B.S. Fordham University
Mrs. Alfano received her bachelor’s from Fordham University in English Literature with a minor in Economics. Mrs. Alfano has worked as a substitute teacher for the Bennington Rutland Supervisory Union and has recently finished her Teach-Now certification program as an intern at Maple Street School. She, her husband, and their three children (one recent Maple Street School graduate and two current Maple Street School students) live in Dorset.
B.S. St. Lawrence University
M.S. University of New Hampshire
Mr. Barclay joined the faculty at Maple Street as its first Director of Athletics and teacher of physical education in 2004. In 2009, he moved into the Admissions office, while continuing to coordinate the physical education and athletics programs. Previously, Mr. Barclay was a teacher and department chair for P.E. at the Ambrit Rome International School in Rome, Italy, and he was Director of Athletics at Far Hills Country Day School in Far Hills, NJ. He also held full time teaching and coaching positions at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, NH, Pace Academy in Atlanta, GA, and St. Christopher’s School in Richmond, VA. Mr. Barclay and his wife, Beth, have three children, including two recent MSS graduates and one current 8th grade student.
B.S. Southern Vermont College
Kristen has been involved with Maple Street School since its conception, and officially began her career at Maple Street School in 2006 teaching upper and lower school science. She was delighted to join the administrative team in 2014 as Assistant to the Head of School. Kristen is an amateur photographer, naturalist and mother to three Maple Street students, the classes of 2016, 2018 and 2022.
B.S. Lock Haven University
M. Ed. The College of Saint Rose
Ms. Calder holds a Level 2 teaching license from the State of Vermont and has been teaching for over 20 years. Ms. Calder began her teaching career at The Bennington School, in VT where she worked with adolescent boys who presented with both learning disabilities and behavioral difficulties. From there, Ms. Calder moved on to teach in the public school setting as a special educator for the Arlington School District in Arlington, Vermont. During this time, she worked with students in grades 3-12 who presented with various disabilities and was the recipient of UVM's Outstanding Vermont Teacher Award. Ms. Calder has been a private tutor on and off for over 24 years including 4 years as a tutor at Maple Street School. As an experienced special educator, Ms. Calder believes strongly in the importance of collaboration and consultation with her students' families and their classroom teachers. When she is not working with children, Ms. Calder enjoys hiking, kayaking, XC skiing, snorkeling and kickboxing. She is the proud mother of a Maple Street 5th grader and a 2014 Maple Street graduate.
B.S. University of Vermont
Prior to joining Maple Street School in 1999, Ms. Chaffee was a classroom teacher at the Bahrain Bayan School in Isa Town, Bahrain. She has also held elementary teaching positions at the Dothan Brook School in Hartford, Vermont; the Mater Christi School in Burlington, Vermont; Fletcher Elementary School in Fletcher, Vermont; and the St. John Fisher School in Portland, Oregon.
B.A. Middlebury College
M.A. Castleton State College
Mr. Chamberlain received his bachelor degree from Middlebury College in English with concentrations in US History and Nautical Studies. He went on to receive his Masters of Arts degree in teaching from Castleton State. He has worked in many educational settings, both public and independent including Burr and Burton Academy, Manchester Elementary School, and Stratton Mountain School. He also served as an international teacher in the World Teach program in Sakonnakhon, Thailand teaching middle and high school level English classes at the Rajabhat Institute.
B.S. Kutztown University
M.S. Gwynedd Mercy University
Prior to joining the Maple Street School community this fall, Mrs. Duddy taught elementary school for 10 years, followed by four years as an elementary school counselor, in the North Penn School District in PA. Tracy has also been involved with various parent/teacher associations in PA, CT, and VT. Mrs. and Mr. Duddy and their three sons moved to Vermont three years ago and their son, Michael, is a Maple Street School graduate. Tracy and her family are enjoying the Vermont lifestyle by skiing, hiking, playing paddle tennis, golf and running.
B.A. Middlebury College
M.A. New York University
Mr. Hearon was appointed Maple Street's third Head of School in 2016. Before coming to Manchester, Fanning was Assistant Head of School and Academic Dean at Vermont Academy in Saxtons River. Prior to moving to Vermont in 2011, Fanning spent 13 years at the Brunswick School in Greenwich, Connecticut teaching Spanish, coaching, and serving in a variety of administrative roles. Fanning started his 20+ year career in independent school education at his high school alma mater, the Woodberry Forest School in Virginia. Fanning is a proud graduate of Middlebury College and also earned a Master of Arts degree in Hispanic Civilizations from New York University’s campus in Madrid, Spain. Fanning and his wife, Christy, have two boys, Miles and Aicher, and two crazy dogs, Gryffin and Brodie. They are currently living in Peru and can be found hiking or skiing in the area during their free time.
B.A. Mount Saint Mary’s University
M.Ed. University of Maryland
Jonathan came to Maple Street in 2014, moving to Vermont from Maryland with his wife Lisie and their four children, Nathaniel, Max, Andrew, and Rosie. Prior to moving to Vermont, Jonathan served many different roles at his Alma Mater, St. Vincent Pallotti High School in his hometown of Laurel, MD, for 16 years. He spent 10 years teaching art and technology at the high school level before moving into the position of Assistant IT Director. His three boys are all Maple Street students (a 2018 graduate and a child in 7th and 3rd grade), and Rosie is often seen waving in the halls to all her friends at the end of the day. When not at Maple Street, the Jacobs’ enjoy hiking, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, and exploring all that Vermont has to offer.
B.A. Brown University
M.Ed. New York University
Ms. Lindenberg taught French at the Aiken Preparatory School in South Carolina for two years and in New York City schools while at NYU. In addition, Ms. Lindenberg studied French at the Université de Montreal for a year taking non-degree courses in French before coming to Maple Street in 2001. Lizzie’s son is a current Maple Street student and a star of the school’s Chess Team.
B.A. Pennsylvania State University
M.Ed. University of Maryland
Ms. Mackey received her bachelor’s degree from Penn State and then went on to receive her master’s degree in education from the University of Maryland. Ms. Mackey has extensive experience as a high school science teacher, teaching at Walt Whitman High School in Maryland and Stratton Mountain School in Vermont. She has served as an instructional design consultant as well, integrating her knowledge of science into a holistic curriculum and serving as the coach of the science bowl team. She is an avid athlete having coached and played lacrosse, tennis and golf, and her community service passion is habitat for humanity.
B.A./B.S. Syracuse University
MBA University of Utah
With more than 20 years in educational administration, Ms. Morin came to Maple Street School to lead Advancement efforts in the winter of 2016. A dual major Syracuse in magazine journalism and anthropology, Meredith worked in publishing as an editor for a daily Colorado newspaper and as a freelance magazine writer for several years, before turning her focus toward educational marketing and communications. After working at the University of Utah’s business school as the marketing and communication director, Meredith and her husband, Mike, moved back East, where Meredith led communications for Tilton School in N.H. Ten years ago, they moved to Vermont to work at Stratton Mountain School. At SMS, Meredith led marketing and communications for seven years. Meredith is the mother of one Maple Street student in the class of 2021, and she has a daughter who attends SMS.
B.S. Music Education, Roberts Wesleyan College
Mrs. Paul received her degree in Music Education K-12, from Roberts Wesleyan College. She taught private lessons and tutored in the public school setting for one year before teaching Music, Band and Chorus at Grace Christian School and The School of Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales (both in Bennington, VT) for a total of 10 years. She has also had the pleasure of teaching private piano, guitar, voice and saxophone to many students over the past 12 years.
Mrs. Paul joined the Maple Street faculty in 2017. She loves to read, tend to her blueberry bushes, play soccer and learn new instruments. She lives with her husband, 2 sons, a cat and a Corgi dog in Shaftsbury.
B.S. Skidmore College
Ms. Putnam received her bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College in education studies with minors in psychology and dance. Ms. Putnam has worked at the Greenwich Country Day School in both the second and third grades, and gained teaching experience in Lake Avenue Elementary and Okte Elementary schools as well. She earned an award from the Framework for Integrated Teaching for designing developmentally appropriate curriculum for elementary learners that integrates food, fitness, and farming. She is an avid dancer and talented baker, and is passionate about creating a joyful learning environment where elementary students can be not only academically strong, but strong in character as well.
M.Ed., B.S. University of Vermont
Joy Stewart taught kindergarten at the Arlington School for eight years before coming to Maple Street. She has also served as the upper school math teacher and chair of the math committee. Joy is currently the school’s Dean of Faculty and is also responsible for creating the school’s complex academic schedule.
B.A. in Art Education, University of Vermont
Ms. Sullivan joined the Maple Street School faculty in 2001 with 15 years of experience teaching art to children. She taught at the Berlin-Boylston School System in Boylston, Massachusetts; at the Greenville School in Scarsdale, New York; and at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, Connecticut.
B.S. University of Rhode Island
Ms. Thompson joins the Maple Street School faculty after having taught first and second grade for 11 years at The Mountain School of Winhall. While there, she also served as a Title I and ESL tutor. Prior to The Mountain School, she taught kindergarten and first grade at Manchester Elementary-Middle School. Ms. Thompson is also a learning team leader and helps design programs for students who need differentiated instruction. She has special interests in teaching place-based environmental science and Asian studies. Before moving to Vermont, Ms. Thompson worked in several different educational settings in Rhode Island.
B.A. Dartmouth College
after graduating as a geography major at Dartmouth, Ms. Thomson spent 20 plus years working in various marketing positions including two companies in which she was a founding member of the management team. Eleven years ago, she changed careers following a life-long dream to become a teacher. For nine years she taught third and fourth grade at the Meadowbrook School of Weston outside of Boston, Massachusetts. While at Meadowbrook, she helped develop the school’s multicultural curriculum and was a long-time member of various administrative committees including Admissions and the Lower School Language Arts Committee. She also served as a leader of the school’s community service trips to South Africa and Costa Rica and chaired the search for a Lower School Head.
B.A. in East Asian Studies, Denison University
After graduating from college, Sarah returned to Vermont and worked in landscaping and as farm and market manager at Merck Forest and Farmland Center. She left Merck Forest at the end of 2008 to raise her family. Sarah lives in Sandgate with her three boys and husband where they run a landscape design business. In her free time, you can find Sarah tending to her bees, chickens, pig and large vegetable garden. Sarah is excited to join the Maple Street community and share her love of gardening, art and nature through the After-school Program.
B.A. Ithaca College
Bettina joined Maple Street School in 2004, when her husband, Mark and two girls, Jordan and Kristina moved to Vermont from Colorado. Ms. Tuttle had over twenty years of office management experience both in Colorado and Washington D.C. before joining Maple Street. Bettina loves the outdoors, and usually is seen in the early morning hours running the local streets.
B.A. St. Lawrence University
MFA The New School
Mr. Welch received his bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University in English and then went on to receive his master’s degree in creative writing. He has taught at Melrose High School, The Renaissance Charter School, and Portland Community College. He continues to write and publish fiction and is passionate about the outdoors.