Julie Hansen, Director
English/American Studies: Seventh
English: Eighth

Julie Hansen holds an M.A. in English from Middlebury College, with studies at Oxford College, and a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley.

She is our school director, but her first love is teaching middle school. She continues to teach courses in English and history.

After graduation, Hansen taught English at the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara for three years, during which she studied Spanish and traveled throughout Mexico. She combines literature and history for both American Studies and Global Studies in order to provoke discussions about what she calls “the big ideas.”  One of Ms. Hansen’s favorite quotes: “If you expect an answer to your question in your lifetime, you haven’t asked a big enough question (I.F. Stone).

Upon returning from Mexico, she taught English as a Second Language (ESL) at Madison Middle School in Seattle, Washington.  It was during these years that she discovered her affinity and passion for teaching young teenagers.

While in Seattle, Mrs. Hansen had the opportunity to move to Honolulu and teach at St. Andrews Priory School, an independent K-12 school for girls.  During her tenure there she facilitated the school’s accreditation self-study and participated as a visiting team member for the Punahou Academy’s accreditation process.  These experiences gave her a broad understanding of the elements involved in a sustaining a quality school.

Mrs. Hansen first came to Vermont when she enrolled in the Master’s program at The Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College.  She and her family moved to the state full time when she assumed the Directorship of The Thaddeus Stevens School.  During her first year with the School, she enrolled in a class on Vermont Education Law through UVM to brief herself on specific statewide issues.  She also made contact with receiving schools such as the St. Johnsbury Academy to identify their expectations for incoming students.  Hansen then fused what she had learned during her years of middle school teaching with the Vermont Frameworks in order to create an appropriate curriculum.

Under Mrs. Hansen’s guidance, Thaddeus Stevens School received approval from the Vermont State Board of Education for the 1999-2000 school year. After a review of that year’s student portfolios and the following year’s curriculum, the State Board granted Hansen and the School an additional five-year approval.

Mrs. Hansen guided the School’s addition of grades 3-5 with the idea of a strong alignment among the grades to ensure that the courses incorporate local and national standards.

She led the School through its initial accreditation granting process in 2011.  In 2012 the School was approved to offer kindergarten and grades 1 and 2.

In 2006 the Vermont Bar Association awarded Hansen as Civic Educator of the Year.

Jonathon Forrest
Administrative Assistant

Gabrielle Matthewson
Director of Montessori Preschool

Heather LaValley
Director of Kindergarten
Art: Kinder through Second
Physical Education: All School

Samantha Willis
First and Second grade

Kana Sensei
Japanese: All School

Tricia Pennypacker
Humanities: Third through Sixth
English: Third through Fifth
Cross-Country Ski Program

Jessica Simpson
Math: Three – Fifth
After School Drama Club

Leah Benedict
Art: Fourth through Seventh

Jon Snyder
Math: Fifth through Eighth
Soccer Coach
MathCounts Coach
Alpine Ski Program

Tom Forster
Science: Third through Eighth
Soccer Coach
Alpine Ski Program

Emma Hansen
English: Sixth
International Studies: Eighth
Life Skills: Seventh – Eighth
After School Tabletop Role Playing Games Club
Director of Rosie’s Girls at TSS

Charlie Hood
Art: Third through Eighth Grade
After School Comic Book Drawing Club

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