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Sharon Panitch

Director of Development - Appointed 2022

Undergraduate Degree

  • B.A. in Music, Wesleyan University

Other Education

  • Certificate in Fundraising and Development, Marlboro College
  • National Certification in Massage Therapy and Bodywork, Muscular Therapy Institute (Cambridge, MA)

Activities in College

  • Really too long ago to remember, but I do recall a lot of a cappella singing.

Best VCS Moments

  • Most inspiring: cheering on the class of 2022 when they returned triumphantly from their 9th-grade bike trip encounter week.
  • Most rewarding: watching my kids build the skills and confidence to emerge into leadership roles with the support of their incredible teachers.
  • Most surreal: chatting outside the front entrance with Jill Strawbridge while the seniors were getting ready to do a dissection lab out on the lawn. I looked over to see Peter Goff gesticulating animatedly with a frozen iguana. Just another day at VCS…

Interests and Hobbies

  • Swimming in freshwater lakes (preferably Adirondack), nordic skiing, goofing around and being nerdy with my family, hiking with my dog, listening to and making music, anything that involves words and word-play (crossword puzzles, Scrabble, Spelling Bee, horrible puns, etc.), learning Yiddish.

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.