts with Physical Education.
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 8th grade social studies teacher.
Julia loves spending time outdoors and traveling with her family. Two of her daughters attend RCS as in the elementary school. 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.
8th grade Social Studies, RTI
Mrs. Kristin Smith is the school librarian and enjoys class visits every Friday from grades Pre-K through Fourth. 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.
Elizabeth Legere is a Spanish teacher with nearly 20 years of experience teaching the language. She completed her undergraduate degree at Bucknell University where she majored in Spanish and International Relations; later she earned her Masters degree in Spanish from Middlebury College. Ms. Legere studied and worked abroad in both Spain and Mexico.
Ms. Legere has taught Spanish to a variety of ages and levels, including preschool, elementary, middle, high school and college. In addition to teaching at RCS, Ms Legere is a senior adjunct professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell in their Online and Continuing Education program.