Lisa Burg: Math
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Lisa grew up in the North East and then moved to Alaska and Colorado for 25 years before moving back to VT. She taught at Whitcomb HS and then WVHS for the last 6 years.  Her hobbies are metalworking, gardening, reading, and raising pet goats (2), rabbits (2), chickens (2) and ducks (10). She usually can be found hanging out with her mother, 2 of her children or her animal friends. You can reach Lisa at

Danielle Clayton: English
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Danielle began teaching at White River Valley High School in 2021, while simultaneously finishing a Master of Education, Curriculum and Instruction. She has a BA in French Studies, with specific interest in anthropology and postcolonial literature. Before becoming a teacher, in the traditional sense, she was a French tutor and taught Okinawan karate and conflict resolution. She enjoys martial arts, horror, and science fiction films and literature; herbalism and wild foraging; playing bass; singing; and exploring the woods with her family. You can reach Danielle at

Trinity DeSimone: English
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Trinity is from Washington state; she has been teaching since she moved to Vermont in 2006 with her husband David. While David was earning his Master’s Degree in Environmental Law and his Juris Doctor from Vermont Law School, she taught middle school English and social studies at South Royalton School for two years and has been teaching English at WRVHS/ South Royalton High School since 2009. Though Dave graduated VLS in 2010, they decided to stay in Vermont and raise a family. Trinity had their daughter, Vivian, in 2014 and earned her Master’s Degree in Education- Curriculum and Instruction in 2016. She loves teaching and feels lucky to be a part of this community. You can reach Trinity at

Lisa Dragon: Science
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Lisa has been teaching high school life and environmental science at WRVHS since 2015.  After earning a BS in Biology, she spent a decade traveling, doing field science, and leading environmental education experiences before becoming a classroom teacher.  Lisa holds an MS from the Field Naturalist Program at UVM and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction.  She loves natural history, hiking, fishing, gardening and having adventures with her husband and daughter.  She is so appreciative of the opportunity to work with the WRVHS students and community and loves being a teacher. You can reach her at

Claire Epchook: Social Studies
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Claire has taught a variety of grades and subject areas over her career. She is now teaching part time. Currently she is teaching two 9th grade classes and one Advanced Placement course. She can be reached at

Sam Griffin: Global Citizenship, World Language
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Sam was born and raised in Vermont, attending Woodstock High School and then Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, majoring in History and French.  Before earning his teaching license, he completed an ESL certification and taught English overseas for a time.  He has been teaching various History and French classes at WRVHS since 2016.He enjoys golf, hockey, skiing, and cycling in his free time. He can be reached at

Don Morrill: Math
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Don has been teaching at WRVHS since 2018. He grew up as an army brat and is not sure where he hails from.  He transitioned to teaching after an extended career in the insurance field and raising 5 boys.  As a self proclaimed Disney “super fan,” Don can often be found preparing for his next trip to the “Happiest Place on Earth.” You can reach Don at

Molly O’Brien: English
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Molly has been teaching here in the district since 2017. She teaches English and directs the fall drama club productions. Originally from Massachusetts, Molly came to Vermont for college and found that she couldn’t bring herself to leave. When she’s not teaching, she can be found hiking, cross-stitching, or going to the movies! You can reach Molly at

Elysabeth Ray: Humanities
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Elysabeth (“Lys”) Ray joined us in 2021 as the English teacher for the Personalized Learning Classroom.  As staff and student needs adjusted, she joined in as a Social Studies teacher as well.  A lifelong learner and avid traveler, lys has taught everywhere from rural Vermont (at SoRo in the 1990’s!) to the DC suburbs to Shanghai, China and all the way back to us here.  In addition to “hanging out with teenagers” (she has five of her own!), she loves to read, write and play sports.  And sleep whenever those other things allow!  She can be reached at

Raina Robins: Math
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Raina has been teaching at WRVHS/South Royalton School since 2008.  Prior to that, she taught remedial math classes and tutored students at Green Mountain College after working at a civil engineering firm.  She holds a Bachelor of Science (Environmental Engineering) and a Master of Arts (Education: Curriculum and Instruction). She has two children who both graduated from WRVHS (2021 & 2022).  She can be reached at

Jessica Sperling: Science
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Jessica has been teaching at White River Valley HS since 2018.  Jessica grew up in Rochester, New York and came to Vermont after living in Colorado for a handful of years.  She has a background in geochemistry.  Some of her favorite things to do are hiking, swimming, skiing, and spending time with her family.  In the summer you will find her lounging by the water with a good book.  You can reach Jessica at

Nalani Sutton: Science
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Nalani has been teaching at White River Valley HS since she moved to the Upper Valley in 2018.  Over the years, she has taught many types of science to students ranging from grades 6 - 12.  Nalani grew up in Massachusetts and loves the city of Boston.  She is especially interested in physiology,  track and field, and visual arts. When spring comes, she spends as much time as possible outside in the sun. You can reach Nalani at

Josh White: Global Citizenship
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Originally from Connecticut, Josh White has been teaching in the district since 2018. Besides teaching History, Josh also runs the Amnesty International Club and Game Club. An avid hockey fan, Josh also enjoys hiking, reading, games, and travel. You can reach Josh at

Debbie Howe: Special Educator
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Debbie grew up in Montreal, Quebec, Canada until she moved to the United States in 2001. She joined WRVHS in 2020 as a special educator. She enjoys spending time with her husband, extended family, dogs and parrot. Rockhounding, gardening, hunting and art projects are among her favorite hobbies. You can reach Debbie at

Peter Jenkins: Paraeducator
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After a ten-year career as a behavior specialist in Buffalo, NY, Peter moved to Vermont with his wife in 2019, where he shifted his focus to special education. He was a paraeducator at Woodstock High School for two years before coming to WRVSU. He uses his varied hobbies of hiking, camping, outdoor skills, astronomy, cooking, sports, gaming, and Dungeons and Dragons in the classroom to connect with students and help them engage with class materials. He is currently working towards a degree in special education from Castleton University.   He can be reached at

Nicole Rhoades: Paraeducator
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Nicole started working for the SU in 2017. Nicole is South Royalton born and raised. After almost 15 years as a medical assistant, Nicole traded that career for working in the school so she could spend more time with her two children. Nicole enjoys reading and spending time outdoors being active. You can reach her at

Cheryl Reed: Paraeducator
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Cheryl has worked in most of the buildings throughout the SU for over 12 years. She enjoys working with students of all ages. When not at school, she sells antiques throughout New England. Cheryl and her husband own a local campground and tubing business where she enjoys spending time with her 3 children and 7 grandchildren. Stop by for a fun float down the river. Cheryl can be contacted at

Caroline Tuller: HS Spanish Teacher
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Caroline has been teaching Spanish at WRVHS since she moved to Vermont in 2014.  She grew up in Tennessee and attended Berry College in Georgia.  She lives in South Royalton with her husband and daughter.  Caroline can be reached