Head of Campus - Kyle Quadros
We are excited to welcome Kyle Quadros to the helm of Henry Barnard School as we begin our partnership with Providence Country Day. Quadros will oversee day-to-day operations at HBS as Head of Lower School, reporting to PCD Head of School Kevin Folan.
Founder of the education nonprofit Tilo, former head of school at Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy and current statewide coordinator of COVID-19 K-12 response for RIDOH, Quadros brings impressive experience to this new role. Moreover, his values and passion are a perfect fit for HBS.
PreK - Elizabeth Orton
I have been teaching preschool at Henry Barnard School for over ten years. Educating young children is my passion, and I consider preschoolers to be ‘my people’; we speak the same language. I have the pleasure of welcoming children and their families to their first formal school experience. I view the families as a partner in the early childhood journey.
The preschool program takes its influence from a variety of schools of thought, most notably the Reggio Emilia approach. The children are capable and competent. The teachers join the students in learning about the world around them, with particular influence of the natural world. The interests of the children guide our curriculum. Depending upon the day or time of year the children are observing pumpkins decaying, hatching butterflies, and seeing the changes from tadpole to frog or the fantastic transformation of ladybug larvae to a ladybug. We cook, sew, and search for insects in our garden. We spend our days engrossed in children’s work: PLAY.
Kindergarten - Meg Adair
From the start of my career here at Henry Barnard School, the students, faculty members, and the families have inspired me to reach for my goals as a teacher. The halls are filled with enthusiasm to learn, grow, share, create, and succeed. I have learned amazing lessons right along with my students.
The foundation for my teaching has been formed by my observations and hands-on experience with students in preschool through first grade. I have learned the value of compassion and the need to understand the individual student. I am dedicated and determined to provide the students at Henry Barnard School with the highest level of opportunity to succeed educationally and socially through innovative and tested teaching techniques.
The area I enjoy the most in my classroom is working with families to create a learning environment where everyone is a teacher. Working with families fosters a positive and personal relationship with students to reach social and educational goals. It can create an exciting atmosphere where students can share and grow confident in their abilities as well as maintain a high level of enjoyment and desire for learning.
When you walk into my classroom expect to hear music and laughter while we explore, discover, share, invent, create, and grow our love for learning!
Grade 1 - Donna Adler
HBS has always felt like a second home to me. Each day, I love entering a building where students love to learn, and teachers love to educate. As an educator, if you can ignite a love for learning with children at a young age, you can inspire them to achieve many things.
My background is in Early Childhood and Special Education. I received my Masters degree in the area of Reading at Rhode Island College. In over a decade at Henry Barnard, I have had the opportunity to teach Kindergarten, First and Second grade.
I have a love for reading and can’t wait to share my passion with my first-grade students. We begin the year slow, and I strive to make sure each child feels like a reader right from the beginning. Taking a journey through a book opens a world of possibilities without having to leave our classroom. Some of my favorite moments of the day are reading to my class, discussing a book, or listening to a first grader read aloud. I believe children have a natural curiosity for the world around them. Nurturing this curiosity with integrated lessons in Science and Social Studies enables children to learn about their world and investigate what intrigues them the most. Each day I make every effort to create an environment where children feel comfortable to take risks and make mistakes.
In addition to academics, it is essential to make sure my students feel like a family and encourage and support one another on their learning journey. Throughout the year, we participate in activities that focus on kindness and how a small act may brighten up someone else’s day. For example, we created a rock garden in the front of our school to spread the message of kindness whenever you enter or leave our school. Bringing awareness of others and how we impact the world around us is a lesson my first graders will carry with them all through life.
In First Grade, we will grow as readers, writers, and mathematicians. We will investigate as scientists; explore many places around the world, and so much more. The possibilities are endless!
Grade 2 - Karen Bucci
A wise teacher said something to me when I was a first-year teacher that drives my pedagogy to this day: “If the textbook cramps your style, don’t use it!”
I enjoy finding new, creative, and different ways of making learning fun and meaningful through various tools, authentic resources, and hands-on exploration. I wanted to become a teacher because of the excitement I felt from witnessing the incredible learning potential and abilities of children and the impact and difference I could make for them. My students’ enthusiasm ignites my enthusiasm, and I always marvel at their ideas, insights, connections, and thoughts.
Above all, I think education is about keeping students engaged, inspired, and enthusiastic about learning. I believe in teaching and nurturing the whole child by meeting both academic and social/emotional needs. I also believe in differentiating instruction and materials to meet the individual, diverse needs of students to ensure they all thrive.
My goal is to inspire a love for learning, helping students realize their talents and strengths and to value effort and hard work. In our classroom, students are encouraged to identify their strengths and set personal goals for growth while practicing a growth mindset. My goal is also to emphasize conceptual understanding, and help students see “the big picture,” make connections to real-life applications and develop higher-level thinking skills by prompting students to analyze, problem-solve, and think critically and creatively. I strive to build a learning community that is a safe, welcoming, and student-centered environment where students feel a sense of caring, belonging, and support. I am grateful to be part of the Henry Barnard School community.
Grade 3 - Lisa Marshall
Success can be measured in many ways but for me, it really is knowing that I may have helped someone breathe a little easier. This could be a young student learning social and emotional skills along with their letters and sounds for the first time or an older student understanding what they have read, or working out a math problem. I often meet the needs of individual students by differentiating instruction and adapting materials
My relationship with HBS began when I was an undergraduate student working in the afterschool program, Explorations, and continued after I earned my Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education. I served for several years as a Teacher Associate while working towards my Masters degree with a certification in Special Education. I am grateful to have been able to co-teach in various classrooms and get to know all the students in the building before settling into my own 3rd grade classroom. I have a love for what I do.
Grade 4 - Lynda Thompson
In our 4th-grade classroom my students are active participants in the teaching and learning environment. I have come to understand that children learn best in this way. My methodology for teaching promotes active student involvement. By adopting a Responsive Classroom® approach when the school year begins, students are aware, right from the start, that it is not “my classroom” but “our classroom.” In our classroom teaching and learning includes a variety of unique and creative practices.
In this way, I can meet the needs of all students. In my years at Henry Barnard School, I have seen diversity strengthen our classrooms. Rejoicing in my student’s uniqueness has come to be of great importance to me. By acknowledging their differences, I promote the wondrous experience of recognizing their successes.
Grade 5 - Lori Millette
I have known since I was in third grade that I wanted to be a teacher. Since then, I have worked hard to achieve that goal, receiving my BA in Elementary Education in 2008 and my Masters in Reading in 2015. To be able to work in a school that has welcomed me as a part of a higher learning community, taught me about the type of teacher I am, and given me the opportunity to pass on my passion to my students and future teachers is my dream job.
Throughout my years at HBS, I have taught at some capacity in every grade level. As a classroom teacher, I have taught in 2nd grade, 3rd grade and now 5th grade. I feel it is essential to create a community of respect and acceptance to allow my students to explore comfortably taking risks and making mistakes. One thing you would hear every day in my classroom is the encouragement to feel comfortable making mistakes as they lead to learning! I also strive to incorporate fun into every day in my classroom; I truly believe that students will remember what they learned if they are applying that learning in a game or activity that they genuinely enjoy.
One of my favorite subjects to teach is STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics education). Our children need to be prepared for their future, and technology continues to grow at a fast pace. We need to equip our students to be able to function in this technological world, and exposing students at a young age to the type of thinking required when completing STEAM challenges and activities will only help them when this type of technological learning gets more involved.
Overall, it is my goal to instill a love of learning in each of my students. Seeing their excitement while learning is the best reward, and I get to look at this every day here at HBS!
Music/Art - Jessica Sanzi
Spanish - Duffay Cuartas
¡Hola! I’m Duffay Cuartas, I was born in Medellin, Colombia and came to Rhode Island when I was nine years old. I received my Bachelor of Liberal Arts and a Master of Education from Providence College. I am so happy to be teaching Spanish at Henry Barnard Elementary. I feel honored to teach your children the beautiful Spanish language and the culture of the people who speak it. I believe that in this connected world, learning another language is very important. When we open that window, it enhances our brain power, increases our knowledge, and allows us to become better and kinder people. I am also an adjunct professor of Spanish at a University in Rhode Island when I am not at HBS. While my passion is teaching and motivating children to become independent lifelong learners, I am also excited be taking the administrative office manager role.
I hope to meet you all soon!
Interventionist - Amanda Borrelli
Explorations - Mark Young
I have been the Coordinator of the Explorations program since the Fall of 2000. At that time the program served kindergarten-sixth grade and averaged 25 children per day. Currently, Explorations serves preschool-fifth grade and averages 70 – 75 children per day.
In my 30+ years of experience working in school-age programs I have run an adventure-based counseling program for inner-city youth; started and ran four school-based day care programs, and I have directed two state contracted school-age daycare programs in the state of Massachusetts. While living and working in Western Massachusetts, I earned my Masters in Elementary Education from the University of Massachusetts.
When I came to Henry Barnard School, I had no idea that the warm, supportive environment, and children-first attitude would keep me here all these years. I honestly feel that the Henry Barnard School is one of the finest elementary schools anyone could choose for their child.
School Nurse - Michaela Grande
My name is Michaela Grande, a licensed registered nurse in the state of Rhode Island, and I am excited to join the wonderful team at Henry Barnard School. I am a graduate from the Community College of Rhode Island where I received my Associate of Science in Nursing and I am currently working towards my Bachelor of Science from The University of Rhode Island. Before pursuing nursing, I began my journey at Rhode Island College where I majored in Early Childhood Education. Throughout my path towards a degree in Early Childhood Education, I discovered my love for nursing. Having the ability to combine both of my passions is an extraordinary opportunity.
The health and well-being of the children and staff at Henry Barnard school is my number one priority. I believe creating a safe, healthy and caring environment is the root of a positive and successful learning experience where children can flourish.