My name is Alecka Champion and I'm excited to be part of the Kindergarten Team! I have taught at WRVS for 3 years and have previously taught preschool in Bradford for four years. I am from Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania and moved to Vermont 15 years ago when I married my husband, Mike, who is from the area. We have two wonderful sons, Rowan and Collin, and lots of fun pets like cats, chickens, geese, fish, lizards and dogs.
I enjoy spending time outside, listening to music and enjoying time with my family and pets. We often go camping in the summer and traveling to Pennsylvania and Maine each year.
This is my 12th year in education and I love being a Kindergarten Teacher the most!
My name is Abby Tyson and I'm excited to join the WRVS team! I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, lived in South Carolina for 20 years and moved to Vermont this past summer.
I live in the community with my partner, Bernie, and our funny pets. I come from a large family and adore my nieces and nephews. While I love the mountains in VT, the beaches in SC are my favorite spot to vacation.
This is my 20th year in education. I have worked many hats in a school building; I've been a Reading Coach, Reading Interventionist , and a classroom teacher. I have been a classroom teacher for grades K, 1 and 3 but I must say that being a Kindergarten Teacher is my favorite!
My name is Tiffany Bates and I live in Tunbridge, VT with my three daughters and husband. I have been teaching since 2016. I taught Preschool for two years and have taught 1st grade ever since. I strive to follow the Responsive Classroom model and I enjoy teaching about trout in the classroom. When I am not at school I can be found in the barn with my goats, walking with my daughters, working steer teams, working in the garden, crocheting, or baking. I also enjoy volunteering in my local community; I have been an active Volunteer Firefighter since November 2007 and a PTA member since 2016.
My name is Erica Thompson and I live in East Corinth with my husband and two teenage boys. We are very active in sports and enjoy spending most of our time outdoors.
I've been teaching for 17 years and love second grade! This age has some knowledge to build on and an eagerness to learn more. We enjoy a lot of games together and we build our second grade family through shared experiences.
My name is Chelsea Carter. I live in Barre, Vermont with my husband, Landon, my son, Percy, and my two cats and dog. I am originally from Lincoln, New Hampshire where I learned how to snowboard at Loon Mountain. I ended up in Vermont because I went to school and graduated with my teaching degree, and master's in Special Education at Johnson State College (Now NVU Johnson). When I'm not teaching, I am a photographer. I have photographed dance shows, weddings, portraits for friends, and many other things.
I have been teaching for 8 years now, and loving all of the experiences I have been part of at many different schools. I have to say, second grade has been my favorite year to teach because of the huge growth that is seen in the year. The scholars are also more independent and it is rewarding to see them be proud of their work. They are also constantly putting a huge smile on my face!
My name is Katie Evans and I have been a classroom teacher at Waits River Valley School for fifteen years. From 2007 to 2016 I taught second grade; since then, I have taught third graders!
I was born and raised in Vermont, and I live in Barre Town with my husband, Jamie. We have two wonderful grown children, Benjamin and Molly.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, going to concerts, and exploring this lovely state of ours.
My name is Brooke Horniak and I'm one of the 3rd Grade teachers at WRVS. I recently graduated from college and I'm very excited that my first teaching position is at the school where I attended grades K-8.
In my free time you might find me coaching youth softball, reading a good book, or cruising around town in my blue Jeep!
My name is Crystal Emerson and I am happy to be one of the fourth grade teachers. This is my eleventh year teaching at Waits River Valley School. Most of my teaching career at WRVS has been spent in grade 4. I am known for my love of owls.
I was born and raised in Vermont, and live in Barre Town with my loving family; husband Daren and children Evan and Caitlin. We also share our home with our cats Mocha and Midnight.
When I am not at WRVS I can be found camping and floating on the White River, enjoying the beach, or spending quality time with my family and friends.
My name is Rachel Page and I have been teaching for seven years. I have worked as a reading and math specialist before coming to Waits River. This is my second year teaching at Waits River Valley School. Last year I taught fifth grade and am currently teaching fourth graders this year.
I grew up across the Connecticut River in Haverhill, New Hampshire and currently live there with my husband, Josh. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Childhood Education and have recently begun exploring ideas for my Master’s Degree. I enjoy exploring both Vermont and New Hampshire. In my spare time you can find me reading, hiking, or sometimes scooping ice cream at a dairy store in New Hampshire.
I grew up just across the Connecticut River in Haverhill, New Hampshire and love the North Country of NH and VT! I love coffee, sloths, and friends. My free time is often spent running, cycling, hiking, reading, taking road trips, or with friends and family. I still remember my first experience working with students, and I couldn't have imagined a better one. I observed thoughtful, inquisitive, and eager students during those mornings, and those observations inspired me to become an educator.
This will be my fourth year as a classroom teacher. I have a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and English and am licensed to teach in both New Hampshire and Vermont. I am attending Castleton University for a Master of Arts degree as well. One of my core beliefs as an educator is that an equitable and developmentally-responsive classroom provides the best environment for our students to learn, grow, dream, and be successful. What does that mean? That students have what they need in order to learn with our community, our community is understanding of these needs, and our structure is based upon these principles.