St. Johnsbury Academy announced the addition of seven new staff members over the summer. Headmaster Tom Lovett said, "We are extremely fortunate to hire such talented people and welcome them into our school community. Some have previous connections to the Academy: Gretchen is the parent of recent Academy alums, and has worked as a substitute teacher here for years; Kendra is a former teacher and language department chair; and Jason is the parent of a current freshman. Some have existing connections to each other: Allie and Ben were recently married, and join the school community as a couple; Lacey joins her husband Jim, a member of the faculty. Adele, while new to our school and joining solo, is also very well suited to our needs and embraces our mission. We look forward to working with the whole group in the years to come."

Lacey Baker joined the school as a paraeducator. She has many years of experience in the paraeducator field. She was awarded the Utah Charter School Outstanding Paraeducator of the Year award in 2009.

Gretchen Jones joined the Academy as the substitute teacher coordinator after having worked at the school for several years as a substitute teacher. Previously, Gretchen worked as a preschool and kindergarten aid in Maryland. She received a BS in Early Childhood Education from the University of Vermont.

Jason Ladd joined the school as the fleet specialist. He has many years of experience as an automotive technician. He received an associates degree in Applied Science in Automotive Technology from New Hampshire Community Technical College.

Kendra Paupst rejoined the Academy in the Admissions department as associate director of Admissions, a career change from French teacher and Language department chair. She received an MA in French from Middlebury College and a BA in French and Psychology from Hartwick College.

Allison Reed joined the Guidance department. Allison is an experienced college counselor. Before returning to school to get her master's degree, she spent four years at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics where she was director of College Counseling. Allison received a MA in Counseling Psychology from Boston College and a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Bates College.

Benjamin Reed joined the business office as a staff accountant. After an early teaching career, Ben moved to the business side of education. He worked most recently at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics and at Mt. Ida College. He received a BS in Mathematics with a minor in Asian Studies from Bates College.

Adele West-Fisher joined the Academy library as a long-term substitute para-librarian. She has extensive experience in library administration, instruction and student services. Adele received an MA in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida, an M.Ed. in Counseling and Student Personnel Services from the University of Louisville and a BA in Psychology from Mars Hill College.


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