Riverside Opening of School 2018


September 13, 2018

The Riverside School
30 Lily Pond Road
Lyndonville, VT 05851
(802) 626-8552

Lyndonville, VT – The Riverside School began the 2018-19 school year by welcoming 105 students in PreK – 8 th grade from 17 towns and villages including Greensborough Bend, Guildhall, East Burke, West Burke, Sutton, Westmore, East Haven, Barnet, Peacham, Kirby, Lyndonville, Danville, St. Johnsbury, Albany, West Glover, McIndoes Falls, and Newark.

In addition to new students, Riverside welcomed three new members to the faculty. Laryssa Fortier, who will be teaching 4th grade, graduated from Keene State College with a B.S. in Elementary Education and Psychology. For the past two years, she has been teaching 4th grade in Bellingham Public Schools, Bellingham, MA. She maintained a student-centered classroom as well as supported and collaborated with special education teachers and support staff to differentiate instruction. Integrating technology and digital sources allowed her students to engage in class activities and support fluency with digital platforms. She lives on Burke Mountain with her partner, Malcom (a high school teacher and coach at Lake Region Union High School) and her dog, Max. 

“I was drawn to Riverside so I could teach in a community that would allow me to engage students in creative ways and foster natural curiosity,” said Fortier.

Hannah Galinat has been hired to teach 5th grade. She graduated from Antioch New England Graduate School with a M.S. in Environmental Science. She graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in English (a Creative Writing major and an Environmental Science minor). She was an elementary school teacher at the "Neighborhood School House" where she created daily math and literacy lessons and long-term science-themed lessons. During 2015-16, she managed an after-school science program for the Peacham, Danville, Walden, and Barnet schools. She utilizes behavior management techniques from the Responsive Classroom and enjoys creating and helping students to implement place-based projects. She lives in Peacham with her husband Tom and their two sons.

“I am excited to work at Riverside because of its reputation and its emphasis on outdoor programs,” said Galinat.

Zach Perry joins the Riverside Team, part-time, teaching physical education for grades 4th through 8th as well as working in the after-school program two days each week. He is currently taking an interim year from Northern Vermont University where he has taken course work in elementary education and fitness science. He worked full-time for the Balch Preschool at The Fairbanks Museum in the 2017-2018 school year.

“The enthusiasm and early engagement on the part of our new faculty is inspiring and contagious,” said Head of School, Michelle Ralston. “We are delighted to have them as part of The Riverside Team.”

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Laryssa Fortier

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Hannah Galinat

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Zach Perry