New LHS Educators 2017
One of our goals at LHS is to always hire the best people to fill our vacancies. With a few retirements and resignations last year, we hired three new classroom teachers, three new paraeducators, and two secretaries. We’re pleased that four of them are LHS alumni!
Dana Jacobson-Goodhue is our new Section 504 Coordinator and is thrilled to join the faculty at Lebanon High School. Most recently, she worked in Springfield, VT, as a principal, but really missed having direct contact with students. 504, as part of the American with Disabilities Act, ensures that students with disabilities have access to their education, and combines Dana’s interest in working directly with students with making sure that everyone has equal educational opportunities.
Ten years ago this month, the Jacobson-Goodhue family moved to the Upper Valley to be closer to family. Prior to moving to Vermont, Dana taught middle and high school social studies in Connecticut following graduate school in anthropology at UMass, Amherst and a stint in US Peace Corps, Cameroon. She currently lives in Hartland with her husband, two children, and five alpaca.
Amanda Valliere, our new social studies teacher, will teach AP world lit, American studies, world history, and contemporary US history.
Amanda is a Lebanon native and graduated in 2006. She attended Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY, where she majored in History, completed the education program, and participated in field hockey all four years. After graduation, Amanda returned to Lebanon and worked at Mascoma Valley Regional High School (’10-’14). While at Mascoma, she graduated in 2014 with a Master’s of Education. She also coached the varsity field hockey team for three seasons.
Amanda taught 6th grade World History in West Palm Beach, FL where she discovered she is very much a Northern girl, and moved back to Oneonta and spent the last two years teaching 9th and 11th grade in Otego, NY.
It seemed that everywhere Amanda went, she was always making comparisons to Lebanon, and nowhere quite measured up. She says Lebanon is a wonderful community and the school holds a special place in her heart.
Amanda will also be the varsity field hockey coach here at Lebanon. To avoid confusion with her aunt, math teacher Louise Valliere, we are going to refer to Amanda as Coach Valliere.
Jonathan Verge returns to LHS as the choral music and dramatic arts teacher. He is an Upper Valley native and LHS graduate (2000). He received his BFA in musical theatre from Syracuse University and trained in London at The Globe theater where his graduate performance was a portrayal of the title role in Richard III. Jonathan moved to NYC and was hired by director Daisy Prince to assist on the new John Bucchino musical It’s Only Life which led him to a position at Theatre Row Studios.
While there, Jonathan was Lonnie Price’s assistant on Illinois’ Ravinia Festival production of Anyone Can Whistle starring Patti LuPone, Audra MacDonald, and Michael Cerveris. Jonathan performed and directed for a number of theater companies, and was producing intern at American Theatre Company and producing director of Bailiwick Chicago.
He was most recently the president and founding artistic director of The Gatherwool Theatre Company at Briggs Opera House in WRJ, and served on the board of directors of City Center Ballet. Jonathan became the drama director at LHS at the beginning of the 2016 school year.
Kyle Coburn will be a paraeducator at LHS. He is a graduate of LHS, and is currently working toward his bachelor degree in criminal justice at Norwich University. Kyle played high school football and basketball, and for the past eight years he has combined his love and passion for these sports and began coaching. He is a high school football coach, and high school basketball coach and helped the LHS basketball team win the state championship this past year. Kyle has previous experience working with children as a paraeducator for ages K-4 at Mount Lebanon School, where he enjoyed watching the children grow and learn on a daily basis. He is an energetic and caring individual and is looking forward to this coming school year where he can work with students both on and off the court!
Another paraeducator joining the staff is Paula Nulty. Paula grew up in Greenfield, MA – a town very similar to Lebanon – and graduated from Wheaton College with a degree in English Literature many years ago. She has three children: daughter Julia is a freshman at the University of Vermont, and sons Jonathan and Christopher are a sophomore and senior, respectively, right here in the halls of Raider-town. She has a large black Lab, Chase, who is available for rent. Paula likes reading spy thrillers, following politics, and watching high school soccer and basketball games. She chose to come to Lebanon High School because its teachers, administrators, coaches, and staff are so clearly committed to every student in the school. Paula says she wants to be a part of that and finds high school kids terrifically funny.
Micah Dewey is another LHS alum who joins the staff as a paraeducator. As a former student and resident of the area, LHS holds a special place for Micah and he is very excited be a part of and give back to his former school. After graduating from Lebanon in 2008, Micah went on to earn his BA at Quinnipiac University. He then entered the workforce and went to live by seacoast in Portsmouth for the last several years. Micah recently returned to the area to school to earn his teaching degree and to begin his career in education. Micah says he can’t think of a better place to start with than Lebanon High School. He is looking forward to being a part of the Upper Valley and working with LHS teachers and students in the upcoming year!
We welcome Amy Nickerson as our PM receptionist in the front office. Amy is a longtime Upper Valley resident and a Dartmouth College graduate. She was a middle school social studies teacher for many years and worked more than a dozen years at Hanover High School serving as an administrative assistant. Outside of the work place, Amy spends time pursuing her lifelong love of music. She has returned to the Upper Valley after two years in Connecticut and looks forward to joining the Lebanon High School community.
Our new collaborative pianist/accompanist for the choral program will be Vicky Nooe. She has an MM in collaborative piano from Boston University as well as a BM in piano performance and an MM in music theory pedagogy from Southern Methodist University. She is also a member of the music honors society Pi Kappa Lambda. She has worked as a staff pianist at Southern Methodist University, Boston Conservatory, and Hebrew College. In the summers, Vicky is a vocal coach at Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute where she works with high school singers. During the school year, she lives in Enfield, NH, and works at the Upper Valley Music Center. She is excited to be joining Jonathan Verge and the faculty at Lebanon High School this year as pianist for the choral and musical theater classes!