John Franzoni, Superintendent
Mr. Franzoni is the Superintendent of Schools for the North Berkshire School Union. He enters his new position with 30 years of experience as an educator, including the last five years as the principal of Brayton Elementary School in the North Adams Public Schools. Mr. Franzoni has also worked as an assistant principal, dean of students, math teacher, athletic director, and basketball coach during his time educating students from pre-kindergarten through their college years. He is a native of North Adams and still resides in that town with his wife, Ellen. He earned a bachelors degree in Business Administration from Bryant University, as well as a degree of Master of Education in Curriculum and Teaching from Fitchburg State University. Mr. Franzoni is thankful for the opportunity to work with the dedicated students and staff members in the schools of the North Berkshire School Union and looks forward to meeting the families of the students in all towns to help maintain a positive, safe learning environment for our children every day in school.
Tracey Tierney, Principal/Lead Learner
Mrs. Tierney is the principal and lead learner at Emma Miller Elementary School. She comes to Savoy with over 16 years of experience as a elementary and middle school teacher and administrator in Berkshire County. Mrs. Tierney holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Salve Regina University and master’s degree in Educational Administration from American International College (AIC). Mrs. Tierney is originally from Rhode Island and lives in Cheshire with her husband Shawn and her two golden retrievers, Tobey & Gracey. She has four grown children and two grandchildren. In her free time she enjoys camping, spending time with family, cheering on the Patriots and selling real estate.
Brenda Clairmont, Administrative Assistant/Instructional Aide
Mrs. Clairmont has worked at Emma Miller School for 26 years as the school secretary and instructional aide in the Prek and K-1 classrooms. This has been her first and only full time job in the United States. Mrs. Clairmont often reads to students in Spanish and helps teachers with Spanish words in their lessons. She is originally from Mexico City and speaks fluent Spanish. She adores her wonderful family and her two grandchildren, Maxwell and Elena.
Erica LeGrand, Preschool Teacher
Mrs. LeGrand is the preschool teacher at Emma Miller School. She is EEC certified and has taught preschool for 4 years. Mrs. LeGrand started working with youth at the age of 15, in the 21st Century After School Program in North Adams, and worked in that program for 8 years before completing her bachelors in elementary education and receiving her elementary teacher certificate. During the summers Mrs. LeGrand worked as a camp counselor for Camp Abenaki through the YMCA, and was also the YMCA’s Sports Camp Director for a year. After college she worked at Youth Center Inc. in Adams as an educational outreach coordinator and supervised the center’s drop-in program for two years. She then worked for AmeriCorps for two years at the COTY Youth Center in North Adams as the educational outreach coordinator and drop-in program staff. The year after completing her AmeriCrops work, she worked as the YMCA’s before and after care program coordinator and became EEC certified to teach preschool at the YMCA before accepting a job at Emma Miller as a 4/5 assistant teacher. Mrs. LeGrand taught the Emma Miller preschool in a half day capacity and was thrilled to teach the preschool program when it became a full time program. Mrs. Legrand also started the Emma Miller After School Program and remain its coordinator. Some fun facts about her are that she hosted a local television program for 4 years through the Northern Berkshire Community Television Corporation and was heavily involved in many of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition’s youth programs, including the guardian statue project on display at Natural Bridge. Teaching preschool is her absolute most favorite job!
Christina Engwer, Kindergarten/First Grade Teacher
Ms. Engwer has been teaching in Savoy for six years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Behavior Analysis from MCLA, and a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Engwer is originally from Adams, but now lives in Stamford, VT with her son Easton and German Shepard Axle. She enjoys spending time with family and read a good book in her free time.
Kimberly Wells, Second/Third Grade Teacher
Mrs. Wells teaches second and third grade at Emma Miller Elementary School. She graduated in 1991 from American International College with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She stayed home to raise her 3 children, Ethan, Kathryn, and Abby (now ages 22, 20, and 16) before returning to teaching in 2009 as a Title I teacher at Craneville School in Dalton. She then worked as a reading intervention teacher at Sullivan Elementary School in North Adams before coming to Emma Miller as a classroom teacher in 2013. She is passionate about helping children to see their own potential, and develop a love for learning. She has also coached many youth/high school sports teams over the years. Mrs. Wells lives in Windsor with her husband, Tim, and daughter Abby. Outside of school she is usually at one of her daughter’s soccer or softball games, sometimes traveling many miles! She enjoys watching sports, reading, listening to music, and spending time with her family.
Jessica Badorini, Fourth/Fifth Grade Teacher
Mrs. Badorini is the 4th and 5th grade teacher at Emma Miller School. This is her third year teaching in this position. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Liberal Studies from Emmanuel College and a master’s of science degree in Elementary Education, specializing in Language and Literacy from Simmons College. Mrs. Badorini has been teaching for 5 years at the elementary level. She currently lives in Pittsfield with her husband, Brad and her dog, Ollie. In her free time she enjoys reading, collecting succulents, watching football with her family, and taking classes to continue her education.
Jane O’Riordan, Art/Music/Computer Specialist
Mrs. O’Riordan joined the Emma L. Miller Elementary School in 1996 and 22 years later finds her still enjoying teaching Art, Music, and Computer. She also runs a very fun Savoy Ski Program every winter. Mrs. O’Riordan holds a bachelor’s degree in Child Development from the University of Mass. Living in Goshen with her husband Bill, she has three kids and five grandkids. In addition to working in Savoy she coaches a high school ski team and teaches skiing at Berkshire East. Her passions are obviously skiing, tennis, swimming, biking, running, hiking, and doing all these things with her kids and grandkids.
Debra Sala, SPED Teacher
Mrs. Sala is the part-time Special Education Teacher at Emma Miller Elementary School. She is new to Savoy this year and brings 20 years of experience as a Reading Specialist. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Elementary Education and a master’s of education in Reading from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. She also holds a certificate in Educational Technology from Marlboro College. Mrs. Sala is a North Adams native and lives in Adams with her husband Gene. She has 3 grown sons and 2 grandchildren. Her interests include reading, writing, local history, walking, DIY projects, and mostly spending time with her grandchildren.
Meagheanne Donahue-Archambault, Instructional Aide
Mrs. Donahue-Archambault has been at Emma L. Miller since 2009. She worked for several years as a one-on-one aide for special needs students. She is now in her fourth year as the 4th and 5th Grade paraprofessional, and her first year as the school librarian. Mrs. Donahue-Archambault also coordinates the Little Drummers, a children’s group dedicated to helping our communities, empowering children, and making our little patch of the world a better place. She lives in Adams with her husband, Anthony, their son, Mace, and their little dog, Francis. Mrs. Donahue-Archambault enjoys spending time with her family, reading, volunteering, gardening, and collecting Early American folk art.
Sandra LaBonte, Instructional Aide
Mrs. LaBonte has worked at Emma Miller School for twenty years. She has been a teacher’s aide in every grade from PreK-5th. Most of her years have been in the K-1 classroom. Mrs. LaBonte enjoys working with children and helping them learn and grow. She likes to spend her time during summer vacation assisting in the Preschool Summer Camp. She also enjoys working in the yard, gardening, and canning fresh vegetables in the fall. In her free time, she enjoys walking, motorcycle rides with her husband and son, and spending time with family.
Donna Maynard, Instructional Aide
Mrs. Maynard is entering her third year at Emma Miller School working as an instructional aide with the pre-school students. Mrs. Maynard is a Savoy native and is excited to give back to her community. She believes a child’s introduction to school is one of the most important times as they are leaving home and spreading their own little wings. Mrs. Maynard strives to help make this experience the best it can be. She has been married to her husband Robert for 44 years, has two grown daughters and 4 amazing grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with family, camping and hiking with her two dogs, Buddy and Gracie.
Amber Will, Instructional Aide
Mrs. Will is the instructional aide fro the second/third grade classroom at Emma Miller Elementary School. This is her first year working in Savoy and she is extremely excited to begin her new journey. Previously, Mrs. Will worked at Adams Cheshire Regional School District as a paraprofessional. She worked mostly with students on the autism spectrum. Mrs. Will was trained in applied behavioral analysis (ABA) by the May Institute in Springfield. After many years working in the school system, Mrs. Will chose to focus on her family and became a stay at home mom. Now that her children are all back in school, Mrs.Will decided she wanted to get back to her passion, which is working in the school setting, and helping kids. Mrs.Will lives in Savoy with her husband Wade and their three children Aiyana, Keiden and Jenson. In her free time she loves to spend time with her family at the beach.
Jamie Boucher, Speech Pathologist
Mrs. Boucher is the Speech-Language Pathologist at Emma Miller Elementary School. She has several years of experience working with school-age, preschool and young children in early intervention. Mrs. Boucher received a bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The University of Massachusetts Amherst and master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from The College of Saint Rose. Mrs. Boucher lives in Clarksburg with her husband Collin. Outside of school she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and watching the Patriots!
Christin George, Occupational Therapist
Mrs. George is the Occupational Therapist at Emma L. Miller Elementary and has been here since 1999. She comes to Savoy with 22 years of experience as a school-based therapist, working in both residential and public schools in NH, VT, and throughout North Berkshire County. Mrs. George holds a bachelor’s degree from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT. She is originally from New York and currently lives in North Adams with her husband Brice and 2 children, Emily and Jack. Outside of school, Mrs. George enjoys spending time with family and friends, exercising, yoga, going to see live music, reading, and working in her garden.
Jordan Rennell, Speech & Language Pathologist Assistant
Mrs. Rennell is a Speech and Language Pathologist Assistant in the North Berkshire School Union. Mrs. Rennell has nine years experience providing speech and language therapy within the public school and early intervention settings, for children ages birth thru high school. Mrs. Rennell attended Worcester State University completing her degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is currently enrolled in the Master of Education program at MCLA. Mrs. Rennell lives in North Adams, MA with her husband Aaron and two boys Mason and Myles. When not working she enjoys spending every moment with her children.
Josh Arico, Technology Coordinator
Mr. Arico is the Technology Coordinator for the North Berkshire School Union. He begins his new position with over 10 years of experience in Information Technology. Mr. Arico has also worked as a Chief Technology Officer for the largest IT Managed Service Provider in Berkshire County and holds several industry leading certifications including Microsoft Certified Professional and Cyber and Information Security.
Laura Martelle, Head Nurse
Leo Curtain, Custodian