Faculty & Staff
Katy founded The Accord School as a caring, connected learning community that sees and values students for who they are- then helps them grow into the best they can be. Prior to The Accord School, Katy spent a decade leading Skills for Living, a social education center that inspired change in the way social skills are taught. She is certified school counselor, and began her career in the Norwell Public Schools. Katy received her undergraduate degree in Education and Psychology from Stonehill College and her Masters in Counseling from Southern Connecticut State University. Katy is a local and national speaker and consultant on topics related to social education, and has been recognized as one of the South Shore’s 40 under 40. Katy has two children Tyler and Jennie. She brings their golden doodle, Cody, to school most days.
Meg is creative in her approach to education. She teaches science from many different angles to help her students succeed. She has an engaging sense of humor that her students enjoy, while simultaneously holding her in the highest esteem. Her classes are energetic and empowering. If her students begin the year saying they aren’t good at a particular subject, they leave feeling that it is one of their favorites. Meg taught middle school in the Norwell Public Schools for over ten years. Meg received both her undergraduate degree in Education and her Masters in Special Education from Boston College. She is the mother of five children, ranging in age from middle school to college.
As an educator, Emily strives to seek out the unique strengths and qualities of her students. She realizes that no two students are the same, and bases her instruction around what will make each individual find and feel personal success. Emily has worked as a Special Education teacher for over ten years, the majority of her career being spent at Norwell Middle School. Emily is also an Orton-Gillingham certified instructor. Emily received her undergraduate degree from Boston University and her Masters of Education in Special Education from UMass-Boston. She is looking forward to bringing her passion for teaching to The Accord School. She resides on the South Shore with her husband and three school-aged children.
Amy oversees all of the important but often invisible aspects of The Accord School. Amy is generally the person families work with around all things financial. Amy likes working with numbers and figuring things out. and coordinates with all outside agencies. While she generally can be found in the front office, Amy enjoys being around the energy of the The Accord School kids and the staff, and is not afraid to jump in and help- most notably with driving students to and from the farm in our 15-passenger van. Around school, students and staff enjoy Amy’s witty sense of humor. She is a very proud member of the Chapman Farm School Bucket Band. Prior to The Accord School, Amy worked at Skills for Living and Fidelity Investments. She is a graduate of George Washington University and is the mom of three boys.
Jacqui is a science and technology teacher who believes that all children can learn and reach their full potential when they feel safe and encouraged. She strives to create a learning environment that fosters curiosity for the world around us. Jacqui incorporates project-based and authentic learning experiences in every class session. Out of classroom, Jacqui enjoys traveling with her husband, Matt and their two children. She often shares stories of the family adventures around the world with her students. Jacqui holds her undergraduate degree in Secondary Education from Penn State and Masters degree in Educational Technology Leadership from George Washington University.
Marisa approaches world language education with an infectious joy that inspires her students and colleagues to naturally respond to her in Spanish both inside and outside of the classroom. Bilingual from birth, Marisa’s family hails from Puerto Rico, and is involved in her teaching on a regular basis. It is not unusual to see Marisa’s mom, “Abuelita” to many, singing songs in the classroom or her husband stringing up a piñata for a celebration. When not at The Accord School, Marisa is a freelance editor of Spanish textbooks - but her classroom culture jumps off the pages of a textbook and touches students’ lives in a meaningful way. Marisa received her undergraduate degree in Spanish from the College of the Holy Cross and her Masters in Multilingual and Multicultural Education from the Florida State University. Marisa is the proud mom of two young adults.
Heather believes in the power of the written word and in teaching young people to unlock that power within themselves. In her English classes, she stresses the importance of choice in both books and written work in order to hep students discover genres and styles that they enjoy. Heather’s absolute favorite thing to do is read, particularly young adult literature. She has worked to create a diverse classroom library that will entice both avid readers and the somewhat reluctant ones, and she never tires from searching for the right book for the right student. Heather received her special education degree from the University of Maine and is in the process of pursuing a school counseling degree from UMass Boston. When she’s not reading, she is spending time with her family, which includes a ten year old little girl and a four year old giant golden doodle.
Lisa Grize shows every student that they are, indeed, an artist. Using an approach called “Teaching for Artistic Behavior, Lisa’s art room is unlike any students have experienced prior to coming to The Accord School. Lisa values expression in all forms, and empowers students to learn technique, then create with free choice. Many of her students come in believing they are “not good at art,” and leave understanding the many ways that they communicate through art. Confidence grows in Lisa’s room. Lisa is a mom to two children, Will and Veronica. She supports them in their many endeavors- from enthusiastically attending baseball games, going fishing and boat shows for hours on end, and creating incredible original costumes for Anime and Comic Conventions all over the Northeast and beyond. Lisa received her undergraduate degree in art and graphic design from Western Connecticut State University.
Elizabeth Hall Couture
Liz makes math accessible for kids. Whether they are advanced beyond their years or have a history struggling with the basics, Liz takes great care to familiarize herself with a student’s skills and gaps. She understands when to move kids to the next level, and knows when they just need a bit longer on a concept. Liz’s math class is a place of support and encouragement. Students work both collaboratively and at their own pace using a variety of mutltisensory modalities and methods. In addition to teaching math, Liz creates most of the beautiful graphics for The Accord School. Liz grew up on the South Shore and received her undergraduate degree from Bridgewater State University. She enjoys hiking with her husband and spending time with her son, Declan.
Student & Family Support
Maureen Kramer serves a critical role at The Accord School- yet ask any one of her students, and they will describe it differently- “Maureen helps me stay organized.” “She helps me manage my emotions.” “Maureen helps me stay on track and do my best.” “Maureen takes us to the farm and makes sure I have a snack.” Every student would be correct- Maureen does a bit of everything. With the trained eye of a nurse and the heart of a mother, Maureen notices each student every single day. She meets them where they are at, and helps them grow. She works with families to see their students’ strengths and push them to work harder when they have reached a threshold of opportunity. Maureen holds a BS from St. Michael’s College and a nursing degree from Boston College. She has worked as a nurse in multiple settings including Boston Children’s Hospital. She is trained in multiple holistic approaches including Reiki and Craniosacral therapy. Maureen is mom to two young adults, Molly and Ryan.
Julie is responsible for all things digital at the Accord School, from keeping the website up to date to sending school updates to parents and social media outreach. Julie comes from a background in strategic account management for large technology-driven organizations like Oracle, Boeing, and Merrill Lynch. Helping organizations develop streamlined processes to run their ship more efficiently is just part of her DNA. Julie is an animal lover at heart and finds great joy staying fit with her two pups. She is a proud adoptive mom to her son Ben who is an Accord School student.
School Counseling & Social Education
Ann Savino brings humor, compassion, and creativity into every interaction she has with students, staff, and parents at The Accord School. Ann leads social groups both during the school day for students and after school in our extension programs. She’s not afraid to teach on the fly- some of her best work has happened in a 15-passenger van, on a high ropes course, or behind a karaoke microphone. Ann understands that in order for social learning to stick, we can’t take our teaching too seriously- and students love Ann’s groups because they are fun. Prior to The Accord School, Ann worked as a school counselor in the Weymouth Public Schools and as a social educator at Skills for Living. Ann earned her undergraduate degree from Merrimack College and her Masters in Education from Harvard University. When not at school, she enjoys travel adventures in her VW van with her husband, and visiting her young adult children in Los Angeles and Washington, DC.