This spring several of our staff are moving on and we want to wish them well.
will be stepping down as a home center teacher. Many of you will recall that in addition to his pioneering work as a founder of Bridge School, Gerry established the shop and the ice rink as integral parts of the school. We all love his expertise at nature and science projects: monarch butterflies, owls, and the famous volcano demonstration, as well as the duck drawing class. We will miss his musical genius in leading morning meeting with his autoharp as well as directing the band for the Holiday Show and his skill in helping us all work through conflicts. We hope that Gerry will be able to return to teach some arts and explorations classes as well as to keep our ice rink in shape!
is also relinquishing her role as a home center teacher. She’ll be pursuing further graduate education in the teaching of reading. Diane is famous as a teacher of Spanish through games, songs, plays, and celebrations. No one will forget her Dia de los Muertos celebrations or hearing Green Eggs and Ham
in Spanish. We will miss her sensitive listening skills and her patience with sometimes rambunctious boys, as well as her thoughtful responses to journal writing. We’ll also miss her commitment to getting us up and moving at morning meetings, her choreography for the Holiday Show, and her conducting of the Bridge School Chorus. With luck, we’ll be able to welcome her back to teach some Spanish arts and explorations classes!
is stepping down as Head of School. For two years Poppy has taken on the administrative leadership of the school, helping us transition from the era of “The Founders” into a new part of the Bridge School journey. In addition to her hours of devoted service as an administrator, Poppy has conducted reading classes and discussions, taught paper doll and stuffed creature classes, and has been noted as a careful listener to children. We’ll miss her sense of humor, her enthusiastic and active theater classes, and her direction and vision for the Holiday Show. We wish her well as she turns now to teaching classes for the Community College of Vermont and starts her new job as Director of Religious Education for the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society.