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Welcome New Faculty and Staff

Please share a warm welcome with our newest faculty and staff. We are thrilled to have each of you here, living our mission with us at Burr and Burton.

New Faculty Members
 
Social Studies/Humanities
Kerri Friday
Kerri comes to BBA from Mount Anthony Union HS in Bennington, where she taught 9th grade Humanities, AP World History, and US History for 15 years. She chaired MAU’s NEASC self-study, served as a teacher mentor, and was a member of the Twilight Program, which allows students a flexible pathway toward academic credit recovery. Kerri coached JV girls’ softball at MAU and BBA, and also coaches in the 8U Manchester Youth baseball league. She earned a B.A. in History from St. Michael’s College and an MEd from Southern New Hampshire University.
 
Visual Arts & Design, Arts Integration
Sean Powers 
Sean is a professional painter, muralist, and designer who taught visual arts at St. Louis University High School for the last eight years. Over the course of his career in education, Sean also served as a principal of an Upward Bound summer program, taught and coached in Colorado, and was an educational consultant in Belize. Sean has a B.A. in Studio Arts and a B.A. in Philosophy from St. Louis University, an M.A. in Studio Art from Fontbonne University, and is working toward completion of an EdD in Educational Leadership at St. Louis University. In addition to teaching Visual Arts and Design and facilitating arts integration at BBA, Sean will be an international student dorm parent with his wife, Madeline.

Wellness
Erin Harris 
Erin has held various teaching and educational leadership roles for 15 years, working as a science teacher, wellness educator, personal fitness teacher, athletic coach, yoga teacher, and birth doula. She taught in Connecticut, New Hampshire, Switzerland, and most recently at the Mountain School at Winhall, where she wore many hats: Erin was the 5th - 8th grade science teacher, 7th grade math teacher, and Assistant Head of School. A champion of health and wellness, a certified high school science teacher, and a former collegiate cross-country and track and field athlete, Erin holds a B.S. in Exercise Science from the University of Connecticut and an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from Fairfield University.
 
Cinematography
John Roche 
John is a filmmaker and writer who worked his way up the industry ladder from set production assistant to successful screenwriter. A member of the Writers Guild of America, John wrote and produced episodes of television at FX, NBC, CBS, and TNT, including many scripts for Law & Order: SVU. Prior to moving to Vermont, John was an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. He earned a B.A. in Classical Civilization from Boston University, an M.A. in Historical Musicology from the University of Southern California (USC), and an MFA in Film and Television Production from USC.
 
Special Services
Lap-Ching Keung 
Lap joins the Special Services team as a Speech-Language Pathologist with k-12 experience teaching students in Vermont and Massachusetts, including at Flood Brook School. He also worked as an independent clinician and at a specialty summer camp for youth who use augmentative and alternative communication. Lap has a B.S. in Psychology and Linguistics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. At the University of Massachusetts Amherst, he earned an M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology, a Post-Baccalaureate certificate in communication disorders, and an M.S. in Psychology.
 
Wendy Adair
Wendy is a special educator and reading specialist. For over 30 years, she worked with students at the elementary and high school level in New Jersey, and was an adjunct professor at Ramapo College of New Jersey. Since moving to Vermont in 2021, Wendy has been a special educator at MEMS, and will now be joining our team of learning specialists at BBA. Wendy has a B.A. from Glassboro State College (Rowan University) and is completing a Master’s program in Educational Leadership in Literacy at William Paterson University.
 
Instrumental and Electronic Music
Nick Exler
Nick’s pursuits as a musician and his career in music education took him from his home state of Vermont to New York, Michigan, Japan, and full-circle back to Vermont. Most recently, he was the middle and high school band and chorus director at Randolph Union High School, where he also taught guitar and digital music classes and formed a student-faculty rock band. Nick has a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education, Saxophone Performance, and Music Theory from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. 
 
 
BBA Faculty and Staff in New Roles
Michelle Bonang is an occupational therapist working in the ACCESS Program.

Scott Clausen returns to the main campus from the Mountain Campus to teach English and host astronomy club star-gazing parties.

Megan Gault will be leading the math department faculty as their new department chair.

Kristi Lewicki is shifting to a new role as MTSS Coordinator. This is a full-time faculty position, supporting students in Habits of Learning classes and designing and implementing tier two supports. 
 
New Administration and Staff Members
 
Deans’ Office
Terrell Williams
After graduating from BBA (class of 1997), Terrell earned a B.A. in Sociology and Religion from the University of Vermont and a Masters of Social Service (MSS/MSW) from Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Research. Terrell has 15 years of experience working with young people and their families in residential, court, school, home, and non-profit settings, primarily in Philadelphia. He most recently served as a social worker and Director of Social Services at a charter high school; prior to that, Terrell was a clinical supervisor and residential treatment facility manager. He also directed a truancy program and worked with adults facing mental health, substance abuse, criminal justice and homelessness issues. Terrell returns to BBA as the Dean of Students.
 
 
Business Office
Jeff Spencer
BBA’s new director of finance and operations hails from Washington state, where he worked in finance and business operations management for over 17 years, first as the vice president of sales and marketing at Crown Photo Systems, and then as the vice president of Control Dynamics. For the past three years, he served as the director of finance and operations at Maple Street School. Jeff has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Pacific Lutheran University; he was on the ski team there and after graduation, he worked as a ski team coach. Jeff coaches little league baseball in Manchester and is also a Cub Scouts den leader.
 
International Program
Jamaica Kaercher
Kaercher joins BBA as the Assistant Director of the International Program. She previously worked as an admissions assistant and advancement coordinator at the Stratton Mountain School and as a conference service manager at the Taconic Hotel, where she was the 2017 Employee of the Year. Jamaica earned a BFA in Stage Management at Viterbo University and worked as a production stage manager at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater. At BBA she will manage residential and student life, as well as international admissions.
 
Photo, left to right: Sean Powers, Michelle Bonang, Terrell Williams, Lap Keung, Kerri Friday, Nick Exler, Wendy Adair, John  Roche, Erin Harris. Not pictured: Jeff Spencer, Jamaica Kaercher

Credit: Mike Caraco
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