The staff of Poker Hill School bring a combined 80+ years of teaching experience to the PHS program. The teachers, holding a mixture of undergraduate and graduate degrees, bring unique talents of art, science, woodworking, musical ability, drama, recreation, language arts, animal care, and world experience to enrich the school and students with diverse indoor and outdoor programs.
Kyle graduated from Johnson State College in 1998 with a degree in Elementary Education and Psychology. He owned and operated Mountain High Pizza Pie in Jericho with his mother and two sisters from 1996-2014. He was a Tuesday/Thursday teacher at Poker Hill School from 1998-2004, a parent and board chair from 2009-2011, and part of the executive board from 2011-present. Kyle lives in Jericho with his partner Jesse and 11 year-old son Cole. Kyle is passionate about helping other families who have children with Autism. He likes traveling, volleyball, tennis, and spending time with family and friends.
Assistant Director & Monday/Wednesday/Friday Teacher
Abby graduated from the A.P.E.X program at UVM and earned a degree in elementary education. She taught at Poker Hill School from 1984 – 1989 and has over 25 years experience teaching and working with young children and families. Her work has included: Building Bright Futures, literacy programs, early education advocacy with Chittenden East, V.C.P.C., and many summer and after school art and science programs. She lives in Underhill with her husband Phil and two children Ted and Clara. When not teaching, she loves to garden, cook, and be with her friends and family.
Full Time Teacher
Stephanie graduated from UVM in 2004 with a degree in Early Childhood Education with a concentration in Psychology. She has been working with children ages birth through kindergarten since graduation from UVM. She has been a licensed teacher since 2006 and continues to work on professional development credits. Stephanie joined Poker Hill School in 2011. She lives in Underhill with her partner Jake and dog Kaiya. When not busy with the kids she likes to hike, run, and walk her dog. She also loves spending time with friends, and working on craft and repurpose projects. Family is also very important to her so she travels often throughout New England.
Tuesday/Thursday Teacher & Wednesday Aide
Kat has been teaching at Poker Hill School since 2008. Kat graduated from The University of Vermont in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education. She concentrated her studies in Art and Communication, focusing on American Sign Language. Kat and her family, which includes her husband Jon, 8 year old step-daughter Satori, and 2 year old daughter Ember, live in Underhill. Kat and her family enjoy animals, the outdoors, camping, and gardening.
Tuesday/Thursday Teacher & Monday/Friday Aide
Katina, mother of three former Poker Hill School students, Austin, 18, Mason, 15, and Dylan, 12, has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Johnson State College. Katina joined Poker Hill School as a teacher in 2010. Katina enjoys scrap-booking, biking, and camping with her family.
Katie graduated from the University of Vermont in 2016 with a degree in Early Childhood Education and a minor in Communicational Sciences and Disorders. She joined Poker Hill School staff shortly after graduation as a Tuesday/Thursday teacher. Much of Katie's previous work has been with infants and toddlers as well as one year with Kindergarteners. When Katie isn't at school, she enjoys spending time with her family, playing with her sister's dogs, and doing anything active!
Thea graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in Psychology in 2000. She moved to Alaska with her husband, Mike, where she taught preschool and studied Early Childhood Education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. In 2010 they moved to Richmond, where they currently live with their two daughters, Lily and Charlotte, and their husky Merlin. Thea enjoys sewing, reading, art projects with her girls, restoring old furniture, and being outside.
Kristen lives in Essex with her husband, Chuck, and two children, William and Kate. She graduated from Johnson State College with a double major in Elementary Education and Psychology in 2004. After working as a preschool teacher for several years, Kristen decided to stay home with her children as they both attended Poker Hill School. Currently Kristen is pursuing her Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education through Champlain College. She enjoys nature, reading, camping, and traveling the world with her family.
Sandra earned a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Boston College, will complete her Master’s in Early Childhood Education at Champlain College in December 2017, and has maintained a teaching license in New England since 1990. She has worked with young children for over thirty years in settings as diverse as a state-run home for children in Bethel, Alaska to a Jewish Community Center preschool in Brookline, MA. But she considers her greatest teaching accomplishment to be home schooling her own four children. Sandra lives in Fairfield with her husband of twenty-six years, her youngest son, Leo, and their cat, Milo. Sandra’s other three children are pursuing college degrees themselves. Sandra spends time outdoors in all seasons, and keeps active by running, skiing, biking, hiking and snowshoeing. She especially treasures time spent with her family.
Meghan graduated from St. Lawrence University in 2004 with a degree in English Literature and a minor in Outdoor Studies. In 2009, she graduated from Oregon State University with a Master of Arts in Teaching with the focus on Early Childhood and Elementary Education. Meghan has worked in a variety of school settings including preschool, elementary school, and high school. Meghan lives in Underhill with her husband, Joe, their three children, River (5), Eden (3), and Wilder (1) and their two dogs, Petey and Jakey. She enjoys reading, running, baking, and being outdoors.
Music Teacher & After School Teacher
Buddy graduated from Mount Mansfield Union High School in 1979 and then earned a degree in Elementary Education from the University of Vermont. He has been teaching young children in Vermont since 1984. He has been a teacher at Poker Hill School since 1998. He lives in Huntington with his wife Melissa and his daughter Emma, who attends St. Olaf College in Minnesota. Buddy loves music. He plays several instruments and sings. He has released three CDs of children’s music, facilitates a non-profit musical group called the Minor Key Youth Music Programs and runs a musical afterschool program in the Chittenden East District. He likes gardening, swimming, and traveling.
Katie joined Poker Hill School in 2011 after working with children and families for over 15 years in many different capacities, including teaching preschool. Katie graduated from UVM with a degree in Early Childhood Education and received a Master of Social Work degree from Wheelock College. Katie and her husband Rob live in Cambridge with their two daughters Charlotte and Willa, and black lab Calvin. Katie enjoys sharing her love for the outdoors with her family, reading, gardening and cooking.
Beth and David London
Buildings & Grounds Maintenance
Beth and David both graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in education. Together they ran Poker Hill School from 1978-2012. They have two daughters and three grandchildren. They continue to live across the street from the school caring for the animals, gardens and grounds. Your children will see them often and work with them in the gardens.