2020-2021 Board of Directors 

Marta Beede

Former Bellwether Head, Parent of former student

Marta is currently the Founder and Director of Thrive Educational Advising Group, LLC., where she provides educational advising services for all aspects of independent and college admissions, and in general educational planning. In this role, she also provides college counseling services for Vermont Commons School students and families. Marta also continues to enjoy working with students directly in the classroom and has taught in the Vermont State Colleges system for approximately ten years. In this capacity, she has taught both Education and Sociology courses including courses in the Elementary Ed and Early Childhood programs, and more recently Diverse Literature for Children, and Race, Class, and Gender Studies.

Prior to working as an Educational Consultant and returning to teaching, Marta worked in school and program leadership. She served as a Site Director for the Johns Hopkins and the Northwestern University Civic Education Project, providing leadership and training and mentoring to an academic summer program focused on developing socially responsible young leaders. She served as the Director of The Gateway Middle School, a progressive school for students with learning differences in New York City. In this role, she championed projects that included collaborating with the Middle School team to build a learner-centered student advising program, strength-based programming, regular author visits and workshops, and a number of innovative experiential education programs, most notably the “Engineering Resilient Cities through the Vision of Children” in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Marta first came to Bellwether after meeting Ron Miller while completing her Doctoral Dissertation work on progressive education, which led her to apply for the position of the school’s first Director. She has also had the privilege of experiencing Bellwether as a parent, when her stepdaughter was a student in the Elementary II program. Like many at Bellwether Marta believes in the power of a Bellwether education. She has maintained many of her connections from her time at Bellwether, continuing to work with Bellwether students and families and maintaining friendships that ultimately led her back to Bellwether to give back to the school that cemented her love and belief in progressive education.
 

"I have been witness to the power of a Bellwether education, where the holistic and strength-based approach has been the spark that have seen ignite student learning for so many students allowing them to step into who they are, and develop a longstanding love of learning. I am forever grateful for the teachers and families I have had the privilege to work with while I was in my first school leadership role, and welcomed the opportunity to work with old colleagues and come back to the school in a different capacity to support Bellwether's ongoing growth and important role in our community."

Morgan Donohue, President

Parent, Board Administrative Liaison

Morgan is a content writer who has written for Metropolis Magazine, BroadwayWorld.com, and Mother.ly. When she isn’t writing articles for various outlets she is developing online content for real estate, architecture, and interior design clients. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys reading books, kayaking, and building intricate Lego sets.

"Bellwether is a community that acknowledges and welcomes every person for who they are. It’s not just the students who are embraced at Bellwether, but the parents, and extended families. This authentic welcome is what builds the community that is at the heart of Bellwether."

Bethany Gibbs

Parent, Fundraising Committee, Donor

Bethany has been part of the Bellwether Community for nine years. She has one daughter who went to Bellwether from Primary through E2 and another daughter who is a current student in E2. She sat on the Board of Directors at ECHO, is currently on the Board of Trustees of the Vermont Commons School where she serves as the Vice Chair, and is in her fifth year on the Bellwether Board. Bethany and her family love to take advantage of Vermont in all the seasons - they love to mountain bike, hike, rock climb, paddle board, kayak, ski, snowshoe - anything that can get the energy out of their four-year-old husky, Bodhi.

"Bellwether provides a different way of experiencing school that very much aligns with our family values. I hope by taking advantage of the opportunity to be part of this community and give back, it will enable more families a chance to experience what a progressive education can do for them."

Jenn Lauder

Former Bellwether Teacher

Jenn is a lifelong educator who has worked in schools, nonprofits, and the herbal products industry. Her time at Bellwether was the foundation of her teaching career, and she has since taught at progressive schools such as The Park School of Baltimore and City Neighbors Charter Network. Jenn is currently the Director of Marketing and Advocacy at PDX Aromatics and joins meetings remotely from Portland, OR. She enjoys hiking, biking, yoga, cooking, and reading, and can sometimes enlist her 13-year-old daughter to join her in those activities.

“Bellwether lives its ideals. Child-centered learning, student agency, self-direction, joy: these are not just philosophies. At Bellwether they are practices and habits of mind. I’ve never known a place that so respected children on their own terms, and I’ve not since met children who loved their school so much.” 

Jessica Liggett, Secretary

Mondays

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Jen Winegar, Treasurer

Parent of former student

Jen spent 18 years in various Finance and IT roles at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (now Keurig Dr. Pepper) before leaving to join Green Mountain Higher Education Consortium (GMHEC) as a Finance Business Analyst. GMHEC is a non-profit organization and its membership currently consists of three local colleges. Jen's hobbies include flower gardening, knitting, and soap-making.

"Bellwether was there when we needed it and I hope to help it continue to be there for many years to come. It is a place of unique learning opportunity, for students as well as parents."

Angie King, Staff Representative

Bellwether Teacher, Parent

Bellwether teachers serve rotating terms as non-voting members of the Board of Directors. Our Staff Representative this year is Primary Teacher, Angie King. Learn more about Angie here.

 

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