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CMS Welcomes New Faculty for the 2013/2014 School Year!

Please join us in welcoming four faculty members to Colchester Middle School!

Scott McLoughlin will teach seventh- and eighth-grade science in CMS’s Infinity program. In addition to his teaching duties, he will also serve as a part-time behavior interventionist. He comes to Colchester after completing his student teaching at Williston Central School as part of the master of arts in teaching program at the University of Vermont (UVM). Before attending UVM, Scott graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in history and social studies education. A passion of Scott’s is integrating technology into the classroom to enhance learning and using data analytics to quickly and efficiently identify areas of improvement for both students and teachers. As a native Vermonter, he stays active by playing/coaching soccer in the summer and snowboarding in the winter.

Meredith O’Neil, who holds a degree from the University of Vermont, will teach eighth-grade French at CMS. She joins us from Vermont Academy where she was teaching all levels of high school French. She is looking forward to working with a younger group of students and teaching them about the unique dialects of French from around the world.

Robert See will teach Special Education in CMS’s Champlain House. He joins us from Missisquoi Valley Union High School (MVU), where he taught as a middle school Special Education teacher for the past six years. He earned his degree in Special Education and developmental psychology from Castleton State College. He received the 2012 Vermont Outstanding Teacher Award as well as Franklin Northwest Supervisory Union (FNWSU) Special Educator of the Year Award. He promotes a positive, growth-oriented environment that encourages students to take risks, make mistakes, and be respectful and accepting of others. Outside of school, he enjoys maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle with his wife and daughter.

Lisa Buckton, previously serving as a school library media specialist to youth in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade at Williamstown Elementary School and Orange Center School, joins us as the interim library media specialist at CMS. She relocated to Vermont after earning her MLS (master of library science) from the University at Buffalo. Teaching in rural and urban settings across Vermont and New York has given Ms. Buckton the unique opportunity to learn from and engage with a diverse spectrum of young adults. She believes it is the role of the library media specialist to not only encourage and increase literacy and access to information, but also to help students develop into knowledgeable, dedicated, and innovative digital citizens, lifelong readers, researchers, and empowered library users and individuals. When not buried in a book or trumpeting her latest literary recommendations to students in the CMS hallways, she can be found roller skating, avidly knitting, farming with friends, or romping about with her two pups, Cannoli and Jolie.

Lisa Buckton (photo courtesy of Melissa Nyman Photography)
Lisa Buckton will be CMS’s interim library media specialist (photo courtesy of Melissa Nyman Photography)

If you would like more information about Colchester Middle School’s incoming faculty, please contact Principal Dawn Gruss at (802) 264-5800 or by e-mail (

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