Kindergarten Team

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. 

Emily Marker

Emily has been a teacher for 13 years. She received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and her graduate degree from Pace University. After working in the non-profit field, she taught 4th and 6th grade as well as Kindergarten in New York City for six years. This is her seventh year at Academy School.

She feels lucky to work at Academy school, a place that feels truly special to her. Her belief in strong academics is coupled with a love of play, community development and time spent with her students in the school's forest.

She splits her week with Laura Casey. The two are lucky to have a job share that allows them to teach as well as be home with their toddler sons.  

Ellen Nam

Ellen Nam is one of the four 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.
 

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 staff members. 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. She is amazed by how much the Kindergarteners actually teach her on a daily basis. Maureen is living her childhood dream and could not imagine doing anything else. What could be better!

Sue North

 Sue has worked in the Brattleboro School System since 1988. Twenty or so of those years have been at Academy School. Sue works with the Kindergarten Team as academic support in both literacy and math.
Sue loves helping children love to learn. Both of her grand daughters attend Academy which makes going to work everyday very special.

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