Ben Sachs-Hamilton, 1994-99

Not long after starting at the Schoolhouse in first grade, someone asked me why I liked it there, and I replied, “They teach you how to learn.” The truth of this statement will be self-evident to anyone who has seen the school’s amazing teachers in action, but almost as important, I think, is the fact that I was aware of it at the time. I was learning not only how to learn, but how to engage in a reflective and mutually supportive learning environment with my classmates, and with the school community as a whole. The lessons I learned in that environment helped me to succeed in subsequent schooling at the Gailer School, Burlington High School, and Wesleyan University, and to enjoy and appreciate my learning experiences all along the way! Of course, I learned invaluable skills as well: how to seek out and evaluate research sources, how to interpret current events and world affairs, how to edit an essay, how to apply mathematical concepts to real world problems, how to resolve personal conflicts nonviolently, and many more. My experiences at the Schoolhouse played a large part in inspiring me to become a teacher myself, a goal I am currently working toward in the Master of Arts in Teaching program at Brandeis University.

Mercedes Mack

The Burlington School District is thrilled to announce that Mercedes Mack will be joining their staff as a new AmeriCorps*VISTA member, serving as the new Equity Education Specialist for the Diversity & Equity Office. Mercedes attended Burlington Schools and owns a Bachelor’s degree in English from St. Michael’s College. She most recently worked for Jubilee USA Network in Washington, DC, an alliance of 75 religious denominations, faith communities, human rights, environmental, labor, and community groups working for the cancellation of debts in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. As Equity Education Specialist, Mercedes will provide much-needed full-time support to the Diversity & Equity Office helping develop a resource center, technical assistance materials, and parent-family-community outreach systems and networks that better serve the district’s overall mission towards increased cultural competence.

Schoolhouse Graduates: Where are they now?

Colleges (partial listing)

  • New York University
  • Hamilton College
  • Skidmore College
  • Oberlin College
  • Connecticut College
  • Salt Institute for Documentary Studies
  • University of Vermont
  • Saint Michael’s College
  • Sarah Lawrence College
  • Boston University Law School
  • Champlain College
  • Dartmouth College
  • Northeastern University
  • Warren Wilson College
  • Barnard College
  • Bentley College
  • UNC – Chapel Hill
  • Middlebury College
  • Kenyon College

Recognitions & Careers (partial listing)

  • Fulbright Scholar
  • Psychologist
  • Human Rights Worker
  • High School Math Teacher
  • Political Campaign Worker
  • Dance Teacher/Photographer
  • TV Producer for Discovery Health
  • Solar Engineer
  • Organic Farmer
  • Gay Rights Activist
  • Teaching English in Germany
  • Teaching English in Thailand
  • Graduate Studies in Library Science
  • Lawyer
  • Equity Education Specialist