Head of School
Sage Bagnato, M.Ed
Sage Bagnato has over twenty years of professional education experience. After earning her B.A. from Dartmouth College, she began her career as a classroom teacher in first, fourth and fifth grades. Sage became intrigued with the notion of how students learn, and returned to school to earn her Master’s from Harvard Graduate School of Education, with an emphasis on Neuroscience and Education. Since then, Sage has worked with hundreds of students as an Educational Diagnostician in greater Boston and Vermont, and has taught many workshops to teachers and parents. She has co-authored two publications, and served as the Learning Specialist at an independent, college-preparatory school.
Classroom Teacher & Curriculum Coordinator
Erin Capps, B.A.
Erin Capps is a graduate of the Elementary Education program at the University of Vermont. Prior to joining Vermont Day School faculty, Erin spent eight years living abroad and teaching elementary age students at International Baccalaureate (IB) schools in China and Japan. She has also worked at progressive, independent school outside of Chicago, where she has also served as the head track coach and as an active member of a committee to foster social-emotional literacy within the school community. Erin is an avid runner and adventurer.
Nicole Christman, B.A.
Nicole’s studies at Goddard College focused on visual art and interdisciplinary learning. She also has her certification in Art Education from Champlain College. In addition to working as the art teacher at Vermont Day School, Nicole teaches at the Davis Studio pre-school program in Burlington. She is a professional artist, whose paintings have been showcased around Vermont, as well as at her studio in Burlington. Nicole recently won Magic Hat’s label contest for the most creative design.
Marie Fetters, B.S.
Marie holds a B.S. in Education from Champlain College, along with a her Vermont Teaching Certification in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. She has several years experience working as a teacher and administrator in early childhood education. Marie has traveled extensively and spent a year as a head classroom teacher in South Korea.
Dylan Fitzsimmons, M.S.
Dylan spent much of his childhood attending international schools, while his parents were educators. Dylan has his NY Teacher Certification, along with a M.S in Ecological Teaching and Learning. He has 10+ years experience in education, and has spent the last 3 years working as the Reading Teacher at Tahoe Expedition Academy in California.
Kristen Littlefield, M.Ed.
Kristen earned her B.A. from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and her Master’s Elementary Education from Boston College. Prior to Vermont Day School, she worked as a Literacy Coordinator. and World Language teacher in both Spanish and French. Kristen also serves as the Director of Wild Things!, a science and literacy program for young children.
Director of Admissions
Libby Macdonald, M.Ed.
Libby has a wealth of education experience, both in teaching and in administration. She holds a B.A. from Kenyon College and a Master’s in Elementary Education from Marymount University. For ten years, Libby worked as a teacher and administrator at The Langley School, an independent K-8 school in McLean, Virginia. After moving to Vermont, Libby served as the Director of Heartworks pre-school in Shelburne. Libby lives in Burlington with her husband and three children. Libby is active in her children’s various activities and when not at a sporting event, Libby enjoys running and spending time with her friends and family.
Jonnie Moorhead, M.A.
Jonnie earned her Bachelor’s degree from Williams College and Master’s degree from Middlebury College. She comes to Vermont Day School with 13 years of experience as a teacher, advisor and coach. Prior to coming to Vermont, Jonnie taught Math and French at several independent middle and high schools in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Her instructional approach offers a blend of rigorous, differentiated instruction in math, along with hands-on, project-based lessons.
Caryn Shield, M.Ed.
Caryn holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College, M.A.T. from the University of San Francisco and a M.Ed. from Antioch University. A seasoned educator, Caryn worked for five years at Meadowbrook School in Weston, MA teaching Science and serving as the school’s Sustainability Coordinator. After re-locating to Vermont, Caryn taught Math, Science and Spanish at an independent Elementary and Middle School in Shelburne. This year, in addition to teaching STEM, Caryn will coach a school Lego Robotics team.
Classroom Teacher & CLIC Week Coordinator
Brea Schwartz, M.S.
Brea taught Kindergarten for five years at an independent school in Sheridan, Wyoming. There, she pioneered many engaging learning experiences with her students, including designing and building a classroom book loft. Brea holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Montana State University, as well as a Master’s of Science degree from University of New England. In her free time, Brea enjoys mountain biking, hiking, running, boating, traveling, cooking, gardening and anything that brings a smile to the faces of her family.
Kendra Gratton, B.A.
Kendra received her B.A. in Elementary Education from St. Michael’s College, and also holds Vermont teaching certification with a Music endorsement. A Vermont native, she currently teaches General Music in two other small Addison County Elementary Schools, as well as theater classes as part of the founding faculty at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. She has worked with students of all ages for the last 20 years all over the state with music and theater residencies, camps, classes, and workshops.