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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 - Appointed 2014

Ph.D. English, University of Louisville Learn more...

Jasmine Easter

Assistant Head of School, Math Instructor - Appointed 2008

B.A. Mathematics, Ithaca College Learn more...

Jill Strawbridge

Director of Admissions - Appointed 2013

B.A. English, University of South Alabama Learn more...

Tim Harger

Dean of Students - Appointed 2019

M.A. in Private School Leadership, Columbia University Learn more...

Amber Degn

Development Director - Appointed 2019

M.A. Early American Culture, Winterthur Program, University of Delaware Learn more...

Linda Bursell

Business Manager - Appointed 2011

Certified Public Accountant (C.P.A.), B.S. Business, UVM, concentration in Accounting Learn more...

Courtney Lamontagne

Learning Specialist - Appointed 2019

M.Ed. in Education, University of Vermont Learn more...

Marta Beede

Director of College Counseling - Appointed 2017

Ed.D. Educational Leadership, University of Vermont Learn more...

Katherine Bailey

Registrar - Appointed 2015

B.A. Liberal Arts, Concentrations in Visual Arts and Music, Bennington College Learn more...

Amy Williamson, LICSW

Counselor - Appointed 2019

J.D., University of Richmond, MSW, Virginia Commonwealth University Learn more...

Scholarship. Community. Global Responsibility.

At Vermont Commons School, our goal is to engage students with their world. We achieve this through programs and a curriculum grounded in local and global involvement.