Faculty - Vermont Commons School Skip to main content

Faculty

Vermont Commons School challenges students daily with interdisciplinary curriculum taught by dedicated teaching faculty who empower students to feel a sense of place and how it relates to the larger environment. The small class size offers personalized attention and allows for meaningful relationships between teachers and students. Administrative faculty support and empower teaching faculty to engage students fully 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 Faculty below.

Katherine Bailey

Registrar - Appointed 2014

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

Jonah Boucher

Math Instructor - Appointed 2023

Masters of Education, Harvard University Learn more...

Linda Bursell

Business Manager - Appointed 2011

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

Chance Cardamone-Knewstub

Spanish Instructor, Facilities, Ultimate Frisbee Coach - Appointed 2003

Masters of Public Health, International Health and Development, Tulane University Learn more...

Mark Cline Lucey

Social Studies and Film/Video Instructor - Appointed 2004

M.A. History, Brooklyn College Learn more...

Jennifer Cohen

English Instructor - Appointed 2004

M.A. Theology, Harvard University; Masters in Teaching English, University of Washington Learn more...

Adriana Comtois

World Languages Chair - Appointed 2005

M.A. Teaching English in a Second Language, Saint Michael's College Learn more...

Jasmine Easter

Assistant Head of School, Math Instructor - Appointed 2008

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

Eszter Edl

Chinese Instructor - Appointed 2023

M.A. Teaching Chinese as a Second Language, National Taiwan Normal University, M.A. Philologist in Chinese Studies, Eotvos Lorand University Learn more...

Peter Goff

Science Department Chair, Master Teacher, Volleyball Coach, Athletic Director for Volleyball - Appointed 1997

ABD (PhD Evolutionary Biology), Vanderbilt University Learn more...

Tim Harger

Dean of Students, Athletic Director, Health Instructor - Appointed 2019

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

Ryan Houck

English Department Chair - Appointed 2019

M.A. in Literature, Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College Learn more...

Mark Keegan

Science Instructor, National Honor Society Advisor - Appointed 2013

Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Cornell University Learn more...

Courtney Lamontagne

Learning Specialist - Appointed 2019

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

Dexter Mahaffey

Head of School, African Studies Instructor - Appointed 2014

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

Kristin Marchilena

Arts Chair, Performing Arts Instructor, Class of '20 Faculty Chair - Appointed 2022

MVP (Master of Vocal Pedagogy) candidate, Westminster Choir College Learn more...

Kathryn McDermott

Social Studies Department Chair, Cross Country Coach, Faculty Trustee - Appointed 2018

MA, Conflict Resolution, Georgetown University Learn more...

Kris Mohlman

Science & Math Instructor, Basketball Coach, Class of '20 Faculty Chair - Appointed 2015

B.A. Geology, Bowdoin College Learn more...

Kat Nelson

Director of Admissions - Appointed 2022

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

Sharon Panitch

Director of Development - Appointed 2022

B.A. in Music, Wesleyan University Learn more...

Eliot Sloan

College Counselor - Appointed 2022

M.A., Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College M.F.A. in Creative Writing, The University of Arizona Learn more...

Mary Thompson

Studio Art Instructor - Appointed 2022

B.S. in Art Education, Minor in Art History, Plymouth State University Learn more...

Tonya Waldron

Math Department Chair - Appointed 2018

M.Ed. Secondary Education, Focusing on Special Education, University of New Hampshire Learn more...

Scholarship. Community. Global Responsibility.

Students emerge from their time at Vermont Commons School intrinsically motivated to seek out their role for improving the world, with the skills and competencies to do so.