In the 2020-2021 academic year, ACSD has three 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)
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.
In the fall of 2021 Cindy will retire from teaching and remain at MUHS in a part-
time position as the Diploma Program Coordinator.
Courtney Krahn has been in education for 15 years, teaching at both middle and high schools in Wisconsin and Vermont. Before filling the role of MYP Coordinator, she taught most recently for four years at Middlebury Union Middle School. She holds a BA and an MA in English literature from Dickinson College and Middlebury College, respectively. She is a National Board Certified Teacher.
Courtney lives in Cornwall with her husband and three children. In addition to hanging out with them, she enjoys exploring new places, running, reading, writing and cooking. She is passionate about our community and feels fortunate to live and work here. She serves on the Board of Mary Johnson Children's Center and is a member of the coordinating committee for the New England Young Writers’ Conference.
She became excited about the IB curriculum early on during the district’s journey, as she quickly felt and saw the difference it made in her students’ level of engagement. She is enthusiastic about the changes already underway in ACSD and can’t wait to see and help support our future progress.
Joy Dobson has been in education for 30 years, teaching single and multi-gradeprimary classrooms for 26 years 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 hosting gatherings for every holiday and every made up occasion as possible, with husband as chef and Joy as the festive coordinator with themed napkins.