Posts tagged Arts & Humanities
Dan Weintraub

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

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Bowen Malcolm


Bo hails from Pawlet, a cow town due west of Ludlow on the other side of Mount Tabor. A native Vermonter, Bo's family moved around the state during his youth; however, skiing was always a constant. Bo raced at a number of hills, including Stowe, where he enrolled at Mount Mansfield Winter Academy.

Eager to see more of the country, Bo left Vermont and attended Colorado College. It was there in the shadow of Pikes Peak that he discovered a passion for literature, poetry especially, and began to hone the craft of his own writing. After graduating with a bachelor's in English, Bo returned to the old home place and taught at his high school alma mater. Now, he is very excited to have found another lively community centered around his favorite sport. He knows the ins-and-outs of academy life, and admires what these young athletes are trying to achieve. He strives to see his students succeed in each their own way and become well-rounded individuals.

Bo is a new coach at OMARA, ripping it up with the U10s on weekends. When not at school or on the slopes, Bo loves to read, write, hike, garden, watch films, and go on road trips with his girlfriend, Olive.

-B.A in English from Colorado College

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Beth Burgeson

History & English

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

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Ashley Billings

Assistant to the Head of School
English & Social Studies Teacher

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 fiancé 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

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Michelle Bos-Lun

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

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Maura Cornish


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

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Wendy Hayward

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

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Russ Hurlburt


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

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John Rushing

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

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Wendy Schultz


Wendy Schultz, M. Ed., returns for a fifth year as a tutor of Spanish. Wendy lived and worked in Costa Rica full time from 2006-2013. She is a Vermont Licensed K-12 Educator and the Spanish teacher by day at Green Mountain Union Middle & High School in the nearby town of Chester, VT. As such, she includes/invites OMS students to GM’s sporting events, and social events when appropriate. This past April, ‘Profe’ (as she likes to be called by students) co-chaperoned 14 GM students on an EF educational tour of Barcelona, Zaragoza, Madrid, and Toledo, Spain. As a newly-inducted Rotarian and Advisor of GM’s Interact Club (the student arm of Rotary) she is excited to promote and participate in its established service-learning trips to Nicaragua.

- University of Colorado: BA Linguistics
- Rutgers State University of New Jersey: Master of Education

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Marissa Selleck

English, Social Studies

Marissa is an English and Social Studies teacher at OMS. She has tutored, substitute taught, and worked as a para educator in the public school system in VT. She also participated in the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps in 2014.

- University of New Hampshire: BA Psychology

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Thom Serrani

English, Social Studies, Language, Economics

Thom spent the early years after college in the fields of teaching and journalism. He spent 18 years in government service and 14 years in trade association management/lobbying.

Thom is a script writer and novelist. His interests include research, travel, history, literature, languages, gardening, cooking, and Russian language and culture. He lives in Ludlow, VT.

- Sacred Heart University: BA English
- Fairfield University Graduate School: American Studies and Government

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Horacio Travaglini


Prof. Horacio Travaglini is a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina and has lived in Manchester, Vermont since 2016. Since January 2016 Horacio has been teaching Macroeconomics and Microeconomics at Castleton University. His bi-cultural background and focus on community collaboration has led him to a number of volunteer opportunities and community leadership roles. He volunteers at chess and soccer clubs every time he can, and loves outdoor activities. 

- University of Buenos Aires, Argentina: Bachelor of Science in Economics
- Northeastern University: Masters in Commerce and Economic Development


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