In the 2018-2019 academic year, ACSD has four coordinators to support our work toward authorization in three IB programs (the PYP, the MYP, and the DP) across nine schools. IB coordinators are member 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), PreK-2
Primary Years Program (PYP), 3-6
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. They have two grown daughters, both of whom are married.
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.
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 Middlebury with her husband and two 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 for 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.
Jessica Lynch was born in Haarlem, the Netherlands, to Dutch parents. Most of her extended family lives in the Netherlands and she can speak and read Dutch. She arrived in the United States in 1963 and grew up in Alexandria, Virginia. She is one of six children, has been married for 34 years, and has two sons ages 23 and 27. Family is very important to her!
Jessica attended the University of Vermont for her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Education. She was an elementary school teacher in Virginia, Massachusetts, and Vermont, from 1982-2000, mostly teaching 5th and 6th graders. In ACSD, she taught in Bridport and in Ripton. From 2000-2017, she served as ACSD’s K-6 Mathematics Specialist and Coach. In 2017, she took on a new position as an IB Primary Years Program Coordinator.
She loves to create things. She knits and frequently designs or adapts patterns for sweaters. She paints over vinyl remnants to create floor mats. Last year, she repurposed an old door and turned it into a desktop. She is recharged through activities that bring her into the natural world: biking, hiking, snowshoeing, and kayaking. She loves to travel and meet new people.