There is a notion that school campuses are quiet in the summer, but that is anything but the truth for The Riverside School during these last three months. With four new teachers setting up their classrooms and returning teachers moving to new locations on campus, repainting and flooring installation, yurt construction, and the creation of a new preschool classroom the action never stopped. The students are going to be truly surprised to see all the freshening up, moving around, and so many new faces.
Two of the new additions, 4th grade teacher, Erin Glocke recently graduated from Penn State and Jacob Topping, the music, band & choir teacher, a Lebanon Valley College alum, both moved to Vermont from Pennsylvania. They are excited to make a new home in the Northeast Kingdom and explore its many wonders. Heidi Andrews and Dianah Hale have spent the summer developing the new preschool program, hosting several family events that were so well received, the students all but refused to leave. Heidi and Dianah are both Vermont natives and received their degrees from Lyndon and Johnson State Colleges respectively. Nathan Gair, a 2002 Riverside graduate from New Hampshire, has returned to campus to teach Middle School Latin, 6th Grade Ancient History and Elementary School Spanish. Combined with his love for the Classics and so many fond memories of his time spent at Riverside he inspires the students to reach for their own visions of the future.
Sarah Broome will continue to provide Literacy and Math support for K-3rd grade. She will also teach K-3 Physical Education and introduce a brand new Health and Wellness curriculum to the early elementary grades. Amalia Harris joined the staff in the winter of 2015 and will return to assist Heidi Toney in the K-1 classroom as well as managing marketing for the school and providing event planning support for family and community events. Both are from Vermont and feel fortunate to have the opportunity to share their knowledge and experience with these dynamic and energetic youngsters and their families.
With the advent of new ideas and perspectives coupled with the invaluable mentorship and expertise of the veteran staff it is sure to be an exhilarating and fulfilling academic school year for everyone.