Another critter on the Nature Trail photos captured by our trail camera! Thanks to the generous donation by the Brown family!
This Town Meeting Day I was honored to introduce myself to the town. I mentioned that I am a Vermont native with a mission to ”Put the Vermont back into Vermont Kids.” I was one of those lucky Vermont kids to spend most of the day playing in the brook and running to get the cows, and so I want to bring that freedom and love of nature to our kids. As an educator, I have always tried to ensure my students learn about ecology and environmentalism. I think it is important to give students an opportunity to provide community service, especially in areas that help the earth– such as recycling.
During Town Meeting, I also related that I have been working with the staff to provide integrated, project based learning experiences in our multi-age groups. We have been able to increase students’ opportunities to develop more of an international perspective: students participated in the Vermont International Day, rocked out to a band from Niger (thanks, Chloe Powell) and have had more opportunities to learn Spanish. Our BA staff is hard at work continuing to build a tight and caring community inside and outside the school. We continue to develop empathy and global citizenship in our students.
At the Supervisory Union level, I have been working closely with Mary Beth Banios, our new superintendent, and all the principals. The work we have been doing at Barnard Academy aligns with what the SU is doing in terms of educational innovation. If you would like to know more details, this work is described on the WCSU District website. I am also part of a district-wide assessment team tasked with the development of a better assessment plan. I have collected assessment data at the district and state level and have noted that Barnard students are doing well compared to state and national scores. The BA staff is committed to increasing students’ opportunities in innovative ways, such as partnering with community experts. This is exciting work, and I look forward to meeting many more community members who might want to contribute to the school environment–inside and out!