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MBS Welcomes New Teachers for the 2012–2013 School Year!

While Malletts Bay School will wish a happy retirement for five of its longtime educators at the end of this school year, it eagerly welcomes five new educators into its community. We proudly introduce them to you here—please join us in welcoming them!

Kate Ellingson, a Colchester resident, will teach fourth grade in Lighthouse. Ms. Ellingson joins MBS from Bellows Free Academy (BFA) Fairfax, where she taught third and fifth grade. She worked in the areas of teacher evaluation and action planning and earned the 2011 UVM Outstanding Teacher award from Franklin West Supervisory Union (FWSU). She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont (UVM) and a master of education in school leadership from St. Michael’s College.

Ashley Laurent, who also student taught at MBS, will teach third grade in Summit House. While teaching second grade at Berkshire Elementary School, she worked with the new Common Core State Standards and the Vermont Framework of Standards and Learning Opportunities, helping to map the curriculum. She was recently accepted into the prestigious Vermont Math Initiative, where she will become deeply engaged with math content and will join a unique cadre of Vermont teacher leaders in the area of mathematics instruction. She holds a degree from St. Michael’s College.

Katie McGrain, who currently teaches fourth grade at Shelburne Community School, will teach third grade in Harmony House. She brings to CSD a passion for working with diverse populations of students, and she is excited about her work with technology integration. She is avid traveler who has served as a member of her school’s health and wellness team, and she has experience with team teaching. She holds a degree from UVM.

Liz Sato will teach third grade in Summit House, where she has been serving for the past three months filling in for a long-term leave of absence. She hold a degree in linguistics from the University of Washington, and she earned a master of education and teaching degree from the University of Alaska. She also spent three years teaching in Japan, and she has experience teaching several different grades, including first, fifth, and sixth. She believes strongly in supporting the social and emotional development of students, and she brings a thorough knowledge of MBS’s Everyday Math program to her teaching.

Jana Taylor, who is also a Colchester resident and who worked as a tutor at Porters Point School, will teach fourth grade in Lighthouse. She has taught sixth graders at Swanton Elementary School for the past three years, where she served as a member of both the Literacy and Math Task Forces. She earned a degree in civil engineering from the University of Connecticut, but she went on to earn a degree in education from St. Michael’s College after realizing that her heart was in teaching.

And finally, MBS welcomes back Claudia O’Neill, who currently teaches first grade at Porters Point School. She will teach third grade in Lighthouse. A world traveler, Ms. O’Neill also loves to share her travel adventures with her students and has taught them about Costa Rica, Mexico, Japan, and China. She also enjoys sharing her love of languages (she’s currently learning to speak Italian!), and her students will learn some Spanish too. Besides traveling to new places, Ms. O’Neill enjoys cooking, writing, and photography.

If you would like more information about Malletts Bay School’s incoming new teachers, please contact Principal Julie Benay at (802) 264-5900 or by e-mail (

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