Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, Health & Wellness
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Gabe Hamilton, Director of Learning
Gabe Hamilton is the incoming Director of Learning beginning July 1, 2021. Gabe Hamilton is currently the Proficiency-based Learning Coordinator for Mt. Abraham Unified School District in Bristol, Vermont. Prior to this position, Gabe taught Middle and High school Science and Photography for 18 years in Oregon and Vermont. Gabe is an adjunct instructor for Castleton University and Southern New Hampshire University and has taught courses and led workshops in proficiency-based learning across the state. He holds a Master's degree in educational leadership and is a 2015 Rowland Foundation Fellow. Gabe replaces exiting Director of Learning and Technology, Violet Nichols who has accepted another position outside our school district.
Monica Wood, Recovery Coordinator for Equity and Inclusion
Monica Wood will serve in the capacity of Recovery Coordinator for Equity and Inclusion in support of the systems-level reform planned in schools post COVID-19. Monica Wood is currently a mathematics instructional coach in Milton Town School District, and works primarily with elementary school teachers to implement high quality instruction as a universal standard for students. Additionally, she co-facilitates the Equity and Diversity committee at MTSD, to deconstruct policies using a racial justice lens, and revising them alongside a team of stake-holders to develop stronger equitable practices.
Monica has spent ten years in the public education sector as a dual-language teacher and instructional coach. Seven of those years were spent teaching in Boston Public Schools, and all of the ten years have been served in schools identified as Title 1, or having large concentrations of students in low-income households.
Monica is also currently a Doctoral student at the University of Vermont. She commits herself to researching, analyzing, and dismantling systems of exclusion within public education. Grounded in anti-oppression, she leverages her experience in public schools to ensure our work. Specifically, she aims to use research to show the impact of racism in predominantly White communities, while simultaneously offering frameworks such as Critical Race Theory and Critical Discourse Analysis to support students and educators in exposing systematic oppression, and guide their journey of anti-racism and anti-oppression.
Lynne Rapoport, Health and Wellness Coordinator
Lynne moved to Vermont in 1998 from Northern California after receiving a bachelor's degree in Dietetics and Food Science with a minor in Food Service Administration. She has worked with all stages of life, teaching people about health and promoting wellness. Lynne has experience in grant writing and management, program coordination, policy development and implementation, data analysis, building and strengthening community connections, and implementation of strategies to improve the health of individuals and communities. Lynne believes in a holistic, student-centered approach to healthy teaching and learning environments, and support of families, communities and schools working together to improve student health and to increase learning capacity.