Meet our Staff

Administration

Tom Drake | Principal

Tom is new to the principal this school year, after spending the past 10 years as a principal at Crossett Brook Middle School. Prior to that, he taught and administered at other schools in Vermont, North Carolina, Connecticut, California, Hong Kong, and England. Tom and his wife Madeline have three boys, ages 19, 22, and 25, and right now they are simply enjoying the peace and quiet of their Waterbury Village house with their dog Pele.

Heidi Greene | Administrative Assistant

Heidi has been at the Warren School for 11 years. She started out as a paraeducator and then transitioned into the Administrative Assistant position. She has a strong passion for community. When she isn’t at school she is busily chasing her young children around or skiing, hiking, swimming or reading.

Teachers

Whitney Jones Doenges | Classroom Blog

2nd Grade Teacher

After moving to Warren, Vermont when she was in the first grade, Whitney Doenges fell in love with the Warren School. She went on to get her B.A. in Elementary Education from UVM. She worked as a preschool teacher, interventionist and then taught first and second grade at Warren, third and fourth grade in Moretown and then returned to Warren where she has been since 2007 and intends to make this her lifelong career. Whitney loves the Warren traditions and community. She lives in Warren with her husband and two children, Max and Lucy. Her outfits are never complete without yellow dog hair thanks to her two yellow labs, Maisy and Webster.

Gina Gaidys | Classroom Blog

1st Grade Teacher

Gina is a native Vermonter, growing up in Randolph. After graduating high school she went to the University of Rhode Island where she received her bachelors in Elementary Education and psychology. Upon finishing college she moved to New Canaan, Connecticut and taught first grade for 3 years at North Mianus Elementary School, in Greenwich. Gina and her husband missed Vermont and were excited to have the opportunity to move back to their home state during the summer of 2001. That fall she started teaching first grade at the Warren School and has been a member of the Primary Unit team (1st and 2nd grade) ever since. When not teaching she loves spending time with her husband, Chuck and three children, Cameron, Tyler and Grace. She also enjoys skiing, hiking, running or just playing with her two dogs, Nora and Riley.

Heidi Hill | Classroom Blog

3rd and 4th Grade Teacher

Heidi Hill initially majored in Health and earned her Bachelor of Science from Plymouth State College in 1997. After having her two boys, Max and Cole, she decided to pursue teaching and went back to school in 2007. Through UVM she received a Fifth Year Certificate in Elementary Education. Heidi began her journey at the Warren School as an aide in Roni’s kindergarten class. She was then hired to join the I Team and she has never looked back. Heidi loves teaching reading and coached field hockey at Harwood in the fall for many years. Her favorite activities are spending time with her boys, going to the beach in Maine (but not swimming in the ocean!) and gardening.

Andra Kisler | Classroom Blog am, Classroom Blog pm

Pre-School Teacher

Andra has been working at Warren since 1998 when she joined the staff as an interventionist in the primary unit. She holds a B.S. in Early Education from Vermont College. In 2001, Andra became the Preschool (P4) teacher, a position she cherishes, having taught kindergarten, and two- and three-year olds in New York City for many years prior to moving to Vermont. She loves the connections she has made with so many families in the Valley over the years, and is especially grateful for the wonderful camaraderie she feels with her co-worker, Julie. Together, they have perfected preschool favorites such as Dark Day and Tea Time.

Heidi Ringer | Classroom Blog

5th and 6th Grade Teacher

In 1986, Heidi found herself teaching second and third grade here at the Warren School and quickly discovered that middle school was where she belonged! In 1987, Heidi, along with Nancy Phillips, and Susan Dirmaier, created the Upper Unit. Since that first year the Upper Unit has been her home. Heidi has taught everything from music to physical education to theater to math, but her love is literacy and writing. Heidi has been awarded the Outstanding Vermont Teacher Award and for 11 years Heidi was a Co-Director of the National Writing Project in Vermont traveling the state to work with teachers from all grade levels on their literacy practices and during the summers teaching at UVM. Heidi has taught all over the world, but happily found her teaching home here in Warren. When Heidi isn’t here at school, she can be found visiting her daughter in Philadelphia or home in Montpelier baking, cooking, reading, and writing.

Katie Sullivan | Classroom Blog

3rd and 4th Grade Teacher

Katie is a 7th generation Vermonter and was born in Burlington. However, she lived in and around Philadelphia for 25 years. She went to Penn State University and graduated with an emphasis in environmental education. She taught for 7 years at a Quaker school in center city Philly then came back to Vermont and taught 1 year at Ripton Elementary School. She has been at the Warren School since 1992. She earned her Masters of Ed in Math Curriculum through the University of Vermont. Katie was the Vermont Teacher of the Year and WWSU teacher of the year in 2007. She was a finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science, and EPA Environmental Educator of the Year in 1999. She is currently a finalist for the Rosenthal Prize for innovation in math teaching. Katie lives in the Moretown neighborhood of Waitsfield with her husband Michael. She enjoys listening to live music and being outdoors. She used to be an avid skydiver and hopes to take it up again soon.

Elizabeth Tarno | Classroom Blog

5th and 6th Grade Teacher

Elizabeth Tarno has been teaching in Warren since 1991. Life changing experiences include living in Zaire, Central Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer, traveling around the USA for 6 months exploring the beauty of our public lands, moving to VT to become a teacher, and building a family in Moretown, VT. She earned a BA from Middlebury College and an MEd from St Michael’s College. In addition to the pleasures of teaching Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her daughters Nell and Amelia in the garden, on the mountain sides, in the water and supporting their endeavors.

Beth Young | Classroom Blog

Kindergarten Teacher

Beth Young has been teaching at the Warren School for more than 25 years. She moved to the Mad RIver Valley when she was eight years old, attended Fayston Elementary School, Harwood Union High School, Champlain College and then the University of Vermont. She lives in Warren with her husband and her three wonderful children. Her mother, her father, her grandmother and her uncle were all teachers so it was no surprise when Beth followed in their footsteps. Beth also enjoys coaching her kids teams in Little League, basketball and soccer. Every summer Beth and her family head to Martha’s Vineyard to enjoy the ocean and spend time with her extended family.

Special Educators

Irene Keithcart

Special Education/Title 1

Irene is a Consulting Teacher/Special Educator who has been teaching for over 30 years. She graduated from Mercer University in Macon, GA with a BA and the University of Georgia with a M.Ed. then began her teaching career in Georgia for 2 years. She then moved to Massachusetts and taught for 3 years, designing a self-contained special ed. program for children with emotional/behavioral needs. After hiking The Long Trail end-to-end the summer of 1983, she and her boyfriend (now husband) decided Vermont should be home. They moved to VT and she began a job with the State Department of Education as the Consultant for emotional disturbances. After 2 years with the State, she returned to teaching at Waterbury Elementary School for 4 years. She then began teaching at The Warren School and has been here for 21 years. She and her husband Bill have 2 daughters and together they love to travel internationally and domestically.

Cheryl Kingsbury

3rd /4th Grade Special Educator/ Title 1

Cheryl graduated from Johnson State College with a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1993. She came to Warren School in 2000 as a preschool teacher, spent a few years working as a paraprofessional while working on her Masters of Education in special education at Union Institute and University. She became a special educator in 2005. Cheryl has lived in several places growing up and Vermont has been her favorite. She lives in Waitsfield with her husband Troy and two children Jakob and McKayla. She enjoys anything outdoorsy including hiking, camping, running, swimming, kayaking.

Ani Lutz

Speech and Language Pathologist

Ani serendipitously discovered The Warren School in 2003 when she decided on a whim that she’d like a change of pace from her first job working with 0-5 year-olds in North Philadelphia at the United Cerebral Palsy Association. She ended up loving the mountains and peacefulness here and decided to settle in for a while. Her previous homes have included growing up in Pennsylvania, earning her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Rochester in NY, and then earning her Masters degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Campaign. In addition to holding her BA in Linguistics and Psychology, and her MA and CCC in Speech Language Pathology, Ani also has her certification from St. Michael’s College in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (more commonly know as ESL.) For fun, she enjoys being outdoors (particularly on or in the water or snow), gardening, and traveling near and far (especially when a beach is involved.)

Garret Poulin

5th /6th Grade Special Educator/ Title 1

Garret Poulin is joining us this year as our new Special Education teacher for the 5th and 6th grade. This will be my first year of teaching. This past May I graduated with a bachelor's of science in K-8 special education and a minor in coaching from The University of Maine at Farmington. At Farmington, I graduated with multiple semesters on the Dean’s list. Outside of school, I love to be outside. Some of my favorite things to do are playing sports such as golf, basketball, and hiking. I love playing sports, especially golf. It is a mental game that challenges you on every hole. I like to play at different courses and collect their monogram golf balls for my display case. My favorite time to hike is early in the morning. During the winter, I enjoy relaxing at home watching Sunday football with my family and playing basketball with my friends. This year I am excited to begin my teaching career and learn from my colleagues and establish relationships with students in the upper grades.

Jane Spina

Academic Specialist

Jane became part of the Warren School community in 2012. Before coming to Warren, Jane taught at Richmond Elementary School for 14 years where she taught 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade. After Jane’s children began attending the Warren School, she had her heart set on someday joining the Warren faculty. Fortunately, the opportunity came along and she is thrilled to be part of this very special school community. In 2007, Jane was recognized for her dedication to teaching and exemplary work as an educator by being presented with the Outstanding Vermont Teacher Award. The following year, in 2008, Jane earned her Master’s Degree from Saint Michael’s College with a concentration in Information Technology. Jane’s commitment to the field of education and ongoing growth as an educator is evident as she continues to take graduate courses and actively participate in professional development opportunities. Jane’s love for teaching began on the slopes of Sugarbush where she spent many years as a “ski bum” teaching skiing to all ages. She continues to be an avid skier and enjoys time on the hill with her husband, Greg, and two children, Vincent and Libby. During the four months that snow isn’t covering the ground, you can find Jane cheering at baseball and soccer games, coaching Girls on the Run/Girls on Track, weeding her gardens, playing tennis and, of course, reading a good book.

Specialists

Carolyn Adams

Music

Carolyn Adams graduated from the Crane School of Music with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education. In a career spanning 27 years she has taught general, instrumental and vocal music to grades Pre-K – 12. She currently teaches 5/6 grade general music, band , and instrumental lessons in all four Valley elementary schools. She is a master level Scottish harpist and a past winner of master level competitions at the Scotland Highland Games and the New England Harp Competition. Carolyn also pursues a love of medieval and renaissance history and culture through her membership in the Society for Creative Anachronism. Carolyn lives in Warren with her husband Brent, daughters Fiona and Shannon, and two black cats, Cleo and Ella.

Jen Boland

School Counselor

Jennifer Boland has been part of The Warren School community since 2002. Currently, she is the School Counselor. Since 1988, Jennifer has provided counseling to children and families in a variety of settings in Vermont and Pennsylvania. She was a social worker in a group home for adolescent boys, an outpatient child and family therapist. the director of a Family Services agency, a drug and alcohol prevention specialists, a social worker for Casey Family Services in their Post Adoption and Foster care programs, and a Clinician at Washington County Mental Health. Jennifer has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Biology from the University of Denver. She has Masters degrees in Psychology and Social Work; both from Marywood University in Pennsylvania. When she is not working, Jennifer enjoys skiing, hiking and gardening.

Anne Broussard

French

Anne Broussard is teaching French to students in Waitsfield and Warren. While Anne studied to teach Latin (and taught at Essex High School), she has lived in France and raised her family there for several years and is a fluent French speaker. She has experience with younger children through having children of her own and her former business The Wiggle Room, a play space for families with young children. Anne lives with her family in Hinesburg.

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Chef

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Deirdre Fennelly | Health Information

Nurse

In 2008, Deirdre and her family moved from Massachusetts to the Mad River Valley. They originally came for the skiing, but soon fell in love with the Warren community. She has received a BA in French from Saint Anselm College and a BS in Nursing from Salem State University. As a registered nurse, Deirdre worked in hospitals and clinics for 10 years before becoming our school nurse in 2010. She lives up at Sugarbush with her husband and three children, where you’ll find her skiing and snowshoeing in the winter and hiking and biking when the snow melts.

David Green-Leibovitz

Librarian


Ross Greene

Physical Education

I am a K-12 certified Physical Education teacher and have been teaching K-6 P.E. since 2015. My educational background includes a B.A. in Psychology from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and completion of the Teacher Apprenticeship Program (TAP) with an endorsement in Physical Education through Champlain College. While enrolled in TAP, I was awarded the Excellence Award for Outstanding Teaching. This award is given to the aspiring teacher that demonstrates best practices and pedagogy among all TAP students.

I believe P.E. is a great place to learn skills, movements and strategies of course, but also lifelong skills like cooperation, sportsmanship and perseverance. The skills, movements and strategies students learn will put them on the path toward physical literacy. The lifelong skills will help students be the best they can be not just in elementary school, but far beyond. It is my goal to teach each student how to become physically literate, but also to help each student lead a physically active lifestyle.

Personally I enjoy all sorts of different physical activities, but I particularly enjoy skiing, biking, and playing tennis. When I was in grade school, I played a variety of organized sports including soccer, basketball, tennis and track. Even after organized sports, I was always doing something active. You could find me playing roller-hockey, wiffleball, table tennis, or biking. I have always enjoyed competing for the fun of it as well as for the social aspect. I have always enjoyed being active and I attribute this to all the great memories I had as a child participating in organized sports, playing pickup games with kids in my neighborhood, having new experiences at summer camp and trying to keep up and compete with my older brothers.

My goal for the P.E. program is to provide the students of The Warren School positive experiences in P.E. class and to build the foundation of the necessary skills to lead an active and healthy lifestyle. I hope to create lifelong movers promote this lifestyle in and out of school.

Jeremy Hill

General Music and Chorus

Jeremy Hill, the latest addition to our music program, will be teaching Pre-K through 4th grade general music as well as the 5th and 6th grade chorus. Jeremy is a resident of Waterbury and a professional upright bass player who, currently, is the first call for many of Central Vermont's jazz performing artists. He has two daughters and can often be found working on various house renovation projects. Jeremy is thrilled to be a part of the Warren School community and looks forward to getting to know Warren's students, parents, and teachers!

Heather VonTrapp | Warren Art Blog

Art

Heather has been the art teacher at the Warren School since 2007. At an early age, Heather has had a love of art and working with children. As a native Vermonter, she graduated UVM with a degree in Art Education. Heather lives in Moretown and loves spending time with her two sons, her husband and dog. She also enjoys making her own art, with a specific interest in printmaking!

Skip Wallace

Custodian

Support Staff

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