Middle School Profiles

Elisabeth Barr – English
Elisabeth Barr teaches Middle School English at Peabody.  She graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in journalism, worked briefly in print journalism, then served in the U.S. Peace Corps as a girls’ education and empowerment volunteer in Togo, West Africa.  After teaching ESL to classrooms of over 100 students, she decided to teach English in the U.S.  Upon her return, Elisabeth pursued a Master’s Degree in English from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf program and later taught at Chapin School in Princeton, NJ.  She has been teaching at Peabody for two years. She is also the Cross Country running coach.

Marie Beaurline – Math
Marie Beaurline, B.S., M.A.T., teaches Pre-algebra, Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II, and serves as Dean of Student Affairs at Peabody School. Mrs. Beaurline received her B.S., with a major in information systems, from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, and her M.A.T. with a focus on grades K-8, from Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia. She also attended the University of Virginia, where she studied instructional technology at the graduate level. Mrs. Beaurline was a software developer for 14 years before becoming a teacher. Prior to joining the full-time faculty in 1998, she coached one of the school’s Odyssey of the Mind teams and co-designed the Magical Measurement History Tour, a traveling museum exhibit that combines mathematics and history. In addition to middle-school mathematics, Mrs. Beaurline has taught kindergarten, first, third, fourth, and fifth grades during her tenure at Peabody School.

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Tolly Merrick – Social Studies
Tolly Merrick teaches social studies to Peabody’s Middle School students. He received a Bachelors degree in English from St. Lawrence University and a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University of Baltimore. He earned his teaching certificate from the University of New Mexico in 1995, and has been teaching in public and private high schools since that time. Mr. Merrick has worked in New Mexico, Northern California and Virginia, teaching English, History, Health, and sociology classes. He has also coached boys soccer and lacrosse. A certified scuba diver, guitar player, and triathlete, he joins Peabody after seven years at Tandem Friends.