Welcome to Devereux School
Over 85 years of cultivating academic careers of children with aesthetics, creativity, and ethics with the commitment “Fovete Stirpes” – Foster the Roots
Now accepting applications for the 2021/22 School year for our 2nd/3rd and 4th/5th grade classrooms only
Established in 1932, Devereux School has a rich history as one of the North Shore’s oldest academic institutions, providing a solid educational and ethical foundation for over three generations of students.
“Education is a natural process carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not by listening to words, but by experiences in the environment.” – Maria Montesssori
The nursery through third grade campus is located in the heart of Marblehead while the fourth and fifth grade program, Devereux @ Waring, resides on the Waring School campus in Beverly.
Our programs emphasize tradition and a return to a simpler time. The environments provide safe, secure, and family oriented settings where every child is encouraged to develop respect for self, others, and the earth.
Music, appreciation of nature, science, math and the arts are integral parts of the academic program at Devereux.
After over 85 years of cultivating the academic careers of children with aesthetics, creativity, and ethics, Devereux School has evolved by fully embracing cultural diversity while holding fast to its original commitment to the children: “Fovete Stirpes,” foster the roots.
Take a moment to see how we planned for the 2020/21 school year.......
We believe that young children learn by doing. As such, the Nursery School curriculum is centered around developmentally appropriate, hands-on activities. Our students are given the opportunity to explore and make choices in a safe and stimulating environment.
As the children move into the Kindergarten level, the program incorporates more sequenced instruction in basic skill areas such as reading, writing, and mathematics while allowing for enrichment of activities and complexity of ideas. The use of themes provides a framework for integrating material from different subject areas, including the arts.
First, Second, and Third Grades
The First through Third Grade ("Grader") classroom is housed in its own building and features a break-out room, full kitchen, and three ADA-compliant bathrooms.
The curriculum includes daily humanities and mathematics in addition to weekly science instruction, French immersion, art, physical education, meditation, trail walks, and twice-weekly chorus instruction . Third graders also learn to master the recorder and perform in each of our three annual concerts.
The schedule allows for an hour of lunch with recess and at least 30 minutes of free choice at the end of the day.
The class also enjoys several field trips a year to local sites as well as to the Devereux@Waring campus.
Fourth and Fifth Grades
The Devereux@Waring program resides on the Waring School campus in Beverly, MA and was established to connect our Nursery-Third Grade program in Marblehead to Waring's Sixth Grade-Twelfth Grade program in Beverly.
The Devereux@Waring curriculum ties together an overarching theme cycling between “Revolutions” one year and “Traditions” the following year. Frequent field trips play an integral part in this theme-driven learning experience.
Also included in the curriculum are daily humanities, math, and French lessons in addition to weekly science instruction, French immersion art, physical education, maker space, yoga, meditation, trail walks and biweekly instruction in chorus and theater. The French program is accessible to both the experienced and beginner student.
The schedule allows for an hour of lunch, recess and at least 30 minutes of free choice at the end of each day.
Camp Devereux, is a summer program for children ages 3 to 9. For decades, our young campers have enjoyed our heated swimming pool and the serenity of our large private playground surrounded by trees that offers natural shade.
It is a wonderful summertime environment ideal for traditional summer activities such as designing a sand castle, relaxing on a blanket making gimp and bead jewelry, cooling down with our slip & slide or organizing a basketball or soccer game with old and new friends alike.
Our primary mission is to prepare your child to be a literate, creative and critical thinker, as well as a lifelong learner.
At Devereux School we…
Believe that all children can succeed.
Recognize and accommodate the individual differences of all students.
Encourage each child to develop to his or her maximum potential – physically, socially, emotionally, and intellectually.
Empower children to become more capable as they are encouraged to pursue new areas of interest.
Offer a strong academic curriculum tailored to each child’s individual learning style.
Encourage high achievement and effective participation in the community.
Develop the child’s awareness and appreciation of the arts.
Encourage each child to develop respect for self, others, and environment.
Work in partnership with parents to the benefit of the child’s social and academic growth and enhanced self-esteem.
For parents interested in learning about the Montessori philosophy, there are several books written by and about Maria Montessori available at your local library or online.
Devereux School bases its teaching methods on the philosophies developed by Maria Montessori. We have taken the best of Montessori and combined it with the best of our experience. Our strong academic curriculum is centered on music, science, nature, and the arts.
Every child is encouraged to develop respect for self, others, and the environment. The child’s sense of responsibility for the natural and human environment is developed through, for example, participation in animal care and tending to the school grounds.
Elizabeth Laub Administrative Director
Elizabeth has been at the helm of Devereux School since 2011. A lifetime Marblehead resident, wife, and mother of two daughters, Elizabeth has dedicated her life to early-childhood education. The nearly two decades teaching at the Marblehead Children’s Center and Seaside Nursery School were among her most rewarding years. Elizabeth utilizes her wealth of experience in the field of early childhood development and the expertise she gained from serving on Tower School’s Enrichment Committee, Marblehead Public Schools Arts Council, Marblehead Dollars For Scholars as well as several other local committees and organizations. Elizabeth’s history of investing in our community has proved invaluable to Devereux.
Business Owner & Manager
Todd took over the Devereux School in 2011 after having sold his biotechnology company, SmartCells, to Merck and Co. in December of 2010. He made a commitment at that time to protect, preserve, and grow this incredibly special learning environment for his family and the children of Marblehead and the neighboring communities. Today, Todd is the co-founder, President and CEO of Akston Biosciences Corporation, developing novel medicines to treat, prevent, and cure diabetes. Todd holds a Ph.D. from MIT and a B.S. from Cornell University, both in Chemical Engineering. Todd donates his time to mentor students at both his alma maters and just recently stepped down after serving four years as President of Marblehead Dollars for Scholars.
Associate Head of School
Paul joined the Devereux team in July of 2019. He is the Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustee's at MCCPS as well as serving on the school's Governance Committee. Paul is also an active participant in the Marblehead School District. Paul graduated from the University of Alberta with a B.A. in Canadian & British History.
A native of England, he has resided in Marblehead since 2004 with
his wife Julie and two sons. Both Silas and Wendell attended the Devereux Nursery program and Camp Devereux. Wendell is currently enrolled in 4th Grade at D@W and Silas is a Camp Devereux councilor. Paul enjoys live music, soccer, camping and cycling.
French Bilingual Director/Kindergarten Teacher
Madame Virginie hails from Amiens, France and has been our French Program Director since 2003. Educated in France, she has obtained her Montessori licenses for Preschool, Kindergarten, and Lower Elementary in Massachusetts. Madame Virginie has created a stimulating curriculum infused with enthusiasm and passion for the French language and culture. In 2017 Madame instituted our wonderful Nursery French Immersion program and this year will be leading our Kindergarten class as well as providing French instruction to our students in grades 1-5. Madame Virginie also introduced and coordinates the school's very successful annual participation in the Grand Concours National French Competition.
First - Third Grade Teacher
Whitney is excited to be joining the Devereux team. She holds a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and an American Montessori Society 6-9 certification. While pursuing her Master’s, Whitney worked as a Lower Elementary teacher at Newton Montessori School and Kingsley Montessori School in Boston. Most recently, Whitney worked as a Literacy Tutor at Stanley School in Swampscott helping to develop strategic lessons to enrich the reading curriculum . She is trained in Orton Gillingham and has experience using Wilson instruction to improve reading, writing and comprehension. Whitney has also worked as the Teen Instructor at the Yoga Loft teaching mindfulness and breathing techniques. Whitney is committed to fostering a nurturing, child-focused learning environment and collaborating to create innovative and engaging activities. Raised in Montana, Whitney has a deep appreciation for the peaceful qualities of nature. Both of Whitney's daughters are currently enrolled at Devereux.
First - Third Grade Teacher
A lifelong resident of Marblehead Beth has taught at Devereux School for over twenty five years and is the daughter of Elizabeth Dooling Georges, founder of Devereux School. Beth received her education at Merrimack College, Salem State University, and the North American Montessori Center.
Together with her husband, Peter, Beth has four children, and five grandchildren, many of whom have attended Devereux . She is passionate about learning and education and loves working with children. When not at Devereux, Beth enjoys reading, traveling, nature, music and art.
Mimi is a native of Lyon, France and has been with us at Devereux School since 2009. Mimi is a certified Montessori educator and also holds a certification from the Department of Education and care. Previously, Mimi has worked at the French Library and Cultural Center in Boston and as a French teacher at the C.A.R.E preschool and the after school program at the Cove School in Beverly.
Mimi, a mother of two, resides in Peabody. She enjoys the beach, reading, writing and, of course, her French culture which she loves sharing with the Devereux School children.
Suzanne hails from Cincinnati and lived in Florida, Canada, France and Ohio before settling in Marblehead in 2011. Suzanne holds a Bachelor's Degree in Communications Sciences Disorders, and is passionate about early childhood education. She has worked with kindergartners and first graders with speech impediments, helping to develop their language skills, and spent years volunteering in her children's classrooms and on various school committees before reentering the classroom as a paraprofessional. Suzanne has spent the last three years at the Coffin School aiding first, second and third graders attain their IEP and behavioral goals.
She is the mother of three children, two of whom attended the Devereux School. Suzanne very much enjoys cooking and traveling.
Paige is joining the Devereux team for the 2020 school year and could not be more thrilled to embark on this journey. She is a recent graduate of Salem State University where she obtained her Bachelor’s in American Studies and Master’s in Early Childhood Education. Paige formerly worked at Creation Station Preschool and Daycare in Beverly, as a lead teacher before leaving to complete her education. While pursuing her Master’s, she completed a year long paid fellowship at the Horace Mann Laboratory School in Salem, working in both kindergarten and first grade classrooms. Paige is passionate about open communication with children and their families to ensure each child’s needs are met to the best of her ability. In her free time, Paige enjoys attending spin classes and taking care of her pets.
Marina joined the Devereux School in 2003 as our piano teacher and her two children attended our Nursery program. She holds a BA in Early Childhood Musical Education from the University of St. Petersburg, Russia. Marina believes that exposure to music and the mastery of an instrument helps to improve the overall development of young children as well as instilling a joy and knowledge that will last a lifetime. In her spare time, Marina enjoys outdoor activities with her family and her dog, Bruno.
Shella, a native of Haiti, is a Creole and French speaker who has been with Devereux School since 2018. She is an EEC certified teacher and holds an Associate degree in Gerontology from North Shore Community College. Shella is also the Coordinator of the children’s department at her church.
Shella enjoys cooking, listening to classical music, singing, volunteering, and has played violin for the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Holy Trinity in Haiti.
Jeanne joined the Devereux team this autumn. She holds a BS in Education and is a certified Waldorf class teacher. Jeanne has many years of teaching experience and is an avid artist and writer and enjoys utilizing music, movement and creative processes in her teaching. Jeanne is an active member and co-founder of a local Dress A Girl chapter and enjoys sewing, crafting, theater arts and music. She is married to Bruce and has two beautiful adult daughters, Grace, and Lillian. Two cats, Maryann and Ginger, round out the household Westcott!
Dee has been the Devereux art teacher since 2008. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in art from Middlebury College and a Master’s Degree in Art Conservation from NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts. After working as a paintings conservator at museums in New York City, San Francisco, Houston and Norfolk, VA, Dee moved to the North Shore in 2000, and shortly after, began teaching art. She is passionate about teaching art history and techniques to children, and is thrilled to begin supporting the kindergarten teachers at Devereux in the afternoons.
Art Teacher/Kindergarten Assistant
In order to fully benefit from the Montessori philosophy and school curriculum, it is encouraged that students enter the school with the intention of remaining through fifth grade. No child, however, shall be denied entrance into our nursery program on the basis of this decision.
In the past, Devereux School has hosted two Informational Gatherings a year which enable parents to tour the school, meet school staff, and participate in a round table question and answer session. The Informational Gatherings officially mark the beginning of our admissions process and in the past have been a successful way of introducing many parents to our school. Due to COVID19 we will be unable to host these gatherings. Instead, please take a moment to view our short informational video below.
Application Process & Deadlines 2021/22
Those who are inclined to apply to the school are encouraged to submit an application as well as email a 3-5 minute video of your child to as soon as possible. The video should show your child in his/her natural "habitat", playing, cooking, helping, playing with siblings etc. All applications, together with accompanying videos should be submitted no later than January 15th 2021.
Once we have reviewed all applications, parents will be notified if their child has been accepted or wait-listed for our program. Enrollment decisions will be made no later than February 28th 2021.
Once your child has been accepted to Devereux we ask for a non-refundable Tuition Deposit together with a completed "Annual Reservation Agreement" no later than March 15th 2021. After this date, any remaining seats will be offered to our waitlisted applicants.
Devereux School prides itself on providing an exceptionally high quality educational experience at an extremely competitive cost. In addition, we offer a limited number of school scholarships to provide tuition assistance. Please feel free to review our detailed tuition and fee information for the 2021-22 academic year.
PLEASE TAKE A FEW MOMENTS TO VIEW OUR INFORMATIONAL VIDEO