Faculty: High School

“The feedback from teachers has been more complete and thorough than any feedback we have gotten from public school teachers. Academic criticism is always constructive and many times my child has been offered the opportunity to resubmit work, utilizing the feedback. This has enhanced his learning tremendously.” ~OM parent

Our high school faculty is a diverse yet collegial group of professionals who share a love of teaching and educational values. They develop positive working relationships with their students, providing individualized support and feedback through detailed lesson comments and comprehensive semester evaluations.

Many Oak Meadow teachers are professionals and experts in their field, bringing unique insights and perspectives to their coursework. Julia West, an Oak Meadow science teacher since 1992, is a great example: She took a field course for teachers in Denali National Park on understanding and teaching climate change, and she used that experience to develop new curricula that addresses climate literacy. As the first distance teacher ever selected for NOAA’s “Teacher at Sea” research project, Julia chronicled her journey as she assisted with a NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service plankton survey in the Gulf of Mexico; one of her blog posts was named in NOAA’s top-ten 2015 Teacher at Sea posts. She used her experience to help inform Oak Meadow’s new Environmental Science for a Changing World course.

Meet our K-8 teachers, too.

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Alan Fortescue, High School Director

Alan Fortescue holds a PhD in Education and Leadership from the University of Virginia, and he earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees in literature. Alan has extensive experience in teaching and leadership in higher and experiential education. He was the director of education for Earthwatch Institute from 2005-10, and has been a consulting editor for the Journal of Environmental Education since 2007. Alan has served as a consultant for UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization), where he was also a cofounder and steering committee member for the North American Alliance for Sustainable Development and Education. He has consulted for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Science Foundation, Discovery Channel Education, and WGBH Public Television. Alan enjoys exploring new ways to empower and inspire students to gain awareness of themselves, others, and the world around them. In addition to his accomplishments as an educational professional, he is an award-winning painter and skilled mountaineer. Read Alan’s high school welcome letter.

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Keri Arsenault, Educational & School Counselor
Keri work as both an educational counselor and Oak Meadow’s school counselor. With a BA in psychology and an MEd specializing in school counseling from Keene State University, Keri creates counseling policy and protocol and initiates support and intervention for students of all ages who need extra guidance. In her spare time she loves to travel (most recently to Argentina) and dance tango, do yoga, read, hike, boat, camp, and spend time outdoors.
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Corrie Blodgett, Science

Corrie comes to Oak Meadow from an ecological research background. She has worked on numerous research and monitoring projects, investigating everything from snails to sea ice. She enjoys teaching and has taught high school sciences, environmental sampling techniques, and environmental education. Corrie holds a MS in Natural Resources from The University of Vermont and a BS in Environmental Science from The Rochester Institute of Technology. She lives in western Maine where she runs a maple sugaring operation with her partner, Nate. She loves to hike in the woods with her dog, raise chickens, paddle Maine’s rivers, and ski.

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Allison Butler, Social Studies

Allison Butler is a lecturer/advisor in the Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, teaching courses on media and cultural studies, media education, and youth identity development; and coordinating the UMass Media Literacy Certificate Program. She holds an MA and a PhD from New York University and is the author of numerous articles and two books on media literacy. Allison also co-leads the grassroots organization Mass Media Literacy, developing legislation and curriculum for Massachusetts K-12 public schools.

In her free time, Allison prefers to be anywhere outdoors, hiking with her dog, running, cycling, or rock climbing. She has climbed the cliffs of Otter Creek at Acadia National Park and is currently training for backpacking and climbing New Hampshire’s White Mountains.

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Alison Davis, English & Educational Counselor

Alison received her BA in English Literature from Colby College before discovering a love of teaching while living in Thailand. She taught elementary school both abroad and in Vermont, and subsequently completed her Masters in International Education from SIT. In addition to supporting Oak Meadow’s admission team as an educational counselor, Alison has joined our high school English department faculty, with a focus on project based learning. When she is not in the office, Al teaches yoga and works in her garage. She is also an apprentice at Vintage Steele, a local motorcycle shop, on the weekends.

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Catherine Domareki, English

Catherine earned her BA at Yale and has completed coursework towards a Masters degree in Medieval History at the Pontificia Università Antonianum in Rome, Italy. For the last 10 years she has taught English, Latin, French, and history to high school students, and she gained one-to-one experience as a private tutor. She’s an accomplished actor and ballet dancer who toured with the National Theater of the Performing Arts, and a member of the Screen Actors Guild and Actors’ Equity. Catherine has two young daughters who keep her busy, as they were born running! In her spare time, she loves to read, hike, and sing. Before moving to Vermont, she lived in Los Angeles, New York, and Rome. Learning foreign languages and traveling have always been passions. Some of Catherine’s favorite cities are Quebec, Prague, Budapest, Heidelberg, Assisi, and Manali, India.

 

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Yanis Knets, Math

Yanis Knets earned his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Religious Studies from Oberlin College in 1996. Before working at Oak Meadow, Yanis taught and tutored students in mathematics in a variety of contexts from Sylvan Learning Centers to Holyoke Community College, and as a private tutor, working with students of all ages from five to adult. His focus as an educator is to work collaboratively with students of all levels and abilities, helping them traverse a path from a place where mathematics might feel difficult or burdensome to one where mathematics starts to feel enjoyable and surmountable. This includes helping students who have basic math facts and fundamental skills to develop into mostly or completely independent students of mathematics working at at an advanced level.

In his spare time, Yanis enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee and chess, hiking, bicycling, and baking (especially pies!) He enjoys engaging in discussions about all of his interests, especially the unique challenges and rewards of helping students develop a greater degree of joy around the study of mathematics.

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Rebecca Larkin, Social Studies

Rebecca has been a high school teacher for 25 years, mainly in Springfield, Vermont. Her classroom was always the noisy room, with lots of activities, art supplies, and (usually) food. She still likes to find ways to bring fun to learning, even if it’s from afar!

Rebecca earned a BA in history at the University of Michigan, and her MEd at UMass Boston. She’s also earned graduate credits in teaching, psychology, neuroscience and special education. She enjoys living in the Upper Valley of NH, with its easy access to movies, nature, interesting restaurants, and proximity to Boston. She loves to travel, read, listen to music and NPR, as well as traveling to attend all of her 18-year-old’s athletic events. An outdoors person, Rebecca also likes to cross-country ski, snowshoe, hike, swim.

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Anna Logowitz, Social Studies

Anna began her teaching journey studying teen advocacy and literature at Bennington College, but switched to religious studies in order to investigate words that change lives. She earned both her BA and MAT from Smith College and has taught a variety of subjects to students ranging in age from toddler to grandparent in Waldorf, Montessori, charter, mainstream public, and special ed schools. Anna aspires to help young people find meaning in their studies and their lives, via interest in the world. She lives in Northampton with a tailless polydactyl cat and fills her spare time boat building, toy making, exuberant discussion, and art that makes people look twice.

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Ivy Marr, Science

Ivy grew up in a small town in Vermont and homeschooled for part of her childhood. She attended Cornell University, where she eventually majored in Chemistry after taking courses across the campus. She went on to earn masters degrees in Marine Biology from Northeastern University and Teacher Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She’s currently working on a masters in Spatial Analysis for Public Health through Johns Hopkins. Ivy has taught science at public high schools in Vermont and Massachusetts, at a private school in England, and on a schooner in the Caribbean. She loves educational international travel and has worked on sea turtle projects in Greece and Costa Rica, led students on a volunteer trip to Ecuador, studied coral reefs in French Polynesia, and completed long-distance hikes in the UK. She’s excited to be moving back to Vermont this autumn.

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KD Maynard, College Counselor

KD’s professional experience has revolved around assisting high school and early college students to find a fit in their choice of college and academic program, thereby enabling them to engage fully and to successfully meet their goals. She has held roles in college admissions, college counseling and financial aid, academic advising, teacher training/curriculum development, and a variety of administrative/leadership positions. The institutions she’s worked for include Brown University, World Learning, Marlboro College, The Putney School, Community College of Vermont, and University of Massachusetts Amherst. KD’s liberal arts background (AB from Brown in Linguistics and Classics, and a MALS from Dartmouth focusing on Women’s Studies and writing) provides her with a worldview that seeks to make connections between and among people, ideas, and a sense of a greater good. She loves living in southern Vermont, spending free time in nature (hiking, kayaking, etc.) when she’s not working, volunteering with the homeless, and spending time with her brand new grandchildren.

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Sara Molina, World Languages

Sara earned a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Sociology-Based Human Relations from Connecticut College and a master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Vermont. She has taught social studies, Spanish, and ESL in independent, public, and university classrooms for many years. She developed and teaches a distinctive new course at Oak Meadow, ESOL: English for the American Classroom. Born in Madrid, Spain, Sara grew up in a multilingual and multicultural home in Vermont. Sara’s passion is travel and she has had the good fortune of spending extensive time in Europe and South America, including a month-long hike along the Camino de Santiago in Spain and three years living and working on the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. She hopes to foster this love of travel in her students.

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Jacquelyn O’Donohoe, Math

Jacquelyn earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, a Bachelor of Arts in French, and a Master of Education in Math Education from Plymouth State University. She has more than a decade of experience tutoring students of all ages, has been teaching and creating mathematics courses at Plymouth State University since 2007, and has been teaching at Oak Meadow since 2012. Jacquelyn is passionate about encouraging students to develop an appreciation for the beauty and relevance of mathematics in the world around them. Jacquelyn lives with her husband and their five daughters on a small farm among the picturesque lakes and mountains of New Hampshire. She enjoys homeschooling her own children, gardening using permaculture principles, playing board games, creating geometric quilts, and designing scrapbook pages to chronicle her family’s adventures.

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Colleen Rice, World Languages

Colleen earned her BA at Colgate University and her MA and PhD at University of Wisconsin-Madison, winning several academic honors along the way for her study of the Classics. She has teaching experience at the elementary, secondary, and college level. While a graduate student, Colleen was an instructor for an independent high school student preparing for the Latin International Baccalaureate exam, a private Latin tutor for both primary and secondary school students, and a mythology instructor for a summer program for gifted elementary students. She loves to travel and has studied extensively in Italy and Greece. Colleen now lives in upstate New York with her husband and young daughter and enjoys running, cooking, and spending time outdoors.

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Marnie Rogers, English

Marnie holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Education from Smith College. She attended University of Kansas for graduate work in English, where she taught as a TA and completed her Master’s thesis in poetry. She joined Oak Meadow as an English teacher in 2000, while working in a local independent bookstore and raising three sons. An National Endowment for the Humanities scholar in 2016, Marnie was the first distance-learning teacher to participate in the program, The Immigrant Experience in California through Literature and Theater. Currently, she lives with her family and three cats in southern Vermont where she gardens, swims, and walks along the river. Marnie loves teaching, writing, and books—novels, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, history, and science. Back in the days of Harry Potter, she began reading young adult fiction extensively, and she enjoys discovering what students are reading.

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Lydia de Faveri Spiegel, World Languages

Lydia de Faveri Spiegel holds a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Francophone Studies from the University of Massachusetts. She previously graduated from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, with a degree in Human Geography. Lydia has taught French and Italian courses at the high school and university levels for the past twenty years. Of Italian and Swiss origins, and a native speaker of Italian and French, Lydia has always been intrigued by language and culture. She enjoys motivating and guiding students to make connections between their academic studies and life experiences. She takes great interest in collaborating with colleagues to provide an interdisciplinary approach that makes learning more dynamic and effective. Lydia lives in Amherst, Massachusetts with her husband and her two children, and she enjoys traveling, walking, and the company of friends.

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Tara Sullivan, Art

Tara Sullivan received her BFA from the University of New Hampshire, her MFA from Southern Illinois University, and K-12 certification from Franklin Pierce College. Tara has taught art to students ranging in age from preschool to elders, and in a variety of settings from formal classrooms to camp sites. In addition to receiving a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation, she has done artist residencies at The Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and The Vermont Studio Center. Tara feels that her role is to share her knowledge of art and to facilitate students’ discovery of the creative process. Learning to express one’s self visually is both an adventure and a thoughtful process of discovery. Tara engages in the creative process in many ways, including drawing and painting, sewing, gardening, cooking and parenting. In the spirit of adventure, Tara has traveled extensively, lived in Alaska and Ireland, and now calls Brattleboro home, where she lives the adventurous life of a creative mom.

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Jessica Turner, Brattleboro School Without Walls

Jessica, the director of Brattleboro School Without Walls, received her BA in physics from Bryn Mawr College and an MA in teaching with a concentration in Montessori mathematics education from Antioch University. She has 17 years of teaching experience at the middle school, high school, and college levels in a variety of schools and educational settings. She is also a mentor teacher and education consultant; as well as a mom, outdoor adventurer, and singer. Jessica is committed to supporting adolescents through meaningful academic engagement and real-world problem solving. She lives in southern Vermont with her energetic family.

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Naomi Washer, English

Naomi comes to Oak Meadow with over a decade of experience in alternative education and arts integration for first grade through graduate students. She holds a BA in Dance, Theatre, and Literature from Bennington College, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia College Chicago where she taught composition and directed the Graduate Writing Center Consultant Program. She has presented her research on teaching and learning at the National Mentoring Symposium, the Creative Writing Studies Conference, and the American Literary Translators Conference. A published poet, translator, and essayist, she is also the Publisher of Ghost Proposal, an experimental literary journal and small press. She is committed to the ethos of progressive, project-based education for adolescents and believes that student-centered, inquiry-driven teaching and learning is transformative. She lives in Brattleboro, Vermont where she reads, writes, cooks, explores the rivers and mountains, hunts for antiques, uncovers New England history, and gathers with family and friends.

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Julia West, Science

Julia graduated from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science/Fisheries Biology. She has been with Oak Meadow since 1992, teaching high school science and Health and Fitness. She has strong interests in alternative energy, gardening, music, fitness, and outdoor activities, such as cross-country skiing, paddling, hiking, and biking. She is on the PSIA (Professional Ski Instructors of America) Educational Staff, and has ACA (American Canoe Association) certification for whitewater kayak instruction. In developing our new health course, she was committed to integrating a fitness element because physical exercise is proven to enhance mental clarity and mental health, and is a vital part of any healthy lifestyle. Most recently, Julia became the first distance-learning teacher chosen to participate in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Teacher at Sea research program. She lives in North River, New York, where she homeschooled her three children, two of whom have fledged the nest.

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Antony Yaeger, Social Studies

Antony received his undergraduate degree in Poetry and Theatre from Sarah Lawrence College in New York, and his Masters of Science in Education and Waldorf Education from Sunbridge College, New York. Antony spent four years at the East Bay Waldorf High School in Berkeley, CA teaching poetry, photography, literature, and directing school plays. In 2009, Antony graduated once again from Sarah Lawrence College, this time earning a Masters Degree in poetry and creative writing. He encourages students to use writing as a tool for self-exploration, and to gain clarity and perspective on world events by examining issues from new angles. Antony currently lives with his wife and twin boys in Point Lookout, where he enjoys writing poetry and journeying into New York City for soul-inspiration.

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