Lindley Brainard: Woodshop
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Lindley Brainard began teaching at WRVMS in 2018 as the 7th and 8th grade woodshop teacher. She has a background in fine furniture as well as teaching adult-level woodworking and furniture courses.  Lindley has lived in the Upper Valley for 16 years and currently lives in Bethel with her wife, dog, and cat.  She is a member of the Bethel Selectboard, the Bethel Revitalization Initiative, and a co-owner of the Arnold Block, a community space in downtown Bethel.  She loves getting out into nature to commune with the trees, rivers, and wildlife. Being creative, building projects and toys are her passion, so getting to play with middle schoolers in the woodshop is a perfect fit.  You can reach her at

Heather Cottrill: Chorus & Music
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Heather moved to Vermont with her family at the beginning of this school year. Prior to White River Valley, Heather has taught music in West Virginia, North Carolina, and New York. She graduated from SUNY Fredonia with a B.M. in Music Education and received her Master’s in Vocal Performance from West Virginia University. She loves to spend time with her husband and two teenage sons. In her spare time Heather likes to read, hike, and sing opera. She can be reached at

Tim Perreault: Phys. Ed.
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Tim started teaching Physical Education in 1995 and has been here ever since. He lives in Chelsea with his wife and two children. Tim loves the outdoors and enjoys hunting, biking, and sugaring. Tim also coaches Varsity Basketball at WRVHS in South Royalton. He can be reached at

Melissa Purdy: Health
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Melissa started working at the Bethel Elementary and Middle school in 2015. She teaches Preschool through 5th grade outdoor education (known as ECO). She also teaches 6th-8th grade Health at the middle school. Melissa has two children. She loves to be outside all year long. In the winter, she snowboards and in the warmer weather, she paddle boards and mountain bikes. She is also an author and artist. Melissa  grew up in Pennsylvania and now lives in the Mad River Valley. You can reach Melissa at

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

Malia Tillerman: Art
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Since 2015, Malia has taught on the Bethel campus, where she is the K-8 visual art teacher. She loves inspiring and being inspired by students of all ages and . She was born in Hawaii and lived in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and California before settling in central Vermont in 2005. Malia is also the parent of an awesome middle school kid who was born in Randolph and is usually willing to try out random art projects, go for long walks, and attempt cross-country skiing. You can reach Malia at

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