Pamela Agate

Early Childhood Educator

Phone: 802-387-8585
Email: pagate@putneyschool.org
Departments: Daycare

Elm Lea is where I teach because its philosophy of child development is similar to my own. The resources, intimate setting  and outdoor learning opportunities of this place sets us apart from other schools. 

I appreciate the culture and community at Elm Lea.

I was born in Marlboro and have put down roots with my family in Newfane. I love hiking, the autumn months and watching my son grow.

I’ve spent seven years in the early education field and have a strong interest in brain development and supporting social and emotional health in children. I enjoy creating nurturing learning environments for children that encourage curiosity and skill development. I hold a National accredited Child Development Associates and I am finishing my director’s credentialing through Northern Lights Career Ladder and the Department of Children and Families.

Abelardo Almázan-Vázquez

Spanish Teacher

Old Girls Dorm Liaison
Boy's Soccer Head Coach
Latin Dance Evening Instructor

B.A. Universidad Internacional UNINTER
M.A. Cleveland State University

Phone: 802-387-6240
Email: aalmazan-vazquez@putneyschool.org
Departments: Athletic Department, Modern Languages

Me llamo Abelardo Almazán-Vázquez. Soy de México. Soy profesor de Español.

I was born and raised in the beautiful town of Cuernavaca Morelos, México. I hold a B.A. in Teaching Spanish as a Second Language from Universidad Internacional UNINTER in Cuernavaca, México, and I also earned a Masters in Spanish and Latin American Studies from Cleveland State University.

I coach the Boy’s Soccer team, and I teach Latin Dance (Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Cumbia).

I’m proud to say that my experiences in life have been amazingly embraced years and years of Putney students. A place like this truly values what one has to offer. It’s unlike other schools because I’m able to actually do what I love, the way I like, without too many boundaries and restrictions.

Curiosity brought me here. The constant opportunities to reinvent myself as a human being keep me here. It’s incredible how much you can grow and learn with every class.

I also serve as one of the Diversity Committee members. I’m proud to give a strong voice to our students from underrepresented and minority groups. One of my goals has always been to find opportunities to create dialogues across the divide and build bridges, not walls.

Ruth Bagley

PEL Intern

Math Teacher
Heights Dorm Faculty

B.A. Haverford College

Phone: 713-628-4055
Email: rbagley@putneyschool.org
Departments: Math Department

Putney isn’t afraid of messes–physical and otherwise. Growth isn’t going to be neat and perfect, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t necessary. Most schools are too afraid of disruption to change.

Now Putney is implementing its totally new set of graduation requirements — the Putney Core — and the math department, which has already given up textbook-based learning, is trying to find a way for students to move through the curriculum at their own pace. None of these changes have been easy, or neat, but it shows that Putney, unlike many progressive schools, realizes that the term ‘progressive’ inherently requires ‘progress’ or change, and actively seeks to live up to that ideal.

I am an intern math teacher in the PEL (Progressive Education Lab) program, as well as the teacher for the robotics evening art and a dorm head for the newly designated all-gender dorm, the Heights. I graduated from Haverford College in 2017 with a BA in Linguistics & Languages (focusing on Chinese and Spanish), and a minor in Computer Science.

Karla Baldwin

Director of Theater Program

B.A. Smith College

Phone: 802-387-7325
Email: KBaldwin@putneyschool.org
Departments: Art Department

Putney is a place deeply connected to the land and to making human connections. It is a place for young people to nurture their spirits as well as their minds. It has been a privilege to be surrounded by these seasonal forces of nature and human exploration; shifting and growing together.

 

George Barber

Plant Staff

Phone: 802-387-6231
Email: gbarber@putneyschool.org
Departments: Plant Staff

John Barrengos

Director of Admission and Financial Aid

B.A. Tufts University
M.A. Columbia University Teachers College
Ed. M. Columbia University Teachers College
Ed. D. Columbia University Teachers College

Phone: 802-387-6218
802-387-6219 (Admission Office)
802-387-6278 (Fax)
Email: jbarrengos@putneyschool.org
Departments: Administration, Admission Office

Putney is a community of learners that offers permission for us each to be ourselves and to pursue our best selves. Like the startling quality of the beautiful Vermont sky, I am often delighted and surprised when I run into this generous reality again and again

Before my service at Putney, I worked at Moses Brown School, Milton Academy, CITYterm at the Masters School, Miss Porters School, and The Independent Day School. They are all caring schools that pursue excellence in their work with children and families. And they deploy varied educational designs in their work. Putney’s difference centers on its purpose; we’re all about creating a space through which students can take substantive responsibility for themselves and their community. At Putney, leadership means actually participating and voting as members of our admission committee, or on our board of trustees. Most schools are afraid of sharing authority with students and we see it as a terrific vehicle for their learning and responsibility.

Jessica Batten

Dance Program Director

JR Dorm Faculty

B.F.A. SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance

Phone: 802-387-7326
Email: jbatten@putneyschool.org
Departments: Art Department

Allison Baum

Gray House Dorm Faculty

Phone: 802-387-6241
Email: abaum@putneyschool.org
Departments: Adjunct Faculty

Lisa Berkson

Chef

B.A. Albany State University

Phone: 802-387-6230
Email: lberkson@putneyschool.org
Departments: Dining Services

Peter Blair

Plant Staff

B.A. Marlboro College
M.A. Marlboro College

Phone: 802-387-6231
Email: pblair@putneyschool.org
Departments: Plant Staff

I graduated from Marlboro College with a Master’s degree in philosophy in 2009. I greatly enjoy working with material objects, attending to the nuts and bolts (literally) of the school, and helping whenever I can. For me, I consider every day Work Day.

The community at The Putney School feels like a large, extended family, with all the ups and downs, joys and sorrows that one would find in any large family.

Sue Brearey

Visual Arts Teacher

B.A. Evergreen State College
M.F.A. Rhode Island School of Design
Certificat de diplome, Ecole Des Beaux Arts, Paris, France

Phone: 802-387-7312
Email: sbreary@putneyschool.org
Departments: Art Department

I am continually amazed by what Putney offers in the arts, academics, agriculture and beyond. Here, the students have a voice and their voice is heard.

It’s wonderful.

Students seem genuinely happy as do the faculty and staff.

Lynn Brennan

Math Teacher

New Boys Dorm Faculty
Cross Country Coach

B.S. State University of NY
M.S. University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Phone: 802-387-6247
Email: lbrennan@putneyschool.org
Departments: Math Department

I came to Putney as a teaching intern out of grad school for civil engineering.  Once I settled in here I fell in love with the school and the profession. Helping a student get past a math-phobia or to gain new appreciation for math is the BEST!

I haven’t worked anywhere other than Putney and I’m not sure I ever could. The way we approach teaching math is unique and challenging and I feel strongly that it is truly beneficial to the students. I’m not sure I could adhere to the “teach to the test” model.

I live in New Boys dorm with my husband, our little daughter, and our Alaskan husky. I have a BS in Forest Engineering from SUNY ESF and an MS in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Water Resources Engineering and a certification in Fish Passage Engineering from UMass Amherst. At any given time I’d rather be outdoors and love to hike, backpack, bike, XC ski, ice skate, and run – I’m the Cross Country Running coach as well as the coordinator of the Putney Outdoor Program (POP). When indoors I like to knit and sew. I grew up on a hog and beef cattle farm in upstate NY and enjoy the proximity to the campus farm.

Marty Brennan-Sawyer

Executive Chef

B.S. Utah State University
M.L.A. Boston University

Phone: 802-387-6251
802-387-6230 (Kitchen)
Email: mbrennan-sawyer@putneyschool.org
Departments: Dining Services

Kevin Champney

Director of Technology and Library Services

Humanities Writing and Research Teacher

B.A. University of Massachusetts, Amherst
M.L.I.S. University of South Carolina

Phone: 802-387-7324
802-387-2305 (fax)
Email: kchampney@putneyschool.org
Departments: Administration, Technology Department

I’ve spent the last nine years at The Putney School teaching the junior year Writing and Research class, coordinating the ninth-grade seminar, and leading the library and technology programs

I was born and raised in Eastern Massachusetts and spent my college years in the Pioneer Valley around Amherst.

After working as a technical writer for an electronics company, spent twelve years in Maine, first working as a National Endowment for the Humanities fellow for the Maine Folklife Center doing audio preservation, folklore and oral history work, and then as a Librarian and Technology Director at John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor.

Outside of work, I hike, play music on a daily basis and lots of other stuff.

Michael Chevalier

Sports Nurse

A.S. Greenfield Community College

Phone: 802-387-6221
Email: mchevalier@putneyschool.org
Departments: Health Services

Brian Cohen

Senior Development Associate

Printmaking Teacher
Figure Drawing Teacher

B.A. Haverford College
M.F.A. University of Washington

Phone: 802-387-6261
Email: bcohen@putneyschool.org
Departments: Alumni & Development, Art Department

I believe that Putney has a uniquely embracing view of the arts and academics. The arts have a special role at Putney — not because they are held apart from or above other student involvements, but because they are a part of everything a student does here.

Putney sees that many skills, habits, and capacities, as well a common spirit of inquiry and observation, are shared among the arts, sciences, and humanities. Putney understands that the arts and academics do not inhabit separate spheres; that the arts can act as an impetus for inquiry into other areas of human expression and endeavor and can encompass and embrace every aspect of life.

Christopher Coleman

Admission Counselor

B.A. Franklin and Marshall College
M.A. Johns Hopkins University

Phone: 802-387-7313
Email: ccoleman@putneyschool.org
Departments: Admission Office

As the parent of an alumnus, I have witnessed how well Putney’s progressive education, melded with The Putney Core, can prepare graduates for the academic rigors of college. So the opportunity to seek out new students and future alumni and opportunity to work with current students motivates me to come to campus each day.

What continues to surprise me about Putney? The diverse student body. If you were to compare two of our students side by side who are siblings or from the same country or have the same academic and extracurricular interests, you would still find that both students are vastly different as people. All Putney students are unique and through that uniqueness, our community thrives.

Putney’s cows and its work program set it apart from other schools where I’ve worked. By interacting with both, our students learn that they are not the center of importance. A cow cannot survive without being milked just as our school cannot survive without a work program to keep all parts moving.

 

 

 

 

Carlotta Cuerdon

Annual Giving Manager

JR Dorm Liaison

B.A. Dartmouth College
M.Ed. Antioch University New England

Phone: 802-387-6248
Email: ccuerdon@putneyschool.org
Departments: Alumni & Development

Amara Cunningham

Admission Office Manager

Phone: 802-387-6201
Email: acunningham@putneyschool.org
Departments: Admission Office

There’s a stronger sense of purpose and meaning in the work I do at Putney than I’ve experienced in other jobs I’ve held. I still get that feeling when prospective families come to visit and I can see them light up as they’re exploring all of the new possibilities here.

I’m always learning things I wouldn’t have guessed about my colleagues and the students. This person speaks a handful of languages, that person plays accordion. Maybe these things shouldn’t surprise me. It’s a rich community in that way.

As for my hidden talents? When I’m not in the office, you might find me playing flute with various ensembles in New England.

Matt Dall

Tutor, Center for Teaching and Learning

Mountain Biking Instructor

B.A. Kenyon College
Ed.M. Antioch New England Graduate School

Phone: 802-387-6223
Email: mdall@putneyschool.org
Departments: Center for Teaching & Learning

Juliane Danielski

Language Department Chair

French Teacher
New Boys Dorm Liaison

B.A. Middlebury College
L.E.A., ESIT
D.E.S.S. Université de la Sorbonne

Phone: 802-451-6806
802-387-2305 (fax)
Email: jdanielski-chatal@putneyschool.org
Departments: Department Heads, Modern Languages

John Davey

Plant Staff

Phone: 802-387-6231
Email: jdavey@putneyschool.org
Departments: Plant Staff

Kristin Dawley

History Teacher

Rowing Coach
Old Boys Dorm Liaison

B.A. Mount Holyoke College
M.A. Michigan State University

Phone: 802-387-6226
802-387-2305 (fax)
Email: kdawley@putneyschool.org
Departments: Athletic Department, History

I loved working with students at Michigan State, a massive university where I taught lecture classes with 100 kids, but I wanted more time to work with more closely with students, so I thought about working at a boarding school. That’s when I found Putney – it had rowing and knitting and cows and I thought I’d found heaven. I’m continually surprised by the incredibly cool work I get to do with students. It’s so amazingly awesome to teach and create curriculum and work with students in surprising and super interesting ways.

Marie Derouault

ESOL and French Teacher

JR Dorm Faculty

Licence d'Anglais, Bordeaux University, France
Maitrise d'Anglais, Bordeaux University, France

Phone: 802-387-6233
Email: mderouault@putneyschool.org
Departments: Modern Languages

I’m constantly amazed at how talented The Putney School students and faculty are. We also have a lot of smart people here and a growth mindset for everyone. Even more, I love how community is valued, and how much people offer each other help when things get tough.

I grew up in Bordeaux, France, and still consider it my home-town. I visit every summer, and enjoy the beautiful architecture, surrounding landscapes, huge ocean waves, the cuisine and wines.

I have also had a lifelong love of England and English, language and languages, big ideas and the people who have them. In my twenties, I lived in the UK for 4 years, completed my B.A. and Master’s degrees remotely, moved to the US (Minnesota), got married, travelled to about 20 countries for a total of 18 months and eventually relocated to Vermont.

I have been a faculty member and a dorm head at The Putney School since 2003.The environment is beautiful and it’s a great place to raise a kid. My son was born here and will, I hope, be a Putney student too.

Jennifer DesMaisons

Director of College Counseling

Gray House Dorm Faculty
12th Grade Class Dean

B.A. College of the Atlantic

Phone: 802-387-6227
Email: jdesmaisons@putneyschool.org
Departments: College Counseling

Putney somehow manages to brilliantly balance progressive thought, meaningful action, community intention and artistic celebration. Each individual is seen, heard, valued and challenged to be his or her best self.

Before working at Putney, I would visit once a year as a college admissions counselor. Every year I found myself more and more drawn to the place and the people. What keeps me here is the authentic, creative, forward-thinking, and joyful nature of all that happens in this community.

I studied psychology at Stanford University for two years before transferring to College of the Atlantic where I finished my degree combining literature, psychology and the arts. After starting a family, I worked as an associate director in college admissions for ten years.

While pursuing my graduate degree in counseling, I realized that I was much more interested in working directly with teenagers on the high school side. Guiding students through the complex, and sometimes overwhelming, process of figuring out what follows high school, is work that is meaningful and rewarding, particularly with the students who very intentionally choose to be at The Putney School.

Mary Doherty

Director of Center for Teaching and Learning

A.L.B. Harvard University
M.Ed. Harvard University Graduate School of Education

Phone: 802-387-6223
Email: mdoherty@putneyschool.org
Departments: Center for Teaching & Learning

I was attracted to the Putney School because I wanted to work in an educational community where differences are respected, embraced, and seen as resources to be used, not obstacles to overcome. 

At The Putney School, we embrace and celebrate diversity, including neurodiversity – the idea that there is great variation in how we learn and process information. Here we know there is no average learner, there is no normal. 

I have worked with students who learn differently for almost thirty years. The brain is a highly dynamic organ and I am fascinated by the neuroscience of learning. Adolescence is a critical stage of brain development. I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to work with Putney students to help them understand how to shape their brains during this incredible period of neuroplasticity.

Rosa Donaldson

Gray House Dormhead

Phone:
Email: rdonaldson@putneyschool.org
Departments: Adjunct Faculty

Michael Doran

Assistant Plant Manager

Phone: 802-387-7366
Email: mdoran@putneyschool.org
Departments: Plant Staff

Alison Dougan

Baker

A.A. Culinary Arts, Newbury College

Phone: 802-387-6230
Email: adougan@putneyschool.org
Departments: Dining Services

Todd Dowling

Science Teacher

Phone:
Email: tdowling@putneyschool.org
Departments: Science Department

Being new here, my days are full of surprises. I’m currently enjoying to get to know the natural world here – mushrooms are abundant, birds are active, foxes are running around the fields.

As a teacher, I began as an environmental/outdoor/ecology educator working along the coast of Maine for nearly five years. I entered a more traditional classroom as math and science faculty at North Country School. After studying educational leadership with the Klingenstein Center (Teachers College Columbia University) last year, I just arrived at Putney eager to learn and teach alongside curious students and knowledgeable faculty. Outside of the classroom, I’m likely to be found riding a bike, running a trail or skiing in the backcountry. I’m chipping away at life goal to ride my bike 50 miles in all 50 states and hike all 115 peaks above 4,000 ft in the northeast.

Sara Dunbar

Health Services Coordinator

Phone: 802-387-6254
Email: sdunbar@putneyschool.org
Departments: Health Services

I am a perpetual student, mom, gardener, home chef, athletic trainer, nurse, health coach and EMT. I love to travel, learn about different cultures, spend time outdoors and be active. I love Vermont and all the beauty that surrounds us here.

My first visit to The Putney School was in 1993 to visit my sister who was a student here. After that I lived in the area and had many friends that worked and lived at The Putney School. I was always amazed by how welcoming the community was and is. As someone who has attended and worked in schools most of my life, I have been intrigued by the progressive education model of Putney and the important role that the students play in running the school and making decisions about their education.

I just got here and am very excited and grateful to be a part of the community.

Carolyn Fairchild

Tutor, Center for Teaching and Learning

B.A. Keene State College

Phone:
Email: cfairchild@putneyschool.org
Departments: Center for Teaching & Learning

After helping roommates, friends and neighbors with their math homework, I realized that I needed to become a math teacher.

I have a background in horse training and Centered Riding, I am bit of a horse whisperer… and a kid whisperer, too. My students say, “it just makes sense when you explain it.”

Whatever it is, I don’t scare my students, I make them laugh and they learn without fear of judgement.

I graduated from Putney School, and when I was ready to teach, I knew I didn’t want to teach anywhere else. Putney’s fundamental beliefs are my beliefs. I think that the Putney experience works because I see incredibly fine young men and women graduating off the hill, year after year.

Kevin Feal-Staub

Academic Dean

Math Teacher

B.S. University of Wisconsin

Phone: 802-387-7352
Email: kfealstaub@putneyschool.org
Departments: Administration, Math Department

Andrew Ferry

Tutor, Center for Teaching and Learning

Assistant Girls Soccer Coach

B.A. University of Pennsylvania

Phone: 802-387-6223
Email: aferry@putneyschool.org
Departments: Center for Teaching & Learning

The strong sense of community is what brought me to Putney, and the opportunity to work with such interesting students, and such a dedicated and competent team of faculty and staff is what keeps me here.

Putney embraces and celebrates students’ varied interests and diversity of learning styles, which I really appreciate.

I continue to be surprised by the beauty of this campus. As the seasons change each year I am inspired by this wonderful and natural setting. I am also continually inspired by the creativity of the students.

I grew up in Philadelphia and went to college at the University of Pennsylvania where I played soccer and got a B.A. in Environmental Studies in 2009. After college, I lived in Wyoming and worked as a tutor and soccer coach for some time before moving to Vermont in 2013.

I love spending time with family and friends, playing soccer, snowboarding, gardening, and finding other reasons to be outside. I live with my lovely wife and wonderful daughter in Westminster West.

Daniel Folgar

Summer Arts Admissions Manager

Animation Teacher

B.A. University of Central Florida
M.F.A. Miami International School of Art & Design

Phone: 802-387-7335
Email: dfolgar@putneyschool.org
Departments: Summer Programs

Alison Frye

Alumni Relations Manager

White Cottage Dorm Faculty

B.A. Kalamazoo College
J.D. University of Minnesota

Phone: 802-387-6273
802-387-6277 (fax)
Email: afrye@putneyschool.org
Departments: Alumni & Development

I knew as soon as I discovered Putney that I wanted to work here: it’s the natural beauty of the place, the authenticity of the people, the combination of idealism and dirty fingernails of its educational vision. I stay because I continue to feel connected to all of those things. From the food to the reflective and educational conversations during our opening meetings every year, to the purposeful nature of our work with the students, Putney is exceptionally REAL.

This is a good life.

I’m a Michigander who has happily relocated to the welcoming hills of southern Vermont. I am most happy when I’m outdoors, whether moving through the world on a bike, on a surfboard, on skis, or in the water, thwacking a tennis or softball, walking with my dog, or simply reading and listening to the birds. The Putney students and alumni give me many things to love about my work, and because they are always changing and growing and asking good questions, they keep that work interesting and engaging, for which I’m very grateful.

Daniel Garcia-Galili

Math Teacher

Old Boys Dorm Faculty
Faculty Trustee

B.S. Marlboro College
M.A. Marlboro College

Phone: 802-387-6247
Email: dgarcia-galili@putneyschool.org
Departments: Math Department

I’ve spent my life looking for community and trying to build it; it brought me here as a student and it keeps me here as a teacher.

Everyone here, students and adults alike, wants you to to succeed. Whether you’re a kid or a teacher, everyone here is rooting for you.

Putney is different from the other schools where I’ve worked because at the highest level (administration, board) the school believes that the kids mean well, want to learn, and if we can mostly get out of their way and just offer some gentle guidance, they’ll do good things. Teachers often think that elsewhere, but it’s great to see it as a driving force in the institution.

I grew up in New Jersey and Israel. In my sophomore year of high school I came to Putney as a boarding student. After graduating, I worked at Mount Snow, attended Marlboro College where I worked for their Outdoor Program and completed a degree in physics with a focus on astronomy and computational methods. From there I continued to work in outdoor education for the better part of a decade before coming full circle. My old advisor from Putney helped me get a taste of classroom instruction, and after deciding that it was a good fit I completed my MA in Marlboro College’s Teaching for Social Justice program. My wife and I moved onto campus in the fall of 2015, and we now live in the same dorm as I did when I first arrived here as a 16-year-old student.

 

Kathleen Gauthier

Kitchen Staff

Phone: 802-387-6230
Email: kgauthier@putneyschool.org
Departments: Dining Services

Alexis Gonzalez

Kitchen Staff

Phone:
Email: agonzalez@putneyschool.org
Departments: Dining Services

Mark Grieco

Plant Manager

Phone: 802-387-6231
Email: mgrieco@putneyschool.org
Departments: Plant Staff

Jessa Harger

Admission Counselor

B.A. Cornell College

Phone: 802-387-6203
Email: jharger@putneyschool.org
Departments: Admission Office

Stephanie Harkins

Controller

B.A. Saint Michael's College

Phone: 802-387-7302
802-387-6277 (fax)
Email: sharkins@putneyschool.org
Departments: Business Office

Ryan Hockertlotz

Athletic Director

Dormhead

Phone:
Email: rhockertlotz@putneyschool.org
Departments: Athletic Department

Carol Hodgman

Academic Office Assistant

Phone:
Email: CHodgman@putneyschool.org
Departments: Registrar Office

Libby Holmes

Director International Student Program

ESOL Teacher
New Boys Dorm Liaison

B.A. Miami University
M.A.T. School for International Training

Phone: 802-387-6233
802-387-2305
Email: lholmes@putneyschool.org
Departments: Department Heads, International & ESOL

Noah Hoskins-Forsythe

History Department Chair

History/Humans in the Natural World Teacher
Ultimate Coach

B.A. Oberlin College
M.A. Union Institute and University

Phone: 802-387-6226
Email: nhoskins@putneyschool.org
Departments: Athletic Department, Department Heads, History

Tom Howe

Director of Summer Programs

B.A. Hampshire College

Phone: 802-387-6234
802-387-6216 (fax)
Email: thowe@putneyschool.org
Departments: Summer Programs

Alison Hubbard

Registrar

Girls Lacrosse Coach

B.A. University of Vermont

Phone: 802-387-7321
Email: ahubbard@putneyschool.org
Departments: Registrar Office

Coming from a Montessori community, I was attracted to Putney’s commitment and culture of teaching and seeing students through a wider lens. I realized through parenting how differently we all learn and that nurturing children to discover and believe in their unique skills can create greater engagement with the world around them.

Being a part of the energy on the campus and witnessing students open up to new ideas and challenges makes Putney an inspiring place to work.

Whenever I get cross-eyed from working with spreadsheets too long, I head out of my office and hear about what cool things students are up to and the details of my job make sense again.

Lynn Jankiewicz

Tutor, Center for Teaching and Learning

B.A. Hartwick College
M.A. University of Toronto
M.A. North Central College

Phone: 802-387-6223
Email: ljankiewicz@putneyschool.org
Departments: Center for Teaching & Learning

The opportunity to teach students one-on-one in the Center for Teaching and Learning, after having been a classroom English teacher for 24 years, is what brought me to Putney. I was excited to take on a new role as an educator. The fact that my eldest son was a student here at that time was an added bonus.

I love what I do; I find working with Putney students and faculty very fulfilling.

I was born and raised in New Hampshire. I received my B.A. in English from Hartwick College, my M.A. in English from the University of Toronto, and my M.A. in Education–Curriculum and Instruction from North Central College. I have taught high school English in public and private schools in New Hampshire, Missouri, Idaho, Illinois, and Vermont. My husband, Richard, and I have two sons: Henry ’17 and Ian ’21.

Elizabeth Johnson

Development Operations Manager

bCRE-Pro Blackbaud University
A.S. Northwestern CT Community College
B.S. Southern Vermont College

Phone: 802-387-6217
Email: ejohnson@putneyschool.org
Departments: Alumni & Development

I love a good cause and I’m passionate about working as a database administrator for an organization that is so focused on sustainability.

I have been working in fundraising since 1995.

I’m a wife, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, and mother of a 7-year-old. I enjoy spending time outdoors and spinning, weaving, felting, and quilting.

Lorne Johnson

History Teacher

Old Girls Dorm Liaison

A.B. Harvard College
M.A. University of Massachusetts

Phone: 802-387-6226
Email: ljohnson@putneyschoo.org
Departments: History

I have great affection for the Putney School. I’m continually surprised by the amount of growth that students, especially the haven’t-been-successful-before students, can go through.

Putney’s work program really sets it apart from the other schools where I’ve worked. So does Project Week. Students do 16 projects during their four years, so they have an opportunity to learn from their mistakes and grow.

Melissa Johnson

Fiber Arts Teacher

Sheep and Dye Garden Activity
Huseby Dorm Liaison

Phone: 802-387-7320
Email: mjohnson@putneyschool.org
Departments: Art Department

Emily Jones

Head of School

A.B. Harvard University
M.A. Yale University

Phone: 802-387-6211
802-387-6259 (fax)
Email: ejones@putneyschool.org
Departments: Administration, Head of School's Office

My husband and I met in Botswana, and have worked in boarding schools on three continents. We love the way of life these communities can offer to teenagers and adults alike. For someone fascinated by progressive theory and practice, as I am, there is no better place in the world than Putney. I feel very lucky to be a part of it.

In most cultures in most periods of history, adolescents have not been considered ‘children’ as they are now in the US. They have been working, contributing to their families and communities. I believe it’s a great gift to adolescents to allow them to be useful, to be genuinely needed. At Putney, students work alongside us on the farm, in the kitchen, and in the woods. Usually it’s a lot of fun; sometimes it’s also very hard. That is invaluable. “I also believe that one of the best gifts that a parent can give their child is to put them in the company of smart adults who like teenagers. One of the aspects of Putney that most delights me is that the adults really want to spend time with the students. They want to learn with them and to work and play with them. Putney alumni tell me that they remember their years here as the single most pivotal, transformative time in their lives. It was a time when they felt respected and they learned to think, ask good questions, and participate fully. That suggests that Putney is a far cry from the kind of school that teaches students how to quickly and correctly answer questions on a multiple choice test.

Gordon Jones

English Teacher

Visual Arts Teacher

B.A. York University, UK

Phone:
Email: gjones@putneyschool.org
Departments: Art Department, English Department

I came to Putney late in life, and though Putney makes it all seem intentional in retrospect, of course I didn’t plan it that way. I started out not knowing what I wanted my life’s work to be. Would it be writing, or singing, or playing the piano? I got into teaching while waiting for an answer, and after spells in the UK, Botswana (where I met and married Emily), Connecticut, Chiang Mai Thailand, Portland Oregon (where I trained and worked as a mental health therapist), I pitched up here, incidentally discovering that a painter was what I was all along fated to be.

Michael Keim

Math Department Chair

Math Teacher
Noyes Dorm Liaison

B.A. Williams College
M.S. University of Washington, Seattle
Ph.D. University of Washington, Seattle

Phone: 802-387-6247
Email: mkeim@putneyschool.org
Departments: Department Heads, Math Department

I teach at Putney because here I have the opportunity to teach math the best way I know how, rather than the way everyone does it.

I grew up in Minnesota, came to New England for college, and started teaching high school math in Guinea. Then I came to Putney for round one: (1999-2001), followed by graduate school in quantitative ecology and then by four years in the energy industry. I returned to Putney in 2012.

I teach math because the experience of watching someone use their brain to figure something out is one of the most beautiful things in the world, and I don’t mean beautiful in a metaphorical way, but in the most concrete sense.

I love dogs, reading, being outside, and my family.

Trish Kneeland

Business Office Assistant

School Store Manager

Phone: 802-387-6270
Email: tkneeland@putneyschool.org
Departments: Business Office

What always surprises me about this place is that it seems we all have a common goal to be kind. To each other, to the greater community and to the earth. I see it often and although it should not be surprising, it does reveal its presence here in so may ways.

I’ve been at the school for 12 years as the assistant director of summer arts and now as manager of the school store. Before here, I managed two other local retail shops. When I’m not at Putney, I enjoy cooking, growing things in the garden, being with my family and exploring.

Kate Knopp

Dean of Faculty

English Teacher

B.A. Williams College
M.Ed. Teachers College, Columbia University
M.A. Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury

Phone: 802-387-7328
Email: kknopp@putneyschool.org
Departments: Administration, English Department

I believe that experience is the best teacher. My classroom offers endless cycles of experience and reflection, practice and feedback. I am interested in how to cultivate both creativity and critical thinking as students find their authority as learners. Writing—the generating, exploring and constructing of ideas with language—is an essential tool for all types of progressive education. Agency is at the heart of happiness, so helping students authorize their own learning is joyful.

Seth Landman

English Teacher

Old Girls Dorm Faculty
Assistant Basketball Coach

B.A. University of Massachusetts, Amherst
M.F.A. University of Massachusetts, Amhert
Ph.D. University of Denver

Phone: 802-387-6260
Email: slandman@putneyschool.org
Departments: English Department

The opportunity to work with high school students brought me here, and the messy, wonderful sense of community keeps me here.

Prior to Putney, I had only worked with college students. I’ve found high school students to be so much more interested in the act of learning, which is really refreshing still.

I grew up in Massachusetts, and then spent 12 years getting various university degrees in creative writing (BA, then MFA, then PhD). I am obsessed with basketball and poetry. I love long road trips. Cheeseburgers are my favorite food. My favorite book is Moby Dick and my favorite movie is Jaws (not a coincidence).

Xi Le

Trimester Abroad Liaison

B.A. City College, NY
M.F.A School of Visual Arts, NY

Phone: 802-387-6241
Email: 1756145792@qq.com
Departments: International & ESOL

Putney cultivates free and open thinking. Imagination is encouraged here and imaginations are kept engaged.

I’m here because I love building a bridge between Putney and China.

I’m continually amazed by the synergy and inspiration that occurs when students and teachers learn together, sharing different cultures.

 

Naomi Lindenfeld

Ceramics Teacher

B.A.A. Boston University

Phone: 802-387-6244
Email: nlindenfeld@sover.net
Departments: Art Department

What brought me to Putney was a phone call in March 1998 asking if I would be willing to fill in for the ceramics teacher who got ill and had to stop teaching. I had been a full-time potter in Brattleboro and the idea of teaching ceramics to teenagers at this infamous progressive high school intrigued me so I said yes.

What keeps me here 21 years later is the rush that comes from facilitating the discovery of young people’s creativity, sharing my passion for clay, giving back what I have learned and accomplished, continually learning from my students, and being in a growth-ful, stimulating, challenging environment among vibrant young people.

In 1983, I co-founded the Brattleboro Clayworks, a potter’s collective in Brattleboro, Vt. Since then, I have been a professional potter offering a line of colored clay items. In 2004 I set up my own studio in my home in West Brattleboro where I currently do my clay work.

I have also taught a number of colored clay workshops at craft centers around the northeast where I have had the opportunity to share my enthusiasm for the unusual and exciting technique involving working with colored clays.

Glenn Littledale

Science Department Chair

Science Teacher

B.A. Temple University
M.Ed. Temple University

Phone: 802-387-6253
802-387-2305 (fax)
Email: glittledale@putneyschool.org
Departments: Department Heads, Science Department

I’m a former dairy farmer, bicycle frame builder, art restorer and jewelry maker. I got an undergrad degree in physics with a math minor as an adult, followed by masters in teaching secondary school science and math.

I graduated with the Putney class of ’76, worked as the farm manager from 1986-1990, and have been teaching science here since 1998.

What surprises me about this place is its generosity of spirit.

Putney has the courage to do things differently. Placing importance on a wide range of endeavors, students work with their hands as well as minds, often integrating the two.  Most importantly, students here are encouraged to develop genuine agency.

Cailin Manson

Music Program Director

B.M. Esther Boyer College of Music, Temple University
Magister in Opera, Universitӓt Mozarteum Salzburg
Magister in Orchestral Conducting, Universitӓt Mozarteum Salzburg

Phone: 802-387-6220
Email: cmanson@putneyschool.org
Departments: Art Department

Curiosity and a sense of adventure brought me to Putney, and that continuing curiosity, a deep love for my students and care for their development — as well my activity in the artistic life of the larger community — have kept me here.
I’ve enjoyed an international career as an operatic soloist, choral-orchestral conductor, and teacher/clinician and I fervently believe in passing on the knowledge and insight that my work and experience have given me.
Helping students learn to engage with the art of music as a means of cultural dialogue and increase their awareness of the powerful role of interpretation are rewarding facets of my work in our community.
In addition to my work at Putney, I am currently the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Germantown Concert Chorus, Director of the Germantown Institute for the Vocal Arts, Music Director of the Bennington County Choral Society, and the Music Director of The Keene Chorale.

Hilary Maynard

Science/ Humans in the Natural World Teacher

Old Boys Dorm Liaison

B.S. University of Massachusetts, Amherst
M.A. University of California, Berkeley

Phone: 802-387-6253
Email: hmaynard@putneyschool.org
Departments: Science Department

I grew up close to Putney in a small river valley community. I was fascinated with moss and rivers by toddlerhood, went on to make fairy houses in tree roots and eventually received a degree in Biology after studying just about every other topic.

I’m fascinated by how the brain forms conceptions about personhood and the natural world. I’ve been teaching diverse content in rural and urban landscapes since 2005.

Cathy McKenny

Nurse

Triage Nurse

B.A. Lafayette College
A.D.N. Vermont Technical College

Phone: 802-387-6221
Email: cmckenny@putneyschool.org
Departments: Health Services

Chance brought me to Putney!

I first came here to work as a triage nurse when one of my friends was the head of the Health Office. Working in that role led to a second part-time position as a morning RN on campus.

I stay because I love the energy of this place, the creativity of the students, and the commitment of the faculty and staff. Everyone here truly believes in the mission of the school.

Garye Merrill

Early Education Assistant

Phone:
Email: gmerrill@putneyschool.org
Departments: Daycare

Dennis Miller

Chef

Phone: 802-387-6230
Email: dmiller@putneyschool.org
Departments: Dining Services

Hugh Montgomery

Director of Development

B.A. Middlebury College
M.S. Antioch University New England

Phone: 802-387-6272
Email: hmontgomery@putneyschool.org
Departments: Alumni & Development

As both a longtime Putney staff member and twice-over Putney parent, it’s a real privilege to watch this small institution wrestle with its own and the world’s challenges. Though I didn’t go to Putney myself, my experience as staff member, alumnus, parent, and volunteer at other educational institutions repeatedly reveals just how powerful this tiny organism is, and how worthy of financial support that is essential to fulfilling its mission. It is also a great joy to interact with alumni, parents, and friends who continue to underscore the impact of time spent at Putney as a springboard to a life worth living and to making the world a better place.

 

Vada Mossavat

Director of Communications and Marketing

Phone: 802-387-6258
Email: vmossavat@putneyschool.org
Departments: Communications

Rodrigo Nava

Sculpture Teacher

Noyes Dorm Faculty

B.A. The American University of Paris, France

Phone:
Email: rnava@putneyschool.org
Departments: Art Department

Heather Newkirk

Development Operations Assistant

Phone: 802-387-6213
Email: hnewkirk@putneyschool.org
Departments: Alumni & Development

Honor Norwood

Plant Staff

Phone: 802-387-6231
Email: hnorwood@putneyschool.org
Departments: Plant Staff

Rosi Olivan Pliego

Science Teacher

New Boys Dorm Faculty

Phone: 802-387-6253
Email: rolivan@putneyschool.org
Departments: Science Department

Putney believes in community and, therefore, every member of the community.
Hola, I’m Rosi, I’m Mexican. I’m a chemical engineer from Instituto Tecnológico de Zacatepec in Mexico. I’ve been at Putney for four years. I teach Math and Science. I’m also one of the New Boys dorm heads, and member of the Sustainability Squad.
I love weaving, traveling, and exploring different cultures and foods.
Improving waste management systems is one of my main interests. I’m a board member of the Rich Earth Institute, an organization that works with fertilizer from urine to create clean rivers and sustainable farms.
What keeps me here at Putney is the idea of learning new things and the possibility of implementing projects. 

Zoe Parker

English Department Chair

English Teacher
Huseby Dorm Liaison

B.A. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
M.A. Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College

Phone: 802-387-6260
Email: zparker@putneyschool.org
Departments: Department Heads, English Department

I love how there is no such thing as a classic Putney student. Each community member becomes fully themselves here–but there is no “type.”

I came to Putney as an intern right out of college but moved on after a year to teach in Boston. After that, I travelled and studied in Central America for a year before landing in Istanbul where I taught in a bilingual Turkish school for a while.

Always on the lookout for another adventure, I couldn’t resist an invitation to help launch a new semester program, so I joined the founding faculty at the High Mountain Institute in Leadville, CO.

A couple of years later, with the arrival of my daughter, the pull of living near grandmothers became powerful, and I found myself back in Vermont–where I have remained, more or less, ever since, raising my family, teaching at Putney, and putting down roots.

I miss living outside of the US though, and recently we spent a year adventuring and teaching in Almaty, Kazakhstan. I love literature as much as I love exploring other places and languages (after all, it’s more or less the same thing!) and in the summer can often be found floating in cold water, reading a book.

Lies Pasterkamp

History Teacher

Director of Afternoon Activities
Director of Work Program
White Cottage Dorm Liaison

B.A. Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands
M.A. Dartmouth College

Phone: 802-387-6255
802-387-2305 (fax)
Email: lpasterkamp@putneyschool.org
Departments: History

I came to Putney via Norway, where I heard about this special place from the sister of a Putney alumn. Her words to me were: “If you want to teach, then I know the place for you.” That was Putney. And that was 38 years ago.

I am originally from The Netherlands where I finished my college degree with majors in Geography and Economics. I left my country in search of a place with more space and wilderness and eventually landed in Putney where I was hired as an intern at The Putney School.

I loved the school and the community and ended up staying here and not returning to my home country. I went back to school part time and got my Masters in Liberal Studies at Dartmouth College, with a focus on European History. True to the nature of boarding schools I have done a myriad of jobs at Putney over the last 38 years: most importantly teaching European History; directing the Evening Arts Program, serving as a faculty trustee; and directing the Afternoon Activities Program and the Work Job Program.

Even after all this time, the amazing talents of the students and the dedicated teachers continue to surprise me.

Judith Petry

Longitudinal Study

B.S. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
M.D. Albany Medical College

Phone: 802-387-6225
Email: jpetry@putneyschool.org
Departments: Academic Office

I’m at The Putney School because I love being around youthful energy here.

After I retired from my career as a plastic surgeon, I worked in the Dean of Students’ Office for four years. During that time, I developed the model for a Longitudinal Study to research the characteristics of students who chose to come to The Putney School and what aspects of their personality, beliefs, behaviors most influence their success.

Elena Ramon

Spanish Teacher

Huseby Dorm Faculty
Community Service Instructor

B.A. Lake Forest College
M.A.T. National Louis University

Phone: 847-873-5022
Email: eramon@putneyschool.org
Departments: Modern Languages

As a high school student, I started off in Chicago Public schools where, while I met many life-changing teachers, I was also one of thousands. It wasn’t until I started playing viola that I felt myself begin to develop a sense of who I was. Pursuing this musical skill led me to many local orchestras in the city, which in turn helped me stand out enough to be awarded with the Daniel Murphy Scholarship.

By then, I had a strong sense of who I wanted to be, but was still discovering how to get there. However I knew what I didn’t want to be and this gave me a decent view into the school that would help me best.

Enter Putney, the high school with the cows and obligatory work program, that would eventually help me form a big chunk of who I wanted to be (and who I did become!) I’m a very proud, and fortunate, Putney alum and it was through the lessons that I learned here, that I began to appreciate my cultural identity and heritage.

Fast forward through college, where I received my BA in Spanish, and through grad school, where I received my MA in Teaching and Education. It’s funny how it all came full circle. I am able to now give back those lessons I learned to students who might feel the same way I did, in the same place I did.

The respect for each student’s individuality brought me to Putney as a student; being able to emulate the same as a teacher keeps me here.

Also, the fresh sourdough bread helps!

Phil Ranney

Farm Staff

Phone: 802-387-4730
Email: pranney@putneyschool.org
Departments: Farm Staff

As a seventh generation dairy farmer, I have a deep love for working with animals and for being outdoors. Working at the Putney School has given me the opportunity to do what I love while passing on my experience to others.

Betsy Rogers

Business Office Assistant

Accounts Payable Officer

B.A. University of Southern Maine

Phone: 802-387-6210
Email: brogers@putneyschool.org
Departments: Business Office

My parents are Putney alumni, they met here and we have been coming here since I was very little. My Dad, John Rogers ’47, designed JR and the Wender Arts building, working with students on those projects. My Mom, Harriet Rogers ’49, was the Alumni Director from ’92 through ’07. I feel as though I have Putney in my blood, was raised “Putney” and just love this place!

Katie Ross

Gardener and Farm Assistant

Agroecology teacher

B.A. University of Massachusetts, Amherst
M.S. Antioch University New England

Phone: 802-387-4730
Email: kross@putneyschool.org
Departments: Farm Staff, Science Department

Gabriela Salazar

English Teacher

Gym Rats

Phone:
Email: gsalazar@putneyschool.org
Departments: English Department

Michael Sardinas

Dean of Students

B.A. Marlboro College
M.S. Marlboro Graduate Center

Phone: 802-387-6242
Email: msardinas@putneyschool.org
Departments: Administration, Dean of Students Office

Scott Schadler

Carpenter

B.A. Evergreen State College

Phone: 802-387-6231
Email: sschadler@putneyschool.org
Departments: Plant Staff

Cai Silver

Chinese Teacher

Trip leader for China Trimester

B.A. Shanghai Theatre Academy
M.F.A. Vermont College of Fine Arts

Phone: 802-387-6240
Email: csilver@putneyschool.org
Departments: Modern Languages

I value Putney’s environment of learning. Teaching takes place by doing, everyone works to set a good example for themselves and for others around them.

This place is filled with love, caring, synergy and creative energy. There is room here for each individual to grow and shine. Creativity is fully supported and cultivated.

Jennifer Smith

English Teacher

B.A. Columbia University
M.A. Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College

Phone: 802-387-6260
Email: jsmith@putneyschool.org
Departments: English Department

My husband Randy and I came to Putney in the fall of 1999 as an adventure! We have stayed because we love the school and way of life.

I love that everyone at Putney — every adult and every adolescent — is both a student and a teacher.

I grew up in Seattle, Washington, and learned to love hiking, skiing, climbing and being outdoors even in the rain. For me a good day is any day spent outdoors. I was a late bloomer as a reader, but it is one of my favorite pastimes now along with cooking and gardening.

My most recent obsession is the Boston Bruins and NHL hockey. Along with my husband and 13-year-old son, we spend a lot of time cheering our team! For me, following the Bruins through the season is like reading a great novel: being surprised, delighted and grieved by the twists of the story and character development.

As I begin my 20th year at The Putney School, I am as excited as ever to begin a new school year!

Randy Smith

Assistant Head of School/ CFO

Phone: 802-387-6245
Email: rsmith@putneyschool.org
Departments: Administration, Business Office, Head of School's Office

I came to The Putney School by chance, but the strength of the community has kept me here for nearly 20 years. People are really passionate about the school.

I was born in Seattle and lived in the Northwest most of my life. I graduated from the University of Washington, survived the DotCom boom, came to Putney for one year in 1999 and never left.

I live in Goodlatte with my wonderful wife Jenny, and amazing son Emmett.

Rosie Smith

Director of Elm Lea Child Care and Early Childhood Educator

Phone: 802-387-8585
Email: rosie.smith@putneyschool.org
Departments: Daycare

Guillaume Sparrow-Pepin

Network & Systems Administrator

B.A. University of Vermont

Phone: 802-387-7306
Email: gsparrowpepin@putneyschool.org
Departments: Technology Department

I came to Putney after working as a software developer for a few years. At Putney, I don’t just sit in one place all day, I move from building to building, talk to people, and help folks with their problems. Every day is different here, and I like the new puzzles each day brings.

I grew up in the town of Putney and graduated from the Putney School in 2010. I studied Computer Science at the University of Vermont, and worked as an iOS developer and freelance web designer. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking with my dog Mona, canoeing, gardening, contra dancing, and playing music.

Rebecca Speisman

Assistant Dean of Students

Old Boys Dorm Faculty

B.A. Smith College

Phone: 802-387-6256
Email: rspeisman@putneyschool.org
Departments: Dean of Students Office

When I’m not up late eating popcorn with teenagers, I love spending time outdoors with my partner and daughter, riding bicycles, and growing too many tomatoes.

Cara Stickney

Horse Program Manager

B.S. University of Vermont

Phone: 802-387-2150
Email: cstickney@putneyschool.org
Departments: Farm Staff

I’m a lover of children and animals. I live for my family and the joy I get from sharing with students the physical and emotional bond that can exist between humans and horses, not to mention the amazing feel of connecting with a horse by riding it. 

 

Pete Stickney

Farm Manager

History Teacher
Girls Basketball Coach

B.A. Union Institute and University

Phone: 802-387-4730
Email: pstickney@putneyschool.org
Departments: Athletic Department, Farm Staff, History

I was raised on a family farm in Saxtons River, and came to teaching mid-career. I enjoy the contrasts between the finite world of agriculture and the infinite opportunities in the classroom.

At Putney, I have the opportunity to work in agriculture within a vibrant learning community. My dreams have come true.

Jessica Taylor

Mental Health Coordinator

B.A. Clarke University
M.A. Antioch University New England

Phone: 802-387-6268
802-387-6228 (fax)
Email: jtaylor@putneyschool.org
Departments: Health Services

Jerry Tevolini

Lunch/ Dinner Chef

Phone: 802-387-6230
Email: jtevolini@putneyschool.org
Departments: Dining Services

Ruth Venman-Clay

Administrative Assistant, Health Services

B.F.A. School of the Museum of Fine Arts

Phone: 802-387-6221
Email: rvenman-clay@putneyschool.org
Departments: Health Services

Michael Vercillo

Farm Assistant

Math Teacher
Keep Dorm Liaison

B.A. Williams College

Phone: 802-387-4730
Email: mvercillo@putneyschool.org
Departments: Farm Staff, Math Department

I was drawn to Putney for its holistic approach to teaching and learning, especially how it uses the farm, and manual labor in general, as an essential piece of an education. The opportunity to teach students in this way on the farm and in the gardens, as well as in the classroom, is what keeps me excited to work here.

The students are the most inspiring and surprising thing about this place. They take charge of their learning, manage to make beautiful art, complete their coursework, and contribute to the functioning of the school — doing everything from milking cows to washing dishes and serving on the admissions committee — all on the same day.

Nowhere else are students so vital to the physical operation of the school.

I grew up in a suburb north of NYC, but have fallen for the  woodsy scenery of western Massachusetts, where I attended Williams College, and of southern Vermont.

In college, I majored in math but became interested in agriculture and did a farm internship in Italy after graduation. I am so happy to be able to combine both of my interests in my position at the Putney School.

Lynne Weinstein

Art Department Chair

Director of Evening Arts
Photography Teacher

B.A. Brown University

Phone: 802-387-6249
Email: lweinstein@putneyschool.org
Departments: Art Department

Amy Whaley

Early Childhood Educator

Phone: 802-387-8585
Email: awhaley@putneyschool.org
Departments: Daycare

Putney’s commitment to finding joy in the natural world, in hard work and in the creative process brought me here and keep me here. 

Sarah Wiles

Librarian

Huseby Dorm Faculty

B.A. Union Institute and University
M.L.I.S. Simmons College

Phone: 802-387-6229
Email: swiles@putneyschool.org
Departments: Library Department

Our family was drawn to Putney 14 years ago just before my second daughter was born. We loved the idea of living in the hills of Vermont in an intentional, international community that focused on sustainability, the arts, and community.

I was born and raised in Vermont and while I’ve lived away at various times of my life, I have always returned. I am an avid reader and knitter. I have two children who are both students at Putney.

Kelsey Witzling

Counselor

Health Educator
White Cottage Dorm Faculty

Phone: 802-387-6221
Email: kwitzling@putneyschool.org
Departments: Health Services

I came to Putney because I was captivated by the school’s commitment to community. I stay because our students’ drive to become change-makers is energizing, and because it’s so rare to be able to say that your work and personal values truly align, but mine do.

I have always been impressed with how much ownership our students feel over the school. They care for the campus on a day-to-day basis, on the farm and in the kitchen, and are also often the ones making major decisions about policies. I’ve never seen students who want to be so involved in the messy working details of an institution, but that’s what makes this place work as well as it does.

I am also surprised by the depth and breadth of work produced by Putney students. The range of interests and talents among the student body is astounding! I am constantly being inspired to try new things myself.

Katy Wolfe

Assistant to the Head of School

Old Boys Dorm Liaison

B.A. William Smith College
M.S. Antioch University New England

Phone: 802-387-6211
Email: kwolfe@putneyschool.org
Departments: Head of School's Office

Dawn Zweig

Science Teacher

JR Dorm Liason

Phone: 802-387-6237
Email: dzweig@putneyschool.org
Departments: Science Department

I love working with teenagers (especially Putney students) because they give me hope we are truly capable of “achieving a society worthy of the name.” My students push me to be a better teacher, but also a better person. One of the most important aspects of my pedagogy is that if you give students the proper resources, just a little guidance and a real sense of agency, then they are capable of way more than most adults would ever assume.

Nathan Zweig

English Teacher

English Teacher
Keep Dorm Liason

Phone: 802-387-6260
Email: nzweig@putneyschool.org
Departments: Department Heads, English Department