Welcome to Our New Educators, Part 2

This is the second post in a two-part series welcoming our new educators! If you missed part 1, read it here.

SANDRA MOULTON – Grade 6 Teacher at GEMS

moultonHometown: Georgia, VT

Hobbies/Interests:  Family time which includes a lot of sidewalk chalk, finger painting, and playdough at the moment.  Along with outdoor music festivals and hiking. I am an avid runner, hoping to do my 10th marathon in 2016!  I enjoy reading and spending as much time outdoors as I can.

College(s) Attended: University of Vermont, Southern New Hampshire University

Teaching Experience:  Title I/One-on-one/Enrichment at MBES in Colchester, Early Care Advocate with Head Start at the Burlington EEE program and The Burlington Children’s Space, 2nd-6th Grade Teacher at Isle La Motte Elementary School, 3rd-6th Grade Teacher at North Hero Elementary School, Gymnastics Coach.

Quotable: Live. Laugh. Love.

Why Teaching?: For those moments of breakthrough, when you can actually see the light bulb burst with light.  Teaching is my passion, I find such joy in working with people.

BRIAN GARVEY, Spanish Teacher at GEMS

garveyHometown: Richmond, Vermont

Hobbies/Interests: fishing, coffee, traveling, conversation, and baseball!

College(s) Attended: BA Castleton State College – Spanish Education, MA St. Michael’s College –  TESOL (in progress)

Teaching Experience:  Fulbright English Teacher in Medellín, Colombia at La Universidad de San Buenaventura (2014-2015)

Quotable: Why learn about a place when you can GO THERE.

Why Teaching?: I want to inspire others to see the world.

AMY MACBETH, Special Educator at GEMS

Hometown: Milton,VT

Hobbies/Interests: Playing with my girls, reading, hiking

College(s) Attended: Saint Michael’s College – BA; University of Vermont – M.Ed.

Teaching Experience:  9 years as a Special Educator in Milton.

Quotable: She believed she could so she did.

Why Teaching?:  I enjoy the learning process and helping others.

KELSEY FINK, Math Teacher at BFA HS 

finkHometown: Colchester, VT

Hobbies/interests: hiking, running, skiing, biking, swimming, ultimate frisbee, traveling

College attended: Bates College (BA in Mathematics and Psychology)

Teaching experience: I began teaching math (College Algebra, Trigonometry and Contemporary Math) in 2011 at Southern Maine Community College. In 2012 until this year, I taught Geometry and Algebra II at Scarborough High School in Maine. After moving to Vermont this year, I am excited to join the team at BFA Fairfax!

Quotable: “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” -Benjamin Franklin

Why Teaching?: There is nothing better than seeing kids become adults. They find their passions, ask questions, and begin to take responsibility for their place in this world. Being a part of that transition is amazing. Beyond that, I love helping students challenge themselves in a subject that they have confidence in and build confidence where it might not exist. I love seeing students change their mindsets and accomplish things that they never thought were possible for them.

NICHOLE WALKER – Guidance Counselor at BFA MS

walkerHometown: I am originally from Colchester, Vermont and have just purchased my first home in Colchester this summer.

Hobbies/Interests:  When I am not at work I love to read, ride horses and get as much outside time as I can.

College(s) Attended: I attended UVM for both my undergraduate (2013) and my graduate masters program (2015).

Teaching Experience:  Prior to BFA I worked part time in Essex doing elementary guidance for K-3 for the last half of the 2014-2015 school year.

Quotable: “Do or do not, there is no try” – Yoda

Why Teaching?: I chose teaching, and specifically Counseling because I desired to work with students in a smaller more intimate setting.  Allowing them the space to find and work towards the solutions to their own problems as well as foster their own sense of change.

IAN FLINT – Band Director at BFA HS

flintHometown: I am originally from Hallstead, PA and have been living in Dartmouth, MA for the last 9 years.

Hobbies/Interests: In my free time I enjoy skiing and biking. I also do visual design for High School and College marching bands all throughout the United States.

Colleges: I attended West Chester University of Pennsylvania for my undergraduate degree. I majored in Music Performance with a focus in Tuba. Currently I am pursuing my Masters in Instrumental Conducting from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire.

Teaching Experience: I have work as a district wide brass specialist for the Dartmouth Public Schools in Dartmouth, MA for 6. I also spent 2 years with Westport Public Schools in Westport, MA as the High School music director. I have worked with over 50 high schools as a marching band consultant and have also worked a Penn State University, Boston University, Texas State University and Bloomsburg University.

Why Teaching: I really enjoy working with students at all levels. I like starting them as musicians at the elementary level and seeing them grow over the years.

LESLIE SELLARS – Special Educator at FES

sellarsHometown:  I was born and raised in South Carolina, but am proud to call Fayston, VT my hometown now!

Hobbies: I love to practice ashtanga yoga, ski and ride my purple snowmobile.

College: Undergraduate at Limestone College, and currently studying in the masters program at Johnson State College.

Teaching experience: I am so excited for this year to be my first as a Special Educator.

Quotable: “Namaste”

Why teaching?: I just love to be with children, and helping them succeed!!


metayerHometown:  Fairfax, VT

Hobbies: Cooking, gardening, traveling, reading, yoga

College: University of Vermont

Teaching experience: 6th grade Language Arts and Social Studies – Belmont, MA; 6th-8th grade Social Studies – St. David’s Bermuda

Quotable: “It’s not about being your best. It’s about being better than you were yesterday.”

Why teaching?:  My passion for teaching comes from a love of watching people learn.  I am fascinated by the brain and watching those ah-ha moments makes me incredibly happy.  I also believe that for our planet to be a better place, we need to be teaching students about the diversity of the world we live in today.  I am very excited for this position because teaching world geography to 7th grade will be a perfect fit.

Welcome to Our New Educators – Part 1

We are pleased to introduce these amazing new educators at FWSU! Join us in welcoming them to our district.

milneANDREA MILNE – PreK Teacher at GEMS

Hometown: Georgia

Hobbies/Interests: being with my family, cooking and reading

College(s) Attended: UVM and Union Institute and University

Teaching Experience:  Preschool and Kindergarten Teacher

Quotable: “Second star to the right and straight on ‘til morning”- Peter Pan

MARCY PERROTTE, HS Special Educator at BFA

marcyHometown: Briarcliff, NY

Hobbies/Interests:  I’m an adventurous home cook who loves to try cooking with new ingredients. In nice weather, you can find me cruising down the Burlington Bike Path or hiking up a mountain. In my down time, I’m often snuggling my cats or spending time with friends and family. I’m always ready to pick up a new book or newspaper article to read!

College(s) Attended: I attended Johnson State College and received my B.A. in Theater Arts. Currently, I am enrolled in the Saint Michael’s College Special Education graduate program and expect to complete my studies in May 2017.

Teaching Experience:  I completed my student teaching in Theater Education at U-32 in Montpelier. After that, I worked at the Winooski School District for five years and had various roles as a third grade teacher’s assistant, speech and language aide for grades 3-12, and program support specialist in a self-contained, alternative middle school classroom. Additionally, I spent two summers teaching theater programs at Smuggler’s Notch Resort and The FlynnArts summer program.

Quotable: “The beautiful thing about learning, is that no one can take it away from you.” – B.B. King and “Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes them meaningful.” – Unknown

Why Teaching?: There is no other profession where I can have as much fun as I do teaching while also making a difference in the lives of others. Teaching allows me to play, learn, and share knowledge with others. I’m happy because every day is a new day to learn.

youngERIN YOUNG – Grade 4 Teacher at GEMS

Hometown: Georgia, VT

Hobbies/Interests:  Hiking, Outdoors, going to the beach, snowshoeing, technology, hanging out with family, bonfires, softball

College(s) Attended: University of Vermont (2005-2009), Southern New Hampshire University (Currently Enrolled)

Teaching Experience:  I have taught for 5 years. I taught for 3 years in Pensacola, Florida and I taught in Jacksonville, North Carolina for 2 years.

Quotable: One of my favorite quotes that I had just come across… “Teachers have three loves: love of learning, love of learners, and the love of bringing the first two loves together.” -Scott Hayden

Why Teaching?: It is the most rewarding career. I get to work with children every day and learn alongside of them.

ANDREW JOHNSON – HS Social Studies Teacher at BFA

johnsonHometown:  Essex, Vermont

Hobbies/Interests:  Board Games, Reading Sci-Fi\Fantasy Novels, Playing with my 2 kids, Leading Cub Scouts

College(s) Attended: University of Maine at Farmington

Teaching Experience:  3 years teaching World History at North Country Union High School in Newport, VT; 8 years teaching in Essex at ADL, Essex High, and Center for Technology, Essex.

Quotable: “Wherever you go in life, Brother, Whatever be your goal, Keep your eye on the doughnut, Not on the hole.” —Optimist’s Creed

Why Teaching?:  I love teaching because it’s the way I get to share the amazing story of human history with all our remarkable achievements.  I love telling students about our story, everyone’s story, and how we are a part of it.  I enjoy opening students’ minds to where we are and how far we have come.

knowlesELLEN KNOWLES, Speech Language Pathologist 

Hometown: Newton, MA

Hobbies: hiking/nature walks, interior design, inventing new recipes and revamping classics in healthier ways.

Colleges Attended: University of Vermont, BA Psychology, University of Connecticut, MA Speech Language Pathology

Teaching experience: 14 years working in Early Intervention and school based settings in CT, MI, VA and VT as we moved around with the Coast Guard.

Quotable: “Integrity is everything.”

Why Education?: I am an SLP in the school: I am drawn to the collective environment and team work that goes into bringing out the best in children and maximizing their potential.

KAREN KRUPA – English Language Arts Teacher at BFA HS

krupaHometown: South Burlington, VT

Hobbies/Interests: running, biking, reading, cooking/baking, spending time outdoors

College(s) Attended: Salve Regina University, Newport, RI

Teaching Experience: 2 years

Quotable: “Readers are leaders”

Why Teaching?: I love school and always have. Teaching allows each day to be different and full of opportunities. Plus, teaching is just fun!

AMY RACICOT – French Teacher at BFA HSracicot

Hometown:  Colchester, VT

Hobbies/Interests:  Crafts, Sewing, Cross-stitching, learning languages and cultures, traveling, biking, jogging

College attended:  UVM for my Bachelors and St. Michael’s College for my Masters

Teaching Experience:  17 years of experience in public and private schools

Quotable: I love this quote because it shows we all have a purpose in life and a bright future to see ahead of us no matter where we are in our lives at the moment.  “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Why Teaching:  It is rewarding to see young minds learn new skills and be there to provide some of the skills they are learning.  I love to learn and it is exciting to help students find their drive to learn and explore as well.

KAITLIN SPANO – EEE Special Educator at FES

spanoHometown: Fairfax, VT

Hobbies/Interests: Running, gardening, outside activities, Spending time with my family

College(s) Attended: Undergrad- Rivier University, Graduate- UVM

Teaching Experience: I spent about 2 years working as a para at Burlington EEE first out of college, 4 years as a BI at NCSS, 2 years teaching PreK and 1st grade in Enosburg.

Quotable: “do what you love, love what you do”

Why Teaching?: Because It’s fun! Work should be fun and I love being the one to share the wonders of the world with our future!

FWSU Welcomes 2015 Class of New Teachers

Target 2 – Leadership in a Student Centered Learning Environment. FWSU will foster development of teacher & student leaders who provide innovative opportunities for local and global student-centered learning.
Action Step – Ensure students and staff take an active role shaping their learning using rich, authentic questions, problems they identify, & diverse resources.
Indicator of Success – Teachers embrace role of coach, facilitator and co-learner in a student-centered learning environment.
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New FWSU Teachers! Pictured in front row left to right: Amy Macbeth, Kaitlin Spano, Sandra Moulton, Marcy Perrotte, Karen Krupa, Nichole Walker. Back row left to right: Andrew Johnson, Ian Flint, Andrea Milne, Erin Young, Erin Metayer, Amy Racicot, Kelsey Fink, Ellen Knowles, Leslie Sellars.  (Not pictured: Brian Garvey)

It’s on! School has officially started for new class of 2015 FWSU teachers this week. Earlier this week our 16 new staff members spent the last two days together learning about a variety of topics that will assist them with transitioning into our schools. A big thank you to our Mentor Teacher Coordinators Lindy Carpenter, Amy Rider and Emily DiGiulio for their outstanding organization of the two day training. The worked hand in hand with new FWSU Director of Curriculum Linda Keating to put together a fabulous introduction to FWSU schools photo 1The training encompassed all aspects of teaching and learning at FWSU, including introductions to The Power of Words, introduction to the SAMR model of technology integration, introduction to our new LMS Schoology, and introduction to the FWSU action plan.photo 4

FWSU has developed a strong mentorship program to ensure that our teachers are successful. Day 2 of Orientation offers significant contact time between our new teachers and their mentors. The afternoon also provides work time for new teachers to prepare their classroom alongside their mentor and get ready for students next week.

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We are very excited to welcome our new teachers to our system and wish them success. In the coming weeks we will highlight each of our teachers in more detail!

Meet The New Special Education Teacher at BFA Fairfax Elementary

Welcome JANET CORMIER to the FWSU learning community! 


Hometown:  Colchester, VT

Education:  B.S. Special Education and Elementary Education (Lyndon State College), Post graduate: Augustana College, UVM, Chapman University, St. Michael’s, and Endicott College.

“It is exciting for me to be returning to BFA-Fairfax as a teacher. This is where I grew up and first knew I wanted to teach children in the younger grades. I’m at my best when I am supporting students who may struggle with learning concepts, helping them find ways to learn and become contributing, valued members of their classroom community.”

~ Janet Morris Cormier

Meet the New Teachers, Part 3

This is our third post in a series introducing new teachers at FWSU. Don’t miss Part 1 and Part 2 and stay tuned for more!

CHRIS GRIBNAUGEMS Middle School Music Teacher 


Hometown: Charlotte

Education: B.S. Music Education – UVM, M.M. Music Education – Ithaca College

Interests: Music – I enjoy playing many different styles from latin, jazz, rock and old-time. I am an avid kayaker and enjoy exploring the Adirondacks by boat and by foot.

Teaching Experience: 9 years public school teaching in New Hampshire and Vermont.

Quotable: “I’m looking forward to making fantastic music with Georgia’s young musicians!”

LORI ADAMS – GEMS Health Teacher 


Hometown: Berkshire

Education: B.A. in History and Secondary Education – Trinity College. M.A. in Middle Level Education from Johnson State College.

Interests: I am pretty involved with my children and their activities. I love to read and research and I coach cheerleading.

Teaching Experience: I have taught Social Studies, Psychology, and Health for the past 18 years.

ANDREW SEALEY – BFA Grade 6 Language Arts Teacher 


Hometown: Jericho

Education: B.A. in Elementary Education – Johnson State (2004), M.A. in Education at UVM (2013)

Interests: Hiking, basketball, gardening, swimming.

Teaching Experience: 2004-2013 at Johnson Elementary School

Quotable: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”  Nelson Mandela

We are so happy to welcome these new teachers to our schools and communities! 

Meet the New Teachers at BFA Fairfax – Part 2

This is our second post in a series introducing new teachers at FWSU. Stay tuned for more updates coming soon!


Katherine McElroy

Hometown – Sudbury, VT

Education – Hamilton College in New York: undergraduate degree in Sociology. UVM: masters in School and Mental Health Counseling 

Teaching Experience – Counseling internships at Chamberlin Elementary, Williston Central and Middlebury College 

Interests – taking advantage of all the great outdoor adventures that Vermont has to offer, particularly enjoying the lake in the summer and skiing in the winter.

Quotable – “I love being a school counselor because it allows me to get to know so many students, families and teachers and allows me to be involved in the school community in a variety of ways”

GABE GRANT, HS Science Teacher

Gabe Grant

Hometown– Fairfax, VT

Education– B.S. in Biological Science and a minor in Social Anthropology (University of Vermont), Licensed to teach 7-12 science by the Teacher Apprenticeship Program (TAP).

Teaching Experience– Student-teacher at Mount Mansfield Union High School. Long-term substitute in Biology at BFA Fairfax for the last year-and-a-half. 

Interests– backpacking, acting, ultimate frisbee, science, and coaching

Quotable – “I’m passionate about biology, and enjoy working with students. This is a great time to be a teacher, and BFA has proven to be a wonderful place to work.”

JOE EMERY, HS Social Studies

Joe Emery

Hometown: Milton, VT

Education: BA in History from UMass-Amherst in 2012, M.Ed from UMass-Amherst in 2013

Teaching Experience: This is my first job!

Interests: Huge fan of the Boston Red Sox. Enjoys being outside hiking and kayaking. Also recently started collecting vinyl records.

Quotable: “It is such a privilege to be a part of the BFA-Fairfax community.  I enjoy learning about the past and am excited to hear students’ opinion on the matter.  I anticipate learning as much from my students as they learn from me.  I look forward to creating meaningful relationships with students, faculty, and the community at large.”