First Grade

Gina Dyer

1st Grade

Gina has been with Academy School since 2016 in various grade levels. Prior to coming to Academy, Gina worked as a Special Education Para Educator in the Hinsdale school district. Gina’s passion is children! She believes every child has unique gifts as well as unique learning styles. She strives to help each student unlock their individual possibilities. Gina’s goal is to build lifelong relationships with her students and let them know they are valued. She is always looking forward to meeting her new students. When Gina is not at school, she is most likely outdoors somewhere . Gina enjoys camping and kayaking with her family. She is married and has 3 children.

Jen Oliver

1st Grade

Jen Oliver graduated from Westfield State University in 2007 with her Bachelors in Elementary Education. In 2014, she earned her Masters in Mathematics from UVM. She had the pleasure of teaching First Grade at Academy School since 2010 with her wonderful Para Educator, Mary Leary. Together they created a classroom community where their students felt safe to learn, play, and grow together. Since the fall of 2018, she has been the Academic Support Teacher for all three first grade classrooms. This Semester she will be teaching Kindergarten and First Grade Remotely. She is excited to get know her students and to build a strong classroom community, where her students can learn while having fun! Kindergarten and First Grade are magical years and she looks forward to watching her students blossom.

Kebrina Howard

1st Grade

This is Kebrina's 1st year at Academy but her 3rd year as a paraeducator. For the past 2 years she worked in an Integrated Preschool Program in Connecticut where she lived for a few years! She believes that each child learns differently and she strives to connect with each child individually. She believes strongly in a sense of community within the classroom and creating a space where each child feels welcomed.

Laura Casey

1st Grade

Laura loves young children and has dedicated her career to teaching them--focusing mostly on kindergarten and first grade. Laura loves the enthusiasm and passion of young children.
She thinks teaching kids to read is real life magic! She went to college by the ocean in Maine. She lives with her family and two cats in Putney. You can find her skiing on cold days and swimming on hot days and reading pretty much every day!

Laureen Reavey

1st Grade

Laureen Reavey is entering her 19th year of teaching, and 9th year in first grade at Academy School. Prior to Academy, she was a preschool and kindergarten teacher at Neighborhood Schoolhouse. Laureen believes strongly that with a strong sense of belonging and interdependence within a classroom community, students will thrive. She strives to create a classroom community in which students feel empowered and confident, and recognize that their contributions have the ability to positively impact their shared learning community. Outside of school, Laureen lives in Brattleboro with her husband, three children and two pets. She can often be found (or not!) on the trails around town on her mountain bike or trail running, or on ski mountains throughout Southern Vermont in the Winter

Ms. Kristie

1st Grade

Last year was my first year at Academy School. It was a year to remember! I have been a teacher for over 20 years and have taught students from Preschool to Sixth grade, but spent most of my teaching career with K, 1st and 2nd graders.
I love to hike, kayak and bike ride with my family. I enjoy reading almost anything! My favorite part of teaching is to stir the embers of curiosity with students and help them learn about their strengths.

Patty Walior

1st Grade

Patty has been teaching at Academy for the last 15 years. She taught 3rd grade for 11 years and then transfered to first grade in 2016. She received a business degree from Castleton State College way back when and in 2004 received a teaching certification from Norwich University. She loves watching her students grow and become kind, compassionate and caring young people with a thirst for learning. Patty lives in Dummerston and enjoys reading, taking walks and spending time with family and friends.

First grade is going to be an exciting academic year for your child. We believe that First Grade lays the foundation for a lifetime of enthusiastic learning.  We are committed to helping each student become a successful and independent learner and become more confident in their abilities as thinkers and learners.


This year, you will be so amazed and proud of the progress your child will make!