Academic Support Teacher: K-2
Sarah has been working at Green St. School for the past 7 years. Before becoming an AST she taught first grade here for five years. This will be her third year working as an AST teacher at our school. Sarah has worked in second grade, fifth grade, and sixth grade. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Both of these degrees are from Keene State College.
Sarah became a teacher after being inspired by her second grade teacher. Her second grade teacher always made school fun and Sarah wanted to do the same thing for future kids. She loves to see kids learn and get excited when they have mastered a skill they have been struggling with.
When not at school Sarah spends time with her husband, her son and a daughter to come. When she has spare time she enjoys traveling with her family, reading, and shopping.
Academic Suport: 4-6
Matt Neikirk moved to Vermont from Little Rock, Arkansas in 2003. He started his teaching career in Little Rock by teaching second grade for four years. He has also taught pre-K, fifth, worked as an academic support teacher in grades first, second and fourth. Matt has taught sixth grade at Green Street for seven years.
He received a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Elementary Education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Matt is a very active person and enjoys many outdoor activities. Some of his favorites include: running, mountain biking, cross country skiing, and swimming. He also loves traveling, spending time with his family, music, and reading.
Matt incorporates his enthusiasm and energy into his classroom. He creates a fun filled, engaging, and motivated classroom environment.
Academic Suport: 2-3
Growing up in a family of educators, including her mom and her grandmother, she knew she wanted to be a teacher from any early age.
Courtney received her degree in education from the University of Vermont and also has a Master's in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix. During her teaching career she has taught kindergarten, first grade and fourth grade. The majority of her time has been spent in first grade.
This is her third year at Green Street school after spending the last 17 years at Vernon Elementary School. She had a wonderful time at Vernon, but she is very excited about all the great things happening at Green Street and that she is able to be a part of them.
Courtney and her husband both grew up in the Brattleboro area and knew they wanted to return here after college to raise their family. Their daughter is a junior in college and their son is a senior in high school.
Academic Suport: K-3
What's your role/grade level?
I am an Academic Support Teacher for grades K - 3, math and literacy.
Why did you become an educator?
I had a job while I was in college, working as an assistant in a preschool classroom. I fell in love with working with kids! I went back to school for my masters in education and have been in the classroom ever since.
What do you love about being at Green Street?
My job as AST has me working with kids from seven different classrooms. I love getting to partner with so many great teachers and working with different ages of kids.
I just recently moved to Vermont from the Boston area and I am an academic support teacher for grades K, 2 and 5. Prior to being an academic support teacher, I taught first and fourth grade.
I earned my certification in Early Childhood Education from Plymouth State University and hold a M.Ed. in Moderate Disabilities from American International College. I am also Orton-Gillingham certified, a multisensory phonics method of reading instruction which is geared towards kids with specific learning differences such as dyslexia.
What I enjoy most about my role at Green Street is the opportunity to give each child what they most need in order to flourish both academically and socially. Different learners see the world differently and I love how Green Street embraces each student as an individual.
Outside of the classroom you can find me running, trying new recipes and hanging out with our dog :)