Administration & Operations
Liz Shayne, Head of School
Liz (she/her) has spent her professional career in and around education and became the Head of School at The Schoolhouse in August 2011. Liz was a middle and high school teacher, administrator and technology specialist at the Spence School, an independent K-12 school in Manhattan.
Liz is co-founder of the Rosie’s Girls Summer Program, an award-winning trades exploration program for middle school-aged girls, and she continues to serve as a consultant to the program’s replication partners nationwide. She has served on the board and advisory committees of area non-profits, including the Fletcher Free Library, Vermont CARES, and The Schoolhouse. She received a Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University and an AB in Modern European History from Harvard University.
Liz’s two children have attended Schoolhouse, and she served on the Board of Directors for seven years before becoming Head of School.
Kelly Story, Administrative Leadership Team Member
Kelly (she/her) grew up in northern California and earned a BA from Saint Michael’s College in political science and Russian in 1991. She’s worked in education her entire career. She spent the twelve years after college at Rock Point School, a small boarding high school in Burlington, working directly with teens and their families as Director of Admissions and Fundraising and as a member of the school’s leadership team.
Kelly also spent four summers at Heartworks preschool, leading outdoor adventure trips for young children, and she spent a year directing Renaissance School’s after school program.
In 2007 Kelly opened Story Time, home-based child care with a focus on nature, local adventures, play, and seasonal arts and crafts. Story Time joined The Schoolhouse in 2012 with Kelly as Director, fitting right in with Schoolhouse’s hands-on, joyful programming. Since then, she has moved into a more general administrative team role, specializing in helping families discover and access the learning resources they need for a successful education. When not at Schoolhouse, Kelly also works as a private educational consultant.
Maria McGrath, Operations Manager & Registrar
After spending her childhood in Alaska, Maria (she/her) attended Laguna Beach School of Art, and went on to work in the Development Office at Stanford University for ten years. To help round out her work/play skills, she has also worked at many theater companies as a stage manager, a property designer, and the occasional actor. In a pinch she is also willing to undertake light plumbing. Maria was a Schoolhouse parent from 2010 to 2014. She is so happy to be at The Schoolhouse full-time.
Jennifer Albers, Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Jen (she/her) is a native Vermonter who moved back to the Green Mountains the first chance she got. She came to The Schoolhouse as a parent and quickly found herself immersed in all aspects of the school—from subbing in the preschool to making tacos for lunch to organizing tag sales.
Jen holds degrees in Journalism and in Music Performance. She has worked as a reporter, editor, graphic designer, photography editor, and redesign/branding consultant for publications across the US and in the Caribbean. Before children, she was a Title IX activist, had a short-lived stint as a lacrosse referee, and volunteered at an all-rabbit animal shelter. Locally she has served on the boards of the Cancer Patient Support Program and the former Vermont Council for Gifted Education.
In her spare time, Jen plays oboe and ukulele, is developing a line of delicious jams and jellies, and is this close to her black belt in Taekwondo. She enjoys glamping, writes recipes for farmshare members at Bread & Butter Farm, and makes a mean cheeseboard. She has a perpetual Laundry Situation.
Emily Boone Hawes, Preschool Co-Director
& Preschool Lead Teacher (Wild Grapes Classroom)
Emily (she/her) loves exploring the world with children, which is why she loves her job! Before coming to Schoolhouse, she worked for five years at Shelburne Farms, teaching farm-based and nature-based education. Emily has a BA in Economics and Environmental Studies from Colby College and an MA in Teaching from the University of Vermont. When she’s not working, Emily likes spending time with friends and family, cooking, singing in the choir, playing soccer, and hiking or skiing in the winter.
Annette Urbschat, Preschool Co-Director & Preschool Teacher (Dragonfly Classroom); Abenaki Language Community Liaison and Language Instructor
Annette (she/her) loves children and learning, and has been a teacher all her life: She was a tutor and camp counselor through high school in her native Germany, and then studied Dance Education at Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover. After emigrating to her mother’s native Canada, she received a B.F.A. in Dance at York University, Toronto, and started a 30-year career teaching ballet and creative dance to people of all ages.
After moving to Vermont in 1990, Annette homeschooled her three children, and then transitioned into teaching preschool full-time. In 2016, she completed her M. Ed. from St. Michael’s College and in 2019, Annette received a Vermont Early Childhood Educator’s License for pre-K (ages 3 to 5).
Annette has been a lead teacher in the Dragonfly room since 2017, and started co-directing the preschool at the Schoolhouse with Emily Hawes in 2018.
Annette is a polyglot and has been studying the Abenaki Language with Jesse Bruchac and Connor Quinn since early 2018. She participated in an on-line pilot of the Abenaki Language School at Middlebury College in 2020, and received her Abenaki Language Teaching Certification from Ndakinna Education Center in August of 2020. Annette will be the bilingual teaching assistant for the 2021 Abenaki Language School on campus at Middlebury, and is the Abenaki language instructor for our preschool.
When not teaching or co-directing, Annette spends her time visiting her far-flung family, dancing, playing her fiddle, recorder, flute or drum, singing in the Burlington Choral Society, or practicing yoga and meditation, and enjoying the outdoors.
Jordan Davis, Preschool Leadership Team & Office Administrator
Jordan (she/her) joined the Schoolhouse community in the fall of 2015. She has been a preschool teacher, a Farm Food Forest educator, an afterschool teacher, AmeriCorps supervisor, an elementary program aide, and newly a full time preschool leadership team member and administrator.
Jordan attended UVM, graduating in January 2016. She has a BA in Environmental studies with a concentration in ecology and conservation, and a minor in forestry. In her free time Jordan is a yoga teacher and enjoys being outdoors with her dog Maya.
Amy Carlson, Lead Teacher (Dragonfly classroom)
Amy (she/her) is lead teacher in the Dragonfly classroom, with a particular emphasis on literacy development. She joined the Story Time teaching team in June of 2013. Amy was also a long-time Schoolhouse parent until her daughter graduated from 8th grade in 2017.
Amy has worked with children and families for over 18 years and earned her CDA in 2009, but her inspiration to do so didn’t happen right away. In 1994, she earned an associates degree in accounting from CCV and went to work with a certified public accountant. She enjoyed working with numbers, but missed the daily interactions with people. She tried other jobs, but when a friend asked her, “ If you didn’t have this job, what would you do?” Amy immediately answered, “Play with kids!”
Since then, she has worked at Stepping Stones Children’s Center, under the guidance of Robin Ploof, and later led her own classrooms at Pine Forest and Williston Children’s Center, under the guidance of Andrea Viets. Now, she loves being part of the Story Time team! When not at The Schoolhouse, Amy enjoys rock climbing on weekends with her family. She also loves to hike, bike, craft, and play in the snow—but mostly play!
Victoria Casson, Preschool Teacher (Wild Grapes Interim Head Teacher)
Victoria Casson (she/her) has been at the Schoolhouse since the fall of 2016. She began substitute teaching in all programs at The Schoolhouse, and then quickly found her place as a Wild Grape teacher by the summer of 2017. Victoria has previously been the After-School Director of the Pre-school, and most recently accepted the role of Head Teacher in the Wild Grape room beginning the fall of 2020.
Victoria graduated from Champlain College with a BA in Public Relations, and a focus in Event Management in 2009. She is currently pursuing her MA in Early Childhood Education.
When she isn’t working, Victoria enjoys gardening, yoga, cooking and spending time with friends and family.
Eden Hubert, Preschool Teacher (Dragonflies)
Eden (she/her) graduated from The University of Vermont in 2019 with a BS in Early Childhood Ed, and received her teaching license in January. She has spent many years working as a toddler and preschool teacher, and is passionate about bringing a nature-based approach to early ed. Eden joined The Schoolhouse in March, and is excited to be here for the school year!
When she’s not at school, Eden enjoys reading, baking, doing yoga, and walking. and spending time outside.
Erin Kehoe, Preschool Teacher (Wild Grapes & flex)
Erin (she/her) joined the Schoolhouse community in November and is so excited to be here. She has previously worked on farms, taught summer school math, and coached preschool gymnastics. Erin graduated from Cornell University in 2020 with a major in Nutritional Sciences and a minor in Human Development.
In her free time, she likes to rock climb, run, and dance.
Sally Lincoln, Preschool Teacher (Wild Grapes classroom)
Sally Lincoln (she/her) has been at The Schoolhouse since fall of 2012. She is one of the teachers in the Wild Grapes classroom in Story Time.
Prior to joining the Schoolhouse community, Sally worked at Shelburne Farms, working in the Children’s Farmyard as well as maple sugaring and lambing in the spring. She loves to share her sense of adventure and discovery of the natural world with children of all ages. In her free time, Sally loves to be outside: hiking, kayaking, gardening, or playing in the snow when winter arrives.
Judy Mallory, Preschool Teacher & Substitute (All Programs)
Judy (she/her) found her way to the Schoolhouse as a resident of the Dorset Farms neighborhood. Her children grew up, much to her dismay, and she missed spending time with young children. She works in Story Time, and also subs in the Elementary and Afterschool programs throughout the school year.
Judy grew up in South Burlington, graduating from South Burlington High School and Dartmouth College. She worked in publishing in New York City for five years after college, and then as Communications Director for the United Way of Chittenden County after moving back to Vermont. She has done consulting for charitable organizations, and volunteered in numerous capacities for the South Burlington School system while her children attended.
Judy lives with her husband, Ben, and dog, Kobe (who sometimes visits the children at Story Time), and her two sons, Mark and Andrew, whenever they make it home. She enjoys tennis, paddle tennis, skiing, reading, and walks, including the two-minute one she takes when traveling to and from work at the Schoolhouse.
Justin Morrison, Preschool Teacher (Wild Grapes)
Justin Morrison (he/him) is excited to have joined The Schoolhouse in fall of 2020! Justin has been working with children since 2014 and has sought to bring his passions of singing, music, gardening, woodworking, and science into the classroom.
Having graduated with a BA in English from the University of Toronto, Justin then earned his M.Ed. in Early Childhood and Elementary education from Antioch University New England, where he was able to explore nature- and place-based education with some leading experts in the field. He has taught children ranging from Preschool through grade five, often helping children with special needs, and has been a lead teacher for the past two years with students aged 2-5. When not at work, Justin also enjoys cooking, camping, canoeing, and making sure his rabbit Ollie doesn’t get himself into too much trouble.
Courtney Seavey, Elementary Teacher (K-1, Alpha Class)
Courtney (she/her) comes to the Schoolhouse with a deep drive to harness the power of children, community and the earth to contribute to a loving world. Courtney graduated from Saint Michael’s College in 2013 with degrees in Elementary Education and Anthropology, then worked at public elementary school in northern Vermont for over six years. She studied outdoor education in Wyoming and Utah through NOLS in 2018, and never passes up an opportunity to adventure deeply into the wilderness. Courtney creates learning environments that foster well-rounded growth within a foundation of healthy relationships. Courtney is passionate about being an ally with families and community in raising authentically happy children.
Jeb Brady, Elementary Teacher’s Aide (K-1, Alpha Class) & Elementary Physical Education Instructor
Jeb (he/him) started his career in childcare at The Schoolhouse in the summer of 2013. For two years Jeb worked in the Dragonfly classroom. In 2015 Jeb switched roles and took over as lead in the preschool afterschool program, and worked two days in the Wild Grape classroom. Jeb completed the Vermont Child Care Industry and Careers Council Apprenticeship program under the mentorship of Amy Carlson. In the late fall of 2016 Jeb left The Schoolhouse to pursue other career options.
After struggling to find interests elsewhere in the job world, Jeb returned to The Schoolhouse as a teacher’s aid in the Alpha classroom. In his new position, Jeb hopes to expand his knowledge of child development focusing on the area of school aged children. Jeb also hopes to be a positive contribution to the planning and organization of gross motor group games and sport activities for the children at Schoolhouse.
In his spare time, Jeb very much enjoys being a father and spending time with his family. He also enjoys hiking, cooking, and participating in various sports. Jeb is also an avid football fan and greatly enjoys following his favorite team, The New England Patriots.
Sara Bankert, Elementary Teacher (2-3, Tau Class)
Sara (she/her) joined The Schoolhouse after teaching middle school science in the Washington, DC area for seven years. Most recently, she taught 5th and 6th grade science at a progressive Quaker school. When she moved to Burlington in September 2016 with her partner Craig, she was anxious to find a school that fit her creative and holistic approach to teaching. She quickly found The Schoolhouse and enjoyed subbing there (at every level). Sara was beyond thrilled when a classroom position opened up in 2017!
Sara graduated from Cornell University in 2008 with a BA in Physics and a MAT in Secondary Education. She took a brief “break” from teaching while in DC to pursue another passion—animal rights. She quickly missed the classroom and realized she could find ways to incorporate her love for animals into her teaching. At her last school she started a student led Animal Advocacy group, where students explored issues of compassion and justice. When she’s not teaching, Sara loves to spend time with family and friends, hike, bike, run, cook delicious vegan food, and make pottery!
Sara is on leave until Fall 2021.
Ashley Williams Wenschhof,
Elementary Teacher (2-3, Tau Class, long-term sub)
Ashley (she/her) has been teaching Italian for seventeen years, the first ten of which were spent creating, nurturing, and growing an Italian program at a private prep school in her native city of Rochester, NY. She received her degrees in Italian Studies, Language, and Linguistics at Cornell University and Middlebury College and insists that her greatest fluency came when she committed to raise two bi-lingual children of her own. Since relocating to Vermont six years ago, she has spent much of her time teaching a variety of enrichment classes to students at local public schools and to adults through CVU Access and the Burlington Technical Center.
Ashley lived in Italy for two years and has traveled the country extensively. On three occasions, she took groups of students abroad to experience the culture and overwhelming beauty of Italy firsthand.
In addition to her love for all things Italian, Ashley is passionate about yoga, traveling, cooking, and swimming. In the summer of 2018, she completed her second competitive swim across Lake Champlain and was the first woman from Vermont to finish. When she isn’t engaging in any of the above, Ashley loves to spend time with her family on their sailboat or snuggle in bed!
Molly Skrable, Teacher's Aide (2-3, Tau Class)
Molly (she/her) graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in Geography, and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies. Her focus was on Human Geography on the impact that people and place have on one another and the relationship between them. At UVM she was vice president of the Outing Club, and she brings her passion for making the outdoors accessible to every person to The Schoolhouse. She’s has also shared her passion for the outdoors working at an adventure summer camp in Stowe. She’s worked at other outdoor-oriented summer camps in New Jersey and was introduced to her love of gardening while working at a greenhouse in Colchester.
Molly is excited to work at The Schoolhouse, sharing her love for hands-on learning with the students, and inspiring curiosity and admiration for the outdoors. In her free time Molly is an avid rock climber and you can often find her among the boulders in Smugglers Notch.
Danielle Levine, Elementary Teacher (4-5, Sophos Class)
Danielle Levine (she/her) is excited to be part of the Schoolhouse community! She was born in Rhode Island and has a deep love for the beach and ocean creatures. She came to Vermont to attend Middlebury College and graduated with a new love of the mountains. For the past 8 years, Danielle has taught grades 3-8 and discovered her passion for science. She has a M. Ed. in Teaching Science K-8 from Lesley University and spent a year working at Nature’s Classroom, an outdoor education center with a core team building and ropes course component. The outdoors is where Danielle feels most comfortable whether it is running, kayaking, cross country skiing, drawing or reading in her hammock or eating her way through the woods. She is most grateful and excited to have wetlands and woods on the school site. It always makes for a wonderful year!
Jules Lees, Teacher's Aide (4-5, Sophos Class)
Jules (they/them) joined The Schoolhouse in the fall of 2017 as an AmeriCorps member and later as part of the after school staff. They took a year off to complete their Masters of Arts in Teaching at St. Mike’s and are overjoyed to be able to come back to teach and learn with the Schoolhouse family. Jules’ passion for education stems from the belief that by kindling curiosity and wonder, practicing the five core concepts within our human and more-than-human community, and “staying with the trouble” we can collectively imagine and build a more loving world. This philosophy is informed by different journeys in Jules’ life from earning a BA in Anthropology at UVM to working on organic farms in South America to climate justice organizing in Vermont to studying the Abenaki language within the community of speakers. When not at school Jules loves to bike, garden, cross-country ski, cook, read, and recently discovered a passion for fishing!
Chris Broughton, Middle School Teacher
Chris (he/him) was born and raised in the Great Lakes state of Michigan, where he developed a love for all things outdoors. He graduated from Northern Michigan University in 2008 with a BS in Secondary Education History and English. He promptly moved to Bethel, Alaska where he taught for four years at an alternative high school serving the local Native Alaskan population. He refined his teaching skills during this time to focus on working with students who benefit from a more individualized curriculum than was typically offered in a public school setting. In 2012 Chris moved to
Burlington, VT with his partner who is now his wife, and he landed a job at a school operated by the Howard Center. There he taught all general subjects in an alternative therapeutic setting, serving students who struggled with behavioral and emotional challenges. This work continued his career focus with students who benefit from more individualized support so they can achieve academic success. Chris and his wife have two young children, and Chris loves being able to teach part-time at Schoolhouse and be a devoted stay-at-home dad.
Shane Bufano, Middle School Math Teacher
Shane (he/him) teaches math in the Delta (middle school) classroom. He has been very active in education as a teacher and a coach for the past decade. Shane earned his BA in Elementary Education from Green Mountain College. Prior to The Schoolhouse, Shane was a founding member of the faculty at Vermont Athletic Academy where he taught Math and Language Arts. Shane also held several educational positions at Williston Central School and Allen Brook School in Williston.
Outside of the school setting, Shane is a very successful soccer coach in the area. He’s a member of the coaching staff for the Saint Michael’s College Women’s Soccer Team. Shane is also the director of coaching for Queen City Football Club, which he founded in 2011, having developed it to incorporate 20 teams between U-7 and U-19, with more than 330 boys and girls in the program. He holds several coaching certifications such as: a United States Soccer Federation “D” License and both a Director of Coaching Diploma and a Goalkeeping Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
In 2013, Shane was named Vermont Soccer Association (VSA) Girls Coach of the Year for club soccer with his U-16 Queen City FC girls’ team.
Lorraine Carter-Lovejoy, Middle School Teacher
Lorraine (she/her) is originally from Richmond, VA. She attended West Virginia University, where she studied music and wildlife management. Her field research included studying ginseng along the east coast and woodpeckers in Idaho. While in school, she played trombone in NCAA tournaments and BCS Bowl games with the pep band.
After working in outdoor education for a few years, (camps, Outward Bound in FL and AL), Lorraine moved to Vermont in 2012 and taught at Centerpoint School in Winooski. Following that, she taught science at Rock Point School in Burlington and then worked in HR administration at the UVM Medical Center. At Schoolhouse she teaches the middle schoolers, who are active learners interested in creating a meaningful educational experience for themselves. What she likes about Schoolhouse is the flexible and supportive community for both teachers and students. In addition to teaching at Schoolhouse, Lorraine also runs Wildflower Wilderness Expeditions, a hiking/expedition summer camp for teens.
In her free time, Lorraine likes to ski, canoe, travel, and “yarden.” She also plays and coaches Ultimate Frisbee. When she and her partner got engaged, they bought a canoe together instead of a ring. It cost just as much but floats better. Lorraine lives in Burlington with her family.
Dan Erickson, Middle School Teacher
Dan (he/him) is a member of the Schoolhouse Middle School teaching team. He joined the Schoolhouse community in the fall of 2018. Dan believes in classrooms without walls and is happy to head up the community-based learning program. Guided by an essential question, students engage in self-directed, project-based learning, including making site visits to community organizations and interviewing individuals related to their topic. Along with other members of the teaching team, he has worked with the middle schoolers to redesign the outdoor classroom at the school’s forest base camp.
Dan holds degrees in Natural Resources, Agro-ecology and Ecological Design. In the winter he spends time in the woods on two boards in search of the perfect line. During warmer months he can be found hiking, mountain biking or paddling various watercraft. He and his family have a homestead farm and engage in diversified sustainable food production.
Han Snyder, Middle School Support Teacher & Elementary/Middle School Music Teacher
After releasing two full-length albums while they were still in high school, Han (they/them) realized they wanted to take their experience and use it to help children learn about the power of song. Working with children for several years, Han has used their extensive background in music to empower kids to think and create freely!
Han uses guitar, banjo, drums, singing, and a composition-based program to make music an important piece of curriculum at Schoolhouse. Han hopes they can help students feel empowered to express themselves musically and to use composition as an avenue to address issues of social and environmental justice.
Afterschool & Specials
Sarah Fletcher, Afterschool Director & Tau Math
Sarah (she/her or they/them) joined the Schoolhouse community in the fall of 2016 as a staff member in ‘big kid’ Afterschool. Now she directs the Afterschool and vacation camp programs. She also teaches math to the Tau class and begrudgingly cleans the port-o-potties in the afternoons.
Sarah graduated from the University of Vermont with a BA in Environmental Studies and a minor in Ecological Agriculture. Before coming to The Schoolhouse, she worked in farm and wilderness-based education programs in both Vermont and California.
At The Schoolhouse, Sarah enjoys helping to foster a kind, loving, silly, and supportive community for all students, families, and teachers. She is also on the Schoolhouse’s newly formed Anti-Bias Committee.
When Sarah’s not at school, she spends her time whittling, hiking, reading, exploring, crafting, and speaking squirrel.
Anne Borick, Chef
Anne (she/her) grew up in New Jersey. She graduated from Sweet Briar College in 1992 with a BA in Biology, minoring in Chemistry. In 1996 she moved to Vermont to attend the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier. She graduated two years later with an AOS in Culinary Arts.
Anne settled in Vermont and worked in several bakeries and cafes before focusing on culinary teaching. She has been a Chef Instructor for both the New England Culinary Institute and Burlington Technical Center. She enjoys the science and art of the subject and is thrilled to be The Schoolhouse Chef and a Farm Food Forest teacher.
When not in the kitchen, Anne enjoys quilting, sewing, and being with her family. She has two teenage sons and two younger step children, which keep her and her husband very busy. Weekends are filled with sporting events, games, hikes, bike rides, music, chores, and good food.
Henry Bartsch, Afterschool & Flex Teacher
Henry (he/him or they/them) started working at The Schoolhouse in 2019. He works in the Afterschool program and as a Flex teacher. While not in Afterschool or doing random office tasks he can be found deliberating playground politics with his friends the Dragonflies. Henry is also a member of The Schoolhouse’s newly formed Anti-Bias Committee.
Henry graduated from the University of Vermont in 2019 with a BA in Classics and History. He loves to hike, cook, kayak and explore the natural world with adults and kids.
Henry enjoys working at The Schoolhouse for many reasons but primarily because of his love of kids and the laid-back atmosphere of Afterschool. Henry also enjoys helping kids learn and hone their conflict resolution and emotional regulation skills.
Noah Keogh, Afterschool
Noah (he/him) began at The Schoolhouse as a camp counselor in the summer of 2016. He immediately felt at home, and took a position as a year-round Afterschool counselor. Noah is also an acting substitute teacher in all grades.
Noah is originally from Burlington, VT but moved to Fairfax in second grade. He then attended Rice High School in South Burlington. Noah explored a few colleges and a variety of majors including secondary education, business, and psychology before discovering his passion. He graduated from Saint Michael’s College in 2018 with a degree in Neuroscience. Now, in addition to immersing himself in the Schoolhouse community, he works as a privately contracted lab tech for a clinical therapy practice which uses electroencephalography to augment treatment.
Prior to finding his place at The Schoolhouse, Noah waited tables at Buffalo Wild Wings and ran an iced tea and lemonade stand at the Burlington farmers market for many years.
Noah’s mission at The Schoolhouse is to guide children in the process to happiness and open mindedness, to share experiences, and to help cultivate personal growth of everyone—including himself.
When he’s not at work or in school, Noah can be found on just about any of the basketball courts around Burlington. He also enjoys playing video games, drawing, singing, freestyle rapping, and playing guitar.
Barry Steyling, Afterschool
Barry (he/him) is a life-long educator with a focus on social justice, history, and government/civics. Born and raised in what he refers to as the "Great State of New Jersey", he moved to New England for college and never left. He now lives with his partner and hound-dog in Fairfax, Vermont. Barry's educational experience includes working with Bolton's Chill program, classroom teaching, and volunteering at a summer camp in Mongolia teaching literacy to elementary-aged kids. He loves everything outdoors, is an accomplished Dungeons and Dragons player, and travels the world when possible. Barry is excited to join the Schoolhouse community.