Leadership & Board of Trustees

Dr. Renée Greenfield

Head of School

"I am so excited to lead a community that shares my foundational beliefs about how kids learn. When I work with teachers, I always encourage them to think about our role as educators in these ways: 1) know the whole child, not just their academic profile; 2) appreciate each child for who they are; and 3) have a plan to help each child succeed. Carroll has this same approach. Being able to continue to push that forward, it’s an awesome set-up for a school leader."

From Dr. Renée Greenfield

Over the last year, my “Listening and Learning Tour” included meeting with over 375 members of the Carroll community, including Carroll employees, current and past families, alumni, trustees, donors, and current students. In addition, about 500 individuals participated in a survey. Gathering these data as well as countless interactions on our three campuses since July 2021 helped me gain multiple perspectives about Carroll’s strengths and opportunities for growth.

Read my Entry Report to learn more.

First page of the PDF file: HeadofSchoolEntryReport-FINAL

Career Highlights

Dr. Renée Greenfield brings over 20 years of experience as a teacher, Orton-Gillingham Fellow, university professor, and leader in education. She returns to Carroll after teaching at the school from 2000-2004 and serving as a teacher coach from 2011-2012. Fueled by her early experiences at Carroll and a desire to support children who are underserved, Renée focused her advanced studies on language learning and dyslexia, earning a Master of Education in Moderate Disabilities (pre-K-9) from Lesley University and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction, Language and Literacy from Boston College.

The path that led Renée back to lead Carroll School is rooted in her experience in the classroom, educating both students and teachers. Renée began her career as a speech-language teacher in the Lawrence Public Schools, before joining Carroll as a teacher and teacher coach for four years. She went on to teach in the Newton Public Schools where she helped to create the REACH program, a citywide language development program that supports students with language-based learning disabilities. In the pursuit of acquiring a deeper understanding of how language is developed in children and how to support students who struggle to acquire reading skills, Renée earned her doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction from Boston College.

Renée went on to become professor of special education at the University of Hartford, where she specialized in the areas of language development, learning disabilities, and preparing educators to educate linguistically diverse students with and without disabilities. After four years, Renée was presented the opportunity by the Amherst Pelham Public School District to combine her dedication towards teaching both students and teachers. As a specialized instructional coach, Renée coached the district’s co-teachers, taught courses in the Orton-Gillingham approach, provided ongoing professional support to K-12 educators, and worked with the English Language coordinator to educate bilingual students with learning disabilities. In 2017, Renée assumed the leadership position of assistant principal at Fort River Elementary School, where she worked collaboratively and strategically with district leaders, teachers and staff, including leading the school’s special education team.

Renée’s career has gained her the skills to successfully guide the mission and strategic vision of Carroll School in 2021 and beyond. With 20 years of instructional leadership experiences and a robust background in quantitative and qualitative research, Renée understands how students and teachers learn and is uniquely qualified to further build and improve upon Carroll's exceptional academic program. She looks forward to continuing Carroll’s commitment to giving each child what they most need, data-informed instruction, partnering and engaging in research in the LBLD field, strengthening its commitment to social justice, and professional development for faculty and staff.

READ: Carroll GECS On: A Conversation between Steve Wilkins and Renée Greenfield

Board of Trustees

Carroll Board of Trustee Chair, Devin O'Reilly

Executive Committee

Devin O'Reilly | Chair, Wellesley, MA

Timothy Connelly | Vice Chair, Wellesley, MA

Rena Clark | Treasurer, Jamaica Plain, MA

Gregory O'Brien '99 | Secretary, Roslindale, MA

Renée Greenfield | Head of School, Wayland, MA

Lawson Albright | Member-at-Large, Chestnut Hill, MA

Corey Griffin | Wellesley, MA

Robert Higgins | Cambridge, MA

Robin Jones | Wayland, MA

Boy at Whiteboard at Carroll School


Amy Anderson, Weston, MA
Steve Baldini '90, Concord, MA
Jonathan Black, West Newton, MA
Tete Cobblah, Maynard, MA
Nicole Gilmore, Hanscom AFB, MA
Kathleen Ho, Winchester, MA
Steve Kaplan, Hudson, MA
Becky Kidder Smith, Boston, MA
Diana Knightly, Dedham, MA
Caroline Kuhlman, Charlestown, MA
Gretchen Larkin, Dover, MA
Christine Maraganore, Boston, MA
Tom O'Brien, Boston, MA
Laura Rehnert, Weston, MA
Katherine Schantz, MA
Jessica Turco, Newton, MA
Richard Waters, Concord, MA
Heidi Webster, Wayland, MA