Bellwether Staff

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“I love being at Bellwether because I love childhood. Participating in the lives of elementary aged students gives me inspiration and hope.”

Cynthia Clarke 

Interim Head of School

B.A. University of Vermont, Studio Art & Theater; M.Ed. Lesley University, Elementary Education; VT State Teaching License

At Bellwether since 2017

Personalized and reflective learning has been my passion since I was a child, and it is a joy to share that passion with students, families, and colleagues. The philosophy of education that we embody at Bellwether is in-line with my idealistic notions of what education can be. 

 

I've taught in public elementary schools, independent schools and in an alternative high school program. My diverse background in teaching and educational leadership has led me to cherish the type of collaboration and discovery that is available at Bellwether School. I love being at Bellwether because I love childhood. Participating in the lives of preschool and elementary aged students gives me inspiration and hope. Working with a team of highly skilled educators who are also inspired by the importance of childhood is a dream come true.

 

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“I first came to Bellwether as a parent. Witnessing the transformation of my son in a school that nurtured his strengths and supported his challenges was a gift. I am grateful to be a part of this beautiful community where children are met where they are, where relationships are valued, and student voice is honored.”

Laura Hoopes

Preschool Program Director; Teacher; mother, singer, gardener

B.A. University of Massachusetts, Art Education; M.Ed. Antioch University New England, Integrated Learning; VT Early Childhood Educator License; Certified Nature-Based Early Childhood Educator

At Bellwether since 2016

Laura has been teaching at Bellwether for six years. While her primary position is teaching in our Preschool Classroom, she has also served as art teacher and shares her musical gifts both in the classroom and in support of our community celebrations. Laura has been an educator for more than 20 years, teaching in both public and private school settings.

 

Laura is committed to educating the whole child and believes that relationship is the key to opening the door to learning. She is passionate about the social-emotional learning of children and feels that this is the most important work of the young child.

 

When she is not teaching, Laura enjoys cooking delicious food for her family and friends, cuddling by the woodstove with her two cats, and listening to music. She is an avid gardener and loves to spend time in nature.

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Angie King

Primary Teacher

B.A. Saint Michael's College, Elementary Education & English; M.A. Champlain College, Early Childhood Education 

At Bellwether since 2003

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Susie Merrick

Preschool Support

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Ryan Campagna

Elementary Teacher
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Lindsay Hay

Enrollment and Community Relations Director