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Katherine Bailey

Registrar - Appointed 2015

Undergraduate Degree

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

Honors and Awards

  • Brockway Faculty Scholarship
  • George Adams Ellis Scholarship

Activities in College

  • Semester Abroad at Hellenic International Studies in the Arts, Paros, Greece
  • Classic Film Series
  • Sacred Harp Singers
  • Darkroom Monitor
  • Studio Assistant, Vermont Arts Exchange
  • Internships at Burlington City Arts and GAS Creative Studio, Tuscumbia, Alabama

Best VCS Moment

Receiving such a genuine, warm welcome to the VCS community, and being constantly inspired by the dedication and drive I see in the students and faculty alike.

Inspirational Quote

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly — what is essential is invisible to the eye.” -The Fox from The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint Exupéry

Interests and Hobbies

Ceramics, knitting, cooking, swimming, and trying to find the perfect blueberry muffin recipe.

Brief Biography

I have happily called Vermont home for most of my life. I grew up in Waitsfield and moved to Lower Waterford, near Saint Johnsbury, to attend Saint Johnsbury Academy. After a brief stint at a large state university, I yearned for the close connections with teachers and intimate classroom environment that had fostered my love of learning. I transferred to Bennington College and voraciously studied a wide array of subjects, focusing mainly in photography, ceramics, and music history. I also dabbled in studying education, which piqued my interest in working in a school environment, and I continue to be drawn to the idea of further study.

For the past eleven summers I have worked at Camp Downer in Sharon, VT. I am the Program Head of the Nature and Aquatics programs. I also run the final stage of our Leadership Development Program, which aims to guide sophomore and junior-aged young men and women in identifying personal strengths and build leadership skills as they share in the responsibilities of the counselors. I am so grateful to be part of the VCS community and I couldn’t be happier that it allows me to continue working at Camp.

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.