Faculty: Kindergarten to 8th Grade

Our teachers love homeschooling! Whether motivated by their own homeschooling experiences, their belief in the possibilities and potential of distance learning, or their desire to support families from around the world, our teachers enjoy their work so much that a number of them have been with Oak Meadow for well over ten years.

Our teachers also walk the talk. Take Leslie Daniels, for example. In addition to working as an Oak Meadow teacher since 1986, she’s the founder, director and head teacher of the “Little Tree Education” program, which offers educational activities to groups of homeschooled students.  Her whole professional life has centered around guiding children toward the joy of discovery.

Meet our high school teachers, too.

Katharine Gibson, Interim K8 Director

Katharine—also known as Kay—earned a BA in Environmental Studies, an MEd focusing on both integrated day and Waldorf Curriculum, and a Masters in Teaching from SIT. She has worked in Waldorf Schools in both the elementary and kindergarten/nursery programs. Kay spent two years in the Peace Corps in Macedonia where she was an English resource faculty and advisor working with all ages from pre-K to adults. She also led professional development workshops on natural science curriculum to teachers through the Vermont Institute of Natural Science

Kay is passionate about instilling a love of learning. She believes that If students enjoy and value their education, they become lifelong learners full of curiosity, creating the potential for a more fulfilling and joyful life. She resides in Southern Vermont with her black lab and enjoys spending lots of time outside in nature, gardening, kayaking on the river in the summer, and cross-country skiing in the winter.  

Sarah Antel
Sarah Antel

Sarah received her BA in Psychology from the College of Wooster and her MEd from Antioch New England. Her experience includes teaching in the classroom, leading environmental education programs outside, and directing the education program on a farm. These experiences helped her to formulate her belief that children are engaged learners when they are inspired by their environment and encouraged to explore their interests. Sarah lives in a cozy valley in the Green Mountains of Vermont. She adores spending time in her gardens, sewing, riding her four wheeler, listening to live music, and baking.

Lesley Arnold

Lesley received her BS in Education and her MEd in Curriculum and Childhood Development from Boston University. She also completed additional graduate level work in Movement Education and Outdoor Education, and she received her Waldorf Teaching Certificate from Antioch New England Graduate School. After teaching in the public schools for many years, Lesley was a class teacher at Monadnock Waldorf School in Keene, NH. In addition to being a K- 8 teacher for Oak Meadow, Lesley also works at the Keene Public Library. Being both a teacher and a librarian allows her to combine her love of children with her love of books. Lesley resides in Keene, and spends her free time visiting her children and grandchildren, knitting, hiking, biking, skiing, and, of course, reading.

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.
Leslie Daniels

Leslie graduated from Indiana University with a BS in Outdoor Education and a minor in General Science. She also received a Teaching Certificate through the School of Education for Grades K-8, and took graduate courses in Alternative Education at the Waldorf Institute of Southern California and at Antioch College in Keene, NH. In addition to working as an Oak Meadow teacher since 1986, Leslie homeschooled her children with Oak Meadow’s K-8 curricula. She is currently the founder, director and head teacher of the “Little Tree Education” program, which offers educational activities to groups of homeschooled students.

Kristen Glover

Kristen earned her BA from Marymount University and a MAT from Mary Baldwin College. Her experience in the classroom includes teaching middle school Humanities in Virginia, and Mathematics in London, England. Kristen applied her teaching skills while working with the Jefferson Institute in Kazakhstan, Ethiopia, and Lithuania, educating journalists on best practices for creating social media campaigns. Kristen is passionate about helping students become lifelong learners and contributing citizens. She believes that if students bridge what they learn to real world situations, they will develop meaningful connections. Kristen grew up competing hunters and jumpers in Virginia. She now resides in Manhattan and enjoys sailing on the Eastern Shore.

Andrea Kilroy

Andrea Kilroy taught middle school history and English for 30 years at a private school in Massachusetts. Concerned that children are often underserved by mainstream institutions, she turned her attention to helping each child get the best educational support possible. Andrea recently completed a customized hybrid BA/MEd degree in Educational Advocacy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She believes that parents often lack the confidence and guidance to embark on an alternative educational path that would better serve their children’s needs. She feels Oak Meadow’s goal of instilling a love of education in its students while gently guiding both student and parent provides the best of all possible worlds: a teacher (the parent) who is 100 percent committed to the student’s success, paired with a curriculum that is solidly grounded in good pedagogical research and practice. Andrea is the mother of five and the grandmother of seven. She loves teaching, reading, cooking, needlepoint, and being with her grandchildren.

Linda Kosiba

Linda Kosiba holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York in Albany, and a Masters in Education from Western Maryland College. Her early years in education were spent as a speech and language therapist in Colchester, Vermont where she worked with children, preschool through high school level. After earning a degree in deaf education, Linda enjoyed working with students, preschool through middle grades, in private and mainstreamed settings. For the bulk of her teaching career, she has taught third grade in local public and independent schools. Her thirty plus years in education have afforded Linda many invaluable opportunities to learn about learning and to gain respect for the diverse approaches that allow a child to thrive and evolve into an independent thinker. She lives with her husband and loveable rescue dog in Burlington, Vermont. In her free time, Linda enjoys being outdoors doing activities that Vermont seasons invite: skiing, gardening, swimming, kayaking, hiking, and, always, reading, as well as the year-round joys of time with family, friends, and volunteer opportunities.

Rebecca Lancaster

Rebecca graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science in Ecology & Natural Resources. She went on to earn her Master of Arts degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in Math and Science from Jersey City University. Rebecca’s love for science and the environment led her to work for the EPA, NASA, and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. After earning her MA, Rebecca taught middle school science for ten years before taking time off to start a family. She now brings her experience and passion for learning to Oak Meadow, both as a middle school and high school teacher, which affords her the flexibility to do what she loves and stay home with her two young children in southern New Hampshire. Rebecca enjoys playing the violin, snowboarding, and hiking with her husband and children.

Michelle Menegaz

Michelle Menegaz holds a BA in Psychology and Biology from Middlebury College, and a master’s degree in Environmental Science and Elementary Education from Antioch University New England. Michelle taught at Academy School in Brattleboro for 13 years and relished incorporating nature studies, gardening, movement, knitting and song into the curriculum. John Muir’s insight carries special significance for Michelle: “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” Michelle homeschools her daughter and runs a camp called Girls on the Farm from her home. These endeavors have strengthened her belief that relationship is an essential piece of learning. Michelle lives in Southern Vermont on a “farmette” with her husband and daughter along with a mixed menagerie of goats, sheep, ducks, chickens and one old demanding cat. In between gardening, homeschooling and animal care she enjoys singing, knitting, hiking, and biking.

Meg Minehan

Meg received her MEd with a concentration in Environmental Studies from Antioch New England and her BA from Bucknell University. She has taught in a variety of educational settings including alternative classrooms, outdoor schools, summer camps, and homeschooling cooperatives. For the past several years, Meg directed the children’s program at the Unitarian church where she engaged children and youth in a variety of social action projects. She is the founder and lead teacher of two summer programs that immerse children in the outdoors, and her camps serve to strengthen the child’s connection to the natural world through forest exploration, nature crafts, games, wild edibles, and nature journaling. Meg lives with her husband and three children off the grid in the hills of Andover, Vermont. Together they enjoy backpacking, canoeing, backyard birding, and back country skiing.  Meg and her family keep busy homeschooling, raising chickens and goats, and tending their vegetable gardens.


Gwen Trumbull

Gwen received both her BS in Nutrition and her MEd in Elementary Education (with a focus on teaching social justice) from Keene State College. Her varied educational background includes teaching regular and special education in public and alternative classrooms in Vermont schools. She also has eight years of experience as an individual and group tutor, working with students from kindergarten through 12th grade. Gwen loves helping students connect their own life experiences to the subject that they study, thus helping them to gain passion for their own learning. Gwen holds an associate degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales University and loves using cooking to help teach all subjects, including math, reading, physical, and social sciences. Gwen lives in Western MA where she often can be found happily running, hiking, kayaking, or preparing meals for friends.

Jessica Zehngut

Jessica Zehngut earned her BS in Environmental Resource Management from Pennsylvania State University and her MEd from Antioch University New England. She served as head of the strings program at Juniata College before moving to Vermont and teaching K-8 science at the Mount Ascutney School. Jessica has taught courses at the Community College of Vermont and served as a science tutor for homeschoolers using the Oak Meadow curriculum. She is fascinated by the natural interconnectedness of educational topics and explored the synthesis of music and environmental education as a senior thesis project. Jessica loves to examine topics through many lenses, recognizing each student’s unique learning style, and watching the individual “a-ha!” moments. Jessica also teaches private violin/fiddle lessons from her home and plays with other local musicians. She enjoys spending as much time as possible outside with her husband, three children, and two dogs.