Faculty & Staff

Principal

Mary Guggenberger

mguggenberger@wcsu.net             ext: 211

Education Includes:

BA Business

MA Education

Accomplishments & Activities:

  • WCSU Administrative Team
  • Educational Support Team Leader
  • KES Crisis Team
  • Non Violent Crisis Prevention Intervention

Q:  What makes KES a special place?

A:  Collaborative team of educators, partnering with parents to educate the curious minds of children in a safe, secure, and nurturing environment.

Administrative Assistant

Sheila J. Pilsmaker

spilsmaker@wcsu.net             ext: 210

Education Includes:

BA in Liberal Studies

Accomplishments & Activities:

  • Registrar
  • KES Crisis Team
  • WCSU Council of Administrative Assistants
  • Nurse Designee
  • Trailblazers' Ski/Ride Co-coordinator

Q:  What makes KES a special place?

A:  The cohesive, engaging, collaborative group of colleagues, the wonder of working with children, and the chance to make a difference in the life of a child.

Nurse & Health Educator

Susan Clarke

sclarke@wcsu.net             ext: 212

Education Includes:

BA

BSN

Accomplishments & Activities:

  • KES Crisis Team
  • WCSU District Nurses Team
  • Nonviolent Crisis Prevention Intervention

Q:  What makes KES a special place?

A:  The encouragement for parent and community involvement generates many volunteers, who appreciate the opportunity to share in the pride of educating our children.

Educator, Grades 6 & 5

Amy Simonds

asimonds@wcsu.net             ext: 225

Education Includes:

BS in Education: History Concentration

Accomplishments & Activities:

  • Geography Lunch Leader
  • Talent Show Co-Coordinator
  • Johns Hopkins Scholar Leadership Placement
  • Non Violent Crisis Prevention Intervention

Q:  What makes KES a special place?

A:  Teachers work together to develop enriching curriculum that truly meets the needs of each student; students work creatively and enthusiastically across all grade levels.

Educator, Grades 5 & 6

Allison Naugle

anaugle@wcsu.net             ext: 217

Education Includes:

BA in Education

Accomplishments & Activities:

  • Spelling Team Leader
  • Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports Coordinator
  • Literature Lunch Club Co-Coordinator
  • Next Generation Science Standards Team
  • Non Violent Crisis Prevention Intervention

Q:  What makes KES a special place?

A:  Our students are hard working, motivated, and creative. Our parents and community are supportive and involved. KES is a place where everyone feels comfortable, safe, and confident to try new things and be the best that they can be.

Educator, Grade 4

Shayna Kalnitsky

skalnitsky@wcsu.net             ext: 218

Education Includes:

B.A. in English, Education

Accomplishments & Activities:

  • After School Program Director

Q:  What makes KES a special place?

A:  I knew this was the school for me as soon as I walked in the door. The energy, commitment to students, and culture of the building made my decision about which job to accept very easy! I look forward to being part of the "all hands on deck" philosophy here while I continue to make impacts in the minds and hearts of students who I am lucky enough to teach.

Educator, Grade 3

Holly Getty

hgetty@wcsu.net             ext: 219

Education Includes:

BA in Government; minor Education

Masters of Education

Accomplishments & Activities:

  • PATH Wellness Leader

Q:  What makes KES a special place?

A:  Joining the KES team in 2015, I have felt very welcomed and supported from the moment I first walked through the door. I have enjoyed all of the students, teachers, administrators, and parents that I have met. I look forward to working together for the best interests of each and every student.

Educator, Grade 2

Lisa Laird

llaird@wcsu.net             ext: 220

Education Includes:

BS in Consumer Affairs

Masters of Education

Accomplishments & Activities:

  • WCSU Licensing Board Representative
  • Vermont Science Network Leader
  • Talent Show Co-Coordinator
  • WCSU Think Tank Representative/Committee
  • Non Violent Crisis Prevention Intervention

Q:  What makes KES a special place?

A:  We are a dedicated team putting the needs of each child first. I feel fortunate to work with a talented group of teachers who go above and beyond in everything they do, planning lessons together and brainstorming to move students forward in their learning and social development.

Educator, Grade 1

Melissa Knipes

mknipes@wcsu.net             ext: 224

Education Includes:

BS in Elementary & Special Education

Masters of Art: Reading

Accomplishments & Activities:

  • Educational Support/504 Team
  • KES Technology Committee
  • Teacher Contract Advisor
  • Summer Enrichment Educator
  • Talent Show Co-Coordinator
  • KES Performing Arts Choreographer
  • KES Instrumental Lesson Support
  • Non Violent Crisis Prevention Intervention

Q:  What makes KES a special place?

A:  At KES, we meet the needs of all our students. The staff works closely together to determine support and enrichment within the curriculum. We work with parents so their child(ren) can achieve academic success. We also offer a variety of "specials" (gym, music, Spanish, art) and fine arts opportunities. KES is the place to be.

Educator, Kindergarten

Jodi LeBrun

jlebrun@wcsu.net             ext: 223

Education Includes:

B.S. in Elementary Education

M.E. in Early Childhood Education

Accomplishments & Activities:

  • PATH Wellness Leader

Q:  What makes KES a special place?

A:  KES is a small school with a big heart. The staff and families are so supportive and all work as a team to create the best education possible for our students. I am excited to join the KES family and continue inspiring young learners!

Special Educator

Sondra Farbman

sfarbman@wcsu.net             ext: 214

Education Includes:

BS in Education, ESL, Social Studies

Masters of Special Education

Accomplishments & Activities:

  • Educational Support/504 Team
  • Non Violent Crisis Prevention Intervention

Q:  What makes KES a special place?

A:  The principal, staff, and community work together to make KES a safe, positive, and enriching environment for all students. Graduates love coming back to KES and sharing their experiences.

Joan Wise

jwise@wcsu.net             ext: 214

Education Includes:

BA in English

Masters of Art: Reading

Accomplishments & Activities:

  • Educational Support/504 Team
  • Language Arts Assessment Coordinator
  • Trailblazers Ski/Ride Co-Coordinator
  • Non Violent Crisis Prevention Intervention

Q:  What makes KES a special place?

A:  We are a community of learners, learning from each other and making KES a vibrant and intellectually challenging school.

Greg LaBella

glabella@wcsu.net

Education Includes:

BS in Education

Accomplishments & Activities:

  • KES Trailblazers' Ski/Ride On-Hill Coordinator
  • Jump Rope for Heart

Q:  What makes KES a special place?

A:  Community and school staff work closely together with a good focus on healthy activity. I enjoy getting to know the children of our community and being a part of their early physical development.

Librarian/Media Specialist

Eileen Vaughn

evaughn@wcsu.net             ext: 222

Education Includes:

BA in English Literature

Library Media Specialist VT Endorsement

Accomplishments & Activities:

  • KES Technology Team
  • WCSU Technology Committee
  • KES Literature Lunch Co-Coordinator
  • Pentangle Visual Arts Committee

Q:  What makes KES a special place?

A:  The level of professionalism and initiative is outstanding. Innovative approaches to teaching are always being explored while maintaining the best practices in teaching methods.

Guidance

Mary Dolan

mdolan@wcsu.net             ext: 215

Education Includes:

Masters of Art: Counseling Psychology

K-12 School Counselor Certification

Accomplishments & Activities:

  • Educational Support/504 Team
  • ACT I Coordinator
  • KES Crisis Team
  • Castleton State College Mentor Project Facilitator
  • Non Violent Crisis Prevention Intervention

Q:  What makes KES a special place?

A:  We are a community of unique individuals who teach, learn, work, play, and grow together, caring for one another, students and staff.

Music

Christine Morton

cmorton@wcsu.net             ext: 228

Education Includes:

BA in Music

Music Education Certification

Accomplishments & Activities:

  • Band Director
  • WCSU District Music Festival Committee
  • KES Holiday and Spring Concerts' Director
  • Non Violent Crisis Prevention Intervention

Q:  What makes KES a special place?

A:  Hard work, dedication, and collaboration by teachers, staff, and students.

Spanish

Elaine Leibly

eleibly@wcsu.net            

Education Includes:

BA in Hispanic Language, Literature, and International Relations

European Union Study at the Instituo Internacional, Madrid

Art History Study in El Museo del Prado

Accomplishments & Activities:

  • Spanish Homework Lunch Club

Q:  What makes KES a special place?

A:  The staff works with mutual respect toward common goals; it is the difference between working individually to become a great teacher and working together to become a great school.

Art

Lisa Kaija

lkaija@wcsu.net

Education Includes:

BA in Art History

Art Education VT Certification

Accomplishments & Activities:

  • KES Art Club
  • Teacher-Ranger at Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historic Park

Q:  What makes KES a special place?

A:  Creative students, teachers who place students first, beautiful surroundings just outside the art room door!

Para Educator

Dale Pfeifenberger

dpfeifenberger@wcsu.net

Accomplishments & Activities:

  • Non Violent Crisis Prevention Intervention

Q:  What makes KES a special place?

A:  

Individual Assistant

Nora Mercer

nmercer@wcsu.net

Education Includes:

 

Accomplishments & Activities:


Q:  What makes KES a special place?

A:  

Food Service Director/Dining Hall Manager

Gail Flynn

gflynn@wcsu.net             ext: 213

Accomplishments & Activities:

  • KES Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon
  • Annual Thanksgiving Commuity Luncheon
  • All School Picnic
  • Recycle and Reuse Co-Coordinator

Q:  What makes KES a special place?

A:  The location, views, clean air and water, and an all school committment to recycle and reuse. We are dedicated to the healthy future of our children.

Building & Grounds Manager/Custodian

Dave Cleaves

dcleaves@wcsu.net             ext: 226

Accomplishments & Activities

  • Recycle and Reuse Co-Coordinator

Q:  What makes KES a special place?

A: