Will Brooks: Tech Ed
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Will has been teaching woodworking and mechanics at South Royalton since 2006. Prior to that time he had a cabinetmaking and furniture building business in Ludlow Vermont. He currently farms beef cattle and hay in West Hartford. His father’s family is from Brooksville, Vermont and his mother’s family is from Brooklyn, NY. He is a proud graduate of Stuyvesant High School in NYC and of the University of Vermont. He has no training in woodworking or teaching but his father taught him you can learn anything from a book. He still misses teaching the seventh graders. He can be reached at wbrooks@wrvsu.org.

Abbey Goodrich: Art
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Abbey has been teaching art in South Royalton since she graduated from college in 2015. She is a Vermont native and attended Northern Vermont University (formerly Johnson State College). Along with teaching Visual Arts courses, she is a junior class advisor, oversees production of the yearbook, and helps create sets and scenery for the school’s theater performances. Abbey can be reached at agoodrich@wrvsu.org.

Kate Lucia: Library Media Specialist
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Kate joined White River Valley School in 2013 as the Library Media Specialist. Prior to working at WRVS, Kate was the Program Coordinator for an alternative education school. A native Vermonter, Kate enjoys reading, swimming, walking and spending time with her family and friends. She can be reached at klucia@wrvsu.org.

Josh Pauly: Band
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A transplant from Waconia, Minnesota, Joshua Pauly attended the University of Minnesota-Morris, the Conservatório Dramático e Musical de Tatuí in Brazil, and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, receiving degrees in music education.  He has served as the past president of the Vermont Association for Jazz Education, earned honors as the Vermont Outstanding New Music Educator of the Year, and is frequently called upon as a conductor, clinician, and trumpet performer.  He is happy to live and teach in the Upper Valley with his wife, Libby, and son Alastair. You can reach Josh at jpauly@wrvsu.org.

Bonna Wieler: Outdoor Education
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Bonna Wieler offers learners/explorers of all ages connection with the natural world, while aiming to help folks gain self-assuredness and skills. She teaches Outdoor Education at the Bethel Middle School, and develops programming for middle through high school. As an American Canoe Association kayak instructor, Bonna teaches paddling, outfits and guides trips,  and runs summer camp sessions. She also develops environmental/ outdoor education programming for grades pre-K through high school, is a river curriculum teacher and consultant, networker/ organizer/ coordinator of environmental activities, cross country ski instructor for special events, program specialist for after school programs, and teaches fiber arts and other nature-based art forms. You can reach Bonna at bwieler@wrvsu.org.

Amber Leavitt: Choral Director, WRUD
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Amber Leavitt is joining the Wildcat community as a first time teacher for the 2022-2023 school year. She is very excited to be the choir director for  4th and 5th grade at Bethel and SoRo, Middle School, and High School.

Amber has an extensive background in vocal performance, conducting, and choral singing. She has a Bachelor's degree in music therapy and Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling. Amber also has experience working with children and teens as a mental health counselor. She is excited to combine her love of working within schools and helping kids and teens, and her passion for choral music.

In her free time, Amber enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, hiking, baking, crocheting, playing piano and of course, singing.

She can be reached at aleavitt@wrvsu.org

John Rhoades: PE
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John started working at the WRVHS this fall but has been part of the supervisory union for the past three years. He has coached the high school softball team for the past two seasons and has coached college football for 23 years(Plymouth, University of New Hampshire, Bowdoin, Norwich and currently Castleton). He also coached baseball for thirteen years at Norwich.  He has a daughter who attends WRVHS. John loves spending time with his family and playing golf in his spare time. He can be reached as jrhoades@wrvsu.org