A major in crafts and fiber arts; a French teacher who has studied in France, Mexico, and Guatemala; a veteran of the Bread Loaf School; and a neuroscience and chemistry scholar are just some of the highlights from the resumes of The Williston Northampton School’s newest faculty members.
Peter Valine, the dean of faculty, is “very excited to welcome this distinguished group of new faculty to Williston.”
“While some of these new teachers are launching their teaching careers and others are seasoned veterans, they share a passion for their respective disciplines and eagerness to work with young people,” he said.
Let us introduce you to:
Adeleen V. Brown, French Teacher
Adeleen earned a B.A. in French and sociology with a minor in Spanish from Principia College and an M.A. in French literature from Indiana University. She has traveled to Guatemala, France, and Mexico for her studies. Adeleen comes to Williston from Indiana University at Bloomington where she was an associate instructor of French.
Logan L. Brown, English Teacher
Logan received her B.A. in political science from Middlebury College. Logan was a Senior English Volunteer Intern at the Denver School of Science and Technology: Stapleton High School in Denver, Colorado.
Rachel A. Chambers, Art Teacher
Rachel received her B.F.A. in crafts and fiber arts from Kutztown University. She later received an M.F.A., also in crafts and fiber arts, from the Tyler School of Art and recently completed a graduate certificate in education at Keene State College. Rachel was a long-term art substitute teacher at the Wheelock Elementary School in Keene where she taught grades K-5.
Michael Doubleday, History Teacher
Michael earned a B.A. in American studies from Colby College and an M.Ed. from Antioch New England Graduate School. He’s coached JV boy’s lacrosse and Varsity swimming at Williston since 2010 and was a history teacher at New Hampton School and Eaglebrook School.
Kathryn Hill, Math Teacher
Kathryn earned a B.A. in math and classical languages from Yale and an M.Ed. from Notre Dame College in curriculum and instruction. Kathryn has worked at a number of independent schools including St. Andrews, St. Paul’s, Choate, and Carolina Day.
Ronald “Chip” Horton, Chemistry Teacher
Chip received a B.A. in chemistry and mathematics from Dartmouth College and his M.S. in organic chemistry from the University of California. Chip was an adjunct chemistry professor at River Valley Community College and taught chemistry at The Ross School and Mercersburg Academy.
Michelle M. Lawson, Chemistry Teacher
Michelle graduated from Bowdoin College in May 2012 with a degree in neuroscience and a minor in chemistry. While at Bowdoin, Michelle served as an organic chemistry tutor, senior honors student researcher, and a chemistry study group leader.
Paul M. Rutherford, Physics Teacher
Paul received a B.A. in economics with a minor in mathematics and physics from Kenyon College. He comes to Williston from St. Thomas More School where he taught physics, calculus, and algebra to grades 11-12, and coached basketball and baseball.
Ryan P. Tyree, English Teacher
Ryan earned a B.A. in communications from the University of Massachusetts, an M.A. in secondary education from the University of Phoenix, and is currently enrolled in the English M.A. program at Middlebury’s Bread Loaf School of English. Ryan comes to Williston Northampton from Eaglebrook School where he served as English Teacher and coached squash, soccer, and tennis.
Katherine Verdickt ’05, Art Intern
Katherine received her B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design and is currently a candidate for an M.F.A. at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She has interned in Venice, California and New York City and taught at the Rippowam Cisqua School Summer Arts Program and Eaglebrook School as a Visual Arts teacher.
Jon Weeks, Wind Ensemble Instructor
Jon is a performer with Viva Quetzal and several other groups and has been the instrumental ensemble director at the Academy of Charlemont since 1993.
Charlotte Wilinsky ’07, AP Psychology Teacher
A 2007 graduate of Williston, Charlotte earned her BA in psychology from Amherst College. During her senior year she completed an Honors Thesis through the Psychology department entitled, “Preadolescent and Adolescent Literature: Effects into Adulthood.” Charlotte works in Advancement as the Assistant Director of Annual Giving and coaches girls varsity tennis.
Additionally, Marcella Simpson and Andrew Shelffo will be filling in for teachers on sabbatical.