In the 2022-2023 academic year, ACSD has five coordinators to support curriculum development and instruction across IB programs (the PYP, the MYP, and the DP). IB coordinators are members of the Teaching and Learning Team and work closely with school and district administrators to support teachers in implementing IB systems and instructional frameworks.
IB Coordinator Position
Diploma Program (DP)
Middle Years Program (MYP)
Middle Years Program (MYP)
Primary Years Program (PYP)
Primary Years Program (PYP)
Meet our Coordinators:
Cindy Atkins is a multi-generational Vermonter, born and raised in Middlebury. She and her husband have resided in Weybridge since 1983.
Cindy attended the University of Vermont for her Bachelor's degree in Secondary Science Education and a few years later earned a Masters degree in Educational Leadership. She has been teaching at MUHS since 1987. In 2000, she was given the opportunity to fill one of the Curriculum Leader positions at MUHS. This role allowed her to continue teaching chemistry part-time and take on a leadership role in the high school. In the fall of 2017, she became the International Baccalaureate DP Coordinator.
Besides teaching for over thirty years, she has coached basketball for twenty years. Looking back, she takes great pride in knowing that she created a program that was able to compete at the highest level in the state. She witnessed four teams make it to the Final Four in Division I basketball. In 2004, MUHS won the State Championship and the following year we were runners-up. Cindy has many great memories from these experiences and has developed life-long relationships with many student-athletes.
Cindy retired from teaching in the fall of 2021 but remains the Diploma Program Coordinator at MUHSPam Quinn has been an educator in Vermont for thirty years She taught upper elementary at Salisbury Community School for sixteen years, and she taught math at Middlebury Union Middle School for nine. In addition, she led professional development in the area of mathematics in numerous sites around the state and guest lectured at Middlebury College and Green Mountain College.
She graduated from Middlebury College and has a Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Vermont. She continues to take classes and do research in order to refine her practice and support her colleagues and the students of this community.
This is her second year as an MYP Coordinator and is responsible for supporting math, science, and language acquisition in grades 6-10. She feels fortunate to be in a community with such dedicated and passionate educators.
Eileen Sears holds a BA in English literature from Columbia University, an MA in curriculum development from University of Michigan, and an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is a National Board Certified Teacher in Early Adolescent English Language Arts, and taught Grades 6-8 at Middlebury Union Middle School for 17 years before becoming a curriculum coordinator for the district.
Originally from the Jersey shore, Eileen lives in Cornwall with her husband and two children. In addition to hanging out with her family and driving her children around New England to their many sport practices and games, she enjoys kayaking, exploring new places, reading, writing, anything to do with musical theater, and hanging out at the family camp in the wilds of the Northeast Kingdom.
She loves our community and feels fortunate to live and work here. She serves on the Board of Middlebury Amateur Hockey Association.
Brandi Corbett has been in education for 18 years, teaching at elementary schools in Colorado and Vermont. Before filling the role of PYP Coordinator, she taught most recently for thirteen years in ACSD.
Brandi participated on the IB Design Team as part of the district's development process and taught at the onset of the adoption. She co-coordinates the elementary curriculum of the seven elementary schools, facilitates cross-district grade-level team collaboration and PD, coaches teachers, and maintains and supports IB policies.
Brandi holds a BS in psychology and teaching certification from the University of Pittsburgh and an MEd in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Vermont. She is a member of the Snelling Center for Government's Vermont School Leadership Program, class of 2022 and also a National Geographic Certified Educator.
Brandi lives in Middlebury with her husband and two children who keep her life lively. She enjoys traveling, skiing, boating, reading, gardening/cooking, mountain biking, animals, and yoga. Brandi is passionate about our community and environment and is fortunate to live and have a family in such an amazing place.
Joy Dobson has been in education for over 30 years, teaching single and multi-grade primary classrooms and then serving as a Curriculum Leader and PYP Coordinator. In addition to her position in the Addison Central Supervisory District, Joy has actively participated in state and national educational organizations including the National Science Teachers Association, Vermont Agency of Education, Science Professional Learning Team and as a Cooperating Teacher for Middlebury College Education Interns in English Language Arts, Social Studies, Math and Science.
Joy attended Nyack College for her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and earned her Masters degree through the Vermont Mathematics Initiative at the University of Vermont. Joy is also a graduate from the Snelling Center for Government’s Vermont School Leadership Project.
Joy was honored as the University of Vermont Elementary Teacher of the Year for ACSU in 2002. Joy was also selected as the 2012 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics recipient.
Joy and her husband have raised three children, while living in one of the oldest houses in Addison, Vermont. Time with her children and their growing families is the center of her life. Her passions include architectural design and planning family adventures large and small.