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


Jasmine Walker

Assistant Head of School, Math Instructor – B.A. Mathematics, Ithaca College

Chance Cardamone-Knewstub

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


Mary Hamilton

Director of Advancement and Strategic Growth  – 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

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


Ari Shapiro-Miller

Director of Counseling, Athletics Director – B.S. Sport Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst; M.A. Clinical Psychology, St. Michael’s College


Katherine Bailey

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


Steve Lausier

Registrar, Communications & Technical Director – B.A. English Literature, Legal Studies minor, University of Massachusetts Lowell; M.A. English Literature, University of Vermont