By Erika Nichols-Frazer
Twenty-one new teachers, faculty and staff will join the Harwood Unified Union School District (HUUSD) this fall.
The Valley Reporter has contacted all new teachers, professors and staff at HUUSD and will be printing biographies of those who respond in the coming weeks.
Kyle Chadburn, CBMS
Kyle Chadburn, a new 7th and 8th grade social studies teacher at Crossett Brook Middle School, is entering his 12th year of teaching in Vermont. Previously, he taught middle school social studies at Brownington Central School for five years, then co-taught social studies with partner teacher Andrea Gratton at Orleans Elementary School for six years. “I’m thrilled to be teaching seventh and eighth grade social studies on the Crossett Brook Middle School Prodigy Team this year!” Chadburn said. “In addition to developing literacy skills, our classes have a strong focus on better understanding and addressing social justice issues in our local, national and global communities, and making clear connections between the past and the present that help students understand the context of the events happening around them every day.We explore these topics through thematic, project-based study units that meet the unique needs of each student using teaching practices and personalized learning tools When I’m not in school, I like to play as a musician, attend live music events, read, walk with my two dogs in the woods around from home and traveling with my wife. Can’t wait to start my journey at HUUSD!
Alison Crocker, HUHS
Alison Crocker, a new science teacher at Harwood, has taught in Boston for 10 years and moved to Vermont last year. “I’m proud to be a new member of the science team at Harwood Union High School!” she says. “I am certified to teach high school chemistry and biology to general education students and students learning English as a second language. I am passionate about helping all students understand and succeed in science. I strive to make lessons accessible to all students, while maintaining a level of challenge for those in the class who are more experienced with academic material. As part of this, I work hard to build a classroom community that supports learning where students feel known and free to take risks. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy many of the wonderful outdoor activities Northern Vermont has to offer including: mountain biking, skiing, running, and hiking. I value the personal success that comes with pursuing athletic pursuits and I think it helps my teaching skills. »