Specials

Top Row L-R: Cameron Schmitz, Greg Montgomery, Matt Leblanc. Middle Row L-R Alice Charkes, Rachel Mangean, Shannon Kelly.  First Row: Julie Ackerman-Hovis.

French: 

Alice Charkes

To look up a word from French to English, or English to French, go to:

www.wordreference.com

 

To look up a phrase from French to English, or English to French, go to: www.linguee.fr

 

5th graders have recently been working on learning about the Five Senses. Go to 

https://quizlet.com/149215682/les-5-sens-flash-cards/

They can practice the words with flash cards, and also play several games and take tests to see how they're learning.

 

A great website for all kids is: www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primarylanguages/french/. There are games, videos, and more - very fun and very good for elementary school learners.

 

Our school has an account with www.linguascope.com. Email Madame acharkes@wsesu.org to get the username and password.

Madame has been teaching French since 1991. She has worked at Wilmington Middle/High School, Deerfield Valley Elementary School, the Putney School, Brattleboro Union High School, the School for International Training, and Green Street School.

 

She first went to France when she was 13 and has been back there 10 times since then, the longest stretch being a summer in Avignon, in the south of France. She has also travelled to Switzerland and Quebec many times.

 

In addition to French, Madame speaks Russian and she lived in Moscow for 4 months. She also knows a little Spanish, German, Italian, Dutch and Yiddish.

 

Madame has a Bachelor's degree in Russian Language and Literature from Bryn Mawr College and a Master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

 

Besides loving foreign languages, Madame loves to bicycle for vacation. She has ridden her bicycle across the US and the length of the UK and in Nova Scotia, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, France and dozens of US states.

 

She encourages everyone who can to ride a bicycle! 

Librarian & STEAM

Shannon Kelly

Shannon attended Colby College to study Anthropology and later attended City College of New York to study Childhood Education.

 

Before becoming Green Street School’s librarian, she was a classroom teacher for ten years.

 

Shannon has lived in many places, but mostly in New York City and Cape Cod. She loves reading, running, and eating bagels and pizza in New York City.

Technology Integration & STEAM 

Greg Montgomery

Greg is beginning his second year as technology integration specialist at Green Street School.  Greg spent the previous ten years working at various elementary schools around Windham county as technology specialist and technology integration specialist. He enjoys working closely with classroom teachers to get the most out of technology in their instruction.  

 

Prior to entering the world of education Greg has spent over 20 years working in the private sector for technology based firms ranging from web hosting and internet security companies. 

Greg has  a B.A.. in Business information Systems from UMASS and M.A. in Computing in Education at Columbia University Teachers College.  


In his  free time he enjoys  playing many sports, with golf being his  favorite.

Art:

Rachel Mangean

Rachel Mangean has been teaching art for four years in the Windham Southeast School District.She was born and raised in New Jersey and found her way to Vermont after graduating high school.

 

Her passion for art and her love for children Rachel earned a bachelor’s degree in studio Art and a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Keene State College in 2012. Rachel currently lives in Dummerston, Vermont where she gets to enjoy all the perks of being a Vermonter.

 

Rachel's goal is to energize the art program here at Green Street with exciting, innovative, hands on art projects. She plans to incorporate local artists, Vermont’s cultural art and globally cultural art into our curriculum.

 

If you have any questions or ideas for the art room please contact Rachel through email at rmangean@wsesu.org

Music:

Julie Ackerman-Hovis

Julie Ackerman-Hovis teaches chorus, band, rock band, and general music, and leads All School Sing at Green Street School. She earned a B.A. in Music from Swarthmore College, a post-graduate degree in Music Education from Brooklyn College, and a Masters of Music in Jazz Performance from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College in New York City.

 

Before moving to Brattleboro, Julie lived, taught and sang jazz in New York for 16 years. She taught in public and private elementary and middle schools, and was eventually Director of a K-12 music program. Julie has led many vocal and instrumental groups through the years, working in a wide variety of musical styles. She has also directed various school musicals, including Bye Bye Birdie, Fiddler On the Roof, Cinderella, and The Lion King.

 

Julie has a passion for helping students recognize that there is something for everybody in the realm of music. Whether you are a performer, composer, or a listener, you belong! When not at school, Julie enjoys spending time with her husband and three sons, as well as swimming, cooking, and playing with her dog.

Physical Education

Matt Leblanc

Matt LeBlanc graduated from Lyndon State College  in 2013 with a degree in Physical Education. Prior to becoming Green Street School’s physical education teacher, Mr. LeBlanc worked as a behavioral interventionist for HCRS.

 

Mr. LeBlanc is passionate about physical education, and he makes it a priority to incorporate the latest technology into his curriculum. In his spare time, Mr. LeBlanc enjoys playing basketball, ultimate frisbee and disc golf.