Head of School
Mariel has been a member of the OMS staff since 2004. She has served in the following roles at OMS: mathematics department head, development coordinator, special programs coordinator, and admissions assistant. She currently coaches the U10s at Okemo Mountain. Mariel loves winter sports and travel. She lives in Ludlow, VT with her husband, Mike.
Brandeis University: BA Economics
Dean of Academics, High School
After graduating with a Master’s degree, Leslie concentrated on Alternative education, working at The East Hill School in Andover, Vermont, and The Mount Ascutney School in Brownsville, Vermont. She spent two summers as co-director at the Killington Music Festival for young musicians. Leslie took part in developing an interactive web site, hosted through Harvard University, bringing “live” Antarctic research into the classroom. She has written curriculum in a variety of subject areas, which has been approved by the Vermont Department of Education, and implemented in the classroom. In 2006, she began teaching at OMS, before accepting her Administration position as Dean of Academics in 2011. Leslie loves to run, snowboard, cross country ski, and surf.
Rosemont College: BS Sociology
St. Joseph’s Academy: Master’s in Education
Dean of Academics, Middle School
Kate spent one year at Dana Farber Cancer Institute and two years at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in oncology clinical research. She specialized in project management of clinical trials in lymphoma, leukemia, multiple myeloma, and bone marrow transplant. Kate taught science and math at OMS and started as the Assistant Dean of Academics in 2012. Her hobbies include hiking, yoga, horse-back riding, and skiing. She currently lives in Weston, VT with her husband, Ryan.
University of Vermont: BA Biology
Yale University: Masters of Public Health
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Math, Science, & Technology
Mathematics – Department Chair
Alison DesLauriers teaches high school level math at OMS. Alison enjoys public service almost as much as teaching. She has served her community in the capacity of school director for over 20 years, while raising her family, and teaching at OMS for 10 of those years. She lives in Chester with her husband John. Alison likes to ski, snowshoe, garden, and spend time with her adult children, Marc Tom and Margie.
- Bowdoin College
- University of Colorado/Boulder
- University of Vermont BS Business Administration
Science Chair, Math
Originally born in Germany, Uli’s passion for traveling and learning brought her to attend colleges and work in Ireland, Portugal, Scotland, England, and the US over the years. She lives in Ludlow with her daughter, Clara, and partner, Matt.
Other than teaching at OMS, Uli loves managing the two properties she inherited from her first husband, John, and loves spending time with her goofy daughter.
- National University of Ireland, Galway: BS Mathematical Sciences and MS Astronomy
- University of Southampton, UK: PhD Physical Oceanography
- Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland: Postgraduate Diploma in Education
- Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute: Postdoctoral Research
Computer science, math, technology
Kathy teaches math, computers and engineering at OMS. She spent 17 years as a senior software engineer and has experience in Visual C++, Java Script, OCAML, Basic, C, and Fortran. She lives in Mount Holly with her husband, Al.
- Central Connecticut State University: Middle/High School Teaching Certificate
- Rochester Institute of Technology: BS Computer Science
- Morrisville Community College: AS Computer Science
Michelle served as a youth development Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco (2011-2013). In spring 2015, Michelle went to Southeast Asia to take a TESL course; she then taught English in northern Thailand. Michelle worked for seven seasons as an outdoor educator at Nature's Classroom. In her free time Michelle enjoys doing yoga, hiking, cross county skiing, knitting and many other crafts.
- Saint Michaels College, B.A.
Ericka is passionate about teaching and winter sports. She has spent over 10 years teaching children as a ski instructor, camp coordinator and elementary school teacher. After receiving her initial degrees in Business Administration and Geography from the University of Montana, she started working at Whitefish Mountain Resort as a ski instructor. In Montana, Ericka spent her summers coordinating an outdoor-based kids camp. In 2012, she relocated to Vermont, started working at Okemo and went back to school to obtain her Master of Arts in Teaching degree. Since then, she has taught various grades and subjects, including math, at numerous elementary schools in Vermont. Recently, she has taken courses in teaching mathematics.
Ericka lives in Springfield, Vermont. She has two young sons that she loves spending time with. She loves traveling, camping and exploring the outdoors.
- University of Montana: B.S. Business Admin., B.A. Geography
- Upper Valley Educators Institute: Elementary Teacher Certification and Master of Arts in Teaching
Steve came to OMS in 2015 after working in technology companies and teaching math in Upper Valley schools from 2001-2015. He has taught trigonometry, geometry, algebra 1+2, connected math, business math, consumer math, computer skills, applied math, integrated math; physics, economics and financial literacy.
Steve also coaches ski racing for Quechee and soccer for the Dartmouth women’s club team. He rides a bike often, is married to a psychotherapist and NH senator and has three children and five grandchildren.
- Dartmouth College: BS Physics and Engineering
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Masters in Chemical Engineering
- The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania: Master of Business Administration
Art & Humanities
English, Social Studies
Dan Weintraub arrives at OMS after close to 30 years of full time teaching in both public and independent schools. Dan most recently taught and coached soccer at Kimball Union Academy, serving as both the chair of the history department and varsity girls soccer coach. In his free time Dan writes (he has written a book about coaching youth sports), is a touring singer-songwriter, and coaches soccer with Lightning SC. Dan has two children, Hannah 17 and Eli 15.
-Brandeis University: BA in History
-Tufts University: Masters in Secondary Education
Beth is a Ludlow resident with a long career in journalism and publishing. She was an editor and reporter for Connecticut newspapers for many years before moving to Vermont, and has worked in publishing here in Vermont for the past 20 years. She has received recognition in both journalism and writing, including recent publication as a finalist for the Vermont Writers’ Prize. She enjoys outdoor activities in all seasons, hiking, kayaking, swimming, and skiing. Beth is looking forward to sharing her love of writing and communication as well as winter sports with the students at OMS.
- Mount Holyoke College: BA English
English, Social Studies
Ashley was born and raised right here in Ludlow, Vermont. She started ski racing for Okemo Mountain at the young age of 6 years old and attended OMS for a few years throughout middle school. Throughout college she worked as a substitute teacher and Varsity Softball Coach, which lead her to pursuing her Master's Degree in Elementary Education. She recently was issued her teaching license in the state of Vermont and New Hampshire.
Ashley lives in Rockingham with her boyfriend and their fur babies (2 dogs & cat). She spends most of her free time going for motorcycle rides, traveling, hiking with her dogs, fishing and water skiing on Lake Rescue, and skiing Okemo in the winter.
- Castleton University: BS Sports Administration, minors in Hospitality, Business, and Coaching
- Franklin Pierce University: Master of Elementary Education
English, Social Studies, Language Arts
In the summer, Michelle works for World Learning running cross-cultural youth programs. In recent years she has taught in the Governor's Institute for Current Events and Youth Activism, the Belarus Young Leaders Program and the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program. Michelle has taught at The Meeting School, The Compass School, and directed a youth program at Youth Services of Windham County. She has been the program director for Metta Connections programs to India since 2014. She designs and leads cultural immersion programs with a service component in India to raise funds for a school in Bihar province. Her next India program will be in the fall of 2018.
Michelle’s interests include writing, gardening, vegetarian cooking, hiking, and spending time with her granddaughter. She is married to Ron Bos-Lun (also a teacher), and is mother to three adult children. She lives in Westminster, Vermont.
- Beloit College: BA Sociology
- Lock Haven University: Post-graduate education courses
- School for International Training: MA International Education
After 30 years of teaching in New York, Maura brings her many talents to us. She is certified in teaching braille and sign language and has used the arts as a way of communication. Maura also has trained countless guiding eye dogs. Maura lives in Ludlow for the winter with her husband, Pete, and they reside in Carmel, NY in the summer.
- College of New Rochelle & Dominican College, NY
English, Social Studies, and College Guidance Coordinator
Wendy Hayward started at OMS in 2015. Wendy has served as the Associate Director of Education, Head of School, and served on the admissions staff at Southern Vermont College. She has been an independent educational consultant since 1980. Wendy lives in Chester and is also a landscape artist, writer and traveler.
- University of Denver: BA Social Sciences
- Northern Illinois University: MS Ed Secondary Ed, Special Ed, Administration
- University of Geneva: Certificate in French
- Penobscot Language School: TESOL/TEFL certificates
Russ got his start in 1990 as a mountain ski photographer at Okemo, with Photos By Reflex. Over the years, he’s evolved into a versatile photographer, specializing in weddings, sports, portraits and landscapes. In his free time, Russ can usually be found outdoors, either skiing, boating, biking, running or working on his house. He lives on Echo Lake in Plymouth, with his wife, Abby, and their wolf pack (2 dogs and a cat).
- Saint Anselm College: BA Business Management
English - Department Chair
John has taught at OMS since 2012. He previously taught English at the Long Trail School in Dorset, VT. He spent twenty-five years as a professional writer in the fields of journalism and communications and over five years as a tutor. John is married and lives in Dorset. He enjoys playing, watching, and expounding the tactics of soccer. He also loves reading, learning, cooking, snowboarding, spending time with his adult children, living in VT, and working alongside the dedicated and joyous student-athletes at OMS.
- lllinois State University: BS Political Science