Enrichment - Art
Wendy has taught art in the public school setting for almost 20 years, teaching a diverse group of children from varied ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. She has dedicated herself to developing and maintaining successful art programs in the middle and elementary school environments. Having lived and worked in New England, Europe, and the Southeastern USA enables her to bring a broader perspective of life and art to her students. Wendy uses her expertise, versatility, and knowledge in developing creativity within her students. Her accomplished, enthusiastic, and productive art curriculum have received recognition and praise from administrators, parents, students, and the public.
Wendy has a BFA from the University of Georgia, and holds a Masters in Educational Technologies from Marlboro College Graduate School.
Enrichment - Library
Eileen Parks holds a Masters of Science from Simmons Graduate School of Library Information and a Bachelors in Art History from the University of California, Santa Cruz. The library program at Academy serves all learners with weekly programming designed to not only spark a student's intellectual curiosity, but also sustain a passion for lifelong learning.
The library collection contains approximately seven thousand highly curated books that not only support the school's rigorous class curriculum, but also provides fiction titles not found in the classroom. In addition to the very best in modern children’s fiction, students will find fascinating biographies, current books about scientific discoveries, How To books, picture books with glorious art for family read-alouds and so much more. Academy students love books and it shows with the high circulation rates for our materials. New books arrive monthly to keep the collection interesting and compelling for young, curious minds.
Reading is the most essential component in any person’s educational career. There’s very little a person can accomplish if they do not read widely, regularly, and well. Conversely, there’s absolutely nothing a person cannot achieve if they do.
Enrichment - Music
My name is Ms. Carmichael and I am excited to be teaching general music at both Oak Grove and Academy schools this year! While I grew up in southern Vermont and the Brattleboro area, I completed my bachelor's in New York, master's in Colorado, taught abroad in New Zealand, and had my first full-time position in Washington State in 2017. Now it seems I have come full circle and have returned to my childhood roots.
My goal this year is to help our students reacclimate to in person education by building a sense of accomplishment and skill in music, providing a welcoming and safe space, and encouraging students to take risks by trying new things - all while having fun together in the process! We've been working on drumming and rhythm reading this fall - often through games and teamwork - as well as taking turns playing piano for one another and practicing performance etiquette. Soon we'll be diving into songwriting and hopefully some singing!
In my spare time I enjoy songwriting, moving rocks in the river, walking in the woods, honing my baking skills, snuggling my two kitties (Ronald and Noodle), and helping things grow - from seeds and starts all the way to our little people becoming big people.
It's wonderful to be back in Vermont, and I look forward to meeting you.
Enrichment - Music
Bri is the 2-6 General Music and 4-6 Band teacher at Academy School. In music, students sing, say, dance, and play! Students are given the opportunity to explore, create, and perform while developing musical literacy. Throughout the year, students are immersed in a variety of quality music literature, activities, and culturally diverse music experiences. Bri's music classroom is designed to enhance student appreciation for music, understanding of the world, and expression of self.
Bri completed her Orff-Schulwerk Level 1 certification in 2018 at the Eastman School of Music. She holds a Bachelors of Music Education and Performance from Bowling Green State University and a Masters of Voice Performance and Pedagogy from East Carolina University. Previous teaching experience in the South and Midwest allows Bri to bring a unique perspective to the music room. In 2011, she co-founded Bowling Green Children's Opera, a touring company that brings "kid-centered" opera to elementary schools throughout the Midwest.
Enrichment - Spanish
María Carreño is a native of Orense, Spain. María has taught Spanish in both the private and public school sector for almost 25 years. María strongly believes that learning a second language is a fundamental necessity in an ever -increasing global community. María believes that education is an individual, unique experience for every student who enters her classroom. As a Spanish language teacher, María is deeply committed to sharing her passion for language and culture study and instills in her students the understanding of cultural differences, the importance of tolerance and hopefully, the desire to travel and explore. María has a B.A. and an M.A. in Spanish Language and Culture Education from Loyola University, Chicago.
Enrichment -Physical Education
This is Kim’s second year at Academy School. She graduated from Ohio University and has taught outdoor education around the Midwest and New England, focusing on team building and high ropes facilitation. She has also spent several years refereeing youth hockey and has toured the country teaching visual performance to a competitive drum and bugle corps. She enjoys rock climbing, ice hockey, marching band, and coffee.
An important aspect of our core curriculum are our enrichment classes. These classes are about fostering creativity in our students... valuing both mind and body, students explore visual arts, movement, music, cultural diversity, and celebration of the human spirit. Our Academy Specials are essential for both personal and academic growth.