A College Preparatory School for Grades 6-12
South Burlington, Vermont - Find Us


At Vermont Commons School, the administration supports and empowers teachers to fully engage students in their learning using 21st Century-teaching methodologies. Innovation is encouraged and educational philosophies that work are shared in regular meetings and online forums. Best practices for enhanced collaboration and professionalism are continually sought out in order to sustain a culture of community and excellence for students, teachers, parents, and alumni. Learn more about our administration below. You can also view our faculty and administration listed by department here.


Dexter Mahaffey

Head of School – B.A. Sociology/Anthropology, Middlebury College; M.A. English, Bread Loaf School of English; Ph.D., English, University of Louisville

Chance Cardamone-Knewstub

Dean of Students, Athletics Director, Director of Senior Leadership  – B.A. Anthropology, State University of New York at Binghamton; Masters of Public Health, International Health and Development, Tulane University


Mary Hamilton

Development Director  – B.A. in Northern Studies and Early Childhood Education, Middlebury College; B.S.R.N., University of Vermont


Linda Bursell

Business Manager – A.S. Marketing, Champlain College; B.S. Business, UVM, concentration in Accounting; Certified Public Accountant


Jill Strawbridge

Associate Director Advancement and Admissions – B.A. English Literature, University of South Alabama


Katherine Bailey

Administrative Assistant – B.A. Liberal Arts, Concentration in Visual Arts and Music, Bennington College


Steve Lausier

Registrar, IT Director, Website Manager – B.A. English Literature, Legal Studies minor, University of Massachusetts Lowell; M.A. English Literature, University of Vermont