Brenda Wood


Brenda Wood is one of the three kindergarten para professionals at Academy School. She has worked in the Brattleboro Elementary Schools as a substitute teacher and para professionals for the past twenty years.

Brenda attended Bellows Falls Union High School and has since continued her education through many workshops and college classes.

Brenda enjoys working with students individually, in small groups and as a whole class.

Brenda grew up in Saxtons River, Vermont. When she’s not supporting students, Brenda enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Ellen Nam


Ellen Nam is one of the kindergarten teachers at Academy School. She has taught in the Brattleboro Elementary Schools as a kindergarten teacher and as an enrichment teacher.

Ellen attended Bates College, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology. After spending several years teaching English as a Second Language and working as an environmental educator, Ellen earned a Masters Degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Science and Environmental Education at Antioch University New England.

Ellen loves working with children and watching their progress throughout the year!

Ellen grew up on Cape Cod and has spent most of her life living in New England. When she’s not teaching, Ellen enjoys running, gardening, skiing, traveling and spending time with her family.

Emily Marker


Emily has been teaching for 18 years, the first 6 in New York City and the last 12 teaching Kindergarten at Academy school. Emily strongly believes in the importance of relationships and works both in the classroom and in the forest to develop children's sense of wonder and curiosity. She founded a Forest Kindergarten program at Academy and is committed to ensuring nature based, child directed, free play for all of her students.

Maureen Parzych


Maureen has had the distinct pleasure of spending her entire teaching career at Academy School. She feels so lucky to be able to spend each day teaching and learning with such incredible children and dedicated colleagues. Her years in education have included teaching Kindergarten, First and Second grades. She received her teaching degree from Lyndon State College in the area of Early Childhood Education as well as a Masters Degree in the Foundations of Education from Antioch University. Everyday in Kindergarten brings new and exciting adventures. Maureen is living her childhood dream and could not imagine doing anything else. When Maureen is not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family, kayaking, camping, taking long walks and traveling.

Welcome to Academy School! Kindergarten is such an amazing year filled with growth and learning. Adventure, exploration, discovery, creativity and academically rigorous experiences are what we are committed to provide our kindergarten students, so as to inspire a life long love for learning. We work together as a team to build a positive, emotionally and physically safe environment. We are committed to making children feel comfortable enough to take risks and stretch their thinking to reach their fullest potential.