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 a decade.

Our teachers also walk the talk. Take K-8 teacher 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.

Julia West, an Oak Meadow high school science teacher since 1992, is another inspiring example. 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.

Because most of our teachers live regionally, they’re able to meet regularly as a group to discuss student progress, develop new courses, and explore trends in distance learning. Some have developed special courses that align with their area of expertise, enriching our curriculum offerings.

Grades K-8

K8 Director
Katharine Gibson

Katharine—also known as Kay—earned a BA in Environmental Studies, an MEd focusing on both integrated day and Waldorf Curriculum, and a Master’s 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.

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K-4
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.

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5-8
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.

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K-6
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.

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6-8
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.

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K-4
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.

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5-8
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.

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5-8
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.

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K-4
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.

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K-4
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.

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5-8
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.

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High School

 

 

High School Director
Dr. Alan Fortescue

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 Educationsince 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.

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BSW2 Humanities
Alison Davis

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. Alison teaches the English and social studies courses at Brattleboro School Without Walls and supports the admission team when she’s not teaching. When she is not in the office, Al teaches yoga and works in her garage where she builds and repairs motorcycles.

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Science
Melissa Ditto

Melissa received a BS from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in Environmental Science with a concentration in environmental chemistry and toxicology and a minor in Geology. She also holds a MS from the Pennsylvania State University in Environmental Engineering. After graduate school she worked for several years in environmental consulting in New Jersey doing field work and traveling all over the county to contaminated sites. Following that, she taught high school chemistry, forensics, earth science, and environmental science and fell in love with making science hands-on and fun for a younger generation of learners. Melissa left teaching to grow her family and returned to environmental consulting on a part-time basis. Now she is thrilled to be teaching once again and with Oak Meadow. Melissa lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband of 12 years and four children ages 7, 4, 3, and 1. She loves to travel, hike, rock hound, and be outdoors.

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English
Catherine Domareki

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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French
Lydia de Faveri Spiegel

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-five 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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Science
Eric Ferrara

Eric received a BA in Chemistry from Rhode Island College and completed the RI science education program for grades 7-12. He has been tutoring chemistry since 2011, including general high school chemistry, AP chemistry, the Chemistry SAT Subject Test, and the standard college introductory chemistry sequence. After receiving his bachelor’s, Eric began working at Brown University and went to graduate school at the University of Rhode Island for a Masters in Public Administration. He currently works for a pharmaceutical technology company based out of RI and teachers part-time for Oak Meadow. Outside of work, Eric enjoys cooking and baking, photography, trying new restaurants, and spending hours on the beach. He started developing an interest in science during high school, when he discovered the connection between mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology. Chemistry, in particular, interests him because it is from the elements on the periodic table that we can tackle issues such as renewable energy, antibiotic resistance, and DNA damage. He is committed to individualized instruction that elucidates the role of chemistry in understanding, and advancing the knowledge of, the world.

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Math
Yanis Knets

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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Science
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.

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Humanities
Rebecca Larkin

Rebecca has been a high school teacher for over 25 years in New Hampshire and Vermont. Her classroom was always the noisy room, with lots of activities, lively discussion, art supplies, and (usually) food. She still likes to find ways to bring fun to learning, even if it’s from afar! Rebecca has a BA in history from University of Michigan, and an MEd from UMass Boston. She’s also earned graduate credits in teaching, psychology, neuroscience, and special education. Rebecca has a daughter in college who is an accomplished athlete and who is Rebecca’s greatest hope for saving the world. Rebecca recently returned “home” to the Boston area after living in NH and VT for the last few decades. She loves being closer to family, old friends, more diverse cultures, activities and restaurants and still finds a good amount of nature. Living right on the Charles River and only a quick drive to the ocean is a welcome departure from being in the landlocked mountains. She loves to travel, read, listen to music and NPR. Rebecca also likes to cross-country ski, snowshoe, hike, swim, and take as many yoga classes as she can. Namaste.

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Science
Stephanie Lieblappen

Steph earned her BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rhode Island and a Master’s in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College. Her master’s research focused on the process of snow densification of the polar ice sheets and how the microstructure of the ice as it transitions from snow to solid ice impacts the trapping of atmospheric air in our ice core records. She has over 10 years of experience tutoring chemistry, physics, and math from her fellow student-athletes at URI to privately tutoring high school and college students. Steph has classroom teaching experience from her time at an alternative learning charter high school in New Hampshire. In this teaching role she was able to integrate hands-on learning approaches into the classroom to increase student engagement and understanding. A Rhode Island native, Steph currently resides in Central Vermont with her husband, two dogs, and three-legged cat. She loves to spend her free time hiking, biking, gardening, snowboarding, and traveling. She also coaches gymnastics and works as a personal trainer.

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Humanities
Anna Logowitz

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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Spanish
Sara Molina

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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Math
Jacquelyn O'Donohoe

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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Latin
Colleen Rice

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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English
Marnie Rogers

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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Science
Corrie St. Saviour

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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Art
Tara Sullivan

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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BSW2 Math & Science
Jessica Turner

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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English
Naomi Washer

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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Science
Julia West

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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Humanities
Antony Yaeger

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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Staff

 

 

Executive Director & School Liaison
Steve Lorenz

Steve earned a BS in Secondary English Education and an MEd in Elementary Education with additional studies in Educational Administration. He is the former head of The Grammar School in Putney, Vermont. Earlier in his career, Steve served as elementary school principal, and secondary, elementary, and early childhood teacher. He has been involved with independent and public educational institutions, including serving on the board of trustees for Vermont Academy and on the board of directors of a local public school. He served as the executive director of a natural history museum and environmental learning center in Vermont and has participated in community service projects in Vermont for over 30 years. Steve also serves as the Oak Meadow School Liaison and has been with Oak Meadow for five years. Steve and his wife Nancie home schooled their daughter and son during their elementary school years. He enjoys the outdoors, travel and reading.

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Director of Admission
Wendy Richardson

Wendy has a BA in Social Work from UNH and an MEd from Lesley College. She taught kindergarten to second grade before leaving the classroom to turn her full attention to her family. Her two teen aged daughters are her pride and joy, and she says they keep her exploring and learning at their beautiful home on the Connecticut River. Wendy returned to the education field as an educational counselor at Oak Meadow before being named director of admission. She uses both of her degrees to help families explore and discover the best and most successful way to educate their children. In her spare time, Wendy loves pretty much any activity that keeps her outdoors with her family: running, hiking, swimming, and skiing.

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Director of College Counselor
KD Maynard

KD 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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School Counselor, Educational Counselor
Keri Arsenault

Keri works 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 College, 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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Educational Counselor
Stacy Hiler

After working in the hospitality field for several years (including renovating and co-running a classic Vermont inn), Stacy switched gears, completed her Early Childhood Montessori Training and became an assistant classroom teacher at Hilltop Montessori School in Brattleboro, VT. Now she enjoys using her skills as an Oak Meadow Educational Counselor, assisting families with their homeschooling journey. Stacy hails from New Orleans, where Southern grace and courtesy are in the drinking water. Now a Vermont resident and parent of two teenagers, Stacy enjoys live music, foraging in the woods with the family pooch (she knows her edible fungi!) or cooking up a mean Jambalaya.

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Registrar
Eden Terrell

Eden has a BA in Linguistics and German, an MA in Intercultural Management. She has worked as an admission counselor and librarian at World Learning/SIT and  was also a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine in 1998. Eden loves talking about languages, cultures and travel, and swimming and biking with her twin son and daughter, both of whom were Waldorf and Montessori-educated in their preschool years. Of her job as registrar at Oak Meadow, Eden says, “I enjoy giving people the opportunity to find a path that works for them!”

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Shipping Manager
Andy Lobenstine

Andy has a B.S. in Aviation Technology from the University of Central Missouri.  He’s been an instrument rated pilot since 1992 and owned his own plane for a couple years.  Working as a parts manager at several aircraft maintenance facilities over 20 years in the Washington, DC suburbs, Andy brings his inventory management skills and shipping experience to head Oak Meadow’s logistics operation in the warehouse.  He lives in Easthampton, MA with his girlfriend and 17 year old son.  Andy is an active bowler in several leagues, play softball, and loves pizza, great cheeseburgers and video games.

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Social Media
Natalie Wise

Natalie Wise is our social media and digital marketing manager, so you’ll find her in Instagram stories, Facebook messenger, and scouring the internet for the best in fun and educational homeschooling ideas. When she’s not pinning and tweeting for Oak Meadow, Natalie is an author and spends her free time writing, baking and hiking with her husband and their chocolate lab Bellamy.

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Managing Editor
DeeDee Hughes

As the Director of Curriculum Development, DeeDee Hughes gets to combine her love of writing with her passion for creating vibrant educational experiences for children. A long-time writer and editor with a degree in education and psychology, DeeDee first started at Oak Meadow in 2008 as a curriculum editor. Since then, she has filled many roles including K-8 teacher, Educational Counselor, Content Manager, and Registrar. Homeschooling her two sons for several years gave her valuable insight into the practical and educational challenges facing independent learners. As Director of Curriculum Development and Editor of Living Education, DeeDee spends her days looking for new ways to fire up learning. DeeDee lives in Oregon, where she is usually found with a book in her hand. She loves to send handwritten letters to her family and friends. When she’s not reading or writing, DeeDee can be found puttering in her garden, soaking in the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

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