Phone: (802) 382-1414
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Tulane University, Master of International Management, Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University, Master of Science in Teaching, State University of New York-Potsdam, Master of Education Leadership, University of Vermont
Mr. Steven Lindemann, Interim Principal
Except for furthering my education and working in minor league baseball for a few years, most of my adult life has been as an educator in some form or fashion. My journey as an educator began in the Dominican Republic in 1989 where I taught English to children and adults in Santo Domingo as well as Latino baseball players who lived at Campo Las Palmas, the player development facility of the Los Angeles Dodgers in Guerra. From there I worked with some of these same Dodgers prospects in Bakersfield, California and Scottsdale, Arizona teaching them English and cross-cultural communication skills. These experiences cemented my desire to be an educator, and a highlight for me during this time period was interacting with future Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez.
I began my career in public education teaching Kindergarten, first grade and fourth grade at Lawrence Avenue Elementary School in Potsdam, New York before moving to Vermont. My journey as an educator in Vermont has taken me to Main Street Middle School in Montpelier, Weybridge Elementary School, Mary Hogan Elementary School, Ripton Elementary School, Barstow Memorial Elementary/Middle School in Chittenden and a return here to Mary Hogan Elementary School in 2011. I taught fifth and sixth grade in most of those locales.
During my seven years here at Mary Hogan I have had many roles- 4th grade teacher, S.T.E.M. teacher (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics), Assistant Principal, and now for the 2018-19 school year, Interim Principal. I am grateful to be working alongside such hard working and dedicated professionals. Also, I look forward to the energy that the International Baccalaureate Program is bringing to our curricular framework and anticipate the coming years will be exciting, challenging and inspiring. After leading service learning trips to Managua, Nicaragua and studying in Guadalajara, Mexico, I realize now more than ever that we need to develop well-rounded students with character who respond to challenges with optimism and an open-mind. After visiting many IB PYP schools around the country, I see the potential of that type of learning for the students of Mary Hogan School. As I think about the IB Learner Profile, I believe the two attributes that I identify with most and try to model are Principled and Risk-Taker. These will be particularly valued in my new role for the coming year!
Outside of school, I like to travel and spend time with my family. Although I grew up a die-hard fan of the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Celtics, I am now an avid follower of European football thanks to the education about “the beautiful game” that I have received from my students over the years. In particular Liverpool FC is the team I support, and my dream is to be at Anfield for a match singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone” in unison with thousands of Liverpool FC supporters.