The Rectory School

An Independent, Coed, Junior Boarding (5-9) and Day School (Early Childhood-9)

The Team Approach

At Rectory, our faculty are legendary. By "legendary" we mean teachers who have a profound impact on the lives of their students, the kind of impact that lasts a lifetime. We recognize that young people learn best when surrounded by adults who believe they can succeed. Our faculty are committed to a classroom culture of questioning and deep thinking, in which all children learn from shared discussions with their teachers and peers. In addition, the school community values relationships with families and respects communication and input by inviting parents to share their knowledge of their child, by keeping parents informed of what is happening at school, and welcoming them to participate in their child's educational experience.

Our faculty walk alongside each child by guiding and supporting them to be their best selves, and are our cornerstone. We are proud to have a diverse, experienced and dedicated elementary and related arts faculty guiding the children each day. At Rectory, we want each child to realize that they are unique and together, we are a community!

I am what I am because of who we all are.

Meet Our Team

Elementary School Classroom Teachers

Mrs. Maria Carpenter

Titles: Director of Elementary
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education, Wheelock College
Master of Science, Child Development Studies, Wheelock College
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School: 860.963.6740 ext. 356

Mrs. Rebecca Pagitt-Mungai

Titles: Director of Learning Services
Degrees: Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education/Reading, Eastern Illinois University
Master of Science, Special Education, Bank Street College of Education
Master of Education, Education Policy & Management, Harvard University
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School: 860.963.6740 ext. 332

Mrs. Melissa Zahansky

Titles: Grade 4 Teacher
Degrees: Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Eastern CT State University
Bachelor of Arts, Education and Early Childhood, Eastern CT State University
Master of Education, Education with Specialty in Reading, Endicott College
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School: 860.963.6740 ext. 359

Ms. Sara Coren

Titles: Grade 2-3 Teacher
Degrees: Bachelor of Science, Geology/Sociology, The College of William and Mary
Master of Science, Geography, University College London
Master of Arts, General and Special Education, Touro College
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School: 860.963.6740 ext. 358

Mr. Patrick Williamson

Degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Geography, Keene State College
Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education, Keene State College
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Phone Numbers:
School: 860.963.6740 ext. 358

Ms. Jessy White

Titles: K-1 Teacher
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, Gettysburg College
Master of Science, Elementary Education, Wheelock College
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Phone Numbers:
School: 860.963.6740 ext. 357

Elementary School Related Arts Teachers

Mrs. Donna Bessette

Titles: Chair, Related Arts Department, Director of Chorus and Drama, Elementary Music Director
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Music, Connecticut College
Master of Arts, Music Therapy, New York University
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School: 860-963-6740 ext. 401

Ms. Judy Blakelock

Titles: Art Teacher
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Studio Art/Art History, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
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School: 860.963.6740

Mr. Ryan Laperle

Titles: Athletic Trainer, South Hamilton Dorm Parent, Elementary Movement Teacher
Degrees: Bachelor of Science, Colby-Sawyer College
Master of Arts, Kinesiology, San Jose State University
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School: 860.963.6740 ext. 376

Mr. Dawson Woodard

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