Meet the Staff

Administration

beth petersonBeth Peterson
Principal
Beth began as principal of the Warren School on September 8, 2015.  Prior to that, she was a professor of regular and special education at Saint Michael’s College for 10 years.  Before that, Beth was a special education teacher and director for about 20 years in various locations such as Los Angeles, The Stern Center and Champlain Valley Union High School.   All Beth ever wanted to be is a teacher.  She is thrilled serve local families as an elementary principal, another lifelong dream.  Beth and her husband, Stephen, have lived in the valley for almost 30 years and reside in Waitsfield.  They spend the summers in North Hero, having fun on the lake.  When not a school Beth can be found in her garden; with her nose in a book; cooking for friends and family; and dancing around the house.

 

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Heidi Greene


Heidi Greene  |   Administrative Assistant

 

 

 

Teachers

IMG_3555Whitney Jones Doenges  |  Classroom Blog
Kindergarten 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 Moretown 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.

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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 coaches field hockey at Hardwood in the fall. Her favorite is spending time with her boys, going to the beach in Maine (but not swimming in the ocean!) and gardening.

IMG_2868Andra Kisler | Classroom Blog
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.

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Lyndley Mittler | Classroom Blog
Preschool Teacher
Lyndley knew she wanted to be a teacher the moment she walked into the nursery school at Vermont College when she was three. She studied history and obtained her elementary teaching license from Middlebury College in 1999 before becoming a ski bum in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She returned to Vermont in 2001 to teach third and fourth grade at the Fayston School. In 2002, she visited Spring Hill School in Waitsfield and fell in love with early childhood education. She went to UVM to get a Masters in Education as well as an early childhood teacher license. She’s been teaching preschool ever since at Spring Hill, in Jackson, WY and most recently at the Warren School. When she’s not teaching, she’s hanging out with her husband and three boys, skiing powder, practicing yoga, paddle boarding, walking and/or wake surfing.  Be sure to ask Lyndley about joining her Shutterfly page to see weekly pictures of the action in her classroom.

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Jane Spina | Classroom Blog
5th and 6th Grade Teacher
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.

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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.

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Elizabeth Tarno
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, 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.

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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.

Kathy Haskell
Kindergarten Title One
Kathy began teaching second-fifth grade at the Telluride Mountain School after graduating from the University of Colorado. She moved to the Mad River Valley in 2001 and taught second grade at Lincoln Community School from 2003 to 2005.  While raising her children, Kathy coached ski racing for the Mad River Glen Ski Club and taught in the Washington West Supervisory Union as a substitute. She lives in Waitsfield with her children, Tela, Sadie, Zach, and husband, Steve, who all love the outdoors and ski together at Mad River Glen.


Special Educators

IMG_2866Irene 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.

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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.

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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.)

 


Specialists

Carolyn Adams
Music

About Carolyn Coming Soon!

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Jen Boland
School Counselor
Jennifer Boland has been part of The Warren School community since 2002.  She is the School Counselor and the Home and School Coordinator providing support for students and families.  Since 1988,  Jennifer has provided counseling to children and families in a variety of settings.  Her clinical experience includes positions as a counselor in a group home for adolescent boys from inner city Philadelphia and rural Pennsylvania, a child and family psychotherapist in a Pennsylvania County Mental Health Agency, a director of a Family Services agency, a drug and alcohol prevention specialist in an elementary school, a social worker for Casey Family Services in their Post Adoption program, Foster care program and Family Advocacy and Support programs, as well as a The Warren School home/school coordinator for Washington County Mental Health.  Jennifer has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Biology from the University of Denver.  She has a Master’s degree in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Social Work; both from Marywood University in Pennsylvania.  She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and received her licensure in Elementary School Counseling through the Vermont Department of Education peer review process. When she is not working,  Jennifer enjoys skiing, running, painting and spending time with her husband, two children, and their dog Lilly.

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Custodian
In 2013 Lloyd won the Vermont Custodian of the Year award.  He was quoted when he received his award “I have worked a lot of jobs over the years and this is the first I’ve had where I want to hop out of bed and come to work. It’s more than a job. We are a family here in Warren, the joy of being around kids – watching them grow and learn – it’s hard to put into words.” When you visit the school you will always see him with a smile on his face and working very hard to keep our school running smoothly.

IMG_2863Deirdre 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.

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Yuko Cormier
Chef

About Yuko Coming Soon!

 

 

Jason Butler
Lunch Assistant 

heatherHeather 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!

genevieveGenevieve Knight
Librarian/ Tech Integrationist
Genevieve attended The Warren School and is glad to be back in the library where she used to watch Encyclopedia Brown filmstrips when she snuck off from recess. For twelve years, she taught English at Lamoille Union High School and then worked as the librarian at Spaulding High School in Barre. Genevieve holds a BA in English from The University of Colorado; from UVM, she holds both a Masters in Secondary Curriculum and a certificate in Library Media Studies. She lives in Waitsfield with her husband, son and two dogs, one perfect animal and the other a tiny terror.  


 Support Staff


Liz Bisbee | Teaching Assistant
Julie Johnson | Teaching Assistant
Chatham Barnett | Teaching Assistant
Connie Gaylord | Teaching Assistant

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Liz Bisbee