Faculty and staff transitions

New to the team

Amber Bennett
Third grade

Originally from Los Angeles, CA, Amber Bennett spent five years teaching in public and independent schools there before moving to Las Vegas, NV, where she was a fourth grade teacher for nine years. She has been in Rhode Island for the past five years, enthusiastically sharing her passion for literacy and social justice with students. She earned her BA in Sociology from UCLA and her MA in Education from Pepperdine University.

Rebecca Boswell
Pathways instructor and third and fourth grade Gordon@Home teacher

While Rebecca began her teaching career in New York City, her first teaching job in Providence was at Gordon School as a long-term substitute. Rebecca has a Masters Degree in education from Brooklyn College, which she earned while working as a New York City teaching fellow. She has a certificate in graphic design from RISD and often integrates art in her teaching. Since 2010, Rebecca has been teaching at Wheeler, first in Kindergarten and then as a third grade teacher and Lower School Math Curriculum Coordinator. She is the mother of two Preschool students, stepmother to a seventh grader, and the wife of Gabe Burnstein, Middle School Division Director.

Blair Bowman
Seventh and eighth grade Gordon@Home teacher

Blair has worked in independent schools in the Los Angeles area for over twenty years teaching history and economics. He has a B.A. from UC Santa Cruz in history and economics and a J.D. from Stanford University. An experienced online educator, Blair has taught students all over the world using a variety of digital tools. With a passion for current events, his skills in facilitating classroom discussion, and a deep commitment to educating young people, Blair looks forward to working online with Gordon's seventh and eighth graders. Blair is the brother-in-law of Assistant Head of School Lynn Bowman.

Matt Gambardella
Fifth grade assistant teacher

Matt graduated from Rhode Island College in 2020 with a B.A. in English and Communications. Matt was a two-time captain of the men’s tennis team and was the 2018 recipient of the Rhode Island Scholar-Athlete Award. Matt joined the Gordon community last winter when he served as an assistant basketball coach for the Boys A basketball team. He also served as the Head Coach of the girls tennis team at West Warwick High School from 2018-2020. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Counseling at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. 


Jeremy Garcia '08
Second grade assistant teacher and Gators staff

Jeremy is no stranger to Gordon School. As a graduate and son of Carmen Garcia, in the business office, he is an integral part of the Gordon family. He graduated from Bentley College with a degree in marketing. Jeremy has always felt the tug of working with children and most recently, Jeremy has been working in our Gators program to the delight of our Lower School students! We are excited to also have his energy, skills and talents in the second grade this year! 

Nico Grady
Seventh grade assistant teacher

Nico grew up in Rhode Island and graduated from Colby College in 2020 and studied American Studies and Creative Writing, focusing on racial inequality in education and urban planning. Nico loves to read and write short stories, bike around Providence, and swim in the ocean whenever possible.

JoAnne Hanrahan
Fourth grade assistant teacher

JoAnne is passionate about working with children and about Gordon's school mission. JoAnne Hanrahan has taught Spanish to elementary school students through songs and games at the West Bay YMCA and, most recently, worked as the educational collaborator at the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation, coordinating with teachers from various schools, giving tours and making presentations. JoAnne has a degree in communications with a minor in Spanish from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. 

Sophie Jackson ’12
Eighth grade assistant teacher

Sophie grew up in Providence, RI and just graduated from Haverford College. As an undergraduate she studied the Growth and Structure of Cities and Educational Studies, working throughout college in Philadelphia public, private, and charter schools. Her undergraduate education culminated with a senior thesis titled, “Community Response to Inequality Built into Philadelphia Public School Architecture.” She is an avid squash player and loves music: playing it, singing it, dancing to it, and listening to it.

August Kahn ’12
Sixth grade assistant teacher

August graduated from Pitzer College in Claremont, California in 2020 with a B.A. in Religious Studies. As an undergraduate, he assisted facilitators for the high school cohort at NewGround: a Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change in Los Angeles. He was also awarded a Fulbright grant to teach English in Berlin, Germany. A proud Gordon graduate from the Class of 2012, August is excited to return to the Gordon classroom after a summer working virtually for the Library of Congress.

Kasia Kelley
Young Kindergarten teaching

Kasia Kelley has taught first grade in New Bedford, MA and at the Islamic Academy of New England in Sharon, MA, and has been teaching English language learners for the past three years while raising her two daughters. She has a M.Ed. from Lesley University in Creative Arts and Learning and a BA in Art History, and is currently working on becoming certified in English Language instruction.

Rodney Eric López
Admissions Associate

Rodney Eric López comes to Gordon from New York’s Dancing Classrooms where he served as executive director and a teaching artist. He is a master dance instructor and has taught the art of dance as a tool for team and community building. He began his career in nonprofit and corporate communications, and  consults on fundraising and stewardship. He earned his B.Sc in Communications Studies at New York University, and a certificate in Spiritual Entrepreneurship from Columbia Business School.

Bithja Meus 
Third grade assistant teacher

Bithja Meus has been an after school teacher in the Project Exploration program at Providence's Henry Barnard School since 2016 and, this past spring, they have been working virtually for a mentoring institute with pre-adolescent and adolescent girls from NYC. Bithja has a B.A. in youth development with a concentration in global studies from Rhode Island College. Bithja is excited to work in person with Gordon's third graders and to collaborate with the third grade teaching team. 

Morgan Monteiro ’13
Gators staff

Morgan Monteiro is a Gator through-and-through, having attended Gordon from Nursery to eighth grade. She graduated from Classical High School, and she is currently a senior at the University of Rhode Island. Her experience with children ranges from babysitting to working as a teaching fellow and teaching seventh grade reading and a middle school brain games elective. She also spent last school year as a tutor and mentor to first and second grade students in Boston while studying at Simmons University.

Kerri-Lyn Monteiro
Preschool resident teacher

Kerri-Lyn Monteiro comes to Gordon as the first Early Childhood teaching resident, a new program that will bring professionals to Gordon for two-year residencies. Kerri-Lyn brings twenty years of experience working in various daycare and school settings, primarily with infants through kindergarteners. She holds a BA from the University of Rhode Island in Human Development, and two master’s degrees, including an M.Ed in Occupational Therapy from Springfield College. 


Taylor Motta
Preschool teaching assistant

Taylor Motta comes to Gordon with an educational background focused in early childhood development and over seven years of hands-on experience working with children ages one to seven. She started at Gordon in the summer of 2018 as a camp teacher and has worked in Gordon’s after school programs since then, assisting in the Preschool classroom during the 2019-2020 school year.


Emily Mungovan ‘12
Kindergarten teaching assistant

Emily Mungovan attended Gordon along with her siblings Molly and Andrew, graduating in 2012. She was reintroduced to Gordon this spring, when she and other alumni met with the class of 2020 to talk about life after Gordon. She graduated from Boston College with a degree in Economics, and hopes to return to school for graduate work in the healthcare field.


Claire Phipps
Chief Advancement and Experience Officer

Claire comes to Gordon with firm Rhode Island roots and deep experience  in individual, corporate, and foundation fundraising. Her previous position was Director of Philanthropy for Planned Parenthood of Southern New England. Raised in Barrington, she holds a BA in Fine Arts and Art History from George Washington University, and she earned a MA from Sotheby’s Institute of Art at the University of Manchester in London.


Judy Plume
First grade teaching assistant

Judy Plume taught at the Rhode Island School for the Deaf for thirty-three years before retiring in 2013 and coming to work in Gordon’s After School Program, as well as tutoring in a one-on-one setting. Judy grew up in Clinton, CT and studied Special Education at Southern CT University, going on to Smith College to earn a MA in Deaf Education. 

Mayo Saji
Gators staff

Mayo is a recent graduate of Brown University, where she majored in Ethnic Studies. She comes to Gordon with a variety of experience with children and young adults, from working as a mentor, nanny, and educational intern. 

LeAnne Treanor 
Nursery assistant teacher

LeAnne is a familiar name and face to many as she subbed at Gordon in Early Childhood and in Lower School classrooms last year. Previously, LeAnne was a lead preschool teacher in San Francisco, a science enrichment teacher in Barrington, RI, and she also subbed in Barrington. She has a B.A. in film and talent development and has completed coursework in early childhood education at San Francisco State University. She is sure to bring her creativity and enthusiasm to Gordon’s Nursery and after school programs this year.

This summer, science teacher Jacqui Ketner decided to retire from the classroom, and she will not be returning to Gordon in the fall. 

Ms. Ketner began at Gordon as a Kindergarten teacher in 1985. Since then, she has taught in all three divisions of the school, touching the lives of hundreds of students. Her deep commitment to Gordon’s hands-on, progressive approach
allowed her to bring the core principles of
science to life for students from age three to the early teens. 

Ms. Ketner has been a leader in the thoughtful use of technology in the classroom, helping develop the school’s first robotics curriculum and modeling the use of digital photography and video to document experiments and help children’s ideas come to life.

She will be remembered by many as a steady advocate for Gordon’s outdoor spaces. She integrated Gordon’s pond, stream, hills and open fields effortlessly into her lessons, and had a rich understanding of the plants and wildlife that make their home at Maxfield Avenue.

With Ms. Ketner’s retirement, Nick Terry will become science teacher for Early Childhood and Lower School. Mr. Terry came to Gordon in 2010 and has taught Preschool and Young Kindergarten. The role is a natural next step for Mr. Terry, who has led Gordon’s competitive robotics program for many years and brought innovations like the Boston Museum of Science’s Engineering is Elementary curriculum into Gordon’s Early Childhood program.

Kelly Leveillee, who came to Gordon last year as part of the
Preschool team, will now lead Young Kindergarten.