Director of Middle School
Social Studies Instructor
M.A. History, University of Vermont
B.A. History, Skidmore College
Honors and Awards
- Summa Cum Laude in both undergraduate and graduate studies
- Lattie F. Coor Fellowship
- Graduate College Fellowship
- Phi Beta Kappa
- Presenter at Annual AMLE (Association for Middle Level Education) conference
- Fulbright Hays Seminar to India for Educators
- Fund for Teachers Fellow
- Pilot for Big History Project
- Professional Development Grant to travel to Peru
- Professional Development Grant to travel to Turkey
- Honor Society for Political Science and History
- Pie Baking Contest Winner
Activities in College
- President of the Environmental Action Club
- Creator of the Green Bikes Program
- Founder of the Friends of the North Woods
- Author of the book “The Architect of Necessity: Skidmore’s First Home in Downtown Saratoga”
Best VCS Moment
In the Galapagos, a student popped up from snorkeling to find my location. She then excitedly screamed my name, waved me toward her and then pointed out a giant sea turtle.
Having tea with my advisory each week.
Baking Valentine cookies for the whole school each year.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~Margaret Mead
Interests and Hobbies
Pie baking, hiking and camping, painting
I grew up in Proctor, Vermont on a dead end street surrounded by steep woods dense with forts and hide-outs. Our kitchen table had chairs that were squeaky and painted different colors and a winder staircase that was also squeaky and painted the color of one of the chairs. I had collections of seashells, buttons, rocks, stamps and coins. In my room there was a giant dollhouse that I believe created my phobia of spiders–proportionally they were the size of the dollhouse family’s baby! I was given a metal detector for my 12th birthday and I spent thousands of hours in our woods finding pretty much nothing. I went to Skidmore College where I worked hard to protect a few hundred acres of woods and also wrote a book about the historic buildings that I wished the campus still resided in. I was regularly the last person to leave the library on Fridays and did not attend the parties in the woods that I was trying to save. In graduate school I spent even more time in the library. After graduate school I stayed in Burlington, which my family thinks of as a large city that takes special travel arrangements–so I consider myself a ‘city person’. I live with my husband by Oakledge Park in a small, quiet neighborhood and tell people to slow down a lot–some of those people are on bikes. The coolest thing about me is my dog Ima, who is polka dotted and ornery. Currently I have a passion for the study of paleolithic cave art and traveling to see said paleolithic cave art.