Educational Support

Bethany Connelly

Educational Support - STEP

Bethany Connelly is a BCBA who is joining the Academy team this year. Bethany got her start in education as a para educator for special education. After falling in love with special education post college graduation, Bethany sought an opportunity to earn her license in teaching and was accepted into Teach for America. While teaching high school special education in Memphis, TN Bethany earned her masters in Education. Bethany moved to VT to be closer to home and start a family and made the decision to take the leap into behavior analysis after 5 years of teaching. Bethany became a mother and a BCBA in 2019 and brings her love of music, the outdoors, and animals into the classroom every day.

Deb Coombs

Educational Support - Academic Enrichment

Deb is an ESL teacher at Academy School. She received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Houghton College and her Master of Arts in Teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) from The School for International Training World Learning. She has been teaching ESOL in WSESU since 2001 and is also the Elementary ESL coordinator.

Deb Moranski

Educational Support - Resource Room

Deb Moranski
Deb Moranski is a Special Educator at Academy School. She has worked at Academy School for many years with a passion to help children reach their potential and meet the general education expectations. Deb attended Saint Joseph College in West Hartford Connecticut with a degree in Special Education and Elementary Education. She started her career as a Special Educator teaching in an inner city school in Connecticut. She moved with her family to Vermont to raise their children. Deb strongly believes every child is capable of doing well and shining in the general education classroom.

Emma King

Educational Support - Resource Room

"Emma is a Special Education Intern at Academy School while she pursues her Master's of Education in Special Education. She previously received her Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education from Keene State College where she gained a lot of knowledge and experience about the development and education of young children.

Emma has worked with children from the ages of newborns to 9 years for over 5 years. She has spent most of her early career working in childcare centers, and she student taught in a multiage first and second grade classroom. When Emma is not enjoying her time in the school or doing homework, she loves hiking, gardening, and collecting mugs from places that she visits!"

Marc Hoak

Educational Support - STEP

Marc began working in schools at an elementary school in Bellows Falls, VT as a 2nd grade paraeducator. He is very excited to join Academy School as a 3rd grade classroom paraeducator. Marc has great passion working with kids. He really enjoys building relationships with each student and watching them grow not only as a student but as an individual. Marc really values teaching kids how to connect with others and build good relationships. He also enjoys teaching kids how to feel good about themselves so they become available to learn not only in the classroom but in life as well. When not at school Marc enjoys coaching basketball, spending time with family and friends, and playing golf.

Meg Boraski Quinn

Educational Support - Speech & Language

Hello Welcome to Speech and Language!

What is Speech and Language Therapy you ask?

The Speech and Language Therapy Program at Academy School provides services for eligible children in kindergarten through sixth grade. These services include:
• Identification - Screening students in the areas of articulation, language, listening, memory, problem solving, voice, fluency, and social language.
• Evaluation - Using Diagnostic and Dynamic Assessments to determine a child's strengths and needs to plan individual intervention programs.
• Intervention - Providing intervention to improve communication and learning in small group and/or individual sessions both in and out of the classroom.
• Consultation - Meet and discuss with parents and teachers their children's progress, and needs to provide instruction that promotes successful learning and communication.

Meg Boraski Quinn is the Academy School Speech-Language Pathologist. She came to Vermont from Saint Ambrose University in Davenport Iowa. She loves traveling and has lived in six different states. Before her journey landed her at Academy School, Meg did her clinicals in Denver Colorado, New Haven Connecticut, and Silvis Illinois. When she is not working she enjoys listening to podcasts, dancing, reading, and exploring new places.

She is excited to be at Academy School and would love to answer any questions she can.

Robin L'Etoile

Educational Support - Resource Room

Robin holds an Undergraduate Degree in Creative Writing from William Smith College in Geneva, NY; and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Johnson and Wales University in Providence, RI. She has been working with children in some capacity for most of her life, including as a camp counselor, literacy tutor, and a special education para-educator prior to earning her Masters in 2009. In addition to her writing degree, she worked for several years in the banking and medical industries, and spent several years co-teaching or teaching high school math before coming to Academy. She lives on a farm in Northfield, MA with her husband, two children, two dogs and a rotating cast of falcons and hawks.

Sharon Johnson

Educational Support -DHH Instruction

Sharon started her career in Deaf Education after attending graduate school at Canisius College. After a 25 year career at residential schools for the deaf, Sharon earned her Special Education certificate and began working for the Battleboro schools. Sharon enjoys helping students overcome communication barriers to access the joy of learning and growing in community. She loves sharing American Sign Language with anyone who wants to learn.

Shellie Doubleday

Educational Support - Planning Room

Shellie Doubleday is the Planning Room Supervisor and has worked for Academy School for the last 17 years. She received her Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) credential from BACB. She incorporates relationship-building and problem-solving, through such restorative methods as circles for teaching and conflict resolution with students. She works with Kindergarten-Sixth grade at Academy School.

Planning Room

Whitney Lynde

Educational Support - Resource Room

Whitney is one of the special educators at Academy School and works primarily with students in kindergarten and first grade. She feels very fortunate to have attended school in this district as a student and to now be able to return as a teacher.

Whitney holds undergraduate degrees from Elon University in special and elementary education. She also holds a master’s degree from Simmons College as a reading specialist and is an adjunct professor at Antioch University, co-teaching a literacy course.

Whitney’s goal for all of the students with whom she works is to encourage them to become lifelong learners by carefully selecting and differentiating curricula to fit their individual learning needs. This is her seventh year working at Academy School and she couldn’t imagine a more collaborative, engaging and exciting place to work!

The Academy School Health and Counseling Office provide high-quality comprehensive services to all students and families. Our aim is to address all aspects of health and wellness that effect your child, with the goal of promoting student self-advocacy skills, and positive social-emotional growth and development. We are always available to consult with parents and guardians and enjoy working as a team to foster a safe and respectful school climate at Academy School.